K D Grace Is In The Chair

Oct 27

I was a bit worried K D might have been spirited away in a paranormal fog this month, as she has had her finger on the spooky pulse lately – but phew! She’s still here, and she’s bringing her seasonal self to the grill. Anyone for pumpkin? Welcome, KD!

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Thanks SO much for having me over for a good grilling, Justine! It’s always so much fun to chat with you! Like most writers, it seems we never have quite enough time to talk shop and catch up.

 

Who was your first famous-person crush?

 

Oh God, Justine, that’s a cruel question. SO age-revealing. I was in love with Neil Diamond. Still am a little bit, whenever I hear the man sing. If I was awake, I was listening to his music. Sometimes I even let him sing me to sleep J

 

What writers inspired you as a child and young adult?

 

My very favourite writer as a young adult was Fred Saberhagen. I adored his novel, Empire of the East, and it’s still one of my favourites. I also loved Leon Uris. (Not teen fare, I know, but I’m convinced most teens like to read above what’s written for them) I read every book Uris wrote in those sullen angsty years when I wanted to ‘feel’ the pain of the world and wasn’t quite old enough for it to be real to me yet. These days I’ve felt enough of it to prefer reading more escapist stuff.

 

What made you turn your hand to writing erotica?

 

Lots of rejection letters! I never wanted to write romance, and really most of my erotica is romance, but I couldn’t manage to sell anything else. That was back in the day when romance was a lot less acceptable than it is now and erotica … well no one even talked about it. (I finally gave up and accepted that I’m a romantic to the core and I can live with that) I always found writing sex easy, so I wrote a story for Scarlet Magazine (sadly now defunct) and they bought it and sent me a cheque! MUCH better than getting a rejection letter! Then I wrote my first story for Black Lace, which came out in the very same anthology your first erotica came out in, Liaisons! I remember reading your story, ‘Advanced Corsetry’and being totally enthralled! It’s still one of my fave short stories!

 

Have any of your books/stories/scenes been inspired by a song or piece of music?

 

I wrote a story called ‘Stones’ for a wonderful anthology Lucy Felthouse edited called Romancing the Myth. You also did a lovely story for that one as well, based on Tristan and Isolde, if I remember right. We’ve kept company in a lot of fun anthologies, Ms. Elyot J

 

Anyway I’ve always been intrigued by the Medusa myth. I’ve always felt that she got a raw deal as far as the truth of her story went. So I wrote ‘Stones’ based on what might happen if Medusa were alive and well and living in a decaying mansion in Southern California. Neil Diamond’s song, ‘Stones,’ inspired that story.

 

Stones would play inside her head,

and where she slept, they made her bed.

She would ache for love and get stones.

 

Do you think where you live has influenced what you write?

 

Oh massively! Place may be the most important element in all of my novels. Certainly my Lakeland Witches Trilogy is powerfully dependent on place. I adore the English Lake District, and though I don’t live there, I go there several times a year to walk the fells, and I feel that I know it better than I know my home here in Surrey. Certainly it lends itself more to the paranormal. My Grace Marshall Executive Decisions Trilogy and my novel, The Pet Shop, are all connected to the years I lived in Oregon and my experiences there. I think I’d find it very difficult to write a story about a place that I didn’t feel strongly connected to in some way.

 

You’ve written erotica of many shades, from gentler hot romance (as Grace Marshall) to the full on steaminess of The Initiation of Ms Holly and The Pet Shop. Which are you most comfortable with?

 

To be honest, of all the erotica I’ve written, I’ve been most comfortable with the paranormal Lakeland Witches trilogy. I think that’s because I like being able to somehow bring the magic of sexuality to life in story. However, I’ve always been a plot and character driven writer. For me the sex has always needed to serve a purpose in story, and in the early days when the standard rule was to have a sex scene every 2K, which was the case when I wrote Holly and Pets, it was more of a challenge to make sure the sex served a purpose and wasn’t just plopped in to titillate. Mind you, I have nothing at all against titillating. In fact, I quite like to titillate. But I’m a storyteller first and foremost and there’s no greater compliment a reader can pay me than to say that while the sex was hot, it was the story that kept them reading. I suppose that’s a long-winded way of saying, the story rules and the sex gives the story texture and colour.

 

If you were forced to choose between contemporary and paranormal genres, which would you stick with?

