Wednesday, 31 December 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR. Hope you've enjoyed reading my posts in 2014.

SEE YOU IN JANUARY 2015!




Monday, 29 December 2014

Writing a new genre

Welcome to Lea Bronson talking about her move from crime drama to erotica.

Back in ’97, the movie “The Crow” threw me into the world of powerful crime lord Top Dollar, brilliantly played by much underrated actor, Michael Wincott. Top Dollar and most of his slimy, brutal gang members died, but I couldn’t help thinking, “What if he didn’t…?” The idea bugged me for a while, until three years ago, when I decided to re-create him. In a similar setting, but with a wider array of feelings, a heavier baggage, and a different vision of life. His heart and soul were talking to me, and I was determined to write his story – a copy novel from a criminal’s perspective, giving a badass gangster a voice. I made him cold, lethal and unlikeable. Scum, trash, society’s outcast. Then, as the story moved along, I humanized him, gave him a heart to deal with and a conscience to account for.

The crime drama Wild Hearted was born Feb 2013, and the funny thing was that someone who read the book said my sex scenes were too graphic for sweet romance readers. I thought, “Who cares about romance? This is supposed to be erotic, with the same attention for detail and level of edginess as the violence and the gore in the book!”
Shortly after the release, I was invited to write a story for an erotic anthology. I found the necessary inspiration – a dripping hot photo of British dancer, Aaron Sillis, seemingly begging for a story to be told, ha ha – and started writing, focusing heavily on the sex in every single chapter.


Unfortunately, the antho didn’t happen, but I was on a mission. I continued writing the story that would become High-Risk Fever, progressively broadening my genre spectrum from hetero to GLBT, from erotic romance to dripping erotice, and from F/M and M/M to multiple partners/ménage.

It wasn’t easy. I had already told the POV of a gay boy in Wild Hearted, but this was different: describing full-on gay acts and choreographing steamy foursome scenes so long they spanned over several chapters was an entirely new experience and quite the challenge!

What I liked about the new genre was that I could push the sex scenes to the extreme without having accusatory fingers pointed at me. When you read erotica, you expect a certain level of eroticism on every page, and I have to admit that I really enjoyed maintaining that tension throughout the book.

Sometimes, the sexual aggression even led to semi-violent scenes, which in turn made me go back and revisit the intensity and edginess of Wild Hearted. My genre change had gone full circle, which pleased me immensely – I was able to combine two very distinct genres!

And still, to this day, I juggle between them: I’m halfway through a gripping psychological thriller and, in parallel, a sweeter erotic interracial romance. The romance has its hard, brutal moments, and the thriller includes love and highly graphic sex scenes, too, *big grin*

The erotic ménage High-Risk Fever came out Nov 7, and it’s available on Decadent | Amazon.com | Amazon.uk | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | All Romance eBooks | Goodreads



Here's an excerpt from a scene that combines both genres. Enjoy!

