Thursday, 24 November 2016

Aural Sex, Anyone? by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)


Ah, now that got your attention, didn't it? Whether because of the title itself, or because you thought I'd gone mad and spelt oral wrong. I haven't, honest. I do mean aural, as evidenced by the pretty picture above.

So, what on earth am I on about? It's something new I've tried this year, and will be continuing to build on... audiobooks. They're not something I listen to myself, but I spoke to so many people that do listen and enjoy them that I started looking in to it. It quickly started making a hell of a lot of sense. People love reading, but don't always have as much time to do it as they'd like - and this is where audiobooks can come in. Folks listen to them while driving, especially if they have long commutes, they listen to them while running, on trains, while cleaning, ironing, exercising... the list goes on.

For a hybrid author such as myself, they can be a bit of a challenge, however. They're expensive and time-consuming to produce, and that's after you've gone through the often lengthy process of finding the right narrator. Narrators can make or break a project, so getting the right one is essential. Now, through a mixture of pure luck and a lot of perseverance, I've been working with a few narrators to start making my indie published titles into audiobooks, and it's been great fun. So far I have four on the market, and another five are currently in production.

I'm learning all the time about how the whole process works, who the listeners are, and so on. As always, a bit part of it is marketing. Making people aware that they're available. Which is why I wrote this blog post for you lovely folks. So, if you do indeed fancy some aural sex, check out my Audible pages:



My available audiobooks are also available directly from Amazon, and also from iTunes.

If you have any information you'd like to share about your audiobook experience, please feel free to leave a comment. I'd love to hear it (no pun intended).

Happy Listening!
Lucy x

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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), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Sex and Ritual


Carl Jung saw symbols and rituals as containers for numinous power. It’s a small step from our need for ritual to the idea
of sex as ritual. It infiltrates our myths, it permeates our literature and it fills our fantasies. Many of the earliest religious rites were fertility rites involving either the sacred prostitute or the sacred couple whose sexual union insured abundant crops, cattle and children for another season. Certainly it’s not hard to see the ritualistic aspect of sex in the natural world. We’ve all watched birds or badgers or elephants going at it on nature programs. There are often complex courtship rituals before actual copulation. 

Jung’s definition of ritual as a container for power intrigues me. The power contained in sex is astounding. It’s the power to pass on life. It gives us the ‘little death’ and the out of body experience. It elevates us to the level of heaven while bringing us back to our most primitive animal nature. 

Sex is the ultimate mystical experience. The closest we can get to a power beyond ourselves is the power within ourselves. There’s a reason I chose to write my very first novel, The Initiation of Ms Holly as a modern day retelling of the Psyche and Eros story. In the Greek myth, Psyche must undergo ritualistic tasks before she is allowed to be with her lover Eros. In achieving these impossible tasks, Psyche so impresses the gods that they not only allow her to be with her lover, but grant her divinity as well. 

In Greek mythology sex usually involves one of the gods, most often Zeus, coming down to earth and ‘seducing’ a mortal female, who then gives birth to a child destined to do great things. Sex as the representation of the creative force permeates the Greek myths. It permeates the paranormal world as well, but what else are vampires and shifters but the modern representation of the mythical gods? It’s there in the Christian myth as well, the child of divinity and humanity destined to save the world. Tragically the power of sex is most of the time omitted from the Christian myth. Oh it’s there all right, but you just have to look a little harder to find it. When I wrote In The Flesh, one of my favorite scenes is Susan’s research into the sexual relationships between gods and humans. Here’s a snippet to illustrate what I mean:

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I had little enthusiasm for the handbag sale, nor for lingering at the make-up counter. Instead I found myself back at the Starbucks, Mac open, researching God’s love life, which turned out to be a long history of seducing humans. 
Zeus visited Danae in a shower of gold. He seduced Leda in the form of a swan. Eros came to Psyche in the dead of night forbidding her to look upon his face. Hades dragged Persephone down to the Underworld. The Virgin Mary was impregnated by the god of the Bible. In the New Testament, Christ is the bridegroom, and the church his bride. And the list went on and on. Perhaps even the indwelling of the Holy Spirit was just another way for divinity to experience flesh. 

