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Why erotica?
It might sound strange, but I’ve been interested in sex even before I understood what it really was. I was raised in a strong sex-positive household (mother has sold sex toys all my life, and both of my parents were never shy about the birds and the bees) and it was just one of those things of growing up. I’ve also been strongly into writing since I was a small child. It was a perfect storm, really. I was writing really embarrassing sexy stories when I was barely in middle school. Even my non-erotica has a strong focus on sexual relationships, because sex is such a large part of my life. So while I also write fantasy and literary fiction, I definitely need erotica to keep my imagination in check – otherwise you’d be finding my fantasy and litfic in the erotica category!

What kinds of erotica do you write?
I suppose the obvious answer is “lesbian erotica,” but that’s still a broad definition. Women indulge in all sorts of kinks with each other as well. Personally, I enjoy writing erotica that celebrates female sexuality and empowerment. Even when I write heterosexual scenes in my other genres, I still like to have female characters who know what they’re about. I write a plethora of kinks and fantasies – such as food fetishism, BDSM, and of course good ol’ vanilla sex – but they all center around women feeling good and not giving a shit about it.

Apart from the obvious (…!) how does lesbian erotica differ from other types? Are there differences in the way you tell the story, or in the way you handle kinks, for instance?
Well, the obvious is the biggest difference, of course. But it’s kind of hard for me to answer otherwise, because I’m merely writing from my own feelings and experiences. My experiences tell me that women aren’t really that different from men in their kinks and general desires. A lesbian couple is just as likely to be into BDSM as a heterosexual couple. But there is one thing that may be different: one woman can connect with another emotionally and sexually that may not be the same as with men. We know what we go through in a patriarchal society and how it shapes our views of our sexualities, self-confidence, and goals in life. And let’s not forget that we know what makes a vagina tick, inside and out! =)

Who is your audience?
When I write, I mostly envision my reader as a (queer) woman, who may either be solidified in her sexuality or at least questioning it. Of course, they aren’t the only ones who can enjoy my stories! I’m just as happy to have others enjoy them as well! Anyone who wants to read about confident (and blossoming) women enjoying each other’s sexual company is welcomed into my world.

Tell us about your experiences as an erotica author. What have the big challenges and successes been?
The biggest challenge is keeping up with my publishing schedule. I do this for a living, so I have to keep on top of it, so to speak. I try to release a new story every week (or at least that’s the general goal I follow) and it can be challenge. This is only this pen name, too. I write longer works under other names and genres that I try to release regularly as well. But because of all of my hard work, I’m already able to say “I do this for a living,” which is the biggest success I can ask for.

Do you write in other genres, too?
I write erotic romance and fantasy (and occasionally literary fiction) under my real name. I’ll always be an erotic-whatever and fantasy author at heart. I grew up on the classic fantasy (and sci-fi) authors like Anne McCaffrey and Patricia A. McKillip. I don’t see myself delving into other genres any time soon, but I don’t discount anything.

Do the people around you know what you write? How have they reacted, or how would they react?
My parents know. I’ve been upfront since the beginning. As I mentioned before, we’re a very sex positive household that makes careers off people having sex, so it’s no big deal. Sometimes they have…odd…suggestions, though. And my mother has a habit of telling extended family (whom I am not out to as either a lesbian or as an erotica writer) what I’m doing which means I don’t talk to some people anymore…but for the most part, I am lucky that most of my family is supportive of my perverted brain.

Tell us about your most recent titles.
I’m currently plowing through some continuing serials while also launching a new solo series. I recently finished up my first serial, “Claire & Nicole,” which is from the SapphiConnection online hookup series. The series is loosely set around women who meet up through a lesbian dating site for sex, romantic relationships, or to indulge in their deepest desires. Each story, regardless of kink, is named after the two main characters if it’s a serial, or the POV character if it’s a standalone. “Claire & Nicole” is so far my most popular series. It’s a “vanilla” (including toys) series about a woman who hasn’t gotten laid in five years meeting up with a woman she will later come to discover is an escort. It’s probably my most dramatic erotica serial, but I think people are drawn to their chemistry.

Do you have a favourite, or favourites, among your stories?
Aside from “Claire & Nicole,” I’m really excited about my launch title, “The Mechanic,” from my new series Sapphic Service which is about random encounters in the service industry. In it I got to have a lot of fun with two big personalities who weren’t taking any shit from each other. Their banter was great to write and the words just flew by.

