Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Brit Boys: On Boys - OUT NOW!






Brit Boys: On Boys  is a collection of 8 M/M novellas written by 8 top British M/M authors including 4 Brit Babes! This smokin’ hot box set is initially available at the bargain price of 99c/99p, that’s a steal for 147,000 words/440 pages of unforgettable M/M erotic romance that will leave your eReader, and you, burning up.





Brit Boys: On Boys

From east to west and north to south, these British boys are having a blast in and out of the bedroom with the men of their dreams. They’re topping and bottoming from London to Cardiff, living out fantasies in the wildest fells and hooking up while serving HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

With passion and lust the name of the game, nothing is off limits. Throw in honed muscles, high-strength testosterone and an accent to die for and there is nothing they can’t do and no one they can’t get in this world or another.



Bodywork
By Ashe Barker

Alex is doing okay. His body repair shop makes enough to live on, he has a decent apartment, life is fine. That all changes when he runs into Graham in a supermarket car park - literally. He offers to fix the damage to Graham’s car free of charge. The sparks soon fly, and the heat between them has nothing to do with welding equipment.

Breaking the Marine
By M.K. Elliott

Brandon Rosen hadn’t planned for his final night before enrolling in the Royal Marines to involve a hot stranger and a pub car park. And he certainly hadn’t planned for that same hot stranger to turn up at the barracks in the form of his Drill Instructor, Corporal Will Stewart. In the testosterone fuelled environment of the training camp, can Brandon and Will overcome past pains and face up to what they really want? Or will the Royal Marine Commando School break their relationship before it even gets started?

Love on Location
By Lucy Felthouse

When Theo Samuels heads off to film on location in the village of Stoneydale, he's expecting drama to take place on camera, not off. But when he meets gorgeous local lad, Eddie Henderson, he struggles to ignore his attraction. A relationship between the two of them would be utterly impractical, yet they're drawn together nonetheless. Can they overcome the seemingly endless hurdles between them? Or is their fling destined to remain as just that?


Landscapes
By K D Grace 

Alonso Darlington has a disturbing method of keeping landscaper, Reese Chambers, both safe from and oblivious to his dangerous lust for the man. But Reese isn’t easy to keep secrets from, and Alonso wants way more than to admire the man from afar. Can he risk a real relationship without risking Reese’s life?

The Chase
By Lily Harlem

Steve's killing time working in a comedy club. Why not? It makes him laugh and both the clientele and the comedians are not just fit but also great company. One stand up joker decides to create a wild goose chase for Steve and his ex Robert. Cavorting around Cardiff on a frosty night, however, does more than just show them the way to a threesome, it also reveals the reasons why they should give each other one more shot.

Dish of the Day
By Clare London

Richie’s sunk all his hopes and savings into a new restaurant in south London promoting British ingredients and recipes. His best friends Craig and Ben should be around to help him celebrate the grand opening, but it looks like it’s all heading for disaster - until his friends step in to tell him some home truths. Then they’ll help him relax and enjoy their loving, intimate menu instead.                   

E2
By Sarah Masters

When Archie meets Dan after The Change, he realises there is no such thing as a random meeting of soul mates, it's all mapped out in the stars. Now all he's got to do is hope those orbiting planets stay in alignment and true love finds him again.

Locked Out
By Josephine Myles

Getting accidentally locked out of his hotel room on Valentine's Day night is embarrassing enough for teacher Martin Cooper, but the fact he's stark naked makes it even worse. It doesn't help that the one person he runs into is Rod, the gorgeous man he'd been checking out earlier in the hotel pool. But when Rod offers Martin a refuge, the night heats up. Now if only Martin could get the hang of this seduction business...





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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Please Welcome Sierra Cartwright


Please welcome Sierra Cartwright to the Brit Babes' blog today!


Why Do I Write Books With BDSM Elements?
Sierra Cartwright

There’s nothing I love more than a strong, heroic alpha male. And add in a little edge of danger for spice and I’m a goner. 

I’ve been writing books with strong men since my early days at Harlequin/Silhouette, but now, my sex scenes don’t get great big X marks through them!