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More than a procreative force, sex is a creative force. Its ritual act allows us contact with the power, contact we can have no other way. But who controls the ritual? We’ve all seen lories transporting heavily reinforced tankers bearing CAUTION: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS signs in big red letters. We know a breech of containment would be disastrous. The purpose of ritual is to keep the power contained so we mortals can interact with it safely. Religions have always tried to control the rituals involving sex, to dictate with whom the act may occur, how, and even when it may take place. Property and inheritance rights depended on controlling women’s sexuality. 

These days the ritual containers set in place by religious superstition and prejudice are being breeched. Those vessels can no longer contain and control sexuality in all its vibrant varied guises. The ritual is being taken out of the hands of institutions and reclaimed on a more individual, more personal level. That means the creative force of our sexuality is being freed in ways we could have hardly imagined a few years ago. 

The container for the ritual has changed drastically in recent years. In some cases it no longer exists at all, and we’re struggling to find safe containers, safe places to learn about, understand and explore all aspects of our sexuality. The ritual of sex is being reinvented to something vibrant and alive and open, and translating that into story a part of what makes our job a pleasure, whether we write contemporary erotic romance, historic, sex in space, paranormal romance, the container is new with each story we tell. How can that not be exciting?

Monday, 14 November 2016

Sex in Sci-fi by Jennifer Denys

They say your screams can’t be heard in space… Unless you have a partner or two! Eleven authors take you on a trip where any pairings are acceptable, locations vary from spaceships to strange and futuristic worlds, and interesting and exciting objects can be used in sex play.

If randy astronauts, virtual reality lovers, sex in near-death situations, a commitment-phobe human and her alien lover, and reproduction in space experiments don’t do anything for you, you are clearly not human!

So try the stories in the alien worlds half of the anthology, instead. Here you’ll find alien Doms, a mysterious gladiator saving a stricken princess, an exotic dancer, a paid assassin on the run, an illegal sonic dilda’tor, and a pleasure booth. Space has never been so exciting!


‘Love and Lust in Space’ came out of a workshop on ‘Sex in Sci-fi’ that I did for Smut by the Sea in May 2016. I had some terrific submissions which fell into two distinct groups: futuristic earth stories and those set on alien worlds. So the publisher and I decided to split the anthology into two halves along those lines with an epilogue story which covers both areas.

Randy astronauts litter the pages of the first half – not surprisingly since this is called ‘Love and Lust in Space’! We have two male astronauts on the space station who lust after the (female) doctor monitoring them from Earth in Naughty Nauts by H K Carlton; Ian D Smith wrote a story (Re-entry) about sex between astronauts who are friends stuck in a near death situation; Filling the Void by Jordan Monroe tells of a reproduction in space experiment.

Across both halves of the anthology there are intergalactic relationships including an alien from the planet Steelt who is a member of the ambassador’s staff about to leave Earth when an Earth woman spies him across the room (One Night by Rose Wulf); Ella Gray brings us the story of a man on the run who leaves his home world of Jubbal in Across the Stars; and landing on the planet Ferrix after being sucked through a wormhole is a nightmare for the human heroine in The Audition by Ashe Barker, as the women are all submissive and the men all Dominant.

Interestingly, there is a common theme of kidnap, abduction and being restrained. An assassin is on the run about to be caught in Across the Stars; Morgan King tells the story in The Gladiator’s Princess of a princess caged in readiness for breeding when an alien warrior comes to her rescue, but his motives may not be altogether pure; and a hacker comes across a mysterious and sexy woman handcuffed in a virtual reality programme in Dee Maselle’s story, Sanctum.

Naturally, we have a few anti-gravity stories: the characters in Re-entry try it out both with and without gravity and realise that shapely breasts and anti-gravity are made for each other!; whilst the heroine in Filling the Void has to hold onto to straps but being sandwiched between two guys helps, I am sure. I found this very amusing as this was one of the issues I talked about in my workshop having done research for a previous story. A problem which has been highlighted by researchers is that the lack of gravity leads to lower blood pressure which could, in turn, lead to lack of blood flowing to the gentleman’s penis and – to be exact – he may not be able to get it up! However, as we write fiction we can get away with it! H K, though, decided to go with realism. Her astronauts in Naughty Nauts couldn’t get an erection but they sure made up for it in their smutty banter!

Various sex objects are invented by the anthology authors – Jennifer Denys came up with a sonic dilda’tor which the heroine in her story discovers could be the answer to her prayers, unfortunately it is banned on that planet! (in The Sonic Dilda’tor); Beverly Kingland created The Pleasure Booth for her story of the same name which is excavated by aliens on earth long after humans have ceased to exist; and there is an orgasma orb in Dylan McEwan’s story Alien Attraction (all I can say is this is an MM story so you can guess where it goes!).

