Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter


The Brit Babes would like to wish their readers a happy Easter weekend. If you've found some time to sit and relax in a cosy corner, why not check out our latest releases?














Thursday, 24 March 2016

Photographs and Memories by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

A few people have commented in the past about how many photographs I take when I'm away on holiday, or off exploring somewhere. They haven't necessarily said it in a negative way, just as a passing comment. They're right, of course. I do take a hell of a lot of photos, but I have damn good reasons for it...

Memories

Obviously, I want to capture the beautiful sights I've seen while I've been on my travels so I can look back on them myself. Occasionally I'll sift through my various albums on Facebook and smile to myself as I recall the fun I had while I was in the place in question. It's often nice to experience a bit of escapism, imagining oneself back in a beloved place, especially if the here and now isn't proving particularly pleasant.

Research and remembering

Equally importantly, the photographs I take often come in very useful when I write about a place I've been to. Sometimes I might have been somewhere specifically to research it for a book, or, more often, I'll get inspiration to write about a certain place weeks or even months or years down the line. Granted, Google Maps and photographs other people have put online are useful, but I find my own photographs better because they're invariably of the sights I found inspiring, beautiful and interesting. And it's those kind of sights that often find their way into my books, as well as the sounds, smells, weather and atmosphere I personally experienced.

So... there you have it. If you've ever wondered why myself - and lots of other writers - often take so many photographs while they're out and about, now you know. An added bonus is that said photographs also come in handy to jazz up blog posts. Voila!

Photographs from Budapest






And the book inspired by Budapest...

Blurb:

Hermione’s in Budapest on a romantic weekend break. Or at least it should have been romantic—an unexpected break-up means she’s visiting the Hungarian capital alone. Determined to make the most of it, she goes on a night-time river cruise, the perfect opportunity to see some of the city’s beautiful sights after dark.

On the boat, cute Budapest native Emil serves her cocktails. They chat a little on the journey, engage in some banter, and when Emil asks Hermione out for dinner, she’s seriously tempted. But she’s a long way from home, by herself—is dinner with a complete stranger a good idea? Hermione decides to take a chance, and what follows is an unforgettable night which will transform her life forever.

Pre-order now, coming 30th March: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/city-nights-one-night-budapest/

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller) and Eyes Wide Open (an Amazon bestseller). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 140 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Monday, 21 March 2016

Count the Themes - Guest Post by Jane Leopold Quinn




I barely know where to start. There were so many ideas coming into my mind for this story. Let's start with the original plan for a group of authors to write mail order bride stories. The old west was famous for mail order brides but didn't invent the idea. I learned last October when we were in Quebec that the French Canadians were ahead of the US. While not the first women to travel to "New France," the filles du roi - daughters of the king - were the approximately 800 young women to immigrate to Canada in the late 17th Century. King Louis XIV sponsored the program, hence they were called filles du roi. But I digress to another fascinating story plot.

Back to my plot. Women were desperately wanted and needed in the old west. Only the bravest and most intrepid of women responded to ads in eastern newspapers to leave their sometimes comfortable, sometimes desolate lives to enter into the unknown. Novels have romanticized the theme of adventure this entails.

As a writer, you let your mind wander to find the most unique story possible. Since I like to turn the tables, do things in a different way, I wanted my bride to go west under false pretenses. Isis Garrett had no intention of marrying any man. She'd been raised in Egypt by American Egyptologist parents who'd had a very loving marriage. So with that happy influence, why would she be opposed to marriage? A major reason could be that she'd already been seduced by a man and viciously dumped. Believe me, that'll do it! Her escape was to flee home to America for a new beginning. Opening a library in the small western town of Joshua had become Isis' mission in life.

The first man she meets in town is the hero, Prescott MacKay. I'd always wanted to write about a minister and give him lots of temptation. But Pres wasn't a life-long religious person. He'd been a bounty hunter for years, a fast draw who hunted the bad guys. During a gun fight with a vicious murderer, one of Pres' bullets went awry and hit an innocent young boy. The boy survived, and Pres, thanking God, was called to study for the ministry. He was through with hunting and killing even if sanctioned by the law. Settling in Joshua, he arranged for a group of mail order brides for the single cowboys and ranchers in the area. When he became a preacher, he vowed not to have sex again until he married. But with the brides coming to town, he privately wished for a love for himself. To add some more complications, unfortunately, the woman he's attracted to wants nothing to do with him or any other man.