How do you normally go about writing an erotic story? Is there much, ahem, research involved…?
I usually write about a thousand words of erotica a day. When a story is finished, I let it sit before calling in the editor. As for research, funny you should ask. For a while there I felt like I was running out of ideas, and then a friend invited me to a local swinger’s/sex club. Not only was it hilarious to see some situations I thought were pure fantasy come to life in front of my eyes, but I definitely got some ideas!

And finally, what can we expect to see from you soon?
More ladies, of course! I’ll be branching in different kinks soon with my SapphiConnection series. Coming up will be some BDSM pairings, body painting, gender play, BBW, and all sorts of other goodies. This summer is going to be the Summer of Lesbians.

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Castles Burning by Nicole Ryan: guest post and extract

Posted 27 May 2013 By Polly J Adams

Castles Burning is a series of Novellas that follows a young woman named Amber. In part one, Amber is home on leave from the Navy, hoping to spend a nice, romantic weekend with her friends. We learn that she has experimented with BDSM in her sexual relationship, but really she knows nothing about it, aside from what she is learning naturally along the way. When unexpected tragedy strikes, and upturns her world, Amber must find a way to heal while also preparing for her first deployment.

In book two we are on the ship, and Amber’s learning to love and trust again, and that of course means, lots and lots of sex. Part two has all new characters, new settings, and we even take a trip to Singapore. Amber has an instant connection with the kind, and quiet Dean Cross, but is pulled by the dark, mysterious Chief of her division, Adam, who knows more about BDSM and what Amber craves, than even she understands.

If you’re looking for a love story this won’t be for you, but if you’re looking for adventurous kinky group sex, nightclub make outs  and sex rituals that take place on a fictitious Navy ship full of hot sailors, it might be right up your alley. Stay tuned for the love and passion that was in part one to return in part two, when we are faced with another twist in Amber’s story. Castles Burning Part Three will be available June 1st!

Excerpt

My heart started to race and I hurried into the bathroom, splashing water on my face. It felt light and not quite cool, a strange detail I’d never noticed before. I looked up and stared at myself in the mirror. I leaned in very close, my nose nearly touching it and closed my eyes. I took a deep breath and remembered something I’d read in a book, or seen in a movie once. If you can’t even stare at yourself in the eyes for one minute, the problem you’re seeking to fix might be within. I forced my eyes open and looked in the mirror, really looked. My heart thundered in my ears as I leaned in, examining the reflection before me.

Have you ever really looked at yourself in the mirror, leaned in very close and searched the depths of your eyes? Have you ever had a picture in your mind of what you saw when you were looking in the mirror… and dismissed it? It’s tough to lean in close and just examine yourself, not posing, or smiling; just being you. Have you ever stared so deep into your own eyes that you could make out the menacing hills and valleys that make up the vibrant color, deep beneath the clear surface?

I hadn’t. In that moment, stuck somewhere between dreams and reality, I realized I never had really, truly seen myself.

Nicole Ryan:

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Here I am: PJ Adams interviewed by Jamallah Bergman

Posted 22 May 2013 By Polly J Adams

In which I’m interviewed by the fab Jamallah Bergman: http://jamallahbergmansstoriesoflove.weebly.com/2/post/2013/05/author-polly-adams.html

Some fun questions, one or two revelations, and the reveal of two forthcoming covers.

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Sinful Sirens blog hop prize draw winners

Posted 21 May 2013 By Polly J Adams

My first blog hop is complete, and it was certainly interesting to watch from this side – and nice to ‘meet’ a bunch of readers, new and existing.

The hop is now closed, and the prize draw has taken place (using the randomizer at www.random.org), and I’m just about to email the three winners with their pre-publication copies of the complete The Object of His Desire. For the record, the winners were lauratroxel, ldomjanich and one of the readers who mailed me direct.

And for all the rest of you, The Object of His Desire is published in paperback and ebook editions by James Grieve Press on 1st July; the four novellas that comprise the novel are also already available separately as ebooks.

Thanks for your interest!

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Sexy extracts!

Posted 18 May 2013 By Polly J Adams

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Erotic romance extract: A Woman Scorned by PJ Adams

Posted 17 May 2013 By Polly J Adams

They say revenge is best served up cold. Maybe. In Rebecca Swaine’s experience revenge is best served up in a public place with a large glass of Pinot Gris.

