Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Author #12: Insatiable Reads Book Tour and Giveaway: Temptation by Selena Kitt...

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Selena Kitt
Temptation (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed, #1)Temptation (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed, #1)

The 1950s is often pictured in film and literature as an “innocent” time in American history. Nostalgia reigns supreme when it comes to that decade, especially since our historical perspective gives us a view of what was to come during the 1960s and the sexual revolution. Compared to the 1960s, the 1950s is virginal territory. So were people really repressed? Were they really not having sex?

If the Baby Boom generation is any indication, our idealized view of the 1950s is  inaccurate. The reality of sex in the 1950s is that people were definitely doing it. Kinsey’s infamous report came out in 1948, before the decade in question. And teen pregnancy in the 1950s grew exponentially compared to decades before and after. People were having sex but they had incomplete knowledge about birth control, pregnancy and sexual relations in general. Teenagers were especially vulnerable, given the drive of their hormones, the advent of drive-in movie theaters and parking in the back seats of cars, coupled with a cultural attitude of abstinence until marriage.

The church had a great influence in the 1950s, spreading the ideal of morality, especially the Catholic church. The church was incredibly powerful in the 1950s. Most people went to church every Sunday and aspired to be “good Catholics” or “good Christians” depending on their denomination. We know now that the sexual repression of the 1950s was being played out in the church itself by priests and, to a lesser degree, nuns, who were sexually abusing their young, impressionable charges.

Sexual repression, any sort of repression, will force that which is repressed to appear in shadow form. In other words, denial gives power to that which is denied. In the 1950s, there is no doubt that people were having sex, but they weren’t talking about it. That repression led to serious consequences and repercussions in communities and churches all over America, not the least of which included the sexual abuse happening in churches and teen pregnancies occurring at alarming rates in schools.

We live in a world where single motherhood is common, where gay couples can live openly as parents, and birth control is taught and even handed out in some schools. Imagine what it must have been like as a young person, living in the 1950s, the paradox of a church and community that insisted “good girls” waited until marriage, and only “bad girls” gave into temptation and had sex with their boyfriends, even if they were intended future husbands.

The myth of the 1950s was that everyone waited until they were married, married people even slept in twin beds, copulating only for procreation, and no one ever, ever talked about sex. Pregnancy was something to be avoided before marriage and sought out after marriage, but information about how not to get pregnant or even how to get pregnant wasn’t forthcoming from any direction. Abortion was illegal, and the pill had yet to be invented.

And of course the double standard labeled only that which could be seen—the pregnant unwed mother—as “sinful.” Most of the time, boys were let off the hook. It was a girl’s responsibility to keep herself chaste, because it was she who openly paid the price for a dalliance.

That’s the world I wanted to explore in Temptation, a world where sex was occurring but not being talked about, where teen girls gained a reputation for being “fast” if they gave into temptation, where the secrecy and repression of a culture was played out in the microcosm of the family. The world was a different place, and we were living in a different time, but our basic drives, and biological needs, never changed.

The Under Mr. Nolan’s Bed trilogy, Temptation, Confession, and finally, Grace, takes us back in time to a world labeled “innocent” where nostalgia has too often had us looking at the decade through rose-colored glasses, where sex was happening but no one was talking about it, and where the consequences for “immorality” were experienced far more deeply and profoundly than they are today.

This is the world Erica and Leah live in, two curious college-aged girls whose strict Catholic upbringing and sexual repression have them bursting at the seams, ready to explode in a fiery display of lustful thoughts, sinful acts, and wicked choices that lead them down a road forbidden to them by parents, clergy and community alike.

Join Leah and Erica on their journey of sexual discovery.

