Reviews and Praises
“RE Hargrave is the best well known BDSM author out there! Her The Divine Trilogy is well written, if you haven’t read it we HIGHLY recommend you do so! When a friend had suggest I read The Divine Trilogy I was hesitant at first because of my past I thought it would be a trigger spot for me but I was wrong, more wrong than I could imagine. RE Hargrave captures the BDSM life style with perfection!” ~Cloe Michael’s Reads Blog
“If I could describe The Divine Trilogy in just three words I’d say “Oh. My. Yes.” From the moment Catherine and Jayden meet in the club to the very last page I was hooked. This story was about so much more than sex. The love that develops between Jayden and Catherine kept me turning pages into the night, and early again the next morning. As my first ever BDSM book, I was surely not disappointed and I can tell, though my knowledge of this subject is limited, that this was BDSM done right. Five stars.” ~ Author EM Denning
“Grab a cuppa and curl up with The Divine Trilogy, a series with a LOT of hot steamy D/S power exchange scenes!” ~Amazon reviewer
“Can we say Scorching Hot?”
“To Read is Divine!!”
“Erotica with heart”
“If you’ve ever been curious about the kind of mind frame of someone who lives this lifestyle is in, or about the details of playtime and scening in a that educates without being droll or boring…READ THIS BOOK!” ~Martini Times Romance Book Blog
“RE Hargrave is a very dear friend of mine and my editor! Her editing skills are excellent and very professional. She is dedicated to her work! As for her writing…amazing! I got the audio version of The Divine Trilogy. I must say that the narrator nailed it with the different accents but most importantly, the author behind the words kept me entertained. I’m not into the BSDM world, not as an author or person so it was a great introduction. RE is a talented author with a magnificent way with words. You can feel the emotions she wants to communicate and her stories flow. She deserves recognition for this series. Hargrave knows the world of BDSM and the Divine Series is a great introduction.” ~Author Jude Ouvrard
“What can I say about a series that has captivated my heart from its very first incarnation? About a journey Erin and Jayden/Catherine and her Master take whereby both of them learn and grow through one another?
To Serve is Divine, the first book in the series, gives us insight into how the pair meet, how their relationship begins and how Erin begins to confront the demons of her past. We watch as she blooms as both a woman and a sub under Master Jayden’s guiding hands.
A Divine Life, the second in the series begins one year into their relationship, the story not only giving the reader a feast for the senses (I swear the scenes were so intense I needed a cold shower or two after), but offering insight into Erin’s mindset as each scene unfolded. Jayden is already a changed man – the love of a good woman – the right woman for him – the end of arrangements he’d had with other submissive just the beginning of his metamorphosis.
In Surreal, the third and final piece of the series, we find our lovers on the road to cementing their lives in each and every way. It isn’t only Erin who is set on the path to true healing. Jayden also embraces the role of loving (as well as hot) partner, thereby adding another dimension to his deliciously Dominant persona.
What I loved about Surreal (and in fact the entire series), is the strength of the connection these two share from start to finish. How the characters read one another like a book, achieving a far deeper understanding of what the other needs at any given time. Limits are pushed, and testing times lay ahead for the couple, but as they met every obstacle with a united front, the love they have for one another shines through. I also enjoyed the fact that you never quite knew when Master Jayden was going to come out to play, the switch between lovers to Dom/sub occurring so seamlessly, it was organic.
Brilliantly written, and with wonderful character development, The Divine Series is simply one of the best I’ve had the privilege of reading. Surreal, the last in the series, is the icing on this most delicious, most decadent of cakes. Not only are the scenes unique as well as sizzling, Hargrave gives us the right balance between heat and passion and an absorbing storyline, one never detracting from the other.
I have to admit, reaching the end of this series has been a bittersweet sensation for me. This story has owned me over such a long period of time, it’s as though a child I’ve known and loved for many years has suddenly left home. At the same time I’m excited for what comes next!
Thank you, Ms. Hargrave, for taking me on the journey of a lifetime. It’s been truly Divine.” ~Author LJ Harris
“From the moment I read about Lorraine’s life, I immediately related. So often when children come along we forget who we are…parenting taking priority over everything else, so much so, that when the children are gone, one can wonder what will remain.
Feeling the need to reconnect with her husband, Lorraine decides a change for them both is long overdue. When she and Richard head to the coast of South Carolina, they are instantaneously drawn into the world of the supernatural.
I absolutely devoured this story, and enjoyed the combination of mystery, intrigue and romance.
In a word, sumptuous.” ~Author LJ Harris (Haunted Raine review)
“This author sure has a way of bringing on the best stories in kink I’ve read.
From the start, Brooklyn tests her limits with her Sir, a Dom she only knows online but has never met. Then there is the man she works with who she fantasises about, but who doesn’t appear interested.
Add to the sexual chemistry a whole lot of mystery, you have yourself a winner of a story.
Loved it.” ~Author LJ Harris (review of Brooklyn Blues)
“Over and above great book and extremely well written. I don’t live the lifestyle, but through her writing, it was like I was part of the experience. If I was ever to get into the BDSM lifestyle I would like my Master to be Jaden or someone like him! I’d be branding myself with a J any day.” ~Nance L
“This genre isn’t what I usually read, but as I love this author, I decided to check it out. What I will say beforehand is to heed the warning inside the cover. This story is not for the faint of heart.
And oh boy, wasn’t it an intense ride from the get-go. I have to admit there were parts that I had to brush over (like I said, intense and this isn’t normally my genre) but the author hits the mark by bringing us along a wild, unhinged journey of insanity that hits you in the face big time. Pushes the boundaries in one’s faith in humanity. Essentially, it’s twisted, disturbing and confronting.
A dark story that pulls no punches.” ~Author LJ Harris (review of SLOTS)
“Just as the title of it read, this story was sweet, with just the right amount of spice added for good measure. Candace…oh she was just great with the way she helped things along between Trent and Lacey in her own way, and I fell in love with not only her, but all of the characters just as I knew I would. I can’t wait to see what else this author has up her sleeve. Congratulations, R. E. – this story was a wonderful read.” ~Author LJ Harris (review of Sugar & Spice)
A letter from a friend
Blurbs and Excerpts
To Serve is Divine (Book 1 of The Divine Trilogy)
“And which limits, pray tell, are you ready to explore, pet?”
“This girl wants to play outside the playroom, Master,” she confided with a resolute, but respectful tone.
“Does she?” He grinned wide enough that the gleam of the street lights reflected off his teeth when the car drove by them.
“Then I will think on it. Perhaps tonight’s outing will involve more than dinner and a show.”
Jaden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman.
What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in romance, and yet, upon meeting Catherine O’Chancey he gradually finds his strict self-imposed limits up for negotiation…
Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?
Her eyes glanced down and then back up at him. “This girl apologizes, Sir. I-she was trying to convince herself she could withstand the cane for your pleasure.” She swallowed and whispered, “But I can’t do it, not yet anyways.”
Interview with Author RE Hargrave
How long have you been writing?
Since I was a kid, really. Poems, co-authored dragon stories with my bestie… dabbling. In 2006, I did start writing a mermaid tale (see what I did there?) which I plan on getting back to one of these days. The fifteen or so chapters I have are rough, and I’ve learned so much since then. I think I’m almost ready to do the story proud. #Stonefish
What challenges have you found as an author?
The biggest challenge is finding time to be a writer and a business woman. As a self-published Indie author, I most definitely have to think with a business head, which is not nearly as fun as letting the creative side of me have her way.
What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?
I’m an introvert who tends to keep to myself when possible. Always have. So, setting my sights on a certain boy in high school—to the point of enlisting my friends to help me figure out his daily schedule, down to the minute, because he’d claimed no one would go out of their way to talk to him in public—was way out of my comfort zone. I used the intel to accost him early one morning with:
“Hi!I’m-saying-hi-to-you-in-public.Bye!” before spinning on my heel and taking off without waiting to see his reaction. No, I didn’t breathe, and I later found out he’d had no idea what I’d said, but he’d gotten the message. This July, we’ll have been married twenty-four years.
