Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Be Inspired Meme

Thanks to Brandi Salazar for tagging me! Now, I have to answer the following questions, and then tag five more lovely and fabulous bloggers to do the same.

1. What is the name of your book?

I've got lots as you can see from the side bar, but today I am going to talk about my novels Shared and Shared Too. They can be read alone, but if you read them in order then you get to see how the threesome meet which gives added to depth to how they cope with the problems later in their relationship.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

An advert in the local paper 'Room to let, wanted girl to share'. It got my naughty mind thinking - what if two gorgeous hunks placed that ad, and really did want a girl to share in every since of the word!

3. In what genre would you classify your book?

Erotic romance, with a sub-classification of menage. It also includes anal sex, toys and bondage and in Shared Too the temperature cranks up even higher - I won't tell anymore here, it would be a plot spoiler!

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
Great question. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to my Shared books and you will see that I lean toward Alex Pettyfer for Liam. He's got the surfer look nailed, plus Liam has to wear his hair in a messy long style like Alex's for a reason.

And Quinn, I am definintely casting David Gandy if this book ever gets made into a movie, and I will be there every damn day, on set, swooning. I know he's not an actor, but who cares...that guy is hot! He also has that brooding, slightly sulky/distracted air about him that is very appealing and is just like neurosurgeon Dr Quinn Gilbert.

Araine, she is a little harder to pick an actor to play her. She's Welsh, petite, and the guys become completely entranced by her fierce loyalty to her colleagues and then they are swept away by her willingness to accept their needs as men. I am thinking that Rachel Mcadams, Canadian Actress from The Devil Wears Prada would be a great lead. But if she's not available, then damn, I'll just have to get naked between those two hot boys myself - it would be a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it!

5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.
"Sharing has never been as sweet as it was bitter, or as depraved as it was heavenly."

6. Is you book published?
Yes, Shared came out June 2010 and Shared Too April 2011

7. How long did it take you to write your book?
Each one took about six weeks.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
Perhaps Maya Banks Colter's Woman.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
Too many to mention. It's not so much a plot or characters that inspire me when I read other people's work but the sense of voice and the attention to details that grab me.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.

I love this review from The Romance Studio for Shared. It's the grown up fairytale that makes my heart dance :-)

Author Lily Harlem sets the stage for a romantic adventure that captures the spirit and heart of a grown up fairytale – filling the reader with the same joy and expectancy that will steal the reader's heart in a wondrous way.
Shared is vibrantly refreshing and sizzling with sensuality and a depth of emotions that can't help but take the reader's breath away. The abundantly steamy sexual escapades in this enchanting tale keeps things popping along with a style that is sure to heat some fires.
Ms. Harlem seems to have the knack for depicting the events and her characters experiences in a way that captures the reader's imagination making them seem real. Ariane, Liam and Quinn are wonderfully portrayed and are engaging, appealing, complex and believable, each complete with their own flaws that makes them readily come to life.
The quick but lasting bond that is formed between Ariane and her men is a realistic one due to the characters well-developed personalities. The danger and mayhem work to push the relationship into another dimension strengthening the relationship. Ms. Harlem reaches into the heart of a relationship with this stunning tale.

Shared is a charming and deliciously sensual from beginning to end.

Blurb for Shared

Struggling artist Ariane Arlington flees the Welsh valleys after exposing her corrupt boss. But when the sun rises she finds herself jobless and homeless in Cardiff city with barely a penny to her name.

She responds to an advert in the local paper—Room to let, wanted, girl to share. What she doesn’t realize is that the two insanely gorgeous guys who live in the penthouse apartment really do want a girl to share, in every sense of the word. Fortunately for Ariane, rent is the last thing on their minds.
She discovers the men are bound together by a turbulent past. Liam, a computer whiz, keeps a painful secret hidden beneath his buff exterior, whilst Quinn, a pioneering neurosurgeon, wonders if he’ll ever meet a woman who can live with his controlling ways. They admit the one thing missing from their lives is a woman just like Ariane, who can handle them both in and out of the bedroom and who, together, they can keep satisfied, loved and most of all, safe.

Blurb for Shared Too

Ten years on I’m still convinced I’m the luckiest woman on earth. Two devastatingly gorgeous husbands committed to my satisfaction—phew!—life doesn’t get much better or much sexier.

But as though the mere concept of a perfect existence was created to be shattered, one day Quinn turned to me and said, “Shared too. I want to be shared too.” Add in the monster that haunted my nightmares and I was struggling to keep a grip on my sanity.
I soon realized the path Quinn wanted us to travel would stretch not only his experience of giving and taking, but also mine and Liam’s. In a whirlwind of desperate emotions, dark desires and erotic fantasy, we were all so distant but also so sublimely close. Sharing had never been as sweet as it was bitter, or as depraved as it was heavenly.

Thanks again for asking me to play, Brandi. I am going to tag


  1. SEXXXY ! ,VERY NICE great upbeat attitude you have ,,luv it ....

  2. Ooooo...I love the premise for these books, Lily! Two hot guys catering to one woman's every whim? Delicious! Thanks for tagging me!


  3. Sorry, a couple days late! I've been busy writing and all that good stuff.
    I love your answers! Very fun and witty. And I know a couple of book to add to my TBR list :)


  4. Thanks for the tag and for stopping by, Brandi :-)

    This meme was fun to do.

    Lily x