Spotlight: Coming Together: With Curves


Coming Together: With Curves

Edited by Victoria Blisse and Lucy Felthouse

Curvy girls and the men (and women!) that love them is the theme of this charity anthology, edited by Victoria Blisse and Lucy Felthouse.

From Zumba classes to Burlesque dancers, all kinds of big and beautiful women are portrayed between the pages of this book. Read about birthday surprises, smut at the gym, horse riders, lusty couples, naughty neighbours, skilled bakers, rope bondage and misunderstandings from some of erotica’s best authors.

Sales proceeds benefit Parkinson’s UK.

Stories Included:

Six Lengths of Red Hemp (Tilly Hunter),

Cross Trainer Number Four (Lily Harlem),

Bella Buxom, Just Squeeze Me (JoAnne Kenrick),

Captivated (Elizabeth Lapthorne),

Red Rag to a Bull (Victoria Blisse),

Girl Next Door (Bella Blake),

Lush Buns (Sommer Marsden),

The Big Reveal (Giselle Renarde),

The Wrong End of the Stick (Lucy Felthouse),

Riding School (Bella Blake),

Flesh For Fantasy (Lexie Bay).

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Excerpt:

Bonnie stifled a sigh. He was doing it again. Staring at her, as he had been every day that week. She was on a fortnight’s training course through work. She was the only one from her office who’d been sent. As a result, she knew no one and ended up sitting alone in the college’s cafeteria at lunchtimes. She’d had a couple of invites from kindly people also on her course, but she’d turned them down. It wasn’t that she was being rude or anti-social, she just hated people to see her eat. She was a big girl—that was putting it politely—and when people saw her eat, she could feel the judgment rolling off them in waves, the thoughts that she was fat because she ate so much.

It wasn’t true. About what she ate, that was. She was fat, and there was no denying it. But it certainly wasn’t her doing. She’d been born to large parents, and despite a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, she was still overweight. All she ever managed to shift was a pound or two here and there, and that was hardly noticeable, particularly on a woman her size. She kept at it, though, resigned to being a larger lady, but determined not to get any bigger.

Because she’d always been big, she was used to the snide comments, the dirty and derisive looks, the open stares. So it didn’t upset her any more, but she still got irritated when people simply gawped at her. Surely one glance was enough for them to ascertain that yes, she was a shapely girl, and then move on. In most cases it was, particularly if she glared at the person in question. But not with this guy. She was sure he was trying to be subtle, because he often averted his gaze as she trained hers on him. But even if he’d looked away, she could tell by the position of his head and body that he’d been peeking at her. Again.

Now, on day seven, she was almost at boiling point. What the hell was his problem? Had no one ever told him it was rude to stare? She was on the verge of doing just that.

Eating her lunch was an unpleasant task, knowing she was being observed. If she hadn’t been so damn hungry, she’d have left it. But she’d been running late that morning and had committed that mortal sin—missing breakfast. So her chicken salad—with no dressing—was absolutely necessary to avoid making herself feel ill, or passing out, so she devoured every last morsel. She ate faster than she normally would, not because she was being greedy, but because the sooner she finished eating, the sooner she’d stop feeling so damn self-conscious about the guy across the room watching her.

She decided to give him one last chance. When she’d finished her lunch, she’d drink her carton of apple juice, then sit for a few seconds, doing nothing. If he continued to look at her, she was going to stomp over there and give him what for. If he didn’t, then she’d carry on with life and do her best to forget about him and his rudeness.

Deep down, she knew she was going to have to go over and say something to him. After seven days, he wasn’t going to suddenly amend his habits. She was just being a bit of a wimp, really, hoping to find some way of getting out of confrontation, because she didn’t like it, not one bit, and it was absolutely a last resort. Unfortunately, she couldn’t think of a single other way of stopping him from doing it. Perhaps she could put up a sign in front of her saying “Please stop staring at me.” But if he couldn’t take the hint when she’d glared at him, he wouldn’t take any notice of a piece of paper.

Several minutes later, her salad was gone and she moved onto her drink. With a sinking feeling in her gut, she saw he was just as interested in her now as he had been when she’d been eating. Damn, confrontation it was then.

Draining the carton, she gathered her plate, cutlery and other rubbish onto her tray, stood up and slid it onto the rack nearest her. Then she returned to her table, grabbed her bag, pulled in a deep breath through her nostrils and marched over to the Peeping Tom. She slid out the chair opposite him and sat down on it.

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Guest Author: Lucy Felthouse!!



I always love showcasing a fave author. Such is the case today with Lucy Felthouse, and her story, A Taste of London.
Writing a Series by Lucy Felthouse
I started out in erotica by penning short stories. To begin with, they were very, very short. Reaching 2,000 words was a real achievement. My tales gradually became longer and longer, and then I finally made the step into writing novellas when one was commissioned. I said yes because the opportunity was too good to pass up, then I panicked about it. Whether I could do it, whether there was a storyline in my head complex enough for me to write 20,000 – 25,000 words about it. I did it, though. I proved to myself I could write longer stuff. I’ve even written a novel, now.
But then, I still didn’t think I would ever write a series. But, quite by mistake, I have one on my hands. It’s the story of Ryan Stonebridge and the sexy adventures he has on his gap year. The action begins in London, before he travels on to Paris, and then Rome. After Rome, who knows? I haven’t written the Paris or Rome tales yet, but I definitely will, as soon as I possibly can.
Why? Because the London tale is out now. Yes, A Taste of London is now available from Ellora’s Cave. It’s classed as a short story at around 12,000 words, but of course with each new instalment of the story, each book in the series, I’m creeping towards novel length.
Maybe in the future I’ll even write a series of novel length works. Seems like the next logical step, doesn’t it? Trilogies are so hot right now….
Thanks so much to Kacey for having me – you’re awesome!
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Ryan Stonebridge and his friend Kristian Hurst are heading off on the trip of a lifetime. They’re spending their gap year traveling the world and expect lots of sun, sights and sex. The guys have a couple of days in the English capital before catching the Eurostar to Paris. Unfortunately, a family emergency means that Kristian has to head back home for a while, leaving Ryan to continue the trip alone.
Luckily for Ryan, he’s an attractive guy and there is no shortage of gorgeous women available to help take his mind off Kristian’s family drama.

