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Guest Blog by Jillian Boyd – Voicing It!

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February 7  |  News  |   Kay Jaybee

I’m delighted to have another fresh voice to my guest blog feature today. The lovely Jillian Boyd, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting on a number of occasions!

Over to you Jillian…

Thank you, Kay! *sits back on chair, makes herself comfortable*

Now, if you’ve met me before, I may strike you as a bit awkward. That’s because I totally am. I used to take about three years to work up the courage to actually talk to someone, let alone voice my opinion to other people.

Yeah, I’m still working on that.

When I first started writing erotic fiction, which back then was mainly on my blog, I thought (wrongly) that I was doing this just for larks; I reckoned I’d get bored and flutter off to doing something else. And then I accidentally started liking it, so much so that I started submitting stories and they started getting accepted.

Two things I wasn’t expecting back then:

One – I’d be doing a hell of a lot of networking with other authors and people.

Two – actually reading my stories, out loud, to an audience.

The first one I kind of grew into. I mean, I do still tend to feel intimidated when in large crowds, but whenever that feeling strikes me (the one where your brain’s just like “AAAARGH, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!”) I just take myself into a corner with a drink and observe.

The second one however…

The first time I read on stage, I was practically wetting myself with nerves. I don’t even remember why I put myself up on the list to read; I think I just wanted to say to people that I had.

I practised my piece a couple of times, and as I sat waiting for my turn, listening to the other readers, this voice in my head said “start with a joke”.

I had to give it to my brain: it was top advice. I psyched myself up, took the microphone and said something along the lines of “ha ha, I have a weird accent”. And then I read my poem. It took about 60 seconds in total, and by the time I came off stage, I was already thinking “next time, do this and that.”

Since that first go, I’ve not exactly been barnstorming it when it comes to reading in public. But as with the networking doo-ma-gog, I’ve kind of gotten used to doing it – and I hope that 2014 is a year in which I get to do it more often (*note to self: in order to achieve this, actually write more stuff*).

I have got three tips for all you erotica writers who want to have a go at reading in public –

  1. For your first time, don’t pick anything too lengthy, or likely to make you trip up over the words. Chances are you’ll be a bit of a bumbling nervous wreck, so pick something that flows well and that you’re comfortable with reading. If you do have any words in your piece that are guaranteed to trip you up, see if you can      leave them out of the piece while reading.
  2. Project your voice. Even if you’re in a small venue, make sure that everyone can hear what you’re saying.
  3. Have fun with all the bits of it! Make a little joke while you’re introducing yourself, ask the audience how they’re doing, and most of all, read your piece with the gusto that only you can give it. If you can make ‘em laugh/cry/gasp while      also getting them burning hot under the collar, you’re doing a pretty good job.

Coincidentally, I’m reading tonight – as part of the array of fabulous authors present at Meg Philip’s book launch at Sh!

Best get practising. Thank you for having me, Kay!

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Bio –

Jillian Boyd lives in That There London, with her boyfriend, a convection heater and a curious cat. She’s been writing ever since she realized that real life is a bit dull and imagination is much better. Most of her stories are dreamed up at night, which is very inconvenient when you’re trying to get some sleep. Her vices include Nutella, Mads Mikkelsen’s cheekbones and the works of Stephen King. She has been published by the likes of Constable and Robinson and House of Erotica, and is currently working on her first novel. Someday, she hopes to actually discover Narnia in the back of her closet.

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Many thanks for dropping y with a blog today Jilly! Good luck at Sh tonight. You’ll be brilliant- just watch that Meg Philips- she’ll be after a spanking!

Happy reading,

Kay xx

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Sharing Smut Friday!- Grand Opening of La Boudoir Boutique & The Sh Reading Slam!

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August 25  |  News  |   Kay Jaybee

One of the perks of being a writer is that occasionally we are invited to visit various venues to sign books, do readings, and generally spread the words- in my case smutty ones!!. Last Friday, myself and my favourite partner in erotica, Kd Grace, had the privilege of being invited to not one, but two such gatherings.

So on Thursday afternoon, case packed, hair suitably ‘Kay-ed’ – (this is a technical term for turning curly haired me into straight haired KJB)- I set off on the 6 hr train journey from the SW of England to Canterbury in Kent, where I’d been invited to read some of my erotica at the opening of the brand new adult boutique, La Boudoir Boutique

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Unlike the other VIP guests (OMG- I was counted as a VIP- that ‘s a first!!!- FLATTERED!), Kd and I were staying in Canterbury rather than Margate, so we didn’t party the night away in celeb style like the others did- but we didn’t mind that- not for one moment. I’d never been to Canterbury before , and it was with the delight of tourists on a summers day, that Kd and I strolled its heritage packed streets in the early evening on Thursday night, speculating on the day ahead, the precariously nature of the erotic book trade, and generally plotting, planning and laughing- we do a lot of laughing! It was a truly lovely evening.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Then on Friday morning it was time to work! We squeezed into our glad rags, and got ready for the taxi ride from Canterbury to the Lakesview Business Park, for the launch of the boutique!! Officially opened by Jo Hemmings, who unlocked the ceremonial handcuffs, and raised a glass to her latest, photograph packed self-help book, the proceedings were soon in full swing. I kicked off by reading the only wholesome bit of The Perfect Submissive I could find, and then, after everyone had grabbed some much needed air, Kd Grace read the brilliantly saucy breakfast scene from The Pet Shop.