Abandoned by her husband, seduced by his scheming best friend, Rebecca is not having the best of runs, as far as relationships go. But that night of revenge and passion was worth it all, the night when she got her revenge on a deceitful lover… the night when a stranger in a bar might just become more than a willing accomplice. A steamy, passionate story of love and revenge.

The fourth of four inter-locking tales of passion, risk and love: three women… one pivotal night… four temptations… Explicit erotic romance from the bestselling author of The Object of His Desire and The Wings of Desire.

Extract:

They say revenge is best served up cold.
Maybe.
In my experience it’s best served up in a public place with a large glass of Pinot Gris.
§
I prepared thoroughly.
A pamper session with Stephanie at Moore’s. Leg wax, Brazilian, eyebrows; a long, soothing facial; a full-body seaweed wrap and body polish. Between treatments I texted him the details.
I’m going to be so smooth!
He replied instantly:
Can’t wait
§
I want you. Now.
I bet he did.
I’m still at the spa. Stef’s just about to rub my naked body in aromatic oils.
§
My new favorite Aubade lingerie in a deep black and charcoal patterned tulle and lace, with black lace hold-ups. Jeweled, black velvet Kurt Geiger stilettos that I knew he loved. If he had his way, the evening would end up with me stripped down to that lingerie and the Kurts. It had been such a revelation to me, such a turn-on, to have a man like Simon Darby look at me in that way, react to my body in the way that he did. Such a surprise, after the last year or so of my stale marriage to Porter.
I’d felt reborn, under Simon’s appreciative, lustful gaze.
To finish, a simple black dress and a little Karen Millen clutch.
All new. I’ve just put the Aubade on, just about to pull up my stockings over my long smooth legs. Feels horny, just dressing like this.
I hoped he was hard. Hell, I knew he would be hard. One thing he had given me was some of my old confidence.
Send pics!!
No, no pictures.
Patience, darling. Patience.
§
He was a patient and skilful lover.
He had a way of holding himself deep inside you, gazing deep into your eyes, and – barely moving – taking you to the edge, right out of nowhere.
He had a way of keeping you there, at the edge. The subtle movements, the slight shifts in pressure, the pulse of his cock deep inside you. An incredible physical tease. A pressure building inside you so that when he finally took you over that crest your orgasm was so incredibly, magically intense.
No one would ever say that Simon Darby was not an incredibly skilled lover.
And no one who really knew him would ever say that he was not also an utter, lying bastard.
§
I hadn’t expected to be so turned on.
No one had ever told me that revenge could have that effect.
Exhilarating. An adrenalin rush. A sense of power, of liberation.
I hadn’t expected to get so damned horny.
§
He was there at the table when I arrived. I ignored him and went to the bar, just as I’d said I would. He was under strict instructions to sit there and wait.
“Pinot Gris,” I said, in answer to the barman’s raised eyebrow. “Large.”
The place was busy tonight. It was just as well that I’d booked the table.
My phone buzzed. I took a long drink of wine, and then opened the message.
You look beautiful
I did, I knew. Like I say, at least I have my confidence back.
Are you picturing me in that lingerie?
He was staring. I crossed my legs and toyed with my drink.
Hell yes
I left it a minute or two before answering.
Good. Because you’re not going to see it.
He didn’t get it. From where I was sitting it was hard to make out the details of his expression. Confused, I think; a brief flash of angry frustration at my games, too.
??
I ignored his message, and took another long swallow of wine.
I spoke to Ellie Jordan.

(…continues)

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Why erotica?
My partner and I were just getting so frustrated that all of our favourite books faded to black. We’re big on fantasy and scifi, and it’s so hard to find a book that has explicit sex on top of an engaging story and awesome characters. We believe that sex is as important a part to character development – sometimes more so – than combat and really felt there was a lack of it outside of paranormal urban romances.

How did you get into it?
We started writing each other sexy letters when we were dating, and then progressed to World of Warcraft fanfiction. When we quit playing WoW, we started building our own massive worlds and it spiralled from there!

What kinds of erotica do you write?
High fantasy, science fiction, horror, contemporary, historical… We bounce around a fair bit, but all our stories have a lot of commonalities like that they tend to be dark and a bit twisted, and often are not romantic. Or, at least, not romantic in the Harlequin fashion.

What is it that draws you to the darker side of erotica?
I’ve never really been a fan of the boy meets girl, they fall in love, something tries to keep them apart, and in the end, love triumphs all type of storyline. I grew up reading V.C. Andrews and true crime stories, where relationships were wrong and taboo and ended in heartbreak. I’m not sure how much it affected me and how much is simply me, but that’s definitely the stuff I’m drawn to now.

