Monday, 28 December 2015

Special Guest - August McLaughlin

I am SUPER excited to introduce you to this wonderful woman, August McLaughlin. I came across her work on Twitter and am now a huge fan. She is out to promote female sexual empowerment and has a radio show and a new book called Embraceable. She has trademarked the term Girl Boner® and it is her mission to bring joy, acceptance and empowerment to all women and their sexuality. I think she's fab and I was delighted when she agreed to answer some questions. Take it away Ms McLaughlin!

1 - What drew you to sexual health and empowerment?
In short, a rocky road. ;) I was diagnosed with a severe eating disorder in my late teens. During my recovery, I realized that I lacked sexual empowerment. I’d had sex, but wasn’t empowered—vastly different things. As I gained empowerment sexually, my whole world shifted. It allowed me to heal from years of disordered eating and poor body image and, more importantly, live a fuller, happier, more meaningful life. When I learned that I was far from a rare case, that countless other women struggle in these ways, too, I knew I had to do something about it. I wasn’t sure what exactly until I began taking writing seriously. I became a health and sexuality writer, wrote a novel, started a blog and now have my brand and show.
2 - What inspired Girl Boner®?
Much of what I mentioned above, paired with sex ed memories and years of curiosity. Like most folks, I learned extremely little about sex or sexuality as a kid. In my sex ed courses, we learned a bit about men’s sexual pleasure, but virtually nothing about women’s. When I learned what a “boner” was, my immediate thought was, “What about girl boners?” I decided to trademark the term a few years ago, and first launched it as a series on my blog. Now it’s practically my whole life.
3- When did you decide to write Embraceable? Did you always intend it to be a collaboration of different women's experiences?
I’d wanted to share my journey to sexual empowerment and eating disorder recovery in a book for some time, but I knew that wasn’t the whole book I wanted to write—not even close. So many women (TOO many women) have similar stories. On Girl Boner® Radio, I talk to such women regularly. Pairing my story with many of theirs seemed like a natural choice. We can all learn so much for one another.

4 - How did you choose the stories to include? Did you put a call out or did women approach you?
I put a call out on social media and my blog, and reached out directly to women I had in mind. Many included have already appeared on my show. I wanted to make sure the book contained a variety of experiences, backgrounds, ages and viewpoints. I’m really pleased with how it’s panned out.
5 - How would you like to see the world in 50 years time?
What a huge and important question. I’d love to see a more accepting, less violent world. If only we had magic wands, right? Since none of us do, we have to use whatever skills or talents we have to make a positive impact.
As far as sexual empowerment in the U.S. goes, leading by example is hugely important—looking inward and challenging any negative beliefs. Worldwide, there are still many places where women have no sexual freedom whatsoever. I’d also love to see a more globally connected world, too—one where there is less “othering,” and more, “How can we help?”s. 
Buy Embraceable here:
Tabitha - doesn't all this sound amazing? And please take a listen to this introduction to her radio show.

August McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally recognized health and sexuality writer, radio personality and host and creator of Girl Boner®. Her work appears in DAME Magazine, the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project and more. Kirkus Reviews called her first novel, In Her Shadow, “an engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues.” Her latest book, Embraceable: Empowering Facts and True Stories About Women’s Sexuality (available December, 2015/January, 2016 on Amazon and iTunes), is a celebration of women’s sensuality. Each week on Girl Boner® Radio, she interviews relationship experts, celebs and more, exploring women’s lives and sexuality “like no one else.” Known for melding personal passion, artistry and activism, August uses her skills as a public speaker and journalist to inspire other women to embrace their bodies and selves, making way for fuller, more authentic lives.

Thank you so much for joining the Brit Babes today, August! We wish you well with your fantastic cause! :D

And thanks for reading! I hope you all find this inspiring.

Love Tabitha x x 

Friday, 25 December 2015

Have Yourself a Sexy Little Christmas!

The Brit Babes would like to wish all their readers a very happy festive season and thank each and every person who bought, read, or reviewed a book in 2015, including our anthologies Sexy Just Walked Into Town (free) and Sexy Just Got Rich.

We're looking forward to a busy 2016 with many more sexy and romantic stories just waiting to pour onto the page and then hit the shelves. But if you're in the mood for some Christmas tales of kink and raunch then check out the books below. We've been reading each other's as we indulge in a little tipple around the fire and have shared our thoughts.

