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Another New Release and An Awesome Giveaway

Hi everyone,

Things are hectic here in Felthouse Towers – but I like being busy, so it’s all good 😀

I just found out that my erotic romance novella, A French Affair, has been put into a collection along with two others from Seren Ellis-Owen and Zara Stoneley. The collection is called In Too Deep and has just been released as an eBook, and will be available in paperback format from January. What’s so brilliant, though, is that you can buy all three novellas in the anthology cheaper than buying them separately – so you’re bagging a bargain!

Here’s the information on In Too Deep:

hree hot romance novellas that take the reader from the depths of the ocean to the heights of ecstasy. Sail with the dive team whose passions erupt in and out of the water, take a trip to Paris, the most romantic city in the world, and meet a feisty restaurant critic whose life needs the spice only a sultry Spaniard can provide. Fall in love again and again with the sensual stories in this collection.

Features stories by Seren Ellis-Owen, Lucy Felthouse and Zara Stoneley

In Too Deep by Seren Ellis-Owen
Newly single and fired from her job, scuba instructor Carys heads to the Red Sea to work on a luxury dive yacht. She soon finds herself attracted to its captain, the gorgeous Zaid, and the feeling is mutual – but, as he’s under pressure to put duty before pleasure, their budding romance soon sails into stormy waters. And that’s before her ex arrives, with a girlfriend from hell in tow, to stir things up even more. Can Carys handle all the complications and unfinished business – or has she sunk out of her depth this time?

A French Affair by Lucy Felthouse
Sydney Tyler is renting a barn conversion in Northern France, planning to spend the fortnight getting some words down on her novel. Unfortunately, construction work in the other half of the building puts an end to her peace and quiet. Genuinely upset that the builders are going to disturb her, the property’s handsome English owner, Harry Bay, offers to make it up to her. He’s a little flirtatious, and after spotting his wedding ring, Sydney keeps him at arm’s length. Sexy as he is, she has no intention of getting involved with a married man. But when Sydney learns the truth about Harry, will their mutual attraction spur them on to work through their emotional baggage and make this more than just a French affair?

Spice It Up by Zara Stoneley
Food critic Ellie Chiltern isn’t happy when she’s sent to review Pinchos tapas bar, the waiter is more Birmingham than Barcelona and the tapas are as lukewarm as her last relationship. She’s struggling to find a positive, until she’s confronted by the only authentic piece of Spain in the bar – Lucas. When Lucas Martinez sees Ellie, he realises she could be the final nail in the coffin – or the ideal person to help turn the place and its image around. But persuading her to trust him isn’t easy – especially when there’s something burning between them that’s far spicier than the food ever was.

There’s an excerpt from my novella and the buy links here: https://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/in-too-deep/

Also, the title of this post promised you an awesome giveaway, and that is exactly what I have. Danica Avet has put together a multi-author giveaway to celebrate 1,000 posts on her blog. So there are books and gift cards galore in this giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter – it’s as easy as that. Good luck!

Lucy x

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Want a Gorgeous and Unique Christmas Gift For a Loved One?

…of course you do! And here’s an idea for you – why not give your loved one a signed copy of an erotic romance book containing three novellas, and with gorgeous flocked velvet covers?

Silk Stockings contains my popular novella, Off the Shelf, as well as Silk Stockings by Constance Munday and The Lord of Summer by Jenna Bright. And you can get your hands on a SIGNED copy for just a tad more than it would cost you on Amazon (and that’s only to cover postage and packaging).

The book is currently £6.25 on Amazon UK, and I’ll send you a copy, signed by me, for just £7.50 – and I’ll also throw in some swag. This price is only available to those living in the UK, as postage abroad will cost me a great deal more than that. But if you’re from outside the UK and are interested, contact me and we can sort something out.

So, if you want to get your hands on a copy of this sensually strokable book for yourself, a friend or loved one, or even for a Secret Santa gift, just drop me a line and I’ll help get your Christmas shopping sorted 😉

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Off the Shelf and A French Affair Now Available in Print!

