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covergifTitle: Goblin Fires
Series: Chronicles of The Four Courts, #1
Author: Brantwijn Serrah
Genre: Fantasy Erotica
Audience:  Adult
Formats: .E-book
Publisher: Breathless Press
Cover By: Victoria Miller
Editor: Jayne Wolf
Pages: 179 pages
Date Published: April 25th, 2014
From the moment she laid eyes on sweet Ceri, Reagan knew she would be lost forever. A Sidhe Royal, though, could never return such feelings for a War-Child...
As the daughter of the fae Goddess of War, Reagan was sworn into service to the Sidhe monarchies before she was born.  Her contract forever binds her to the beautiful goblin princess Ceridwen. When an unseen enemy threatens the Fae Courts, Ceridwen is caught in the attack, and Reagan must fight to the ends of the earth to save her. But will this battle tear her away from her princess forever?
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We came out on the other side of the park, across from the Terrace, in time to see the three Princesses and Erin emerge from the restaurant patio, bright with conversation. There were flittering butterflies—or at least, what mortals would take to be butterflies—drifting playfully around them. Pixies, three of them: one dusky lavender, one a pale coral orange, and one pristine white.
It happened in a perfect storm of a moment. Ceri distracted me, my head perhaps too busy with all Finn had said. She captivated me, such a joy to behold, and in the beautiful noonday sun all the pretty kindness of her face radiated, brimming with unspeakable serenity. She walked between Nina and Neri, laughing at something Nina told her. Erin and Puca scampered ahead, the latter bounding and barking at the coral-colored pixie with seamless dog-like excitement.
We had no reason to expect danger. I brushed at the snowflake-white pixie, who flew up very close to tug prankishly at my hair, trying to shoo it away as I watched the girls enter the street at the light change.
Then—almost too late—I realized the little creature wasn't trying to play with me.
It wanted to get my attention.
That's when my hackles raised and my spine stiffened. I sensed it—a brief split-second warning, a flutter of heat in my stomach: my portent of ill to come. Finn noticed me react and in turn he lunged to be ready. I saw it first, though, coming up the street too fast, swerving between lanes, and heedless of the light: an old, rusted, ugly car, something enormous and boat-like, full of dents.
Careening straight for the Ladies.
We moved quickly. I have said I am no hand at magic but this is why: as the adrenaline rushed through my limbs, I surrendered to a surge of unearthly power. I launched myself into the street like a charging beast, lunging violently through the knot of strolling pedestrians, and avoiding collision with wildly preternatural speed. Finn, even bigger and broader than I, danced through the started people with the precision of a practiced gymnast.
Erin stumbled, caught off guard as she saw us rushing at her; at the same time a blue truck waiting to turn noticed the oncoming sedan and sped up to get out of the way.
I grabbed the handmaiden and swept her to one side, bringing my hand down on the truck's bumper hard enough to dent it as I forced it to a stop. A second vehicle, a utility SUV leaving the park, saw the rust-bucket coming and swerved to the right to avoid being hit; Finn squared himself in front of it, seizing the grill in both hands before it could barrel through the crosswalk. I bounded up over the hood of the truck and managed to grab Nina and Ceridwen out of the way of the oncoming car.
Neri, though, froze, caught in an instant of paralyzing shock. The rust-bucket screeched, desperately trying to squeal to a stop... and instead going into a skid.
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character bio
Reagan of the Morrigan
Reagan is the Knight of Autumn Court. Half goblin, half Unbridled Sidhe, she was born into a contract which binds her to the King of the Autumn Fae and his daughter, the Autumn Lady. Reagan is a brazen Cassanova, sweeping lady fae off their feet—though her heart truly belongs to the princess she can never have.
Ceridwen, Lady of the Autumn Court
Ceridwen, daughter of the Autumn King and Poet of the Four Courts, is known throughout Thairy for her haunting beauty and quiet grace. As the princess of the Season of Change, she acts as an ambassador between the Courts. Her courtiers, Erin, Reagan and the Puca, are very dear to her.
Erin, Sidhe Handmaiden
Ceridwen's distant cousin and unique lookalike, Erin acts as the Lady's handmaiden and aide. Flighty, flirty and fun-loving, she's a classical mischievous fae. Her specialty lies in creating faerie glamours, able to change her appearance and even the appearance of the world around her.
Finn of the Morrigan
Finn is Reagan's half-brother, born of the Morrigan and an elvyn nobleman. Like Reagan, he was chosen to serve the House of the Springtime Court, becoming guardian to the Springtime Ladies Nineva and Nerissa. Though he can be a charming devil, he holds one love true to his heart, and has never strayed.
Talaith of the Winter Fae
Fourth daughter of Oberon, Talaith is an adventurous free spirit and happily distanced from her crown.  She spends most of her time in the human world enjoying the charmed life of a princess in New York City. Though Tala can be spoiled and impish, at heart she is all royal: a cool, unshakeable sovereign.

Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?

My first book, Lotus Petals, was actually my inspiration to get into erotic fiction. I already knew my character Rhiannon found her first love in Japan, and that Aijyn was a geisha. I decided to make their story an erotic romance, though, after reading another erotic novel about geisha, which, frankly, was terrible. It became sort of a challenge to myself to write a better story.

Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?

It was a bit tough at first. I almost felt like a little girl again, sneaking a peak at the Skinemax after midnight and hoping my parents didn't come downstairs! Like someone might peek over my shoulder and see all the naughty words.  It grew on my though, over time, and felt more natural. One thing that helped was a short story I wrote called Life Drawing, one of my first forays into erotic writing and also kind of a personal reflection on my own feelings about women.

Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?

Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I know, she's dark, scary, troubled and good God does she look amazing in tight gothic clothes. Drinks and some close sexy dancing at The Bronze? Sign me up.

Your favorite adult fiction book is-?

We all know what a hard question this is to answer! I'm going to go with two: Affinity and Fingersmith, both by Sarah Waters.  Affinity is so rich and haunting and beautifully sensual...but it ripped my heart out and crushed it under an iron heel, then mounted it on a trophy wall.  Fingersmith has its own darkness but is overall kinder to the romantic heart.

Do you think adult fiction has reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?

I don't think I'd ever say any genre of fiction has reached its full potential. There are literally an infinite number of ideas out there and so many, many talented writers to pluck them from the cosmos, shape them and sculpt them and deliver them to the world in something beautiful. I see novels like 50 Shades topping the charts, bringing more and more readers into erotic fiction... and 50 Shades just isn't that good.  Its biggest contribution to the genre will probably be giving the rest of us a bit more exposure and helping erotica become more acceptable in the mainstream. As that happens, though, we're going to see much, much better gems getting the spotlight they deserve. Now that we see more readers are willing to give BDSM novels a chance, imagine the kind of exposure we can get for things like Dom/sub stories, polyamory, transgender erotica.  No, I don't think adult fiction or erotica have come anywhere near reaching full potential. I'm excited to see what comes next!

We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?

I adopted a calico cat my first year in college, and she was very, very special to me.  Anya helped me through a lot of very tough emotional times as I dealt with clinical depression, self-injury, and later on learned I was bipolar.  She became a kind of muse to me, and would sit beside me as I wrote and tried to "help" with all my stories—usually by lying on my arms while I typed, but it’s the thought that counts, right? We had to say goodbye to Anya last year, though, as she developed cancer in her bone marrow. It was like saying goodbye to a part of me. My partner arranged for her ashes to be returned to us in a cedar memory box, and a portion of them put into a necklace for me. When I wear that necklace, it's like having Anya with me again.

Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?

Some are created from scratch. Others, though, are based on people in my life. Goblin Fires includes several characters based on my friends. I'd list them, but then if the book ever gets published they'll all be embarrassed!  Well, except for the gal who inspired Erin...

Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?

Something like that depends on the relationship, but I recently read a review on The Big Book of Orgasm where the writer mentioned he or she liked to read aloud from the collection to their partner before bedtime. That seems super sexy to me.  I would find it not at all surprising if lots of couples discovered a new means of communication and connection, not to mention new ways to be ambitious with one another, through erotic fiction.  It seems like it could open up more between them than visual pornography could, as well, as they might find more courage to speak out loud if they couldn't quite verbalize them before.

If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?

I'd suggest one of the Mammoth Books  published by Cleiss Press, or their Best Erotica anthologies. Anthologies are a great way to immerse in the genre at your own pace, as well as get a variety of stories which might appeal to you. Cleiss Press has a great way of showcasing all sorts of lifestyle erotica, especially.  Breathless Press, the e-publisher behind Lotus Petals and Goblin Fires, has a very nice selection of anthologies as well, themed for various tastes in fiction. If I had a friend with a particular liking for vampires, shifters, or other sorts of genre plot and setting, I'd point them toward Breathless for sure.

What is your motto?

Et ignotas animum dimittit en artes ~ "And he sent out his spirit into the unknown arts".  Originally from Ovid's Metamorphosis, I came across it when I studied James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.  It's always stuck with me... it's how I feel about writing fiction, especially genre fiction, paranormal fantasy or adventure.


You have a few steamy moments in your novel. Were they created from fantasy or is there real life experience behind it?

Goblin Fires is a work of pure fantasy, in terms of how the sex scenes go, but when I say fantasy I don't just mean I dreamed them up from scratch. A lot of my personal preferences and desires shaped the course of the lovemaking, sort of self-indulgent, I guess.


Well, I'll take it back.  There is one scene shaped from personal experience. But I won't tell which one...

Why did you choose a virgin rather than a more experienced woman? (Or vice versa)

I almost made Reagan a pining, star-crossed lover who had never known another's touch as she waited eternally for the love she couldn't have... but it didn't really fit. She was a rake, underneath it all. I'm sometimes afraid I made her unsympathetic in the sense that she pines over Ceridwen and yet has all these other lovers in the wings. I felt I had to be true to the character though, and Reagan had a thing for chasing women. She is quite up front with them, though... she doesn't lead them on, never promises that she can love them.  She knows her heart belongs to Ceridwen.

As for Ceridwen herself... there was something too perfect about her being a virgin princess. It's probably cliché as hell, too, but I went with it. She's not an ignorant virgin, though, and I really like her that way.

Foreplay, some say it’s just a waste of energy, others feel that it’s a must. You’re opinion?

I think it's a waste of energy not to include it. Especially in erotica. You're trying to appeal to the senses, if you're not investing the time and thought into indulging your readers' every sense, you're wasting your time writing a sex scene to begin with. Foreplay isn't just a bedroom act, either: in erotic fiction, it makes up the spine of the sexual plotline. I read so much erotica where the author seems to think they need to establish in instant and permanent bond by some deus ex machina in order to justify the characters getting it on. I find it childish. It cheats the reader of the build-up, the sense of curiosity, the discovery.

That being said, there is an exception to every rule and there could be lots of reason a hot and heavy scene would be disrupted by too much attention to foreplay, so it's not always a must, in my eyes. If you're going to skip it, though, skip it for the right reasons.

What sexual position is your favorite?

I am especially partial to doggy-style, myself.

Have you ever used your nails and left marks?

Nothing especially drastic, but yes, I have.

Do you think lingerie is a must for a relationship?

I personally find it fun and flirty. It allows for different moods, different scenarios. I can imagine some couples find it frivolous or don't think its attractive, but for me, I have fun with it.

Are you a screamer or the bite it down kind of lover?

