I wrote a pair of books with Amazon erotica bestselling author Ben Boswell, and they’re now available over at Amazon. Parallel Lines: An Experiment in Temptation is a story about a married couple who have been together for ten years, and while they’re not exactly in a rut, they’re in…something. So they decide to try an experiment: they’ll each have flings with one other person. Of course, nothing’s ever that simple, right?
The books were something of an experiment in collaboration, too. I’d written Ian’s Obsession in parallel with Kirsten McCurran’s Because He’s Watching a couple years ago, but this was different. Ben and I weren’t just writing different sides of the same story. We weren’t writing from the perspective of different characters looking in on a shared experience. We were writing the same story. Meg has parts of me and Ben in her. So does Mal. Similarly, the storyline was shaped by the two of us, with each of us bringing our strengths and preferences to it.
Were we successful? I think so. Probably beyond anything I’d imagined, actually. The story that we forged was a lot more powerful and poignant than I could have hoped for. But that’s just my opinion. Read them for yourselves and tell us yours!
Stephen Warren’s college girlfriend, Brigitte, was every guy’s dream come true—a busty blonde with a kinky streak. They didn’t last, and Stephen eventually settled down with a great woman, but even seventeen years later, Brigitte still visits his dreams.
Chrissy Warren is curious about the woman who shaped her husband during his most formative years. As they relive that fateful summer of young lust, they unlock fantasies that neither knew they had—Stephen’s voyeurism, Chrissy’s craving for sexual adventure, and most stunning of all, Stephen’s buried desire to share his wife.
When they get invited to a destination wedding in the Virgin Islands, knowing that Brigitte would be there with her playboy husband, will this couple be able to resist the dream of playing with another?
I told you I was writing! Between the new addition to our family and a new job in my professional life, I’ve been quiet on the erotica front, but not inactive. What started as a side project and short story turned first into a novella, then a novel. I wanted to explore the aftermath of Something Forbidden, as well as set up a new book (Training to Love It, a book I’ve mentioned it a few times in the past). What I ended up with was a full blown sequel to Something Forbidden, as well as my first book told exclusively from a female perspective (Katie’s).
I’m really pleased with the evolution of her character, and while it’s not really a fully formed thought in my mind, I could see myself writing a third book for this fun couple. But that’s going to have to wait for the many other projects I’ve got on deck.
Now would be a great time to re-read Something Forbidden (or pick it up if you haven’t). Look for Nothing Forbidden in the next month or so. Also, check back the week of Halloween for a special little sneak treat (see what I did there?). Blurb and cover after the break.
It’s been a busy few weeks for me. Not only did I put out a new book of my own (Cool With Her), but I’ve designed a slew of new covers and, more exciting, published a second book under the KW Publishing imprint: book one of Max Sebastian’s epic wife-watching tale, Madeleine Wakes.
This one’s good, guys. Max gets it. He gets what the wife-watching subgenre’s all about (at least the side of it that I enjoy). He understands that no matter what happens, the heart of the fantasy is the relationship between husband and wife.
The Madeleine trilogy is a slow burn, for sure, but anyone who is a fan of my books will fall in love with this saga. The first in the series explores the inception of the fantasy and it’s voyeuristic roots (“watching” is in the name for a reason). The next two, Madeleine Plays and Madeleine Strays take the fantasy to it’s natural–yet still surprising–conclusion. Oh, and it’s not split into three parts without reason. Each part is longer than most erotica out there; combined, it’s a sweeping tale.
Seriously, I’m not sure why you’re still reading this blog post. Go and buy it. You can even borrow it for free if you’re an Amazon Prime member (you are, right?).
Book description after the break.
I’m happy to announce (officially) that my next book, Unconventional: Business Meets Pleasure, will be available by the end of October. I quietly added the blurb and book cover to this site a couple weeks ago, but if you haven’t checked it out yet, then go now. If you’re looking for more on this story, then you’re in luck. Check out the excerpt after the break.
Let me start off by saying this: femdom isn’t my erotica genre of choice. In fact, it wasn’t even an erotica genre for consideration in my mind. Submitting to Her changed all of that.
Max Sebastian has outdone himself. I was a big fan of his first full-length novel, Anarchy of the Heart (which anyone who enjoys wife-swapping, wife-watching, or swinging stories should pick up right away). I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed when I learned that his next contribution would be a femdom romance. Man, was I wrong.
Submitting to Her follows Aiden Jones as his world gets upended by his new boss, Zoey Schoenberg. She shows the career bachelor what life is like with a dominant female planted squarely in it, and gives him a lesson in love along the way.
As he says on his blog, “while there is a lot of female-dominant sex in this book, some denial play, bondage and even some group sex, this is fairly light BDSM, fairly light femdom on the whole.” It’s femdom for beginners (or for those like me who might not be into anything heavier). What surprised me was that Submitting to Her struck a lot of the same chords that a wife-watching or mild cuckold story hits. It makes sense, though: you’ve got a strong female driving the story and a “weaker” (although not wimpy by any means) male setting his own desires aside for his lover. For this reason alone, I encourage anyone who’s a fan of Just Watch Me or Leap to pick this one up. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Anyone who knows me knows that romance is an important element in my erotica. Submitting to Her drives this home on all cylinders. This is a story of discovery, not just for Aiden and his acceptance of a submissive role, but of his capacity for love. As Aiden falls for Zoey, so does the reader (at least this reader). Both Zoey and Aiden grow a hell of a lot, both within themselves, and together as a couple. It’s a thrilling thing to watch unfold, and Max writes it masterfully.
Little known fact about me: I don’t read much erotica. When I’m not writing it, my tastes usually drift to more contemporary, non-erotic books. Max Sebastian is now officially one of the few exceptions to that rule. I couldn’t put this one down, and when it was over, it lingered with me like a happy memory. It was one of those books you want to race through, yet don’t want to end.
And for those of you coming here looking for “erotica for men,” I’d definitely bookmark this one (along with the above mentioned Anarchy of the Heart).
Thanks for sharing a glimpse into the world of Aiden and Zoey, Max, and thanks for opening my eyes to the eroticism of femdom.
Still not convinced? You can read the first of three parts of the book for free on Smashwords. Links below:
Erotica is not erotic romance. This isn’t meant to be a semantics debate and I don’t want to delve too heavily into their definitions. Readers view these things as different — so much so that All Romance Ebooks has decided to split their catalog into two distinct areas: erotica and romance.
So for the moment, let’s put the erotica vs. ER on hold. I want to introduce an entirely new sub-genre — my own, self-defined sub-genre that emerged after some lengthy conversations with my friend, Jake Marlow: romantic erotica.