Saturday, July 8, 2017

Naughty Jane Austen

I've written a naughty version of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility centering upon the sexual awakenings of two very different teen-age sisters.  Here's an excerpt:

Marianne loves to go on long walks.  She especially likes to walk by the stables that are several blocks from her house.  How she wishes she had her own stallion!  She imagines calling it “White Star.”   In her fantasy, the white fur on the horse’s forehead is shaped like a star and stands in sharp contrast against the blue-black color of the rest of its magnificent body.  She sees herself aback this mighty steed as it takes her on a romantic adventure.  As she walks farther and farther from home, it starts raining; lightly at first, but then becomes a downpour.  Soon, she’s soaking wet and her blouse looks like she could win a prize at a cheesy bar’s “wet t-shirt contest.”

Not wanting anyone to see that she forgot to wear a bra today, she starts running back to her house. In her hurry, she fails to notice a large branch on the ground that had fallen from a pine tree infested with bark beetles.  She trips over it and lands flat on her face.  She can’t move at first.  When she tries to stand, her left leg can’t hold her up and she collapses to the ground.  She starts to panic.  I can’t just sit here forever in this pile of mud.  What am I going to do?   Maybe they’ll come looking for me. How long will I have to wait?  Maybe they won’t be able to find me!  Maybe I’ll die of exposure! Suddenly, she hears the thunder of horse hoofs approaching.  Thank goodness!  Help is on the way! “Help, help,” she cries out. A young man who resembles Colin Firth’s version of Mr. Darcy sits atop a black stallion.  At first, she can’t believe her eyes.  If this is a dream, I don’t ever want to wake up.

He quickly jumps off his horse and tries to help her stand.  It’s impossible: she can’t bear any pressure on her leg.  He swoops her into his arms and helps her mount his horse.  “Have you ever ridden before?” are the first words he says to her.  Words she will never forget.

“A few times.”

“Would it be alright if I jump up there next to you?” he asks.

“Of course it would be alright.”

“Are you sure?  Would you be more comfortable if I just walked the horse to your house while you ride?”

“Please, come up and sit with me,” she boldly tells him.  In a quick move, he hops onto the horse and sits in front of her.  The horse has no saddle, only reins, so this maneuver is very easy to do.  She isn’t the first girl with whom he’s ridden bareback.

As they ride, she tells him, “Thank you for saving me.  I was afraid that I’d be sitting there all day.”

“I’m glad I came this way, too.”

“What’s your address?” he asks.

“I live at 007 Austen Road.”

“Okay.  Hang on.  I’ll get you there as quickly as possible.”

She puts her arms around his waist as the horse picks up speed.  If only it could stay like this forever. She rests her head against his back and closes her eyes.  When they approach her house, her sisters and her mother are waiting for her at the window and all three come outside to greet her.  Her mother says, “We were worried sick!”

The young man who rescued her asks, “Where should I put her?”

“Here on the sofa,” her mother says, and leads him into the house.  “The poor girl is covered in mud, but I’ll clean it later.”

Her younger sister Margaret is so besotted by his looks that she can’t help but ask, “Has anybody ever told you that you look like Mr. Darcy?”

He smiles and answers, “Yeah.  I get that a lot.  I’m so glad I came along when I did.”

“And so are we!!” the three sisters and mother say in unison.

The mother asks, “What is your name?”

“Willoughby.  John Willoughby.”

“Well, John Willoughby, we are very grateful for your help!” Mrs. Dashwood says.

“It was my pleasure.  I’ll leave you now so you can take off her wet clothes.”

At those words, Elinor notices that her sister isn’t wearing a bra and gives her the evil eye. Defensively, Marianne folds her arms across her breasts. Elinor tells him, “We really appreciate all you’ve done.”

“May I call on her tomorrow to see how she’s doing?”

“Yes!” Marianne says, before anyone can answer.

“Okay, then,” he says to Marianne, “Until tomorrow.”

She puts out her hand and he kisses it like a true gentleman and leaves the house.

Margaret says, “Wow!  Is he ever sexy!”

Her mother scolds, “You’re only thirteen.  What do you know about sexy?”

“Plenty.  We have HBO, after all.”

Her mother says, “How can you watch it?  I set up parental controls to block HBO.  You have to use a password.”

Margaret answers, “I guessed the password right away.  ‘One-two-three-four-five’—how easy is that to figure out, Mom?  Duh?!”

Her mother throws her hands up in the air and looks to the heavens saying, “Kids today are just too smart.”

Would you like to read the rest of the story?
If so, it's available at all your favorite eBookstores for $1.99

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Amazon Select

Well, I finally broke down and added this book to Kindle Select, after saying I'd never go exclusively with Amazon. So, we'll see how it goes. Now, this erotic mystery is available free if you're enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Otherwise, it's available for $1.99 at Amazon.

Here's the description of this sexy erotic mystery:

Alpha Male, Detective Jay Harrison, is at the top of his game. He is devastatingly handsome, rich, charming and commanding. His life is turned upside down when a beautiful, alluring, and treacherous young wife calls 911 reporting that someone has shot and killed her husband. When the detective arrives at the scene and sees the way the victim is tied to a chair, he has a hunch that the man had been engaging in rope play before his sexual partner shot him in the back of the head. The reason he suspects it is because he too has participated in such sexual practices. He finds himself attracted to the young wife against his will. Will she take him down with her? Find out in "Taken", a sexy erotic mystery that is meant for adults who are open to reading about the BDSM lifestyle and like reading murder mysteries.

Here's an excerpt:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Spotlight on Male Erotic Writer Zak Hardacre

It is my pleasure to spotlight one of my favorite male erotic writer Zak Hardacre, a Brit, former soldier, and current IT slave.   He first caught my attention when I heard him reading an excerpt from his "Male Escort" series.  I've really enjoyed Zak's book trailers.  He uses the least amount of words to convey each book's essence--which is what all writers should do for their book trailers.  Check out the link below to sample his excerpts and trailers.  

I asked Zak to tell us a little about himself and here's what he wrote.

I began writing around mid-2014. This was a semi-autobiographical military Trilogy, under a different name.

During this time, I took to social media to promote myself and my books. Whilst on Twitter, I came across another author Dakota Storm who also writes under a different name. After mutual consent, and a bit of arm twisting on her part, we decided to collaborate on a book titled "Explosive Chemistry"

I enjoyed the experience so much I decided to continue on my own. I then released two more books on my own. The first titled "Undercover Liaisons", the other "The Principals Daughter". Both of these have military themes running through them as they are based on my experiences in the military and Private Security Industry

I wrote a trilogy of books based on the life and experiences of a male escort. They follow a young Irishman, the innocence of his first chance meeting with an older lady. She opens his eyes into the world of BDSM. After gaining a taste for it, he tries to discover more about the lifestyle while travelling abroad. The final book focuses on him acting as a male escort in a professional capacity. The main character experiences both sides of the BDSM lifestyle as a dom and a submissive. It was a challenge as I write as both male and female POV in the first person.
I recently released my first erotica novel, which is a dark psychological tale.

Myself as a person.

 I am a fun loving guy, and a bit of a joker. My philosophy is never take yourself too seriously, and live life to the full. I am a naturally shy person, not one that likes the spotlight. This may have something to do with my time in the military.  This is not the impression I give out most people say, but it is none the less true. It has been remarked that I am like an Energizer Bunny of cum shots. I thought that was rather sweet, but feckin hilarious!!!

When I have free time, I love to be surrounded by family, friends, great food, or engrossed in a good book. My erotic imagination comes from experiences and thoughts I have while either working or playing.  I love the great outdoors and am a keen sportsman having competed in Triathlon for a number of years.
I like to set myself challenges and goals, be in writing or in my private life. This is probably down to my competitive nature. I do a personal physical challenge every year, one of my life time ambitions is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and to cycle across “Death Valley” in the USA.

Zak's latest release is entitled  "Alters" and he's been getting some great reviews.

