And now for something completely different …Today, I’ve got something a bit more racy than I usually do: The Ravenous Romance Ornery Eleven Blog Tour. That’s eleven of Ravenous Romance’s writers weighing in on the topic of writing, sex, and e-publishing. Please stick around and feel free to ask any questions you’d like about erotica and what e-publishing is like from an author’s perspective. We’ll kick off with some words from the guest author for today’s tour stop: C. Margery Kempe.
Hello and thanks so much to Bryn for hosting our rambling group of Ravenous writers! We’re here to let the world know a bit about the wide variety of books available from Ravenous Romance. While we all love to pen a hot story, we come at it from different angles. My new novel CHASTITY FLAME is a case in point. While it’s chock full of inventive sex scenes because she’s a secret agent with who makes the most of any opportunity that comes her way (and a lot of them do!), it’s also about a woman who appreciates art, clever conversation and partners who aren’t the least bit intimidated by her. She meets every wild adventure with confidence. Of course, this grows from my own opinion that the brain is the most important sex organ of the body. I’m drawn to people who are clever as well as intelligent, with a good sense of humour. Make me laugh and you’re half way there. I may admire a hot body, but if it’s not guided by a curious and creative mind, I’ll lose interest fast.
Why do you think the e-book format is taking off so much these days?
C. Margery Kempe: So many reasons! They are in general less expensive, take up less space and people love anything that’s portable or works on electronic devices. It’s a plus that it saves resources as well–think of all the trees *not* getting killed. With the high consumption rate of these steamy little dumplings, it seems a real savings not to have to pay for shipping, too. Or to wait for it–there’s a lot to be said for the instant gratification that e-books offer. You know how it is: you realize you have a very long meeting in the afternoon, so you cruise over to Ravenous Romance and download a new story which you surreptitiously read while someone is droning on and on about profit margins or administrative whatnot (clearly I never pay attention in meetings). It’s discreet, too, as no one can really see what you’re reading and won’t guess why you’re fidgeting in your seat so much unless you actually start fanning yourself and saying, “Whew, I gotta cool down!”
Inara LaVey: It’s cheaper than print, easier for publishers to take a chance on new talent, and it’s definitely in sync with the new (and hopefully continuing) trend toward green/sustainable living.
Isabel Roman: There’s such a wide variety available so much sooner than print houses, they’re cheaper, and private. No one looking over your shoulder to see the sexy cover then commenting on it.
Lisa Lane: The world is going electronic, so it only stands to reason that the world of print would follow suit. The slow economy also has made their lower prices much more appealing, as of late.
Angela Cameron: I think it’s a combination of necessity and convenience. E-books can go anywhere. Plus, they’re generally less expensive for everyone than print. In this economy, that’s a necessity.
Savannah Chase: E-books are becoming more popular because they are not as expensive as paperbacks. They also don’t take up as much space as a traditional book would. With all the different e-book readers you can fit a huge number of books on one device and not have to carry them around. I think it is mostly the convenience of being able to read an e-book on your computer, mobile device or e-book reader.
Elle Amery: I think we’re all conscious about the environment in a way we weren’t even ten years ago. E-publishing has a much smaller carbon footprint, something we all care about. I’m thrilled that many people are choosing to read e-books! Perhaps it’s time I invested in an e-book reader for myself instead of reading on my computer . . .
Em Lynley: So many reasons! They are in general less expensive, take up less space and people love anything that’s portable or works on electronic devices. It’s a plus that it saves resources as well.
Jamaica Layne: Because it’s cheap, accessible, and people spend so much time using their computers, iPhones, etc. It also gives the reader a lot of privacy, which is great for erotica.
Sèphera Girón: I think it’s a combination of cheaper prices, convenience of ordering because you can download a story in minutes and that they are environmentally friendly. Also, in the arena of erotica, you can have anonymity in both the purchase and the reading experience.s
Neve Black: I hope it’s because people are concerned about leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
And now a sample of Margery’s first contribution to the e-book world of erotic romance!
