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Replacing a social life with a career, bestselling romance novelist Emily Shann has gotten by on a vivid imagination, hiding a shocking secret that not even her publisher suspects—until she’s asked to write something that’s hotter, sexier, more explicit, and true to life. Emily has nowhere to turn for advice except to her new editor—tall, dark, and handsome Michael Devlin—who’s already stirring her fantasies. So is The Channel—a secret network designed to tutor women in the art of sensual delight. Now more ...

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Overview

Replacing a social life with a career, bestselling romance novelist Emily Shann has gotten by on a vivid imagination, hiding a shocking secret that not even her publisher suspects—until she’s asked to write something that’s hotter, sexier, more explicit, and true to life. Emily has nowhere to turn for advice except to her new editor—tall, dark, and handsome Michael Devlin—who’s already stirring her fantasies. So is The Channel—a secret network designed to tutor women in the art of sensual delight. Now more willing than ever before, she must convince Devlin to teach her everything he knows...if her literary fantasies are finally to become unedited flesh-and-blood reality.

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Bestselling romance novelist Bertrice Small has a great time getting under the covers of the romance publishing world in her second contemporary, erotic novel. This hot sparkler kicks off as romance novelist Emily Shann ("the American Barbara Cartland") gets an ultimatum from her publisher -- write sexier or else! Worse, her longtime editor has retired, and her new editor is a handsome Irishman, Michael Devlin. Work with a man? And write sexier when her own experience is (secretly) almost nonexistent? Emily rises to the challenge when Michael comes to work with her on the manuscript, and she sees an opportunity to acquire new knowledge firsthand. But who's seducing whom? And when does it stop being a business arrangement and develop into a full-fledged romance?
Small keeps the lessons in love moving along briskly, and Emily even enjoys a naughty fantasy adventure via The Channel with her friend, the libidinous novelist Savannah Banning. The relationship between Michael and Emily is lively, even tender, as they inch into a romance that progresses beyond their wildest dreams. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451218506
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Series: Pleasures Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,404,731
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library—but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.

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Interviews & Essays

Heart to Heart Interview with Bertrice SmallHeart to Heart: We love Forbidden Pleasures, your second erotic contemporary. For us, one of the special pleasures is the behind-the-scenes look at the world of romance publishing. It starts with a romance author who has been told to write hotter and the handsome Irish editor who's assigned to help her. We know this is fiction -- but has any part of this happened to you or your author friends? Bertrice Small: I wish! No, my editors are lovely women who seem to get younger and cuter as I get older. I suppose I've inhaled a certain amount of minor publishing knowledge and industry gossip over the years, but none of Forbidden Pleasures is based on fact or real people. If it were, we would all be like the authors in this book, Emily Shann or Savannah Banning! HtoH: As in Private Pleasures, this book features the mysterious interactive cable system, The Channel, which lets women dream up their personal fantasy and have a physical relationship with it? How did you get this idea -- and have you trademarked it? BS: What a great idea! I shall trademark it immediately. As to how I came up with it, I'm very tech-challenged, actually, but I make up for it with a very deviant imagination. It's actually something I wish were real. And if it were, I would be the first on the block to have it! HtoH: Many of your fans know you best for your historical romances. What are the challenges of working in different modes? Do they require a mental switch? BS: Yes, different subgenres do require a mental switch. With my historical romances, I am very focused on both the story and the history. It's absolutely important to me that they mesh. And the characters have to behave properly for their time period. With the fantasy series I doing, I'm free as a bird to do whatever I want, and they are probably my most creative endeavors right now. I have no earth history to lock me in. I don't have to worry about names being correct for a certain period, or foods, or anything other than to write what I chose to write. It's very creatively liberating. The erotic contemporaries are the most difficult. I don't consider myself a 21st- or even 20th-century person. But once I created the small town of Egret Pointe, I found myself right at home. I live in small-town America, and I have to say that I love the characters in Forbidden Pleasures. And I believe anyone who lives in a close-knit neighborhood can relate. I keep these stories close -- something I learned from my friend Barbara Bretton. As for the sex -- well, some is from experience and some from darned good research. But of course there is just so much one can do with the human body. My husband likes to joke, "And how did they do it today? Upside down in a barracks bag." HtoH: What and who are the TV shows and authors you enjoy most these days? BS: I don't get a great deal of time to read for pleasure these days, but I've recently become hooked on Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. It's so imaginative and sexy. As for TV, everyone knows I'm addicted. I love shows with good writing. I'm a big sci-fi fan. I think my favorite series was Babylon 5. I actually bought five years of DVDs. I love the original StarGate movie and the two series that came from it, and Dr. Who (I was watching him back in the '70s), and the new Battlestar Gallactica, and of course all the Trek series, and Dune. I am going to miss Everwood and 7th Heaven. I'm a big Gilmore Girls watcher, CSI, CSI Miami, Without a Trace, and of course, Survivor and The Amazing Race. My husband got me interested last year in watching Dancing with the Stars. Drew Lachey and Sharron blew me away. As I said, I love television, but then I was brought up in the industry. My late parents were network executives. HtoH: What are you working on next? BS: Well, next published will be a new historical series in October. The title of the book is A Dangerous Love, and it's set in both England and Scotland in the mid-15th century. I'm currently writing the third book in the World of Hetar series, The Twilight Lord, which will be out in 2007. Readers should keep an eye on my web site at www.BertriceSmall.com. Just go to the Coming Attractions pages.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    I hated it