If you still like to hold a print copy in your mitts, instead of an eReader, then a) you’re not alone, and b) I’ve got good news for you. Xcite Books are putting a bunch of their titles out in print on demand, and two of mine have been selected. My erotic romance novellas Off the Shelf and A French Affair are now available in print and eBook format.

Here’s a reminder of what they’re all about, in case you’ve forgotten.

Off the Shelf

At 35, travel writer Annalise is fed up with insensitive comments about being left on the shelf. It’s not as if she doesn’t want a man, but her busy career doesn’t leave her much time for relationships. Sexy liaisons with passing acquaintances give Annalise physical satisfaction, but she needs more than that. She wants a man who will satisfy her mind as well as her body. But where will she find someone like that? It seems Annalise may be in luck when a new member of staff starts working in the bookshop at the airport she regularly travels through. Damien appears to tick all the boxes; he’s gorgeous, funny and intelligent, and he shares Annalise’s love of books and travel. The trouble is, Damien’s shy and Annalise is terrified of rejection. Can they overcome their fears and admit their feelings, or are they doomed to remain on the shelf?

Grab it in print from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble. Or see the other buy links here.

This title was a nominee for The Romance Reviews Best Book of 2012, and has had some truly awesome reviews.

 

A French Affair

Sydney Tyler is renting a barn conversion in Northern France, planning to spend the fortnight getting some words down on her novel. Unfortunately, construction work in the other half of the building puts an end to her peace and quiet. Genuinely upset that the builders are going to disturb her, the property’s handsome English owner, Harry Bay, offers to make it up to her. He’s a little flirtatious, and after spotting his wedding ring, Sydney keeps him at arm’s length. Sexy as he is, she has no intention of getting involved with a married man. But when Sydney learns the truth about Harry, will their mutual attraction spur them on to work through their emotional baggage and make this more than just a French affair?

Grab it in print from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble. Or see the other buy links here.

This is a fairly new book, so it’s only had one review so far – but it’s a good one!

“…a sweet romance between two people wanting a new start after being hurt, but with lots of lovemaking, not just sex. A good book for a rainy afternoon or for lying on the beach, (not to mention, if you might be on your way to Paris in the springtime!).” 4.5 out of 5, Manic Readers

 

You’ll probably have to wait a tad longer than normal to get these books in paperback as they have to be printed and whatnot, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait to add them to your romance collection 🙂

Inventing Herself by Sommer Marsden

Inventing HerselfSophie Calhoun has a good job writing for a hot women’s magazine. Her latest assignment is to do an article about how a strong, confident woman can look deeper into herself to find her centre. The only problem is Sophie feels lost. On a whim one morning, looking for the answers to her unwritten article and the silent turmoil in her heart, she takes a hike. In the wilderness she finds a very large man sitting alone, calm and still and smiling – everything Sophie wants to be. When he opens his eyes and that smile is directed at her, Sophie begins to find herself…

Available from:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

*****

Excerpt:

‘Now we move into downward dog.’ Joel’s rich caramel voice smoothed over Sophie.

If only she could feel gooey and bendy like caramel. Instead, she felt awkward and clumsy. She pushed back with the heels of her hands as she’d been instructed. Tried to “sink” into the stretch with the heels of her feet.

All she could think was what if I slip? What does my ass look like? And, of course, who farted?

Turned out that wasn’t so much of a myth. Someone had let one go and everyone was acting as if it was no big deal at all.

Which, technically, it wasn’t. It was just a fart, after all. Everyone had gas at some point in their lif –

‘You’re drifting,’ Joel said, his voice very close to her. So close it made Sophie go rigid. ‘Let me help you straighten your pose.’

He stepped up between her spread legs and settled his hands on her hips. Then he proceeded to move her a little here, a little there, until the stretch blazed up her calves and the backs of her hamstrings. It blazed somewhere else too, Sophie noticed as he lingered, tweaking her pose.

