Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lust in Space is the Book of the Day

You have to read this one! This is our erotic homage to Star Trek, and it is so much fun. It was literally one of those where I couldn't put it down, and I couldn't wait to see what alien situations the author placed our frolic-some crew in next. And there's a sequel!

I don't want to give anything away, but there's some truly creative sexual pairing (and threesomes) in here.

Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Writing about Sex and John Updike

Over at Susie Bright's blog (susiebright.com), there's a line about "Updike's erotic influence on the English language," but when you click on it, all you get is his four page obituary from the New York Times.

So, I thought about that.

I loved reading John Updike's novels. I must have read 20 of them. I love his language. And though I was always aware that he was considered a writer of sex, I can never say that I actually liked any of his sex writing (or that it stood out for me).

I believe good sex writing should make the reader think about things sexual, and his just never did that for me. (OK, I know he just got the bad sex writing award, but that's a different story).

I was an avid and addicted reader as a teen, and I made a point of reading sexually explicit material as often as possible, but John Updike just never made my list for that reason.

Thinking back, none of the male writers heralded in the 60's and 70's, who were considered very sexual (Miller, Mailer, Roth, Updike) did much for me in that vein. And the women writers who came after them didn't do much for me either. I had to force myself to finish Fear of Flying.

Then I found Anais Nin and Nancy Friday's Secret Garden and I knew that women could write about sex in language that could both move and excite me.

I guess one of the things that Updike (and his generation of male writers) did was give Americans sex prose which was part of the story, especially when we were going through a sexual revolution. They gave us writing about sex that we could talk about in college classes and write papers about (I actually did a college paper on images from ALICE IN WONDERLAND in the first Rabbit book - he's a giant white rabbit, n'est pas?- but no writing about sex).

And for that, we should be eternally grateful.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Pandora Chocolate Inspired by One of Our Books

Today's Book of the Day is Appetite for Passion by Jessie Blair Kensington. In the novel, one of the chefs uses nutmeg in chocolate, and the owner of Pandora's Chocolate was inspired to try and recreate the flavor.

How awesome is that?

Jessie Blair Kensington, filled me in on the background:

"AFP inspired a new chocolate blend. The blend was inspired by the scene where Megan is talking to a woman about an old English aphrodisiac, with juniper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. If you want to try it you can go to https://www.wenchocolates.com. The website doesn't list the Pandora chocolate yet--it's so new. but you can ask them about it and also order it. (That's right --PANDORA chocolate--how cool is that?)

Wen Chocolates is one of the finest artisanal chocolate places in the country. I am not kidding you. No preservatives. No wax. Hand made chocolate. I have a friend that works there, who read the book and she and the chocolatier put their heads together on this.


In Appetite for Passion, Megan interviews this British woman whose family collected sexual ephemera and started a library in London; (completely made up--no such place that I know of.) The mention is at the bottom of this section. From Chapter 5:

Her interview with Gladys in London was canceled several times—finally the afternoon she was scheduled to leave, Gladys was ready for her. She was summoned to the library.
The elderly lady stood and extended her hand to Megan. “My dear, I am so sorry to keep putting you off. I am so happy we are connecting. Please sit down.”
Gladys held herself like royalty and was a no nonsense expert in her field: sex and all the ephemera.
“I never married,” Gladys confided to her. “I enjoyed many lovers and did not want children. “ She lit a pipe, it’s heady fragrance filled the air.
“What did you think of your great grandparents collection when you found out about it?
“Oh,” She said after inhaling a deep swath of smoke. “I don’t remember ever not knowing about the collection. It wasn’t as if there was a grand moment when someone took me and showed it to me. I grew up with it. It was never made into an issue, just like sex has never been an issue in my family.”
She pursed her deep ruby lips. “Now, back to aphrodisiacs…I have tried many of them, have you?”
“So far, just the durian root and I am going to India to check into it further.”
“Ah, the grand root we call it. It makes a man stand hard and erect for long stretches of time. Yes, but it’s quite hard to come by and very expensive. Still, I have had it several times,” she grinned. “The effect is lovely, don’t you agree?”
Megan nodded, unable to inject a word. Gladys was a babbling brook, holding crystal clear information and whetting Meg’s appetite even more.
“You must be careful in India on the mountain. It’s quite powerful there. Are you denying the power of it, even after having it? There’s no point in such self-delusion. Who ever ate it with you is a lucky young man, look at how gorgeous you are.”
“Thank you. But I kept wondering if it was something else.”
“Like what? Love? Don’t delude yourself. You are much too smart and adventurous for that. Try it all. Fuck them all,” she said, demurely, “With or without the help of a little something. Don’t buy into the trap of love an marriage.”
They discussed ginseng, mandrake, and the mushroom in Hawaii. “That, my girl, will make any woman cry out for the closest man. I think when I have had the pleasure of the mushroom is when I have had my most intense orgasms. ”
“Interesting,” Megan said, finding this conversation to be a bit surreal. This older woman, so sweet and demure-looking, was discussing orgasms with her. “Better go. I am so sorry. Oh, one more question, what is your favorite aphrodisiac?”
“An English one, of course, my dear,” she said. “Let’s see, quoting from the eighteenth century herbal "Into a steaming hot cup of very strong coffee or hot chocolate place a small quantity of crushed nutmeg and two whole juniper berries. Let the mixture stand for two minutes and then, on the surface of the beverage, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon". So delicious, with a big scoop of whipped cream.”
Nutmeg? Megan made note of it.