 

Paranormal, hands down! I LOVED writing the Lakeland Witches Trilogy and I’m writing a serial called Demon Interrupted on my blog right now that’s Ferris’ story. Ferris is one of the intriguing secondary characters in the Lakeland Trilogy. I love the escapism of paranormal and I love the extra dimensions it gives to the sex scenes. The Lakeland witches practice sex magic. That’s where their power comes from. One of the members is a succubus. She gains strength from sex. Sex as magic has always intrigued me, and I love to read about it and write about it. I would love very much to revisit the world of Medusa that I’ve created in ‘Stones’ to see where that leads me.

 

What’s your heroine wearing when she’s bent on seduction?

 

Either a high-powered business suit with pencil skirt and stomp-you-hard high pumps or walking trousers and boots. Depending. Sometimes gardening clothes … often gardening clothes. It’s amazing how often my heroines get down and dirty al-fresco J

 

You and I started publishing at around the same time. I feel I’ve seen enormous changes in those five years. Which do you think are the most significant?

 

I think the most significant change is that erotica is coming into its own. AND it’s joining the mainstream more and more. I forgot to mention this in the question about paranormal or contemporary erotica, but one of the things I’ve noticed is that you can get away with a lot more erotically in a paranormal novel than you can in a contemporary novel. A perfect example of that is J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

 

Having said that, I think erotica of all types gets a lot more respect and gets taken a lot more seriously than it used to. There’s still a long way to go, mind you, but one of the things that I see in paranormal romance, in particular is that erotica is being absorbed, which I think is wonderful! I’d love to see that happen completely, to the point that erotica is no longer ‘separated out’ because it’s ‘nasty,’ but to the point that sexuality and the celebration of it and exploration of it is simply accepted and expected as a part of every other genre, just as sex is a part of all life.

 

What are you working on now?

 

I’ve just finished the first draft of To Rome with Lust, which is a naughty, quirky, olfactory romp of book, and the third novel in The Mount Series. It’s been so much fun to write because the focus is on the sense of smell much more than anything else I’ve ever written, and that has made it a bit of a challenge. I think Liza Calendar and Paulo Delacour will do their part to carry on the series that Rita Holly started and Elsa Crane and Nick Chase continued. To Rome with Lust will be out late this autumn.

 

Thanks again for having me over, Justine! It’s always a pleasure!  Xx

To Rome with Lust

 

DEMON INTERRUPTED

A Lakeland Witches Story

 

 

Blurb:

Ferris Ryder has a choice to make. He can reclaim the past, which he now consciously keeps from his memories or he can let all that he fears to remember destroy the present and the Elemental Coven he has come to love. Has the mysterious Elaine come into his life to be his guiding angel or will she tear his world, and that of his coven family, apart?

 

Excerpt:

In a room full of people Ferris could remain totally unnoticed. It was almost as though he were invisible. He heard things that way, saw things that others missed. Fiori suspected that was part of his magic. However, at the moment, he was completely and totally the centre of her attention as his warm, wet tongue teased its way down and around the pucker peaks and the rapid rise and fall of her breasts. One splayed hand cupped and fondled her tight pubic curls while the other worried open his fly. What he was doing to her body was also a part of his magic and way more of a surprise, considering the man’s unassuming nature, than his ability to blend in.

 

She writhed beneath him totally naked, just as she had been when he entered her room, gently easing her out of a bad dream, back into the Waking World, and into his arms. She didn’t know where he’d been before he came to her. The man seldom slept — and him not even a ghost. He might have adjourned to the library after the rest of the house had entered the Dream World, or perhaps he had been in Skye’s bed sharing pleasure with her and Alice. He was generous with his affections. But then he’d hardly fit in at Elemental Cottage if he were otherwise.

 

How he had known she was having the dream again? How had he known about the dream at all? And yet he did, and she was glad that he came to her. ‘Sh! sh. It’s only a dream, Fiori,’ he whispered. ‘Only a dream.’ He’d brought her a glass of water from the bathroom and had returned with a soft white towel. While she drank as though she had just traversed the desert, he gently wiped the perspiration from her face and her shoulders. Then he took the glass away and moved the soft terrycloth knap in slow lazy circles down her back and her ribs as she slid into his arms, laying her head against his shoulder.

 

‘Do you want me to stay with you?’ he asked.

 

She only nodded, tightening her arms around his neck.

 

His black shirt was open and untucked and his nipples hardened as she slid her arms inside and up his back.

 

‘Do you want me to make love to you?’ He asked it as simply as a parent would ask a child if she would like a bedtime story. He asked it because he knew in a house where sex magic was practiced, healing came in the form of passion, and she nodded again because she knew that too.  His cock was already hard, but then she had noticed that it often was. In those times when he allowed attention to be drawn to himself, in those times when he made his presence known he neither attempted to hide his erection nor did he attempt to flaunt it. It was the ease and the comfort of which he wore his own masculinity that made him seem like a much larger man than he really was. In spite of his chameleon nature, he was not shy by any means, and his stamina and his finesse made him a welcome edition to the beds of all of the Elemental witches and their consorts.

