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Sherlock’s Scandal ~ Suz deMello

 

Sherlock's ScandalSuz deMello’s latest is Sherlock’s Scandal! Now that courts have declared Sherlock and Watson to be public domain, Sherlock fanfic will no doubt take off. Suzie’s story imagines a xxx-rated romance between Sherlock and The Woman—the American opera singer Irene Adler.

 

Here’s what it’s about:

 

A bored Sherlock is a dangerous Sherlock. His twin vices of cocaine and sex could prove his undoing, until he meets his match in elusive, enigmatic Irene Adler. Hiding her heart, Irene deserts Sherlock in the midst of their affair. He schemes to win her back, but the lady won’t come easily to hand. Instead, she forces him to compete for honor, glory, and love.

 

Here’s a snippet to sharpen your appetite:

 

If perhaps I had Watson’s talent as a wordsmith, I could describe her flawless beauty. The dusky rose nipple contrasted with her pearly skin, with the slightest sexual blush beginning to color the breast. I wanted to bite the tip, redden it, hear her scream my name when I entered her. I nibbled at the ripened peach, then suckled, the nipple hardening on my tongue. I bared the other breast to suck on it also, creating a matching set. I sat back and admired my work, loving the sight of her white globes tipped by rosy-red nipples glowing in the dim, shifting light inside the cab.

 

Ignoring the possible damage to my trousers, I knelt on the floor of the rattling hansom and lifted her voluminous velvet skirt.

 

She relaxed against the cab’s padded squabs with a sigh. “Yessss…”

 

I found my way through petticoats and pantaloons to her gartered thighs, prying them apart so I could reach the prize. With closed eyes—it was too dark to see anything—I kissed her tender flesh, up, up, up, until I discovered the slit in her drawers that led to the softest, sweetest place, her richly scented and furred mons, hidden treasure buried within rustling swaths of silk and velvet.

 

I rested my face on her mount of Venus for a moment, glorying in her, breathing her unique fragrance, and thanking the goddess of love, who had surely blessed me this evening.

 

Here’s where you can score a copy:

http://www.ellorascave.com/sherlock-s-scandal.html

 

suz w name venice maskAbout Suz deMello:

 

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for such firms Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

find Suzie’s books here:

 

http://www.tinyurl.com/SuzDeMello (publisher’s site)

 

https://www.amazon.com/author/suzdemello

 

https://www.amazon.com/author/sueswift

 

New Release ~ Rakes in Tartan ~ Suz deMello

What’s a romance? You may think you know, but…

The standard definition of a romance has been undergoing some change lately, but the definition of romance has always been changing.

Right now, most of us see a romance as a love story between a man and a woman that contains a happy ending, with the heroine going off with Mr. Right. But that wasn’t always the case.

Centuries ago, people married for reasons other than love. They married for money, status or property, and love was something found outside marriage. Romeo and Juliet is a pretty famous romance, but it doesn’t have a happy ending, unless your idea of a good HEA is uniting in the afterlife.

Other forms of art reflected the belief that love was found outside marriage. Medieval troubadours traveled from castle to castle and sang about the joys of courtly love and romantic love. Art often depicted the clash between marriage and love, such as Tintoretto’s Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan (1545).

When did romance change, and why?

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740) by Samuel Richardson, is often mentioned as the first romance novel. The main point, however, was not that the title character had found love but that her persistent rejections of the so-called hero’s attentions finally got her the prize: marriage.

A less moralistic novel, and one that’s often cited as the best of the genre, is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813). Despite its somewhat archaic style, it’s one of the most popular novels in English Literature, and for very good reasons. It doesn’t preach the way Pamela does, but instead reflects the real concerns young women had during the Regency: marrying well and marrying for love, or at least respect. Although arranged marriages for the purpose of uniting property or increasing wealth were still a custom in our culture, the desirability of gaining a life with a partner founded on love rather than money was taking hold, and is reflected in the literature of the time.

Each era has produced literature that’s reflective of its time, and romance novels reflect their eras, too. As the love ideal took hold, more romances were written that reflect the joy of love rather than its discouraging end, and cautionary tales took back seat to entertainment.

As time went on, and as mores altered, romances became steadily more erotic. The Flame and the Flower (1972) by Kathleen Woodiwiss is viewed as the first modern romance novel, even though it’s a sequel to Petals on the River. Both are quite racy compared to, say, Austen, and reflect changed attitudes regarding sex before marriage.