Book Description:

Oliver Tobias is a young man with a troubled past. An under achieving Public Relations executive, all he wants to do is succeed and to fit in. Living his life by obsessions and compulsions the only way to deal with the world today. 
Brianna Smart is his Personal Assistant and rock, guiding him through his day to day life. Possessing that empathetic and maternal instinct most women exude. Yet there is something else that she longs for. Finding a man with the strength to make her feel safe, secure and even loved. It may seem like an impossible dream and has almost given up on the idea.
Enter the charismatic, handsome and successful Ashton Granger. A powerful character with a hint of danger about him. The fact that he is one of the country’s top businessmen an added bonus.  A chance meeting with a friend in a night club, ignites a passion and lust in her never before felt.
Three lives entwine, as each of them strive to reach their individual goals. Can Oliver turn things around, becoming accepted and successful in equal measure? Has Brianna found what she is looking for in Ashton, is he the one she has been searching for?
The story will take you through a psychological, dark journey exploring those facets in life we at times wish were kept hidden. Once you open Pandora’s Box is it possible to contain all the evils of the world. As in this ancient artifact only ‘Hope’ will remain.

The Principals Daughter

I received a free copy of this erotic romance and wrote this review:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. From the first page, with its reference to Brideshead Revisited, which is one of my all-time favorite books and TV series, to its last page I was swept up in the action and scenery of where this erotic romance takes place. The sex scenes are very hot and the plot was great too. I love the main character's conflict over being attracted to someone whom he knows he shouldn't go near because it could risk his career, but he does it anyway. What will be the repercussions of his decision to be sexually involved with his boss's daughter and wife? You'll have to read this and find out for yourself. I highly recommend this story.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Writing Erotica

Decisions, decisions

Do you find it difficult to choose titles for your books?  I do.  A good title and book cover can make all the difference in the world.  I wrote an erotic romance a few months ago and it is not selling well.  The people who did review it had this to say about it:

"Author Maggie May has woven a compelling tale about a virgin, a paid escort, and a vampire who was once a slave. This novella is a fast paced short read that will keep the reader's interest through out sexual frustration, new experiences, possible love, drama and suspense .... it has it all! 

I would definitely recommend this for any 18+ lover of romance with alternate twists."

That was one of my favorite all-time reviews.  Why isn't this book selling?  It may be because the competition is fierce and I should be happy that someone chose to buy it and review it, but I'm wondering what I can do to catch my potential readers' attention.

Starting with the title:  "The Killing Moon".  Hmmm...Maybe I made a bad decision when I came up with it.  Just because I love the song of the same title by an 80s group called Echo and the Bunnyman doesn't mean it's going to work for a story.

Here's the original cover:

The cover is very pretty and eerie, but doesn't look like an erotica book, does it? My main character does lose her virginity when a vampire visits her on a night with a blood moon, but maybe my readers want a picture of a hot vampire.

Here's the current cover.

I published a free excerpt of this book and it received over a hundred downloads; but when I charged 99 cents for it, away went the downloads.

The story ends with the four main characters going to a masquerade party where there is a red room.  All four of them are in the play room at the same time. Maybe the title should have something to do with masks.  Possible new title: "Who is the Man in the Mask?"

I'm glad that it's so easy to make changes in my books when dealing with Amazon, Google Play, and Smashwords.  I don't think a traditional publisher would be so patient with me. 

If you want to take a look at it (or purchase it?) here's the
Amazon Link: 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Male Erotica Writers - J. Strickland

Let's hear it for the boys, ladies.  Who doesn't love reading about sex and romance
from a male point of view?

Every Wednesday, I'll be focusing on a male erotica writer
whose works I've read and enjoyed.

Today, I'm concentrating on J. Strickland

I never dreamed that I'd be reading, let alone writing, indie erotica when I was 59 years old and first became acquainted with the works of this writer.  I belonged (and still belong) to a Facebook Group called "A Smashwords Book for Everyone" and look at its posts from time to time. I was struck by the tenderness of his stories.  They were very sexually explicit, but there was no trace of BDSM trappings that are so prevalent these days.  Some readers may call his sex "vanilla", but I like the taste of vanilla.  He put the romance back into erotic romance and that's why he caught my eye.  He allowed 30% free sampling on some of his titles, and I read almost all of them. Finally, guilt caught up with me and I broke down and purchased one of his books.

