Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cover art and fliers

One of the things I've done with all my books is create "fliers" to use on Facebook and Twitter for publicising and advertising them. These have all been created using Photoshop.

Book 1 - Knights Errant

Book 2 - The King's Captain

Book 3 - From The Top

Wow, my third book...

I've just updated the banner on my Facebook page to include the cover art for my third novella, "From The Top", which will be published in April. And it might sound strange, but that was when it really hit me - I'll soon have published three books!

It also struck me that I won't be able to fit a fourth one into the banner! I'll need to do something else when that's published. Yes, it's being written, but still early days.

I'm thinking about creating my own author website, but I need to be sure I want to do that, and decide what to do with it. And of course, I need to be willing to spend more of my limited free time working on that in addition to the other social media I need to engage in. Oh, and writing other stories.

Writing a book is a strange sort of process. I start off thinking about the story, the characters, the scenes and incidents, then write it all down. This is definitely the hardest part, but I really enjoy it. It feels a bit like the story already exists and wants me to write it. I often "see" the scenes as still images or short video clips in my imagination, and then try to write down an adequate description. I may even write out some scenes and incidents as and when I think of them, then write the rest around them.

As each novella is part of a series, I need to ensure there are no "continuity" or timeline problems, that the overall "feel" is consistent, and that character development is plausible.

I also want each one to work well enough as a stand-alone story. Which means figuring out how little backstory I need to include to set the scene and give context to this particular story.

Once that's done, I submit it to my constructive critiquing group in the hope that (a) they say it's entertaining and (b) some of them offer helpful suggestions.

After that, it's revision time. I don't mind that stage at all, as the whole idea is to tell the story as well as possible. I never over-write a draft, but save the revision as a new document. Well, I may change my mind about a change. With this novella, I think I left it alone for three weeks, then collated the comments I'd received and went through my draft a total of four times. Each time resulted in a new draft manuscript.

Then I sent it to my publisher's editor.

And tried not to feel nervous.

Getting an e-mail from the publisher offering a contract gives me a real lift every time. It means other people like my story enough to invest time and money turning it into a book to sell

Actually, I had something constructive to do while I was waiting - come up with an idea about the cover and try to find suitable images on my publisher's preferred stock photo sites. Every time, I've found this far harder than I expected. I've found it rather tedious wading through page after page of photos.

Perhaps I've just been unlucky, but I've found the range of images are on some of these sites to be surprisingly limited. Lots and lots of pretty women who seem to be in the late teens or early twenties, but few who look like they're in their thirties. And how come every man with long hair has to have a beard as well? I'm seriously thinking of trying to find suitable models and taking my own photos in the future. In fact, the lower half of the cover art for my second novella was a photoshop merging of two of my own photos - the knights in armour and the Dartmoor landscape.

I've worked with editors on every story which has been published, and in every case, I found them to be really helpful and constructive. They already think my story has potential and want to help me tell it as well as possible. We've had some great e-mail conversations along the way, often about differences in English usage between the UK and US. There's usually a compromise which keeps us both happy.

Then, once it's published, all I can do is try to tell people about it, hope they buy and read a copy, and keep my fingers crossed that as many as possible will be motivated to post reviews on e-book sites.

Oh well, back to thinking about book 4 in my series. I've got to think of some entertaining ways to give my characters an uncomfortable time...

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Russian Bride, the new book by Juliette Banks

I'm delighted to welcome Rachel de Vine back as my guest, to talk about her new book The Russian Bride, which she's publishing as Juliette Banks. I loved her last book, The Artist, and have already purchased The Russian Bride.

Hi Rachel, can you tell us about your new book, please?

Of course.

Natasha, a Russian-born woman living in London, catches the eye of Viktor, a middle-aged Russian gangster. He wants her as his wife, the mother of his son, and his submissive partner in the kinky sex he enjoys at his isolated home near Saint Petersburg. But he doesn’t ask her to accompany him – he just takes what he wants.

Surprisingly, Natasha begins to accept her new life. Is she really a natural submissive, or has Viktor brainwashed her? Viktor is adamant that he will not have sex with her until they are married, but he shows her just how kinky he likes it by taking her to orgies held by his friend, and tells her that this is the type of life she can expect as his wife.