 

Impatient for the feel of him freed, she shoved at his trousers, the scrape of the zipper seeming unusually loud in the quiet room. He ran his hand down to aid her as she worried his cock free. He was neither large nor small. Even his cock was nothing unusual to draw attention to itself, and yet there was no one at Elemental Cottage who didn’t relish the thought of Ferris between their legs, of Ferris shifting and grinding as though his unassuming penis had a secret magic all its own once properly sheathed in an appreciative pussy or mouth or arsehole.

 

His breath caught with a grunt as she fisted the length of him and she could almost feel the ripples of lust rising up the vertebrae of his spine. For a second he wrapped his hand around hers and shifted his hips. Then he pulled her fingers free, kissing each one of them, running his tongue in ticklish strokes over the tips, making her hips rock against the mattress. ‘I’m going to taste you now. I can already smell how good you’ll be.’ With a wriggle of his arse and a shove with his feet he shed his trousers as he crawled down between her thighs, nudging her open with the smoothly shaven wedge of his jaw, clearing the way with nose and lips, teeth and tongue. The humidity of his breath blew across her clit, which rose up in anticipation.

 

‘There,’ he said, his fingers parting her as agiley and exactingly as if he were a pianist and she were his instrument. For an age he studied her, fingered her, arranged her as though there were only one way, the best way to approach her dark, heavy folds, and he would not partake until he knew exactly what would bring all of her focus, all of her energy, all of her arousal to the very centre of his attention. ‘And now –’ his words were little more than a rush of breath ‘–I’ll give you what you need.’ He took her with his whole mouth, hunched over her like a lion at his prey, the muscles of his shoulders flexed tight, dusted and gilded in moonlight. And she felt the bloom of her arousal like a bud swelling, bursting, opening. Then the bloom became an explosion rising up from someplace suspended above the base of her spine. He held her hips, held her steady with strength his body belied as she bucked against his mouth, as she convulsed, as the moon moved in and out amid the undulation of slate clouds.

 

In the hazy vision of heat he seemed larger than himself, much larger than himself as though his arousal, their arousal together had released something broader of shoulder, deeper of chest, darker of memory and, as the moon disappeared, the power of him rose like a shadow thick and all-consuming and, somehow, other than himself. The hair on the back of her neck rose. Gooseflesh prickled over her breasts, even as she rocked out her orgasm against his mouth.

 

But before the tingle of uncertainty and the edge of fear could take hold, the moon reappeared and unassuming Ferris gave her clit on last hard tug with his lips and then rose over her, positioning himself, easing her open with his knees and his hips.

 

‘I need you in me,’ she said, her voice nearly lost in her struggle for oxygen.

 

‘A need which I share,’ came his urgent reply. It took no more than the tucking of his hips and a single thrust and he was in deep. She was slick and ready for him, gripping him as though she hadn’t just come, as though she were desperate for him to take her. With arms much stronger than they looked, he lifted her legs around his hips and positioned himself so that with each thrust he raked her clit, and she could almost swear that in the stark relief of moonlight and shadow his eyes were onyx black and yet bright, so bright. Even in the glow of a nearly full moon, he road her in the light of an after image that made no sense, and she was reminded that not even Ferris understood his own magic. The closer they both came to orgasm the larger and heavier the after image grew. And the larger the after image, the harder they strained for release. When orgasm broke over them, so did the shadow, consuming them for the briefest of moments and then receding behind their own efforts to recover themselves taking with it Fiori’s urge to speak of it, to question it.

 

*****

 

Link Here to Episode One of Demon Interrupted: Perchance to Dream.

 

If you want to know more about the Elemental Coven’s sexy adventures, check out the Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy: Body Temperature and Rising, Riding the Ether and Elemental Fire.

 

 

 

 

About K D Grace/Grace Marshall

K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.

Winner of ETO’s Best Erotic Writer Award for 2014, K D has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.

K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Heatwave trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available. She was nominated for ETO’s Best Erotic Author 2013.

K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition are all available.

Find K D Here:                                                                   

Websites: http://kdgrace.co.uk/

http://gracemarshallromance.co.uk/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KDGraceAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KD_Grace

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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kdgraceauthor/

 

Great to have you here, K D! And some fantastic answers. I think Stones is still my favourite of all your stories – just breathtaking. Happy Hallowe’en!

