Author Interview – Celeste Prater @Celeste_Prater
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Celeste Prater here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Celeste, every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
How many books have you written?
First of all, thanks for hosting me today and a big shout out to my fans. Love you guys!
I just started seriously writing in January 2013 and didn’t get picked up by a publisher until August 2013, so not many. The Fueled By Lust series is now up to five counting this newest release for Caelius. I try to get a novel out at least every three to four months.
Who’s your main audience?
Lovers of erotic science fiction romance are the core. However, those that love contemporaries have embraced the book as well. The science fiction portion revolves around the main male characters being from another planet, however they’re half-human and do live on Earth while trying to find their mates. There’s some space travel, encounters with other alien life forms, and some pretty amazing abilities displayed by the main characters, but for the most part these guys are just like any other out there trying to survive the day to day grind of life and hoping to find the love of their lives.
Please tell us a little about your book….
Caelius’s story is a culmination of small events that happened to him throughout the previous four books, so I definitely recommend that any new readers grab DRUSUS, SEVERUS, CATO, and LUCIEN before you dive into this one. Characters from the previous books are seen throughout the series and the storyline/plot is intricately tied together. Even still, you get a conclusion for the main hero/heroine in each installment.
This series is about a group of aliens that were created when a roman emperor and his wife stumbled through planetary vortex and ended up on the planet Insedivertus. A pure energy life form merged with their life essence and became the Insedi breed. They lived happy lives until a planetary war annihilated their females and forced them to come to Earth to find mates.
Bottom line, they have to learn how to blend into society while keeping their secret well-guarded. Caelius is one of the male strippers at Heat Seekers nightclub, a business owned by the Insedi so they can be around more women. However, Caelius stumbles across his potential mate at a cooking class and starts a hot pursuit of this older woman that thinks he should go play with the youngsters. It’s got humor, a lot of angst, some sad moments, and a few shockers along the way. There’s also another story interweaved for a set of characters from the other books. Readers have been demanding Kallon and Ulixes’s story, so if you’re not into a little male on male action, then just skip over those parts. <big grin>
What was your vision for the book cover?
Besides showing the world that an Insedi warrior is hot enough to melt the paint from the walls, I wanted the reader to really understand that even though Caelius is one of the youngest Insedi warriors, he is just as much an alpha male as all the rest. The other characters have been on Earth for almost six years and he’s just arrived six months prior, so he appears awkward and naive where in reality, he’s anything but. The model has his hands behind his back, reflecting vulnerability, but one look at his stance and that shy come-hither look, you know he’s going to rock your world when he gets his hands on you.
Okay…I have to stop thinking about the cover or I’m not going to make it through the rest of this interview…
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Yes, it was very easy because of…oh, wait! I guess it would help to first explain that the Insedi have a symbiotic relationship with their planet through energy sharing. When they arrived on Earth, the Insedi accidently discovered that sexual/sensual desire was very similar to the energy on their home world. They aren’t a Succubus race, and only discovered the similarity as soon as the woman got a good look at these hot, hunky, men and inundated them with it. They now work as male strippers and male escorts just so they can survive. Plus, it’s a good way to gather a lot of women in one spot and find a potential mate.
…so, they’re basically FUELED BY LUST.
Where do you get your ideas?
I was lucky. Before I ever wrote one word or tried to build an outline, I dreamed of these guys. They were forming out of mist, one of their many abilities, and spoke in a sexy, thick accent. After I researched their names on the internet, I discovered they were all ancient Latin. That’s when I decided I had to write in the science fiction genre to get their story out.
Do you use real-life facts based on true stories?
Since this is science fiction, it’s hard to prove any of the stuff that falls out of my head, but I will tell you that I’ve gotten freaked out a few times when I found out after I’d written some of the books that the emperor that stumbled on to their planet actually existed. His name was Lucius Tarquinius and he was expelled from Rome around the time I had set for the century that the Insedi were created. The Insedi emperor in my books is named Lucien Tarquinius. I also discovered that the West Texas vortex sight where they arrive on Earth is also home to the real life Marfa Ghost Lights phenomenon. It helped me explain how their vortex arrivals are seen as nothing more than optical illusions in a heavy tourist area hoping to find some supernatural meaning behind the unexplainable lights high in the Chinati mountain range. Yep, I got goose bumps over that one. There’s more ‘after the fact’ information that I’ve discovered, but I’m clamping my lips before you guys start calling for the straight jacket for the nut bag author.
What does your writing schedule look like?
Since I haven’t hit the level of an E.L. James or Laurell K. Hamilton (yet…fingers crossed), my writing is squeezed between my fulltime day job as a Project Manager and Business Analyst. I write after work, on my lunch hour, and on weekends. I finally set the laptop aside on my birthday and took a trip on my motorcycle just to see if I was capable of forgetting the story for a little while. Nope, I was still dreaming about the next chapter. I’m sick. LOL!
Do you manage to write every day?
Yes, I try to. Even if I can only get in a few pages, I feel satisfied that I’m keeping up with my self-imposed schedule. I would love to write full time and work on other stories while I’m doing the FBL series.
Night owl, or early bird?
It depends on what day of the week it is. Monday through Friday I’m an early bird. I get up at 5:00 am every day and work out. I try to get to bed at a descent hour so I can have my wits about me when I get to my day job. The weekend? That’s a different story. I’m both then. Up early and down late. I try to stretch the weekend out as far as possible. I haven’t slept late in years.
One food you would never eat?
