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Guest Blog: Penelope Friday

One Long Hot SummerI first read Jane Austen’s novels when I was 16. Okay, that’s not quite true: I read Northanger Abbey a couple of years earlier, because I had to for school, but that’s not the same. I first fell in love with Jane Austen’s novels when I was 16, shortly before that BBC version of Pride and Prejudice came out. And it started a love affair with the Regency Period that I still haven’t managed to get over.

The manners. The dresses. The social rules. The people.

I didn’t think at the time that I’d end up writing stories based in the Regency Period, though I loved (and still love) Georgette Heyer’s historical novels. But writing my way back in history was too complicated, too difficult – what if I got it wrong? Would anyone else actually want to read it, even if I wrote it? I put the thought to one side and wrote safer stories about the here and now. But the idea, once planted in my brain, wouldn’t quite disappear…

It started slowly: I wrote a short story for Xcite’s Ultimate Sins book about two Regency girls’ forbidden love affair, and it was accepted. Before I knew it, I’d written another couple of short stories about Regency lesbians, and then a novella. I was hooked. So when the opportunity to take part in The Secret Library came around, I couldn’t resist. A chance to break out and write some hot het loving from my favourite period.

Of course, I’ve probably got a detail wrong somewhere: no matter how much research you do (quite a lot, in this case), something always slips through the net. And I feel sure a friendly reader will tell me about it. So much so that I’m offering a copy of my lesbian historical ebook, Loving My Lady to the first person to point out a mistake!

So, without further ado, here’s an except from Just Another Lady – I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!


The feel of Lucius’s fingers running down her spine made Elinor want to shiver. Even though she was protected by layers of clothing, the knowledge that he was stripping her – that shortly she would be naked in his company – made every touch tingle with what Elinor had to acknowledge to herself was excitement as much as embarrassment. As he unfastened the final button, she wriggled impatiently and the dress fell in a pool at her feet. The petticoat she could divest herself; the corset, however, needed Lucius’s aid to remove. Elinor could feel his breath warm against her neck as he teasingly took his time to undo the strings. When at last it expanded around her, Elinor took what felt like the first decent breath since that morning, almost moaning her relief.

‘You looked beautiful in it,’ her husband (her husband!) murmured in her ear, ‘but even more so out of it.’

He pushed it off her shoulders, so that she stood dressed only in the light cotton shift in front of him. As he turned her to face him, Elinor was suddenly made all too aware of her semi-nude state compared to Lucius’s full dress. She could feel her nipples peaking against the cloth, almost begging for Lucius’s touch.


About The Author

Penelope Friday fell in love with the Regency in her teens, after becoming obsessed with Jane Austen’s novels. As well as writing erotica set in the period, Pen also writes articles for Jane Austen’s Regency World, which allows her to be excessively and gleefully geeky about the whole period.

When not writing, Penelope has an eclectic range of interests including knitting, Dr Who, children’s literature and playing the piano. She blogs at http://penelopefriday.livejournal.com and her website is http://penelopefriday.jigsy.com.


The Secret Library is a new range from Xcite Books which will appeal to the female romance reader market. Each book contains three specially commissioned novellas guaranteeing a satisfying and varied selection.

The story content is relationship led with a strong alpha male hero, a level of conflict and a climactic, explicit ending.

The covers are deliberately designed without visual imagery to be discreet. These books could be comfortably read in public, given as gifts and left on a bedside table.


The Secret Library contains six books with three erotic romance novellas in each:

Traded Innocence – Toni Sands, Elizabeth Coldwell and K D Grace

Silk Stockings – Constance Munday, Jenna Bright and Lucy Felthouse

One Long Hot Summer – Elizabeth Coldwell, Penelope Friday and Shanna Germain

The Thousand and One Nights – Kitti Bernetti, Primula Bond and Sommer Marsden

The Game – Jeff Cott, Antonia Adams and Sommer Marsden

Hungarian Rhapsody – Justine Elyot, Charlotte Stein and Kay Jaybee


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eBook Review: Threefold Anthology from Total-E-Bound

Article first published as eBook Review: Threefold Anthology by Desiree Holt, Kim Dare, et al on Blogcritics.
Threefold AnthologyThreefold Anthology from Total-E-Bound contains six naughty threesome stories from Desiree Holt, Kim Dare, Brynn Paulin, Kris Norris, Suzanne Graham and Charlotte Stein. It’s a whopper of a book, but if you like your erotica very hot and steamy, this is one book you should add to your to be read list. I should also point out that all the stories are one female and two male characters.

As with all anthologies, there were some stories that were more to my taste than others, but I certainly didn’t dislike any of them as they were all of typical Total-E-Bound high quality.