To me, BDSM isn’t about adding kink to a book. My heroes understand what BDSM and they respect the lifestyle (though they do have varying degrees of what they expect from the heroine). To me, it’s a part of who he is. He wouldn’t be the same man if the BDSM were removed.



Exploring BDSM issues allows me to add an element of emotion that goes beyond regular sex. Sex, for a lot of us, has real emotional ramifications, and we’re never more physically vulnerable than when we take off our clothes, especially for the first time. When you add in things like handcuffs and blindfolds, the need for trust escalates and creates a very real need for intimacy.

You have to be able to talk about your fears, your likes, dislikes, things you definitely want to try, things you’d consider, things you’d never, ever do.

I almost always have a safe word in my novels, and often a separate word that means slow down a bit. My hero needs to be able to trust that my heroine will communicate with him if she’s starting to feel physically or emotionally overwhelmed, and my heroine has to know that the hero will absolutely all the time, respect her wishes if she is hurting or feeling vulnerable.

For me the addition of kink isn’t just about having the hero do things to the heroine, it’s about the journey they take together that leads to love. 

The hot, steamy, get-me-an-ice-cube sex is only the icing on a totally delicious cake.



In my recent book, Claim, from Totally Bound, Kennedy Aldrich gets his story. The man intrigued me from the first time he walked onto the page, larger than life. He’s from a very wealthy family whereas most of my characters are self-made. But Kennedy’s been raised under tremendous pressure and there’s the expectation he’ll take over the family business and marry well—preferably to a proper lady who’s a Mayflower descendent.

I figured a lot of women would want to marry him and that he may be a bit wary of love, both from the numerous women who are attracted to his money, but also because his mother wants him to marry well. So what is more fun than pitting him against a lovely, intriguing woman who doesn’t want to marry him? Not only does Mackenzie not want to marry him, she flat-out refuses.

Kennedy is certainly not accustomed to women who tell him no. For the first time ever, a woman, a lovely submissive at that, flummoxes him.

There’s a little bit of me in Mackenzie Farrell. She’s been divorced, and the loss of her marriage devastated her. She’s promised herself she will never remarry. Also like me, she turns to business to heal, and now she’s reached the point where she’s doing quite well on her own. Again, like me, Mackenzie resolved to remain single.

That is until she is swept away by a very determined male. (And here’s part of my story. After a painful divorce, I spent almost fifteen years single. I was, honestly, quite happily single, like Mackenzie. Then a man, equally as determined as Kennedy, swept me off my feet. We were married me in a fun ceremony on the beach at dawn a few months ago—yep, beach balls and margarita machines included!)

Read Claim today and find out why Ms. Romantic Reads says, “Kennedy…knocked a few Doms off my book husband list.”



Blurb:

He won’t be satisfied until he claims her.

Kennedy Aldrich has perfected the art of dodging any romantic entanglement that will lead to marriage. That is until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM gathering.

When they meet, he’s entranced by her intelligence and submission, not to mention her stunning good looks. For the first time, he has met a woman who captivates his interest on every level, someone he wants to share his life with.
Mackenzie is overwhelmed by Kennedy’s attentions. A failed marriage taught her to distrust men, and she’s vowed never to walk down the aisle again.

It takes all her resolve to resist the devilishly handsome Dominant. After all, the whole world knows of his legendary reputation with women. Every feminine instinct warns that this man will demand more than she can offer.

But she hasn’t counted on Kennedy’s determination to claim her and prove that love is worth any risk.



Bio:

Sierra Cartwright has a confession…even when she was writing books for Harlequin/Silhouette, she was always pushing the boundaries of what the publisher would let her get away with! Her editors would return manuscripts with whole pages crossed through.

She’s always written romances, and she’s really found her passion with novels that include BDSM elements. There’s nothing she adores more than an alpha male…except for an equally strong heroine. 

Winner of the 2013 Best BDSM Book of the Year award, Sierra was born in Manchester, England where she spent her early years traipsing through castles. As a girl, she moved to the Wild West, Denver, Colorado where the Rocky Mountains inspired her. Now, the internationally acclaimed author calls Galveston, Texas, home. She loves the way history blends with Southern manners (being called “sugar” is an experience unto itself) and rich pirate lore.



