Monday, 1 September 2014

Author interview - Lucy Felthouse

This month’s author interview is Lucy Felthouse who I have met at several different conferences/events for erotica writers (and attended several of her workshops!). Over to you, Lucy…

Thanks, Jennifer. I am a very busy woman! I write erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and have over 100 publications to my name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to my bow is editing, and I have edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edit for a small publishing house. I own Erotica For All, am book editor for Cliterati, and am one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join me on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to my newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9


About You


What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Brushing my teeth in the shower. What can I say? I’m nowhere near as badass as my characters.
(LOL – you mad woman!)


What do you do when you’re not writing?

Brush my teeth in the shower, LOL (hehehehe!). I run my business (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk), I edit, I read, I watch TV, I play with my dog and spend time with my other half.


Name three people you would like to be shipwrecked with (and why)?

Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Padalecki. Because they’re all funny and totally gorgeous. Need I say any more?


Your Writing

Tell us about your latest book.

Pack of Lies is a paranormal erotic romance which is also a thriller. It’s the most complex piece of work I’ve written to date and I had loads of fun with it. It’s about two werewolf brothers who are framed for a crime they didn’t commit. It’s pretty different to anything I’ve written so far, but don’t panic, it’s still got super hot sex and delicious alpha males ;)
(I like….)


Is there any trivia about your latest/forthcoming story that you can share with us (eg, the name of a real life pet that you used in the story)?

Well, I wouldn’t call it trivia as such, but a big part of my storyline is based on real historical happenings from the 1600s. It’s a fictional novel which is based on stunning fact.
(Oh, how intriguing!)


What’s the hardest part of writing?

Editing myself. I think I’m getting better, but even when using methods like reading your stuff out loud, it’s still so much easier to pick up on other people’s errors than your own.
(Yep, know what you mean).


Quick Fire round

Tall skinny men or short but muscular? Tall and skinny. Ideally, tall and muscular, really, but if I can only have one, definitely tall. I’m a sucker for a tall guy.


Hawaii or Norway? Hawaii. Mainly because the British summer seems to have disappeared.
(Hasn’t it just!)


Turquoise or mauve? Turquoise.


A juicy grilled steak with garlic butter or vanilla & raspberry cheesecake with white chocolate? Why can’t I have both? That sounds like a complete two-course meal to me!
(hahaha!)


Historical or sci-fi movie? Historical. I’m really not a sci-fi fan.


George Clooney or Brad Pitt? Neither. They don’t do it for me.
(Sacrilege!)


Flogging or paddling? Paddling.


Bouquet of roses of bunch of wild flowers? Neither. I’d rather have chocolate.


Finally

Links of how fans can find you on the internet?






Here’s an excerpt from her book:

As Matthew and Isaac Adams opened the front door to their house, the telephone started ringing. Matthew sighed. “Typical. No rest for the wicked. I’ll answer it, you go and get ready for work.”

Isaac nodded and headed off to do as his brother advised. Matthew, the older of the two, walked toward the ringing phone and snatched it off the hook. Then, remembering that the person on the other end of the line would have no idea what a rough night he’d just had, he made the effort to inject some politeness into his tone.

“Hello? Adams residence.” Isaac had told him time and time again that the last part about the residence was old-fashioned, that people didn’t say that anymore, but Matthew couldn’t seem to shake it.

“Hello, Matthew? It’s Richard.” The village vicar’s voice, even though he’d only spoken four words, sounded strained, almost panicked. “You boys just get back?”

“Yeah, a moment ago. Why, what’s up?”

“I, uh… I got a call. A dead sheep has been found up on the moor. Not just dead. Mutilated. Like a wild animal attack.”

An unpleasant feeling wormed its way under Matthew’s skin and his stomach flipped. “Oh?” He paused, then figured he had nothing to gain by not saying the next words he wanted to. “You don’t think it was us?”

The vicar’s gasp was instant, one of genuine surprise. “Lord, no! Absolutely not. I just phoned to let you know and I was wondering if you’d come up there with me and take a look. You and Isaac are probably more qualified than anyone else in the village to tell what did this.”

“Isaac has to work, he just went to get ready. But yes, I’ll come up. I’ll let my brother know where I’m going, then I’ll be straight over. Are you at the rectory?”

“Yes. Okay, I’ll see you soon. Thanks, Matthew. Bye.”

“Goodbye.”

