Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Phantom of the Opera by Wendi Zwaduk Book Tour

Wendi Zwaduk

The Classics Exposed…

A chance sighting at the Opera, fated love, and three lives in turmoil.
One man pledges to own her, while another wants her heart. The Opera sets the stage for romance and intrigue. In the catacombs below the building lives a man rife with sorrow and passion. The Phantom. But he’s not content to live alone. He wants to possess the one woman who can set him free.
His Christine.
Viscount Raoul de Chagny doesn’t believe the rumours of a Ghost living below the Opera. He only has eyes for Christine, his childhood friend and first love. Together they embark on a sensual journey of discovery and fiery desire.
But she can only have one man. Will love raise her up or tear their world apart?

“I cannot.” He threaded his fingers into her hair, drawing her close. “I have the most indecent thoughts when I’m near you.” He spoke against her lips. “I can’t help but want to ruin you, only to keep you in my arms a bit longer.”

The most beautiful shade of red spread across her cheeks and slipped down the column of her neck. She glanced at the door, then shot from her spot on the bed. Christine twisted the lock and pressed herself against the door.

“What kind of indecent thoughts?” she whispered.

“To lash you to my bed with your body bared to me. I want to take you over and over, hearing you cry out my name. To watch you give me pleasure with your submission to me.”

“I’m not educated in the way to love a man.” Her chest heaved with each breath. “Will you teach me? I want to be yours, if for only a short time. I want you to show me how much you love me. Teach me?”

“Yes, my love.” He held out his hand to her. Christine twisted her fingers with his and eased onto his lap. Her eyes widened.

“What are you asking of me?”

“Your submission. Allow me to direct you as if I were the composer of one of your songs. Do you trust me?”


I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.   
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals.  I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!  
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Thank you for having me on this tour. I'm glad I got to stop at a new to me site. I'm glad to be here. :-)

What made you decide to take on a hauntingly classic tale like Phantom of the Opera and add your own flair to it?

I chose it because of the haunting quality absolutely. Everyone can feel for Phantom. We want him to win the girl, even though he's a little loose with his wires. I also chose it because so many of the scenes begged to be written with heat. Phantom takes Christine to his lair underground...she and Raoul play hide and seek in the backgrounds of the Opera. Christine and Raoul investigate the stairways under the Opera. All these could be reasons for quickies or a little bondage play. I tried to keep all the heat organic as well. I wanted the parts that scorched to feel like they were supposed to be there if Leroux could make the story hotter.  Plus, I wanted to be able to show just why Raoul felt he'd lost so much when he lost Christine.

Did you have a particular man in mind when visualizing the Phantom for inspiration?
Gerard Butler, hands down. First off, I knew he was in the movie version made a few years ago, but that wasn't the main inspiration. I'd seen an interview he did with someone, I can't tell you who it was now...might have been like the Tonight Show or something, anyway, he was asked to sing. He got right up there and just belted something out. It was great. Having not seen the movie at that point, I had no idea he COULD sing. Seeing him do so was hot. And I knew there had to be someone who could play sexy with just the right amount of lunacy. Gerard can do that. But another one who could've been good in the part would've been Bradley Cooper. He plays unhinged while being sexy, too.    

It’s hard not to attach music to this story because of the context as well as the musical renditions, did you find yourself listening to any of it when writing this story?
No. Not at the outset. I was busy trying to absorb the story first off. I wanted to be able to add that heat without it feeling 'added'. Granted, the music Andrew Lloyd Webber added is fantastic and so sexy. But when I started, I kept to silence to really get into the character's mindsets. Once I felt I was there, THEN i played the soundtrack over and over and as many different versions as I could find. There were at least two or three versions. I loved it. 


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  1. Yes, thank you for hosting me today. Great question! Now for the readers, is there a particular song or play list that gets you wanting to read? Or makes you think of a book and you have to go read it?

  2. Great interview! I love some good ole George Strait to get me thinking about hot cowboys. Gets me wanting to read some Lorelei James or Mari Carr or Jayne Rylon.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  3. Great choice, Mel. I always get in the mood to read hot and sexy when I listen to Gary Allan. Love him. :-)

  4. Great interview. Thanks for hosting. Sounds like a super sexy read

  5. Thanks Maria, I hope you enjoy the book. :-)