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Review of The Silver Chain by Primula Bond + Exclusive Interview!

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Review of The Silver Chain by Primula Bond + Exclusive Interview!

 

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Synopsis

Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

The Silver Chain is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…

Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.

To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.

As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?

A seductive and beautifully written novel perfect for fans of erotic romance.

Review by Michaela Miles

Michaela is a reviewer for Coffee Talk Writers.

I’m reviewing the short 6-chapter introduction to Primula Bond’s The Silver Chain, and I have to admit, as soon as I finished it, I went out and bought the full book.

A new start in London, a meeting with a strangely enticing man inside the gates of a grand old house, on Halloween no less, turns into a drink with the strangely enticing man and something much more.

Primula’s easy, comfortable writing style makes her work equally easy to read, and had me turning pages and leaving my tea go cold until the end came up too quickly.

The strong connection between the main characters lacked the usual insta-love characteristics, and that’s something I liked – a realistic connection. Being so closely inside Serena’s thoughts made it easy to identify with her and feel her struggles and choices as she made her way on a journey of (very steamy) self-discovery.

On a personal note, I also loved the Rebecca reference – it’s one of my favourite movies 🙂

I can give the first 6 chapters of The Silver Chain a lusty 4 Coffee Mugs!

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If you enjoyed Michaela’s review, visit her at http://www.michaelamiles.com.

Download the first 6 chapters of The Silver Chain from Amazon FREE!

Exclusive Interview with Primula

What genres do you write? Any that you’re dying to write but haven’t?

I am a published erotica author and as Primula Bond I have been writing erotic short stories, novellas and novels for publishers such as Virgin Books, Accent Press and more recently Avon at Harper Collins, for around 20 years. Inevitably I write very graphic and frequent sex scenes, but I try to weave a good story around them and give the characters real lives and personalities, as well as real relationships. I am particularly pleased that the 50 Shades phenomenon has given rise to the sub-genre of erotic romance, so that instead of hard-boiled, formulaic sex there is now a romantic relationship running through the books.

I would love to write a thriller under my own name and have in fact started one based in part on real life experiences.

Is your novel part of a series? Can you tell me a little about the world you’ve created?

The Silver Chain is the first in the Unbreakable Trilogy and focusses on the young redhead Serena Folkes and the dark, moody Gustav Levi who meet one Halloween night in London. Serena is photographer and Gustav offers her an exhibition of her work in return for her being his companion, with all that entails, until the last photograph is sold. The silver chain he gives her is a symbol of that contract. As they start to fall for each other figures from Gustav’s past emerge to try to sabotage the relationship. The action moves in the second novel, The Golden Locket, to New York and Venice, and in the third, The Diamond Ring, to Paris and Morocco.

What do you think the reader will enjoy most about your novel?

I hope they will enjoy the lush language, exotic locations, colourful characters and the intensity of the love which grows between two people with difficult pasts, and also the thriller element of the menace that surrounds them from the people who want to destroy that love.

Using an X meets Y approach, for example Lord of the Rings meets 50 Shades of Grey, how would you describe your novel?

Sylvia Day meets Stephen King.

What is your favorite quote?

You had me at hello – or Get your coat, you’ve pulled!

What is your greatest writing strength?

I bring intelligence and literacy to my writing, as an Oxford graduate in English Literature, but it’s not pretentious or up itself. I don’t believe in writing something so complicated and high-falutin that no-one can understand it. My aim is to tell a rattling good story. Some of my fans have told me they were so swept away by the locations I describe that my work reads like a travelogue and they want to visit the cities I describe. As well as lush description of places, food, clothes, music, art and scents, I like getting right into the heads of my characters and living and breathing their lives for them.

What is the sexiest food and why?

Spaghetti. Because it takes a certain panache to be able to suck the strands up while at the same twiddling them round your fork and not getting splattered in rich, creamy sauces.

What do you see as your next project and when can we expect it?

I am very torn between completing my thriller and writing a spin-off novel about one of the characters in my trilogy. I have given in to the demands of my fans and am writing a new erotic romance centred around Pierre, the brother of Gustav Levi. I have only just started it so if my publishers like it I would expect to see it published maybe in the autumn.

What is the strangest thing currently housed in your refrigerator?

Prune juice. Disgusting, but it works wonders.

Describe yourself in three words.

Intelligent. Eccentric. Loving.

What makes your novel unique? Why should I buy it?

With this novel I’ve tried to raise the erotica genre to a new level which could be described as both commercial and literary. I have written it with no holds barred and without restricting myself to certain formulas, so although it’s a romance and it’s full of sex, it doesn’t necessarily fit into a tight niche and I would love to reach out to readers who might normally shy away from erotica. You should buy it because once you have started The Silver Chain you will be hooked and you will want to know what is going to happen to Gustav, Serena, and the other characters who play powerful roles in the story.

What was the hardest part about writing this novel?

It was meeting the requirements of my editor when she asked me to edit it and rewrite certain parts, and cut out others. Having another person’s eye on your work is invaluable and absolutely crucial, but it also hurts when you start applying the scalpel.

If you could have a super power, which one would you want?

To eat and drink whatever I wanted without getting sick or fat.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring authors, what would it be?

Read.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Instead of staring at an ominously blank screen I give myself some time out and will either do some cooking, ironing, go for a walk, have a bath and, if it’s the evening, have a glass of wine so that I can empty my mind and then let ideas and voices trickle in gradually until the next line or the next scene starts to take shape.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I work two days a week for a firm of criminal defence lawyers so I have to wipe my head of all creative ideas and indeed anything to do with the house, too. I also do a little bit of amateur portrait photography. For leisure I love watching TV, anything from crime drama, soap opera or cooking programmes. I love travelling, either in the UK or abroad. I would love to be rich enough to live in a hotel when I’m an old lady. I like shopping, sleeping, eating, drinking, meeting friends, but most of all I love sitting around a dining table in a restaurant somewhere and talking to my sons and my husband.

About Primula

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Primula Bond is an outwardly respectable wife and mother of three boys who lives in Hampshire. She has been writing erotica since she was a struggling young single mother back in the mid 1990s, and also writes critiques for the aspiring writers’ website, Writers’ Workshop. She has published dozens of short stories to magazines and publishers, as well as novels, novellas and a solo collection of short stories. Her novels are Country Pleasures, Club Creme and Behind the Curtain, published by Virgin Books. Her novella Sisters in Sin is published by Avon. A second novella, Out of Focus, is published by Xcite Press as is her solo collection, Random Acts of Lust.

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Buy the Unbreakable Trilogy

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About Author

Who wrote this article

Michaela Miles

Michaela Miles writes. By day she is a mild-mannered copywriter and web designer, but by night she is consumed by the characters in her head and writes to set them free. In her spare time, she is primary carer and chief wrangler for a husband and three children, the big boss at her web design company and photography studio, and is completing a Bachelor of English Literature.

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