Monday, 19 September 2016

Special Guest - Ariel Storm



The Appeal of the Everyday Hero

Thank you so much for having me as a guest today on the Brit Babes’ blog! I’m so happy to be here, discussing two things I adore: erotic romance novels and the sexy heroes who come to life within their pages. 

As a long-time reader and writer of romance, I have to say I enjoy every type of alpha hero, the rich and powerful alpha, the brave alpha, the cocky alpha, and even, the beta-alpha. 

While I can find escape reading about the various kinds of alphas, I tend to prefer one type of alpha in my own writing, and that’s the “everyday” kind of hero. In a time when billionaire heroes dominate (no pun intended) the erotic romance scene, I’ve felt myself shy away from writing about those kinds of characters. Why? 

It’s not that I don’t love the concept. Christian and Gideon are two of my favorite book boyfriends. It’s not that I don’t see the appeal. Writing an uber-rich man is incredibly appealing, just look at the popularity of those novels. 

It can be tempting as an author to try to create something that is popular at the moment. And that’s not to say the moneyed man hero is a fad. Far from it.



I think stories about wealthy men will endure. They’re the ultimate fantasy and have been around in some form or another for as long as I can recall. The 80s and 90s TV shows such as Dallas and Beverly Hills, 90210 offered a glimpse into the drama-filled world of handsome, rich men and the women they loved. In the book world, Jackie Collins’ novels have often times shown us all that glitters isn’t gold in the perceived fabulous lifestyles of fictitious celebrities. 

As much as I adore them, try as I might, I’ve just never been able to come up with a rich hero. It seems I crave a different kind of man. Don’t get me wrong. Power, wealth, and luxury are a heady mix. But to me, there’s something undeniably sexy about a physically capable man, a hard working man. A blue-collar man, if you will. 

Mechanics, firefighters, policemen, handymen, and, even delivery men are sexy in the simple fact that we’ve probably all known someone like them. The blue collar hero is attainable and approachable, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less desirable. At least, not in my opinion. 

In my current release, Special Delivery, there’s intense, instant sexual chemistry when a boudoir photographer and a smokin’ hot delivery man meet at a charity calendar photo shoot. He’s posing wearing nothing but a strategically placed package and a smile. She finds him irresistible and well, readers can probably imagine what happens next. ;)



Special Delivery Back Cover Information 

Who says good things come in small packages? Corina believes beauty isn’t about size—it’s about attitude—and Zach can’t get enough of her confidence or her curves.

Curvy and proud of it, photographer Corina Saunders seeks to empower other females by shooting boudoir photos of plus-sized women in her home studio. When a charity needs a photographer to photograph twelve sexy men for a hunk-of-the-month calendar, she gladly volunteers her services. Sparks fly during the photo shoot when she snaps pictures of sexy delivery man Zach Moreno’s strategically placed package. When they cross paths again at a charity ball and bachelor auction, Corina surprises everyone—including herself—by placing the highest bid on Zach, the sexiest bachelor up for grabs.

Thanks to the frenzied atmosphere of the auction—and the complimentary champagne—she’s helpless to fight the insane chemistry between her and Zach any longer and the two celebrate her winning bid. With a bang. 

Afterwards, Corina’s mortified that she had sex with Zach in a cramped supply room at the bachelor auction. How can she face him again? Then again, after bidding an incredible six-thousand dollars to win him at the auction, she can’t afford to skip out on the date. Besides, the sex was unbelievably hot, and she really shouldn’t deprive herself that one indulgence. After all, what harm could come from one innocent picnic in the park lunch date?

Special Delivery is available for just .99 cents at All Romance ebooks, Amazon, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, Kobo and Nook.

About the author:

Ariel Storm believes that fantasies are meant to be explored, on the pages of her manuscripts, and beyond. Ariel fell in love with all things paranormal, magical and mystical at a young age. Her obsession with the dark, dangerous and forbidden began in her teen years as a way to rebel against her strict religious upbringing. Her stories can range from contemporary BDSM to new adult to paranormal. One thing will never change, and that’s writing scorching hot erotic romance with unconventionally sexy alpha heroes.

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Erotica Essentials Masterclass at Sh!: 23rd September, Hoxton, London

It's and Kay and Kd here!
We're on the road again- or we will be on Friday 23rd September.
We'll be at one of our favourite places- the Sh! Women's Store in Hoxton, London, giving an erotica writing masterclass from 5.30-7.30pm.

