Monday, 23 May 2016

Smut by the Sea 2016

Smut by the Sea 2016 Author and Reader event Sponsored by Godemiche – Are you going to Scarborough Fair?



Smut Events are fun, safe, inclusive days out when our community of erotica writers, sex bloggers. talented performers, readers, geeks & those that love them get together to socialize, exchange ideas and inspire one another. Smut by the sea 2016 is the fourth event to be held at Scarborough Library and this year it is on Saturday 28th May from 10am -5pm. 

On the day there will be a host of fun, smutty things to enjoy including interactive workshops (including one from me!), reading slams, a brand new incarnation known as Dr Scribbly and much, much more. You even get your buffet lunch thrown in for free!

In the erotic marketplace you’ll be able to meet event sponsors Godemiche and get to grips with their amazing handmade silicone dildos, have a go on the world famous erotic tombola and win sex toys galore, check out amazingo.co.uk and treat yourself or pick up a book from the book stall and get your copy signed by the attending authors.

Tickets are now available from just £12 (excluding paypal charges) and there are a few limited author and promo tickets left for those who want to bring their books and promotional items on the day. Pick up your ticket at Eventbrite now or if you’d like to arrange an alternative way to pay other than paypal contact Victoria Blisse at victoria @ victoriablisse. co. uk (no spaces). As Host with the most she will be able to answer all your questions too.

10.00am DOORS OPEN

10.15am Introduction from Victoria Blisse
Welcome to our fourth annual Smut by the Sea event!

10.20am Reading Slam #1
Featuring: Victoria Blisse, Anna sky, Slave Nano, Kev Blisse

11am Morning break

11.15am Jennifer Denys presents "Sex in Sci-fi stories"
Jennifer Denys has written several sci-fi erotic romances and in the process had to research a weightless sex scene - have any astronauts 'done it'? Come and find out! The session will briefly cover the history of sexuality in sci-fi literature, look at modern depictions and you will get a chance to come up with your own ideas for sex scenes in the future (we want some really fun, innovative ideas!)

12noon LUNCH!!

1pm Anna Sky from Sexy Little Pages presents "Shortcuts to self-publishing"
Anna will take you on a whistle-stop tour on how to get more out of your publishing. Find out how to reach more sales platforms with little extra effort, how to use free services to help readers find you more easily and tips and tricks for spreading your new releases further afield.

1.45pm Check out the Erotic Market break

2pm Reading Slam #2
Featuring K D Grace, Charlie J Forrest, Dylan McEwan, Jennifer Denys

2.45pm Bing-Oh-Behave!
Eyes down on those lovely legs elevens for a game of purple prose bingo!

3pm Janine Ashbless presents "Writing Fantasy Erotica"
So you want to write a fantasy, fair tale, SF or paranormal erotic story... but you don't know where to start? You're wondering where to find fresh ideas? This interactive workshop with Janine Ashbless focuses on where to find your inspiration, and how to turn centuries-old plots into startling new stories.

3.45pm Afternoon Tea break

4pm Dr Scribbly with performer Bea Noir
You get to watch amazing performances designed to inspire you on the sport. Then you have a certain amount of time to write something about the performance. Anything you like, a poem, a flash fiction or even simply a description of what you saw. It's totally up to you, no boxes, no cages, just your words.

There will be fun competitions to take part in and opportunities to win fabulous prizes.

5pm So long, and thanks for all the Smut!
Another seaside adventure draws to a close, as we say our goodbyes for another year. xx

5.30pm DOORS CLOSE


Friday, 20 May 2016

Wicked Weekends

WICKED WEEKENDS


Title The Orchard: Command Me
Author Mackenzie Williams
Genre Contemporary Romance/BDSM
Sexual orientation MF
Type of story Novel
What's hot in your story? A flogging on stage

Blurb:

Emerald has always had trouble controlling her anger. Her problem isn't getting any better now that she has a boss and a coworker who seem determined to make her life hell. She turns some of her pent-up stress toward enjoying play at The Orchard, a BDSM club. A few times, however, her anger gets the best of her. Will the Doms make her leave the club for good? When she meets Master Roman, she hopes he'll see the real person she is inside.
Master Roman instantly recognizes Emerald's problem with anger. He has his own abusive past at the hands of angry women. Master Roman believes she needs a strict and tough Dom, but he's not sure he can trust himself with her. Can he get past his demons to help her? Can she, in return, help him with those inner demons?