Everything turns sour, however, and on a visit to London, Natasha has to flee for her life – where businessman, James Miller, comes to her aid. Over the course of the next few days, Natasha tells James her story, and as horrified as he is, he cannot deny his attraction to the beautiful young woman. He vows to help her.

Neither of them realize quite how much danger they will be in for defying Viktor, but James is willing to risk everything to rescue her from this man. Can he do it? And does Natasha return his feelings?

It's a fast-paced tale including explicit themes including power exchange, capture, multiple sexual partners and discipline. Not to everyone's taste, I know, so please bear that in mind before purchasing.

Here's a short extract: 

  His breath was hot against the back of her neck, as he stood as close as he could without actually touching her. He ran his finger lightly across her naked shoulder and up her arm that was suspended above her body and it made her shiver. Her skin was damp with sweat, even though the room was not excessively hot. But he was not done with her yet. He whispered into her ear.
  “Now, as I promised you my darling, I will use the strap before I fuck you.  It is a while since you felt the licks of a leather strap, isn’t it?”
  Her reply was also in a whisper, as though she was afraid to break the spell between them.
  “Yes, Sir. It’s been a long time.”
  He stepped away from her and she heard the familiar sound of the strap as it whistled through the air in a practice stroke.  He had warmed her with the flogger on her back and buttocks, but she knew that the strap would be more severe. Nevertheless, she craved the feeling as it whistled down and thrashed across her buttocks, the sting of the immediate pain soon turning to pleasure as she absorbed what he administered with great skill. He knew exactly what she needed, exactly how far to take her. She always craved the intense pleasure she got from him, the man who had made her live again, the man who had helped her to love again, the man who had made her feel again.

The Russian Bride is published by Blushing Books:

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Is there anything you remember which prompted you to start writing? When do you remember first wanting to write?
Even as a young child I enjoyed writing and telling stories. I used to make up stories for my sister, when I was about seven, in exchange for her to get out of bed and switch the light off.  (We didn’t have bedside lamps, and I was frightened of the dark!) When I was eight I entered a Win a Pony writing competition, run by a national newspaper, and was a runner-up. I think my mother was quite relieved that I didn’t win. I think she envisaged that she would be looking after it.

How long did it take you to write this book?
I’m quite a fast writer, although not as fast as some. It took about six weeks to write, plus another couple of weeks to edit. I had actually started it a year ago, but didn’t get past the first chapter, so left it. I often do that – start, lose interest, then return to it. It has to ‘feel right’ in my mind for me to write the story.

What book do you wish you could have written?
A book that resonated with me when I was young was Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. (And not for the obvious reason!) I just loved the rebelliousness and non-conformity of the man, who was a local boy, growing up just a few miles from where I live now. The locals didn’t forgive him for many years for what they thought was his mocking of their way of life. I would love to write like him.
A modern writer whom I greatly admire and would love to emulate is Chloe Thurlow, who wrote one of my favourite books of recent times, Katie in Love. Her style of writing is superb, and I would say that she is one of the best writers of her generation.

What’s your passion in life?
Apart from writing, which is my true passion, travelling to far off places comes a close second, in terms of the pleasure I have obtained from it. I was lucky, in one sense, to have been born when I was, when travelling had become so much easier than for previous generations. I fell into it by accident, when an overland trip to Australia (from the UK) that had been planned with three other people, fell through. So I went alone. I took trains and busses across Europe and Asia, ending up in Australia three months later. So began a lifelong passion that still burns strong. I once calculated that I have been to about 45 countries so far, and hope to see many more before I hang up my travel bag. (Actually, the title of my so-far unpublished autobiography is One Day I Will Find the Perfect Suitcase!)

Any individual male and female figure you particularly admire, dead or alive, and why?
I think I would choose Queen Elizabeth 1, who reigned in England from 1558 until her death in 1603. To be a woman in those times was not easy, but to be a queen, who was brave and heroic (it seems to me) was amazing.

Thank you, Rachel. And I do hope The Russian Bride finds an appreciative readership.