Before she could collect her thoughts and produce another half-coherent lie, he stepped toward her, bumping his large chest into hers, and pushed her back against the shelf. She winced as hard wood grazed her spine, pain spreading like tiny electric shocks.
Yet the contact brought forth the sex-infused memory of a very naked Micaela caging her in the same way last night and, for some strange reason, heat rushed to her lower stomach. Gasping, she put her hands behind her, clutching the rough wood of a shelf for balance.
Brian came closer, towering until every muscle on the front of his body pressed against hers, flattening her breasts. He stood so near, she could no longer discern his pupils. His chest heaved against hers.
A sudden click—a brutal, sickening sound in such a desolate place—and the light went out, plunging them in perfect blackness. He lifted his arm and reached behind her. A metallic clatter on wood told her he’d put the flashlight on the shelf.
She shuddered. For the first time in their two-year relationship, she considered her husband a possible threat and regretted being alone with him.
“You know….” His menacing voice filled the eerie silence. He moved his face to the side of her head and whispered into her ear. “I can’t help thinking your odd behavior in bed yesterday has something to do with this.”
Oh, fuck. Everything was coming back at her. One by one, he pointed out irregularities and uncovered holes in her explanations. He must have given this some serious thought.
She swallowed, listened to her own breathing. Sweat slid along her flanks, cold as rain. The inability to see her husband caused the hair on her neck to stand, as if the spookiest ghost appeared before her.
Anne shook her head. “Brian, sweetheart, you wanna talk about last night? Honestly, I don’t know what came over me. I think I just wanted a little more—I don’t know—diversity?”
“Because what I do to you isn’t enough? Is that it?” He cupped her cheeks in his warm hands before moving to her ears and squeezing, pressing the back of her neck against another shelf. Her temples heated.
She didn’t know what to say, and feared where he was going. Being in a cold, humid, and darkened cellar didn’t seem a good moment to discuss the lack of variety in their sex life.
“Anne, I love you more than anything.” Pressing his hips, he rubbed his obvious arousal back and forth against her thighs.
Oh God. The movement lit a fire in her belly. She couldn’t believe he was handling her in such a rough manner, but at the same time, it was quite exciting.
“I’d give my life for you.” With one hand entwined in her hair, he yanked her head until it rested atop the shelf, exposing her throat. While a thousand tiny needles in her scalp made her whine, his warm breath pulsed against her bare skin. “Don’t you know that?”
“I do.”
With the other hand, he unbuttoned her blouse between their chests, snuck warm fingers beneath, and found her breast inside the bra.
She gasped at the intrusion.
“How do you want me to prove that?” He pinched the sensitive nipple, and a sharp, electrical rush of pain spread through her breast. “Marrying you wasn’t enough?”
Wanting to tolerate the hurt, she clenched her teeth.
He obviously thought roughness would arouse her. Well, she was tired of his oh-so-careful, gentlemanly lovemaking and did indeed crave a little harder handling. It could be the moment she had waited for.
“No, you want excitement.”
Yes.
His breathing picked up, as did the fondling of her breast and the moves of his erection between her thighs, only separated by their clothes. “Excitement.” His voice was loud in her ear. His moustache tickled the skin of her throat as he leaned forward, hot breaths leaving dampness before he placed his sharp teeth on the sensitive tissue and bit.
She yelped, jerked sideways, but his fingers entangled in her hair held her in place.
“Do you know what would happen to me if I lost you?” His voice cracked.
For a second, a cruel rush of sorrow filled her chest.
Yes, I know what that would feel like. I love you, too, Brian.
He released her hair. His strong hands moved to her ass cheeks, cupped them, and with perfect ease, lifted her.
She squealed, helpless to the shelf scraping her spine. Unbalanced, blind, she flapped her arms in the dark before leaning forward and clutching Brian’s shoulders.
With a few adjustments, he positioned the hard bulge in his pants into the crevice of her inner thighs, pressing it against her panties. So ready.
Oh God. The intimate touch made her inner muscles clench with lust.
Did he want to fuck her here? Standing?
“I’ll do anything to keep you.” He buried his face in her cleavage with a choked, guttural sound, his moustache prickling the skin between her breasts.
She didn’t know what to say, could only fight back the warm tears threatening to fill her eyes.
He moved his face in front of hers, quick breaths brushing her lips.
Thank God I can’t see your eyes and what they’re telling me.
“You want to be fucked hard and fast, Anne,” he muttered through gritted teeth, “I’ll fuck you hard and fast.” With no further warning, he dropped her to the floor.
She welcomed the cement underneath her feet and let her hands slide down from his shoulders, grazing the metal buttons of his shirt pockets.
He grabbed her arms, spun her around, and pushed her against the wooden shelves. One met the front of her thighs, another dug into her lower ribs, and the third—on which sat the cartons she brought earlier—provided support for her head.
Tiny, sour-smelling dust particles snuck into her nostrils as she rested her chin atop the solid wood, and she barely held back a sneeze. Fumbling with her hands, she found two vertical pillars on both sides of the shelf and clutched them for balance.
Relentless, Brian brought his hands to her hips, stroking her feminine curves, then lifted her skirt to her waist. He pulled at the lace band of her panties until the fabric slid down her legs. He groaned as he moved a couple of cold, meaty fingers into her wetness and probed around, nails scratching her inner walls.
She gasped from the sudden violation, her cunt gripping his fingers as if welcoming his cock.
“This is what you want, isn’t it?” His face pressed into her back. “You slut.”
Oh, it was the first time he’d said that word.
He removed the fingers, stepped back a little, and the zzzzip of his pants sounded behind her. “My own slut.”