Our century

Perhaps the greatest changes have occurred in the last few years. First came chick lit, in which the heroine’s goal is not finding Mr. Right but hooking up with Mr. Right Now. Then writers of digital romance broke the hetero barrier and started writing LGBT romance, which doesn’t require the love story to be between a man and a woman. I’m reliably informed that the biggest consumers of M/M romance aren’t gay guys but hetero females. Go figure!

Rakes in TartanRakes in Tartan

 Set in 1816, my book reflects the mores and customs of the Regency. Heirs to their clans’ lairdships, Andrew MacReiver and Tor Kilburn must find suitable brides. As did many noblemen of the time, they journeyed to London for the social season after attending Oxford. They hoped to find love, but not a Nordic fairy, a dragon and a vampire assassin.

Rakes in Tartan by Suz deMello

Setting: London 1816

The social season promises both sex and danger for Torquil Kilburn and Andrew

MacReiver, Highland heirs arrived in London to seek brides. The Scotsmen must

negotiate the complicated morés of high society to woo and win an exquisite

debutante and her passionate, unconventional mother while keeping their vampire heritage a secret.

But evil stalks the ballroom at Almack’s, the streets of Piccadilly, the drawing rooms of the ton. Headless bodies have been found drained of their blood, for another vampire haunts the streets of London, murdering noblemen. As he draws ever closer, Tor and Andrew must fight not only for love, but for their lives.

Buy it here:

http://www.ellorascave.com/rakes-in-tartan.html

But, being a book written in the 21st century rather than the 19th, Rakes in Tartan ends happily.

 

Why do we love vamps?

 

In a word: they’re hot

Like great chocolate, vampires are smooth, seductive and dangerous. They’re invariably wealthy because they prey upon whoever they please and can steal for a living if they choose. Anne Rice’s Lestat is the classic example. And many female fans enjoy the fantasy of losing control to a sexy, dominant male. On top of that, our culture worships the young and the beautiful.

In my writing, I emphasize not only the vampires’ sensuality, but also their unnatural strength and speed. In Rakes in Tartan, my hero, Tor Kilburn, doesn’t box or fence to stay in shape, but he “flies”—or appears to. Here’s his version of taking a relaxing jog at night:

Tor stood on the roof of the manse he shared with Andrew. Though the home was centrally located near Piccadilly, the misty streets ’round about were deserted at this extremely late hour. The quarter-moon’s light struggled through the low-hanging fog and gleamed on damp cobbles and pavements. Few lamps broke the darkness. Silence reigned. Not even the turd wallopers were abroad, though the olfactory evidence of their foul cargo floated above the lanes.

He stretched, enjoying the freedom he felt, having stripped off the confining jacket and snug knee-breeches required for entry into Almack’s. Cloak flapping over plain trousers, he leaped to the next building, then to the next and the next. He landed squarely on a girder supporting the glass roof of the Burlington Arcade, knees half-bent.

He sprinted along the girder, then jumped again, arms spread wide. The breeze caught his black cape and helped him across Piccadilly, enabling him to land soundlessly on the roof of Fortnum and Mason.

He enjoyed his hobby as much or even more than he had in Oxford. ‘Twas a lively town but lacked the number and variety of buildings London boasted. Though he had become intimately acquainted with the several colleges comprising Oxford, the sameness of the Gothic architecture had lost his interest. London was large, diverse and highly entertaining…

 

Oh, and yeah: he’s hot.

 

Buy it here: http://www.ellorascave.com/rakes-in-tartan.html

Here’s what some reviewers have said about the previous books in the Highland Vampires series–These are customer reviews from Amazon.

 

 

5 stars… A new author to add to my list of favorite authors June 20, 2012

By jmaze

Temptation in Tartan is the first book I’ve read by Suz deMello. It won’t be the last. The book is well written, easy to follow and easy to read… I would highly recommend the book and I hope that she plans another book to follow in this one’s stead.