Sh workshop

Have you ever fancied having a go at erotica writing? Have you given it a try, but can't quite get those paragraphs finessed? You really want to have a go, but the words involved make you blush? Then we'll be there to help.
Why not join us for 2 hours of fun and imagination busting wordage, in the inspirational surrounds of London's friendliest sex toy emporium!!

ETO- accepting 2014 Xcite award

All you need is pen and paper, an imagination, and a sense of humour (No one can write erotica without a sense of humour!)
All the details can be found here- including location and booking details.
https://www.sh-womenstore.com/blog/erotica-writing-master-class/
Men and women welcome - obviously no one under 18 need apply!!

SH Hoxton

Happy writing!
Kay and Kd xxx

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Sharing our Stories

by K D Grace


I recently came across an autobiography I’d written back in my navel-gazing days of intense journaling. I’m not sure whatinspired the nostalgic look back – no doubt I did if for either some book on writing or a new age self-help book I’d been studying and working through. I did a lot of both back in the day. But as I struggled to think of a topic for my post today, I was struck by the initial few paragraphs of that attempt to tell my story. They were about the stories we pass on, the stories that were passed on to us – you know the ones I mean, the ones our parents and grandparents tell us over and over again, while we wonder why they keep telling them. Surely they must know we’ve heard them before. But even as we wonder, we keep listening because we know when the good parts are coming, and no matter how many times we’ve heard those stories, we wait for it. 

Some of my earliest memories are of listening to the family stories my father and grandfather told, and here’s the amazing thing, years after both my father and grandfather died, I find myself telling my husband stories of my life. And here’s the bit where history
repeats itself -- like my grandfather and father before me, I tell hubby the same stories again and again, just in case he didn’t get how important those stories were to me the first several dozen times I told him. More than that, I find myself taking great pleasure in the telling and retelling of my stories. And, guess what? My husband tells me his stories, and he tells them to me again and again so I’ll understand how important they are to him. The cycle repeats itself in us all these years later, and I’m glad. 

I’m sure you have no trouble guessing that doing what I do for a living, I think a lot about stories. Of cours now they come from my imagination and now I share them with my readers, which means I’m still telling them over and over again, only to different audiences. Even though they’re not my life story, they’re every bit as important to me and every bit as much a part of who I am. 

I’d be willing to bet that every one of us Brit Babes would be nodding our heads in agreement to everything I’ve said so howdy, you can bet we’ll end up telling stories. We’ll all want to know what’s going on with each other, what our latest story is – family, friends, writing, children, pets, adventures. 
far because we are, all of us, storytellers. It’s not a hobby, it’s not a fad. It’s our calling, our vocation, it’s the love and passion of our hearts. And as I struggled to figure out what to write about for the Brit Babes blog, it hit me, that our story telling is what binds us, what’s at the centre of the sisterhood we share. If you get a couple of us together for more than a passing

That’ll get us through a meal, a few cups of coffee or tea and maybe settle us in at our hotel together after hours for a drink at the bar and some dreaming and scheming and planning the next phase of world domination. And once that’s sorted – you guessed it! It’s time for more storytelling. Now here’s the totally cool part, the part this post is really all about, and that’s the fact the we Brit Babes have our own family stories! We won’t be together long before we’ll remember the dreaming and scheming of our first anthology into the wee hours after the first
Eroticon -- all done to the soundtrack of a bevy of drunken Irish blokes singing behind us. Funnily enough, we were telling each other bits and pieces of our personal stories when the idea for an anthology struck. And after that, if we’re together long enough – with or without wine -- it won’t be long until we’re talking about our second Eroticon when the Brit Babes became a reality after a night of burlesque fun at Volupte. We have stories of our celebrated successes and book launches. We have stories about readings with spankings applied to people who read too long. I think it’s a toss-up between Kay and Victoria who’s best at applying the paddle. There are three – count them three! ETO Best Erotic Author trophies won by three different Brib Babes. Every one of those wins was well celebrated with stories of its own – each with as many Babes as could show up for the awards banquet shaking their collective bootie on the dance floor until the band gave up and went home. Oh yes,
those stories will get told. There are celebrations of best sellers and great reviews and of our stellar, best in the world, Street Team. There are stories of workshops led, conversations had, more anthologies, more awards. In those stories, there’s love, support, celebration and laughter. In those stories there’s also moaning and grousing and wicked scheming. And the album of our stories wouldn’t be complete without mourning and tears and worries and comfort. But through it all, we stood together as family, always always making more stories.