Here are some social media links for Rachel and Juliette, in case you'd like to know more about her and her writing.


Websites for both Juliette Banks and Rachel de Vine


Amazon author pages:    


I’m quite a private person, so I like to let my books do the talking. However, I will tell you that I live in a rural part of the Midlands of England, and for some years was a farmer, along with my family. I love travel, reading, music and spending time with my amazing extended family.

I like to write about sensual, romantic relationships, because I’m quite a romantic person, but I like to add a bit of grittiness from time to time. My leading characters don’t always have an easy time of it. They sometimes have a hard struggle to achieve their happy ever after.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Would you defy God, for love?

No, I've not gone all religious... I'm talking about In Bonds of the Earth, the new book by Janine Ashbless. It's the second in her paranormal erotic romance Book of the Watchers trilogy.

Janine was my guest in November 2014, when we talked about the first story in this series, Cover Him with Darkness. I've eagerly awaited this sequel, and will post a review as soon as I've read it - it's already on my kindle.

If you've not read Cover Him with Darkness, you might like to peruse all the rave reviews on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

A brief bit of sales pitch and an excerpt, then the interview...

Would you defy God, for love?

Broad at the shoulders and lean at the hips, six foot-and-then-something of ropey muscle, he looks like a Spartan god who got lost in a thrift store. He moves like ink through water. And his eyes, when you get a good look at them, are silver. Not gray. Silver. You might take their inhuman shine for fancy contact lenses. Youd be wrong.

Unafraid to tackle the more complex issues surrounding good and evil in mainstream religion, Janine has created a thought-provoking and immersive novel which sets a new standard for paranormal erotic romance. The first in the series, Cover Him With Darkness, was released in 2014 by Cleis Press and received outstanding reviews.

In Bonds of the Earth is published by Sinful Press and is due for release on March 1st, 2017.


I will free them all.

When Milja Petak released the fallen angel Azazel from five thousand years of imprisonment, she did it out of love and pity. She found herself in a passionate sexual relationship beyond her imagining and control the beloved plaything of a dark and furious demon who takes what he wants, when he wants, and submits to no restraint. But what she hasnt bargained on is being drawn into his plan to free all his incarcerated brothers and wage a war against the Powers of Heaven.

As Azazel drags Milja across the globe in search of his fellow rebel angels, Milja fights to hold her own in a situation where every decision has dire consequences. Pursued by the loyal Archangels, she is forced to make alliances with those she cannot trust: the mysterious Roshana Veisi, who has designs of her own upon Azazel; and Egan Kansky, special forces agent of the Vatican the man who once saved then betrayed her, who loves her, and who will do anything he can to imprison Azazel for all eternity.

Torn every way by love, by conflicting loyalties and by her own passions, Milja finds that she too is changing and that she must do things she could not previously have dreamt of in order to save those who matter to her.

In Bonds of the Earth is the second in the Book of the Watchers trilogy and the sequel to Cover Him With Darkness.


     I was giving my long-dreaded presentation on the anniversary footbridge to Misters Ellis, Singh, Constanzo and Mackenzie…when Azazel walked in.
Oh hell.
“Excuse me, gentlemen,” I said loudly, lurching around from behind my desk, grabbing Azazel’s arm and spinning him back to face the door. “Not here, come on, please,” I implored through clenched teeth.
If there was one thing I’d learned by then, it was to not ignore warning dreams. If I’d paid them more attention from the start, things between me and Egan might have gone very differently back in Montenegro…
No, better not to think of Egan, not when Azazel was around. One guy at a time was quite enough to wrap my head around. Especially this guy.
He humored me though, this time, letting me pull him out of the meeting room and through the open plan office without resistance. We attracted a lot of stares, but there was nothing I could do about that except hold my head high.
“Where are we going?” he asked.
“Out. Anywhere.”
“You’re so impetuous.”
I didn’t need to glance up at his wicked smirk. I could feel it burning its way into my breast.
Bryce, the beardy guy in my new team who’d shown me the ropes of the job and seemed just a tiny bit too eager to talk every morning, stood up from his cubicle to intercept us. “Milja, is everything okay?”
“It’s just fine,” I rasped, towing Azazel faster.
“She’s insatiable,” my demon lover confided with a helpless shrug to my colleague as we swept past.
Bryce stared, mouth open.
“Goddamnit,” I muttered, and Azazel chuckled.
Sometimes it was hard to remember that he’d risked everything to save me.
We reached the doors at the end of the room and I pushed through, past the lobby with the elevators and into the concrete stairwell of the emergency stairs beyond. The only people who came here were smokers on their way to the roof, and it looked empty for now. My panicky momentum fizzled away and I swung to face him.
“What are you doing here?”
“What do you think?” he countered, taking my face in his hands.
“Azazel—” But he cut off my protests with his hungry kiss; a kiss that lanced through me all the way to my core. I gave up resisting, and speaking, and almost breathing, as his lust rolled over me in a hot wet wave. I slid my hands around his neck and tangled my fingers in his messy hair, pulling myself into his embrace. His body was hard as rock, his hands heavy on my waist and hips. The yearning for his touch that smoldered in my flesh day and night woke to a roaring heat.
I’d missed him. His skin, his smile, the peppery scent and salt taste of him. The sweetness of his lips and the harsh rasp of his stubbled chin. I’d missed him so much—like an addict missing her hit.