My partner had a long unpleasant track record with such things in his own life, and claims that since we got together 13 years ago that it’s been all blissful romance, so he likes to write about the other side of the coin!

Why science-fiction and fantasy erotica? What does the speculative fiction part bring to your erotica, and what does the erotica bring to SF?
I think it spices things up a lot. There’s a lot of really amazing authors out there that can take the same contemporary story and make it fresh and interesting, but we’re not great at that. SFF allows us to explore a broader range of topics like sexual slavery, taboos, rape, etc. and to push the envelope without offending real life groups.

We also both strongly believe that sex has as much, if not more, of a place in SFF as violence. A lot of fantasy and scifi authors go on for pages about every motion of a sword or cast of a spell but the second sensuality is introduced, they get shy. There’s been so much character development missed out on because of this. Sex is such a window to the soul, I think.

Are you involved with the SF/F community, or is there little overlap between SF erotica and plain old SF?
There’s still a lot of wariness about erotica in general. Paranormal communities have embraced it, but Scifi still tends to be very set in their ways about what is and what isn’t scifi. There was this one episode of Party Down where two characters wrote a scifi script and it was ‘hard scifi’ and the sex slave/love interest dies and barely anyone cares. In the rewrite, they gave her a more predominant role and it became a lot better, but there’s still puritans who don’t like sex in their scifi.

I think it ties into a lot of gender expectations and roles, and so it’s complicated. The geek culture as a whole is kind of a weird place right now for women and female characters, but as more and more people embrace it, I think Scifi will become a much more welcoming place. First for romance, then for erotica.

Tell us about your experiences as an erotica author. What have the big challenges and successes been?
Our biggest successes are always hearing from fans. People who want to discuss our books, our characters, and what they want to read next is an amazing thrill.

The biggest challenge is the constant momentum and reaching our audience. We both know they’re out there, because we’re our own audience. We’ve spoken with a lot of people who really want this type of book – one that has a great story, strong and interesting characters, and doesn’t fade to black. It’s hard to connect with people if they don’t know that what they’re looking for is available, though!

Do the people around you know what you write? How have they reacted, or how would they react?
I’ve told a few people I write scifi/fantasy or romance, and they’ve all been interested in the same way that people have always been interested in writers. What a pleasant hobby! No one thinks we can make money off of it, and we tend to keep it on the down low that we’re making a nice amount each month. Though since my partner has quit his other work to focus solely on our writing, it’s really much more obvious now.

How does your collaboration work? Do you tend to have fixed roles in the writing team, or does it depend on the story?
Typically one of us will have a general spider-webbed plot written out, and then we’ll assume the role of certain characters, fleshing out their reactions. I think this is one of the reasons our books are so strong, and why we have such an even split of male and female fans.

We don’t skip over one character’s reactions, and we describe each character very thoroughly. It also allows our writing to be very responsive and dynamic, so it never feels like the story is forced.

As for fixed roles? No, though my partner is usually the one coming up with and detailing out the plots and pre-planning, I do plenty of that myself too. Especially when he’s feeling a bit burnt-out.

Does writing as a team bring an extra frisson to erotica?
I really think it does. It allows us to really focus on both or all characters and what they’re feeling, and how they’re acting. It lets us get fully involved in what parts we have to worry about, and then fills in the gaps really nicely.

Every time we write separately, our stories tend to be much shorter, and I definitely think it’s the lack of dynamic writing that adds to our descriptions.

What’s your typical writing day?
We try to write a little bit every night, but weekends are our big deals. We’ve finished novellas in a good weekend, and finished short stories in an okay night. Typically we can do over 4,000 words in a few hours.

Tell us about your most recent titles.
Vile Wasteland was a novel we put out recently, set in a sort of dystopian future where humanity fled beneath the surface of the earth in great underground facilities to wait out some unknown apocalypse. The story follows the main character, Alex, a young woman on a mission to save her friends from dying of food contamination or starvation.

We definitely don’t hold any punches on the sex here, right up to the bitter-sweet end, but it’s mainly a work of speculative fiction or sci-fi that just happens to cover it all!

We also have Brought the Stars to You, a sci-fi romance. This novel is the first in a planned long series we have. Then there’s our love-at-the-end-of-the-world tale with BDSM, Bound as the World Burns.

