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About Lucy Felthouse

Writer, editor, marketer, PR, web wizard. Find out more about my writing at lucyfelthouse.co.uk and Web/PR/Mktg on writermarketing.co.uk.

Sapphic Summery Goodness by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

I’m swinging by briefly to let you know about a new anthology I’m in. The Summer Love anthology from Ladylit Publishing just released, and it’s a scorcher (sorry, I couldn’t resist)!

It features lots of awesome lesbian romance stories, as well as my contribution, A Most Spectacular View, which is set on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. I loved penning this tale, not least because I got to wander around Lanzarote on Google Street View (seriously, what did writers do before the internet? 😉 ).

Here’s the skinny:

Summer LoveSun-soaked beaches, glittering blue pool surfaces and oceans painted by an orange-hued sunset have one thing in common: they’re the perfect background for falling in love. Who hasn’t felt that first wave of butterflies rise deep in their belly while pool side? Or that first quickening of the pulse when lounging on a lush patch of grass during a music festival? Summer is the perfect time to indulge in that sudden rush of first love or, equally so, the warm grip of long-fostered feelings for another woman.

This collection of fourteen stories runs the gamut of lesbian holiday romance stories. An Australian cookery course, a Belfast coffee shop, and even a romance writers’ conference are some of the backdrops for the summer love that unfolds in this lesbian romance anthology. Tamsin Flowers’s Drive Me Crazy takes place during Glastonbury, while Katya Harris’s sensual tale of passion between long-time lovers is entirely set by the side of the pool. Newcomer Brooke Winters brings us an irresistible tale of a woman running into a Mistress she’s played with in Spain, while Lucy Felthouse’s heroine gets much more heat than she bargained for when she goes volcano-watching on Lanzarote.

With stories by highly rated authors, including Annabeth Leong, Allison Wonderland, Erzabet Bishop and Harper Bliss, this collection is the perfect sensual companion to any holiday.

It’s currently exclusive to Amazon, which means that Kindle Unlimited members can get their hands on it for FREE! Links are here. The paperback  version is imminent, too.

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Out Now – Wild After Dark Anthology by Various Authors #erotica #menage #paranormal

Hi everyone,

Hot on the heels of my release earlier this month, Native Tongue, I’m delighted to announce I also have a story out in an anthology from Totally Bound Publishing. Here’s the skinny:

wildafterdarkBeyond the Poison Chalice by Helena Maeve

Coveting the enemy is simply to die for.

Claudia Salizar has given blood, sweat and tears to the tenuous armistice between the factions that inhabit St. Louis. She rules the north side with an iron fist, striving to keep the peace between vampires, werewolves and humans no matter the cost. Stumbling across two mysterious intruders who may jeopardize everything she’s worked for is no small inconvenience.

The pair need safe passage out of the vampire quarter and they’re willing to negotiate. Claudia is immediately drawn to Silver, a human with an unusually delectable scent whose tantalizing touch brings her to the height of ecstasy. His taciturn companion is harder to crack, but Claudia has met her fair share of werewolves and giving herself to Lucan awakens desires she has too long suppressed.

Justice is soon the furthest thing from Claudia’s mind, but colluding with outsiders can have unforeseen ramifications. It’s not long before running Silver and Lucan out of town seems like the only sensible option. Time for Claudia to decide what she values more: her hard-won reputation or the two men in her bed?

Steal Your Soul Away by Elizabeth Coldwell

In Brighton, the undead come alive when the sun goes down. Can a vampire and a werewolf put their differences aside and enjoy the ultimate threesome?

Angelique is not like other burlesque dancers. For one thing, she’s been a vampire for over two hundred years. Her rule has always been ‘look but don’t touch’, until she meets hot, young sculptor Tom. But she’s also attracted to his friend, Lucas, even though she knows him to be a lycan–the last creature she’d ever want to get involved with. Desire and distrust mix in an explosive combination as Angelique is drawn closer to both Tom and Lucas.

Tom Lawless is a star on the rise about to exhibit his sculptures at Cities after Dark show at Brighton Pavilion. When he sees beautiful dancer Angelique, it’s lust at first sight and his need for her doesn’t fade, even when he learns she’s one of the undead. If only he could make her realize his best friend, Lucas, is a cool guy and not a threat, their twosome could become a very happy threesome.

