Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CONGRATULATIONS!


The Brit Babes were so excited this year to have not one but two Brit Babes nominated for Best Erotica Author at the ETO event (not the first time this is happened!) and Kd Grace and Kay Jaybee were both in the running.

I'm delighted to say that Kd Grace (as you probably know) won last year and this year it was the turn of Kay Jaybee who fought off some popular competition to claim her prize!

Congratulations Kay, well deserved...


Monday, 29 June 2015

Holly Gill

Please welcome author Holly Gill to the Brit Babes blog today, she's chatting about musical inspiration and influence. Take it away Holly...



Inspirational Tune by Holly Gill

Hello Brit Babes...

To me music holds the key to a good story, a song you can listen to on constant repeat and never get bored and sends goose bumps all over your body. A tune that echoed in my eardrums, bellowing out its message to inspire me giving me the drive and encouragement to write this particular story. For me I had the tune before I started writing Innocence, I found it while searching for another particular tune to a novel I had almost finished. I listened intently to the aspects and emotions the music delivered to me, hearing a book in there, hearing a story that longed to be told and this had my imagination running wild and hungry to start writing the series that compelled me to write.

The song is Return To Innocence by Enigma a tune released back in 1993. To me this tune has great meaning, great choice of words and freedom to be who you wish to be.




The song for Innocence chimed out for the series, the passion, the drive and the serenity of the words firstly the beginning, return to innocence this came to my mind with the first heroine Kacey Richards and how her life had flipped upside down and been led down a path she wished she hadn’t gone down, all she longed for was to be happy and return to the lifestyle and happiness she once had as a child, a safe clean home, security, love and more important would love someone to care, someone who would listen to her, give her the time to give her the chance to climb back on her feet.



The reason behind the name Innocence was not only Kacey longing to get her life back on the right path but was also due to the innocent life of Calvin Edwards, he had a perfect life, bachelor, living in London, assisting his father in running the family real estate company, and then how taking a trip back home to Yorkshire had his path crossed with Kacey. His heart sinks to what he finds and his world and life comes crashing down discovering the horrors of what he never knew. Also Kacey is carrying an unborn baby her daughter, and has to try and make a decision about her daughters future. And lastly a bigger Innocent life who comes into the book, and throughout the series plays a large part in developing the story.

That’s not the beginning of the end…famous words, vital to the story, where I picked up the story to where Kacey was contemplating ending her life…only it wasn’t to be! 

Love… Something Kacey Richards has forgotten exists, not having a clue what it’s like to go to bed without sleeping with one eye open. 

Devotion…This comes from the dedication, trust and loyalty from Calvin Edwards and how he plays a massive role in offering Kacey kindness and devotion. ‘Don’t make promises you cannot keep’ something Calvin swears by. 

Feelings…This is challenging between both Kacey and Calvin following their journey and going through the turbulence they both suffer together.

Emotions…This series if full of emotions, playing and pulling on the heart strings, sending worlds upside down to the point neither one of them know how to deal or resolve the issues.

If you want, then start to laugh.

If you must, then start to cry.

Be yourself don’t hide,

Just believe in destiny.



These words just about sum up the series, some up the smiles, the pain, and always fight to be yourself no matter what people say or how they judge you. We are all guilty of making assumptions but destiny will find your way, it’s just waiting for it that takes the longest!


This story is about a young woman who has lost her direction, given up. 


A review on Amazon and Goodreads…

Wow! Innocence is an emotionally-charged read from the first page to the last. I could not stop reading. This is not a pretty story, but one of rough, edgy feelings that had me sheading a few tears. I fell in love with Calvin, a man who is not afraid to show his feelings and acknowledge his pain. While this story has strong romantic elements, it is a tale of the consequences of decisions made in the past and how they affect Kacey’s life irrevocably. I look forward to continuing her life’s journey in the next books in the series.


What more can I say? Thank you for having me on the Brit Babes blog.