Temptation (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed, #1)

“Lead us not into temptation…” ~Matthew 6:13
What happens when you fall in love with your best friend’s father?
Leah is a good, Catholic girl, and she and Erica have been best friends since their first communion. Sure, Erica’s father is handsome and charming, but Leah spends so much time at the Nolan’s—just Erica and her famous, photographer father now, since Erica’s mother died—that she’s practically part of the family.
Both girls have led privileged, sheltered lives and are on the “good girl” track at St. Mary Magdalene’s Preparatory College, Leah pursuing her love of dance and Erica sating her endless curiosity as editor of the newspaper. Neither of them could have ever imagined that one fateful discovery will not only push the boundaries of their strict, repressive upbringing, but the bonds of their friendship as well.
Leah certainly never could have imagined finding herself torn between her best friend and her best friend’s father. Sure, Leah’s mother had always talked about Mr. Nolan as “a catch,” but Leah herself had never thought of him as anything other than just Erica’s dad—until the girls discover something darkly erotic under Mr. Nolan’s bed, a deep, shameful secret that will not only lead them into temptation, but will deliver them into a far greater revelation than any of them could ever have imagined.
If you read the original Under Mr. Nolan’s Bed, you will find this retelling a richer experience with deeper secrets to reveal—and don’t miss Under Mr. Nolan’s Bed: CONFESSION, the second installment in the three-part series!

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Temptation (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed, #1)Confession (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed, #2)

About Selena:
Selena Kitt is a bestselling and award-winning author of erotic fiction. She is one of the highest selling erotic writers in the business. With half a million ebooks sold in 2011 alone, she is the cream-at-the-top of erotica!
Her writing embodies everything from the spicy to the scandalous, but watch out-this kitty also has sharp claws and her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not pawing away at her keyboard, Selena runs an innovative publishing company (www.excessica.com) and in her spare time, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children—and her growing organic garden. She loves bellydancing and photography. She also loves four poster beds, tattoos, voyeurism, blindfolds, velvet, baby oil, the smell of chewing gum and leather, and playing kitty cat.
Her books EcoErotica (2009), The Real Mother Goose (2010) and Heidi and the Kaiser (2011) were all Epic Award Finalists. Her only gay male romance, Second Chance, won the Epic Award in Erotica in 2011. Her story, Connections, was one of the runners-up for the 2006 Rauxa Prize, given annually to an erotic short story of “exceptional literary quality,” out of over 1,000 nominees, where awards are judged by a select jury and all entries are read “blind” (without author’s name available.)
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  1. I love how you delve into the "unknown innocence" of the era, Selena! I've had a blast following the Insatiable Reads tour, and can't wait to try the books :)

    ♥ Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode

  2. Interesting premise

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. Just FYI I decided to make Temptation FREE on Amazon so go get it!!

    I'll give away TEN copies of Confession to commenters on this blog post! Ten winners!

    Glad to be here and meet you all and a big thanks to Belle!

    1. May I ask when this contest closes and the winners decided? I would really hate to miss it!

  4. I'm brand new to Selena Kitt but your stories sound pretty smoking!


  5. I love your writings, been awhile since I visited!

  6. So fascinating, Selena! I'm trying my hand at writing a story of a woman who detests her body and temptations because of her religious upbringing. I only hope that it will come close to being as masterful as your writing. And, of course, I would love a copy of "Confessions." :)
    You're my hero, Selena.

  7. I loved Under Mr Nolons Bed. It's a book that I go back to over and over. As a matter of fact I think I'm going to go re-read it now. I've got my e-reader and a glass of wine and I'm all set for a fun evening.

  8. Would love to read Confessions! Always look forward to your work.


  9. : )

    Nice Giveaway!


  10. I admit that at first I was skeptical about you being able to pull off a remake/rewrite of your original "Under Mr. Nolan's Bed", but you did it! I was drawn even more deeply into their story and became as emotionally invested, no more so, as my first time reading the original. After reading many of your stories I should have known better and never doubted you!

    You excel at bringing the taboo to light in intricate, erotic and well-written stories of people and the many layers of trials and challenges they go through to attain what they desire and love the most. As readers we can briefly immerse ourselves between the pages, but I am sure others will agree with me that even after we are done reading the very last word your stories and characters stay with us for a very long time. Thank you for writing; please don't stop. houri

  11. Started (and finished) "Temptation" last night - would LOVE to read Confession! (swimming1@bellsouth.net)

  12. you do good work huggs:)

  13. I loved Under Mr. Nolan's Bed and I'm currently reading Temptation. I'm sure I will love that one as well!

    Enjoyed everything of yours I've read! Keep 'em coming! :)


  14. I'm very excited for Confession since I absolutely loved Plaid Skirt Confessions aka Under Mr Nolan's Bed! I can't tell you how many times I've reread this book!