   



Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Brit Babes Street Team Takeover!

A very special day today, the Brit Babes are incredibly proud to have an awesome street team who support us, celebrate with us and encourage us to keep on writing and sharing the stories in our heads. Today they're taking over the blog and talking about why they enjoy being on our team, what they get from it and what books they just can't put down! Please extend a very warm welcome on this chilly Christmassy day to the top street team on the planet!


Fiona


Being a part of the Brit Babes street team is absolutely amazing. It's a lovely community where not only do you get to interact with 8 amazing authors, you also get to meet other members and make new friends. It's a lovely team and it's very warm and friendly. The support you get and give is not just limited to the authors books but also if any member is on a down day for what ever reason. I do get to read some amazingly written books which is a bonus in it's self. Very warm and friendly. A lovely place to be.



Tracey

I love being a part of the Brit Babe Street Team. There are a unique group of amazing writers that cover all your reading needs. From the moment I joined I felt immediately accepted and part of a family. Everyone is awesome and each give a little something special from themselves that make this incredible group of ladies that are even more amazing Authors! I definitely recommend joining this street team if they are what you are interested in. I may be from the US but I LOVE being a Brit Babe!




Deanna

I guess my entree into the Brit Babes Street Team started with me reading one of Lily Harlem's books where I totally fell in love with the hero and he shot up to being my #1 book boyfriend for a very long time. If you're wondering, it's Lewis Tate from Scored by Lily Harlem.



After I finished the book, I couldn't get it or Lewis out of my head so I contacted Lily and raved about how much I loved the book. We stayed in touch on and off over a period of time, I don't remember for how long or even how long ago this was now. Some time later, Lily asked me to join the street team.

Now, joining a street team and reviewing books...I had to seriously think about it, because (1) I am not a keen reviewer of books I've read because I often find it hard to actually articulate how I feel about a book and (2) I was nervous about the commitment and being able to deliver on any promises that I make, and me being the OCD Type A personality that I am, I would just hate to not be able to do what I said I would. Lily assured me that it was all meant to be fun, no pressure, no stress and to just do what I can.

So far it has been a blast. The ladies (and perhaps a gent or two) have been lovely on the street team, and everyone is very friendly and supportive. The Brit Babes are incredibly helpful and very generous with their time and their books.

I think the things I love most about being on the street team are that it has challenged me as a reviewer because it has forced me to put some effort into saying why I enjoyed a book, or why not, and to actually articulate my feelings beyond "I loved it" or "I didn't like it". 

Aside from that, Lily has certainly put me out of my reading comfort zone by introducing me to some menage stories through her two books The Glass Knot and The Silk Tie. There are MM relationships in both the books and that pushed me right out of my comfort zone as I have been a strictly MF kind of girl all the way. I thought that reading MM sex scenes would be icky but Lily made them sexy and hot as hell. I'm so glad I tried those books out and gave menage and MM a shot. It has certainly broadened my horizons. 

I've also ventured to reading some other of the Brit Babes and have read a few by Lucy Felthouse, Victoria Blisse and Emmy Ellis, writing as Natalie Dae. 



So far I've read Lucy Felthouse's Stately Pleasures, another menage story to really push my boundaries and The Other Brother, a story that dealt beautifully with a very sensitive issue.



With Victoria Blisse's Sharing Nicely, I was first attracted to the cover. I loved the gorgeous blue masquerade mask that was featured so prominently. This book was a surprise because I thought it was a menage story (are you sensing a theme here?) and it turned out to be so much more than that in the intricacies of the relationships in the story. You just have to read it to find out for yourself!


The Natalie Dae story I read before I joined the Brit Babes and it was hot and sexy. This was, of course, His Beautiful Wench. I should probably write a review for it because that book got me very hot and bothered. The sex scenes were extremely steamy.