Title:  Centurion (The Guardian League#2)
Author:  TK Lawyer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sexual Orientation:  M/F
Type of story: Novel
What's hot in story:  Sex out in the open – against a wall of a residential home


Blurb:

Centurion has it all.  A talented charge, ladies at his disposal for a single encounter or more and access to all the coffee he wants once he lands on Earth.  Plus, he’s second in command of the volunteer band of angels called the Guardian League.  The one thing he never wanted was an intimate relationship with a human beyond the usual angel-charge boundaries.

So when he finds a woman as strong and hot as the human beverage that tickles his fancy, what else can he do but pursue her until he figures out what to do with her.

April loves her enticing, hunky angel but he’s a lot to handle.  He’s cocky, unpredictable but most of all…incorrigible.  What is she to do with a male who lives life by his own schedule?

Can April and Centurion form a compromise and allow love to bind them together?  Or will Centurion’s inability to commit wedge them apart, forever?

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Title Training Kevin (Hard Hits, #14)
Author Tatum Throne
Genre Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Sexual orientation MM
Type of story novella
What's hot in your story? Sex at work

Blurb:
When Lt. Kevin Philips is accused of stalking his ex-boyfriend, he’s subjected to an internal investigation that could potentially ruin his chance for a coveted position on SWAT. When his case is assigned to one of I.A.’s most notorious investigators, Kevin knows he doesn’t stand a chance.

Det. Wyatt Rome is given his last case in I.A. before he slides into his new role as Detective with District Two. As a personal favor to Chief Rask, Wyatt investigates the allegations made against Kevin. He quickly discovers that all is not as it seems.

As a Dom, Wyatt knows how to take control in every situation. When Kevin refuses to answer his questions, he needs to take drastic measures to get his target to open up. With Kevin denying everything, will he finally submit or will Wyatt have to break the rules—and the man?
Buy link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/training-kevin

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Getting dressed up for Lord of the Rings

Last weekend I went to Leeds to a special Lord of the Rings events where they were showing outdoors screenings of the different segments of the film at Kirkstall Abbey (we went to the final segment).

We had to choose beforehand whether we wished to be elves, orcs, men of Gondor or hobbits. I went with the lovely Sadie Harvey and we chose to be Elves.

The problem was dressing up warm enough for an evening of sitting outdoors in English springtime whilst still looking the part! The elf ears I purchased beforehand helped! (And under I had on warm trousers and jumper!!) - although I had to take the ears off after a while because I couldn't hear much - it was like listening underwater!

I spent ages fussing with my hair having decided to wear some jewellery over my forehead - so out came all my necklaces to try. I will tell you know, it isn't easy pinning an necklace as it tends to slip. The one i went with was an abalone shell stone medallion with a cord which stayed tied back okay! 

However, the fringe looked stupid pinned back so I let brushed it to the side.



It was a fun evening – we had to march on the abbey in our groups beforehand – and had Ranchers Fare for dinner (sausage and potato slices!) - and the whole audience got in the mood, cheering for the goodies and booing the baddies!


Great fun!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Analysing book sales

Book sales

I was doing research recently and looked at sales figures for my books breaking them down as follows:



Book (and order they came out)
Numbers sold
Younger/
older
heroine
Sexual orienta-tion
Genre
Type of story
Submissive Training (4th)
12,600 (by far my best selling book!)
Younger
MF
Contemporary, BDSM
Novella
The Submission Challenge (2nd)
5,500
Younger
MF
Contemporary, BDSM
Novella
Retraining the Sub (8th)
2,400
Younger
MF
Contemporary, BDSM
Novella
Wife for Three (7th)
2,200
Younger
MFMM
Sci-fi
Novella-novel
The Sub Who Switched (6th)
1,500
Younger
MF
Contemporary, BDSM
Novella
Just Good Friends (1st)
1,400
Younger
MF
Contemporary, mild BDSM
Novella
Collared by Wolves (11th)
1,000
Younger
MFMMM
Paranormal (werewolves), BDSM
Novel
Friendly Seduction (3rd)
640
Younger
MF
Contemporary, mild BDSM
Novella
Alien Manhunt (15th)
520
n/a as MMM
MMM
Sci-fi
Short story
Retraining the Dom (12th)
450
Older (YAY! AT LAST)
MF
Contemporary, BDSM
Novella
The Last Werewolf (10th)
440
Younger
MMF
Paranormal (werewolves), suspense
Novel
Friend or Foe (5th)
390
Younger
MF
Contemporary
Novella
Chasing Emily (9th)
330
Older
MFM
Sci-fi
Novella-novel
Marital Duties in Men for Hire (19th)
250
Younger
MF
Contemporary
anthology
BDSM Weekend (18th)
150
Older
MF
Contemporary, BDSM
Novella-novel
Bounty Hunters’ Captive (13th)
140
Younger
MFM
Sci-fi
Novella
Alien Manhunt 2 (17th)
110
n/a as MMM
MMM
Sci-fi
Short story
Kink After Dinner (16th)
105
Older
MF
Contemporary, BDSM
Short story
Torn Between Two Lovers (14th)
80
Younger
MFM
Paranormal (werewolves), BDSM
Novella-Novel
Alien Manhunt 3 (20th)
50
n/a as MMM
MMM
Sci-fi
Short story
Naughty Christmas Wishes (21st)
50
Older
MFMMM
Fantasy, mild-BDSM
Short story