When he stepped back from between her legs, his hand stayed on her lower back for a beat before being removed. ‘Good,’ Joel said.
He was big and tall and obviously fit. A shock of dark – almost black – hair and grey eyes. His voice was as smoky and sensual as his body.

Sophie felt colour come to her face that had nothing to do with yoga or being inverted. The class lowered slowly to a plank pose and her muscles started to tremble. In her mind’s eye it was easy to put a face to it now. This man, down between her legs, his mouth on her. His fingers separating and skating over her nether lips. Finding her slick opening and plunging deep, curling to tease her G-spot until she gasped. Then taking her own juices, running up to find the needy swell of her clitoris. Circling and circling until plunging back into her cunt to stroke her most secret places again, his mouth sucking, his tongue nudging, licking, licking, licking until …

‘Now lower down into cobra pose,’ Joel said.

Sophie did, but as she did a noise burst out of her. Her body, on the verge actually coming, supplied the small blip and flutter deep inside of an almost orgasm. The sound was half sigh, half moan, and very, very sultry. Way too sultry for muscle stretching.

Joel chuckled softly. ‘Glad to know you’re enjoying class, Sophie. We’re glad to have you.’

She counted the heartbeats until class was over, she was so mortified. When Joel finally told them to stand and everyone gave what seemed to be the customary “Namaste” a woman in green leggings and a bright blue pullover whispered, ‘Don’t feel so bad. He has that effect on most of the newcomers. Once he touches someone … they’re toast.’

Sophie tried to smile and waited to self-combust.

She nearly set a record changing back into her work clothes, but when she came out Joel called out to her.

‘I was wondering –’ he said, sort of grinning at her.

Sophie caught the gaze of the green-legging woman. She was smiling, her look knowing.

‘Could I … call you? Take you out? Bring you wine and woo you with wild yoga tales?’ He smiled at her and the lust that smile inspired struck right down through the centre of her like a lightning bolt.

‘Um, yeah … sure. In fact –’ She broke off, thinking maybe she shouldn’t say what she was about to say. But fuck it. This whole “finding her centre” thing had taken her very close to thinking she was nuts. Might as well act nuts, right? Maybe Joel was that missing something. ‘How about you come to my place tonight. Bring that wine you mentioned and I can make a nice steak or – wait – do you eat meat?’

He nodded, eyes flashing with amusement. ‘I do. But thank you for asking.’

‘Good,’ she hurried on. Yes, this was it. This was a good thing. Maybe she was just in need of a date. Maybe she was just horny. ‘And maybe a salad and whatever. We can just … we can talk. Get to know one another.’

‘It’s a date,’ he said. He gave her his number so she could text her address.

‘Yes. It is a date,’ she said and hurried out of the studio. Kate was going to kill her!

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Bio:

Sommer Marsden’s been called “…one of the top storytellers in the erotica genre” (Violet Blue), “Unapologetic” (Alison Tyler), “…the whirling dervish of erotica” (Craig J. Sorensen), and “Erotica royalty…” (Lucy Felthouse).

Her erotic novels include Restless Spirit, Boys Next Door, Big Bad, Learning to Drown, Wanderlust and the Zombie Exterminator series. Sommer currently writes erotica and erotic romance for Xcite Books, eXcessica, Ellora’s Cave, Pretty Things Press, Resplendence Publishing and Mischief Books. The wine-swigging, dachshund-owning, wannabe runner author writes work that runs the gamut from bondage to zombies to humor.

Sommer’s short works can be found in well over one hundred (and counting) erotic anthologies. Her short stories have also been included numerous adult and romance magazines–both in print and online.

Sunday Snog – Off the Shelf

Sunday Snog

Off the ShelfThis is a repeat (from a while ago, I might add!), but because Off the Shelf, which is an erotic romance novella, has been nominated in the “Best Erotic Romance – Contemporary Romance” category in The Romance Reviews’ Best Book of 2012, I thought I would post again in its honour. And if you want to vote for me (which would be massively appreciated, my competition is incredibly tough!), you’ll need to be logged into your Romance Reviews account and go here.