This was the one I chose because it takes place in Paris (a city I love) and had an intriguing mystery at the heart of it.  Here's the book blurb he wrote:

The arrival of a Christmas card brings back memories of a summer spent in Europe years ago during college. While there, the narrator met another American college student, a woman who he had a brief love affair with. They shared only a week together, but created memories to last a lifetime.

Here's the review I wrote:

"This is a very sexy and sweet erotic romance and I loved the way it ended."

On a personal note, J. Strickland wrote my favorite all-time review from a reader.  It was for my romance story, "High School Reunion: You Can Go Home Again" which I later made more sexually explicit and changed the title to "High School Reunion". Here's what he wrote:

"2nd Chance at Romance:
Everybody probably had at least one crush in high school. Most people might have wondered at least at some point about what ever happened to that person. What would happen if you got one more chance to get together. How would it change your life?

That’s what this story is all about. It’s a very believable depiction of wanting to see that person again, and getting to meet up. There is some unfinished business in Danielle’s past, and the reader gets to experience tying up those loose ends.

I enjoyed reading High School Reunion. It’s that second chance you might have dreamed about. It’s about giving romance the chance that should have happened a long time ago. It’s about going out on a limb to try to get what you want, now that you have experience being an adult. Give this one a read if you've ever wondered, "What if?"

High School Reunion
by Maggie May 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tall, Dom, and Dirty

One of the great things about the internet is that it connects people from all over the world.  I went to an online erotic book party yesterday and we had people from Australia, South Africa, New York, Colorado, Canada and California.  We crossed time zones and came up with a time that was the most convenient for all of us.  Since I've just come out with an erotic mystery called Taken, I invited four of my favorite authors to come and join me.  Each of us had one hour to talk about our books, have contests, and give prizes. 

I'm a member of a Facebook group called Tall, Dom and Dirty that is a party venue for erotica writers--hence their provocative name.  We writers can choose a hosted party, where the people on the site will do the signage for author introductions and farewells (for a price) or an unhosted one where the writer takes care of the intros and farewells.  Even though I choose an unhosted party, the administrator/facilitator stayed on line with me for over five hours and helped move along the party.  I can't say enough about how helpful and fun these people are.

Since my new book, Taken, is an erotic mystery, I choose to have a mystery theme.  Here are some of the banners and other signage we used.

My book's detective and femme fatale were 
inspired by classic film noir stars.

Vintage Cover of a Nancy Drew Mystery
One of the Author Intros we used.

Here is a link that will take you to the Tall, Dom and Dirty site:
Tall Dom and Dirty Facebook Group
Become a member and go to the fun parties they host.
It's a great way to win books and other prizes.

Here's the Amazon link for my erotic mystery "Taken"

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Spotlight on Wicked Pen writer- JC Winchester

Let's hear it for the boys, ladies.  Who doesn't love reading about sex and romance from a male point of view?  Every Wednesday, I'll be focusing on a male erotica writer whose works I've read and enjoyed.
JC Winchester is a fellow member of the Wicked Pens. He has been writing erotica since 2003 and discovered a choose-your-own adventure erotic story site, Chyoo. He enjoyed the challenge of adding onto other’s stories, blending his own voice in with theirs. But before too long he was called to serve his country and put down the pen. Nearly a decade later an old friend challenged him to join a Survivor themed writing contest on Literotica. It sparked his muse and before he knew it the stories were rapidly flowing, helping him to place 4th that year. Since then he has slowed down his pace to focus on combining his love of the outdoors and for writing.

He came to my attention when he submitted a story to a writing contest.  It is called Cop Next Door.  Before I read it, I assumed that the cop was a male; so it was a very pleasant surprise to read that the cop is female and she's pregnant.  He'd been admiring her from afar since he met her, but she was married.  Now, she is separated.  I love the tenderness and sensitivity of the story and I highly recommend it.