Christmas Kink by Kay Jaybee - enjoyed with a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a cat on her lap by Lily Harlem.

Lily  - Let me start by saying I love this collection of hot little stories. There's something for everyone and the way it skips around from tinsel bondage to christmas cooking and sexy times is a real treat. I often read novels but from time to time I like a quickie and this collection definitely delivers that. If you want something that shows you the kinky side of the festive season then do grab a copy of Christmas Kink.

Christmas Kink is available from  Amazon  and all other good ebook retailers.

Lily's Christmas story - Candy Canes and Coal Dust.

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Muscling In by Lily Harlem - devoured while snuggled up beneath my duvet, with my Kindle in a death grip by Lucy Felthouse.

Lucy - This is one seriously hot novel! Menage, military (and ex-military) men - what more could a girl want? Nothing, one might say, but Lily then added in a sexy motorbike, tattoos, angst, smokin' hot M/M sex, emotion and amazing characters. I really enjoyed this book and whizzed through it in a couple of days (I had to resist bunking off work to read it!). If you're a fan of MMF novels with gorgeous guys and girls, you should definitely check this out.

Available from Amazon and all other good eBook retailers.

Lucy's Latest Release: Cupid (holiday shifter erotic romance)

Tabitha:  I loved this sexy sweet story of longing and joy at Christmas time. A lovely festive short to snuggle up with  x x x

Victoria: Sexy Reindeer? Oh yes it's possible. You gotta read this and find out how, a sexy treat for Christmas! Lucy's writing is always a delight to read and this story is Lucy at her best! 

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The Pet Shop by Kd Grace - consumed by Kay Jaybee (again!!) during a rare afternoon off.

Kay says- "OK, so this might not be a seasonal read, but I can guarantee it will warm you up! The Pet Shop is one of the most unusual erotic novels I have ever read.  It is cleverly both BDSM and romance, and won't leave you feeling as if you've read it all before.

Giving you a glimpse into the secret world of an organization which hires human pets for sexual fun, in the form of gift tokens, we are introduced to the normally efficient Stella, just as her world is tilted on its axis by male 'pet', Tino.

Sex scenes don't often get better than those within this novel. Combustive from start to finish, you'll be wanting to visit The Pet Shop yourself- again and again."

Grab The Pet Shop from Amazon 

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Happy Holidays, everyone! K D here waving from in front of a crackling fire. Who doesn’t love to curl up with a good read this time of year? Add hot chocolate, mulled wine, a nice crackling fire and you’ve got perfection. Perfection becomes sublime when that good read is sizzling sexy, and here’s what I’m gonna be curling up with this Christmas. 

With Blissemas just finishing up and all the excitement that generates, it’s no surprise that I’ve my virtual stocking with a copy of A Blisse Christmas Collection, by the Brit Babes’ resident spreader of good cheer, Victoria Blisse. With seasonal reading from Victoria Blisse, I can guarantee there’s going to be a heat wave this Christmas season.

Who can think of this time of year without thinking of new toys?  So seasonal or not, I just have to recommend the Brit Boys with Toys collection, in which while not entirely Brit Babes, the Babes are more than well represented with sizzling, sexy novellas of British men enjoying their toys, and playing very nicely together -- or not ;-) Lily Harlem, Emmy Ellis, Lucy Felthouse, Tabitha Rayne contribute fun, frolic and filth to this eight author, eight novella collection of M/M action at its best. It’s guaranteed to heat up your holidays. I promise, you’re gonna need a fan!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Shopping, Lunch and Inspiration

Post by Lily Harlem

It's been an incredible year with ups and downs but one of the ups was a lovely day out with my great friend and co-author Natalie Dae (also known as Emmy Ellis, Sarah Masters and Geraldine O'Hara.)

We've written Sexy as Hell, A Bit of Strange and Good Cop, Bad Cop together to name a few. One of the things that's really fun when you've created a character with someone else is that you both 'know' them. For example you have a very good idea of how they would react to situations, what they would order from a menu and what they'd choose to wear.

One of our favourite characters is Zara from Sexy as Hell. She's a real vamp, or as Victor would call her - a player.

But she has reasons for her tricks and her wicked ways and beneath it all she's a woman looking for the same things as everyone else. She's also a dominatrix (or so she thinks) and takes great care with what she wears and how she looks.

Emmy and I, after a lovely lunch together, headed into Agent Provocateur. Wow, what a shop. We just knew Zara would love this shop and we took great delight in picking out the things she'd be sure to grab.

That's some of the outfits we imagined her in, but, of course, she has a whole host of sexy accessories.

The prices in AP were eye-watering, but we had a wonderful time exploring the shelves. I think the assistant believed Zara was a real person by the time we'd finished and she'd heard us chattering about her.

If you'd like to know more about Zara and her sexy virgin Victor (I say virgin, he's not really, it's because he's new to the world of BDSM and it's the nickname Zara gives him) then do check out Sexy as Hell. The first book The Novice is 99c/99p or you can buy the entire box set for $4.47/£3.99 and that includes 3 spin-off stories about secondary characters. (Please note The Novice was previously titled The Virgin but had to be changed after a dispute with Amazon.)

Happy Christmas from us both and, of course, Zara and Victor too!

Lily x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Brit Boys: With Toys - OUT TODAY

Out Today, Brit Boys: With Toys, a collection of 8 M/M novellas written by 8 top British M/M authors. All stories feature British characters and the stories are in British locations. This seriously sexy boxed set is initially available at the bargain price of 99c/99p, (that’s a steal for 422 pages of unforgettable M/M literary entertainment that will leave your eReader, and you, burning up) so go and treat yourself this festive season to some uniquely British man-on-man erotic romance, or if you have Kindle Unlimited, grab a copy for free.

With stories by

Ashe Barker
MK Elliott
Lucy Felthouse
KD Grace
Lily Harlem
Ashley Lister
Sarah Masters
Tabitha Rayne

Back Cover Information

From coast to coast and city to country Brit boys enjoy playing with each other and their toys. Not any old toys, though; guitars, rope, plugs and Moleskine journals all prove to be enormous fun. Throw in a shop that’s wall to wall with kinky ideas, a journalist on the lookout for the next big thing, and Dominants who insist on obedience and there’s sure to be something to cater for everyone’s taste. 

Whether it’s a quickie or a slow indulgence, Brit boys know how to hit the spot and they aim to please every time. So take a ride, fly high, come enjoy these sexy boys and their toys. 

Brit Boys: With Toys is an anthology of M/M stories written by British authors, featuring British characters in British locations.

Available now on Amazon.

Brit Boys: With Toys

Hard Riders
By Ashe Barker

If there’s one thing Liam loves more than a scorching hot lust-on-wheels superbike, it’s the gorgeous sexy guy who owns such a dream machine. When Jackson finds him all but drooling over his tyres and offers him a ride Liam takes no persuading at all. Soon they discover that their mutual fascination with boys’ toys is not limited to the two-wheeled variety, so it’s just as well that Jackson owns his own sex shop and Liam’s job leaves plenty of scope for dressing up. 

But real life is much more than just a few kinky games, and has an unfortunate habit of getting in the way.

All Roped Up
By M K Elliott

When Alex Fraser interviews Conner ‘Big-Mac’ McCaughey, the champion of London’s bare-knuckle boxing scene, he has more than just the fighter in his sights. Hoping to expose the fight club’s illegal dealings, Alex will stop at nothing to get the story, including doing whatever Conner asks.

The moment Conner sees Alex Fraser, all he can think about is what the young reporter will look like bound. Shibari—the ancient art of rope bondage—is the fighter’s passion, and he can’t think of anyone else he’d like to practise on more.

But Alex’s quest to expose the truth could land them both in serious danger...

Doctor’s Orders
By Lucy Felthouse 

Hospital porter Aaron Miller isn’t expecting a very exciting birthday. He and his doctor boyfriend, Blake Colville, are working opposite shifts, leaving Aaron to go home to an empty house and the prospect of another shift the following day. Just as he’s leaving work, however, an unexpected sexy encounter in a supply cupboard leaves him feeling in a much more celebratory mood. And an impending dirty weekend away with Blake just puts the icing on the non-existent cake. But who needs cake when you’re dating a dominant doctor?