Thanks, Lea. Next month it is the turn of Tamsin Baker talking about tackling MFM for the first time.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Decorations

Here’s some pics of my decorations at home this Christmas.






The tree – my favourite part of putting the decorations up is unwrapping the decorations as I buy a new one each year.





I put tinsel and baubles over every surface I can!





On the mantelpiece I have a nativity tableau with whatever figurines I have handy from my foreign doll collection or ornament collection or soft toys! (Yes I know my stable is leaning. There is nothing in the bible that says it WASN'T leaning!)




And on the wall I hang my nativity tapestry that I made. The background is the Holy Land 2,014 years ago with lots of biblical symbolisms, eg, a black sheep, a man in a many coloured coat and so on.

Then I have smaller tapestry pieces with the specific nativity characters, eg, Mary, Joseph, angels, kings, innkeeper, sheep, gifts etc etc, which have Velcro on the back so they can be stuck onto the main picture and taken off again very easily!





Jen

Friday, 19 December 2014

Weekend Reading

Hot sex at work, exciting feather play and animalistic sex are on offer this week! This is the last ‘weekend reading’ until January. Hope you have enjoyed reading them this year.


Title of book: Training Leland (Hard Hits 12)

Name of author: Tatum Throne

Genre: MM/BDSM/Contemporary

Description of main characters:

Lt. Wittfield “Witt” Falken.  Hair: Brown. Eyes: Gray. Height: 6’2”. Weight: 200lbs.
Det. Leland Mathews. Hair: Black. Eyes: Blue. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 180lbs. 

Setting: Cincinnati, Ohio

Length: 21,754

Blurb: Lt. Wittfield “Witt” Falken has just rescued a former classmate who bullied him for being gay. When Witt tries to pull away, he quickly discovers that Leland only wants to hold on. Witt is a Dom who only wants Leland as his sub. Will he say yes?

What’s hot?: Hot sex at work!





Title of book: Imaginary Lover - The Doms of Sybaris Cove 7

Name of author: Tara Rose

Genre: contemporary/paranormal BDSM romance

Description of main characters:

Ivy Balloux: pilot for Cargo Cove and the object of Tom and Merrick's undying lust

Tom Raleigh: works at Phoebe's Playthings in IT and has had a thing for Ivy most of his life

Merrick Durante: project manager for JD Construction and has Ivy's flight schedules memorized

Setting: Sybaris Cove - a fictional island in the Gulf of Mexico

Length: 43K

Blurb: Doms Tom Raleigh and Merrick Durante have always considered cargo pilot Ivy Balloux their imaginary lover. When Tom’s sister plays a cruel joke, tricking Tom and Merrick into thinking Ivy is hurt, they brave the infamous curse on their families to save the woman they love.

What's hot?: exciting feather play (amongst others!)





Title of book: Tempering Steel

Name of author: Lea Barrymire

Genre: Shifter/Paranormal Erotic Romance

Description of main characters:

Connor: Coyote shifter, 34 yo, 6’1”, dark hair, military cut, DARK eyes, gruff, grumpy-grew up in small town similar to Coyote Bluff

Margie: Human, 29 yo, 5’7”, curvy, red hair, shoulder length, spitfire, green eyes

Setting: Coyote Bluff in Virginia- small shifter community with mainly coyote, but do have wolves, bears, cougar shifters, mountain community, surrounding land owned by mainly shifters, some humans live in town, a few know about shifters.

