Monday, 29 April 2013

Touch Me There: blog post rewind

This post first appeared on on 4.2.2013

Bestselling thriller writer Lee Child is credited as saying that instead of writing what you know, try writing what you feel.  When it comes to erotica, this is excellent advice. We may not have done all the things we describe in our stories, but we have all experienced a range of emotions, have all felt that frisson of attraction, that surge of desire.  And we have all fantasised.    

Often, this can start for me by focussing on erogenous zones, those special places that are unique to each of us, but universally recognised.  I love to be touched on my neck.  This can be the lingering of hungry lips, the gentle brushing of fingertips, or the feel of my lover’s breath. For some people, just a glimpse of the body part that stimulates them can be a turn on, so describing this can be a way to connect with a reader, creating a shared experience – a virtual erotic union. Sometimes the physical sensation of touch itself is enough and can be disembodied from the giver.  On other occasions, we need an image, so we can visualise the giver to make the fantasy more real and sensual. Whether it is someone we know or a sexy fictional stranger, we have to paint a picture.  

When you first meet someone, what do you notice before anything else?  Is it their mouth? Their smile?  Their body?  Personally, it’s usually their voice that I notice most, preferably deep and rich, and then their hands, which can be incredibly erotic, since these are one of the instruments of pleasure-giving that you hope might be used on you. It is their potential for sexual arousal and satisfaction that generates the turn-on for me. 

In this extract from my story SecondHelpings, Alys becomes distracted when she notices that her host has the most beautiful eyes……
At the circular glass dining table, I was sandwiched between my annoying boyfriend and his much more sophisticated Dad, whose body brushed against mine several times during the meal. I half-expected to feel his hand find its way between my thighs and when, disappointingly, that did not happen, I was tempted to accidentally stroke my ankle against his leg. But instead, I decided to be a model dinner guest and listened politely as Mrs Elliot talked about her hectic week and her most recent client, who she described as short tempered and moody, at which point Jay chipped in with, ‘Sounds like Shannon when it’s her time of the month.’ He was clearly determined to win the Prick of the Year Award tonight. I glared, my face reddening. But he continued being annoying, oblivious to the effect on me – or his parents. By the time we had finished the strawberry cheesecake dessert, I was ready to leave so I could kill him.
When Mr Elliot retreated to the kitchen to make coffee, I hastily offered to help. ‘Looks like Jay is pissing you off,’ he said, clearly amused and I noticed he had rather beautiful eyes, the colour of a summer Mediterranean sea.
‘Just a bit,’ I replied, hunting for the cups and saucers.
‘Up there,’ he said, pointing to a high cupboard above the sink. I’m not the tallest person in the world and even in my high heels I had to reach up to get them. As I did, I was aware that my dress was riding dangerously up my thighs, almost revealing my lace thong.  When I turned, juggling cups in one hand and saucers in the other, Mr Elliot was staring at me, his eyes barely disguising the fact that he had been getting a good look.
‘Why don’t you put that down,’ he suggested, gesturing to the gold-rimmed china crockery. The next thing I knew, he was standing in front of me, his hands around my waist, pulling me towards him. The hard bulge pushing against my groin already had my clit tingling in anticipation. I was still hungry.
‘We shouldn’t be doing this,’ I protested, making a half-hearted effort to push him away.
‘Why not?’ he replied, his hands sliding down, caressing my bum, while his mouth found my neck, giving me an exquisite little nip behind my ear. ‘I’ve wanted to do this all evening.’
‘Me too,’ I groaned, grabbing his neck and kissing him roughly, our tongues exploring. Wrapping my arms around him, I pushed my breasts against his broad chest, my nipples already hard. As he rolled my tight dress up to my waist, slowly unsheathing me, I thought, ‘What if someone comes in?  What if Jay sees us?’ but it didn’t stop me. In fact, it made me feel even more turned on. I just wanted to eat him alive…..

Surely everyone deserves a second chance? Second Helpings: Three sexy stories. Quirky, romantic erotica with a twist. 

Words and Actions
Alys’s drunken one night stand with an ex-boyfriend puts her relationship with her beloved partner Lee in jeopardy, leaving her desperate to put things right. On the way to a party, their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere on a dark and stormy night and Lee’s unexpected behaviour is both surprising and arousing….

Two Hearts
Lucy knows deep down that her passionate affair with married businessman Callum is going nowhere, but when he suggests an erotic encounter in a graveyard, what happens next leads Lucy to a sexy stranger who may be the one to find her heart. 

Second Helpings
Shannon and Jay’s sex life has taken a nose dive so Shannon decides it’s time to spice things up. But an invitation to dinner with Jay’s sophisticated parents leads to an evening full of raunchy surprises – and a life changing decision.

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

IJ Miller:A Secret, a Confession and a Guilty Pleasure

I'm delighted that the first guest post in my new series is from  I.J. Miller, the author of five, distinct, literary, erotic works of fiction: SEESAW was translated into two languages, with over 130,000 copies in print; WHIPPED appeared in both English and German; SEX AND LOVE, a collection of short stories, made its debut in the summer of 2011; CLIMBING THE STAIRS, a novella, was released just a year later.  His latest novel, WUTHERING NIGHTS, is an erotic retelling of Emily Bronte’s classic, Wuthering Heights, and is published by the Grand Central Publishing imprint of Hatchette Books.  It is available now as an e-book and will be in bookstores as a trade paperback and audio book on April 23 (TODAY!) 
OVER TO YOU, IJ.......
A secret:

I published a novel called WHIPPED.  It is about an affluent suburban housewife trying to reconnect with her daughter, find true love, and escape the terrors of an unknown stalker.  Oh, and she works part time as a dominatrix.  And one more thing: the character is based on my stepmother. this day, she doesn’t know it.  (You can be sure I won’t be sending her the Kissing Velvet link.)  Now when I say “based on,” that is very loose terminology.  My stepmother never worked as a dominatrix.  She found true love (my dad).  But I would have to say she still hasn’t fully connected to her daughter (my stepsister).  The essence of her character is there, which is the germ of what inspired the story in the first place: what an interesting thing it is that some affluent housewives who you think have it all, can have certain self-esteem issues that make them miserable.  Enough said.  You want to know anymore, you’ll have to read the book.  Just don’t tell my stepmother.