He said just one word before leaning down and capturing her mouth in a kiss.

‘Condoms?’

The plural hadn’t been lost on her, and the frisson of heat between her legs sparked into a full flame. Fuuuuuuuuck.

‘Mmm-hmm …’ she replied, twining her arms around his neck and kissing him back. He was a damn good kisser. He had just the right mixture of confidence and skill, which made the butterflies in her tummy transform into crazy zings of lust and zoom wildly throughout her body.

The delicious feelings increased tenfold when Damien opened his lips and she felt his tongue try for access to her mouth. She gladly admitted it, and the hot caress of his tongue against hers caused a trickle of juices to slide from her pussy and soak into the gusset of her pants.

She was suddenly very glad she’d gone with her earlier instinct and worn not only matching, but very sexy lingerie. Not that she was going to be wearing it for much longer …

Annalise shuffled forwards, gently pushing him. Damien took the hint and they moved as one towards her bed, falling onto it with her on top. Just as she leaned down to kiss him again, he stopped her. Removing his glasses, he gave a wicked smile and asked her to put them down on her bedside table.

‘Don’t want them getting in the way, do we?’

Climbing off him, Annalise carefully deposited his glasses on the bedside table. Then, agreeing with Damien’s logic about things getting in the way, she quickly removed her earrings, necklace and bracelet. Finally, she opened her top drawer and retrieved a condom. Turning to face him once more, she saw that he’d moved so he was now positioned with his head on the pillows, and his hands behind his head, waiting. He raised his eyebrows.

‘Oh, I’m sorry,’ Annalise said, her voice dripping with sarcasm, ‘was I taking too long?’

‘Yes,’ Damien replied without hesitation. ‘Now come here.’

Annalise clambered across the bed and straddled Damien. She felt the bulge in his trousers pressing against her arse and wriggled against it. Dropping the condom on his chest, she said, ‘I think you’re going to be needing that.’

‘You think?’

‘Shut up and give me a kiss.’

‘With pleasure, ma’am.’


You can get your hands on Off the Shelf here.

Also, don’t forget to head back to Blissekiss and see what other luscious lip to lip action other authors have posted. Yum!

Another Super Review of Off the Shelf

Off the ShelfThe super Carole from Midnight Boudoir reviewed Off the Shelf, and commented:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this fast easy flowing read and at only 65 pages is perfect to grab some “me” time with. This is an adorable romance that ends in a super passionate sex scene built from the sexual tension that had been building beautifully throughout the story. I found Annalise so likeable it felt like I was watching a best friend having a romance with someone I knew; they felt so familiar. Lucy really brings these two characters to life making them completely real in your imagination; she adds the little things that we all do to make them familiar to us on print.. er…ok pixels.”

Read the full review here.

Buy the book here.

Thanks Carole! 🙂

Be Inspired Meme

Thanks to Lily Harlem for tagging me! Now, I have to answer the following questions, and then tag five more lovely and fabulous bloggers to do the same.

1. What is the name of your book?

Off the ShelfI haven’t written a full length novel (yet – I’m starting one in the next couple of weeks!), but my longest work to date is my novella, Off the Shelf, so I’m going to choose that one.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

Somewhere in the depths of my brain. Xcite Books asked me to write an erotic romance novella for The Secret Library, so I accepted then started thinking what I could write about. I’d always fancied writing something where the couple meets in a bookshop, but I knew there would have to be some conflict or something to keep them apart to make the story a novella rather than a short story. So I made the female lead into a travel writer, meaning she wouldn’t be around much. Plus, she’s terrified of rejection and the male lead, Damien, is shy. So I sure made it hard work for them!

3. In what genre would you classify your book?

Erotic romance.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?