 

RE: Desire in Tartan:

Five stars…”Engrossing… I was grabbed from the start of the book…”  –S.J. Foulkes (Amazon.com)

Five stars… “Super Read!!!… I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day.”  –Becca (Amazon.com)

Five stars…”Such a wonderful read!!!… Such a wonderful book… Love this series!”  –Kimberly Jaksina (Amazon.com)

 

Buy Rakes in Tartan here: http://www.ellorascave.com/rakes-in-tartan.html

SuzAbout Suz deMello

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

–Find her books at

http://www.suzdemello.com

–For editing services, email her at suzswift@yahoo.com

–Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sueswift, and visit her group page at  https://www.facebook.com/redhotauthorscafe

–She tweets her reading picks @ReadThis4fun and @Suzdemello

–Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/suzdemello/

–Goodreads: http://bit.ly/SuzATGoodreads

–Her current blog is http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com

 

S over a dozen times, including stints working overseas for many months. Right now, she’s working on her next manuscript and planning her next trip.

 

Her blog is at http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com. Find her reading picks @ReadThis4fun on Twitter, and befriend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SueSwift ). Her sites are at http://www.sue-swift.com and http://www.suzdemello.com.

 

New Release ~ Blood is Thicker ~ Suz deMello

Blood is ThickerBlood is Thicker a   short story
(previously Immortal Hunters)

Genre: Paranormal action-adventure.

A century-old vampire, Rama is used to shadows and   loneliness.
She uses the name Hestia White and lives in a coastal town working as a   private investigator. If some bad guys disappear on her shift, no one   cares…until John van Helsing shows up. Bearing the name of the vamps’   greatest foe, he interferes in her case and in her life.

Friend, lover or enemy?

Buy it here:
http://www.ellorascave.com/blood-is-thicker.html


SuzBest-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or           two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

–Find her books at http://www.suzdemello.com

–For editing services, email her at suzswift@yahoo.com

–Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sueswift, and visit her group page at  https://www.facebook.com/redhotauthorscafe

–She tweets her reading picks @ReadThis4fun and @Suzdemello

–Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/suzdemello/

–Goodreads: http://bit.ly/SuzATGoodreads

–Her current blog is http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com

Review ~ Thirteen Nights by Sabrina Garie

thirteennights_msrThirteen Nights
by Sabrina Garie

Blurb:
Annie’s always been different. An empathic Amazon, she hides her emotional anomaly beneath her legendary fighting skills. To avoid passing on her genetic disorder, she’s always avoided the Thirteen Nights Ritual—the annual breeding rite among the warrior races of the Greek Pantheon. Only months away from 30, she is now duty-bound to participate. When she meets Tai, a half-human warrior who revs her up beyond legal limits and nurtures the gentleness she’s had to keep secret, thirteen nights of pleasure don’t seem nearly enough.

As a half human, Tai has survived by being faster, more lethal, and a whole lot smarter than his brethren. While the male warriors accept him for his achievements, the Amazons have never given him a second look. Until he meets Annie, whose smile is warm and real and whose body shudders with desire—for him. Determined to have her, he hacks into the Thirteen Nights database and rearranges the pairings to make Annie his breeding partner. Together, their strength and tenderness combust into pure love.

But Tai’s actions are forbidden under Amazon law, subject to a death. To stay together and alive, they must take on the Greek Pantheon and win.

Available at Ellora’s Cave

Diana’s Review:
I am giving an honest review for receiving a free copy of Thirteen Nights to read and review.

I enjoyed the overall story here.  The mating procedures of the Amazon and Gargarean Warriors is rigid and just wrong in my mind.   But Tai and Annie are considered “game changers” and they definitely set out to change the mating rules for all the supernaturals.  I just don’t like the Greek Pantheon in any of the books I have read.  So I am glad for the ending.

I thought there was not enough conflict preventing the couple from succeeding and the ending was too neatly tied up and too HEA too quickly.   Don’t get me wrong, I did like reading this story but it did not slay me like some others have.  I  still think rating of 3 is good and true rating.   I would like to see more come of this storyline and will read the next book if there is one.

Hearts 3Flames 3

New Release ~ Queen’s Quest ~ Suz deMello

queensquest_9781419949579_msrQueen’s Quest
by Suz deMello

Janus is a planet that lacks both tilt and spin. Shadowlands is the pewter band of dusk dividing the violently hot Lightside of the planet from its Darkside, which is imprisoned by eternal night. Birth rates on the planet are low and indiscriminate mating and ménage sex are encouraged.

Audryn, Queen of Shadow, has reached that time in her life when she must choose a King to rule with her or fail to bear an heir, casting not only her realm but all of Janus into chaos. Despite her duty, she is reluctant to share power, even a bit distrustful. Janus’ nobles vie for Audryn’s hand. Although she enjoys trysting with all her suitors, none seize her heart.