Lucas Canning has secrets he doesn’t feel comfortable sharing. Just how do you tell your closest friend that you sometimes need to shift into wolf form? And now that friend is dating a gorgeous woman vamp. Lucas is crazy about Angelique but can’t get involved with her without hurting Tom. Perhaps the night of the exhibition will give him a chance to show her he’s not the bad guy in all this and finally give his animal passion free rein. Because everything gets a little wild when the sun goes down…

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyerism.

Taken in by Wendi Zwaduk

Find what you need at the Store Front. Blood, sex…we have it all just for you.

The Supernaturals have taken over the earth, leaving the humans to serve them. The Store Front is one place for the Supernaturals to find partners for feeding and sexual needs. Vic, a wolf shifter, and Gale, a vampire, have a special human female they love to visit. They know the bond between them goes far beyond the bedroom, but convincing Kitty the triad should happen might not be so easy.

Kitty longs to leave the Store Front and the total darkness of the earth. The one bright spot in her day is the visit from Gale and Vic. She loves the two Supernatural men, even if she can’t voice the words. Do they return her affections on a deeper level or is she just a pawn to them? She’s not sure, but she’s willing to risk her heart and get wild after dark in order to find out.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex.

Intervention by Aurelia T. Evans

It starts as an intervention for a friend. It ends in bloodshed, lust, betrayal and death, as love often does after dark.
When Emily’s husband, Land, calls her to come down to the warehouse district at sunset, she thinks it’s just another job for their para-extermination company. However, he tells her that he’s finally caught Matt, the third member of their team, who was bitten by a werewolf a few weeks ago.

Emily races to the warehouse. She and Land reassure Matt that they’ll give him all the help he needs and that he doesn’t need to run away. After all, they’re not strangers to the supernatural.

What she finds, however, is Matt wild in his cage, a creepy vampire duct-taped to a pipe, Land covered in blood from a bite mark on his neck—and no easy answers. Will their love vanquish all?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of horror, gore and death.

Darker Nights by Nan Comargue

Lawyer Delia Darker’s world becomes very dark when two new clients turn out to be immortal vampires – and her long-time fantasy.

Delia Darker works at her family’s law firm serving vampires and other immortals, but she has long ago gotten over her own lust for vampire males after being hurt and abandoned by one. When her colleague forces her to take over a meeting with two of his clients, she’s suddenly thrown into the nighttime world of music, partying and incredible sex. How can she resist spending the night with Mark Lyons and Caleb Jennings?

Caleb has been searching for him and Mark’s one true mate, the ideal match prophesized for vampires. However, Mark is skeptical. Immortality just doesn’t seem to go with a committed long-term relationship. It doesn’t matter how attractive Delia is, he just doesn’t think it’s going to work—but he’s willing to give it a try for his best friend’s sake.

When that first wild night turns into a series of sexy encounters, Delia starts worrying that she might be falling for Mark and Caleb—and that certainly isn’t the plan. She isn’t sure she wants to become a vampire. Sleeping with two men might be a crazy experiment that’s all right for a little while, but the two males couldn’t want more than that, could they?

WildAfterDark_Anthology_socialmedia_612_Review_0001_finalSated by Lucy Felthouse

A human, a vampire and a werewolf walked into a bar. Sexy is what happens next.

Since getting together with her vampire boyfriend, Ace, Aneesa is enjoying a sex life she could never have with a human. Ace has skill, strength, stamina…and is massively adventurous. Aneesa is checking things off her sexual bucket list at a rate of knots. However, she hasn’t even come close to experiencing the ultimate item on her list. So when Ace beats her to it, proposing a threesome with his werewolf friend, Barton, Aneesa’s definitely up for it.

Barton is attractive, smart and sexy—almost too good to be true, in fact. Aneesa decides not to jump straight into things, but makes sure it’s what she truly wants. However, it turns out Barton’s not so easily dissuaded.

Will Aneesa get the ultimate erotic experience she’s desired for so long? Will she be truly sated, or is the plan doomed to failure?