“Is this seat taken?”
Chastity looked up from her lounge seat to see a tall man with greying hair gesturing toward the orange chair beside her. She shook her head and returned to her novel, but part of her attention was captured by his handsome profile. For some reason she hadn’t been able to get into North and South as quickly as she had Gaskell’s other novels, so at last she closed the book with a sigh and stretched. Still another hour to go according to her new mobile.
“Would you care for a coffee?” the gentleman beside her offered.
“That would be lovely,” Chastity answered with genuine pleasure. Her gallant returned with coffee and all the accoutrements and she gratefully added a helping of cream to the rich black brew.
“Simon Chalk,” he said by way of introduction, offering her a smartly manicured and surprisingly large hand to shake.
“Masie Diamond,” Chastity offered, picking one of her stock names at random and reminding herself to keep to it. It was not, however, the name on her passport.
“Do you make this trip often? Or is that far too dull of a question?”
“How about ‘what did you want to be when you grew up?’” Chastity asked with a smile. It was always one of her favourites.
As expected, he laughed and blinked a little at her. “I wanted to be a milkman,” he said, his grin betraying a good bit of embarrassment at his sudden revelation. Chastity was sure he had expected to be the one leading the conversation.
“A milkman?” she prompted.
“I’m not sure what it was,” Simon continued, “I think I just liked our milkman. He was always kind and cheerful. I liked the crisp white uniform, too. What a strange thing to dig up from memory. And you?”
“I wanted to be a circus performer,” Chastity said, no longer sure if it was a lie or the truth. “I wanted to ride bareback on a horse and do pirouettes and stand on one leg.”
Simon smiled at her. Unlike his initial predatory grin, there was a genuine warmth to it. “I can see you doing that. On a white horse with bells and shiny silver buckles on its bridle.”
Chastity sipped her coffee and regarded him closely. “Maybe that’s why I like leather… and straps and buckles.”
His intake of breath was audible. Chastity kicked off her shoes and crossed her legs, resting them on the stool in front of her that was padded with the same hideously orange upholstery. “You have such lovely calves,” Simon said, his tone now slightly uncertain, yet gaining strength. “I could certainly see you as a circus acrobat on horseback, those strong legs lifting you to incredible heights.”
Chastity stretched her legs, pointing the toes and then relaxing them again. “And what would you do with these legs in your hands?” she asked him, turning her amber eyes on his gaze unswervingly.
He was warming to the challenge rather quickly though. “I would start with the toes, yes, I’m sure of that,” he said, his eyes caressing what his hands were denied. His voice lowered in both tone and register. “I would start with your toes in my mouth, happy to suck each one and enjoy the salty savour of them. And then I would run each fingertip along the muscles of your calf, needing to feel the interplay of the flexing tendons. I would caress your knees until I was sure I had memorized their shape. Only then would I consider your thighs. All right so far?”
Chastity nodded, her expectations already exceeded.
“Your thighs,” he continued, “would be a special assault. Clearly they are soft and well cared for, but you are a woman who keeps an active life, so they are well disciplined and strong. That must be admired and acknowledged. Hands would not be enough. It would be necessary to employ the mouth and lips as well.”
“Of course,” Chastity murmured, wondering if the toilets on the train were really any better than those on an airplane, but content for now to slump in her chair and listen to the seductive words of this would-be milkman.
Remember to leave a comment; it automatically enters you to win a free copy of CHASTITY FLAME. We’ll also be giving away three $5.00 gift certificates for Ravenous on three random stops. You won’t know which ones until the tour is over, so visit as many as you can! And if you leave a comment on every stop in the RR Ornery Eleven BBT, you’re eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Ravenous Romance!
Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you, Bryn, for hosting us! Please visit The Bookwenches tomorrow, April 30th, for another question of the day and our featured author Savannah Chase!
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