Then Storne, the warrior Prince of Darkness, arrives to claim her as his bride, and she finds she cannot resist his masterful ways.

Inside Scoop: This book contains lots of hot ménage action including a F/F/M scene.

A Romantica® science fiction erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere as Queen of Shadow.

Available at Ellora’s Cave

New Release ~ Thirteen Nights: 1 (Divine Temptation) ~ Sabrina Garie

thirteennights_msrThirteen Nights

Divine Temptation

Book 1

by Sabrina Garie

Genre:  Paranormal/Fantasy

Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave

Date of Publication:  December 6, 2013

ISBN:  9781419941764

Book Description:

Annie’s always been different. An empathic Amazon, she hides her emotional anomaly beneath her legendary fighting skills. To avoid passing on her genetic disorder, she’s always avoided the Thirteen Nights Ritual—the annual breeding rite among the warrior races of the Greek Pantheon. Only months away from 30, she is now duty-bound to participate. When she meets Tai, a half-human warrior who revs her up beyond legal limits and nurtures the gentleness she’s had to keep secret, thirteen nights of pleasure don’t seem nearly enough.

As a half human, Tai has survived by being faster, more lethal, and a whole lot smarter than his brethren. While the male warriors accept him for his achievements, the Amazons have never given him a second look. Until he meets Annie, whose smile is warm and real and whose body shudders with desire—for him. Determined to have her, he hacks into the Thirteen Nights database and rearranges the pairings to make Annie his breeding partner. Together, their strength and tenderness combust into pure love.

But Tai’s actions are forbidden under Amazon law, subject to a death. To stay together and alive, they must take on the Greek Pantheon and win.

By reading any further, you are stating that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, please exit this site.

An Excerpt From: THIRTEEN NIGHTS

Copyright © SABRINA GARIE, 2013

All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

A strong drink in hand, she found her seat by matching the number on her name tag with the table number. Following the instructions on the card, she swiped it over the datapad and put her thumbprint on the screen where directed. That would tap into her medical records to ensure genetic compatibility. A bell rang in the distance and the first male slid into the seat. A small human. She smiled politely but knew that weak frame could never handle an Amazon lover. Humans were not forbidden, but strongly discouraged. Not all were as frail as this one, but humans usually wanted more than the Amazon vows permitted. The bell couldn’t come soon enough. Annie clandestinely hit the no button on the pad.

A giant of a man swaggered into the now-open seat, all testosterone and appetite. Linebacker shoulders, six-pack abs straining against a muscle shirt chosen to show them off, thighs so big they could choke a horse—and probably had. Elaborate tattooing covered his left arm from shoulder to wrist, detailing every victory, every kill. Similar markings ran diagonally across Annie’s back.

He touched his card to the pad and instantly his resume popped up on her screen. Black belts in karate, kendo and Kung Fu, expert sniper, awarded the Golden Shield—the Gargarean symbol for valor—six times, hobbies included hunting, archery and jousting. Okay, the man could kill, but who was he really?

“I’ll give you a good ride. You’ll be well-sated. I’ve fathered two already, one on a first-timer.” Typical Gargarean—built for show and incapable of mincing words. His eyes burned over her, intent blazing so fierce she felt the heat crawl across her skin. It was said the male warriors went celibate for six months before a breeding to build their lust to a fever pitch. From that look, she’d say it was true for this one.

She nodded, splaying well-manicured, fire-engine-red nails on the table. The male covered one hand, pushing the his palm against the tips.

“Yes,” he rumbled. “They’ll feel good tearing through my back when you lose control.” He laid his left arm out in front of her, an invitation to test the strength of him, and show off his prowess. As expected, she walked her fingers along the planes and angles of his muscles, periodically digging her nails in to test his reaction to different pain levels—to see if he really could handle her and show respect for his military achievements. Those muscles would ripple well under her fingers and nails.

A Gargarean in his prime, proven in battle and the bedroom. She should want this. Damn the little voice in her head that told her that it wasn’t enough for the father of her child, so she rated him acceptable, not preferred. Some part of her she kept well-buried thought it would be nice to find someone with an interest beyond weapons and bloodletting. Someone who could handle, I don’t know, maybe a conversation. The next twelve nights joined at the groin could be a lifetime.

Each new Gargarean who plopped down in front of her merged into the next one until she couldn’t distinguish among them. They all rang the same—deadly, dominant and completely interchangeable. She knew she was a desired partner, and would be many of these men’s first choice. The male warriors liked to boast about knocking up the first-timers, it was worn as a sign of their sexual prowess. The DNA compatibility test would have to choose one of them for her. She didn’t really care.