Grab your copy here (it’s available in both eBook and print format): http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/wild-after-dark/

Add to your Goodreads shelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25333008-wild-after-dark

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Out Now – Native Tongue – M/M Erotic Romance by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #erotica #romance #military #interracial

nativetongueBlurb:

They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.

When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?

Author’s note: Although this story does work as a standalone tale, it’s recommended that you read the first instalment of the characters’ journey first—Desert Heat, which is available from all good retailers.

Buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/native-tongue/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25462496-native-tongue

**For those of you that haven’t yet read Desert Heat either, there’s a great value double pack containing both books available exclusively on Amazon (from 14th May), which is available for lending, and for Kindle Unlimited members: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/desert-heat-native-tongue/ **

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Excerpt:

Captain Hugh Wilkes drummed enthusiastically on the steering wheel of his car as he drove it up the M3 towards London. He sung loudly and tunelessly along to the song on the radio, too, but it didn’t matter. No one could hear him.

He’d surprised himself by being so chilled out about the volume of Friday evening traffic. He wasn’t the most patient of people, so the slow progress should probably have been increasing his blood pressure, if not leading to full on road rage. But, although he’d have loved to be actually achieving the speed limit, not bumbling along at a mere fifty miles per hour, Wilkes was just glad the traffic was moving at all. Britain’s roads, the motorways in particular, soon came to a standstill if there was so much as a tiny bump between two vehicles. So any progress was better than none.

Besides, what could he do about it? His only other options to get to London from his base in Wiltshire were a train, or stealing a plane, helicopter or tank. The latter might just cause a little bit of bother, and mean the end of his army career, not to mention criminal charges. The former meant cramming in amongst sweaty, disgruntled commuters. If that wasn’t bad enough, he’d be charged an extortionate amount to do so, probably wouldn’t even get a seat, and would likely be subjected to delays.

At least driving took him from door to door, with plenty of personal space. And if there were delays, well, he could sit them out from the comfort of his own vehicle, with the climate control set to the perfect temperature, and the radio blasting some of his favourite tunes.

The next song was even better, and Wilkes’ tuneless wailing became more enthusiastic, as did the drumming on the steering wheel. He was in one hell of a good mood, and if he was truthful with himself, he knew it wasn’t just the fact the M3 was moving at a nice pace. It wasn’t the Friday feeling, either. Sure, both of those things were contributing to his happiness, but the main reason he was grinning like a buffoon was the thought of what awaited him in the capital. Or rather, who.

Rustam Balkhi. His gorgeous Afghan boyfriend, whom he’d met out in Afghanistan while they were working together for the British Army. Now, with their tour of duty over and the forces’ presence pulled out of the country, the two men had returned to England. Wilkes had gone back to his regular army life in Bulford Camp, near Salisbury. Balkhi was in London, where he’d recommenced the medical training he’d postponed to become an interpreter for the Brits.

The past few weeks had been somewhat of a whirlwind. Wilkes’ return to the UK had been straightforward, but Balkhi had had to jump through some hoops in order to get back onto his medical course. He’d been willing to start from scratch, but it’d seemed like an awful waste of time, so Wilkes had spoken to his superiors, who’d explained to the university what important work Balkhi had been doing. Fortunately, they’d been persuaded of Balkhi’s commitment and character, and allowed him to pick up where he’d left off. That settled, Balkhi had to pack up, travel back to the UK, find somewhere to live, move in… and all before the start of the next academic term.

Wilkes had felt terrible. His return had taken place a few weeks before Balkhi’s, so although he’d been granted some leave for R&R, he hadn’t been able to either spend it with Balkhi, or to use it help him with his relocation. By the time Balkhi had set foot on British soil, Wilkes was back to work. And, given nobody knew about the two of them, or even that Wilkes was gay, he couldn’t exactly ask for more leave in order to help his boyfriend move into his new flat.

Life had conspired against them ever since, so this was the first opportunity they’d had to see each other since saying goodbye in Afghanistan all those weeks ago. They’d communicated via email, text message and phone calls, but it just wasn’t the same. Especially since they’d gone from seeing each other every single day for the best part of six months to not setting eyes on each other for weeks on end.