 

 

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Suz De Mello Is In The Chair

Oct 20

All the way from sunny California, I’m delighted to welcome Suz De Mello to the grill today. Welcome, Suz!


First, thanks for the opportunity, Justine!

 

 

  1. What was the first book you fell in love with?

 

I don’t remember the name of the book, but I distinctly recall getting the same book from the library several times when I was about four. It was about a train, and had lots of pix showing what the train was carrying. I remember renewing it again and again.

 

 

  1. Have you ever written a story inspired by music or art?

 

Yes! A short story called Gypsy Witch was inspired by the doorway of the Masonic Temple in my town. It features two somber knights on each side of the door fashioned out of stone, and in the story, they are awakened from their enchanted slumber by magic.

 

  1. Why did you decide to start writing erotica?

 

About ten years ago, I had reached a crossroads in my career. I had been orphaned by Silhouette Romance, which was absorbed by Harlequin Romance. A didn’t know in what direction I wanted to go, and a couple of my friends, who had been writing erotic  romance, encouraged me to go in that direction.

 

  1. Looking at your work for Ellora’s Cave, I see that you have a foot in most camps – Taboo, Moderne, Presents. Which one of these sub-genre camps feels most like home to you?

 

OF the three you list, it would have to be Taboo—I’m a fan of BSDM and most of my stories have a BDSM element. However, Legend—historicals—appeal to me the most.

 

 

  1. Do you think the erotic romance scene has changed during your career?

 

I think that stories are becoming kinkier, more hardcore, often including elements I personally find unappealing. I’m not into Daddy/daughter roleplay, breeding, milking, needle play and the like. My tastes run to what I’d call “BDSM lite,” but to each his  (or her) own. Kink is personal and individual.

 

 

  1. You were once my editor at Totally Bound *nostalgic sigh*. Did you have any editing pet peeves?

 

Some authors (not you, darling Justine) are more interested in speed than in quality, and send in work that is sloppy and hasn’t been self-edited. That really annoys me. As a writer, I put my best foot forward always.

 

  1. Are your stories influenced by where you live?

 

Occasionally—as I mentioned, I set a story in Sacramento inspired by a bit of local architecture. I have set other stories in northern California also.

 

  1. Your latest story is called Rakes In Tartan. What’s the erotic pull of olden Scotland?

 

When I was a tween, I was really into the Highland thing and found myself returning to that when I wanted to write a series with vampires. I reasoned that vamps would be attracted to cool, cloudy northern climes. I wanted also to write historicals, and couldn’t see basing my series in olden Alaska or Russia. So I chose Scotland.

 

  1. What’s the sexiest holiday destination?

 

Somewhere one can be naked constantly, such as a deserted tropical island with a great beach and a waterfall or two. The most romantic location is, of course, Venice.

 

  1. What are you working on now?

 

When my muse pays attention to me, another Scottish vampire tale! Plus another treatise on writing to match Write This, Not That! More or less to fill in the blanks, cover the material I didn’t before.

 

Hooray, many thanks, Suz! I love the idea of these tartan vamps – perhaps I’ll have to check them out!

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Janine Ashbless Is In The Chair

Oct 13

God knows what’s going to happen to this chair now Janine’s got hold of it. Whatever it might be, you can bet it’ll be mysterious, dark and highly erotic – just like her stories. Welcome, Janine!

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JA Interview by Justine Elyot

 

  1. What was the first book you fell in love with?

Blimey. My memory isn’t that great … I still have my original Hilda Boswell’s Treasury of Poetry from when I was very small, but it was the illustrations that I was wildly in love with, more than the text. Comet in Moominland must have hit me fairly early. The Dark is Rising was a major obsession throughout my pre-teens. Oh  – and the original three Earthsea books, starting at about age nine or ten.

  1. Have you ever written a story inspired by music?

I’ve written one set in a Rammstein concert and one wherein a girl gets very well looked after to the tune of the Foo Fighters’ “Pretender” … both stories appeared in the Nexus “Confessions” anthologies. I was going through a Kerrang phase at the time, clearly!

  1. Why did you decide to start writing erotica?

I’d been “writing” those sort of stories in my head since adolescence. Only when a friend gave me a Black Lace book back in 1998 or so, did I realize that you were actually allowed to publish things like that! So I sat down and wrote a book of short stories … and the rest is history.

I think you really have to write what you love. Erotica is what I love.

  1. You describe your work as being largely of ‘a fantasy/paranormal bent’, though I’ve read contemporary and steampunk erotica of yours as well. If you had to choose one subgenre and stick to it, what would it be?