Hi Janine, and welcome back. I can't help wondering if you had this book already “sketched out” in your mind before you published the first?

I had a 2-page sketch of the trilogy, which mostly boiled down to which countries it would be set in. Everything else turned out to be largely inaccurate, including an ending I’ve now discarded. I'm a pantser when I write; I rely on my muse and my research. The Archangel Uriel, for example, showed up out of the blue and became a major antagonist; he wasn’t even in my initial outline.

What sort of research have you done to get the “feel” right for the locations?

I went on a 20-day trip to Ethiopia, and took hundreds of photos, just to make sure I picked the right spot for Penemuel’s prison and got all the details correct.

My husband went on a work-trip to Chicago, so I chose that city for Milja’s starting point this time round. Sam Macleod helped me with weather patterns in the States.

Other than that, I am eternally grateful for the existence of Wikipedia and I’m one of the people who actually chip in whenever they pass round the hat!

How many more books do you think it will take to tell the whole story you have in mind?

The find-the-angels game could have been dragged on for a decalogy , but I wanted a tight emotional plot arc between the three main characters. So the third book, The Prison of the Angels, will be the final one. I’m most of the way through the first draft already – there’s going to be a much shorter wait this time round!

How did you come up with the original idea and characters?

It started as a short story called Cover Him with Darkness that appeared in Mitzi Szereto’s Red Velvet and Absinthe. At the end of that story it still isn’t clear who the Prisoner is, or what the repercussions of freeing him will be, although there are various obvious possibilities. As soon as I made the decision “It’s the fallen angel Azazel,” everything else just followed on logically from that. I’d set the short story in Montenegro because I wanted somewhere European, mountainous and extremely remote, so Milja had to be Serbian Orthodox, which meant she wouldn’t be at all familiar or happy with Egan’s Catholicism—and so on.

What do you have in mind for your next writing project?

I’m going to be editing an anthology for SexyLittle Pages this autumn, I hope, so I need to get The Prison of the Angels finished! After that I’m going to get on with republishing and finishing my Lovers’ Wheel quartet. Ellora’s Cave went out of business so rights have reverted to me.

How do you develop your ideas for characters? Are parts of you incorporated into any of them?

All my characters are flawed. And I make sure that others point out those flaws—so for example, Azazel will point out Egan’s sexual hypocrisy and Egan will point out Azazel’s problematic rapey tendencies. My aim is to make all my characters, even the villains, human and understandable. Azazel has PTSD. Roshana has severe abandonment issues. Egan … don’t get me started on Egan’s issues! Milja actually turned out to have quite a struggle with jealousy, which isn’t me at all, but makes sense for a 23-year-old in her situation, I think. 

All the protagonists of my novels have a background interest in myths and history (and in Milja’s case, in theology) which is part of me. But I try to make my female characters much more emotionally secure and independent than I am. I’m the sort of person who finds it hard to even say “Hi” to strangers, but readers like their heroines confident and assertive.