Matthew hung up the phone with another sigh. The horrible feeling that had crept under his skin and taken over his gut seemed as if it was there to stay, and it was never a good sign. The vicar’s news was surprising, yes, but he also had an inkling that it was going to spell trouble, or at the very least inconvenience, for him and his brother.

Pulling in a deep breath in an attempt to calm his jangling nerves, Matthew walked upstairs and toward his brother’s bedroom. The door was closed. He knocked. “You decent?”

“Yeah,” Isaac replied, “close enough.”

Stepping into the room, Matthew looked at his brother. He was half-dressed, ready for his shift at the doctor’s surgery, where he was a general practitioner. “Sorry to interrupt, mate, but that was Richard on the phone. They’ve found a mutilated sheep up on the moor, and he’s asked me to go with him to check it out.”

Isaac paused with one arm pushed into his shirtsleeve. “He doesn’t think—”

Matthew cut him off. “No. He was quite adamant about that. He just thought we’d be able to help figure out what did it. I explained that you’ve got to go to work, though. I’m going to head across there now and go up with him.”

“I could phone in, let them know I’ll be late.”

Matthew held up his hand. “There’s no need, brother. Relax. Just go to work and help the sick people. I’ll let you know what—if anything—I find out.”

Opening his mouth, then closing it again, Isaac seemed to have thought better of whatever he was going to say. He continued to dress. “All right, I will. But make sure you let me know what happens. Send me a text or something, and I’ll phone you as soon as I have a gap in between patients.”

Matthew grimaced. He hated texting. Hated mobile phones, actually. Technology was one of the things he disliked most about modern-day life, though he realized it was a necessary evil. It solved as many problems for him and his brother as it created, so he dealt with it as best he could. Fortunately, Isaac had always had an affinity with computers and phones, so he tutored his older brother.

“Yeah, all right. I’d better go and find my phone first then, eh?”

Smirking at his brother’s rolled eyes, he left the room and headed for his own bedroom, where he thought he’d left the device the previous night, before he and Isaac had headed for the caves. Immediately spotting the mobile phone—which Isaac often made a point of telling him was akin to a brick—he grabbed it and stuffed it into his pocket and made his way downstairs.


Thanks for being interrogated, Lucy. It was great getting to know you. Next month is the turn of Melanie Fletcher.


Friday, 29 August 2014

Weekend Reading

This week’s recommendations include an erotic writer who advertises for men, hot sex in ancient Greece, and drool-worthy dominant aliens!



Title of book: Erotic Writer Seeks Men

Name of author: Heather Kinnane

Genre: Erotic romance

Description of main characters:

Samantha - an introvert who, until now, explored her fantasies by writing about them.

Richard - blue eyes, dimple, a gaze that rests on your eyes, not on your chest.

Oliver - romantic, thoughtful, likes to kiss every inch of your skin

Jarred - boyish, rough, prefers to stick to the main 'bits'

Setting: a pub, a bookshop and a small flat - all in a large city somewhere

Length: 16,000 words

Blurb: Samantha Fox puts an ad in the local paper, "Fem. Erotic author seeks men for experience, experimentation, and inspiration for erotic works." Richard, Jarred and Oliver answer the call, and Samantha's dismal love-life and dreary writing are spiced up as she experiences pleasures she's only ever dreamt of.

What's hot?: One woman and three men - all together!





Title of book: Saved by Perseus 

Name of author: Ela Stein

Genre: Fantasy Erotic Romance

Description of main characters:

Andromeda - curvaceous princess of Aethiopia, with honey-colored skin and hair, and green eyes.

Perseus - rumored to be the son of Zeus, he is muscled like a god, with tan skin and black hair.

Setting: Ancient Green in mythological times.

Length: 16,750 words

Blurb: Andromeda's world comes crashing down when the Gods proclaim that she is to be sacrificed to the tentacle sea monster that has been ravaging her lands. Perseus witnesses her plight and comes to her rescue, but liberating Andromeda requires more than just skill with his sword.

What's hot?: Hot sex in all sorts of ways to help Andromeda move on





Title of book: Rescued by her Alien Warriors

Name of author: Doris O'Connor

Genre: Sci fi/ MMF

Description of main characters:

Sapphyre Conton is a 28 year old human mum, who hates her red hair, freckles, and propensity to blush, not to mention the extra weight she carries.

Commander Alzaar, Drakan, is a dominant seven foot Alien, with a permanent scowl on his face. Big muscular hunk, with golden skin tone, piercing blue eyes, dark hair, and horns on top of his head. He's in his late thirties.

