There’s nothing more convenient than downloading a sexy new story right to your e-reader and instantly flipping through the digital pages of a new book. That is, unless that e-book is free! At this year’s RWA convention, we grabbed two sets of four different download cards from Samhain — signed by authors — to give away to e-book-loving erotica fans that want to load up their devices with some steamy stories. Each card entitles you to one free download of the book, in the format of your choice, from the Samhain web store. Because variety is the spice of life, we picked four books with something sure to please every erotica fan.
Author Karen Erickson's Merry Widows series continues with the third installment, A Scandalous Affair. Sure to please erotica fans who like their steamy reads set in the past, this historical love story tells the tale of Daphne, a foreword thinking widow and the introverted Marquis of Hartwell. Today the author shares what makes these two very different characters perfect for each other.
Ah, the Marquis of Hartwell from my new historical novella, A Scandalous Affair. Otherwise known as “Black Hart” amongst the ton for his icy, unfriendly demeanor, he is such a mystery to my heroine, Daphne, Lady Pomeroy. A widow who is ready for a new adventure, she finds herself drawn to the reclusive lord. And once they share a moment on the dance floor, she’s more determined than ever to learn everything she can about him.
This week Morgan and Elisa crack open the steamy debut novel from Katie Porter — writing duo Carrie Lofty and Lorelei Brown — Double Down. The story kicks off their Vegas Topguns series, which will feature sexy military characters with special kinks in each book. Double Down treats us to the story of an Air Force pilot with a fetish for roleplaying that he just can’t seem to wrap his head around and a sultry young woman who is all too eager to satisfy his every desire.
In the September issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS, we feature an article on the explosion of male/male-themed romance, exploring the origins of gay love stories and discussing the appeal for a growing audience of straight female readers. We asked our male/male romance authors and experts so many questions that we couldn’t fit all the answers in print. Here, we hit them up for some romance recommendations and ask about some of the biggest misconceptions of LGBT-themed love stories.
Who is your favorite go-to author of gay romance?
Heidi Cullinan: Gosh. It really depends on the day. I love K.A. Mitchell and Z.A. Maxfield, and of course Marie Sexton. I have a real soft spot for Kim Dare, and Amber Kell is coming up close. Those two are “deep cuts,” with an almost yaoi feel within the m/m universe. In the same way I loved escaping into Harlequin Presents in high school, I love losing myself in Dare and Kell, where the world is simpler and my mushy little heart will never get broken.
Carina Press is the digital-first arm of Harlequin, but in November readers will also be treated to a print anthology of Carina's most popular erotica novellas. Authors Delphine Dryden, Christine d’Abo and Jodie Griffin each contribute a sensual BDSM story to Carina’s print debut, The Theory of Attraction. Today we have the pleasure of revealing the anthology’s cover! But that’s not all. We also spotlight each of the stories and include thoughts from the authors about how the print anthology's cover with its dark background, royal colored ribbon and scrolling text reflects their spicy stories.
Click on the cover to see the full-size version
Tiffany Reisz stunned and delighted readers with her full-length debut, The Siren, which tells the story of fiery erotica author Nora Sutherlin as she aims to impress a potential publisher with her latest work, growing close to editor Zachary Easton in the process. When Zach discovers Nora's BDSM lifestyle, he's both intrigued and drawn to the multifaceted woman. RT reviewer Mandy Boles insists that the novel "should be required reading this fall" and eagerly volunteered to ask the author a few questions about this sizzling series starter.
The main character Nora Sutherlin is an erotica writer, and of course, you write erotica as well. Are there any other similarities between you and Nora? Perhaps her excellent fashion sense?
RT BOOK REVIEWS named Delphine Dryden’s “Theory of Attraction” the July 2012 RT Seal of Excellence award winner. This erotic romance novella is hot, hot, hot while still having an amazing amount of heart. And for the readers who want more sizzling stories, today the RT staff and author Delphine Dryden take turns rounding up more fantastic short erotic reads.
While we are suggesting that our friends read "Theory of Attraction" (is it still a suggestion if you force someone to download a story?), we got author Delphine Dryden's take on some other steamy shorts for readers to try. Dryden's picks come from all across the vast universe of subgenres, featuring different time periods, fetishes and more! Here is what the author is recommending:
“Willing Victim” is an intense character study, razor-sharp like all Cara McKenna’s work. It pushes buttons and boundaries as it explores the concepts of sexual fantasy vs. reality, and the power of consent.
It's been a rough couple of weeks here at the RT office. After devouring Delphine Dryden's phenomenal erotic novella "The Theory of Attraction" (and awarding it the July Seal of Excellence Award for best book of the month) all of the RT editors have come down with the nerdiest of maladies — the book hangover. The number one symptom — constant daydreaming about delicious hero Ivan! The story holds a special place in the editor's hearts because of the awesome geek factor which had the book nerds in us (as well as the lovers of The Big Bang Theory) in love. We just had to ask Dryden about her particular brand of geekdom in "The Theory of Attraction," which also includes BDSM and romance. Here is what the author had to say:
With 50 Shades of Grey making BDSM, a subject often thought of as taboo, accessible to mainstream romance readers, will widespread acceptance be far behind for romance novels about characters that identify as GLBTQ? This string of letters is a popular acronym for Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trans (-gender and -sexual) and Queer. However the question of mainstreaming, can these love stories make the leap to everyday public consumption, was put up to discussion during a recent panel at the 2012 RWA Conference in Anaheim. There, a distinguished group of authors, editors and publishers gathered to hold a frank talk on the future of alternative romance.
RWA panel of authors and industry professionals
Anne Rice may be known as the queen of vampire fiction, but between writing her first and second Vampire Chronicles books — which were released nearly 10 years apart — Rice had a naughty little side project — The Sleeping Beauty trilogy. Beginning with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty originally released in 1983, Rice published the erotica trilogy under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure. And let me tell you, these stories put much of today’s erotic fiction to shame with it’s super spicy heat level! If you’re unfamiliar with these books, think of the most outrageous thing you’ve ever read in an erotica, and now multiply that by ten … or maybe a hundred … and you’ll get an idea of how risque Sleeping Beauty and her buddies got under Rice’s pen.
Series starter, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, begins not-so-innocently when the Prince Charming wakes up Beauty with a whole lot more than a kiss and takes her back to his kingdom, where instead of living happily ever after, Beauty instead becomes a sex slave. The Prince’s kingdom is filled with sex slaves, and they are all trained to be obedient submissives and act as sexual servants for the nobles and each other. When Beauty meets Prince Alexi, the two begin an intimate relationship until Alexi disobeys the Queen and is sentenced to a humiliating punishment. Beauty, having learned nothing from Alexi’s example, follows suit and experiences her own brutal purgatory.
Claiming was followed up with Beauty’s Punishment in 1984, which follows Beauty and fellow sex slave Prince Tristan as they’re bought at an auction and forced to perform a multitude of sexual acts upon several people, including the Captain of the Guard, an innkeeper and countless others. At one point Tristan’s Master forces the Prince into pony play, which, if you’re not familiar with, I’ll leave to your imagination (or to the Googling powers of The Internet, if you’re so inclined). However, the story takes an interesting turn when Tristan confesses he loves his excessive punishments.