Wilkes had struggled terribly in the interim. Life had been tough enough while they were still out in the desert. After weeks and weeks of trying desperately to ignore their growing attraction, they’d finally given in to it. It had been stupid and risky, but, having quickly realised there was more to their attraction than the physical, they’d decided to carry on their relationship in secret while they were in Afghanistan, see how it went, and figure things out once Wilkes’ tour of duty was over. Balkhi had always intended to return to the UK for his studies, so they would, at least, be living in the same country.

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Good News for Paperback Fans! @cw1985 @8britbabes #erotica #romance #bdsm

Hi everyone,

Good news for those of you that like to hold a paper book in your hands… I now have two more paperbacks available for sale!

Multi-Orgasmic and Sexy Just Got Rich are now available to order in print. They’re print on demand, so may take a little while to arrive after ordering, but I’ve got mine and they’re lush!

Here’s the skinny:

multiorgasmicMulti-Orgasmic

From the pen of award-winning erotica author Lucy Felthouse comes a collection of short stories and flash fiction sure to hit the spot.

There’s something for everyone nestling between the pages of this sexy anthology. From spanking to voyeurism, bondage to pegging, solo loving to ménage, with a sprinkling of femdom, maledom and magic, fans of M/F erotic stories will soon discover why this book is described as multi-orgasmic.

Enjoy twenty one titillating tales, over 52,000 words of naughtiness packed into one steamy read.

Please note: Many of the stories in this book have been previously published in anthologies and online, but three of the tales are brand new and never-seen-before!

Buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/multi-orgasmic/

sexyjustgotrichSexy Just Got Rich: Brit Babes Do Billionaires

Billionaires have it all but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to work hard to get what their hearts desire. In this brand new anthology of erotic BDSM stories the Brit Babes offer heroes and heroines who aren’t shy about taking what they want. From farmyards to luxury penthouses, wealth is all about sating needs, connecting souls and taking pleasure to new highs. Whether you’re looking for a coffee break read or something longer to curl up in bed with, you’ll find something to suit your needs in Sexy Just Got Rich.

Buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/sexy-just-got-rich-brit-babes-do-billionaires/

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Blurbtastic! by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

This post originally appeared at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association blog.

Following on from my little rant about the dreaded sucknopsis, I thought I’d better do something more useful this time. And since, as you probably gathered if you read the previous post, synopses (??) are not my strong point, my natural progression was onto blurbs. Something I can do.

Yes, I am one of these rare writer-types that actually likes writing blurbs. Crazy, eh? I’ve even had folk pay me to write or re-write blurbs for them. I suspect my blurb writing skills come from the marketing side of my brain (my creative and marketing sides seem to live in a lovely harmony up in the old grey matter). When I graduated, I ended up in a PR & Marketing role and was immediately pointed in the direction of press releases, sales sheets and advertising copy, and told to “go create!”

Okay, those weren’t the exact words they used, but the bottom line is I was thrown in at the deep end. Fortunately, I discovered I did have an aptitude for writing copy that would entice consumers and retailers to buy products, and I think this is something I’ve continued to improve on over time. So now, when it comes to writing a blurb, I find it pretty easy. It does require a certain amount of distancing yourself from your work, though. It’s simple to think to yourself, oh well, this book is about X, Y and Z, if I just write that, people will get it, and buy the book.

But the thing to remember is that blurbs are meant to entice, to tempt, to intrigue. Not just tell people what the book is about (which is the difference between a synopsis and a blurb). You want to hint what the book is about (while giving enough information so that they know what the genre is, and if it’s their kind of read), but without giving away any major plot points or twists. Try and pick out the most important themes of your book and find a way to include them in the blurb. If possible, ask a question, as many people’s brains will be wired to want to know the answer to that question. And, of course, the way for them to get the answer… buy and read the book!

This may seem obvious, too, but mention your characters – or the main ones, anyway. Blurbs are fairly short and to the point, so you can’t give any great detail, but if you can present potential readers with enough information about your characters and your plot to let them know whether it sounds like a book they’d be interested in, with characters they’d like to read about, then you’re onto a winner.

Desert HeatHere’s one of my own blurbs as an example. This is from Desert Heat.

