Delicious nibbles of erotica!

Or should that be the entree before the main course!  Either way I’m enjoying writing them. At around twenty-thousand words, or sixty to seventy pages, short stories can be read in one evening – or so I’m told by someone who admitted they couldn’t put Perfect Stranger down.

Perhaps even more fun, they allow me to play on the periphery of other genres, bringing hot sex scenes to what might be described more as a thriller in Perfect Stranger.  Or chick lit, with Forsaking All Others (coming soon).  And then there’s historical drama in The House Of Ill Repute (available later in 2014).

There’s another reason for writing shorter stories.  Whilst I love the look and feel of a published novel – and even more, that longed for moment when you turn it over to read the back cover, and know you have to read this book – we are living increasingly busy lives.  We communicate in message-bites on Twitter and Facebook.  And use text rather than call.  So, rather than trying to find time at the end of a long day for a few more pages of a lengthy novel, we are downloading more short stories, and perhaps even experimenting with new genres and sampling new voices.

Exciting times to be an author!

 

Secrets – Free Kindle Download

For three days, from March 17th to 19th, Secrets will be free to download on Amazon!

So, if you enjoyed Choices, and are looking forward to the third book in the trilogy – out in just two weeks on 1 April – check out Stephanie’s story first, then catch up with her again in Desires!

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Hope you enjoy!

Completing the Luxuria Series

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Just received my first glimpse of the cover for Desires! Out soon, and completing the trilogy.

It feels strange, and a little sad to be letting Anna go. But I’m already enjoying writing the series of short stories coming next. Delicious and indulgent morsels of erotica!

Desires

Desires, the third book in the Luxuria trilogy is now with the publisher, and will be available early in 2014. Anna has made her decision, and this book follows her journey, and to some extent that of Stephanie. Of course, life is never predicable, and just when both women think things are running reasonably smoothly, up pops the unexpected!

One of the most enjoyable aspects to this series was to allow a voice to some of the men who shared Anna’s stage by paying for her services as an escort – and I’m sure there are many more scenarios than I have touched upon. Further, and as one reader pointed out, what about the women who pay for the services of a male escort? Shouldn’t they too have a voice? Perhaps therein lies another tale!

Meanwhile I am happily creating my fourth novel. Working title Forsaking All Others, the plot revolves around the emotional wreckage of an affair, and what follows as Remy and Jonathon try to come to terms with the fallout. Needless to say Remy is a strong personality, as are most of my female characters. But then Jonathon is no pushover either! And so the solution may not always be the obvious one.

I am happy to hold my hand up and say my plots do not always offer happy ever after endings. But when does life do exactly that? I once commented that even as my hero and heroine rode off into the sunset they would be heard arguing as to who was reading the map correctly!

Though perhaps this novel will be different…

Erotica … with a Measure of Sexual Psychology

I have always written, even as a child.

For many years my mother kept some of my earliest stories and poems in an old-fashioned chocolate box. The type with a scene of an idyllic English thatched cottage on the lid. My efforts were muddled up with newspaper cuttings and other bits and pieces. I have never been able to work out exactly why she kept any of it. The newspaper cuttings all seemed so random, while my primary school verse could only be described as painful.

Really though, I blame my father! He was a wonderful storyteller, especially when it came to our family’s past. As a child I would regularly demand a story before bedtime and he would settle back and tell me of his own poverty stricken childhood in a north-eastern mining town, and of the financial and social struggles which went back a further three generations of Irish Catholics. Many, many years later I realised they were stories that needed to be written down.

And so I began tapping away at my computer. Not for public consumption. My thoughts were generally ramblings to ensure that at sometime in the future, my descendents—should they ever be interested—would have access to their roots. And that led to the germ of an idea for a novel.

As these things are wont to do, by sheer chance I met Nichola of the NZ Writers College. She suggested a mentor, Ginny Swart. It was Ginny who, having read my work, suggested I should look at writing erotica, and so here we are.!

Choices began as an erotic idea. A vague mishmash of fantasy and fiction. Take a girl. Give her a solid family background and a respectable career. She is, of course, intelligent and confident—a woman of today. Add a measure of debt. Nothing too serious. A credit card or two, the usual store cards. Perhaps even a personal loan.  She could be your best friend. She might be your sister. Throw into the mix the insidious global financial crisis and the ever-increasing cost of living, and watch her world come tumbling down.  Then offer the solution, sex for payment. Would she or wouldn’t she?

I love writing and reading erotica, especially if it involves a measure of sexual psychology, the delicious underbelly that takes the act of sex to the next level. In fact Choices was such fun to write that the moment I had finished the manuscript I sat down and started the prequel, Secrets.