Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: THE DOMINO EFFECT by Jill Elaine Hughes

The Domino Effect

by: Jill Elaine Hughes

An Erotic Thriller


Twenty-one-year-old college student and aspiring journalist Nancy Delaney’s nose for news smells a hot story idea when it comes to international playboy and artist Peter Rostovich. But as she works to get her story, she soon becomes intimately entangled with the mysterious Rostovich, who finds her irresistible. He becomes Nancy’s ticket to sexual awakening, and she soon discovers she has an appetite for bondage, too.

And there’s far more to Rostovich than just his art — he’s involved in a strange, violent criminal underworld that kidnaps Nancy and spirits her halfway around the world, where she’s held prisoner and made to serve as private Dominant-for-hire somewhere in the former Soviet Union. Will the sexual powers Rostovich helped awaken in her be Nancy’s only hope for escape?


Character Inspiration for THE DOMINO EFFECT

I wrote The Domino Effect while I was pregnant and working full-time as a journalist. I was hormonal and hungry the whole time, and I guess you could say that really comes across throughout the book! 

I’ve been a professional writer and reporter ever since I was a college student majoring in literature, so there’s a lot of me in Nancy Delaney.  Like Nancy, I worked hard to put myself through school on a combination of scholarships and odd jobs. And also like Nancy, I have encountered my share of high-powered and/or artistic oddballs thanks to my choice of career.  I also had more than a few affairs with mysterious international men (none of mine ended well, though).  Not only that, I’m a world traveler myself, and my combination of hard-hitting reporter with a broad worldview has always made me a sucker for the international thriller genre. (Think authors like John Le CarrĂ©, Steig Larssen, and Lee Child). So I thought I would put a new twist on the classic “hot billionaire CEO” erotica/bondage genre by writing a New Adult heroine (Nancy is 21 and still in college) who gets entangled with Peter Rostovich, a mysterious billionaire artist who may or may not have ties to international organized crime. Nancy loses her virginity and her innocence thanks to her chance encounter with Rostovich----but her adventure and journey through the underbelly of the sinister human-trafficking world serves not only as her sexual awakening, it also puts her on track to become one of the world’s most sought-after journalists.

Meanwhile, the character of Peter Rostovich isn’t based so much on reality (i.e., my own life experience) as on a fantasy ideal.  Peter is elusive, sexy, creative and powerful all at once---you never quite know what you’re getting with him, and that’s what makes him so appealing.  At one point in the book Nancy describes her constant attempts to find out what really makes Rostovich tick as “like trying to trap an eel.”  A reclusive artist who has somehow been able to blend a successful art career with shady international business dealings (Nancy’s attempts to uncover what exactly those business dealings are is a major plot point), Rostovich is an expert when it comes to staying one step ahead of the media, who are as fascinated with him as he is resistant to their constant attempts to discover exactly who and what he is.  Rostovich enjoys toying with reporters, women, and anyone else who tries to crack his very tough nut----think Joaquin Phoenix, except he’s an artist from the Ukraine instead of an American actor. You could say Rostovich is also a more elegant, sexier version of Andy Kaufman---turning his life into an elaborate ruse that is a work of art in and of itself.  Oh, and did I mention in addition to being tall, dark and handsome with a sexy foreign accent, he’s also into bondage?

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Author Info:

JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a professional journalist, playwright, memoirist, and fiction author. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Washington Post, Cat Fancy magazine, New Art Examiner, and numerous other media outlets. Her plays have been widely published and produced by theaters in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is also the author of several New Adult fiction books. Ms. Hughes also writes erotic fiction under two pen names: Jamaica Layne and Jay E. Hughes.

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