Length: 55,000 words

Blurb: After months of aching to be with grumpy Sheriff Connor Manning, Margarete Barrie finally gets her chance when a coyote shifter takes refuge in her home. She burns with need every time they’re close, but even she can only take rejection so many times before giving up.

What’s hot?: Animalistic and possessive sex 



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Character profiles for 'The Sub Who Switched'

This month’s character profiles are from the last book in the Doms & Acquaintances series:




Name – Ellie Grant

Book – The Sub Who Switched

Love interest – Nick

Age – 30 (just turned 30)

Hair/eyes – Shoulder length pale blonde hair/hazel eyes

Height/weight – Tall (5ft 9), slender

Looks – Good

Other – Co-owns an art gallery with Rebecca (heroine of The Submission Challenge)/ Sister to Rebecca’s husband Jon.



Name – Nick Sinclair

Book – The Sub Who Switched

Love interest – Ellie Grant

Age – 30

Hair/eyes – Dark blond hair/blue eyes

Height/weight – A couple of inches shorter than Ellie at 5ft 7/reasonably muscled

Looks – Good

Other – Works as a photographer



Blurb:

Needing to prove she is still desirable, being the last of her girlfriends to find a partner, Ellie Grant has erotic photographs taken for her thirtieth birthday. Meanwhile, wanting a Dominant man and fascinated with the BDSM lifestyle, she keeps turning down gentle Nick Sinclair.

Advice from Ellie's friends on how to change his basically submissive nature sees Nick getting tutorials from a Master in a BDSM club, visiting a women's sex shop, and using a "rabbit" on Ellie. Hiccups occur including a disastrous date, a male stripper, and Ellie having sex in the club with a stranger while restrained.

Asked what she really wants, an upset Ellie blurts out, "To be a sex slave." Does Nick call her bluff, and can he change his personality? Will Ellie finally see Nick as the person she's been looking for and submit to him? An unusual suggestion from a friend proves the catalyst.


Review on Amazon UK: The most unusual part of this, for me, was the fact that Nick wasn't the stock 6ft 2in plus hero that I read about mostly and that he was in fact a little shorter than Ellie, who is a tall girl. How refreshing! I really appreciate the fact that Jennifer writes about ordinary, everyday people who happen to be unusually erotic.


Buy links:





Monday, 15 December 2014

Something you never knew about me...

Something you never knew about me…. I ADORE Christmas! (Actually, that probably isn’t new to a lot of people! LOL).

Here is me through the ages (although some of these photos should be burnt!):



With Santa aged about 7 (and not very happy from the looks of it!)






In a ghastly yellow dress aged about 10




I worked as a nanny for several years and I made the kids do a Xmas play. (These kids are now in their 40s!)






             




When I moved on to do                  secretarial work I got the                        mistletoe out (Dear God, I look                SOOO skinny!)








This was at a later secretarial job when I was not so skinny!


 














Some Christmases were spent abroad – In Germany (what DID
I look like!) .... And in Australia (still skinny)




This was a blonde Xmas







And even the animals got in on the act – the guinea pig is playing under the tree (can you spot her? She is white with a brown patch on her right ear to the left of the tree)





Not sure Gimli the rabbit was too happy










Nor Lucy




And this was Holly last Christmas – I’d only had her a few days. She was actually very little, she just looked bigger because of the camera being close.



Friday, 12 December 2014

Weekend reading

Here’s your choice: a male trapped in a body for over 100 years, an old lover or a dominant lawyer….



Title of book: A Devil in Daylight
 
Name of author: Marcus Damanda

Genre: Horror, teen drama

Description of main characters:

High school freshman Audrey Bales, returned recently from the psychiatric ward at St. George's, ready to try for a new start. Hair blonde, age 14.