Toys for Boys 
By K D Grace

Alpha Nerd, Will Charles teams up with Caridoc ‘Doc’ Jones in a coast to coast walk across England reviewing outdoor gift suggestions for the Christmas edition of Toys for Boys—an online magazine dedicated to the latest gadgets to tickle a man’s fancy. Will is recording their adventures with the latest smart phone technology. Doc is reviewing the latest outdoor gear. The two quickly discover the great outdoors provides even better toys for boys, toys best shared al fresco, toys that, in spite of Will’s great camera work, will never be reviewed in Toys for Boys.

Mile High Kink Club
By Lily Harlem

Rhodri’s looking for love, but not ordinary love. He needs a man who’ll bend to his will, submit to his desires and obey his every command–including chastity.

So when Gay Hook Ups finds his perfect partner it’s well worth a trip to London. What he doesn’t bet on is his fragile-looking match being a sharp and successful entrepreneur. So when things between them soar, will he unlock the passion, free his desire and will they reach the dizzying heights of ecstasy together? It all depends on whether Darius is prepared to be caged in order to be set free.

Open Mike
By Ashley Lister

Ken finds Mike reading poetry in a bar. Mike is confident and clever and seems capable of teaching Ken everything he needs to know about poetry. And, when Ken asks for his guidance, Mike gladly offers to share his expertise. Consequently, when Mike offers to share more than his expertise in poetry, Ken discovers there are a lot more things he wants to learn from him.

I Get You
By Sarah Masters

Morton is Warren’s boss, and they fancy each other like crazy. Except neither of them has the courage to say so, until Warren blurts out an inkling of his feelings. Morton is stunned by Warren’s offer for them to go away together, but not half as stunned as Warren when Morton accepts. Both of them are pretending to be someone they’re not. And both of them soon realise that being yourself is the best bet.

The Guitar
By Tabitha Rayne

When shy, awkward Kel plays guitar, it’s the only time he feels at home in his own skin. On stage he can hide in plain sight behind his band and the music. It turns him on to play and he can’t help rubbing up against his guitar. Kel is enraptured by a guy he sees every night in the audience and is shocked when this gorgeous guy seems to notice him. So full of his own self-loathing, Kel just can’t accept that someone as perfect as Damien wants to be with him. Will his insecurities put their happiness in jeopardy?

Grab your copy now from Amazon.

And if you want more Brit Boys, check out the first anthology, Brit Boys: On Boys, available from Amazon and all other good ebook retailers.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Special Guest - Melissa MacFarlane

It's my real pleasure today to welcome the fabulous Melissa MacFarlane as the Brit Babes special guest today - she's one busy woman and this blog reveals just how! Welcome, Melissa x x

Does reviewing sex toys make me an embarrassing Mum?