Second Commander Bentaan, Drakan, is a very similar build and height to Alzaar, but Bentaan has brown eyes, and his dark hair is longer on top, short round back and sides, mussed on top. Golden skin tone and horns - same as Alzaar. Late thirties. He's the more easy going one.

Setting: Unspecified time in our future on Earth and in a war-torn galaxy far, far away

Length: 48,237 words

Blurb: A warship is no place for a human mother and her child. Commander Alzaar and his second in command, Bentaan, can't very well leave an injured Sapphyre on Earth though. Especially when their instincts scream at them that this human is their mate.

What's Hot?: Drool worthy, dominant Aliens who will do anything to keep their mate safe.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Writing a new genre - Gay stories

I wrote a gay story – once! It was for an anthology and was rejected. I thought at the time that it was a sign that I wasn’t meant to write gay stories, particularly as it wasn’t a process I had particularly enjoyed as I tend to relate to the heroine more than the hero. And there ain’t no heroines in homosexual stories!! (Unless you are writing an transsexual story, I guess).

HOWEVER, about three months ago I woke up having dreamt a terrific gay story with a fabulous twist. I knew I just had to write it up – I was inspired! And as it was just a short story it didn’t take long. Having said that I was still astonished when Evernight Publishing accepted my story after my previous rejection and so Alien Manhunt was born. (Wow! My first gay story was published!!)

Did I enjoy this more than my previous attempt? Yes, and I am not sure why. Maybe because I was trying to force a story to fit the themes for that particular anthology rather than let the story flow out of me. Somehow it didn’t seem to matter that there was no heroine.

What I did discover were other difficulties, such as if you are saying ‘he’ – which he are you referring to? This is something I had come across before when writing MFM stories but is even more relevant when doing MM – or even MMM as this one became. It is therefore necessary to use their first names more – or, in this case I also referred to them by the planets they were from, eg, ‘the Espoornian’, ‘the Cinattran’, ‘the Human’. I have also found from experience that it helps to give them all a different first initial for their names – hence Greg, Taran and Suva. If you have two heroes beginning with the letter S, for example, then it might take you a moment or two to think about which hero is being talked about and the reader may lose the thread of the story.

Taran stumbled as he whipped around suddenly, straining his neck in the process. The Espoornian was leaning against an Uloa tree, shaded by its wide leaves. Where in all the holy hells did Suva come from?


Another issue was making them sufficiently different in character and looks – it is easier when one is a girl and one a boy but when they are all boys I had work harder to I made Greg the dominant one (despite the fact that he wasn’t the oldest, nor the tallest, nor the most muscular), Taran the submissive one and Suva the one who could switch. It helped that they are all aliens from different planets so Taran is vaguely reptilian, red-skinned, with a tail. Suva is tall and fair with feathers down his back, and Greg is your regular human guy, tall, dark and handsome!

When he first saw this species as a child, he had been astonished by their soft, pink skin, so different from his own red skin with scales down his side. The humans had only hair to cover their delicate skin. No scales at all. And they were tail-less!


Will I do another gay story? Absolutely, in fact I have just submitted Alien Manhunt 2. This is a new departure for me – although I have written series set on the same world or in the location before, I have always started a new book with different main characters (although the main characters from one book may be secondary characters in another, the story is not focused on them). This is the first time I have continued the story of the same characters from one book to another. The reason being that I really liked Greg, Taran and Suva and as it was only a short story (which, of necessity, will only focus on an episode in their relationship rather than their whole journey) there was scope to continue. Interestingly, this was something picked up from reviews on Amazon.

Well written and very enjoyable. It's a light and sexy fast paced book that is hard to put down. There could almost be a sequel if the author chooses to. This is one book that I would recommend to friends.

(Another one said, ‘What happened next?)!


What will happen in Alien Manhunt 2? Ahhh – you will have to wait and see if it is accepted first. If it is then I expect it out in early November. I did decide to set each story on each of their different planets (and, yes, you’ve guessed – there will be an Alien Manhunt 3!). So AM2 is the turn of Taran to be chased and is set on Suva’s planet – Espoornia. And that’s all I’m telling you – but you will need to except another twist!

(PS - just after this post went to print I got the email from Evernight Publishing to say they had accepted Alien Manhunt 2!)

In the meantime if you want to read AM1 then it is available from these outlets.