A confession:

My real name is Ira Miller.  Years ago I published my first book using my real name.  Then I had to make a living so I became a full time university tennis coach.  Then along came the internet and Google.  All of my books since are written by I.J. Miller.  In these conservative times, better to have a separation between university employee and erotic writer.

A guilty pleasure:

I pride myself in being an intelligent, well-read person.  I hate reality TV shows.  Cruise right by them while scanning with the remote.  Except...I’ve seen all twenty-six seasons of Survivor.  Yeah, sometimes contrived, sometimes I’m sure it’s scripted, but I think Jeff Probst is a natural, I love how the hunger and pressure sooner or later seems to expose who each person really is, most challenges are still pretty creative, and there is always someone you love to hate.  I even like the last Reunion Show.  And my family and extended family have a Survivor pool every season.  Everyone puts in five dollars and is randomly assigned two contestants.  Your person wins, winner takes all.  I do feel as if I should be watching a documentary on Public Broadcasting, or listening to Obama’s State of the Union address.  But I’ll take Survivor every time.

IJ Miller has a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute and has taught creative writing and screenwriting at the university level.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Venus in Furs: The Velvet Undergound

Venus In Furs

I had forgotten how much I love this song by The Velvet Underground.  Inspired by the book Venus in Furs by Leopold Sacher von Masoch, it has wonderful evocative words, haunting melody and vocals, and the dissonance in the harmony gives it that edgy darkness.  Lots of versions on You Tube and there seems to be a debate about one of the lines - is it "Plead for me?" or "Bleed for me?"  Both work.

Here's a version.

Soooo sensual...................

Friday, 19 April 2013

NEW SERIES: A secret, a confession and a guilty pleasure

This is the first in a new series on my blog, which invites guest posts from erotica writers in which they offer an insight into their psyche by revealing a writing secret and confession, and a guilty pleasure.  There will be posts from some fabulous writers over the next few months. Enjoy!

In the meantime, I thought I should kick off so here goes:

A secret about one of my books/stories/characters
I tend to leave parts of myself in every story that I write.  I leave it to the reader to guess which parts...

A confession about the life of an erotica writer 
I absolutely adore high heels, especially if they are shiny with platforms. These are my favourites. 

However, when I am writing you will generally find me wearing these!

A guilty pleasure
I'm a huge fan of the TV series Revenge.  I love the twists and turns of the storylines and the glamorous, larger than life characters - especially the sexy, feisty, blonde, kick-ass heroine.  Series 2 is running now.  Pure entertainment.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Behind closed doors with Wanton Words & Burlesque Bombshells

Yes, these props really did feature in the last Wanton Words and Burlesque Bombshells show.  I decided to take a few pics while I was in the changing room waiting to go on stage to do a reading of an erotic story from my Second Helpings collection.  

In fact, I kept snapping away so we have set up a new album on the WW Facebook page which offers an exclusive and intriguing glimpse behind the scenes of the last Wanton Words Show.....whatever goes on in the minds of those naughty girls Miss Glory Pearl and Missy Maybe?  Click here to view more:

Friday, 12 April 2013

Crimson Kisses FREE this weekend!

To celebrate my recent posts with a vampire theme, my short story, Crimson Kisses, an exploration of the darker side of love (a paranormal lesbian romance) will be FREE to download this weekend from Saturday until midnight on Monday.  

Click here if you fancy a read:
Amazon UK
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Also available in all other Amazon markets.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Vampire Therapy Part 2: The Power of Three

Threesomes (especially FMM) are popular in vampire stories.  Whether this be the trinity of girl/vampire/werewolf or girl/vampire good/ vampire bad or even girl/vampire/human.  (Think Twilight, Blood Ties and Vampire Diaries).  So why are threesomes so darn sexy?  And why is the idea of a woman being the erotic focus of not one, but two men, often such a compelling sexual fantasy?

In romantic fiction (and in the vampire series) the sexual tension arises from the fact that the female protagonist is attracted to both men for different (and often contrasting) reasons, and endures an emotional battle because she feels she has to make a choice (usually after trying out both guys first!).  And what makes it more erotic is the fact that both men in question adore her.

But why does she have to choose?  Now, you are unlikely to see Bella or Elena having a threesome, even if the idea is a turn-on. The menage a trois is a fantastic dramatic tool for a writer, and in erotica the fantasy can be explored much further.

I can say from personal experience that enjoying a threesome with two men simultaneously is wonderful - more so if you care deeply for both lovers.  I have also tried BDSM threesomes, once with a lover and a total stranger (his friend), which was exciting and thrilling in a different way.  The sheer physical possibilities of this combo can be mind-blowing.  Emotionally, giving and receiving with two lovers and ensuring that everyone concerned gets plenty of attention is to be recommended.

FMM features in a number of my erotic short stories, (in fact, 2 out of the 3 stories in my collection Love Bites involve threesomes).  Who says three's a crowd?

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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Seaside Smut on Saturday June 1st!

Last night's Wanton Words and Burlesque Bombshells Show was a riot as always and the next show will be Saturday 1st June, on the theme of Couples, at the delightful Tom Thumb Theatre in Cliftonville. Expect more outrageous spectacle and smutty readings.  For more info go to

Doors open 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm.