Q&A and Giveaway with Cecilia Tan, author of Slow Satisfaction

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How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?

A lot of people only use the word “pornography” when they want to put something down or criticize it, as if “porn” implies only things that are of low quality or in poor taste–but it comes from the misguided idea that ANY writing about sex is automatically of low quality or in poor taste. To me personally, there’s no real difference between “erotica” and “pornography” because it’s a false dichotomy between “good” and “bad,” or between “art” and “commercial.” It becomes erotic romance when you include emotional bonding and guarantee a happy ending. Erotic romance is a very specific flavor of erotica.

What authors do you think write excellent erotic fiction?

There are so many! There are some who were my erotic fiction peers in the nineties like Laura Antoniou, Thomas S. Roche, and M. Christian, and there are folks who broke onto the scene in the 2000s like Alison Tyler and Kal Cobalt, and more recently you’ve got a lot of talent coming through romance specifically, like Elizabeth Schechter, Tiffany Reisz, and L.A. Witt. I don’t get to read as much as I used to, though, because I’m writing so much. I’ve learned I can’t read a book while I’m writing a book. And lately I’m always writing a book.

How do you judge what makes a good erotic story when writing your own fiction?

Did it get me hot? That’s the number one thing. If I’m bored or unaroused while writing it, the reader will feel the same.

What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotic romance?

I think the biggest misconception is that romance novels are stupid or brainless, and especially that if there’s sex involved it must be even stupider. What’s terrible is that so many of the negative attitudes about romance are really just hidden misogyny. If men were writing and reading it, it’d be considered an art form, but because it’s by women for women a lot of people assume it’s worthless. The other really huge misconception is that what women enjoy in an erotic romance novel is the same thing they want in the actual bedroom. No one assumes that people who like to read mysteries actually want to be detectives, or murderers, for that matter. Readers of fiction actually do understand that they are reading fiction and that there’s a difference between fantasy and reality.

Who is your favorite erotic author and why?

I really can’t pick a single favorite of all time. I gave quite a list to an earlier question, and I could just keep adding to it: Pat Califia, John Preston, Angela Carter, Anais Nin, etc. If I had to say who I’m most excited about at the moment, whose books I’m hotly anticipating, though? It’s a tie between Tiffany Reisz and Alison Tyler. They both write very authentically and openly about kink and sexuality, with interesting characters and none of the “oh no!” blushing virgin kind of attitude that infuses a lot of the stuff out there.

9_1 Tan_Slow Satisfaction_TPJames has finally pushed Karina beyond her limit—not her limit for kinky sex play, but for his extreme secrecy. She has had enough and breaks things off. But James won’t give up on Karina and will do whatever it takes to get her back. He’s ready to share his deepest, darkest secrets, but is Karina ready to hear them?

James offers Karina not only the truth but a place at his side… onstage. He wants Karina to star in his final musical production and enter his life and his world fully and completely. As the two work together, they rekindle the trust and love they’d lost. But James’s world is full of deceit. When he is blackmailed by an unscrupulous music industry executive, James must give in to unreasonable demands or risk exposure of his and Karina’s secret sex life.

Will Karina and James’s love be strong enough to withstand the many obstacles being thrown their way?

 

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Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball, from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, Black Feathers, Mind Games, White Flames,and The 50 Greatest Yankee Games. She has edited over 50 anthologies of erotica for Red Silk Editions, Thunder’s Mouth Press, Blue Moon Books, Masquerade Books, Ravenous Romance, and for the publishing house she founded, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Best American Erotica, and many other places, and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Slow Trains, Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball Magazine, Yankees Magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere.
 

 

 

 

 

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Summer In Australia
lacey hill-inlet-t (2)Summer in the land downunder is from December to February. Temperatures soar across our hot, dry continent but humidity is almost unbearable in coastal areas. Aussies hit the beaches, dams, rivers and pools. Wherever they can find water and relief. It’s the holiday season and over the six weeks of school holidays, which encompass Christmas and New Year, there is a mass migration to the coast.
The white, sandy beaches of Australia are vast and, it is said, the most beautiful in the world. The hunky lifesavers aren’t bad either. Kids build sandcastles, bury each other, or their parents and soak up the sun.

It is at this time of year the North of Australia is peppered with Cyclones, both large and small. No Aussie will ever forget Cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1975 all but wiping out the entire city. The whole country rallied around these poor unfortunate souls. Then there were the floods which engulfed most of Queensland in 2011. Ninety percent of the state was under water, thousands of people had to be evacuated and you could have gone white water rafting down our street.

Summer is a time for gathering the family together, enjoying a beer and a barbie, seeing the latest movies, catching up with friends and enjoying the outdoors. It’s a time to relax and unwind before beginning a new year.

Australia is a lucky country and despite summer storms, floods and cyclones, we are blessed to call this great continent home.

lacey Greek Affair (2)Adrastos ‘Addie’ Papadakos is a Criminal. He arranges gun and drug deals with Russia and Niger. He is the product of a rape and to provide for her son, his mother is forced to become a whore. He grew up in a brothel where he learns about sex at the tender age of thirteen. He hates women.

Mario Anastopolous is a successful Banking Executive. He has just come out of a relationship where he hadn’t been satisfied.

When Addie ventures into a Gay Men’s Club in Athens, he meets Mario. Both had been on the lookout for a lover. Their attraction is instant.

Addie is domineering, in charge. Mario is meek, submissive.

When Mario accepts the invitation to go home with Addie, he doesn’t realize just how good his life is about to become. Following a night of spanking, sex, pain and pleasure, Addie makes Mario an offer that is too good to refuse. Mario gives up everything to be with this man who can provide him with the sexual variety he craves.

For the first time in his life, Addie has genuine feelings for someone else.

About the Author: I began writing romance with erotic overtones after being bombarded with ideas.

I am married, have two adult aged children and I am retired which gives me plenty of free time to enjoy the things I love most- family, travel, our dogs and writing.

I have two new books available, which I hope you enjoy, and another is in the planning.

I can be contacted by emailing: robertslacey1955@gmail.com

I am always happy to answer your questions or just have a chat.

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Happy Anniversary to LASR!

I thought I’d share some fun summer trivia with you today.

Did you know . . .

ky ann eiffel.tower (2)France’s Eiffel Tower can grow by more than 6 inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.

July is the month where most ice cream is sold in the US. That’s why it’s National Ice Cream Month. Americans eat about 5.5 gallons of ice cream per year on average.

The Dog Days of Summer refers to the weeks between July 3rd and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.

Watermelon is a vegetable and is part of the cucumber, squash and pumpkin family. Americans eat 15 pounds each year.

Firefly light is usually intermittent and flashes in patterns that are unique to each species. Each blinking pattern is an optical signal that helps fireflies find potential mates.

Mosquitoes are insects that have been around for 30 million years. They have chemical sensors that can detect mammals from 100 feet away, and they have heat sensors to detect warm-blooded creatures. They have visual sensors that detect movement and contrast in colors. The first activity of an adult mosquito is to mate. The females lay their eggs and then live from days to months afterward. The male mosquito dies within days after mating.

A cricket’s chirp frequency fluctuates with temperature. Count the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then add 37 to whatever number you reach and you have an approximate outside temperature.

And For a sizzling story on a hot summer day read Roped And Branded.

Do you have any special summer traditions? I love to garden. I can jams and jellies in the spring and salsa and veggies in the fall.

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ky ann ropedandbranded_msr (2)Southern Texas is in the grips of a heat wave and DaniLee Hunter needs a distraction. The man she wants refuses to acknowledge she’s all grown up, but the sexy ranch hand Waco is more than willing for an erotic roll in the hay. Everything in South Texas stings, bites, or prickles…including Cord Stiles. As foreman of the Iron H, he has enough to deal with—including his growing attraction for DaniLee. She’s wild and reckless—and impossible to ignore. It’s time she’s roped and branded…and he’s just the man to do it. The stakes are high in a late-night poke-her game. Cord, Dani and Waco lay their cards on the table. Winner takes all.

 

 

About the Author:KyAnn Waters is a multi-published, award winning author of erotic romance. She lives in Utah with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She spends her days writing and her evenings with her family. She enjoys sporting events on the television, thrillers on the big screen, and hot scenes between the pages of her books.

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Summer of Sport by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)
As I write this post, Wimbledon is winding down, but it’s been an exciting couple of weeks. And as this post goes live, the US Open is taking place. No doubt the tension will be rife once more.

The funny thing is, until last year I wasn’t all that into tennis. It just wasn’t really on my radar. Then, when good friend and fellow erotic romance writer, Lily Harlem, and I decided to co-write a novel, she presented me with a first chapter. It was about a hunky tennis player. I admit I was intrigued by the sexy athlete, but immediately panicked—how could I write about tennis? Fortunately, Lily’s well versed on many sports, including tennis, and she helped me out. At the same time, I took to YouTube (what would we do without it?) to brush up on my knowledge. And Grand Slam was born.

Clearly, I was bitten by the bug, because I wrote a solo story to follow up—a lesbian novella called Sweet Spot, which released in June. So this year I’ve been well and truly sucked into the summer of sport—when it comes to tennis, anyway—and eagerly watched some Wimbledon (not all of it, of course, otherwise I’d never have gotten any work done!), and will be checking out the US Open when it hits our screens in August and September.

lucy felthouse raw talent rtsidebargraphic (2)When it comes to tennis, I enjoy the passion, the grace, the strength, all the nuances and traditions that are observed. I’m also in total envy of the skill and talent of the players. And, because I’m a writer, I can’t help but wonder what goes on behind the scenes—the rivalry, friendships, attractions, relationships… so watch this space, because there will be more books to come in the Raw Talent series, I’m sure of it!

 

 

 

lucy felthouse SweetSpot (2)Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.

But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?

 

 

 

About the Author:Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.

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Summer Vacation Sex
Why is summer vacation sex the best ever?

The heat? The fact that you can shed most of your clothes? Wear a skimpy, flirty dress with stilettos? Shirtless hunks? That your skin’s bronzed and glowing? You feel pretty? The sudden relief from the pressure of not having to go to work? Not having to deal with the mundane, day-to-day responsibilities of life? Or, maybe the simple fact that you’re sans kids for a few days? Lying on a beach sipping wickedly strong cocktails? Ogling the studs ambling by? Feeling the sun heat your body?

Perhaps it’s a combination of all of the above, but for some peculiar reason almost every woman I’ve spoken with on this topic agrees; summer vacation sex is the best.

One of my friends says that from the time she awakes to the time she slips into bed late at night, every moment’s scheduled according to everyone else’s demands. First it’s what needs to be done for the kids, then her partner, and then her boss. Then she tosses and turns and makes mental to do lists for the following day. Once she’s awake it’s a matter of juggling, work, hubby, kids, and social media.

Somehow a winter, fall, or spring vacation doesn’t have the same liberating factor that does the time you take off in the summer. Routine dissipates, a lazy languor dictates your unhurried dawdling, an un-faze-able sanguinity steals over you, and time slows to a mere trickle. The minute that clock ticks into summer va-cay-at-ion, and you hit a beach, or a theme park—you do two things:

1. Let out a long, relieved sigh and feast on something forbidden—a loaded Coney dog, a banana split, or fries with cheese and gravy.

2. Release your fierce grip on ‘being plugged in’. You know, that desperate urge to update your FB status, or tweet some inane outing like ‘at the gas pump’.

Who cares when you’re on summer vacation?

jianne Frozen Watermelon Margarita (2)Especially, if it’s the last few weeks of blessed warmth. We’ve barely three weeks left for the summer. I say—throw out the baby, bath water, and your inhibitions. Do something crazy and spontaneous! Shuck your clothes by the pool. Treat yourself to icy watermelon margaritas. Wear a totally outrageous outfit. Invite friends over to do—exactly nothing, but hang out. Wring every single drop of fun out of the next twenty-one days!

Cheers!

 

 

jianne Prymal_Lust-Jianne_Carlo-200x320 (2)The primal call of Mate Claim sparks a battle among the three species of shifters—Wylfen, Feral, and Rogue—and has for generations. These violent feuds incite hunts by humankind, driving shifters near extinction. To protect their people the aristocratic Wylfen ban the practice of Mate Claim. When a Rogue alpha claims a Wylfen female, the mated pair forms a coalition with a Feral male. An alliance is created: Prymal, a new species and pack born of Rogue, Wylfen, and Feral. And war begins…

Tania, a Wylfen aristocrat, hooks up with a stranger right before her twin’s graduation from military college. Hours later, the bottom drops out of her world when she’s introduced to Axe, her twin’s new SEAL instructor. Then she discovers he’s a Feral Wolf, the archenemy of her people. Wylfen laws prohibit her from mating with a half-breed. If anyone finds out she’s mated with Axe, exile is the least she has to fear…

About the Author: Award winning author, Jianne Carlo’s motto is simple: Alpha Me Please.
While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte, she goes weak in the knees for warriors and alphas. Send her a man with an attitude and she’ll find the right woman to tame him.

Jianne loves hot and spicy food, stomach-plunging park rides, and is kept on her toes by her Viking husband of thirty-five years, and three, handsome grown sons. There’s nothing she likes more than hearing from readers.

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Skunks and Skanks

Skunks and skanks. There isn’t much difference in these nuisance critters. They both show up where they aren’t wanted and generally stir up a stink before someone runs them off. In Heather Rainier’s latest edition to the Divine Creek Ranch series, Brokenhearted Beauty, Leah Woodworth has the misfortune to have a run-in with both of these irritating varmints in the small town of Tuspita, TX. The situation is exacerbated when the local stuffed shirt, Deputy Dicky Bob, tries to assert his authority. It becomes painfully clear, pretty quick, that he has more than a passing acquaintance with the local hoochie-mama, Georgina, who has recklessly plowed into Leah’s car. The fun really begins when a skunk with perfect timing strolls into the picture. Here’s an excerpt:

Wondering what Georgina was getting so worked up about, Leah said, “Do you know each other, Deputy? Is she implying you have some sort of ‘deal’?”

Georgina bared her teeth and pointed her finger. “You don’t tell her nothin’, Dicky Bob!”

Deputy Dicky Bob responded to the situation by hauling off and kicking the tree stump in the vacant lot that neighbored the gas station property. “That’s it, I’m taking both of you damn bitches down to the jail. We’ll sort all this out down there.”

He grabbed for Leah and she pulled away. “If you’re not arresting me, I’m not going anywhere with you or this skank.”

“What the fuck did you just call me?” Georgina screeched as she ran at Leah, claws bared.

The atmosphere was suddenly split by a high-pitched scream and the most horrendous odor Leah had ever experienced up close. Her eyes watered and felt like they were on fire and her stomach rebelled violently as she spun around, searching for the cause.

Deputy Dicky Bob was holding his hands to his face, screaming, like a girl. “It sprayed me!”

The source of the odor became apparent as the skunk raced right between Georgina’s legs and across the parking lot in terror. Georgina shrieked like a fire alarm, “No, it sprayed me!”

“No, it sprayed me!” he hollered and then made a gagging sound.

Not hanging around for a debate about exactly who got sprayed, Leah ran with the rest of the crowd, dodging the poor, frightened skunk. Anyone within ten yards of that critter could consider themselves sprayed.

Her stomach rolled as she stumbled to her car to grab her box of tissues to mop her eyes, but she was suddenly grabbed from behind.

“Oh, no you don’t!” Dicky Bob hollered. His face was red, his eyes were watering and his nose was running. “You’re under arrest for…for…evading arrest, and a bunch of other stuff.”

I have died and gone to Hell.

“I wasn’t evading arrest, you idiot! I was evading a skunk!”

“We’ll just see about that,” he said as he roughly pushed her against her car. Georgina screamed again and then vomited all over her mustard yellow tank top.

“I think that means you won’t be getting your blow job from Georgina after all, Dicky Bob.” Leah turned after he finished putting handcuffs on her and she smiled at him.

The nausea finally won and she lost her lunch on his shirtfront.

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HEATHER RAINIER me-hr-dcr-brokenheartedbeauty-full (2)Brokenhearted and grieving, Leah Woodworth’s heart is filled with regret for never confessing her love to Patterson Elder. His loss haunts her dreams and she can’t set eyes on his brothers, James and Vincent without seeing his face. Having denied her attraction to them until it was too late, how can they possibly still want her?

James and Vincent were sure Leah was the one from the moment they met her. Patterson had always shared that belief, taking every chance to convince her that she was meant to be theirs. With Patterson gone, James and Vincent are deep in their own mourning and at a loss as to why Leah avoids them.

When she is offered an opportunity that may take her permanently out of Divine, they realize time has run out and seize what may be the last chance they have to make her theirs forever.

About the Author:Heather Rainier lives and writes in South Central Texas. Her stories offer up the content of her fantasies, with autobiographical humor, triumph and tragedy mixed in.

Heather’s love of romance fiction began as a teenager when her mom gave her copies of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “”The Flame and the Flower”” and Bertrice Small’s “”Skye O’Malley””. To this day she’s pretty sure that was her mom’s version of the “”birds and the bees”” talk.

Heather writes the type of novel she loves to read: More erotic and edgy than the mainstream, with plenty of sweet romance mixed in and a happily ever after guaranteed. Heather’s favorite type of hero is the gentle, lovable giant but readers will discover a wide variety of heroes and alphas on the pages of her novels, from nearly perfect to very flawed.

When not happily typing at her keyboard, Heather is usually busy corralling her kids, or loving on her smokin’ hot husband, who thankfully loves to cook.

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Summer Time in the Big Easy
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People often ask me what it was like growing up in New Orleans. And I always answer the same way, great. Summers were especially wonderful because that’s when my mother packed up my clothes and sent me to visit my aunt for three months. I never understood why she did this until I was grown and had children of my own. Apparently it wasn’t easy being a parent, having to work full-time and trying to find a baby-sitter who would take on three kids at the same time. I am three years younger than my sister and four years older than my brother and we had absolutely nothing in common except our mother. While my sister and I went to my father’s sister, our brother went to spend time in Mississippi with my mother’s oldest sister. (My mother tried to send me to Mississippi one summer when I was about twelve. I took one look at the outhouse and a snake and cried until she brought me back to New Orleans. I don’t know what she expected, but I never was and am still not an outdoor person.)

My aunt’s granddaughter would come down from Saint Louis and stay the summer too. She was just a year older than me so she and I hung out together a lot. But to make a long story short my aunt would always take us to places during the summer like to Ponchartrain Beach where we paid one price and road rides and played arcade games. I really like going on a street car rides to Audubon Park and visiting the zoo.

Her grown daughter used to help out too, taking us to the drive-in theatre in her little yellow Volkswagen Beetle. And every summer we’d visit the cemetery where my grandparents were buried and clean off the graves and bring new artificial flowers. The thing I remember most about that adventure were the huge black grasshoppers and open graves, and my aunt telling us not to step on the mounds. She didn’t have to worry about that because I was afraid a hand would reach out, grab my ankle and pull me into the dirt. (Yes, I have an overactive imagination even back then.)

So you want to come to New Orleans for the summer. The first thing you must know is that it’s hot and humid. That means you’ll never have a decent hairstyle unless you wear a wig. Use sun block and wear sunglasses. No matter what you think your skin will burn down here. If you have respiratory problems stay inside during the day and enjoy the city in the evening when the sun starts to go down. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. No matter what they tell you beer, Hurricanes and Tornadoes are not the same thing.

Bring an umbrella. It rains almost every day here in the summer time, and it can change in the matter of minutes. Once it gets too hot the rain appears, and then it stops and the heat returns. There is no happy medium. I just got soaking wet walking from the bus to my house. I had an umbrella. It wasn’t nice.

We have big mosquitoes. The black ones are the worst. They are out twenty-four seven. You can’t outsmart them or outrun them. Wear repellant.

Bring your walking and your dancing shoes. New Orleans is rich with history. Enjoy the walking tours through the French Quarter and to the cemeteries. There are clubs and bars. Never travel alone. As in any major city there is also crime. We have museums. Hop on the Saint Charles Streetcar and visit the zoo and the university area. Go to the aquarium, visit the insect music and gamble at the casino. Ride the ferry to the west bank and see even more of the city. Whatever you do, dress casually and comfortably.

Bring an appetite. There is food, food and more food down here. Don’t be afraid to try the gumbo, the red beans and rice or the jambalaya. Bring antacids, you’re sure to overeat.

And last but not least, have fun. There’s something for everyone.

Have a safe summer
Shawn Bailey

Shawn Bailey med_DreamBoy (2)Being gay and in love with the most sought-after college quarterback did nothing for Hiro Aoki’s heart except make it break every time he saw Christian Hill parading around town with pretty girls on his arm. Christian also dated debutantes and got invited to the most popular parties, while Hiro and his friends stayed home on weekends studying and trying to improve their GPA. What good did it do Hiro to be smart when the love of his life didn’t return his feelings?

But to Hiro’s surprise, when he agrees to tutor Christian in math, he realizes the football star may be harboring a secret longing for him also. Can the two young men actually become lovers and keep their growing relationship a secret from their families, the rest of the students, and the bullies on the football team?

About the Author: Shawn Bailey writes from New Orleans, Louisiana. Shawn is an avid manga and yaoi novel collector and watches a lot of Japanese anime. When she’s not writing Shawn works as a financial analyst and looks forward to one day retiring, going to writing conferences and traveling to Asia. Of course she will have to get over her fear of flying. She is currently working on several new gay romance manuscripts which she hopes to get published in the near future. Shawn currently writes for Amber Quill Press, Siren-Bookstrand, Phaze Books, Dark Hollows Press and Fireborn Publishing.

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Love Summertime

Of course, here in Texas it gets hotter than Hades and we consume gallons of sweet tea and ice water. But everything is so lush and rich. My crepe myrtles are bursting with color, the herd of white tail deer that lives where we are has produced some of the cutest new fawns and I can sit on my back porch until well after eight o’clock.

desiree cowboy texas summer (2)Of course, there’s another bonus to summer in Texas, especially when you live in the Hill Country where I do, surrounded by ranches. Cowboys work just as hard in the hot months, but under the broiling sun, if you’re lucky, some of them will rip off their shirts and you get to drool over those hard, sweaty muscles! I mean, is there a better place to ogle tough alpha males than on a ranch?

I also love summer because it reminds me of some of he most romantic moments in my life—walking along the beach with my late husband, letting the waters of the Gulf of Mexico wash over our bare feet. Or sitting on a dune beneath clear moonlight, drinking more of that sweet tea and counting the stars.

Summer is a time for barbecues, and of course Texas is a leader there, too. Smoked brisket, juicy ribs, corn roasted on the grill…mmm, mmm, mmm. All washed down with ice cold beer.

In my neck of the woods it’s also a good time to hang out late in the day at Luckenbach, right down the road from me, where Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson sang in those long ago years. Now on any afternoon you can sip a Lone Star beer and listen to that day’s performers in the Pickers Circle. Kick back and let the music just wash over you.

Summer is a time for love, for happy memories, for renewal of life and love. Is it any wonder that I love it so much?

perf5.000x8.000.inddFletcher “Mustang” Call is a dedicated SEAL and a committed Dom. The one thing he isn’t is relationship material. A tragedy in his past killed his desire for more than a good time on leave and a little D/s play. Until April Coe walked into his life, a woman unlike any he’s known. Problem is, she’s as vanilla as they come.

April was warned about Mustang, a man as wild and free as his call sign, so she doesn’t expect him to stick around for long. That’s okay, she’ll enjoy the great sex while she can. At least, she thought it was great. When she senses her sexy bronco is holding back, she has to decide whether to ride the mustang a little harder or set him free.

About the Author:Known the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

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Yes, I Am Wearing That.

Summer is a time of year when those of us with body issues feel especially vulnerable. There’s no hiding under bulky winter layers or blaming the holidays for our perceived flaws. The media knows it: while I write this sentence, there’s another commercial about weight loss on the television. Grocery store tabloids are in an orgasmic frenzy of body shaming, loaded with photos of celebrities daring to show their unphotoshopped bikini bodies at the beach, side by side with articles about “loving yourself, now!” – lip service contradicted by every other page of the magazine.

I’m not buying into it anymore. Over the past few years, I’ve been working on loving myself exactly as I am, which is about as much of a struggle for me as it probably is for everyone else. One huge step forward is to wear the clothing I love. I’m wearing skirts and tank tops and bathing suits, and I’m not hiding from photographs. I tell myself I need to care for my body as-is because it cares for me every day.

As I started the “body positivity” journey, I realized that in my own insecurity, I was critical of others as well. I’m not proud of this, but I judged people all the time for daring to wear revealing or snug-fitting clothing, especially if they had a body type like mine. How horrible is that? I was so uncomfortable in my own skin that I projected those issues onto others. As I’ve learned to love myself, I’ve learned that my issues are mine, and everyone should wear what they want to wear. We need to celebrate each other and stop tearing each other down.

I’ve been body positivity recently in my books. Two of my upcoming texts, Combustion and Playing Knotty, both have characters with nontraditional body types who know – or learn – that they’re gorgeous and valuable exactly as they are. Loving oneself as-is won’t sell any products, but it’s the only way to be happy. So this summer, I urge you to show skin. Go swimming. Dress in clothes that make you happy, and when you see someone rocking an outrageously awesome style, compliment them. We might just bankrupt an industry devoted to making us hate ourselves.

elia winters CARINA_0114_9781426897863_PurelyProfessional (2)Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.

English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.

Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.

About the Author: Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.

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Summer is a season that should be exploited for hours of fun in the sun. Long days. Endless blue skies. And for those of us who are children at heart the chance to revel in all kinds of activities that make us remember a more innocent time in our lives. Summer activities are different for everyone depending on how you grew-up, where you live, and what your interests are. For me some of my favorite summer activities are sitting in a crowded stadium and cheering on my home team with a hotdog in one hand and a scorecard in another. The chance to float down a river in a giant raft with friends and family while occasionally instigating a water fight. Strictly for protecting the ones I love from suffering a heat stroke of course. Hours spent screaming on roller coasters and trying to win giant teddy bears. Exploring mountain trails while climbing over boulders the size of elephants. Relaxing at a campsite, watching flames flicker and hearing logs crack as fireflies perform nature’s ballet. Having a barbeque in a park while kids run around chasing each other with dripping ice cream cones and sitting under a night sky as it comes alive with brilliant explosions of colored lights. These of course are only a handful of possibilities!

There’s more to summer than thrilling activities though. Summer is a time when we can reevaluate our lives. It’s the perfect time of year to ask ourselves are we being the best son/daughter, husband/wife/partner, colleague, human being we can be. If the answer is no then it begs the follow-up question as to why and what can we do to fix that? Half the year has passed and maybe those resolutions we set for ourselves on January 1st have proven to be more of a challenge than we anticipated, or maybe we’ve met those goals and are ready for even more challenging ones. Set new goals. Continue to grow. Don’t let the craziness of the season’s adventures consume you to the point of forgetting to look inward too.

Finally, I look at summer as a chance to enjoy and explore new love. Every one of you reading this has probably sung along to Grease’s Summer Nights at least once in their lifetime. And if you say no then you’ve been forced to listen to someone else at the top of their lungs. Cheesy classic musicals aside though, summer is the perfect chance to find a new lover, a bit of excitement, or discover something new about the person you already share your life with. I challenge you to at least once a day this summer look for someway to celebrate love because life without love is not living at all.

Have A Great Summer!
Trina Lane

trina sealingfate_800 (2)After a chance encounter in a crowded St. Louis nightclub, anthropologist Dr Kat Martin is swept into the arms and the dangerous life of Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Jace Hudson. However, their hearts aren’t the only things in danger of being taken prisoner.

Jace’s missions are compromised, and Kat finds herself becoming the obsession of a stalker. Only a team of America’s bravest will travel from the American Midwest to the steamy jungles of Central America to discover the person responsible. Failure is not an option as Jace refuses to allow the fates that brought him and Kat together to rip them apart forever.

About the Author:If you look up the word conundrum in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Trina. Her personality is so multifaceted that her friends have spent countless hours scratching their heads in wonder. A scientist with a passion for history, music and photography she loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn’t know.

Trina has been devouring romance novels since her tender teenage years, although only began writing in 2007. When her debut novel was met with resounding success, she said ?Hey I can do that again?. The rest as they say is history.

Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her iTunes library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending-did we mention she’s incurably romantic?

She lives in Missouri with her loving and indulgent husband, a brilliant toddler who is going to rule the world someday, and an orange tabby cat affectionately referred to as ‘Houdini’ for his stealthy escape attempts.

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