Their love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk. Yet still they can’t resist. [a lead in. Not necessary, but the publication the story was originally written for wanted a short, enticing strap line. This is what I came up with, and I liked it so much I kept it. It immediately tells you that it’s a love story, then goes on to indicate forbidden love, and risk. But then it teases – they can’t resist. So you know pretty much straight away that this is no straightforward love affair, and not a simple story.]

Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan. [Now you know the name of the lead character, and that he’s military. You also have the setting of the story, not always necessary, but when it’s as interesting as a war zone, it’s probably worth a mention!] The British Army is withdrawing, and Wilkes expects his posting to be event-free [Now you know the character is a Brit, and that he’s expecting no drama on his tour.]. That is, until he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, who awakens desires in Wilkes that he’d almost forgotten about, and that won’t be ignored. [Now you know that the potential love interest is an Afghan national, which goes some way to explain the part about their love being forbidden by rules, religion and risk. The fact that the story is M/M is now fairly obvious from the names, but the cover has two men on it – so there should be no confusion there!]

And there you have it – hopefully my notes in brackets all made sense, and pulled out what I believe are important points for a blurb. Basically, keep it short and to the point, don’t give too much away, distance yourself from the story enough that you can see what will appeal to potential readers, and remember, you’re selling your story to someone, making them think “Ooh! That sounds interesting. Click.

If you can, get someone you know and trust to be honest with you to read the blurb. Even better if they haven’t read the story already – if they then want to read the story based on your blurb, then you know you’ve done a good job.

As with most things, writing blurbs takes practice. All publishers are different – some will literally take what you’ve written and use it, others will work with you to improve it, and others still will write something themselves. But the person that knows your story the best is you, so you’ve got the knowledge, the background, to know what will excite readers and pull them in. So it’s definitely worth spending time on your blurb, especially if it’ll be used word for word. You only have a short amount of time to make them want to click that buy button, so don’t waste the opportunity!

I hope you find this useful. Of course, things like this vary from person to person, but you may find this works for you.

Happy Blurbing!
Lucy

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Line ‘Em Up, Knock ‘Em Down by Lucy Felthouse

Hi everyone,

checkSometimes it’s easy to feel a bit like a machine – research story, plan story, write story, self-edit story, submit story, hope it gets accepted. If accepted, sign contract, work on edits, release day, promo like mad and hope people buy, read and enjoy said story. Rinse and repeat.

It can feel even more like this when you have on a whiteboard in your writing room a list of the next six things you need to write – two short stories, a novella, a novel, and two novellas, in that order. As the post title says, line ‘em up, knock ‘em down. Take each piece of work, tackle it, cross it off, move on to the next. And things get added to the list a lot, too!

That, however, makes it all sound kind of negative. Which, on a bad day, it can be. And we all have our off days. On an ordinary or a good day, though, it’s fantastic. Why? Because it means a few things:

1. Publishers and readers want more of your stories

2. Your Muse is alive and well and working you hard

3. No casting around for the next project when you’ve finished one

4. The deadlines and the rapidly-growing list are a silent pressure to make you get on with it

5. Knowing #1 makes it all worth it!

I’ve been reminded this week just how lucky I am to be doing what I do. I love writing, love creating worlds and stories. Even better, sometimes people want to publish it, and after that, some people even want to buy and read it. How fantastic is that?! And on top of all that, sometimes people even send me lovely emails and write me lovely reviews about my books and make me grin from ear to ear.

So, next time I’m having one of my off days and wondering how on earth I’m going to knock ‘em all down in time for deadline – I’ll come back to this post, look at some of the fab reviews I’ve had and remind myself why I’m doing it. Because I love it :)

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook andTwitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Can You Help with This Thunderclap Campaign?

Hi everyone,

sexyjustgotrichOkay, I confess, I totally ran out of time to write this post – some real life stuff is going on at the moment, but I didn’t want to skip my post altogether. So I hope you won’t mind if I ask you for a favour… would you mind pledging a Tweet, a Facebook status or a Tumblr post to this Thunderclap campaign? If you have no idea what it is, just click the link – the site does instructions way better than I do!

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/23481-99c-99p-sale-ending-soon

Thanks so much!

Lucy x

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The Dreaded Sucknopsis by Lucy Felthouse

This post originally appeared at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association blog.

