Maggie Blackbird

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The month of January is all about character interviews.  Today, I’m firing questions at Candi from Lil DeVille’s latest release Awakening, book one in the Shape of Heat series, an erotic romance.


1. First off, tell us who you are (age, where you grew up, where you live now, etc.) and what role you play in the novel.

Candi:  My name is Candi Peters. I’m 21 years old. I grew up in Causalants, Tennessee, which is a suburb of Memphis. I currently live and work at Pearl Beach, a resort located on Fire Isle in the Caribbean. I’m one of three main characters in the story, co-starring with my dear friends Luisa Dreier and Parsifal Matveev.

2. Share with us your hobbies and interests, and why you enjoy them.

Candi:  I love birds. I like to study them and draw pictures of them. Birds bring me back to the beauty of nature and help me forget my troubles. I like playing beach volleyball but I don’t like it when people get too competitive. I like collecting seashells and making art with them.

3. Tell us how you feel about being in a novel, and if you are happy with how your author presented you to readers.

Candi:  I think my author made me seem a lot sexier than I actually am. I had never even had a passionate kiss until the day Luisa, Parsifal and I became more than friends. I hope nobody in my family ever reads this book!

4. If your author was to create another novel with you in mind, give us a quick blurb of what it would be about.  And be sure to give the title.

Candi:  Candi Undercover. When her best friends are framed for a murder they didn’t commit, Candi Peters, an unassuming bartender at a hard-partying resort, has to solve the mystery of who killed billionaire playboy Kingsree Falstone.

5. Which character in the novel do you like the most, and why?

Candi:  I can’t play favorites. I love Luisa and Parsifal equally. Lulu is fun-loving but tough. She’s my protector. Parsley is sweet and easygoing. Both of them are the most perfect lovers. I couldn’t imagine being without either one.

6. Which character in the novel do you dislike the most, and why?

Candi:  There wasn’t anyone I disliked.

7. Tell us why we should read the featured novel and what we will find most intriguing about you.

Candi:  If you like explicit erotic scenes featuring one male and two female partners, you’ll like this book. I’m just an ordinary woman in her early twenties. I guess it’s kind of unusual that someone my age would still be a virgin. Readers are able to follow along as I grow from being completely naive to knowing the feeling of being loved by two wonderful people. I also learn a few things about myself. A lot can happen in a day!


Title: The Shape of Heat: Awakening
Series: The Shape of Heat, Book One
Genre: Erotic Romance
Author: Lil DeVille
Heat Rating: 5 Flames (multiple partners, menage, polymerous, BDSM, etc.)
Length: 10,000 words/57 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2022
Publisher: Naughty Netherworld Press

When you’re surrounded by lust, an awakening of desire is inevitable.

Blurb:  Candi knew hot things happened behind closed doors at the Pearl Beach Resort. After all, the place was owned by bisexual billionaire playboy Boris van Donk, who had a reputation for taking on all comers. Candi’s family of origin was strictly religious, and she has never given or received more than a chaste kiss in her 21 years. Between bad-boy Boris and her geeky, fun-loving, porn-writing housemates, an awakening of her desires is inevitable.

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Twenty-one-year-old Candida Peters was the baby of the group. She was a sweet-faced young Caucasian woman with shoulder-length, cinnamon-colored hair, and warm hazel eyes. During today’s meeting, Candi revealed her dissatisfaction with her physique. Just five feet two inches tall, the young woman lamented the imbalance between her modest bust, curvy hips, and thick thighs. No matter how much she dieted and exercised, her lower half never became svelte enough for her liking.

Candi watched the ensuing mock wrestling match between her companions and thought that Parsifal was lucky Luisa liked him. Luisa was fun, gregarious, and pretty in an understated way with her sleek, shoulder-length black hair, ebony eyes, and caramel complexion. She had a square-jawed face and a ready smile. She usually cracked jokes to diffuse tense situations but was ready and able to defend herself and her friends physically if it came to that. Sometimes Luisa reminded Candi of an angry snake, always poised to strike.

Candi wondered what had happened in Luisa’s life to make her so defensive. She knew Luisa left L.A. to escape a dangerous situation. Candi realized she didn’t even know the real name of her companion of the past three years. She didn’t feel that Luisa presented any danger to her; in fact, there were few people whose presence made her feel safer. Still, she wondered about the details of the incident that led Luisa to run to a remote Caribbean island under a new alias.

Like Parsifal, Candi hailed from Tennessee. Luisa noted the pair were like two sides of a coin. Parsifal was chatty and extroverted while Candi was shy and reserved.

Candi’s exodus to Moonlight Island at eighteen years old served two purposes: to learn skills that would hopefully lead to gainful employment and independence and to discover who she was away from her staunchly religious family of origin.

Although Candi knew Luisa and Parsifal enjoyed her company, she sometimes felt like she didn’t really fit in with them. She was only slightly younger than her companions but was much less experienced in life. Unlike her lusty compadres, Candi was still a virgin, a state which seemed unlikely to change anytime soon.

Candi never wanted to do anything to jeopardize her friendship with the two people she trusted most in the world. Recently, however, she felt that Luisa and Parsifal had been keeping secrets from her. She felt it wise to address the issue before her suspicions morphed into full-blown mistrust.


Lil DeVille is an Author of a Certain Age who began peddling smut when she became disabled in her mid-fifties. She enjoys writing spicy sci-fi and supernatural stories but sometimes brings the sizzle back to the real world. When not spinning sexy yarns, Lil enjoys baking and crafts. Results may vary.

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