What is your bucket list?
Once upon a time, writing a book was at the top. I don’t think about it too much, other than there are places I’d love to visit someday. Greece and Italy are at the top of that list, followed by Ireland, Alaska, England, and Sweden, to name a few. This May I’ll be in New Orleans for an author signing (Naturally Naughty in NOLA) because my mother-in-law has had NOLA on her bucket list for a while now. Looking forward to checking out the local haunts. *wink*
What was your childhood like?
Lonely. My parents divorced when I was three, and proceeded to live on opposite sides of the country, which had me traveling—a lot. Kids can fly alone starting at age five, after all. When you’re moved around as much as I was, you either get used to barging your way in as the new kid, or you keep to yourself. As explained above, I kept to myself. This left me plenty of time to disappear into books, though! Lots and lots of books… oh, the places I went. Not a single regret.
As a child, what was your dream career?
Considering I’d set up all my stuffed animals and dolls, and hold ‘class,’ safe to say I wanted to be a teacher. Later, I entertained aspirations of chasing down a career in hospital administration. In the end, I became a mom to three fantastic people who find ways to amaze me with their humanity and intellect on an almost daily basis. I also get to bring stories and characters to life. Both my own and other Indie authors, since my ‘day job’ is freelance editor.
What about your adult life?
I’m a mom and wife first. My Indie involvement always gets scheduled around my household. That’ll probably shift, a little, once all the kiddos have moved on. I’ll still be a wife first.
What do you love/hate about being a writer?
Getting hit with a new story idea. Grabbing hold of a fresh idea, the newness and excitement of seeing and building those characters in your head, is always a rush. The flip side of that is when other commitments encroach, forcing you to have to relegate your new friends to the dreaded WIP pile. With patience and tenacity, once you’ve forged your way to The End, it’s worth every headache and lost hour of sleep.
What is your take on fanfiction?
Hi, I’m texasbella, and I write Twilight Fan Fiction. And yes, I support pull to publish, when it’s done with more than just name changes or little to no professional editing.
Any advice for new and aspired writers?
Tell the story YOU want to tell. Don’t worry about trying to appeal to the readers, because you can’t make everyone happy. You write the story, and the readers will come. Understand that while they may love one book, it’s okay if they don’t care for the next one. That’s not to say they don’t like you. They’ll be back to try the next one.
Next, editing matters. A lot. Budget it into your publishing process, and vet your editors. It’s okay to ask for references and samples. Better yet, talk to authors they’ve worked with and get the real low-down on working with that editor. You should also be prepared for thorough and proper editing to not be done in one pass that only takes a few days; schedule in a few months for the editing process.
Tell your readers a little about yourself, perhaps something no one knows? Links to you, your work, this is where you have the floor…
Domestic engineer. Dreamer. And quite possibly certifiable.
An international bestselling author, R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX, where, together with her high school sweetheart, she is raising three children. She has always been an avid reader, a sometimes quilter, and now, is chasing her dream as a writer.
Along with her other hobbies, including cooking, gardening, and a love of music, Hargrave often finds inspiration in the smallest things. When in creation mode, she is fond of setting her stories—which range from the sweet to the paranormal, to the erotic and horrific, but almost always come with romance—on location in South Carolina and Texas.
Hargrave is best known for her erotic BDSM series, The Divine Trilogy. The final book in the trilogy, Surreal, was a 2015 Golden Flogger Award Finalist with BDSM Writer’s Con.
You can find her on her blog: http://www.rehargrave.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/REHargrave
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/REHargrave
*rubs hands together and grins* You want links? I’ve got links! Stand by…
To join my reader’s lounge on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/REsReadersLounge/
To find buy links or order signed paperbacks: http://www.rehargrave.com/p/get-it-here.html
To find info on my editing services: http://www.rehargrave.com/p/editing-by-re-hargrave.html
To sign up for my newsletter (which I admit I’m awful at sending with any regularity, LOL): http://ow.ly/Xne5L
Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to do this interview with us!