Some of the stories had the action completely focussed on the female in the piece, with no ‘crossing of swords’ to borrow a phrase someone recently told me. Others, though, had hot male/male action too, so if that’s not your thing, this book isn’t really for you.

I had a couple of particular favourites in this anthology. Brynn Paulin’s Strangers in the Night was a very atmospheric piece which drew me in from the very beginning. I could almost feel myself walking in the main character’s footsteps as she headed for a night out with the specific person of getting laid. I thought the pace was brilliant, there was enough action to keep you madly turning pages, but it didn’t move so quickly that you felt it was rushed. All in all I thought this was an insanely erotic, well written piece and as it was the first in a series, I will definitely be looking up the others!

Between A and Z by Suzanne Graham was the other favourite. I loved the fact that the eroticism was there from the very beginning of the story, and I also got the impression that the reader was deliberately led to think a certain thing would happen, then added a very clever twist to prove you wrong. I can’t say too much as I don’t want to ruin that twist for anyone, but this is a hot story that just gets increasingly hotter throughout – by the end you’ll be gasping for breath.

Overall this is a smoking hot read and one I’d definitely recommend to fans of the genre. As well as allowing me to read more erotica from authors I already know and enjoy, I found it a great way to read new-to-me authors and add some of their other works to my to be read pile!

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Charlotte Stein’s Bonkers Blog Tour

Today is the release date for Tigerlily, Charlotte Stein’s erotic short story for Total-E-Bound. Therefore, she has embarked on a blog tour to do some promo type stuff. And be bonkers, of course. So… without further ado…


TigerlilySo this time I’m at Lucy Felthouse’s blog, doing mah promo thing. But I’m also apparently doing a poetry thing, in honour of all the people who were kind enough to let me wriggle all over their blogs to promote Tigerlily, which is out July 19th from Total-E-Bound.

But enough about that. On to the poem in honour of the lovely Lucy!

Oh Lucy Felthouse

I love how your name is kind of dirty

But not.

After all, you can’t really

Feel a house.

But I sure would try,

For you.

You have always been

A great reviewer,

And I love you always for

Supporting Black Lace,


But most of all I love you for

Putting all the work you do

Into the erotica community in general.

With your stories,

Your reviews,


You are the best.

Even when you’re busy,

Feeling houses.

And now onto the promo bit of things!


Oh what’s a girl to do, when she finds a sexy, naked man in her back garden?

When a naked guy turns up in Mae’s back garden, she can’t decide if he’s crazy or sent from heaven. He can’t remember his name, or where he’s from, but he seems to know one thing for certain- Mae is in need of some hot loving, and fast.
However, the more he persuades her to let go and give in, the more she finds herself believing that she’s met him before. But childhood games with a boy who she’s sure had wings on his back are giving way to her deepest sexual fantasies, and dreams of another world entirely are not far behind…


“There was a guy, running a blue streak through the trees. Mae Connelly could see him, even amidst the febrile greenery and the lowering light, arms pumping. Legs pumping. Cock swinging in the breeze.

Which was when she decided to stand up, and get a better look.

Purely out of simple curiosity, of course. Nothing unseemly about stepping off your porch to gawk at a man who appeared to be running through the field behind your house, buck ass nekkid.

And it didn’t sadden her—not even a little—when he ploughed into the long grass and everything below the waist got cut off. No—not even a little bit, uh-uh. After all, she was just a concerned citizen.

Concerned about someone who sure looked terrified. He looked more than terrified—she could see him, turning his head every five seconds as though expecting to see hellhounds behind him, chomping at his heels. He kept almost stumbling, like fear wouldn’t let him keep his footing.

And as he veered closer to her house, she could definitely make out red, striping his upper arms. The fact that said upper arms were sinewy with muscle and very nice indeed took a shameful backseat.

She shouted before her brain confirmed that doing so was a good idea.


It was definitely not a good idea. He fell almost immediately, at the sound of her voice. She saw him turn, and then it was all just tits over ass and nothing but the long grass, stirring, to suggest that he had ever been there.

All the possible reasons that someone could be running, naked and terrified, went through her head: escape from a forced nudist colony. Being hunted by a Terminator from the future. Sex game that went horribly, horribly wrong. Or right, depending on your kink.

But none of them seemed either a) plausible or b) sane. As far as she knew, forced nudist colonies didn’t even exist. And likely Terminators and time travel machines didn’t, either. Especially not ones that sent you through time with your ass hanging out.”


So, guys and gals, if you’re now desperately wanting to get your hands on Ms. Stein’s smut (and I don’t blame you if you are), then you need to go here, immediately: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=845