And here is a longer excerpt:

It had been a hard run to get to this small town, so it was a good thing he worked out in the gym. Running a nervous hand through his dark hair, Greg hoped none of the hunters was following him. He glanced around, looking for someone who could help, hoping they would protect him from those chasing. There didn’t appear to be anyone around.
“Shit.”
Greg darted into one building, opened a few doors, and grimaced. On the one hand, it was good that the town was deserted, as anyone living there might have recaptured him. It had been a calculated risk when he spied this place. On the other hand, there didn’t appear to be any vehicles he could steal or any method of communication, as the buildings appeared to have been stripped bare.
“This was a waste of time.” He bit a nail as he considered his options. “Can’t stay here. I could try hiding out in one of these rooms. Nah, that’s too obvious, if anyone is on my heels. Dammit. How can I get to a big city to get away?”
Running up the street, he tried some random buildings, running through one shop and out the back, cursing when it was just as empty as inside.
Noticing a low shed-like building, he climbed onto the roof to spy out the vicinity. Swiftly clambering onto the flat surface, he trotted over to the edge.
Shit!
Greg dropped to his stomach in a trice, keeping his head down. There were two aliens approaching. He gingerly lifted his head again to suss them out. The one in front was staggeringly tall and extremely beautiful, with golden locks that swung around his shoulders as he ran. He remembered seeing him back at the compound before they were released. The alien’s deep amber eyes had locked onto Greg’s and he’d been sucked in, very nearly laying down then and there, and saying, “Take me.”
Back in the present, Greg’s chest felt tight and he breathed deeply to ease the sensation. “Forget it. You can’t have him. He probably just wants you to be his servant, his slave.”
When he looked at the other alien who was fast catching up with the first, Greg’s whole body tensed in shock. The one following was so muscular and sexy Greg felt his cock throbbing in anticipation of a tussle in bed with him.
With a sigh of frustration, he slithered down the roof, landing heavily on his feet.
“Stop it, you idiot. You can’t be attracted to aliens who want to capture you for God knows what reasons.”
He was still in the dark as to why he had been captured originally. None of the red-skinned aliens talked to him. This setup where they let him go only to chase after him reminded him too much of hunting for animals back home.
Dammit. They probably want to kill me and then eat me.
Greg closed his eyes in horror at the thought, and leaned back against the wall to avoid pissing himself with fear. He focused on his breathing, calming himself. Except it didn’t work. His heart pounded, and sweat trickled down his back as he tried to think through his choices.
“Okay. There are other things they might do, like take me prisoner. Maybe this hunt is a way of showing who is the strongest.”
He laughed harshly. It could be an intergalactic version of a game show with the winner getting him as their prize. It was such a contrast to his normal life. Back on Earth he was the dominant type, the one who chased after others.  One night stands were something he often did in the past, his pick-ups doing exactly what he told them to do.
That made him sit up and think. “Christ, whoever captures me might want to make me into a sex slave!”
Part of him really liked the idea of being subjugated by either of the two hunting him. Better them than some of the other aliens who stared hungrily at him in the compound. There was one who looked like a giant pig in leathers and another with a mouthful of sharp teeth in his crocodile-like body.
Having said that, from the looks of the muscular alien chasing him he appeared to be reptilian, too, but since he hardly wore any clothes Greg could see his scales were limited to the sides of his red-skinned body. Okay, so he also had a tail. However, the rest of him appeared human-like, if somewhat demonic.
The alien looked rather short, probably shorter than he. Greg reckoned, with the creature’s bulging muscles, that once caught, Greg would never get free. He’d be held down, his wrists tightly clasped as the reptilian lowered his wide chest onto his, crushing the breath out of him. He wouldn’t be able to move beneath him.
Does he have fangs? Greg imagined the alien biting his neck, his chest, his nipples, causing delicious torment as he went. In an instant, he’d be flipped over and the demon would start biting his buttocks, moving his hand between Greg’s legs to tightly clasp his hard throbbing cock.
“I’ve got you, at last!”


Monday, 25 August 2014

Out of the mouths of babes

I visited family recently for my great niece’s birthday. Faith was 8.

Her mum said she was in the local library when Faith suddenly asked if Auntie Jen’s books were in the library and if she could take one out.

…… No! Not for a few years yet!! LOL

Friday, 22 August 2014

Weekend Reading

My weekend reading recommendations is back! We have a sex slave auction, a web of sensual exploration and a steamy lesbian love scene. Enjoy!!


Title of book: Keeping Sarah, the third in the series begun by Loving Sarah and Owning Sarah

Name of author: Julie Shelton

Genre: Erotic Romance, MMF, BDSM

Description of main characters:

Jesse Colter, 36, part Native American, muscular, confident, all alpha, black hair, black eyes.