I had to think about this one for a while, because the male lead, Damien, while totally hot, is not your typical romance hero. He’s kind of nerdy, has long curly hair and glasses. So while I couldn’t find anyone that looked exactly like him, someone that came fairly close is Taylor Kitsch. The film company would have to ‘geek him up’ a bit – okay, a lot – but he’s gorgeous, and so is Damien, so he’s perfect.

Annalise would be played by Elizabeth Banks. And wow, wouldn’t those two look good together! 😉

Taylor Kitsch

Elizabeth Banks

 

 

5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.

She’s terrified of rejection, he’s shy; will they ever get it on?

6. Is your book published?

Yes, it was published by Xcite Books. You can buy it on its own as an eBook, or as a paperback with two other novellas.

7. How long did it take you to write your book?

I honestly have no idea. I don’t write full time and I don’t write every day, so things can take me weeks if I’m only writing a few hundred words here and there.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?

I’d compare it to the other books in The Secret Library range, as they’re all erotic romance novellas.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

None, really. I came up with the idea myself and just wrote it.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.

What, Taylor Kitsch playing the lead wasn’t enough? 😉 Okay, well the easiest and most effective way is to let you read some of it. So here’s an excerpt from the beginning:

Pushing the ‘on’ button, Annalise moved the vibrator down between her parted legs and eased it inside her eager pussy. As the ears of the Rampant Rabbit slid into position on her clit, she groaned with pleasure and rolled her hips, desperate to get more delicious friction. Then she pressed another button on the toy’s control panel to ramp up the power another notch. As much as she’d prefer a slower build-up to her orgasm, she just didn’t have the time. She had to leave for the airport in a couple of hours, and she hadn’t even packed her case. A quick knee-trembler would have to suffice.

As the vibrator buzzed away between her thighs, Annalise closed her eyes and tried to empty her mind of anything but the pleasure she was experiencing. After a brief flirtation with the thought that she’d much prefer a hot man between her legs bringing her to orgasm, Annalise simply enjoyed the feeling of her impending climax. The busily-vibrating bunny ears pressed tightly against her sensitive flesh soon had her pussy fluttering. Then, without warning, Annalise was quickly yanked onto her pleasure plateau and immediately pushed off, leaving her writhing and shouting on the bed as a powerful orgasm overtook her body.

Annalise arched her back as waves of pleasure crashed over her, and her cunt clenched and grabbed at the toy buried deep inside. Her swollen clit throbbed, quickly becoming too sensitive for the unrelenting stimulation from the vibrator. Switching it off and pulling out, Annalise dropped the toy onto the mattress by her side and gave a satisfied moan as she rode out the remainder of her climax. Finally, when the twitches and spasms had abated and her heart rate and breathing were almost back to normal, Annalise grabbed the Rabbit and rolled across to the side of her bed where the toy box was kept. She made short but thorough work of cleaning it, then reluctantly put it in its case, popped it into the small bedside cupboard and shut the door.

Annalise hated leaving her favourite toy behind when she went away, but she just wasn’t brave enough to take it with her. She usually only took carry-on luggage, and the very thought of the distinctive shape of the Rampant Rabbit popping up on the screen of the airport scanners made her shudder. It would be bad enough for the staff to see it on their monitors, knowing what it was and giving her knowing looks; imagine what would happen if they decided to check inside her bags! She would want to curl up and die of embarrassment, she just knew it.

No, it was much better off staying here. She could make do with her right hand for a few days. Even better, she might even meet someone. Annalise smiled. She’d had some pretty steamy encounters on her travels. The desk clerk in Dubai, the gym manager in Turkey, the waiter in Corfu…

Annalise shook herself. This wasn’t the time to let her mind wander down that path and get herself all worked up. She had to go and get ready now. There’d be plenty of time for daydreaming later, when she was in long and boring queues, and on the flight.

Thanks Lily. I am going to tag:

Kay Jaybee
K D Grace
Lexie Bay
Rebecca Bond
Casey Sheridan