  15. This sounds very intriguing, I'd love to read this - thanks for the chance.


  16. Great post! My parents 'had' to get married in 1950. They lost five pregnancies before my brother. He and I were born before 1960(*sigh* dating myself here ;)) So from what I've been told....my parents weren't of the innocent variety. :) LOL

    I can't wait to read this series, not a 'religious' girl I guess, but this group of books look so very interesting.

    thewildtwo [@] gmail DOT com

  17. Grabbed my copy of Temptation. Can't wait to read Confession. I love your books Selena!



  18. I have never found a Selena Kitt book that was even close to being boring. I absolutely LOVE everything! I hope I win a copy of Confessions, already 3/4 through Temptation and I LOVE it!!!! allysonbelyea@hotmail.com

  19. Love your books! Naughty Bits is one of my favorites :)


  20. Always enjoy your books. I have several and got the new copy of Temptation last night and finished it. Great job on the rewrite.

  21. I'll never forget that "Under Mr Nolan's Bed" was my very first erotica (at least, the first one with a plot and actual readable dialogue :P). I keep going back to it, and would love a chance to read this updated version of it. :)


  22. Simply put... I WANT TO WIN THIS ONE! Selena's writing is freaking HAWT!! :b

  23. Got Temptatiom - Thanks!! Would love to read Confession. Selena, you are the best erotic writer around.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  24. I have almost all of your books, Selena!! Thanks for the reads...Love them!! :-)


  25. While I've found the occasional idiosyncrasy, such as using a corkscrew on champagne or drinking port with a pasta dinner, Ms. Kitt's writing is always enjoyable and attention grabbing. I have no doubt 'chapters' two and three of this story will be as enjoyable as the first.

  26. I am a legitimate baby-boomer, born in 1953. Having read the original "Under Mr. Nolan's Bed" and most of your other works, I am confident that these new books will be both highly erotic and endlessly interesting.

    I can't wait to read them! PLEASE select me to win a free book or book(s)! I usually read using the iBook program (ePub, non-DRM) for this purpose.

    Best Wishes to You, Selena!

  27. I LOVED the original Under Mr Nolan's Bed. Would love to win Confessions. I hope you write more older man and younger woman books.

  28. I can't wait to read it. I loved Under Mr. Nolan's Bed!

  29. I love Selena Kitt books and I can't wait to read these. I love the fact that she set the book in a time where it would so so taboo.

  30. I love how Selena writes, would love to win a copy of Confessions! Thanks for the chance.

  31. I love all of your book. Just got Temptation. Would love to get a free copy of Confessions. Lend to a friend "Under Mr. Nolan's Bed" and now she is a fan for life. Love the subject because I was taught that "good girls" don't and now I am. Keep writing Great books.

  32. I would so love to win a copy of confession. I have Under Mr. Nolan's Bed and I would love to find out the additional secret in the revised version of this book that I love.

  33. This sounds like such a good series and I can't wait to read all of them. Thanks for the chance to win.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  35. Great! Fantastic chance to win and read. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  36. Great author always enjoy her hot books


  37. Dear Ms. Kitt,

    I've been reading your storie's way before your publishing days and I absolutely adore your work!!! I especially enjoy the "Under Mr. Nolans Bed" series and after reading your sequal "Temptation: Under Mr. Nolans Bed" I simply hunger for more...So, if possiable I would definitely LOVE, appreciate and cherish a copy of "Confessions."



  38. Under Mr. Nolan's Bed was my first foray into your work and because of it I've become a big fan! I'm so excited to read a retelling of the story I found so fascinating... Not to mention HOT!!

  39. I really enjoyed "Under Mr. Nolan's Bed," and I'm looking forward to Temptation

  40. I Have enjoyed all the Selena Kitt books and just downloaded Temptation. I can't wait to read it and Under Mr Nolan's Bed!

  41. If the reworked series is as good as Plaid skirt Confessions then I can't wait to read it!

  42. I am a bit confused after reading "Temptation ("Under Mr. Nolan's Bed")and reading all the reviews have I missed a book... I really enjoyed Temptation and want to read confession too but and have no problem buying it but before I do should I go back and read a book I missed??? wild77er@gmail.com someone please let me know what I am missing if anything in this series PLEASE