You can read even more about it on her rarevenousromance.com blog post

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sex Through the Zodiac

I love this book, and the story behind it.

Neve Black had sent a handful of stories in to us at RR. I bought one for SEX AND SHOES, and another for MEN IN SHORTS. So I emailed her and asked if she was working on a novel. And she said, no, she'd only written short stories. I encouraged her to try her hand at a novel, and she said she wasn't sure she could do it. I casually mentioned that I thought she should think of it as a series of interconnected short stories.

A few days later she called. She had an idea. How 'bout a novel about a woman who decides to sleep with every sign of the Zodiac in her quest to find true love? I told her it was perfect. She mentioned that she could conceive of the novel as interconnected short stories.

She sent me regular updates on the novel-writing process and was able to write her first novel in less than 2 months. I was impressed. And equally impressed with the novel. It's engaging, clever and a real good romp.

I love finding and cultivating new authors.

So buy her book and encourage her to write more (we are actually hoping to sign her up for further adventures through the Zodiac.).

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sex and Politics Anthology is Up

What a Day!

I had the Inauguration on the TV as I tried to get my two laptops up and running. My desktop motherboard blew out last week, and things haven't been the same at home office Perkins since then. Mercury retrograde?

But Obama was great - inspiring. I do believe we are going to get this country back on track, and by that, I mean back to the ideals it was founded on.

Anyway, in honor of all this focus on politics, we came up with an anthology about sex and politics. Jamaica Layne has edited 12 short stories about the intersection of this potent combination and they are truly amazing, from the politics of the leader of a werewolf pack to the behind the scenes negotiations between a former president and his wife to a whole other meaning to the term "hanging Chad." This is a good one, that should keep you feeling smart and smutty.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Buffy at 30

Our book of the day today is The Brotherhood: To Slay or to Lay by Elizabeth Miette, our homage to Buffy. In this vampire slayer tale, our heroine is as snarky as her inspiration, but a little older and wiser. I love this series, but let us know what you think.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ravenous Romance's Twitterotica Winner

So we culled through the amazing (and amusing) entries to our Twitterotica contest and choose the work of Louisa Trent. Her entry:

Wet. Loins meet. Pulsate. Legs entwine, hands claw, two bodies colliding in the dark. A nameless encounter, a frantic release. One moment sublime. No need for more.

Louisa won a $25 Ravenous Romance gift certificate!

Isn't this fun?

I wish my boyfriend would send me a twit like this!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our M/M Version of Casablanca

Today's Book of the Day is Marrakesh by John Jockel, our wonderfully romantic historical M/M novel that is a retelling of Casablanca with an interesting twist. We love it, and we love this author! We've also signed him up to edit The Manthology, an erotic M/M anthology featuring 8 wonderful stories.

Our short story of the day is Electro Deluxe by Stacy Brown, an author Cecilia Tan discovered when we edited the MILF anthology for Blue Moon Books. In this clever and witty story, the author gives her readers a household device that keeps on giving, if you know what I mean. I always think of this story when I'm doing housekeeping, and we hope you will too, form here on.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mind Games by Cecilia Tan

The Book of the Day is a wonderful romantic suspense novel by erotica superstar Cecilia Tan. It features an empath couple who can only really connect during intense sex.

And the short story is Tan Lines by Regina Perry, who wrote Playgirl.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The DILF Anthology Call for Stories

They're everywhere. Cosmopolitan just did a spread on hot daddies and no fashion supplement is complete without sexy men in suits and toddlers. This year's Bachelor is a DILF.

So, in honor of those hot guys who have made a commitment to something, we're doing the DILF anthology, for equal time here at Ravenous Romance. It'll be an in-house anthology, so authors will split the royalty payment equally after receiving their short story advance.

We're looking for stories of all shapes and sensibilities - straight, gay, bi, paranormal, historical etc. (whose the greatest DILF of all time?). Stories are to run between 1200 and 5000. Deadline is Feb. 7. Email stories to lperkinsagency@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Vampires and the Mafia

Today's book of the day is Blood and Sex: Michael, Volume 1. It's this great vampire series about a world where the Mafia is made up of vampires - a very potent combination - and they run the world-wide nightlife.