Oh, you big meany! Okay … Fantasy. Because I like me my scary monsters. And Steampunk and SF and Paranormal are forms of Fantasy too so I can do ghosts and robots an’ stuff … I’m cheating, aren’t I? But seriously, what I like about Fantasy is the variety of things you can bring to the mix.  Lions and tigers and werebears, oh my.

  1. What is your own favourite of your stories?

That’s a very hard question! Also it depends on my mood. Sometimes I’m just pleased to have written the dirtiest thing I can think of, giving words to my own fantasies. Sometime I want to revisit a story that has pathos, or some sort of clever twist, or characters that I can fall in love with. Of my short stories, I’d probably pick Janissaries, which is very full-on BDSM and appears in Dark Enchantment. It pushes to the edge of what I personally find bearable, and therefore gives me the shivers as well as a sense of erotic excitement. Of my novels … No, I can’t choose. I love them all. They’re all very personal.

  1. Vampires or werewolves?

I have written werewolf stories, and I’ve written vampire stories too. I guess my interest has swung toward vampires over the years. Provided they don’t sparkle.

But it used to be werewolves. Oh, when I was a teenager I really wanted to be a werewolf! They were cool!  Then suddenly there were “shifter” books everywhere and they’d overnight become a genre cliché with very fixed conventions.  I don’t like that. I don’t like knowing exactly what the rules are when reading supernatural fiction – though I’m aware that for a lot of readers that’s exactly what they prefer. The whole Wolfpack Hierarchy/ Predestined Mate thing … (I’m trying terribly hard to be polite here and absolutely not use any word remotely like “fascist”) … let’s just say it does nothing for me.  Oh – the other thing I’m not keen on in werewolf erotica is the frequent emphasis on family. Call me an uptight Brit but I don’t like wild sex and brothers/sisters/parents even being mentioned on the same page. As far as my mother is concerned I’m still a virgin AND THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.

;-)

  1. You have two books coming out in the near future – a novel and a short story collection. Which was easier to write?

The novel (“Cover him with Darkness”, Tempted Romance) was easiest by far. Even though that involved a ton of theological research and a trip to Montenegro!

The short story collection (“Fierce Enchantments”, Sweetmeats Press) was technically harder because I had to juggle contrasting stories – some nice and some nasty, some SF and some historical, some male point-of-view and some female. Variety in sexual position, author voice, tense, vocabulary – I had to keep the big picture in focus whilst giving my all to each individual tale in turn. I actually took one story out in the end and wrote a whole new one to replace it, because I felt the original was just a bit too cruel.

  1. Who is your wickedest ever character?

I write a lot of wicked characters! Every hero needs an antagonist, after all.

Princess Flower of Jade in my short Captive Audience (Cruel Enchantment) is a narcissistic psycho with plans to seize control of the Empire.  The vampire Naylor (Red Grow the Roses) is a cold-hearted bastard who takes down the master vampires of London along with anyone else in his way. Modern-day sorcerer Michael Deverick (Wildwood) is a manipulative git who sets out to corrupt my heroine.

I’m not on their side, can I point out? I like good guys, honest. It’s just I like to be scared too J

  1. I love the title of your forthcoming Tempted Romance novel, “Cover Him with Darkness.” What’s it about?

It’s about a Montenegrin girl, Milja, whose family have kept a captive angel beneath their church for thousands of years, because that’s what God has ordered them to do. She falls in love with the prisoner and eventually releases him – and that’s when it all hits the fan. Various religious groups are trying to recapture or kill him, and fallen angel Azazel is definitely mad, bad and very dangerous to know. “Twilight meets The Da Vinci Code, but better written,” is how I like to describe it, in my wild optimism.

  1. What are you working on now?

I’ve just signed a contract with Ellora’s Cave for a 4-novella erotica series called Lovers’ Wheel. It’s all about earth-magic and Arthurian legend, and I’m writing the second installment this summer.

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Great answers – I have to agree about the strange rules and conventions that seem to govern paranormal stories. Just why? Thank you so much for taking your seat in the Chair today.

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Hunter S Jones Is In The Chair

Oct 06

The air is autumnal and we’re gathering around the grill to warm our hands while leaves fall all around us. So it’s very appropriate that my guest today has a book with a suitable theme to promote – welcome, Hunter S Jones.

  1. Who was your first famous-person crush?

I have no idea. Probably some English rocker or guitar player.

  1. What inspired you as a child and young adult?

What inspired me? The same thing that inspires me today, the need to achieve and compete.