Thus, with these backstories, my heroine and hero were born.



To my great pleasure, Long and Short Reviews gave it 4-1/2 Stars - "Ms. Quinn’s writing is wonderful, making the vicarious experience seamless. The plot is well-written and moves along at a quick pace. I felt as if I were transported into this frontier town, experiencing life in 1877."

Romance Junkies gave it a 4-1/2 Blue Ribbon Rating - "…a wonderful mixture of historical and erotic romance. I adored Pres and Isis who each have pasts they’re uncomfortable sharing with each other.


Following is a scene from Wooing the Librarian.

Pres may be a preacher now, but he still sees what he

wants and knows how to go after it.

Her.

The illusive Isis Garrett.

Acceptance. That was Preacher MacKay's sermon this morning. Isis, even though still shocked and embarrassed by her actions last night, appreciated the message. She just hoped Marjorie did. She wished Opal was here. Isis had already decided she'd lend books to any and all of the ladies of the evening whether Marjorie liked it or not.

Every time she sneaked a peek at Pres, he seemed to be looking back. Her cheeks burned with the remembered passion of the night before. She had acted like a wanton woman, had shown him just how wicked she was. But the minute he'd kissed her, the loneliness and hunger for the physical connection had overwhelmed her. Could he tell she wasn't a virgin? Any experienced man would probably know, and he kissed like a very experienced man. She was positive he hadn't always been celibate, not a man who'd made a living with his guns. But an unmarried woman must be innocent. No man wanted a woman who wasn't chaste.

At the end of the service, she'd have to greet him at the door, shake his hand. Maybe she could veer into her library to avoid him. Yes, that's exactly what she'd do. Make it clear she didn't want anything more to do with him.

The church quieted, the voices had died out at the door.

"Hello, Isis."

He'd found her. She grimaced. It looked as if she would have to put him in his place. "Mr. MacKay, I'm very busy here, so if you'll excuse me."

"Isis, about last night."

"We can just say it never happened." She turned to look at him, her heart felt like a thick plug in her throat.

He drew closer. "Is that how you want it to be?" he asked, his voice lowered intimately.

She stood her ground, ashamed by her actions the night before but still defiant. "I have no interest in men or marriage."

He flinched, cocking his head to one side. "All I know is I liked kissing you, and unless I miss my guess, you liked it too.”

Her mouth opened. "I did not!" she said mutinously.

"Don't deny it. Not in the church." His lips quirked, his eyes scrunched up in amusement as he lifted both hands to indicate the building.

Her mouth closed on a click of teeth.

"I'd like us to spend more time together." He became earnest again.

"I don't think it's a good idea." Her stomach roiled. She made a show of neatening up a stack of books on her desk so she wouldn't have to look at him.

"Why not?" he pressed.

"Because…" Damned if she could think of a reason. "Because I'm busy." She knew it was an unconvincing excuse, but it was the best she could come up with on short notice.


About Jane -

Being a romance writer has its good and bad points. Good because we can always arrange for our characters' stories to have a happy ending. Bad because we're constantly inundated with stories and characters and sometimes talk aloud to them when other people are around. Writing romance stories is a fulfilling and happy job, and I'm grateful to be able to do it.

I can be located here:

Jane Leopold Quinn

My Romance: Love With a Scorching Sensuality

My Blog ~~ Twitter ~~ Amazon Author Page ~~ Facebook



Buy links:

Amazon.com— http://amzn.to/1QG7y2d

Amazon UK-- http://amzn.to/1POPAdZ

All Romance Ebooks-- http://bit.ly/1Vk1rED

Kobo-- https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/scandalously-yours-2-166.html

Smashwords-- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/612550?ref=cw1985

Books will also be available at barnesandnoble.com and iTunes (Apple), but buy links are not yet available for them.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Exercising My Demons


I don’t know if any other writers notice recurring themes in their novels and stories and wonder about the psychology of those themes, but I do. I’m pretty sure that the enormous navel-gazing tomes of journals I used to write now work themselves out in my stories, and so much the better, I think. Certainly it’s more creative and more fun. Speaking of recurring themes, it hit me just recently that I seem to write a lot about demons. Almost all of my paranormal erotica has to do with demons in one way or another and, as I finished up my online serialIn The Flesh, in which a demon plays a prominent role as said demon will do also in the sequel, Blind-Sided, I found myself wondering just what my writing so much about demons says about me. Some of my stories are about exorcising the demon, getting rid of it completely, but most are about embracing the demon, or at least finding a way to live with it. Personally, I’m inclined to think that the latter is by far the most practical method of dealing with demons in real life. In real-life, unlike in fiction, they’re not that easy to exorcise. 