Lost in frustration, she didn’t register the newest candidate in front of her. The blue light on the screen identified him as Gargarean, but he lacked the giant muscular proportions of the male warrior race, that scent of pure dominance and heightened testosterone. Oh, his eyes revealed menace and the lethality of the warrior-bred and his arm tattooing was as detailed and complex as the bigger men who came before him. But he had the lean, muscled strength of a human soldier, the power he emanated more subtle and highly controlled. From the way her lower body pulsed, she liked it. A lot. When she eyed the screen with more focus, the mystery resolved itself. Tai, human father, Amazon mother, given to the Gargareans at birth. That explained his size. “How did you survive their training as a youth?”

“Your mind can bring you to places your body cannot.”

“That’s not a very Gargarean philosophy.” Or Amazon for that matter, even though she agreed with him. “How would your background play out over the twelve nights?”

“Each night more attuned to your needs than the next. You would be seduced across all dimensions, pleasured in the realm of mind, body and spirit.” He flashed her a smile that promised all kinds of sin, but those deep brown eyes, so tender and soulful, pledged warmth and humor. With that, her panties were drenched, her nipples bullet hard, and tingles ran up her spine straight into her brain. Swallowing, she struggled to pull it all back under control and explore this possibility in more detail.

“Your expertise is…” She lifted an eyebrow. “Cyber security.” She placed her hand on the table as she did for all the others. Instead of using his palm to test the bite of her nails, he ran his finger across her knuckles and down her thumb, a lingering caress that promised gentleness, not just a good, hard ride. When he offered her his arm, she did the same up his wrist to his elbow, watching lust flicker in his eyes as her fingers glided across his skin. “You’re not like your brethren, in many ways it seems.”

“No, but I think that’s the pot calling the kettle black and it pleases you.” His voice lowered a decibel, the sound a rough caress around her body. “Why? Most of your sisterhood reject me out of hand for my size, my human heritage, even my talents.” His gaze locked onto hers and held it in an iron grip. He might be small for a warrior of the Greek pantheon, but he made it clear he was no less potent and he wasn’t going anywhere without an answer.

“Because you’re different…like me.” She was not at all sure she should have confirmed his observation but she felt no deception coming from him. “It tempts me.” She gave him her biggest, sexiest smile.

“Choose me.” His gaze still tethered to hers, he glided his forefinger along her lips in a quiet tease. “I’ll make it worth it to you.”

Buy Links:

Ellora’s Cave:   http://www.ellorascave.com/thirteen-nights.html 

Amazon : :http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GXDNHNA?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00GXDNHNA&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/thirteen-nights

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18996479-thirteen-nights

sabrinaAbout the Author: 

Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine romance fiction has ever known and the hero who can take her. A believer that big, audacious goals spice up life, she relies on coffee, red wine and laughter to make those goals (and her characters) come alive.

When not at the computer, she wrangles vegetables and extra helpings of homework into her fashion-loving progeny, kowtows to a fat cat and reads, a lot.

Since it is more fun to travel in packs, come along for the ride.

Blog/Website: www.sabrinagarie.com

Facebook: facebook.com/sabrinagarieauthor

Twitter: @sabrinagarie

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Sabrina_Garie

Interview ~ Lucy Felthouse

Lucy Felthouse

Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY, Lucy. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much for having me. My name is Lucy Felthouse and I’m 28 years old and from Derbyshire, in the UK. I’ve been writing all my life, and have been published since 2008. I also run my own business (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk), doing PR, marketing and web design for authors and small business. I fit my writing in around that.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

A drink, usually Diet Pepsi. Music, mostly, and not too much other noise going on around me, which can be pretty difficult. My neighbours are often quite noisy!

Beverly: When did you start to write?

Ever since I could, really. When I was little I used to be surrounded by paper and have a pen in my hand, scribbling madly and declaring that when I grew up I was going to be an author!