Holly x


Innocence 
Book 1

Calvin Edwards has everything he could dream about— perfect lifestyle, running the family real-estate company back in London. He takes a holiday up north to visit his parents only to find a young pregnant woman attempting to take her life. Wishing to help, Calvin becomes a friend to her, only fears he’s out of his depth. Just when he thinks he can do this his past resurfaces, sending his life crashing.

Kacey is pregnant and her life is out of control with nowhere left to go. She descends on her mum for one last chance for help, only to have the door slammed in her face. At her wits end, she is alone, scared, and helpless until Calvin comes along. He becomes a dear friend giving her kindness, something she thought no longer existed in the world. Only she finds what she’d pushed to the back of her mind through selfish pain is back. Her past with all its mistakes has come back to life!

Author Holly J. Gill

A wife and a mum to three grown up children, and lives in the UK. Holly J. Gill is a romance writer, her main genre being erotic, romance and has recently been exploring new channels, paranormal and contemporary. Holly has been writing since being a young girl, having characters talking to her, and longing to get their stories written. Finally, her dream came true two years ago, when getting her first contract with Secret Cravings Publishing for her Desires series. In Holly’s spare time she loves spending quality time with her family, seeing friends for lunches and sharing her new potential ideas for books. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies and travelling around England visiting the beautiful countryside.
Writing is where Holly’s heart is… 


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Saturday, 27 June 2015

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Harlem Dae - A Bit of Strange

Post by Lily  Harlem

Stranger sex! Ever had it? Want it? What was it like? This is the concept Natalie Dae and I played around with when we wrote the short story trilogy A Bit of Strange. Making out with someone you don't know but fancy the arse off is a thrilling plot line, it comes with so many dynamics, what if's, risks and delights. Throw in a penchant for BDSM and it gets pretty damn hot...

Here's the low down.




Strangers who share the touch of heated skin, the gasps of delight joined bodies create and the bliss a moment of ecstasy generates, are bound by an invisible thread that is as strong as it is vulnerable.

But can that thread turn to more, become a force to be reckoned with, the foundation of a beautiful experience and a future where dominance and submission become a part of life?

That’s something Isabelle wants to know, wants to experience, but is her new man up for the job? She has very definite fantasies, a particular flavour of strange that hits her spot. Only time will tell if their next daring interlude will pave the way for so much more than a brief encounter.


When a beautiful stranger offers pain of the erotic variety, would you be able to resist?

When Isabella catches the eye of handsome fellow commuter on the daily grind into London, she can’t help but fantasise about all the dirty things they could do together. The fact that they are strangers only adds to her dirty desires and wicked wantonness. How amazing would it be to have such a man bend her to his will and take her to the dizzy heights of ecstasy she longs to go?

Fortunately for her, things soon heat up between them and before she knows it his dominant layers are revealed and he shows her a way to combine the perfect slice of agony with the most dazzling of encounters that has her muffling her screams for more, more, more. My God, it’s just the way she likes it—were they meant to travel this journey together?

Every good thing must end, however, but will there be a second round? Or is Gabriel nothing more but a ship who crosses her path for a one-time experience? Isabella’s not sure. She’s in it for the fun, but is he?





Shopping for pleasure can be a risky business, especially when you want a bit of pain thrown into your cage.

Isabella can’t help but throw another fantasy Gabriel’s way. It’s risky, it’s kinky but it’s something she just can’t get out of her head.
But will he go for it, or is it pushing his boundaries too far?

Luckily for Isabella the dominance that runs thick and vital in her stranger’s blood, is heating up to boiling point. Before she knows it the most innocent of places becomes completely thrilling in the middle of the  night.

She’s caged, expertly tortured and brought to a place where only pleasure and pain exist. Her head is dizzy, her heart beating only for him, but will she ever come down from the high? More importantly, does she want to?


Just when the sex between Gabriel and Isabella is so dark she’s blinded by lust, her stranger takes things to a brand new level of edgy ecstasy.