Ahh… the dreaded sucknopsis. Otherwise known as the synopsis. I’m sure many of the writers reading this post are already groaning or resembling the man in the photo at the mere mention of the word, and I don’t blame them.

A necessary evil, the synopsis is basically one big fat spoiler of your work. Describing your tale from beginning to end, including any plot twists, surprises and things to make your readers gasp. I hate writing them. There are several reasons for this. One, because of the spoiler aspect. I know that a synopsis is not something ever intended for a reader to see – otherwise what would be the point of them reading your book? They already know what’s going to happen. No, these are aimed at publishers who may potentially publish your work – they want to know that your work has a plot, a point, a beginning, a middle and an end, and so on. And they’re absolutely right. They don’t want to end up contracting something that’s crap. But it feels so wrong to me to write something down that’s saying what’s going to happen, especially since, for the most part, a synopsis is written before the actual story.

And, following on from that, often with my work I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen until I start writing. Even if I’ve done character profiles, chapter by chapter planning, etc, my creative brain often throws things in at the last minute, literally flowing from brain to fingers to keyboard, which may alter what happens next, throwing me off the line of the synopsis. Mostly, it’s a change for the better, too, so it makes sense to go along with it.

Also, writing a synopsis for something, especially if you haven’t written the book yet can make you lose all enthusiasm for the work. You’ve written four pages on exactly what’s going to happen, ending and all, and now you’re bleurgh about writing the thing. Hence the term sucknopsis – which I didn’t coin, by the way. It’s been around for a long time, and it’s easy to see why 😉

So, how do you feel about writing a synopsis? We’re all different, so maybe there are some of you out there that actually like writing them. Speak up!

Me… nah! Give me a blurb any day. Let me tease you, taunt you, and, above all, not give the plot and any surprises away! I want to make you gasp… in the best possible way 😉

Happy Reading,
Lucy x

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Author Bio:

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 forCliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more athttp://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Out Now: Sexy Just Got Rich: Brit Babes Do Billionaires

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to announce this new anthology that I’m part of. Sexy Just Got Rich: Brit Babes Do Billionaires is out NOW! 🙂 It’s just $0.99/99p for a limited time.

Here’s the skinny:

sexyjustgotrichBillionaires have it all but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to work hard to get what their hearts desire. In this brand new anthology of erotic BDSM stories the Brit Babes offer heroes and heroines who aren’t shy about taking what they want. From farmyards to luxury penthouses, wealth is all about sating needs, connecting souls and taking pleasure to new highs. Whether you’re looking for a coffee break read or something longer to curl up in bed with, you’ll find something to suit your needs in Sexy Just Got Rich.

Grab your copy here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/sexy-just-got-rich-brit-babes-do-billionaires/

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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A Brilliant Brit Bonanza by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I’m part of the recently-released Brit Boys: On Boys M/M erotic romance boxed set. Myself and the other authors went on blog tour with the collection this month, and we all answered ten questions. I’ve compiled all the questions and my answers here so you can get all the details on my story in the collection – Love on Location. Here goes:

britboysonboys200What inspired your story?

It was nothing specific, really. The brief we’d agreed on for the collection was that it was to be oh-so-very British. I let my mind wander and it decided it wanted to do a story based in a rural location. The Peak District, in Derbyshire, is one of my very favourite places. I thought it’d be great to have an actor go and film on location and meet someone locally… things developed very quickly from there.

A lot of British authors set their books in the US, are your books normally set in the UK and does it make a difference to your style of writing?

The vast majority of my stories are based in the UK, purely because it’s the place I know best. Some of my much shorter works could, in theory, be based anywhere. But because I live in the UK and I’m British, I know I can write a more realistic story with realistic characters by using the Brit angle. I have written stories based elsewhere, including Paris, Rome, New York and California, to name but a few. The latter two in particular took a lot of research as I’ve never been to those places, and some of the characters involved were American. We may technically speak the same language, but there are so many nuances between British and American English that you just don’t realise until you’re trying to write it down!

Where are you from in the UK and does this influence your writing?

I’m from south Derbyshire, in England. Pretty much right in the middle of the country. In fact I’m just a few miles from the village which is officially the furthest from the sea in England. It doesn’t consciously influence my writing, I don’t think, because I write stories set all over the UK, depending on my inspiration. Some of my much shorter works could, in theory, be set anywhere. But I guess, because I don’t spend much time by the sea, that more of my stories are set inland. I have a particular fondness for stately homes and the British countryside, which I think is clear in my work, especially my novella in this collection!