  1. Why did you decide to start writing erotica?

Many reasons lead to me writing erotica. All the reasons would require an entire blog!

  1. Like me, you’re a huge music fan – what do you listen to when you want to be inspired?

What a fantastic question! I never know what song will inspire me. Songs almost come to me in dreams or they will just come to mind. Something about them, whether it’s the words or the rhythm, will have some type of influence on the story I’m immersed in.

  1. What is your own favourite of your stories?

September Ends, followed by Fortune Calling. I have to say, the anthology that will be launched July 15th, Confessions of a Sex Addict, was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed working with Jinni James, Elodie Parkes and Electra von Drego on this project. It’s a hot, erotic fantasy guaranteed to melt your Kindle!

  1. What’s sexier – the city or the countryside?

City.

  1. Do you prefer to write short or long stories?

I like both.

  1. What’s sexier – bare or clothed? If clothed, what sort of clothes?

Clothed. I have a thing about a man in a suit. :)

  1. You’ve written a story about a country musician and you live in Atlanta – how does where you live affect what you write?

Another great question. Every story is it’s own entity. Being Southern, I love to write about our complexities and the duality of our nature. But, I live in a multi-cultural household, so the world, not just the South, is my oyster. That is something I am very thankful for.

  1. What are you working on now?

Confessions of a Sex Addict will be released on Amazon Kindle, July 15 2014. Four sultry stories by four different authors, set in contemporary New Orleans.

Currently, I am writing Book 4 in the September Stories, SEPTEMBER FIRST. It is the prequel to the award winning best seller, SEPTEMBER ENDS, and reveals the story of Jack O. Savage and Indie Shadwick. I am loving it!

Thank you very much for having me on your blog! xo

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Five Years of Ultimate Decadence

Sep 30

Here’s another in my occasional series celebrating fifth anniversaries of various books and anthologies I’ve appeared in.

This time it’s my first outing with Xcite, a charity anthology edited by the ever-excellent Emily Dubberley.

It was Kristina Lloyd who mentioned to me that Emily was looking for stories for this collection, shortly after the gloomy announcement from Black Lace that it was shutting up shop. New options were sorely needed, so I whipped up a little bit of froth called Blind Man’s Buff and sent it off. It was accepted within days, and the book came out barely a couple of months later –  a much faster process than I was accustomed to at Black Lace.

I was impressed at the time to be featured in a book that had a foreword! And that the foreword was by Mil Millington, whose Guardian Weekend column I’d read every Saturday a few years earlier. The phrase ‘ecstatic syncope’ was in it, which pleased me very much.

There were also 29 other stories by eroticists of every stripe: Poppy Winters, Kitty Meadows, Daphne Bing, Marcelle Perks, Emily Dubberley, Suzanne Portnoy & Simon Morgan, Wersha Bharadwa, Miranda Forbes, MonMouth, Jeremy Edwards, Elizabeth K Payne, Lauren Wissot, Donna George Storey, Paris Orsini, Jennifer Dark, Karen Krizanovich, Laura Godman, Madeline Moore, Elizabeth Coldwell, Josephine Jay, Sarah Berry, Adam Sawyer, Mark Farley, Mistress Grace, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Angel O’Neill, Sarah-Louise Young, Maxim Jakubowski and Henrietta Maddox.

For many of those names, it was our first and only time in a contents list together, but I would ‘meet’ some of the others again, and always with great pleasure. And 15% of the cover price of each copy sold went to the Macmillan cancer charity.

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Demelza Hart Is In The Chair

Sep 29

I’m sure you’ll give Demelza Hart a hearty welcome, since she’s presiding over the grill today. Expect something hot and sweet that warms the cockles. Welcome, Demelza!

  1. Who was your first famous-person crush?

For as long as I can remember I’ve had crushes on famous people and inappropriate/unattainable people. I started early! I remember having a crush on the blond one in CHIPS when I was about six! (Can’t even remember his name. I wouldn’t go for someone like that now, but I had to start somewhere.) Adam Ant was also an early crush; now that I still understand. Peter Davison as Doctor Who, and even more so as Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small, also figured – strange, but true! Bear in mind, I was only in primary school! All the guys in a-ha! stirred my hormones when I entered my teens. I walked into a music lesson once and someone had written on the board: ‘Morten Harket – what God meant when he made man.’ I remember thinking that was so cool! Ha! But he was very, very pretty, and still is. Bit too pretty for my taste now, but I was in total awe when I was 12!