Hands down, it has to be Corned Beef Hash. Even the name makes me want to retch. I have a vivid memory burned into my frontal lobe from third grade. That vile, evil woman in the lunch room has no clue how she screwed up a little kid when she forced me to eat that crap. I’m not talking ‘encouraged’ here. She practically forced it down my throat. These days, she would’ve been up on charges. I can’t remember her face at all, only her black pumps covered in my stomach’s refusal to retain what she thought was ‘good for me’. I learned the beauty of Karma at a very early age. So, bring that stuff anywhere near me and I’m going to go all Texan, former Marine on you.
Companies that continue to make Corned Beef Hash.
Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have?
I love to paint. I can do anything from pencil/ink drawings to paintings. I’ve done surrealistic all the way to portraits. I haven’t done any of that since I start writing and I miss it.
What are you currently working on?
As soon as I submitted Caelius to the publisher, I started working on Book 6 for Maxim. Those that have kept up with the series adore Maxim. He cracks me up. He’s the trickster of the group. It was time for him to get his story. Go over to the I Smell Sheep blog and do a search for Lucien and see where he busted in on the interview. It’s hilarious.
Where can your followers find you?
At any of these locations. I like engaging with the readers, so ask me anything and I’ll try to give you a fair and honest answer.
Any last words?
Just wanted to give a shout out to my awesome cover models. Other than Drusus’s model (I’m still trying to find out who he is), I know each one of these guys and personally selected them for the covers. They are great partners in my wild journey. Best group of guys you’ll ever meet. Total sweethearts.
Cisco Perez portrayed Severus. He’s with a male revue club out of Orlando, Florida called Rock Hard Revue. They just recently appeared on America’s Got Talent. Find Cisco on Facebook under Cisco Male Entertainer.
Devon Sutton is from Cleveland, Ohio and did a great job as Cato with that awesome tat. His male revue club, IronMen The Show, recently finished filming a pilot for A&E. Find him on twitter under @devonsutton75.
The awesome Richard Jimenez, producer for Magnificent 7 Male Revue out of Los Angeles, California introduced me to Lucien’s model and a Magnificent 7 entertainer, the very sexy and intelligent Axel. You can find them at http://magnificent7malerevue.com/
Valentino is an independent male entertainer and is the hunk you see on Caelius’s cover. All that hair is real ladies! You can find him on Facebook under ValentinoMx.
Jason Spears is with a nutritional company out of Texas and will be the model for Maxim’s book. He’ll knock you out with his smile. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing his social media sites coming up soon.
Thanks again for having me here. Enjoyed it!
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Celeste. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
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Fueled by Lust: Caelius
by Celeste Prater
Caelius Meron strips at Heat Seekers Male Revue just so he can find his mate. So imagine his shock when he finds her in a cooking class he was forced to attend. So what’s the problem? There’s twenty-two of them according to Rhia Brennan. Undaunted by her claim that he’s too young, Caelius battles every roadblock she places. But what if one may be too difficult to ignore?
Kallon Aceso knows exactly who should own his heart, but Ulixes Dionysus doesn’t appear to want it. But is it really something else buried so deep that it may keep them apart forever?
Travel with these two Insedi as they both chase their hearts desire, only to be thwarted by misconceptions and mistakes from the past. Can they scale these insurmountable walls, or will they have to walk away and forever mourn what they could never have?
Book 5 in the Fueled By Lust Series brings back the sexy males that make your legs tremble just by saying your name.
The heavily accented voice coming through the phone oozed sexy, virile man and sent chills skittering across her skin.
“I have a confession, my bellula.”
Rhia wasn’t even surprised at the shot of tingles traveling her skin and making a direct beeline to her clit. He’d whispered that word across her skin before. She tried to steady her breath.
“Okay, so confess.” Umm, he was growling now. That shit just did crazy things to her girly parts. She was toast. Fine hairs rose across her skin, as if tuning in to that sensuous sound.
“I find it very arousing that you think of me in that way. Even when I’m at my worst, you view me in a positive light. I wish you were here with me right now. Do you miss my touch, Rhia?”
She could barely get her words past a soft whisper. “Yes. Very much.”
Rhia heard the distinctive rustle of material again and pictured him shifting on the bed. She imagined him sliding a broad hand down his chest, across the ridges of his abs, and resting just above his groin. She grabbed a pillow and released a moan deep into the fabric.
“Are you in your bed, Rhia?”
“Will you do something for me?”
“Of course. Yes.”
“Turn the TV off and lower the lights.”
“It’s off and only the bathroom light’s on. It’s dim in here.”
“Good. Tell me what you’re wearing.”
The words spewed out of her mouth. She wanted to get to the next part as quickly as possible. “Button down blouse and shorts.”
“Are you wearing a thong?”
Her breath hitched.
“Yes. What are you wearing, Caelius?” A low rumble sounded against her ear.
“Nothing. Absolutely nothing. There’s a thin sheet resting across my hips. Does that turn you on, Rhia?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than my small Texas town, I joined the Marines, which satisfied my craving to see more of the U.S. and my drive to see if I could be one of the few and the proud.
A firm believer in educating the mind, I have achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.
My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.
Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim and many more have swirled in my dreams until I had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the Fueled by Lust book series.
Book 1 DRUSUS was nominated as Top 5 Finalist and placed 3rd in the 2014 RWA Passionate Ink’s 9th Annual Passionate Plume Book Contest in Erotic SciFi/Fantasy Category, Book 2 SEVERUS achieved BEST BOOK review rating and won April 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, Book 3 CATO won the May/June 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. All currently released books in the series have resided made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at Bookstrand.com within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.
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