Being dominated suits Isabella the way a pair of well-worn jeans fit, though she’s struggling to admit that she adores it just the way Gabriel is doling it out. She asks one more thing, realising it’s going to allow him free reign on her body. She’ll let him use and abuse her in a filthy alley that matches her dirty desires, knowing it will bring them closer than ever.

But will it? Gabriel has upped his game. He wants Isabella. He wants to be with her, inside not just her body but also her mind. Take her to places that she has never been before and will ensure that she becomes his for all of time.

Pushing someone to their limit is a risky business, though when hearts are involved and souls connect, it makes it a whole lot more fun and brings strangers together in a way that ties them for all eternity.


Find out more about A Bit of Strange here. These books are definitely best read in order.


Monday, 22 June 2015

Book Hook - Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985 @8britbabes)



What with E.L. James' latest book, Grey, releasing last week, and the Fifty Shades of Grey DVD hitting shelves today, I thought it'd be apt to share an excerpt from my BDSM novel, Stately Pleasures. It's a M/F/M ménage erotic romance with a gorgeous curvy heroine. It's been available for a good eighteen months now, but is still my bestselling book. This is the first chapter, so there's no steamy action just yet, but I promise you there's plenty of it. ;) I hope you'll check it out!

 
Alice took a deep breath, in through her nose and out through her mouth. Repeated the process once more. Then, realising she could sit there all day doing it and not feel any calmer, she forced herself to step out of the car and close and lock the door.
She bent to peer into the wing mirror of the vehicle and checked her hair and make-up. Satisfied, she straightened, then turned on her heel and walked quickly across the driveway to the great house before her nerve failed her.
Davenport Manor was currently open for visitors, so she walked in through the front door and was met by a smiling elderly lady.
‘Can I help you?’ the woman asked kindly.
‘Yes, please.’ Alice twisted her hands together nervously. ‘I’m here to see Mr Davenport. I’m here for an interview for the property manager’s role.’
‘Yes, of course,’ the woman replied, ‘that’s today, isn’t it? Follow me; I’ll take you to Mr Davenport’s office. But just hang on one second.’
She ducked through the doorway into the next room and spoke with her colleague. Alice guessed she was letting her co-worker know she’d be gone for a few minutes. A few seconds later, she was back. ‘OK, follow me, Miss …’
‘Brown,’ Alice said, then fell in behind the other woman as she led her to Mr Davenport’s office, and the interview that could change her life for ever. It was hardly surprising that she was shaking like a leaf.
Alice quickly felt lost as their journey took several twists and turns along dim corridors – their blinds drawn to protect paintings, tapestries, and furniture from the sunlight – and up a flight of stairs. She had a few seconds to worry about finding her way if she was lucky enough to get the job, then, suddenly, her guide stopped outside a door and turned around.
‘Here you go, Miss Brown. Mr Davenport’s office. Good luck with your interview.’
Alice smiled and thanked the elderly woman, then smoothed down her skirt, which also conveniently helped wipe the nervous sweat off her hands. She stood up straight, gave herself a mental pep talk about being more than qualified for the role, and knocked on the door.
‘Enter.’
Alice knew that voice could only belong to Jeremy Davenport. The posh accent, and the fact he’d said “enter” instead of “come in”, screamed money and an upper-class upbringing. Alice was suddenly nervous of her broad Midlands accent and lowly background, despite the fact she’d worked her backside off to get into a decent university in order to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree and then a Master’s degree. No matter what she sounded like, or what her past was, she had all the skills necessary to do the job she was about to be interviewed for.
Suddenly, she realised that she’d left rather a long pause before opening the door, and she turned the handle before the occupants of the room thought they were about to interview some kind of simpleton who couldn’t follow a simple instruction.
Fixing a polite – but hopefully not inane – smile onto her face, Alice stepped into Jeremy Davenport’s office. Her first thought – which certainly did nothing to help her nerves – was good God, he’s hot.