  1. What writers inspired you as a child and young adult?

I read mostly classics when I was young. I set myself the challenge of ticking off as many as I could. Sometimes that challenge was pretty daunting. I remember The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a particular slog! I adored anything Bronte, and Jane Eyre remains my favourite book of all time. I also loved the writing of Jane Gardam. The Summer After the Funeral, a coming of age story about a teenage girl, had a huge influence on me. With regard to erotica, Erica Jong’s novels have long stuck with me. Again, I discovered these in my early teens – my mother didn’t keep them quite far enough out of my reach!

  1. What made you turn your hand to writing erotica?

I have always loved writing and try to respect and use language carefully in all I do, despite not training as a writer as such. My path to erotica started with fan fiction, and I rather ‘fell’ into that as an outlet for my vivid imaginings in the wake of having children. I’ve always had a vivid sexual imagination and imprinted certain erotic scenes from books on my mind, but I suppose like many, I was very protective and secretive about my own writing as, because it’s often not openly discussed, you feel you are the only person who thinks that way. Of course that is far, far from the case, but it’s only through writing that I have realised this. It has been the most liberating thing that’s ever happened to me. The move into original, published erotica took a while. Despite the intelligent and positive response to my fan fiction, it took me a while to believe I could transfer that to original work. A friend told me about a competition with Xcite Books a few years ago. I finally got off my a**e and wrote something original and was lucky enough to be one of the winners. It’s taken off from there.

  1. Have any of your books/stories/scenes been inspired by a song or piece of music?

Many. Music is incredibly important to me. I myself sing, as do nearly all my family (makes us sound like the von Trapps – we’re so not!), and most of my friends are musicians. Music hasn’t featured too heavily so far in my original writing, but it’s been very important in my fan fiction, and always seems to have a real effect on my readers, which I love. Some significant scenes I can think of include Bach’s cello sonatas, Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat and Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Sweet Child o’ Mine! But all my work is underpinned by listening to certain songs or pieces as I’m writing. Tallis’ Spem in Alium is a constant inspiration (I was a bit fed up when it was hijacked by 50 Shades!), as is Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Vaughan-Williams’ Tallis Fantasia. I will often return to the original Keane version of Somewhere Only We Know too – an exquisitely beautiful song with wonderful lyrics.

  1. Do you think where you live has influenced what you write?

Yes, totally. I live in a beautiful, rugged coastal part of England and the history, culture, people and land/seascape are a constant influence and inspiration. It’s spoiled me for living anywhere else. A couple of my stories have been set down here where I live.

  1. You’ve written short stories and trilogies. Which do you find easier?

I’m not sure. I enjoy developing longer stories, but admit to having to discipline myself to get them finished. But I do like short stories and pride myself on being able to round them off in a satisfying way, which I think can be quite hard.

  1. I know that, like me, you’re a sucker for writing in period. What’s your favourite historical era to write about, and why?

Oh yes. Even my ‘contemporary’ pieces seem often to slide somewhat into the past. I love Edwardian times and the passion that came out of the trauma of World War One, if I can put it like that. But Tudor/Stuart times are also wonderful to explore – there was so much political and religious intrigue at that time that it gives fertile ground for a writer.

  1. What’s sexier – bare or clothed? If clothed, what sort of clothes?

Clothed, definitely! Anything pre-1919 for me! What remains unseen is so much more compelling and sexier than laying it all out there. Of course, they have to get their clothes off at some point, but it’s good to linger on tight lacing, leather boots, brocade waistcoats and frock coats for as long as possible. Buttons! Give me loads of buttons to undo any day!

  1. If you had to put together the perfect romantic hero, what attributes would be on your list?

Tall, dark and handsome works well as a starter, despite it being such a cliché. Brooding, slightly flawed, enigmatic, mysterious, a secretive past masking a generous heart craving love and willing to give it to the right person. Basically, Edward Rochester.

  1. What are you working on now?

Too much! I have many WIPs awaiting my attention. I am finishing a novel about two unlikely people thrown together through disaster. The focus is not so much on the disaster, but on how they cope with the after-effects. I’m very excited about it and now have some time to devote to it properly. I also want to get back to a historical novel I’ve been working on for a while. It has a strong BDSM element, which flows entirely from the characters’ personalities rather than a wish to impose it on them, and is inspired by a famous event in Stuart times.  I’ve been writing it in fits and starts, and really want to spend some solid time finishing it.

 

Thanks for having me, Justine! I loved it!

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Kristina Lloyd’s Undone: Lana and Sol

Sep 23

I’m delighted to welcome Kristina Lloyd, who is blog-touring her new Black Lace novel Undone all this month. I think that’s why we’ve had such a hot September – just my little theory ;). Take it away, Kristina!