Just ask us! Ask any of us and we’ll regale you with something from the ever-growing collection of Brit Babes Family Stories, and of our fabulous Street Team, who are very much a part of our family. Those stories are our treasure, no matter what the moment may be, no matter what we’re all facing as individuals. Those stories make us laugh, give us hope, encourage us on to the next chapter. And yes, those stories inspire us, as we inspire each other, because there’s no iPhone, no expensive camera, no photograper nor sketch- artist capable of creating a family album quite like the family album of our story.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Brit Babes Summer Indie Book Nominations


Summer Indie Book Nominations: Erotica

Here at Brit Babes HQ we are dancing with delight. What could please us so much that the dance shoes are on during working hours you may ask?


We have just discovered that 6 of us have been nominated for a Summer Indie Book Awards – all in the same category- Erotica (obviously!!) Lucy Felthouse has also been nominated in the Paranormal category (for The Persecution of the Wolves, previously titled Pack of Lies). We aren’t the only ones up for the prize – there are some great writers on the list as well as us- to see the full run down just follow this link.

Obviously, we’d love it if you’d give one of us Brit Babes a vote- but which one you choose is a tall order indeed! Here all our nominated texts:

Victoria Blisse - Good Manors 
Genre- Erotic Romance
Novel

Blurb 
Mallard Hall plays host to games of submission and Dominance for one unique couple, but do the secrets of the past threaten the new bonds being forged?
India Grace, a respected journalist, is assigned to the estate for a behind the scenes look at how it runs. It is the last place in the world she wants to be. Back when she was young and naïve she took a photo of old Lord Mallard, which led to her success and his downfall. She carries the guilt with her to the location and it’s constantly in the back of her mind when she meets the hall’s latest owner, Xander Patrick.
Xander’s father died when he was only thirteen, and he doesn’t hold many good memories of him. He helped his mum build Mallard Hall back up, and since her death struggles to keep it going single-handedly. The last thing he needs is a meddling journalist poking into estate business, especially when the meager profits are mysteriously disappearing.
The two try to keep their distance but find themselves drawn together in many unexpected ways. A meal leads to an investigation of secret passageways and from that India and Xander explore their attraction, using different rooms of the hall for their kinky games.
In the end India’s secret will have to come out, but will it bring the couple closer together or tear them apart?


Kay Jaybee – The Collector
Genre - Mixed erotic genres including MF, FF, MM, MFF, and MMFF
Anthology

Blurb
Gathering salaciously erotic stories against an everyday backdrop of coffee shops, restaurants and bus trips, The Collector documents a wide variety of sexual encounters as she travels across Great Britain.
The Collector’s research takes her into every arena of the erotic experience, from lust, submission and dominance, to voyeurism and beyond.
Are you brave enough to see if it was your supposedly private conversation she overheard—and then wrote down?

Amazon

Kay Jaybee – Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man
Genre- Erotic Romance
Novella

Blurb
When Jenny’s regular delivery man, John, reveals that she has become the centre of his sexual dream world, Jenny’s quiet existence is thrown into an arena of desire that she thought she’d long since abandoned.
One unexpected, head-swimming romp later, and Jenny is left wondering if her courier will ever visit her again – and if he does, will he mention the hot sex they had on her living room floor that Tuesday afternoon, or will he pretend it didn’t happen?
When the following Tuesday arrives and John reappears on Jenny’s doorstep, the scene is set for a continuation of intensely kinky weekly meetings. There’s only one problem: John really, really isn’t Jenny’s type...


Lucy Felthouse - Stately Pleasures
Genre- Erotic Romance/3-some
Novel



Blurb
Alice Brown has just landed her dream job as property manager at Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It's only a nine-month contract to cover maternity leave, but it's the boost up the career ladder she needs.
On her first day, Alice finds her boss, Jeremy Davenport, in a compromising position. Jeremy and his best friend Ethan Hayes, Head of Security at Davenport Manor, turn the situation around and give her an ultimatum. Faced with the possibility of losing her job, Alice agrees to their indecent proposal.
When the dust settles and Alice has time to think, she realises perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing after all. But what happens when Alice thinks she’s falling for both men?