We all have them, and demons come in as many varieties as there are people. We writers have more than most, I think, though I’m sure in my case a lot of my demons are linked very tightly to the fact that I’m just flat out, majorly, neurotic. Oh I’ve definitely tried exorcising them, but I’ve actually found that exercising them works better. No … seriously, I sort of take the old adage ‘working out my demons,’ literally. I take mine out for a nice long walk or invite them to be my guests at the gym to sweat it out with the kettle bells, and it seems to suit them down to the ground. I guess maybe it wear them out enough that they forget to torture me. Or maybe
after the endorphins have kicked in and we’re all well sweated and relaxing with a good protein shake, I just don’t notice their torment so much. But the truth is, they can often be quite useful -- my demons.

Having said that, I guess it shouldn’t come as any real surprise that I write about demons so much. If there’s anything my demons like more than to be exercised, it’s to be the center of attention in a novel or a story. Frankly, I don’t think it matters if I’m writing about demons in the literal sense or if I’m writing about the less paranormal, more concrete demons my characters battle. By writing the story, but exploring the things that frighten me, the things that make me uncomfortable, I think I’m finding a healthy way to live with those inner demons. As neurotic as writers tend to be, the truth is that the best place to write the most powerful stories is right smack dab in the middle of the neuroses – the scarier, the more irrational, the more chaotic the better. 

Telling a story is another way of exercising my demons. I make them work for me instead of against me. In truth, I don’t suppose I “make” them do anything. I think maybe they wanted to be put to the challenge all along. Don’t get me wrong, they seldom make it easy, and they’re often uncooperative. They often make it as difficult and as uncomfortable as possible for my characters and they often make the telling of my characters’ tale as squirmy and uneasy for me as they can. What the hell else is a demon supposed to do?

Writing with demons … there just might be a book in there somewhere. Oh, wait a minute, I just wrote one! Anyway, my point is that sometimes the things that cause us the most stress and make us the most fearful are the things that not only make for the best fiction, but the fact that we do write from the place of our discomfort makes the writing all the more powerful and the personal demon all the more bearable. 

The other thing about demons is that they seem so much less terrifying when I’m writing my brains out with a story that won’t let me rest until it’s finished. It’s almost like there’s no room for demon intimidation when I’m in the grip of a tale needing to be told. For that bright and shining span of time it almost feels like instead of the demons possessing me, I possess them. Perhaps that’s the true story I was trying to tell with In The Flesh. Perhaps our demons don’t possess us so much as they drive us, and if we can just figure out how to buckle up and go along for the wild ride, then living with demons, writing with demons – paranormal or otherwise -- can actually be useful.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Guest Post: Interview with Kink Craft : Make Your Play. @KinkCraft


Victoria Blisse here, I was lucky enough to meet with Andrew and Pixie of Kink Craft last year, they're brilliant. I even got to make a flogger when they came to Smut Manchester 2015 and wrote all about their make your own flogger kit over on my blog. So here they are on the Brit Babes blog to tell you a bit about what they do - enjoy! 




We don’t usually get asked to write for anyone. In fact we are usually doing the asking of others to write for us. When we were approached to do a guest blog for the fantastic Brit Babes there was a moment of ‘how the hell do we make our writing live up to their amazing standard’.

The answer: We don’t. Instead we do it the way we do everything at Kink Craft. We take a look at what’s being asked, take a deep breath, then we do it our way to the best of our ability. You might like it you might not, either way we will be proud to have it out in the world.

How did Kink Craft start?
Kink Craft like many ideas/business started from a conversation. In our case it was pixie discussing how drained she felt after a year where every spare moment was filled with study and how much she was missing her more creative side. Andrew being the ‘I have a solution to that’ type decided this was a great moment to voice an idea he’d been thinking about for a long time. Cue worried look on pixie’s face.

What Andrew had been thinking about, and looking at, was some of the toys out there and thinking “I know how that goes together” or “I wonder how they make that”. That lead to thoughts of why just sell these things for people? Why not teach them how to make it for themselves, they would love that. He knew he would. People wouldn’t just get a new skill but they would be able to make just what they want. Custom toys would stop being something only a few could afford. The toys someone owned could take a new, much more personal meaning. That idea swirled around for a while but eventually became Kink Craft.