You may or may not know this (I think not many people do because I am shy about it and also suck at marketing myself) but I have a Youtube channel called Deanna's World. While the channel started originally as a makeup and beauty channel, I've branched out and also started doing some book reviews. I've made two video book reviews so far and they are both books by Lily. They are for Scored and also Grand Slam. They were my first video book reviews so I felt awkward and self conscious, but Lily assures me that the content has passed muster. :-) I guess I have the street team to thank for this new direction that my channel is taking.




Of course, with so many Brit Babes, I have tonnes of books left in their very prolific repertoire to read and to review, so there will be many more fun, hot and sexy moments for me in the future. I'm really looking forward to it.

Thank you Lily for asking me to join the street team. I have loved every minute of it so far.






Debi

First of all there is no way to pick a favorite book from the fabulous Brit Babes. I have read so many but I can still remember the steamy scenes and the great characters from almost all of them! You ladies have a way of writing that make the readers not forget anything. You all describe them in perfect ways. It's like you are a family member or good friends with the character. Description is a key factor. Some of them, HOLY COW, I just want to jump in the book. Some times I am so into the book my husband will ask me to do something and I just have to ignore him because hello I am in the middle of something good here. You are just going to have to wait till I am finished. HAHAHA



I am so honored to be a part of this Street Team. One out of the many great things is that these ladies come to us when they are stumped with something. They like to get our opinions and that is amazing to me. I have been in it since the beginning and we have had A LOT of interesting chats and emails along the way. It is never a dull moment once you get started chatting. Even Kev, one of the male members, gets into the conversation and it's great. It is always good to have a mans advice on somethings. I feel a connection with each one of the ladies and even some of the group members. I just wish we all lived closer so I could actually meet you all! Maybe one day if and when I win the lottery I will pack up a few members and fly us over to the UK for a BIG ASS Brit Babe Party!  OK sorry I love to ramble as you can see. 

If you ever have a chance to become part of a street team I would highly recommend it. It is a wonderful thing to do plus you get to meet some great writers! They write these stories for us so take a little time and review the books you read so they will know how you like them.





Phaedra

The Brit Babes have been so kind and helpful, I love all of their sites, books and fun.  I have had lots of fun since joining The Brit Babes Street Team it makes reading so much fun to be able to chat to the authors about their characters and books.  Plus the music, hot pictures and cartoon jokes are great.  It is like we are all friends, authors and team members and that means a lot to me.  The Brit Babes do such a good job on the website and the posts and guests are fantastic.  I love reading all the blogs as they are so much fun and interesting. I can tell that all the Brit Babes love to write.  

The Silk Tie by Lily Harlem was on of the first Brit Babe books I read and also one of the sexiest books I have ever read. Lily does a great job with descriptions, and her characters you just love them. I loved Lauren, Josh and Nick they were great together, I had never read a book like this and I really enjoyed it. The book was so hot and a must read I now have a new author to read and I have the Silk Tie on my kindle ready to read that next. After that it will be another Brit Babe book.



Cheryl

I used to consider myself a serious reader.  I read the likes of scientific papers and hard sci-fi and if I wanted something light I read fantasy.  Then a friend of mine introduced the idea of reading erotica.  I confess I was skeptical.  This wasn't just going to be a light read it was going to be empty.  But I have a policy of don't knock it till you try it so it seemed only right to read one or two books - after all I could stop reading them as long as I'd tried it and didn't enjoy it.  I don't mean to sound like a snob here but I know I probably do, so be it.  I did have my reservations at the time and am glad that they were proved incorrect.



You may have guessed already that I didn't stop.  I read one book and oh my it was fantastic.  It wasn't as heavy on plot as hard core sci-fi but it was about level with a lot of the fantasy books I had read.  The characters were solid and developed over the course of the book and plot was interesting.  This wasn't just about sex, in essence it was a fantasy book, just a different type of fantasy than I was used to.  Now don't get me wrong, the Brit Babe authors really know how to heat things up and don't hesitate to do so.  They do so in many different combinations, meaning there is usually something that will suit you no matter what your tastes/desires are.