Voyeristic sex can be found in a few of the stories. The heroine in The Audition has to cope with multiple partners one after another whilst the others are watching; in Alien Attraction the human hero is an exotic dancer and he and his fellow humans perform more than just dancing for their Vordellian masters in the bordellos – but these aliens are only allowed to watch not touch; in the futuristic Earth of Sanctum they have an entertainment industry using immersion tanks which allows people to enter into virtual reality scenarios (and even have sex there); and on the world of The Gladiator’s Princess the only way to incite arousal is to watch the princess being brought into heat whilst on display in the arena.

Lastly, sexual cultures differ between planets. The aliens of One Night don’t take love lightly. They wait until they meet the right one – and know the right one from instinct. The heroine in The Sonic Dilda’tor has to have semen in order to ascend to the highest level of orgasm, meanwhile the narrator of The Pleasure Booth has problems understanding how humans could find sex pleasurable – she sure finds out.


Discover that for yourself, and so much more, in Love and Lust in Space. Release date 10 November. Buy link: https://mybk.li/llis

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Appeal of a Blue Collar Hero by Mira Stanley (@mirastanleyauth)

Hi Brit Babes and Readers!

Thanks for handing me the reins today! I thought I’d share my fascination with blue-collar heroes. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of these hard-working men.

I read them. I write them. I ogle them while driving past construction sites. I might even have a picture or two for your ogling pleasure…

Why Mira Loves Blue Collar Heroes:

Reason #1


Muscles, muscles, and more muscles.

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I can dig just about any dudely body type. I’ve been attracted to short with a beer belly, tall and willowy, trim and athletic, and bear-like. It’s truly the mind, heart, & soul inside the body that matters.

…But there’s something about a guy that’s built that I just can’t look away from. And if it’s muscle earned on the job, it’s that much sexier.

Yep, muscles are my weakness. How’s that for irony, lol!

Reason #2

There’s something irresistible about a man who knows how to get shit done.

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“Where do you want this, honey?”

Men who work with their hands simply know how to accomplish stuff. They can fix your car, grill your steak, and get you off, all while shirtless and sipping a beer.

And they know how to take instruction.


“No problem, sugar. Change your mind as many times as you want. I could move this barrel a hundred times and still have enough energy left to rock your world in the bedroom.”

Reason #3

You say potty mouth; I say naughty mouth.

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Bad language can be oh-so nice! I especially love when a hero takes all those work-site curses into the bedroom.

Dirty talk slays me. Just slays me. Please tell me I’m not alone on this one!

Reason #4

Dirty, dirty boy.

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A hard working man needs a woman dedicated to cleanliness to help him scrub off all the grime and sweat at the end of the day. I’m more than happy to be that woman. It would sure beat dunking my kids in the tub!

I love reading and writing hard-working blue collar heroes for all these reasons and more! If you want to read my latest blue-collar hero, check out my Dirty Minds series of novellas (ten sizzling stories, one kinky couple).

Joe is my absolute dream guy. He embodies all of the above and will be sure to steam up your ereader. 

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A good girl gives her dirty mind free rein…but nothing comes without a price

After a brush with violence, preacher’s-daughter Kelly decides life is too short to keep denying her dark desires. It’s time to explore her pent-up sensual side. And she knows just the man to help. Joe is every dirty-talking bad boy she’s ever daydreamed about, and he seems more than willing to make her fantasies reality. But he’s not about to let her use him without getting something in return. Joe drives a hard bargain, and Kelly has to decide how far she’s willing to go to keep him in her bed.

Dirty Minds 2, Irresistible Jerk, is out now! To celebrate release week, I’ve got it marked down to $0.99 from its usual $2.99! And Dirty Minds 1 Good Girl is currently FREE!

Don’t waste another minute! Snatch up the first two Dirty Minds novellas and subscribe to my mailing list so you’re the first to know when the next Dirty Minds books are available.

So, why do you love a blue-collar hero? Share in the comments!

Thanks for having me, Brit Babes! It was fun!

I’ll leave you with a GIVEAWAY that you can earn multiple entries in. I’ve got a $50 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs as well as a few copies of the first two books in my Dirty Minds series.

Here’s where readers can find me:

Irresistible Jerk (Dirty Minds, Book 2)


Mira Stanley links