What would people be surprised to learn about you and your writing?

How nervous I am when I approach the keyboard. Every day I wrestle with the dread that I’ll have lost all ability to write.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I LARP (live-action-roleplay) and play Dungeons and Dragons. I own a small wood and I love to go out and cut trees. I’ve got a terrible addiction to certain types of logic puzzles.

What book do you wish you could have written?

The Girl with All the Gifts, by MR Carey. I literally had this idea ten or fifteen years ago (except that I thought of the children as ghouls not zombies, because this was before zombies became fashionable), and never got round to writing it. I was absolutely gutted when I heard about this book. Seize the day, writers!

If you only had one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?

“Overthinker.” It leads to anxiety sometimes, and it makes me indecisive. But it’s got to be better than not thinking at all, right?

Author bio:
Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She's also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora's Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology 'Geek Love'.

Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and - for five years of muddy feet and shouting - as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.

Her work has been described as "Hardcore and literate" (Madeline Moore) and "Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love." (Portia Da Costa)


Janine Ashbless website:
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Print book:
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In Bonds of the Earth will be available from all major online bookstores in both digital and print. Please contact Lisa Jenkins at for any further information.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Some books I've recently read, enjoyed and reviewed.

I make a point of posting reviews of the books I read, if possible on Amazon and Goodreads. I always try to phrase them in the way I might describe the book in a conversation, rather than write a critique or anything "literary". Though, to be perfectly honest, the chances of me doing anything literary aren't worth worrying about...

My "star" ratings are a measure of how much I enjoyed the story, which combines my feelings about the writing, plot, characters, dialogue, settings, descriptions etc.

I have given poor ratings on occasion, but always with constructive comments. If a book really doesn't get my attention, or l find I just don't like it, I won't bother finishing it. There are so many good stories out there, waiting for me. Why waste time on one I'm not enjoying?

I know how much a review can mean to a writer. Just knowing that someone enjoyed the story is great, but it's even better if they went to the trouble of posting reviews. A simple comment really could make them feel like they're walking on air for days to come!

So please post a review of a book you enjoyed - it only takes a couple of minutes.

Rescue Me
Cynthia Noble

I gave this four stars on Amazon and Goodreads, with the following review:

Fast-paced, fun story

I thought this was a fast-paced and engaging story with two interesting lead characters and some fun sex scenes. There’s almost as much story in this novella as in many novels, but if it was padded out to a novel length, it wouldn’t be any better. I thought the drama/tension was a very plausible situation, too. And it’s nice to find an erotic millionaire story where the girl isn’t an innocent 18-year-old!

Releasing The Wolf (Eye Of The Storm Book 1)
Dianna Hardy

I gave this four stars on Amazon and Goodreads, with the following review:

Interesting and lively start to a series!

Dianna has created a very intriguing world where werewolves live in a city in the modern-day UK. Not just that, but werewolves with a rather complex natural history, and supernatural enemies. I don’t really know what else I can say without giving things away.

In summary, this is a fast-paced, intense story with some very steamy moments, and it introduces a cast of characters with a variety of sources of anxiety and tension. It’s very much the first in a series, but it ends rather like a TV drama show might, with open questions, but not a cliffhanger.

Bonus comment for blog readers: What intrigued me was the fact the story was sent in the modern-day UK, in the city of Guildford. Not exactly somewhere I'd imagine to be the haunt of supernatural creatures, but Dianna imagined it and turned it into an entertaining story!

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Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man
Kay Jaybee

I gave this five stars on Amazon and Goodreads, with the following review:

Snappily told, nicely steamy

I think this is an excellent example of an erotic romance novella, and I reckon there’s as much story as in many full-length novels. This engaging tale is told from the point of view of Jenny, a single professional woman who works at home. Rather to her surprise, she gets involved in deliciously steamy, brief clinches with a man who makes weekly deliveries.

Even though she keeps on telling herself he’s just not her type, Jenny finds herself out of her emotional comfort zone and on a path of sometimes disconcerting mind games and self-discovery.

Really enjoyed it!