Thinking it may have been a one off I started randomly reading other erotic books, mostly the fabulous Brit Babes.  Each one of their books has captured my imagination - I've not read a bad one.  That's not something I can say about other genres.  Yes it's certainly a light read but that doesn't equate to poorly written - far from it.  I'm so pleased that I started reading erotica and will never look back.  It will always be part of the reading I do.



Some time around the 3rd or 4th book I read I was invited to join the Brit Babe Street team.  I'd read books and review them - well I was already doing this as I knew that erotica wasn't as big a genre as others and any help I could give to the authors of the hot and steamy goodness I'd been reading was a brilliant idea in my opinion.

What I hadn't counted on was the fun and giggles we'd have.  Often of the rude variety.  There is also a definite sense of community too.  The levels of interaction between reader and author often mean that it's just friend interacting with friend.  Sure occasionally one of the authors will post saying they have a book and does anyone wish to review it and so on but there are also a fair number of current noteworthy articles posted and funnies and often posts of a geeky nature - which of course I love.



I've been fortunate to meet some of the Brit Babes in person and oh my what larks.  You know when you encounter someone and they are exactly like how you've perceived them to be - well that's the Brit Babes.  What you see is very much what you get.  They are just like any other of your friends with no pretensions and with no agenda.  Most friendly indeed.  They are always grateful for any shares/reviews and so on but also understand that real life sometimes gets in the way.  Like in my case how my physical health issues mean that sometimes I can't do as much as I want - it's no problem for them, it's very much as you can and want to.  They are lovely ladies and it's been my pleasure to do a little to help spread the word about some of their works.  A review only takes minutes but the reactions I've had from the Brit Babe authors when I've posted a review have been worth far more than that.  The level of gratitude from them melts my heart.

It's sincerely been a pleasure to be part of this community, part of this world.  I will carry on enjoying reading erotica by the Brit Babes and enjoying the community of good people, both authors and readers alike, I have encountered as part of this journey.  A journey which I continue with smiles and fondness.




Karen

I was lucky enough to be introduced to the Brit Babes street team this year following a takeover I encountered by Lucy Felthouse, one of the magnificent Brit Babes. The Brit Babes are an amazing bunch of authors who interact all the time with the street team members. It's a lovely group where you can be yourself, have a really good laugh and of course ogle hot guys and girls :) Another fantastic perk of being in this group is the opportunity to read and review these authors' magnificent books, which I have had the honour of doing many times so far and through this I have found lots of fab new stories and genres that I recommend to others. I'm so pleased I happened upon this street team, I feel very blessed to be a part of it.



Stephanie

2014 has been a year of ups and downs for me. I am hoping a more of a gentle glide next year. This year I have read so many books that I have loved and others I just had to give up on through sheer frustration of their terribleness (yes I am making that a word :-P).
This year I had the pleasure of attending Smut by the Sea in May. I met loads of the fabulous brit babes and had a fabulous time. I was suppose to attend Smut in the City in November but sadly my COPD and asthma had other ideas :( 

I have read some amazing books this year that I would Highly Recommend. I kicked off the year with The Pet Shop by KD Grace, followed by Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse, then Sharing Nicely by Victoria Blisse, The Mount Trilogy by KD Grace, Her Secret Past by Victoria Blisse and the Stand To Attention Anthology. I have read so many others in between but these are definitely my highlights.

I love being a part of the Brit Babes it is fascinating the different characters and personalities we get in the group and there is NEVER a dull moment. I have discovered so many themes and authors I have never thought of trying. Most of you are aware that my boyfriend gave into my reading habits earlier this year and now enjoys the books just as much as I do.  



Ameliah

About a year ago I was at an event and by chance met a Brit Babe.  We got to talking and she asked me to be a part of the Street Team. I had no idea what a street team was or it would entail.   Turns out it was pretty easy.  Just do what I do.  Read and write reviews and hang out with some really amazing and fun women.  

Unlike most (if not all) the Brit Babes and Team members I am a lesbian and prefer to read F/F (as in almost exclusively).   That was never been a problem.  I was welcomed into the fold and made to be one of them.  Its been really great having such a wonderful support system,  friends and yes these women feel like family to me. I have loved being a part of the Brit Babes Street Team and look forward to many more years spent with them! 