Jeremy sat behind a desk, with a heavily pregnant woman sitting beside it. Alice barely noticed the woman. All she saw was him. A man with cropped dark brown hair, hazel/green eyes, a jawline you could cut bread with, and lips that looked capable of doing incredibly wicked, sexual things to a woman. Or a man. Alice had no idea what his sexuality was, but she found herself hoping he liked women.
She chastised herself. Even if he did like women, he wouldn’t go for someone like her. A Plain Jane, with mousy brown shoulder-length hair, blue eyes, average height and above average weight. Alice had always known she’d never be a supermodel, so she’d worked extra hard academically, and here she was. About to be interviewed for her dream job.
The sinful lips she’d been so admiring twisted into a grin, and Davenport stood and made his way around the desk with his hand held out. She pushed her inappropriate thoughts to the back of her mind and made herself focus on the present, and the two people in the room that she had to try her best to impress. Her smile was still in place, and it widened as she took the hand that was offered to her, and shook it.
‘Jeremy Davenport,’ he said, the posh accent even more obvious now. He indicated the pregnant woman, and said, ‘This is Erin Clarke, our property manager, who’s due to go on maternity leave very soon.’ He let out a small laugh. ‘But I guess you’ve already worked that one out for yourself.’
‘Alice Brown. Thank you so much for seeing me.’ She nodded politely, then moved over to the woman, who was awkwardly attempting to manoeuvre herself out of her chair. ‘No, no, don’t get up,’ Alice said, holding out her hand. The other woman sank back down with a sigh of relief, and gave Alice a wry grin.
‘Sorry, I’m not so light on my feet as I once was.’ She took Alice’s hand and shook it, then dropped her hand to her swollen belly. ‘It’s lovely to meet you, Alice.’
‘Likewise.’
Davenport indicated the chair that had been placed in front of the desk. ‘Please, sit. Would you like something to drink? Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, water?’
She thought how strange it was to be offered such a variety of beverages. Usually it was tea or coffee, and that was pretty much it. It pissed Alice off no end because she didn’t like either of them, and she usually felt like a nuisance for asking for something else. So she decided to make the most of it.
‘Um, juice would be great, thanks.’ She crossed her fingers it wasn’t grapefruit. Anything but bloody grapefruit. Horrible stuff.
Davenport nodded, then asked Erin what she wanted before picking up the telephone on his desk and calling through their requirements. He thanked whoever was on the line before putting the receiver down.
‘OK,’ he said, sliding a manila folder from the edge of the desk to the space in front of him. He opened it and spread some of the contents out so he could see them all at once. ‘Let’s get started, shall we? As you know, the role is a nine-month contract to cover Erin’s maternity leave. So you would be taking on of all her responsibilities, but we’ve deliberately timed the appointment of the temporary staff member to cross over with Erin’s time off, so the successful candidate will have a couple of weeks working alongside her, in order to learn the ropes. And of course, when Erin goes to have her baby, they’ll always have me around to answer any questions.’
He smiled, and Alice felt her heart rate increase. God, but the man was arresting. And it was more than just being easy on the eye. He had a way about him, charisma perhaps, that made her want to listen to him talk all day. He could recite the telephone book and she’d probably still find it interesting. Or perhaps it was just his sexy accent that was doing funny things to her. Either way, she found herself wishing that Erin wasn’t in the room so she could crawl into Jeremy’s lap and beg him to do naughty things to her.
Alice could scarcely believe her own salacious thoughts. When did she become a sex addict? Oh yes, that would be when she’d walked in the room and laid eyes on Jeremy Davenport for the first time. Damn it, what was he doing to her? Up until now, she’d gone without sex for so long that she’d forgotten what it was like – and didn’t really miss it. Now, what she wanted most in the world was to get this job so she could work alongside the delectable Mr Davenport for nine months. And get into his bed. Maybe.