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

If we’re talking fictional romance heroes, then I don’t think there are set qualities. It depends what kind of hero he is, whether he’s alpha, beta, arrogant, a dom, a sub, a geek… the list goes on. If we talking real life heroes, then I would say bravery and self-sacrifice.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

I’m actually a huge fan of Oliver, who’s the lead male in my latest release, Mean Girls. I really like him because he’s very attractive and has quite a sexy job, but he’s very humble, and harbours a huge crush on Adele. He doesn’t care that she’s a big girl, in fact, he loves it. I come up with my characters in various different ways, but Oliver just came to me because he fitted in with what I wanted the story to be.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

I haven’t really written much suspense to date, though I definitely want to write romantic suspense at some point. I don’t find specific scenes difficult, I don’t think. It depends on the book, what I’m trying to write, whether I know where the story is going next, and so on. I generally figure it out in the end!

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

Nobody has influenced how I write. I just write in the style that comes naturally. I think the more I’ve worked with effective editors, the better I’ve gotten – hopefully! But I’ve never tried to emulate anyone.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Ooh, that’s a good one. That would be Dimitri, from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. He’s just so hot! Though if I was allowed more than one, the list would go on for quite some time…

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Ha, I write under my own name, so there’s no way I’m telling you that 😉

Tamara: *snickers* What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

Both. It depends on the story. I’m definitely more drawn to strong women, whether I’m reading them or writing them. I don’t think I’ve ever written a damsel in distress. I think in this modern world we’re living in, strong women are more real. Though there is such a thing as a damsel in distress that doesn’t have to be TSTL – Too Stupid To Live. It all depends on the author and how they’ve written it, I guess.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

I don’t think I’ve ever really had a bad date. Not awful, anyway. There have been ones where I’ve known that there was no chemistry between myself and the guy, so it’s been kind of pointless, but I’ve never been tempted to climb out of a bathroom window to get away!

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Well, since I have all the necessities, that means I’ve already got my laptop, electricity and Internet access. Excellent. So I would also add my Kindle to that list, along with my dog, and Henry Cavill. You don’t need me to explain why, right? 😉

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Ah, that would be Supernatural. I’m a sucker for those Winchester brothers.

Tamara: Oh yeah. Definitely! What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

Actually, I’m doing pretty well. A couple of years ago I had a bunch of editors and anthologies I wanted to get into, and I achieved all of those. My next one was to get a novel published by the time I was thirty. Well I’ve managed that with a co-author project, and I also have a solo novel coming out towards the end of this year. So I guess my next goal is to actually start making some decent money from my writing. I might be waiting a while…

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

I’m not easily embarrassed, sorry.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Purple, I suppose. Because it’s my favorite. Nothing deeper than that.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

Myself. Because I know myself better than anyone.

Beverly: How did you get interested in writing about BDSM?

Well, for a long time I steered clear of it. I wasn’t that into reading it or writing it. Then I got more adventurous with my writing and answer a couple of calls for submissions for anthologies which wanted BDSM stories. I got some accepted, figured I must be okay at writing BDSM, then got more interested in it, both reading and writing. Now I enjoy reading and writing it. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and you can have real fun with the characters. Not that you can’t in non-BDSM stuff, of course, but, well… you’ll just have to read my stuff and find out 😉

Tamara: Have you ever been to a BDSM club?

Nope. I don’t even know if they have them near where I live!

Beverly: What about that lifestyle interests you?

The people, the action, the nuances. I’m a naturally inquisitive person, so I always like learning about new stuff.

Tamara: Would you say you were a Domme or a submissive?

None, really. I’m pretty boring in real life.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

My other half, my dog and my family, I hope!

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Neither
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome.
Hairy chest or smooth? Depends on the man.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate. Unless we’re talking ice cream, in which case vanilla.
Kinky or Sweet? Depends.
Fast or slow? Depends.
Public or private? Both!
Top or bottom? Both!

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Lucy Felthouse meangirlsMean Girls
by Lucy Felthouse

Adele Blackthorne is a big girl, a curvy chick. She knows it, and she’s been picked on all her life because of it. But she’s gotten to the stage where she doesn’t care. She may be Rubenesque, but she’s healthy, too. Much healthier than the mean girls at the leisure center that point and stare and say spiteful things about her. Adele rises above it all, and simply enjoys her secretive glances at the center’s hunky lifeguard, Oliver.
As the bullying of Adele becomes worse, Oliver finds it increasingly difficult not to intervene. He doesn’t want to get into trouble with work, but equally he can’t stand to see Adele treated in such a horrible way. Especially since he doesn’t agree that she’s fat and unattractive. He thinks she’s a seriously sexy woman, and would like to get to know her better. Much better.

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Lucy_Felthouse (2)Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9