Monday, July 8, 2013

The Road to Hell series welcomes author Sarah Daltry

Please welcome Author Sarah Daltry onto the Road to Hell. Sarah Daltry is the author of The Quiver of a Kiss. Other books written by Sarah Daltry are the upcoming Forget Me Not and More than a Job. Sarah also wrote Bitter Fruits, which was self-published but is in contract talks with a publisher now.

Now, it’s time to create a little hell and get to the good stuff by revealing all of Sarah Daltry’s wicked secrets while on the Road to Hell. LOL  Yeah, you wish! ;-D 

Grab your favorite drink, sink your teeth into something decadent, sit back, relax and enjoy getting to know Sarah Daltry…

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GRACEN:  Tell me three things about yourself that we cannot find on the internet or in your bio?

SARAH: I love art and literature, but I am actually much better at math; I am a serious trash talker when I am gaming; and I need to travel several times a year to stay sane.

GRACEN: What hobbies and interests do you participate in when you’re not writing?

SARAH: Traveling, gaming, hanging out with loved ones and my cats, going to art museums, painting, thinking about painting, thinking about writing, and watching terrible TV.

GRACEN: Do you have any writing quirks or certain things you MUST have or do before beginning the writing process?

SARAH: No, but I don’t have a writing plan or process. I write when I feel inspired. Some days, I will spend an entire day writing. Then I could go a week without writing a word. I tend to be a binge writer.

GRACEN: If you were plotting to take over the world, how would you do it?

SARAH: It would not be that hard anymore. Just give people even more technology and distraction and they would not even notice!

GRACEN: If you could make one statement that the entire planet would hear and remember, what would it be?

SARAH: There is enough cruelty in the world. Kindness is a dying art but it is the only thing worth practicing.

GRACEN:  What genre do you write and why that genre?

SARAH: I write erotica and romance. I started by publishing a bunch of old erotica I had written, which is not really like my writing now. It is far smuttier than my more current work. My friends suggested I try publishing it, so I did. I am now writing romance, and my romance tends to be based on things that interest me, like mythology, art, companionship, passion. I think we all need a little more love in our lives!

GRACEN: For those who are not yet familiar with The Quiver of a Kiss, can you please give us some details about the book and/or series?

SARAH: This is a novella that retells the story of Helen of Troy, but from her point of view. What makes it different is that it is erotic romance, but there is no HEA. Helen never had that chance, given the misogyny of the era. Still, I like to think that she found some happiness at some point in her life, even with the sorrow that followed her.

GRACEN:  Do you have any new stories in the works and can you tell us a bit about it/them?

SARAH: Right now, I am primarily working on Immortal Star, which is the follow up to Bitter Fruits. Although the first book does not end on a cliffhanger, there are still plenty of things left to be resolved. I’m not sure when Bitter Fruits will be available again, but by the time it is, the second book will be ready to go!

GRACEN: If you could describe your writing with one word or brief phrase, what would it be? Please delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they’ve finished reading your story.

SARAH: Honest. Even though this series I am working on is paranormal, it is really a love story and a coming of age story at the heart of it. Vampires or not, the situation is not far from reality. The conflicts are obviously exaggerated, but Nora is mostly learning how to be in love – and helping others learn how to love and to forgive.

GRACEN: What, in your opinion, makes your story unique and what makes it stand out from other stories in your genre? Think of this as a pitch to convince readers to pick up your books.

SARAH: I wanted to consider what it must have been like to have been a woman in ancient Greece, using the mindset I have today. Helen had the resources to be her own woman, but social pressures prevented it. I also know we have heard about her as the “face that launched a thousand ships,” but the story is always about Paris stealing her from Menelaus. As if she is property. I wanted to explore what motivated her to fall in love when it would bring about the ruin of an empire.

GRACEN: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?

SARAH: When you write erotica, there is a lot of “testing” positions and trying to see what is possible! Because on paper, it sounds great until you realize there is an arm in the way!

GRACEN: Of all your books, which character did you have the most fun creating and why?

SARAH: Nora in Bitter Fruits. Jayni is a sex addict in More than a Job and that was hard for me to relate to personally. Helen of Troy’s life is so far from my own that I was able to understand her desire for individual freedom but I also found her complicated. Nora is just a regular girl in irregular circumstances. She also has a good sense of humor and I like having humor in my work.

GRACEN: If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?

SARAH: Caleb from Bitter Fruits. Because he is really hot in my mind! ;)

GRACEN: Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why?

SARAH: Agamemnon in The Quiver of a Kiss (and mythology). He was an arrogant ass.

GRACEN:  If you were interviewing yourself, what is the one question you would ask yourself and please give us the answer to that question?

SARAH: I would ask myself the meaning of life! But I have no idea what it is! I think Douglas Adams said it was 42, right?

GRACEN:  Thanks so much for joining us, Sarah!  It’s been a treat getting to know you better! 

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This is the story you were never told about Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships. A bargaining chip for her father and brothers, Helen learned of seduction and lust but was denied love until one of her suitors, a young Odysseus, showed her a world she had always imagined. Despite her wishes, however, she is married to Menelaus and her fate is decided for her. That is until a young man from Troy named Paris ignites in her a desire she cannot control. Together, they will test the power of the gods and give in to passion that will lead them to be remembered throughout history.


Father cuts the wings from the bird after he shoots it from the sky. “Helen, my daughter, this is the price of flight. One must always remember that birds, although they are meant to fly, do not have the ability to stop an arrow.” The warning is noted, although he pretends it is not inherent in his teachings. He removes his arrow and cooks the remainder of the bird’s body, feeding half to each of my brothers. As the woman, I am given fruit instead. Father has brought me a pomegranate tonight, the most forbidden of fruits for a girl of my age. The pomegranate is a symbol of Persephone, whose will was said to endanger girls and to strike fear into the hearts of fathers. Due to my father’s ignorance of the ways of girls and women, he does not realize his error.
My brothers are regaling Father with tales of their conquests. Castor, at eighteen, has bedded more women in Sparta than I knew lived within the city walls. They flock to him, fools for his looks and charm. I am sometimes led to blush when they talk of him as if they do not know I am around; I have heard intimate details of my brother that I would be happier not knowing. Pollux has not been lazy in the act of lovemaking, but his mind is always on battle. He is forever scheming, strategizing; he sees a future Sparta that is famed through the continent and he sees himself leading it. I am amazed at the way the two speak of their adventures in the same manner, as if women and warriors are one and the same, to be treated with the same pride or indifference depending on how well they have fulfilled their roles. My brothers forget my presence, as they always do. Father enjoys living vicariously through his sons, as age has limited his virility both in the bedroom and on the field. Although they are my twins, my brothers have been granted immeasurable freedoms of which I can only dream.
Soon, the fire burns low and the three fall asleep. I walk to the forest’s edge, the odor of olive trees filling my lungs. I think of afternoons practicing my skills with Phoebe, wrestling naked in the palaestra. Her breasts had grown heavy and our matches frequently turned to exploration of the most sensual parts of ourselves. Her fingers opened me up and led me to a discovery of a secret joy. I know one day I will experience more of this, but for now, my pleasures have been limited to those provided by my friend. If Father and my brothers knew just how much knowledge I had gained through my training, they may fear their stories had corrupted me. Since those pleasant afternoons, Phoebe has shared her treasures multiple times with Castor. Now he is the one reaching between her legs to tease a smile from her. I must admit I feel envy, but not of him. I never imagined Phoebe would be all for me; I am instead jealous of the ways in which she has grown while I have remained a child. 

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