Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Q & A with... Ivy Bateman!!!

1.  Tell us about your newest release.

“I’ll Call You Alice” is a tale inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. It’s the short story of a girl named Val who is very late for an important blind date. She thinks she’s going to have coffee with one mystery man, but instead ends up at a tea party in the woods with three hot guys. This was a fun story to write! 

2.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

Well, I learned that even though I really didn’t think I could do so, it turns out I can write an erotic foursome scene. However, before I wrote the scene I had to stop and come back to the story hours later because I was honestly surprised that I somehow had written my main character into this situation.

3.  Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?

I’m not sure if this counts as a ritual, but I will usually make sure that my husband reads whatever I’m working on BEFORE I send it in because he is very good at catching my typos.

4.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

It was never my intent to become a writer since I always thought I was going to be an actress and so I never thought about writer influences until a few years ago. When I started writing fantasy rooted in reality I realized that, without real intent, I was being inspired by the works of Neil Gaiman and Sharon Shinn.

Many of my friends support my work and I have a few friends who I can bounce ideas off of. I am always grateful for their help!

5.  What does your family think about your career as a published author?

The family members that know are very proud of me.

6.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love acting, singing, and playing guitar. Sometimes I combine all three of those, and writing too, into one project.

7.  Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?

I’m hoping that I’ll have a holiday story with Breathless Press out during the holiday season, but that will all depend on if I get a chance to write a story and if they say yes to it.

8.  How can readers connect with you online?

You can find me at these places!

Ivy’s Blog: Ivy B Misbehavin

Thanks very much for having me on Romance Reviews Today!
Ivy Bateman

Once upon a time a girl named Val was late for her very important blind date.

After not meeting up with her blind date at a local bistro, Val finds herself dressed up as Alice and attending the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in the woods with three sexy guys. Seeking an adventure, Val dives into the world of fantasy and does what anyone in her situation would do: a foursome!


"You said in your dating profile you were seeking adventure," said the over-excited mouse. Val suddenly realized he was the waiter who had first served her at the restaurant. "You stated," he continued, "that your life was dull and that you were seeking someone who could give you something new. So...ta-dah! We are the someones." He paused for effect. "We want to give you new somethings!"
Val rose from the table and backed away. The drugged tea was gone from her system, but she stood up too fast and had to steady herself on a chair. "My profile? You are all my blind date?"
"That’s right," they said in unison.
She didn't know whether she was flattered, or horrified. "You—I should leave. You drugged me, sort of kidnapped me, and are calling me Alice because I said I wanted adventure. This is just a little too bizarre for me. I think I'll go back to my dull life." She started to walk out of the woods, but stopped. Val had no idea where she was. She could chance it and find the main road. If luck was on her side she could find her way back to town. "And then what?" she muttered. "Go home and pine once again for a life less ordinary?"
Instead, she turned back to the tea party. The three of them were watching her, waiting patiently for her to make up her mind. Val bit her lip. What should she do? The whole scene laid out in front of her was surreal and strange; something out of a story. Surprisingly though, it wasn't scary. Yes, she was stuck in the woods with three odd, but undeniably attractive men who had gone to a lot of trouble to give her a blind date that would really stick in her memory. She was touched by their showmanship, but was it too weird?
She studied each of them in turn. The Mad Hatter was grinning, well madly. His eyes were full of mischief and were quite sexy. The White Rabbit had beautifully muscled legs. The bike shorts were showing them off, and what was tucked inside of them, nicely. The Mouse was staring openly at her breasts. The dress and apron did more to showcase her body than hide it and he was definitely enjoying the view.
Val had to admit she was extremely flattered by their attention. They seemed very sincere and eager for her company. Plus they were charming and looked completely harmless. She wasn't getting creepy vibes off any of them. It probably wouldn't hurt to stay and experience a unique date. Yes, this was more out there than she would ever have thought she would be a part of, but it was new and it was an adventure which was what she'd been seeking when she signed herself up on that dating site. Why not see where this led?
"Are you going to stay at our tea party?" asked the Mouse.
Val took a deep breath. As she let it out she nodded and said, "Yes, but I must be mad."
The Mad Hatter giggled loudly. "We're all mad here, Alice! Oh, I can't believe I actually got to say that! How wonderful!" He leaned across the table and slapped five with the White Rabbit.
"So," she said as she laughed along with them and sat back down at the table. "What did you have in mind?"
All three men cheered, but it was the Mad Hatter who told Val the plan. "We'd like to play a game."
"What kind of game? I'm not all that good at games."
The Mouse tittered. "Actually, that's not a problem for us. We were rather hoping you wouldn't be."


When she was just nine, this girl began her journey for a life on the stage. Attempts were made, classes were taken, lessons were well learned but, at the end of the day, a decision to live life off the stage was made. But all was not lost. While at college she met the love of her life and his support and strength has helped her to see that she has talent waiting around many corners.
When the stage beckons, she answers its call, and her new passion for writing has enhanced many of her theatre dreams and as well as the occasional book, she now occasionally writes a play.
The love of her life generously reads everything she writes and although he may not always be her muse, he is always her biggest fan.
I'll Call You Alice is Ivy's fifth release with Breathless Press. She is excited that it will not only be released on its own but also as a part of a print anthology called Wonderland Tales, which will feature many Breathless Press author's tales inspired by the Alice stories. Between the Lines, Ivy's first Breathless Press release was released in January, 2012. This was followed by The Fifth Story in September, 2012, Baby, You're Cold Inside in December, 2012 and Christmas Eve Surprise in December, 2013.

Happy 5th Birthday Breathless Press!!

In August, Breathless Press is turning 5!  To celebrate we are releasing a limited edition Hardcover collection of our special birthdayWonderland Tales and to make sure that you're able to indulge in a little birthday fun, we are also having a month long 50% off sale across our site (www.breathlesspress.com).
Finally, 3 lucky winners could win prizes in our birthday giveaway through Rafflecopter! 

5th Birthday Rafflecopter Giveaway

1st Prize: 1 x Limited Edition Hardcover copy of our birthda Wonderland Tales, a $20 Amazon GC and a $5 Breathless Press GC.
2nd Prize: Paperback print edition of our birthday Wonderland Tales, a $10 Amazon GC and a $5 Breathless Press GC
3rd Prize: A paperback print edition of our birthday Wonderland Tales, a $5 Amazon GC and a $3 Breathless Press GC

1 comment:

Ivy Bateman said...

Thanks RRT for having me on your blog today!! Your support is always appreciated!