It was only when she became aware that Jeremy and Erin were looking at her strangely she realised she hadn’t responded to his last comment. For fuck’s sake! The man had turned her into a gibbering wreck. Normally she was the epitome of professionalism and a very desirable potential employee, but something about Jeremy Davenport was making her crazy. If she didn’t pull herself together, they’d think she was some kind of useless ditz and she’d have absolutely no chance of getting the position – the step up she so badly needed to become a full-time, permanent property manager somewhere after she’d completed her contract at Davenport Manor.
‘Yes, understood,’ she forced out, trying hard to shove her wayward thoughts somewhere where they couldn’t distract her, and make her look like a total fool in front of these people. ‘If I’m lucky enough to be chosen, I’d definitely make the most of the time with Erin. And I’m a fast learner. Plus I’ve been researching this type of role, so I know quite a bit about what’s involved, anyway.’
Now she was babbling. And sounding like she was showing off. Bugger. She needed to hit the right balance of knowledgeable without coming across as a know-it-all.
‘Yes …’ Davenport looked down at the pieces of paper in front of him. ‘It says here that this is the role you’ve been aiming at throughout your education and subsequent employment. You’re very enthusiastic in your covering letter. And, unless I’m much mistaken, this is genuine enthusiasm, as opposed to the gushing missives people often send when they just want a job, any old job.’
Alice nodded frantically. ‘Yes, no – no, you’re not mistaken. My parents always called me a history buff. I’ve always liked things and places with a history, and as I got older it grew into a particular passion for old houses and their grounds. Now all I want to do is take an historical property, make it shine – figuratively, of course – and get as many members of the public in as possible and show it off. People need to see these places, or they’re missing out on a vital part of British history.’
She looked, wide-eyed, at Davenport to watch his reaction to her outburst. She couldn’t help it – she genuinely was being interviewed for the job of a lifetime that could make her career, and she needed Davenport to know how badly she wanted it, and how determined she was to succeed. She was sure she saw a smirk tugging at the corners of his lips, then he covered his mouth with a hand and cleared his throat.
‘Yes, Miss Brown,’ he said, assessing her with a sober expression, ‘it’s obvious how much you want this role, but you have to remember that this property isn’t just history. I still live here, and I’m in the present.’
The response was on the tip of her tongue. ‘And that’s what makes this place so fascinating! Its history goes back hundreds of years, and by now things have often gone wrong – families dying out or losing all their money, and the properties end up going derelict, being made into private hotels, or being taken over by The National Trust. But you’re still here. Davenport Manor has a past, a present, and a future, and they’re all connected.’
‘Quite,’ Davenport said, dryly. There was no sign of a smirk on his face this time. ‘But I haven’t lost the family money yet.’
Alice’s cheeks flamed. ‘Oh – oh! I didn’t mean … that is, I’m not implying –’
Davenport held up a hand to stop her. ‘I know what you meant, Miss Brown. Your enthusiasm for this role is unquestionable. But Erin and I have some questions for you, if that’s quite all right with you?’
She nodded again, and before she had chance to think up a suitable response, a knock came at the door. Their refreshments had arrived. By the time the member of staff had passed the drinks out to the three of them, then carried her tray back out of the room, Alice’s heart was in her shoes. She’d fucked this up, royally. First she’d raved like a lunatic, then she’d made a stupid comment about aristocratic families going broke. Talk about insulting the boss. Potential boss. Well, ex-potential boss.
Erin hadn’t said a word beyond her greeting, and yet Alice was convinced that the older woman also thought she was a lost cause. She was so screwed, it was all she could do not to put her head in her hands and rock back and forth like the crazy person her interviewers clearly thought she was. It was the job opportunity of a lifetime, and she’d blown her chance.
It didn’t matter what her answers were to any of the questions. Pigs would fly before they gave her the damn job.