The Brit Babes would like to thank their brilliant team for all their support in 2014 and look forward to another year of fun and sexy romance in 2015. If you're interested in joining the team, details here. Have a wonderful festive season and may all your book boyfriends be hot!







Saturday, 27 December 2014

Perilous Play by Suz deMello




Hola, Brit Babes! And thanks for having me. Several of you have been online buddies for a few years now—hey there, Vicky! Hola, Natalie! (waving madly)

Because you’re known as the wildest, craziest, kinkiest Babes on the internet, I thought I’d chat a little about my wildest, craziest, kinkiest experiences, which were distilled into a fictionalized memoir, Perilous Play. It’s part of the eighth What to Read After Fifty Shades of Grey boxed set, which includes lots of squirm-inducing, edgy erotic fiction. 

Here’s a little known fact: very little in Perilous Play is fiction. Places and names have been changed. The time in my life when these events occurred is altered. One scene was added, to wrap up the story and tie it in a tidy bow.

But otherwise, it’s all true. 

Check it out:

One woman’s journey into the contemporary kink underworld, Perilous Play is Suz deMello’s explosive personal account of her experiences with BDSM. Engaging and honest, this groundbreaking memoir will grab you and never let you go. 

Here’s an excerpt about one of my first BDSM experiences, with a man I call Trapper Hart. Trapper is a real person. That’s not his true name of course, but I gave my word that I wouldn’t reveal his secret life. I don’t owe him anything—not after the way he treated me—but I do keep my word.

We explored the dungeon and the equipment. The play space was clean and nicely decorated, with the usual emphasis on chains and black leather. There were Saint Andrew’s crosses, racks and slings, all of which intrigued me. The old-fashioned dentist’s chair startled me. I’ve been with a dentist, and little about him had been sexy.

Upstairs was a huge, romantically draped bed with sturdy-looking bedposts. A few feet away was a contraption that looked as though it had been designed with bondage and discipline in mind. It had a horizontal ring to hold the face and head attached to a surface, perhaps three feet long, for one’s torso to rest upon. Arm and leg supports, and every inch of it was padded. Every part of it had rings for the attachment of ropes or chains.

I looked at him and then this…bondage device…and then back at him. He smiled.

I said, “I want you to know that when we do this, I’m going to develop some deep feelings for you. I’m falling for you.” I know myself fairly well, and am aware that for me, sex and intimacy are intertwined. I wish I didn’t feel that way, but I tend to become emotionally involved with the men I’m fucking. The weekend had already been very intimate, and deeper intimacy was coming. I asked Trapper, “Can you deal with that?”

I needed to know that I would be taken care of. Not just my body but my mind and heart as well.

He told me, “Yes, there will be a role for you.” 

A niggle of doubt itched me briefly, but at the time, that was enough for me to hear. I was eager to advance into this new experience, one I had craved for so long.

He directed me to remove some of my outerwear before hooding and gagging me. Then he guided me to the whatever-it-was and eased me onto it face down. He secured wrist and ankle restraints around me, then tied them to it. Lifting my skirt, he cut off my black lace panties.

I told myself never to wear panties around Trapper again. What for?

So I was bound to immobility and completely available. I was gagged, which meant that I could maybe grunt out my “safe word” if necessary. Or not.

Again, I don’t recall exactly what happened...the amnesiac effect of the oxytocin, I suppose. I remember being spanked, flogged and thoroughly fucked. I remember being smacked repeatedly with something—I didn’t know what, but I suspected it was made of leather—that hurt like a motherfucker. I recall begging him, “Please, sir, please sir, please sir…” through the gag.

I remember coming a lot.

I remember Trapper bending over me, covering me with his body and heat, hissing into my ear, “Whose are you?”

To which I promptly responded, “I’m yours.”

And I meant it.

If what you have read intrigues you, here’s where you can buy this excellent boxed set:








About me:

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 as Totally Bound 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 her books at http://www.suzdemello.com
--For editing services, email her at suzdemello@gmail.com
--Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SuzDeMello
--She tweets @Suzdemello
--Her current blog is http://www.TheVelvetLair.com