Jack Maddox, a handsome, charming junior at the same school—but with a veritable closet full of secrets, and a hidden agenda that includes revenge on Audrey's behalf—and murder ...

Setting: Battlefield Secondary School, a frozen over lake, a mysterious near-abandoned house by the wide of the woods.

Length: 50, 000 words (approx. 160 pages)

Blurb: Audrey Bales comes home from the suicide prevention wing at St. George's, eager for a fresh start and a chance to remake her life. Only two things stand in her way: the bullies who drove her over the edge to begin with, and her new friend that wants to kill them all ...

What's hot?: In order to be released from the body that has held him captive for 103 years Jack Maddox must seduce, and win, a girl that reminds him of the lady that drove him to suicide in his mortal youth ...





Title of Book: Scorpio Awakens

Name of Author: Lilith Darville

Genre: Erotic Romance

Description of Main Characters:

Connor, 5'10", 140 lbs, gray-green eyes, medium brown hair with longish curls

Katherine, 5'3", 105 lbs, small bone structure, chestnut brown eyes, black curly hair, mulatto - French and African-Canadian

Setting: Toronto, Ontario

Length: 70,324 words

Blurb: 
A submissive emerges and explores her hidden desires!
If you ran into a lover from your youth, one who had stolen and then broken your heart, would you run?
Seduction isn’t necessary. We’re both Scorpios. Our sex is electric, just like the promise of what we started so many years ago. Will she run again?

What's Hot?: Ménage, dominance and submission!





Title of book: The Submission Challenge

Name of author: Jennifer Denys

Genre: BDSM/MF

Description of main characters:

Rebecca – long straight thick black hair down her back. Deep blue eyes. Beautiful. Very short in height but voluptuous. Lovely legs for her height. Aged around 27. Independent, a control freak. Runs an art gallery business with Ellie, sister of the hero.

Jon – dark-haired but not black hair. Tall around 6ft. Well-muscled and hunky. Very good looking. Grey eyes. Aged around 30. A Dominant by sexual preference. A naturally controlling person with everyone around him. Works as a lawyer.

Setting:  modern day, mostly in the hero’s house

Length: 23k

Blurb:
When independent Rebecca derides Jon for being a Dominant he scoffs that she could never understand the lifestyle and challenges her to be his submissive for 24 hours. Rebecca agrees determined to show him she could be submissive yet remain detached emotionally. However, things don’t go to plan.

What's Hot?: Massage in the garden on a hot day (and everyone gets hottttt!)

Buy link: http://www.bookstrand.com/the-submission-challenge

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Portmeirion with Bella Settarra - writing and crafts

I’ve had a fabulous weekend with Bella Settarra in Portmeirion. She had never visited the venue so I was delighted to show her around – and she loved it as much as me! I showed her around the resort on the afternoon we arrived - but by the time we were coming back through the woods it was getting rather dark and we had to tentatively make our way down steep slate steps! Despite that she still loved it!

We stayed in Upper Pilot cottage which has terrific view of the estuary (my plan is to stay in a different cottage each time. I’ll probably be visiting them when I am a very old lady…..)



Here we are cavorting on the chaise longue!




You can see the village through the window behind Bella. We had a great time doing writing exercises on the Friday evening and I even tried out the exercise I am going to do at my next writing workshop at Smut Scarborough in May… all I will say is it involves werewolves since the theme of the event is all things paranormal!

Our main reason for going this weekend was to visit their food and craft fair on Saturday. There were over a 100 stalls all over the resort (which is built on the side of a hill so there was a lot of walking…) needless to say I am exhausted today as it involved a 6 hour journey both ways – and coming back I was carrying lots of xmas pressies (well, I also bought some Portmeirion pottery so it serves me right that I am aching all over!).









Before we left we had time to visit the shell grotto.





Our overwhelming feeling was how peaceful and secluded it was – and coming back into Wrexham to get my train back was a bit of a shock!

However, we enjoyed ourselves so much we talked about making it a yearly event.... watch out Portmeirion here we come again!