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Writers sometimes refer to their characters as ‘taking over’, as sending the plot in a new direction or standing up and telling the author how it is. I don’t feel this about my characters, which isn’t to say they don’t surprise me or that I’m forever having to force them into line. I just find the notion that characters have a life beyond the one I create for them too bonkers!

 

When I first conceived of Lana and Sol, the two main characters in my latest novel, Undone, I had a good grasp of what they were like as people and of the journey I wanted them to go on. I had a clear mental image of Lana’s physical appearance but Sol took a little longer to form in my mind. The trouble was, I thought I should make him blond. All the male leads in my novels to date have been dark-haired. Time, I told myself, to try something different. So I gave him tousled, dirty-blonde hair. But it made him feel too young, too clean, too much of a surfer dude. Gradually, I darkened his colouring until his skin was a deep, ruddy bronze and his  hair was dark brown. That was better!

 

The process highlighted to me that there’s a certain type of guy I enjoy writing about: he’s mysterious, confident, clever, masculine, and has an edge of danger about him. He’s sexually dominant. And he’s stubbornly dark haired.

 

The relationship Lana and Sol embark on is far from straightforward. They meet at a party, hook up with another guy for a threesome, and, on the morning after, the second guy, Misha, is found dead in the swimming pool. Lana and Sol flee the scene, not wanting to reveal details of the kinky threesome to the police. The death looks to be an accident but an item in the room where the threesome took place leads Lana to suspect Sol may have been involved. Nonetheless, she can’t prevent herself from falling for him, even as her mistrust builds. She identifies a psychosexual similarity and compatability, a dark side to the sunny Sol.

 

I wanted Lana and Sol’s relationship to be steeped in mystery, mistrust, game-playing and danger. It was difficult to assess how this would pan out but the more I wrote, the closer I got to my characters, and they closer they got to each other. The story is told from Lana’s point of view via a diary she’s started to keep since the death. I want the reader to feel she’s inside Lana’s head, hearing her inner truth. I hoped to convey the sense that Lana feels psychologically close to Sol, that they’re united by an understanding, a longing. And because of that, they can really fuck with each other’s brains, unintentionally or otherwise.

 

While I wouldn’t go so far as to say Lana and Sol took over, I was delighted by the way the two characters clicked when I paired them up together, how they brought out the best and the worst in each other, and how they grew into characters whose layers and complexities I could not have predicted at the start.

 

Here’s a snip from Lana’s diary, written shortly after the party.

 

“You’d think, wouldn’t you, that people can’t help but reveal themselves in bed? That they’re made vulnerable by their nakedness and admission of desire. That when you tacitly agree to trust each other by sharing the space of sex, there’s a truth in what you do. The barriers are down.

 

But it’s not always the case. Sol gave away so little that night. He was an artful performer keeping his distance. Only later, after Misha died, when he fucked me on the forest floor, did I see Sol for who he was. Or at least, I’d thought so at the time. Because, ironically, I’m starting to suspect I saw his true colours when he was lying. Fucking and lying. Fucking with such abandon I thought we might disintegrate; thought we might crumble into ancient earth and tremulous ferns, pulling each other down into the disappearance of old bones and deep-diving tree roots.

 

I’m afraid Sol is too much like me. He longs for the edge but a fear this would destroy him curtails his compulsion to know that dark delirium. I don’t know how close to ruin he allows himself to get but I know he is not merely fun. He’s more than the sunny, sociable, game-playing Sol he makes himself out to be; so much more. And I’m glad, and I’m scared. He has a hiddenness I want to find, but I’m terrified I might regret it. I expect the feeling’s mutual.

 

So he watches me. I watch him. And I do not know who will win.”

 

If you’d like to know more about Undone, please hop over to my blog for an excerpt, and check out the other stops on my Sexy September blog tour.

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Kristina Lloyd writes erotic fiction about sexually submissive women who like it on the dark, dirty and dangerous side. Her novels are published by Black Lace and her short stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including several ‘best of’ collection, in both the UK and US. She lives in Brighton, England.

 

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About Undone

 

When Lana Greenwood attends a glamorous house party she finds herself tempted into a ménage à trois. But the morning after brings more than just regrets over fulfilling a fantasy one night stand. One of the men she’s spent the night with is discovered dead in the swimming pool. Accident, suicide or murder, no one is sure and Lana doesn’t know where to turn. Can she trust Sol, the other man, an ex-New Yorker with a dirty smile and a deep desire to continue their kinky game?

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