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Then there was a sexy game of hook the duck to play, a model lingerie shoot to watch, a gorgeous cake to cut, and some wonderful chatter to share with Cara Sutra, Dale Bradford from the ETO, Nymphomaniac Ness, and the wonderfully kind organisers and owners of this beautiful new shop, Vic and Julian. Particular thanks must go to Violet Hall, who organised our part in the event so well.

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Then, as the champagne corks finished popping, it was time for KD and I to disappear back into a taxi and hightail it to London, where we had an hours breathing space before the cocktail dresses were swapped for short skirts and low cut tops, and the Annual Sh Reading and Poetry Slam could begin. As ever, we were made wonderfully welcome by Jo and Renee at Sh in Hoxton. And wow- what a turn out this year!! ….

Sh poetry-slam 2013

The evening was kicked off by the brilliant poems of Frantic Ali, and continued with a very high standard of readings all evening with poems from Jay Walker, Frantic Ali, Lisa Davies and Jane Fae, as well as stories from, Victoria Blisse, Lexie Bay,  Jillian Boyd, Meg Phillip, Zak Jane Kier, Kd Grace- oh, and me!!!

I had the great pleasure of being clock-watcher for the evening, and with Jo’s timer to hand, I carefully kept one eye on the ticking of the clock, while my other eye calculated precisely where on the backside I would paddle them if they over ran their five minute reading allowance…

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It’s funny how the sight of me beginning to reach for my paddle at the four minutes forty five second mark makes people read faster…. As always, the evening was over far too quickly, and before we knew it the champagne and cupcakes were gone, and it was time to depart.

Going to read at Sh is such a wonderful experience. I’ve been so often now that it is like being at home- I just love the place, and the people I’ve met there over the years are truly inspiring, amazing, and genuinely lovely.

After the readings, we all- (readers, plus some of our smashing audience)- headed for some much needed food- and with a plate of the poshest fish finger sandwiches I’ve ever seen in front of me, we talked the night away as only erotica lovers can…

And so here I am again, the return journey accomplished, the washing machine whirring, and the kids cuddled, back in the South West, with a head full of memories, a brain wrestling with yet more story ideas, writing this blog while sitting on top of a hill over looking the moors, in a place that could be a million miles from London; the wind blowing through my hair.

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It’s no secret erotica writing is going through a rough time- for so many reasons- none of which are relevant to this blog- but with my Smut Sharing Friday just passed, and the memory of all the happy faces listening to me as I read, all the curious fingers tentatively examining the toys at both La Boudoir Boutique and Sh, I feel a renewed determination to ride out the storm, and keep writing as much as I can, no matter what may lay around the corner…

Kay X

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Grand Opening!- La Boudoir Boutique!! 23rd August

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August 18  |  News  |   Kay Jaybee

So- what are you doing over lunchtime on 23rd August?

Will you be in the South East of England? Anywhere near Canterbury?

If you are- then have I got a treat for you!

Between 12pm and 2pm on 23rd August you can be at the Grand Opening of La Boudoir Boutique!! All you need to do is fill in the form found here, and come along on the day!!

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Just listen to this events run down…

Book signing by Jo Hemmings
Raffle with fantastic prizes
Book reading from our erotic authors (That’ll be me and Kd Grace then!!)
Fun and games (I am reliably informed there will be a very unusual game of Hooking the Duck…ummm???)
Refreshments (There will be chocolate amongst the lovely nibbles and drinks- see, you really do want to come don’t you!!)

And these are the celebs coming along…

Celebrity guests attending:
Jo Hemmings Celebrity Sexpert
Charlie Sloth Radio 1 Xtra DJ
Victor Ebuwa from Big Brother 5
K D Grace & K Jaybee Erotic Authors
(LOL- celebs- that’ll be the day!!)
Cara Sutra, Award Winning Sex Blogger

Jo Hemmings

Jo Hemmings

The event runs like this-

On the day of the opening, you can expect to see the celebrities arriving at 12pm and our wholesalers and other VIP guests will arrive also. There will be drinks and talking until half past 12 when the shop will be officially opened by Jo Hemmings. Then the shop will be free to browse, wholesalers can view the free warehouse space ready for their proposed products to be advertised. At 1pm there will be a photo shoot viewing where the celebrities can see our lingerie being modelled. Our current ranges will be shown in a themed setting and the resulting photos are being put together for a calendar in which proceeds raised will be donated to the FPA charity for sexual awareness.

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So- do come if you are able- I would love to see you there. I can promise some fab smutty readings and lots of fun!!

Here’s the location for you- Unit 26, 1 Sparrow Way, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 4AL

Loads more info can be found on the La Boudoir web site about the opening and the wonderful things you can buy there!! http://www.laboudoirboutique.co.uk/

Big smiles,

Kay xxx

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