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Wednesday on Thursday
Also by Kay Jaybee, a more recent publication

I gave this four stars on Amazon and Goodreads, with the following review:

Engaging, interesting, edgy, steamy...

This engaging story had something I’ve not found before in the erotica I’ve read.

I reckon the major relationship theme is very much “mind games”, combining a bit of a psychological mystery with some really steamy BDSM erotic scenes. And the odd one which blows the lid off the kettle...

I don’t like giving anything away which might be a “spoiler”, so there’s not a lot I can say.

The tension develops early, as Wednesday is edged out of her comfort zone, and she stays there. Interesting to have some much more idiosyncratic and flawed characters than usual, and a rather grubbier setting.

I wondered how the story would end, but genuinely hadn’t anticipated the conclusion. Almost literary, in being an end to this account which isn’t an end to the story.

Bonus comment for blog readers: This story includes MF and FF sex scenes in an edgy BDSM relationship. And the book has a great cover image which relates to the story.

Stage One: Hear
BK Bilicki

I gave this five stars on Amazon and Goodreads, with the following review:

Engaging, fast-paced and full of twists and turns

Wow. This kept me engaged from start to end, always wondering what was going to happen next. Fast-paced, full of twists and turns, and lots of saucy moments within the context of a slowly developing relationship. A cast of varied and interesting characters, blending sci-fi and magic. This is clearly the first in a series, but it doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger.

There may be some foreshadowing, but I won’t know that until BK stops teasing and gets Stage Two published!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

I recently enjoyed reading "Demons", a lively and entertaining erotic story written by CJ Hartnett, and I gave it a 5-star review on Amazon.

Lots of intense, steamy sex, not-too-graphic violence, supernatural characters, twists and turns. I liked the way CJ told the story, short chapters alternating between the characters. Mina’s are first person, Caleb’s in close third person. I was kept guessing until close to the end, where there are some interesting twists... It ends on an optimistic note, leaving scope for “more to tell”.

And there’s already a second story, Demons In My Heart, telling the story of two of the minor characters in this first book. This is already on my kindle and I'll read it soon.

And it's available free for one day, on November 16th

DEMONS by CJ Hartnett

Succubus demons thrive on sex for power. Except Mina. It’s a simple life. No attachments. No attractions. But when she meets Caleb, the sex is phenomenal and she actually feels something. Caleb just wants a one-night stand, but after having mind-blowing sex, he changes his mind. They agree to be friends with benefits. When Mina and Caleb learn the truth, will their white-hot passion be enough to stop them from killing each other?

Amazon US:

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If you want to get in touch with CJ, here are her contact details:
Twitter: @cjhartnett7
Instagram: cjhartnett7

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Blog-hopping about a new anthology!

Absolutely delighted that one of my stories has been included in ‘Love and Lust in Space’. It's an anthology of eleven saucy science fiction stories edited by Jennifer Denys and published today by Sexy Little Pages.

I’m doing a blog-hop with some of the other authors. Links to their blogs are given at the end of this post. I’m sure they’d be grateful to everyone who checks them out. Anyone who enjoys erotica will find something of interest. And you may even find some giveaways...

I first learned about this anthology when Jennifer called for submissions via a Facebook post. She and Anna at Sexy Little Pages already had a title and cover art, which I think helped attract interest from writers.

I'm really looking forward to reading the ten other contributions as soon as I can. Jennifer told me the stories fell naturally into two sets, which she dubbed "futuristic Earth" and "alien worlds", with one further story which seemed ideal as an epilogue.

My story is 'Re-Entry'... Astronauts Paul and Helen could easily die when their prototype space capsule malfunctions in orbit. Their only hope for survival for involves a risky spell with no radio contact. Total isolation is a time for honesty about their feelings for each other. With no guarantee of living until the next day, this last chance may be all they have.

I wrote the original version of my story a few years ago, dusted it off and e-mailed it as quickly as I could, and was delighted to hear those magic words - "we would like to include this". I’m not entirely sure how I came up with the idea, but that’s not unusual for me! I like the idea of stories about people who know each other well, and find each other attractive, but don’t feel comfortable about admitting it under normal circumstances. So in anything-but-normal circumstances with more stress than you can shake a stick at, who knows what they’d be prepared to talk about? It’s not set at any specific date, but sort of 30-40 years in the future.