What a prize idiot she was.

Grab your copy in print or eBook format here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/stately-pleasures/

Happy Reading,
Lucy x

Monday, 15 June 2015

Special Guest - The Pillow Talkers



Today the Brit Babes are delighted to welcome the ladies of Pillow Talk—Jade A Waters, Malin James and Tamsin Flowers—here to tell us a little about the Pillow Talk blog, and about themselves and their writing.




Q. First of all, for the readers that might not have come across you yet, can you tell us, what exactly is Pillow Talk?

Tamsin: Ah, where to start? First and foremost, Pillow Talk is a blog the three of us run under the banner of ‘erotica writers talking dirty’, and it’s pretty much just that. We get together once every few months to talk about erotica, sex and books—and we let our readers listen in on the conversation. It’s always terrific fun for us and, we hope, for them too. And we pretty much set the erotica world to rights every time!

Q. So how did you come up with idea to get together like this? And how did it then develop from just the germ of an idea into a fully-fledged blog?

Jade: Well, I’d had the pleasure of befriending the lovely Tamsin on Twitter over a pair of sexy boots (because...boots!). Shortly after, I met the fantastic Malin at a reading for The Big Book of Orgasms, and I kept telling the two of them the other was fabulous, so they started talking. We were all swift friends, and, knowing we all had such great and wild chats (about erotica and not erotica, as well), the idea just popped in my head that we should share our conversations publicly. I suggested it to Malin at lunch one day, and she liked the idea. So we bounced it off Tamsin, and boom—Pillow Talk arrived!

Malin: I think the idea for making it a fully fledged blog came out of some Skypes we had after Jade came up with the idea. We just kept coming up with possibilities and things to talk about. We also liked the idea of having Pillow Talk as a kind of public partnership, wherein the three of us could help support and promote each other’s work. It all naturally led to setting up a site for it.

Q. The idea of listening in to a bunch of erotica writers talking dirty is irresistible! Tell us about the sort of topics you like to discuss on Pillow Talk?

Jade: Sex acts.

Tamsin: Dirty books we love...

Malin: Kink! All kinds of kink!



Tamsin: One of our most fun posts was All About the Dirty Deeds, in which we discussed which are our favorite erotic scenes and deeds to write. It turned out that Malin loves writing m/m/f scenes (and is currently hard at work on a secret m/m/f project!), kissing scenes were popular with all of us, while Jade adores nothing more than to write hot going down scenes. And as for me? I like to get my heroines bent over something and taken from behind!

Malin: I also love the post we did on details and description in erotica. There are a lot of different opinions about how much...em, shall we say, physical description is required for ultimate sexiness. Do you lay it all out for the reader or do you let them fill in the gaps? While all three of us generally subscribe to a “less-is-more” approach, our emphases are a bit different, so it was cool to discuss.

Jade: Those are both great ones. I’m a big fan of our most recent one, Discussing the Darker Side of Erotica. There’s just so much to say there, so much controversy and so many interesting ideas that we probably could have gone on about for days. It’s fascinating how much taboo exists in our genre (despite the fact that it’s fiction) and how fired up people get about reading these “taboos”—so it was great to get to touch on these topics.

Q. When you’re not sitting around together drinking martinis and discussing sex, each of you is a hard-working erotica writer. Can you each tell us a little about what you write?

Malin: Hmm. I’m all over the map. I started writing short stories for anthologies and only recently began branching out into longer work. In fact, my first novella-length project, an m/m story called “The Master”, will be coming out in a collection for Sweetmeats Press at the end of August. As far as other projects go, I’ve got a couple of irons in the fire—a novel set in Victorian England and a collection of contemporary erotic short stories set in a nameless town in the U.S. (See? Totally all over the map.) I also write a lot of essays and nonfiction. I’m never, ever bored.  

Jade: I’d have to say I’m all over, too. I started in spec fic, but occasionally penned an erotica short. The problem was, all my non-erotic work kept getting too titillating. Wait. Sorry. Did I say “problem”? It wasn’t a problem. I just figured out erotica was the way I really wanted to go...and from there I wrote a bounty of shorts, then tried my hand at a full-length—an edgy erotic romance called The Assignment that I’m working with an agent on marketing. In the meantime, I’m in the middle of several projects—a slightly darker full-length novel and a mix of short stories. I also write occasional erotic non-fiction on my blog, and quite a bit of erotic poetry.