Below is the synopsis of the first book in the series:

A totally original—and spine-chillingly sexy—tale of a vampire Mafia and the detective who is determined to bring it to justice…

Detective Victoria Tyler is investigating Collins Bay’s new serial killer, one of the city’s vampires. Since they have marked her as a human to be killed or conquered, Tori knows that Michael is her only hope for survival. But she hasn’t spoken to him since the night she tried to kill him.

As the enforcer for the Italian vampiro cosca, Michael expects a certain amount of cooperation from his boss. That amount has been shrinking ever since their leader took a new sadist lover. So when the detective requests his help, it’s just the excuse he needs to take control of the city—and the delicious human.

Risking it all, Tori agrees to let Michael take her neck and lead her on a journey through a world of bondage, domination and blood to stop the killer. But can she resist the dark lusts he sparks? Or will her weakness get someone else killed?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Hungry Heart, Our first Green Love Title

When we announced that we had a category of romance fiction we'd titled Green Love, a number of readers were skeptical (someone commented that she hoped it was not going to be slash fiction about Hulk lust). But our first Green Love title is today's Book of the Day, and it is a passionate tale of hot love between a food channel celeb on the run and the handsome and soulful chef she meets in a small cafe. It is one of our most romantic tales.

What makes it a Green Love title is that the cafe chef has dedicated his menu to dishes that cause no harm to animals.

The author is Jo Atkinson, whose works has already appeared at Ravenousromance.com. She wrote the first installment of Twilight's Edge, a paranormal romance about a haunted soap opera that is to die for. She also wrote Handsome and Petel, a clever retelling of the Hansel and Gretal fairy tale. We love her, and will be featuring another one of her paranormal Green Love tales with Werewolves shortly, so keep an eye out for more of her work.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Call for Stories for Lasting Love Anthology

Erotic Romance author Ryan Field is editing an anthology titled, "Lasting Love," for ravenousromance.com that deals with couples who have been together a long time. Looking for short stories, or essays, that range from 2,000 - 5,000 words, about couples who have lasted. This could include married couples, or unmarried couples; just as long as they have been together for more than five years. Ages could range from couples who were high school sweethearts, now in their mid-twenties, to couples in their early fifties. This is mainly hetero, but a few same sex couple stories will be considered. The hotter the better, but the storyline and quality of writing has to be strong, and the characters have to be well developed and believable. The romantic aspects of this are unlimited, and it's a chance to write about a topic that offers many creative possibilities.

Submission deadline is February 14, 2009. E-mail your completed stories to rjf1462@yahoo.com in MS Word format. Include all contact info on the first page of the ms, including pen name and real name.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Vampires and Baseball, what a combo!

No, I am not going to write about Twilight.

Today's Book of the Day is the first in a vampire series by Lisa Lane, Darkness & The Light: Blood & Coffee, and the short story of the day is a baseball story by Cecilia Tan. Both are fantastic. This is my idea of perfect guilty pleasure reading!

We found Lisa Lane through her submission of one of the stories in SEX & SHOES, and asked if she had any novels. It turns out she had a vampire series she had been working on for years, but she claimed it wasn't very sexual. We asked her to try and sex it up a bit and send it to us (because we believe you can never have enough erotic vampire novels), and sure enough it was extremely creative and full of sexual tension and actual sex (right, there's a blood/sex bond between the main characters once they feed from each other and have sex they are telepathically connected, which is very hot - and a vampire orgy, and the author claimed there was no sex?)

But she has also introduced a vampire commune that's a cross between the Amish and the Mormons, and an interesting twist on the mythos where vampires can tolerate coffee (thus the title of the first volume).

This is a wonderful, rich vampire series, so if you like this sub-genre, you MUST buy this book.

And Cecilia Tan is a mistress of baseball erotica. In addition to having founded Circlet press 17 years ago (17 years ago!!! the first place to meld sci-fi, fantasy with erotica), she is a baseball maven, and the author of THE 50 BEST YANKEE GAMES OF ALL TIME and THE 50 BEST RED SOX GAMES OF ALL TIME. So she knows what she's writing about. And, by the way, we have signed up her very erotic baseball romance, THE STREAK, which I think rivals BULL DURHAM, and will be on sale around Opening Day!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

SEX & SHOES Redux

We had a programming glitch the day that SEX & SHOES was the book of the day, so it's the book of the day again. What a way to start the new year!

This anthology is a lot of fun. Every story in it is really good, and really different. I had a blast editing it, and now think about what kind of story every pair of shoes I buy would inspire (I got Ed Hardy boots and silver sling backs for New Years, so I'll be writing those up for the next edition of S&S).

I really want to do another volume of Sex and Shoes, so I hope our readers agree that this is a potent erotic combination!