I remember reading an interview with the son of Jilly Cooper a few years ago. He spoke at deep length about the humiliation he felt through his teenage years, and how he loathed the notoriety that his mother had as one of the nation’s naughtiest, but best loved female writers.  Although he later grew to respect and accept Jilly’s achievement, this interview really saddened me. I’m a Mum too, and it’s inevitable that one day I will experience something similar with my own children.
Whilst working as a sex toy retailer and lingerie consultant, I had the word ‘bra fitter’ on my car alongside my website details. After a few months, my son said that the word ‘bra’ embarrassed him and he didn’t want to get in my car whilst his friends were nearby. I refused to remove the stickers at first. I explained that bra fitting was part of my job and people needed to know what I did in order to book appointments.
When I closed the retail side of Voluptasse and decided to concentrate on adult industry writing, I did remove the stickers. However, this made me wonder what would happen when the kids discovered this particular aspect of my life. After all, my children mean the world to me but my job, despite being unconventional, really makes me happy.
What would happen when the kids discovered the ‘real me’?
Looking back, this isn’t the path that I expected my life to take. Had it all gone to plan, I would be a highly respected news editor or a partner in a successful law firm by now. However, my natural rebellious streak was never going to be satisfied with such normality, and practically skipped down a much livelier path. The path of an adult writer may not be the ideal choice for a married mum of five, but it’s the choice that I made and not only does it make me happy, but it makes me a better Mum too.
And here’s how….
With my experience as a sex toy reviewer, I find it easier to talk to the kids about sex.
Because I now have a much more relaxed attitude about sex, my children feel as if they can talk to me about anything. I grew up with my Dad as the sole parent, he did his best for us growing up but he was very uncomfortable discussing sex. As I became older, I was very naïve about sex and found myself pregnant at just sixteen years old. Apparently the ‘it won’t happen to me’ method isn’t very effective….  I later miscarried the baby and it was a very sad time in my life, but I also learnt a very valuable lesson.
Even in my twenties, sex was still a tricky and taboo subject and it wasn’t until I bought my first sex toy that my attitude began to change. It was a real epiphany (in more ways than one) and set me upon the journey that I find myself on today. As a parent, this change only became apparent as the children got older and began to ask questions. My relaxed attitude helped them to feel more comfortable, and as their questions are answered properly, they have always been well informed. I even wrote a blog post about the reasons why we should be discussing porn with our children and am confident that we will continue to feel relaxed and comfortable with each other in the future. This can only be a good thing, right?
I am much happier working in the adult industry
Before I thought about opening the website and reviewing sex toys, I had a job in Insolvency law. This was a job that I also loved, but the hours were long and I found an office environment incredibly stifling.
As a freelance copy writer and a sex toy reviewer. I still work very hard (as most freelancers do) but I do so at my own pace. The hours are longer, the pay is much (MUCH) less and sometimes the stress makes you want to hit your head on the desk and cry. However, as a person I feel much more fulfilled and better able to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.
This makes me a much better parent and a much happier mum.
As a sex toy reviewer, I don’t miss any school activities
As a Mum who previously worked 9-5 and studied until after 10pm every single night towards insolvency exams. I lost sight of being a parent, I was so hell bent on becoming an Insolvency Practitioner and giving them a good life that I forgot the reason why I was working so hard.
I have absolutely no recollection of the first year of my twin’s existence. I was there, but every waking moment was spent studying or working. Whilst I rocked them in their chairs, I simultaneously sat a 3.5 hour practice exam and willed them to sleep. Through a sleep deprived fog, I listened to audio tapes of exam notes and as I fed and burped them, I memorised the mind maps that I’d taped to the wall across from the chair.
I passed one of the exams and failed the second by two marks which meant that I had to resit them both. Even worse than that, I lost a year of my children’s lives that I will never get back. Two days after getting the results I was told that I would be made redundant and as a single Mum with four children, I couldn’t afford to resit the exams.
With my role now as a sex toy reviewer, I am much more present as a parent. I have another daughter now and although I work much later into the night, I’m the face that they see at every school assembly, the wild waver at the school pantomime and a familiar figure at sports days.
We go out, we have time together and we do things as a family. As a result, we are all so much happier and relaxed.
Working as a sex toy reviewer and adult industry copy writer pays the bills
Let’s face it, despite the love of the job and the perks of freelancing, one of the most important aspects of the role is the fact that it pays the bills. The kids do the activities that they want to do because I do the job that I love to do. It’s as simple as that.
By all means, it isn’t plain sailing and working as a writer brings a very low income for most of us. However, when the children look back and remember the day trip we took to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, they will remember how happy we all were and how much fun it was. When they stand up and proudly accept another swimming certificate in assembly, they will remember how good it felt.
Knowing that my job as an adult writer is creating some wonderful memories for them, and helping me to become a better parent is an incredible feeling. I feel truly blessed to one of the few who can hold their hand up and say that they doing exactly what they want to in life. I just hope that they understand that how much I love them, and that I’d still be embarrassing if I was a high flying solicitor or a hard hitting journalist.
After all, embarrassing our children by simply being ourselves is what Mums do best.

Thank you SO much for this fantastic blog Melissa!
Find out more from this lovely, busy lady at her site, Voluptasse.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Special Guest - Artist Marcin Krupa

It is my great pleasure to introduce our Brit Babes guest today - the artist Marcin Krupa. I was lucky enough to have some of my paintings featured at the NakedAye 'Shapes That Shift Desire' exhibition in October which Marcin initiated and was also one of the curators. It was a fantastic event to be involved with and I was extremely pleased to meet and make contact with Marcin. And now for your visual treat for the day, I think you'll agree his work is beautiful and erotic.

So take ten minutes and indulge yourself with this visual feast...

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Take a look at Marcin's other sites