11 Days from now I’ll be in Scarborough enjoying the hustle and bustle of Smut by the Sea the very first event of it’s smutty kind. In the run up to the reader and author day at Scarborough Library on the 22nd June I’m going to introduce you to some of the people you will meet there and some of the companies who are sponsoring proceedings.
Today, I introduce you to the first three readers of the day!
Ashley Lister is a prolific writer of erotic fiction, having written more than two dozen full length erotic novels and over a hundred short stories. Aside from regularly blogging about writing erotica, Ashley also teaches creative writing. He hosted a creative writing workshop at Eroticon the annual conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers. Ashley lives in Lancashire
K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she, cuz otherwise, what would she write about?
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening or walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband recently walked the Coast to Coast rout across England. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots.
K D has erotica published with Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.
K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Heatwave trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.
K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, books one and two of her Executive Decisions Trilogy are now available.
Lexie started writing to immerse herself in a fantasy world where women are adored and men fall at their feet. It didn’t take long before she realised that sometimes men do that so you can stomp all over them in your sexy stiletto boots and since then she’s been creating stories that stay true to her original romantic dream while exploring the erotic, the kinky and the downright filthy. She writes about anything that emerges from the murky depths of her imagination, whenever she gets the opportunity.
Lexie lives with her husband and two daughters on the south coast of England, and spends her days working as an accounts manager. She loves the adrenaline rush of the unexpected, craves peace to write every day, likes to lose herself in the realms of fantasy and has a thing for smells that take her back to her childhood.
Lexie is published by House of Erotica and Sweetmeats Press.
Jennifer is English and lives in a lovely historical city in the UK. Other than writing, her interests include reading (Naturally! She always has at least one book on the go, if not one by her bed, one by the bath, and one in the lounge.), all things historical including genealogy, which she has done for many, many years, watching films (particularly sci-fi), gardening, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. She lives with her pet rabbit who is thoroughly spoilt. Jennifer says she wants to come back as her own rabbit in the next life—unfortunately that would mean she still needs to be alive herself. Maybe there is a time travel story there…
We’re only able to run the event because of the kind donations of our sponsors. Today’s Spotlight falls on two of them:
Give Lube is a Gloucester based company, run by real life partners Emma and Nigel. The very heart of our brand ethos is wholly about giving. We truly believe that you get what you put into your relationships and that giving is the foundation for any intimate relationship and will lead to both a partner’s and own sexual and relationship fulfilment. We want to give consumers sexual and relationship improvement information and lubes of the highest quality to maximise the potential that is already within all of us and help everyone become a great, pleasure giving lover. And if you give, you’re more likely to receive!
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Xcite Books produce a fabulous range of erotic fiction as print and ebooks that have gained international recognition for their quality, diversity and positive attitude towards relationships and sexuality. The company is based in the UK but now has distribution in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
We believe that reading or listening to erotic fiction can enhance your sex life as it stimulates desire and adds new themes into a relationship. Enjoying happy, healthy sex is life-enhancing and our books aim to help people celebrate and explore their sexuality in a safe, consensual way.
You can trust Xcite Books as they are written to specific guidelines and professionally edited to ensure high standards and that all content is consensual and legal.
The company offers three erotic book ranges: The Secret Library: With discreet covers and novella length stories this range offers fiction for those readers who like strong characterisation and a more developed relationship together with explicit, passionate sex. Xcite Range: Aimed at women and couples, Xcite offers a comprehensive range of mainstream short story anthologies and erotic novels with mixed and varied themes. These may include some mild bdsm elements, multiple partners, and gay and lesbian themes. Xtrm Range: The Xtrm range offers explicit BDSM and fetish themes where the endurance of pain or humiliation leads to sexual gratification. Other themes may include submission and domination, bondage and personal punishment. All content is consensual but characters may be pushed beyond their natural comfort zone.
Smut by the Sea starts at 10am on the 22nd June at Scarborough Library. The daytime event is free and includes readings, a book launch, how to get your smut published and an erotic marketplace including the erotic tombola. It runs until 4pm then we close for a few hours to prepare for the evening extravaganza.
Smut by the Sea Book Launch happens from 6-9pm and includes Seaside Smut readings, Burlesque by Moorita Encandata and much more. Tickets are £10 and include a glass of something bubbly (or a non-alcoholic alternative), tasty biscuits and a Smutty Swag bag!
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