What is it about British guys that non-Brits seem to love?

I think the accent is one, and I totally get that. I’m a sucker for certain British accents myself—I love a posh British accent (like Theo from Love on Location), also I also like northern English accents (like Eddie from Love on Location). I think maybe part of it is the country British guys come from, too—it’s got stunning countryside, a varied and amazing history, intriguing places, plenty of mystery… and who doesn’t love a guy with a bit of mystery? 😉

How is the process of writing a short story different to writing a full length novel?

I started out in short stories, and it took me a long time to progress because I was frightened. Frightened of getting it wrong, of not being able to finish it, of not being able to think of a storyline big enough to develop into a full length novel. I took a baby step and wrote a novella first, and that was only because one of my publishers asked me and I didn’t want to say no. When I agreed I immediately panicked. But I sat down and figured it out, wrote a plan and eventually achieved my goal. From there I wrote a few more novellas. Having proved to myself I could do it, I decided it was then time to bite the bullet and write a full length novel. It took lots of research and lots of planning, but I found once I’d started, it became quite addictive, especially when the word count started racking up.

For me, a short story is something I can just sit down and write and see what happens. Whereas a novel needs serious thought to make sure there really is enough there to sustain the word count, keep it interesting and also satisfying for the reader.

What British tradition do you think the rest of the world should know about?

I think everyone knows about the best one, don’t they? Drinking lots of tea!

I know we have tons of traditions and some of them are very specific to certain areas. Some of them don’t even make sense to other Brits—like rolling cheese down hills and morris dancing. I love our quirks and eccentricities—and that’s why I love the premise of this book. It’s thoroughly British and will hopefully teach the world some more British slang!

When writing a book set in the UK, do you use slang or do you tend to stick to the more well known words to describe things?

I don’t deliberately use slang. I tend to write the way I speak, so yes, my writing is probably packed full of slang, even more than I realise, no doubt. To me, this is much more authentic—this is the way Brits speak and think, so I’m always really reluctant to change out slang words and phrases if I think a reader won’t get it. I do an awful lot of reading myself, and if I read a word or phrase from a non-Brit author’s work that I don’t understand, if I can’t work it out from the context, I’ll just Google it. I’d much rather learn the word so I know what it means for future reference—and I’d never complain. This is the author’s way of writing, and why should they change it just in case?

What famous Brit past or present would you like to spend a day with and why?

At the moment, it would have to be Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s my current favourite obsession—hence the fact the main character in Love on Location, Theo Samuels, looks incredibly like him. Benedict keeps invading my dreams, and we keep going off and solving crimes together (no, this is not a joke), so I’d like to meet him and ask him why he’s visiting me in slumber. And then I’d snog his face off. He’s on my “allowed” list so my other half wouldn’t mind. As for his other half… well, she’d have to catch me, first 😉

Whats the one place you would recommend to people coming to visit the UK?

Wow, just one? I’m really not sure I could choose just a single place. There are so many incredible places to go—and I haven’t even managed to visit them all myself, yet! I think I’m going to cheat and suggest the Peak District—it’s a huge area to cover, but there are so many amazing sights within the area that lovers of the countryside won’t want to miss out.

How is writing m/m fiction different to writing m/f?

It’s not hugely different, I don’t think. People fall in love just the same, regardless of genre. The things to keep in mind, though, are that men and women speak differently, so I have to remain conscious of that all the time, and I often get feedback from beta readers to “man up” my speech a bit. Also, when it’s m/f, you can just say he and she, and not have to mention names all the time. But to keep saying he did this, he did that, you have to really make sure it’s clear to the reader who’s doing what—especially when it comes to sex scenes! But it’s worth it… two guys together is hot! 😉

 

I hope you enjoyed learning more about me, the novella and the collection. If you want to check it out, be sure and buy your copy by the end of January – the special introductory price of $0.99/99p ends on the 31st! And tell your friends 😉

Grab your copy here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/brit-boys-on-boys/

BB #1

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Author Bio:

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. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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