Amazon

Lucy Felthouse - Eyes Wide Open
Genre- Erotic Romance
Novel


Blurb
An ordinary girl catapulted into an extraordinary world meets two even more extraordinary men—but what will she do when she discovers their sexy secret?
Fiona Gillespie moved to London shortly after graduating to take advantage of the opportunities the capital could offer. However, months later, she’s still living in a horrid flat and working in a grimy East End pub. The problem is, she doesn’t really know what she wants to do, career-wise. So when she happens upon an advertisement for a job at a plush Mayfair hotel, she jumps at the chance. A great deal of determination and a spot of luck land Fiona her dream role.
But working at the Totally Five Star London is just the beginning. She adores the role and flourishes, impressing her bosses and making her increasingly determined to climb the career ladder.
While her career is flying, though, her love life is non-existent. She hasn’t even thought about men, never mind met or dated one for months, so when she bumps into two gorgeous businessmen in the hotel, she’s surprised to find her head has been well and truly turned. Even more surprisingly, they flirt with her—both of them! She’s drawn to James and Logan, despite feeling that they’re way out of her league.
When a misunderstanding leads Fiona to James and Logan’s sumptuous top-floor suite, she has no idea what she’s about to uncover. Scenes of people-trafficking, drug-pushing and wild sex parties all appear in her active imagination. Yet what she actually sees is something she’d never even considered before, something that piques her interest.
After discovering their sexy secret, what will she do with this new-found knowledge?
Amazon

Lucy Felthouse - The Persecution of Wolves...
Coming soon- details here...http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/the-persecution-of-the-wolves/

Tabitha Rayne - A Clockwork Butterfly
Genre-  Futuristic Erotic Romance
Novel

Blurb
Lovers torn apart by duty…will Angelo and Lena be reunited?
Mankind is close to extinction. Toxins have all but wiped out the male population. The remaining fertile men are housed in manors where their seed is collected.
Lena Lee is a new collector with a rare pheromone believed to reignite human fertility. She’s assigned a male who’s predicted to be her perfect match.
Angelo, a clockwork butterfly maker, is held captive, his essence harvested daily by Lena. Over time, the couple begins to fall in love, something which is strictly prohibited. When their forbidden love is discovered, Lena is banished from the manor.
Torn apart by the duty that brought them together, Lena and Angelo must find a way back to each other. But even if Angelo manages to escape, he doesn’t know where to find Lena. Will following the path of the clockwork butterfly lead him to his true love?
http://mybook.to/AClockworkButterfly

Lily Harlem - Hired (Hot Ice #1 due for re-release on 1st October 2016 and will be FREE!)
Genre - Erotic romance
Novel

Blurb
"Sometimes a deal really is too good to be true."
One hundred grand to babysit bad boy Logan “Phoenix” Taylor on a paradise island—seriously, how bad could he be?
Frankly, it didn’t matter. Not when it would make my dreams of going to nursing school possible. I wasn’t even expected to talk to him, just hang out in a luxurious villa on a private beach and study. Simple, right?
But I hadn’t counted on Logan being so deliciously bad that he was oh so good. And when the temperature cranked to boiling point, he knew just how to satisfy the deepest, darkest part of my soul and give my body exactly what it needed. Amongst the sand and waves, we transported each other to an exquisite world of pleasure where only we existed, only we mattered.
But the heady mix of emotions and lust couldn’t keep things from spiraling out of control back in reality, where I had to keep the secret that I’d been hired to entertain him…even if it shattered my delicate heart. Even if it cost me my destiny.

Kd Grace – The Pet Shop
Genre – erotic romance/BDSM
Novel


Blurb
In appreciation for a job well done, STELLA JAMES’s boss sends her a Pet for the weekend – a human Pet. The mischievous TINO comes straight from THE PET SHOP complete with a collar, a leash, and an erection. Stella soon discovers that the pleasure of keeping Pets, especially this one, is extremely addicting.
Obsessed with Tino and with the reclusive philanthropist, VINCENT EVANSTON, who looks like Tino, but couldn’t be more different, Stella is drawn into the secret world of The Pet Shop. As her animal lust awakens, Stella must walk the thin line that separates the business of pleasure from the more dangerous business of the heart or suffer the consequences.
Amazon UK 

Grace Marshall (Kd Grace)- Interviewing Wade
Genre- Erotic Romance
Novel


Blurb
This is An Executive Decision follow up novel (Click Here for Book One | Book Two | Book Three)
The Executive Decisions Trilogy may be over, but the story continues. Intrepid reporter, Carla Flannery, wants to interview Wade Crittenden, the secretive creative genius behind Pneuma Inc. But when, against all odds, Wade actually agrees to the interview, Carla suspects ulterior motives.
Carla has made a lot of enemies in her work and when Wade discovers she’s being stalked, he agrees to the interview to keep her close and safe. As the situation turns deadly, lives and hearts are on the line, and the interview reveals far more about both than either ever expected.
Amazon UK



If you'd like to vote for your favourite of the BB books listed (we are a far way down the list- lots of nominations! - if you're at a computer, use Ctrl+F to pull up the search box), then hit these links Erotica and Paranormal and click the box next to your fav book!!

HUGE THANKS from us all at BB HQ.


Happy voting,
Kay xx