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Don’t Be a Sheep By Lisabet Sarai

I am pleased to share with you an author whose newest release captured my attention right away and did not disappoint. Lisabet Sarai is well known among the ERA circles and beyond that. Her newest novel The Gazillionaire and the Virgin was published January 29. She was kind enough to stop by and offered this blog post as a part of her promotional tour. I'll be posting an excerpt in the coming days.

Don’t Be a Sheep By Lisabet Sarai

Fitting in. Being popular. Looking hip. When you’re a teenager, that’s what you want more than anything. I was no different from any other teen, back then or today. I’d have long arguments with my mother about why she wouldn’t buy me nylons until I was thirteen, or why I had to wear ugly snow boots to school, or why I couldn’t shave my legs yet.

“But Mom,” I’d whine. “All the girls wear stockings.”

“So what?” she’d respond. “Why do you need to be like everyone else?  Do you want to be a sheep?”

The disdain in her voice made it clear that conformity for its own sake was something she held in very low regard. Arguments based on following the prevailing views or actions of the majority almost never succeeded.

At the time, I found her insistence on individualism annoying and frustrating. As I grew older, though, I realized that this was some of the best advice she ever gave me. I’ve made some unconventional choices in my life. I’ve done things “most people” wouldn’t even consider. And all things considered, I think I’m happier and more fulfilled because I haven’t followed a standard, mass-approved path.

“Don’t be a sheep” applies to my writing as well. I don’t choose what I am going to write based on what’s currently hot in the market. In fact, I take perverse delight in challenging the current literary fashions, taking stereotypes or genre tropes and turning them on their heads.

That was the genesis of my new erotic romance The Gazillionaire and the Virgin. Some time after the release of FSOG, I was chatting with my blog mates. One of my friends said, “If I read about another romance about a brooding, dominant gazillionaire hunk and a shy, inexperienced virgin, I think I’ll upchuck.” 

Great title, I thought. But what if the obscenely rich gazillionaire was the heroine? And the hero was virgin?

That was all it took to send me off on a genre-busting quest to create a sexy and romantic tale about a woman who has it all and the inexperienced but naturally dominant nerd she falls for.

I can almost hear you thinking. A virgin hero in erotic romance? How could that possibly work? I dont want to read something so weird. Everyone likes alpha heroeslike the guys in thousands of other BDSM erotic romance novels.

My answer? Be a bit adventurous. Give The Gazillionaire and the Virgin a try. If you like BDSM-themed erotic romance with both heat and heart, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Don’t be a sheep.

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This post is part of my Gazillionaire and Virgin blog tour, running from February 1st to 15th. Leave me a comment on this post, including your email address, and I’ll enter you to win a $50 bookstore gift certificate (first prize) or a print copy of the new book (second prize). Visit all the stops for more chances to win. You’ll find the full list here:


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Yes the teenage years having to be the same as everyone else I can remember saying the same to my mum. Looking forward to reading the book Lisabet.


February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Ann Speakman

Apologies to Lisabet and readers, for some reason the captcha ran amok and comments were not being posted.

It should be working now. Please email me if you have any troubles.

February 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterNikko Lee

The gender switch sounds good, I don't see why this can't become the new norm. I got tired of books labelled "The Millionaire and ..." so publishers changed it to "The Billionaire and ..." At this point they lost me. Even as a reader I was feeling like I'd become a gold-digger. I wonder if they've made it up to "The Trillionaire and ..."? (By the way spell check here doesn't recognize this word)

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February 3, 2016 | Registered CommenterNikko Lee

Thanks so much for hosting me, Nikko! And for your lovely review on Amazon!

Computers... don't get me started!

February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisabet Sarai

Maybe it's just because I'm an m/m gal normally, but a male virgin hero is one of my favorite things!


February 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTrix

I totally agree about the sheep thing. I hate conforming-to anything. That's one of the reasons I love reading and writing erotic romance. It let's you explore things that in the vanilla cupcake world of today are frowned upon in some circles-like my suburban landscape. So the more lesfic stories I write, or the more BDSM tales and yarns with paranormal hunks the more I like it. Be yourself. Dream your own dreams.

Happy release day!


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February 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErzabet Bishop

This sounds interesting
KristineLR23 (AT) gmail (dot) com

February 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

Thank you for the wonderful excerpt. I can't wait to read more about Theo and Rachael. Thank you also for the great contest.
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February 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisabet Sarai

Your mom sounds wonderful, and the more that I read about your story the more I want to read it.

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February 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJuana Esparza

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