Well, in general I'm kind of a quiet, breathy lover (at least until the good part).  My partner quite likes it when I make noise, though, so sometimes I do really let loose. Sometimes I think our neighbors are going to leave a note on our door.


Why did you choose to write Paranormal/Fantasy?

There's no complicated reason for this. It's what interests me. I think paranormal phenomena, supernatural occurrences, magic and myth are just more interesting and provide more possibility than contemporary realistic fiction.

There is a lot of biting in most of your stories, are you a biter yourself?

I prefer to be the one being bit.

What creature/species do you think makes the ultimate lover?

Hm.  Well, as you've probably guessed, I really like vampires. Honestly, though, if I had to choose, I'd think werewolves would prove the 'ultimate'. Primal creatures, the heat and the stamina, the wild passion and (at least in most cases) undying devotion.  With apologies to my dear vampire characters, I think I'd prefer a werewolf in my own love life.

What creature/species is your favorite?

I can't decide. And that's not me trying to get out of the question, it's really true. Goblin Fires is my first book which takes place in the faerie world, and researching the mythologies and fables of different 'faerie' and 'spirit' creatures opened up a lot of great ideas and inspiration for later use.


Have you ever participated in BDSM?

My sojourn into BDSM has been light, but gradually intensifying. My partner and I are in a sort of experimental phase.

BDSM has been described as the ultimate form of trust between two people, do you agree?

It's a very big generalization. This is another thing I can't imagine applies to everyone. For the right people, sure; I wouldn't consider it the ultimate form of trust in my own relationship. The trust is imperative, yes, but I can think of several other levels and needs and expressions of trust, outside the bedroom, that trump it for me.

Any favorite toys?

The Wet Wabbit, hands down.  Definitely my favorite.  Though I have a fondness for fuzzy handcuffs, and I'd love to get a good leash and collar (the one I have now is not awesome at all).

Does pain really enhance the sexual experience?

For me, pain is a sensation, and the right kind of pain just damn well feels good. I like a little soreness, a little bruising, lasting afterwards and even into the next day. It keeps me in a mindset, thinking back to the source and making me eager for more.  I think in my case, I'd say it enriches the experience.

Who is the better Dom? Male or Female?

I don’t' really think gender is the deciding factor there.  I'm not even sure I'd say it plays any role at all. Dom is a mindset, not a set of organs.

Your perfect male Dom would be?

For me? Someone primal and demanding, someone who isn't afraid to take charge of me entirely.  I don't get into humiliation, though, so my Dom is someone who will make me his sexual possession, but treat me with love and desire, and treasure me as his. He has to be willing to invest a lot in the after-care, and give me lots and lots of affection and attention.

Your perfect female Dom would be?

Oh, I'd definitely need a Sappho of my very own. She'd see me and want me and pursue me, take charge of my instruction and tell me all she wants for me to do. I'm not closed to toys but I'd want a Domme who prefers honest girl-on-girl and not too much reliance on artificial 'enhancements', shall we say.  With a male Dom I'd want someone who treated me with respect and tenderness in public but owned me in the bedroom; with a Domme I'd want almost the opposite. In public she can show how much she owns me, but in private I'd want a lot of tenderness and affirmation. All while keeping a hold of my leash, of course.

What is your perfect game setup?

I'm a fan of restraints. Handcuffs, straps, leash, those sorts of things. I like a scenario which puts me at the mercy of my partner.

1 x $50 Amazon GC
2 x E-Copy of Goblin Fires
2 x E-Copy of a Mystery Anthology
Sometime in early 2009, Brantwijn Serrah ran across an erotic novel in her local Barnes and Noble, and fell in love with the gorgeous geisha pictured on the cover. Sad to say, the book didn't live up to expectations. After one too many iterations of the phrase "his most honorable penis", Brantwijn decided to write her own story instead. The idea for Lotus Petals, the tale of a geisha seduced into the world of vampires, was born.
When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.
In addition to Lotus Petals, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm, and hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at
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