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Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, Decadent Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Evernight Publishing, House of Erotica, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour, Seducing the Myth, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebookand Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Interview/Spotlight with Lucy Felthouse


 I’m pleased to welcome Lucy Felthouse here today. A very talented woman, on many levels, settle in and get to know her…
 
Who is author, Lucy Felthouse – author, Mom, wife?
Not a mom, not a wife. Just me! And an author, avid reader, Supernatural obsessive (I’m a Sam girl!), friend, puppy owner, history buff.
You also run/own Erotica For All & Writer Marketing Services. How do you juggle all aspects of your daily life?
I often ask myself the same question. The key for me is prioritizing and organization. It can be tough at times, when lots of things all come in at once, but I just keep my head down and make sure everything is done to the best of my ability.
Can you tell us something quirky about yourself that readers might not know already?
I don’t know if this is all that quirky, but I’m probably the youngest member of English Heritage (a charity that looks after heritage properties in the UK).
When did you begin your writing career?
I guess my career in writing started with my first publication, which was back in 2006. I didn’t really know what I was doing then, I was just writing erotica for fun, and because I was dared to. But once I’d seen my name in print, I was addicted. It was a sideline for a long time, but once I quit my job and started working for myself it gave me more time to write, and since then I’ve been working hard on building up my backlist.
Has anything happened in your career that you found surprising? Something unexpected? If so, what was it?
Yes, very recently. I went to a local chapter meeting of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and when one of the organizers went round and introduced me to people, most people knew who I was already. Apparently, I posted something from one of my erotic romance pieces on the group’s Yahoo loop which has now made me infamous. When I looked around and considered what many of the other members of the group had achieved, I found it crazy that people knew who little old me was!
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set outline?
For short stories, I tend to just sit down and write and see what happens. But I’ve written a novella and am currently writing a novel, which have both taken lots more planning. I tend to let character development come naturally, for the most part, because I often change things as I’m writing, and surprise myself!
What do you think makes a good story?
Personally, I like characters that are engaging. Whether they’re good girls, bad boys or whatever, I want to like them, or at least love to hate them. An interesting plot that keeps you guessing is great. And of course lots of hot sex! 😉

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I don’t think so. I’m steadily checking them on in terms of pairings, i.e. m/f, f/f, m/m, m/f/m, m/f/f. And genres I’ve tackled are contemporary and paranormal. I think I’ll probably stick with that for now. I’m not keen on sci-fi, so I’d probably never write it. Historicals terrify me because I’d be too scared of getting a fact wrong. I do, however, have a hankering to write a spy thriller. I’ve already started plotting a paranormal crime novel, but who knows when I’ll actually get time to start writing it!

What books/authors have most influenced your life?
I wouldn’t say any have influenced my life, as such. But they’ve certainly influenced my career, in terms of spurring me on to write more and write better. And because I read so much and so widely, I won’t name any authors, there are just too many. But basically, anyone who is successful influences me, because that’s what I want to be. *sighs wistfully*

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child. I’m eating up thrillers at the moment.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an author. Sometimes a vet, sometimes a teacher, sometimes a nurse. But I always came back to author. *g*

What do you like to do for fun and relax?
What does relax mean? *gets dictionary* Oh yes, I remember that! 😉 Hehe, no seriously, I love to read, watch films and TV, go out exploring the countryside, visiting stately homes and historical places, spend time with my family and other half, play with and walk my dog, etc.
Fast & Fun:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Star Trek or Star Wars? I’ve never seen either
Dean Winchester or Sam Winchester? SAM!!!! But I wouldn’t turn Dean down, either.
Supernatural or Vampire Diaries? Supernatural. But I love Vampire Diaries, too.
CSI or NCIS? Never seen either
Brad Pitt or George Clooney? George Clooney
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter (I’m wearing a Harry Potter T-shirt right now!!)
Big Bang Theory or 30 Rock? Never seen 30 Rock, but I love the Big Bang Theory. Raj is hot! 😉
HBO’s Game of Thrones or True Blood? True Blood, but I love Game of Thrones, too.
JD Robb or JR Ward books? I’ve never read either!
Silk or satin? Ugh, neither.
Long and slow kisses or rough kisses? It depends on the mood. I’m a sucker for both, dependent on the situation.
Wine or beer? Vodka!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Heels or running shoes? Running shoes
What place to travel is on your Bucket List? It would be easier to say where is NOT on my bucket list. I’ve been lucky to do quite a bit of travelling, but there’s soooo much more I want to see! Pretty much everywhere in America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, etc…
When traveling do you prefer hotels or Bed & Breakfasts?Bed & Breakfasts. Though I usually camp!
Was it love at first sight for you when you met your spouse?Nope.
What did you notice first when you met your spouse? His eyes.
Where can readers contact you?
Thank you very much for being here. We all wish you the best of luck!!
Private Damien Stone is living in a nightmare. He’s out on exercise on Salisbury Plain with Lance Corporal Michael Scott—who also happens to be a huge pain in the arse. He’s a teacher’s pet who seems to delight in bossing Stone around. But that’s not the real reason Stone appears to dislike him so much. It’s because Stone—who’s bisexual—is seriously attracted to his superior, but he can’t do anything about it, because Scott is straight. Or is he?