The Cocktail Party


By Anna del Mar, author of TO THE EDGE

True story. Fancy cocktail party. I’m introduced to the hostess. Invariably, the conversation drifts toward the inescapable question. “What do you do for a living?”

The woman to my right is a financial advisor. The woman to my left is a cardiologist. The hostess is a well-known philanthropist. She narrows her eyes on me. “What about you?”

Until recently, this was the precise point in which I broke out into a cold sweat. After all, 2016 marks my first official year as a romance writer. It’s been a whirlwind for sure, with two romantic suspense releases, The Asset and The Stranger, and two erotic romances, At the Brink and my latest, To the Edge. My learning curve has been steep, but I’d like to think I’m with it. Still, I’ll be honest. Cocktail parties as a romance writer, especially one who occasionally admits to writing erotic romances? Terrifying.

I take a sip of my champagne and look my hostess in the eye. “I’m a writer.”

Predictably, my hostess follows up. “And what do you write?”


Her mouth puckers. “Oh.”

I suspect I’m hanging out with the wrong crowd. I’m going to need more champagne.

“Who’s your publisher?” asks the financial adviser.

“Carina Press.”

“Isn’t that Harlequin?” the doctor asks.


The hostess frowns, but the doctor’s mouth relaxes into a smile. “I love Harlequin,” she says. “I grew up on Harlequin romances.”

The financial adviser jumps up and down on her high heels and squeals. “Me too!”

I’m now officially in friendly territory.

“Do tell.” The doctor flashes me a conspiratorial smirk. “What’s your next release?”

I toy with the idea of pitching my Wounded Warrior series, sizzling romantic suspense that’s just barely on the “right” side of the erotic line. Hell, no. I love my romantic suspense but I’m also proud of my erotic romances, of the quality, originality and work I put into my At the Brink novels. My erotic romance fans are some of the most discriminating readers on the planet. I’m not giving any of that up.

So I cling to my flute and tell the ladies that To the Edge is a second chance love story about Noah Blake and Clara Luz. I explain that, in order to learn about kink, Clara had to learn the ropes, but she never expected to be so compromised she’d need rescue by none other than Noah, the first man she ever loved, the ex-SEAL who almost destroyed her, the wounded warrior determined to reclaim her heart and fight for redemption to the very edge of sexual obsession. Because the champagne has temporarily empowered me, I add that To the Edge is the sexiest, kinkiest, most explicit erotic romance I’ve written to date.

You write erotic romance?” My hostess’s blush mirrors her cabernet’s crimson shade.

Uh-oh. Back to sweating again.

My hostess grins, “Is To the Edge on pre-order?”

Those discriminating readers of erotic romance? They hang out at cocktail parties too.

Do you?


TO THE EDGE by Anna del Mar

At the Brink, book two

To learn about kink, she had to learn the ropes. Yet she never expected to be so compromised she’d need rescuing. And by him. The first man she’d ever loved. The former navy SEAL who’d broken her heart. 

Don’t miss this seductive and erotic romance from Anna del Mar, author of The Asset and The Stranger. 

Clara’s gone wild.

Naked. Cuffed. Caged. Is this the sweet senator’s daughter I left behind?

I didn’t know it was her when I rushed into that room filled with flames, but I’ll never let her go again.

She’s proposed a unique way to thank me. It could bring us both to the edge of ecstasy—or to the point of no return.

Clara wants to submit. To me. Totally. Damn any limits. The very thought of it has brought me back from the dead.

But a stranger is watching from the shadows. He’s made us his fantasy. And he plays rougher than I do. Where he’s taking us now is somewhere so dark, and so dangerous, that this time it could be inescapable.

This book is approximately 104,000 words

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Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love.

A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.

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