So, a teeny bit of sales pitch... the "blurbs" for the anthology and for all the other stories.

They say your screams can’t be heard in space… Unless you have a partner or two! Eleven authors take you on a trip where any pairings are acceptable, locations vary from spaceships to strange and futuristic worlds, and interesting and exciting objects can be used in sex play.

If randy astronauts, virtual reality lovers, sex in near-death situations, a commitment phobe human and her alien lover, and reproduction in space experiments don’t do anything for you, you are clearly not human!

So try the stories in the alien worlds half of the anthology, instead. Here you’ll find alien Doms, a mysterious gladiator saving a stricken princess, an exotic dancer, a paid assassin on the run, an illegal sonic dilda’tor, and a pleasure booth. Space has never been so exciting!

Futuristic Earth

Naughty Nauts by H K Carlton (MFM): It's Jessa's job to observe Astronauts Hatch and Scott aboard the ISS. As the mission lengthens both ‘nauts begin to exhibit strange quirks, including suggestive behavior towards her. Jessa has no delusions. In what world would such formidable men give a curvy girl a go, let alone fulfill the delicious promises made over a wall of monitors.

Sanctum by Dee Maselle (MF): Fighting to reshape postwar Earth's data flows, virtual reality talents Krishav Santos and Marra find themselves trapped as rival network acquisitors - knackers. "We can be enemy knackers having fun while we wait," Marra decides, and she's right. After steamy VR fetish sex and united cybercombat, Santos wants Marra's talents in reality.

One Night by Rose Wulf (MF): Ivy doesn’t believe in love. But she believes in lust – like the lust that draws her focus to a sexy alien across the bar. He’s set to leave Earth the next morning, so Ivy figures she’s in for just a single night of erotic bliss when he walks her way. What she gets is so much more...

Filling the Void by Jordan Monroe (MFM): Josie Rodriguez is the subject for a special mission. She is the female participant of a study to determine if humans can naturally reproduce in outer space. Her male partner for the study is also the captain of the mission, which takes place on board the International Space Station. She isn’t opposed to having other lab partners, so to speak…

Alien Worlds

The Audition by Ashe Barker (MF with multiple partners/aliens): When she accidentally opens a wormhole whilst working for NASA Lucy tumbles through to find herself in a parallel dimension with no way back. Ever. In this new and terrifying world she has to choose a Dominant mate from the group of males all more than happy to audition for the role.

The Gladiator’s Princess by Morgan King (MF): When life’s turning out just as you expected it to, when you’re about to be bred publically, as the climatic conclusion to a gladiatorial, orgy inspiring, conquest what Princess Kenara needs is a hunky alien to take her hostage. If Destin can also help with the pesky problem of her heat being triggered even better…

Alien Attraction by Dylan McEwan (MM): Five hundred years after the destruction of Earth, Aiden is a human slave on the planet Vordel, forced into the humiliating and tedious life of a sex performer in a seedy bordello. When he falls for the beautiful Vordellian aristocrat, Kyander, it seems like a hopeless dream, as relationships between the two species are strictly taboo.

Across the Stars by Ella Grey (MF): Kai knew he couldn't hide forever, but he never thought his old employers would send Lyria to track him down. Lyria wants her freedom and if that means she needs to capture and return the man who stole her heart, then so be it.

The Sonic Dilda'tor by Jennifer Denys (MF): Skarlet is a very sensuous woman, but is married to Braemel, whose people only have sex once every five years and she is desperate to save her marriage. She accidentally comes across a Sonic Dilda’tor and immediately knew it would help them. Unfortunately, it is banned on that planet …

Epilogue – after Futuristic Earth

The Pleasure Booth by Beverly Langland (MF and MFM scenes): Altairian scientists have uncovered an ancient Human artefact - the Pleasure Booth. Kazan, a feminist, xenologist and leader of a secret society, is the first Altairian female to try the booth, though strictly forbidden. She feels the journey essential for her thesis on Human sexuality and for the liberation of Altairian females. What she discovers is both puzzling and revolutionary.

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