So why don’t books with older heroines sell? At least mine don’t, even though I enjoy writing about the older heroine – I am in my mid 50s myself; I can relate to older heroines.

Maybe because I didn’t do an ‘older heroine’ story until I had written several others, although some more recent books have sold better and it clearly has nothing to do with the length of the book – the short stories may be at the bottom of the list but that’s because I’ve only written short stories more recently.

It could, of course, be down to the genre but they are fairly mixed in the chart. It is misleading to think that MF sells better than menage or MM when the reverse is usually true. I think it is just that ‘Submissive Training’ sold so well that the others in the two sets of trilogies that were linked, sold well on the back of that book and they were all MF.

I suspect a large part of why the older heroine stories don’t sell is due to the fact that women in their 30s-50s (who are our main readers) like to envisage themselves going through the ‘falling in love’ process all over again preferably with a tall, handsome, hunk of a man who doesn’t resemble their husband in the slightest and who is demanding sexually (possibly unlike their husbands in that respect, too! LOL)

Maybe the question really is – why does Submissive Training sell so well? Each quarter it is still the best selling of all my books and when it came out it was the number one best seller for my publisher on amazon UK for six weeks.


Part of the reason for that is it came out at the same time as FSoG – but also, I suspect, people may think they are getting a training manual when they read the title!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Wicked Weekends

WICKED WEEKENDS


Title Heart in Chains

Author Elodie Parkes
Genre Erotic suspense/romance
Sexual orientation MM
Type of story novella
What's hot in your story? The weather. Jay. The love scenes. A sarong clad Connor. 

Blurb:
When Connor Douglas takes a tropical island holiday, he hopes to leave heartbreak behind. Little does he know the extent of the danger and sexual temptation that awaits him.
Long after Jay Levesque has closed down his operations on the very same tropical island, the memory of Connor haunts him.
Warm nights and scorching sex has someone’s heart in chains.

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Title The Lie (Love’s Revenge #1)
Author Peyton Theiry
Genre Erotic Romance, BDSM, Contemporary
Sexual orientation MF
Type of story novel
What's hot in your story? Scenes of BDSM, anal sex, including sex toys, and a feisty heroine.

Blurb:

What would you do if the woman you loved told a lie that destroyed your life?
After being wrongfully imprisoned and then exonerated, Tyler Worthington has spent the last five years reclaiming his life and putting together a perfect plan of revenge. Determined to ruin the woman who took his life away with one lie, Tyler is ready to watch the woman he loathes lose everything.
Ashley Britt is at the top of her game as a television news correspondent. Her personal life isn’t so bad either. When a competing news channel breaks the story of her lie, she loses everything she worked so hard for—even the man of her dreams. Forced to face her past, Ashley discovers the truth of her situation. There’s no forgiveness from the man she ruined.
With a plan that puts Tyler in complete control, Tyler quickly discovers there is no satisfaction in revenge. Will he admit that he loves Ashley before it destroys both of them or will he lose her all over again?


Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Lie-Loves-Revenge-Book-ebook/dp/B01EP57X5U?ie=UTF8&qid=1462539925&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1





Title Figs
Author Tabitha Rayne
Genre Bisexual, erotic romance
Sexual orientation Lesbian/Menage/Multiple partners
Type of story Short story
What's hot in your story? Suggestive simulations of oral sex with fruit

Blurb:

When Mae finally confronts the office perv, Rory, by taking part in one of his suggestive pranks with a fig, she starts a journey that changes the way she thinks and feels about her current partner, Janey.

Janey lost her sight just before they met and Mae realises she has been keeping Janey  like a prisoner in her own home - safe, protected and unseen. After the scene with Rory, Mae decides to take Janey out and show her off to the world – something she should have done a long time ago…

Buy links:

Amazon £1.80