Adam Sinclair, 38, blonde, blue-eyed, muscular alpha male.  Both are 6'3", former SEALs, and Doms.

Sarah Marshall, 5'3", dark brown hair with lighter streaks and highlights, turquoise eyes with dark brown rims, she is beautiful, smart, and a lawyer.  She's also a sexual submissive.

Setting: A BDSM Club in a remote castle in the north of England.

Length: approximately 81,000 words

Blurb:
AN ALBANIAN BLOOD FEUD, A SEX SLAVE AUCTION, ATTEMPTED MURDER—YOU CALL THIS A HONEYMOON????  All that and more is in KEEPING SARAH, the third and final thrill ride in my roller-coaster, SUPER HOT, BDSM menage series that started with LOVING SARAH and OWNING SARAH!  All three books are available now! 
What's hot?:  Scorching M/M loving and sex games at an orgy.




Title of book: Scorpio Begins
 
Name of author: Lilith Darville

Genre: Erotic romance

Description of main characters:

Connor, 5’10”, 140lbs, gray-green eyes, medium brown hair with longish curls.

Meredith, 5’8”, curvaceous, sapphire-blue eyes, dark grown hair halfway down her back.

Setting: Summer, Kincardine, Ontario

Length: 28,327 words

Blurb: Join Connor McClane and Meredith Kincaid as they become entangled in a web of sensual exploration and emotion that leads to a cataclysmic confrontation. Enjoy lots of steamy hot sex while we learn about the boy who will become the billionaire in this prequel of The Scorpio Saga.

What’s Hot?: This book will stimulate your sexual imagination, and includes dominance and submission, sex toys and bondage. Feed your fantasies!




Title of book: The Beast of Birch Hill
 
Name of author: Naomi Clark

Genre: F/F paranormal romance

Description of main characters:

Emma, late 20s/early 30s, blonde, athletic, outdoorsy

Abi, late 20s/early 30s, Hispanic, curvy

Setting: contemporary small-town America

Length: short story – about 11,500 words.

Blurb: Wildlife photographer and cryptozoology blogger Emma Jordan came to Birch Hill expecting to find another urban legend. But when the evidence starts to pile up that Birch Hill really does have a killer cat on the loose, Emma finds herself caught in a confusing game of cat and mouse.

What's hot?: A steamy lesbian love scene!



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Character profiles for 'Alien Manhunt'

This month’s character profiles come from the new book out ‘Alien Mahunt’



Name – Taran

Nationality – from the planet Cinattra

Book – Alien Manhunt

Love interests – Suva and Greg

Age – about 22

Hair/eyes – Long red hair tided back in a plait, dark eyes

Height/weight – 5ft 3in but very muscular

Looks – Is red skinned with scales down the sides of his body

Other – He is a virgin

(Actor Sam Heughan matches my image)



Name – Suva

Nationality – from the planet Espoornia

Book – Alien Manhunt

Love interests – Taran and Greg

Age – about 37
 
Hair/eyes – Long fair hair, amber eyes

Height/weight – Very tall (6ft 6in) and slender

Looks – Is very beautiful

Other – He is telepathic.

(Imagine elf lord from Lord of the Rings, something like Orlando Bloom only older and without the pointy ears!)



Name – Greg

Nationality – from Earth

Book – Alien Manhunt

Love interests – Taran and Suva

Age – About 28-30

Hair/eyes – Short dark hair, blue eyes

Height/weight – 6ft tall, average build

Looks – Good looking.

Other – Is dominant in the relationship

(Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyer is a close match to my image)

Blurb: Abducted and forced to run for his life in a manhunt comprised entirely of human men, Greg spies the two aliens fiercely competing to capture him, and he begins to lust after both of them.

Taran, a hunky humanoid/reptilian, and Suva, a tall, beautiful, slender creature, are both desperate to get to the human first, while dealing with a mutual attraction.

Back on Earth Greg was the dominant one, but the situation has now changed. What do they want with him? Will they sell him, torture him, or make him into the sex slave? Each one keeps their innermost desires secret. But is the truth finally out?

Review from Goodreads: For a short story, this piece of scifi is a gem. There's excitement, surprisingly deep characters considering the length, and a big, unexpected twist at the end. Nice I'm looking forward to more, hoping there'll be a series. Pretty please?

Buy links:

Monday, 18 August 2014

Something you never knew about me

Something you never knew about me – I have been to the Maldives. I had a fabulous holiday there in December 2000.