Do you have a favourite, or favourites, among your stories?
I really love our longer novels. We have a bunch upcoming over the next few months, like False Shades which is a noir erotica. We had to do a lot of research into psychology and Freud and the different theories floating around in the 1920’s. There was a lot of discussion of sex at that time, and kinks, and why people develop certain sexual tastes so it blended really well together. I think it was likely, if not my favourite, the one I’m most proud of. It’ll be released later this summe.

And finally, what can we expect to see from you soon?
The Warlord’s Concubine, will be released June 1st, 2013. This was one of our more intense, emotional pieces of writing simply because the characters are very morally grey, and sometimes downright cruel, but driven by great aspirations and powerful emotions. They have reasons, of course, but we wanted to make sure the characters were still sympathetic and engaging for the reader.

It’s about a woman, Mirella, who serves as handmaiden to a princess when the princess’ city state is overrun by a brutal army. It’s led by an almost demonic looking man, whom the handmaiden instantly lusts for. He has power, and confidence, and she’s convinced he’s a god.

The story follows the relationship between the two of them as the Warlord tries to get the princess to marry him, solidifying his hold on the city state. It’s very much a dark romance story, with two anti-heroes at the forefront.

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The Sinful Sirens blog hop, 12:01 AM May15th to 11:59 PM May 20th, 2013.

July 1st 2013 sees publication of the complete The Object of His Desire. Previously published as a series of four ebooks, The Object of His Desire is a passionate erotic romance, where scandals buried away in the past lead to murderous intrigue in the present, in the intensely steamy world of the super-wealthy and powerful.

As part of the Sinful Sirens blog hop, my publishers James Grieve Press are giving away some prizes:

  • Sign up to the PJ Adams mailing list during the blog hop to receive a free ebook copy of the first part, The Object of His Desire 1: Wanted.
  • Add a comment to this post (including your email address and preferred ebook format from Kindle, epub or PDF) or contact me directly (by email at pollyjadamswriter at gmail dot com) to be entered into a draw: when the blog hop is over three winners will be randomly selected to receive a free advance ebook copy of the complete The Object of His Desire.
  • Only one entry per person, but feel free to sign up to the mailing list for your free copy of part one and add a comment here to enter the draw!


The Object of His Desire

When Trudy goes to her estranged brother’s wedding, the last thing she expects is one of those moments: a handsome stranger, their eyes meeting across a crowded room… a tempting, but dangerous stranger. Determined to find out more, she discovers that dark secrets bind him to her brother; she also learns that he’s the kind of man who gets what he wants, and what he wants right now is Trudy.

Introducing her to the world of the super-wealthy, he showers her with designer clothes, shoes, and diamonds, whisking her off to dinner dates by private jet… what more could a girl want?

But as she finds out more about him, Trudy begins to wonder if she can ever love a man she can never fully trust. A man involved in murder and blackmail, who may just be using her as an alibi. Should she run or let herself fall for him? And will he give her a choice?

“Is there anything you don’t have?” I asked softly.
      He shrugged, spread his hands wide. “We have everything,” he said, simply. “We’re a wealthy family.”

Many thanks to Guilty Pleasures and Under the Covers, hosts of this blog hop!

 

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UPDATE: 
How to Find Paid & Free Erotica, by Mercy Faulk, is now free at Amazon in the US. Hopefully Amazons in other countries will follow suit soon.

More details in my earlier post.

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How to Find Paid & Free Erotica, by Mercy Faulk

Posted 11 May 2013 By Polly J Adams

Let’s return to a favourite topic of mine: the ways online retailers hide away some, or all, erotica on their sites.

Mercy Faulk has just published a really handy guide to finding the hot stuff. Here’s the blurb:

DID YOU KNOW EBOOK RETAILERS HIDE THE SEXIEST STORIES?
Have you been on the hunt for more sexy stories after reading E.L. James’ megablockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey but don’t know what to search for? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your favorite types of stories seem to be getting scarce? The reason is that iTunes hide the hottest stories but don’t tell readers how to find what they’re looking for!
To help you find the kind of erotica you want, this guide will:
* Explain how to best use the search engines on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo to find what you’re looking for
* Tell you about alternative sources for quality sexy stories
* Show you how to find free erotic ebooks
* Introduce to you some of today’s hottest authors
* Define the most popular erotica keywords and offer alternate words to search for
Pick this guide up today and start reading the stories you want most tonight!

13 May update: now free at Amazon US!
Mercy’s guide is available at Amazon for a mere 99 cents, and should go free there before too long:

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