    I couldn't wait to read this book. I've been reading Bertrice Small for years. She's my favorite author. I never thought I would give any of her books less than 4 stars but I have to give this book 1 star. It was that bad. I read the reviews before I bought it but I ignored them because people gave 'Memory Of Love' and 'Bedazzled' bad reviews too, but I loved them. The reviews are not wrong. This book is terrible. I couldn't even finish it. I read the first few chapters and was shocked at how bad it was. I hated all of the characters in this book, especially the heroine. She was so immature - I couldn't believe that she was over the age of 30. She's my least favorite heroine of all time. Private Pleasures was not one of her best books, but I did enjoy it enough to finish it. It was a lot better than this book. The parts I hated the most was when the herione visited The Channel. I skimmed through those parts, because, they were so boring. I think Ms. Small needs to stick to historicals. Do not let this book stop you from reading other books by Bertrice Small. She's usually a great writer. The O'Malley Series, Lara Series, Beloved, Blaze Whyndam and Hellion (just to name a few) are really good. I'm not sure why she decided to put out such a bad book. Even though this book was bad, I am looking forward to reading the latest book in the Border Cronicles series that comes out later this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Quite disappointed

    I buy everything Bertrice writes, but this was 'below the belt' for those interested in a good steamy love story. Some of the language was just so bad and demeaning, and something I would expect from a rapist rather than my lover. I just could not get into this one at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    If you like Private Pleasure

    If you like the book Private Pleasure then you will love Forbidden. All I can say is Wow.This is one of the books you cant put down till you reach the end then you want more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    Another homerun for Bertrice Small !

    While a departure from Historical Romance, Bertrice Small does not disappoint in her venture into her second contemporary story. Her main characters Emily and Devlin are delightful. Throw in some very steamy sex and you have a major hit ! A small visit with the previous characters in her first contemporary 'Private Pleasures' is a treat but not annoying ! Great job Lady Small. I look forward to your October release of 'A Dangerous Love' !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Adult reading!

    Not as good as the first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    Sooo Good

    This book was really good. It's the 1st Romance novel i've read and it's probably the best The Pleasure Series - Private, Forbidden, and Sudden are all wonderful books. I'm personally going to go back to all of Bertrice Smalls Books. Her books are romantic and EXTREMELY Sexy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    Smoking Hot!

    I picked this up on a whim. I am not a romance fanatic and I have never read Mrs. Small's work.... BUT, I will have to purchase every book she writes! Her literary style is easy to read yet not simplistic. While sex was a big part of the novel, the plot was well executed. A great quick read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Fun, Sexy and Surprisingly Sweet

    I enjoyed the heck out of this book. And my husband enjoyed the mood the book put me in. The characters were all likeable and the story simple. The focus here is bringing out the sexiness and sensuality in a young woman and the story succeeds.

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