Tamsin: I started out my erotica writing career by submitting lots of short stories to lots of anthologies. It was a great way to get a feel for the market and gradually build my confidence. At a certain point it felt natural to move on to novellas and then full-length novels. Now, I’m in the middle of writing an epic BDSM series, Alchemy xii, which is releasing a novella a month through 2015!

Q. What do you have in common as writers and what are the differences between you?

Malin: As far as what we have in common, I’d say that we all have a pretty big commitment to plot and narrative, meaning that, even if we’re writing a fun, sexy romp, there’s usually a story in place. Not that there’s anything wrong with sexy scenes and porn—we each just tend to write with a narrative arc, in addition to tons of hot sex (because yay hot sex).

Tamsin: I definitely feel that our writing has distinctly different styles. Malin’s prose is lean and elegant, and her characters are so sharply drawn that they simply spring to life from the page. She writes with searing intelligence—I really can’t get enough of her work. Jade’s stories are hot, salty and earthy, with huge gusts of emotion that can blow the reader away and leave them breathless and begging for more. I love the depth of feeling she captures as her characters explore their own sexuality. My work, while still being hot and sexy (I hope!), tends to be a little lighter, with irascible protagonists who delight in their own naughtiness and in winding each other up!

Q. Is there anything that has surprised you about your collaboration?

Jade: You know, at first, I thought it would be a light and fluffy popcorn friendship on view for all, where we just talked about subtle erotica things. But in time—I think because our friendships also morphed in depth on the sidelines—our conversations have gotten much more intriguing and detailed. Our behind-the-scenes collaboration has also been incredible. I have two great friends AND fabulous beta readers, at the same time. I’m not sure what I’d do without these two and their insights!

Malin: One thing that has surprised me is how in sync we tend to be. We definitely have differences of opinion as all three of us have strong personalities, but on the whole, we seem to be able to compromise and maintain a natural flexibility, which kind of amazing given the fact that we are, as individuals, pretty opinionated!

Tamsin: What has surprised me is just how much I absolutely love and rely on the support these two give me. Prior to forming a bond with Jade and Malin, I pretty much plowed my own furrow and kept my own council—but having these girls to bounce ideas off and to lean on when things are tough is really valuable beyond measure. It’s not an exaggeration to say I absolutely adore Jade and Malin!

Q. You just celebrated your one year blogiversary as Pillow Talk! Congratulations! Do you feel like you’ve hit a comfortable groove? And is there anything you’d especially like to tackle in the coming year?

Tamsin: I definitely think we’ve hit our stride and we’re having so much fun doing it. As for anything else...on a personal note, we’d all love to get together face to face—but as I’m in London and my partners in crime are in San Francisco, it’s not too easy...I’m just going to have to keep saving my pennies for that air fare!

Malin: I agree with Tamsin. It feels like we’ve settled in, so we can enjoy the ride at this point. There are so many things to talk about that we keep a running list, so I suspect we’ll be hitting everything from oral sex to the genre itself (and who knows what else!). On my own personal note, I’m grateful to be working with a pair of writers whom I respect and am fortunate enough to call two of my closest friends. That’s a rare thing and I love that Pillow Talk is a natural extension of that.

Jade: And I agree with the both of them! Writing is such a solitary thing, and having this camaraderie is empowering. We share a lot of ideas, market insight, and of course, great conversations. We’ve worked out the kinks (heh) of how we like to work together, and every session has thus become a real pleasure. I feel jazzed every time we finish one, and am always looking forward to the next! As for the coming year—more dirty talk, naturally! And we do hope you’ll come and join us. :) A giant thank you to the Brit Babes for inviting us here!

XOXO,
Jade, Malin and Tamsin


You can find the ladies of Pillow Talk on their website, on Twitter, and also on their own websites: Malin James, Jade A Waters and Tamsin Flowers.