Have you always been into crafting?
That depends on your definition of crafting. Andrew is not at all crafty in the traditional sense. You will often hear pixie telling him ‘tighter, tighter, it’s got to be tighter’…
when making the paracord cuffs! Pixie on the other hand has been crafting in one form or another her whole life. Even at an early age her crafting was not always considered ‘normal’. A pottery class where everyone made pretty bowls and cutesy owls, pixie made a coiled king cobra snake, fangs beared, about to strike. Creativity means you don’t have to follow the norm.

When did you first start making Kinky crafts?
Is Macrame considered kinky? If so pixie started as a child! Our dedicated kinky crafting idea became a reality about a year ago. We had spent some time talking about it and decided that there was never going to be a great time so why not just start.




What’s your favourite Kink Craft toy?
For pixie there are no favourites as she has designed most of them as well as made them so they are all special to her. If you line up all the toys we currently have, Andrew will go straight to the snake whip. Flicking it at targets and cracking it to make Pixie jump makes him smile. In fact you will often hear comments in the office like ‘Will you please put that whip down and come talk to me about nipple clamps!’ lol

How has the last year been for Kink Craft
It has been a crazy/amazing year for us. From work starting on our first design in February 2015 to being at two major UK exhibitions, being in the news and on radio, it has taken off in a way we didn’t expect it would. It has been an incredible amount of fun, and hard work. We love it.

The thing that really stands out for both of us are the amazing people we have met along the way. From meeting all of the Brit Babes (they are awesome fun BTW) to porn stars (they are nuts lol) to the top adult bloggers (also a bit mad but so much fun) to the amazing traders at the shows (A lot of them are so nice and really want you to succeed).

We have been very fortunate in the last year to have some incredible friends supporting us with their time and energy, testing products or helping out at events and workshops. It’s great when you can put your friend in a pair of cuffs and have them laughing when you say ‘ok try and get out of them you have 1 minute’ Houdini eat your heart out!








Photos from Kink Craft at Smut Manchester


What's new/coming soon at Kink Craft?
At the moment we are working on a couple of new ideas:

Floggers people can craft themselves with amazing real wood handles, and beautiful leather. It’s an idea we have been working on for about 6 months and it is so close to being ready. You would not believe how hard it is to get all the parts for something like that. But we have found amazing suppliers who can get us the best leather and make the most beautiful hand turned handles. We are really excited about them as they will be as good as, or better than, the best toys out there. We are so pleased with them.

Parties people can have in their own homes. Think of something along the lines of an Anne Summers party only a lot more fun. We want to bring the fun of making our toys into your own home. Have a small group of friends make their kinky toy right there with one of our team. Everyone has such a blast making the toys, making them in a group with their friends is even more fun. We love the smiles, we live for that.

There is a lot more planned for this year and Andrew can’t wait to talk about it. But Pixie will kill him if he spills the beans. Some of the ideas are a little out there and might not happen yet, others are our twist on classic toys.

One of the problems running any kind of business is wanting to do all the ideas you have. Andrew has so many all the time (not all of them great) it is hard to know what to do next. Fortunately he has a Pixie about to keep his feet on the ground. Although she too has started picking up this trait and presenting her ideas as well. But it is Andrew who has the big ambitions and pixie who organises and makes sure they get executed. It’s all about teamwork!

Where can people find out more about you/buy your products?
You can of course go to the website (http://kinkcraft.co) but we are always happy to chat on Twitter (http://twitter.com/KinkCraft), or on Facebook (http://facebook.com/MyKinkCraft). Andrew usually looks after the social media and pixie contributes when something drags her away from the paracord, suede, leather and latex surrounding her.


It is still early in the year but we want to get to more shows as well, so you are always welcome to come and say hello. We are going to be at Sexhibition again this year, and at the Smut Manchester event (Even if Victoria has asked us to offer a new workshop which is causing Andrew no end of headaches LOL).

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Special Offer!

Brit Boys: With Toys, is on special offer for one week only. Grab this collection of 8 erotic romance stories by 8 of the UK's hottest MM authors for just 99c/99p - now that's a bargain!


- Brit Babe contributors include Lucy Felthouse, KD Grace, Lily Harlem, Sarah Masters and 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.