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My First Time: H K Carlton

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August 24  |  Book Publications, eBooks, erotic romance, Interview  |   Kay Jaybee

It’s interview time again folks. In the hot seat- revealing her ‘First Time’ – is my lovely friend in erotica H K Carlton. Why not join us for a cuppa and a chat?

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

The first story I remember writing, funnily enough was probably an erotic story, or at least as risqué as a girl can get at fourteen. It was nothing more than a fantasy about a friend of my brothers. As I recall, it was the first time I used the word cock. How scandalous! It wasn’t a word I was allowed to use. Not that a young lady of that age should be using certain words but I came from a fairly strict and somewhat religious household and certain things were not to be said let alone written.

Unfortunately, I shoved the unfinished story, under my bed and one day while vacuuming, my mum found it. Sex of any kind was not discussed in that house.  Instead of addressing the issue with me, for some unknown reason, my mother turned it over to my holier-than-thou older sister who took great pleasure in handing my pitiful little blue-lined sheets with the dirty words on them, back to me, all crumbled from the run-in with the vacuum hose. I remember she said, “Mom found these,” with a sanctimonious smirk on her face. I was so embarrassed. They’d obviously read it. In tears, I tore it up and I never wrote another story, not even ‘acceptable’ ones, outside of schoolwork, while I still lived under my parent’s roof. Sadly, that was the end of my writing for many years before I found the courage to try again.

On a happier note, I do recall writing a story for grade 8 creative writing class, that did not feel like an assignment at all. I had such a ball writing it. It was one of those times when my pencil couldn’t keep up with my thoughts. It was the first time I’d ever earned an A++. Hell, I believe it was the only time. LOL. I was extremely proud, especially when the teacher’s comments were complimentary and encouraging. Eleven pages of foolscap. Anybody remember that stuff? J It was about a stolen ring. I still remember the title, The Winkwaddle Detective Agency. I’m off to copyright that right now! J

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

My first book was entitled Swap, an erotic contemporary romance for Totally Bound, about a woman who had the hots for her hunky brother-in-law. I had two submissions out at that time, to two different publishers. Swap, to TB, and a historical romance with another publisher. Happily, both were accepted within weeks of each other.

I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

It was a total shock for me as well, especially after the bumpy start. I never thought being a published author was in the cards for me, regardless of genre. When I finally found the courage to write again, I did it for me with no intention of doing anything with it. My head was so full, I had to get it down on paper and out of my mind. When I finished, I didn’t feel like it was half bad. So, I did a whole lot of research and started fumbling my way through the process.

I intended to write historical romance because it was the genre I loved reading most, at the time. I’ve penned a few historical romances, but even they push the line of what true historical romance readers want to read. The sex scenes are a bit too explicit even if the language is tamed.

In Lost Time, I was able to combine both my loves—the historical elements along with erotic romance. To this day, it is still one of my favourites.

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What affect did that have on your life?

I’m busier and have had to figure out how to budget my time between work and real life. But I’ve also kept my writing a secret from the majority of my family and that can be tricky at times when deadlines and release dates loom. Of course, my husband and kids know. My three children are extremely supportive and proud of me. I’ve always encouraged them to follow their dreams and they are happy for me that I’ve gone after mine. My closest sister (I have two, this one is not to be confused with the censorial one :p) has always been my champion and confidante. She was one of the first people I told when I began sending out submissions. But I have kept this secret from my mother, out of respect for her beliefs, and from my other siblings. I can only imagine my oldest sister’s smirk now, if she found out about my dirty little secret. LOL. Though perhaps now, the joke’s on her. 😉

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

I find this a hard question to answer at the moment. I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch, writing lately. It’s not writer’s block, the ideas are there, but I feel as though I’m all over the place and second guessing everything. But then again, perhaps that does reflect my writing style. Though when I look back at my first publication Swap, I wonder if that wasn’t a more genuine HK than some of the things I’ve been writing recently.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment, I have several things on the go, including a sequel to Lost Time —though I have been working on it for years—It just hasn’t come together to my liking yet. I’d also like to continue Miranda and Jordan’s story, from Next Weekend, about a couple who discover a little something new about one another. One small problem, they are in the midst of divorce proceedings.

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I’m also looking forward to starting edits on an m/m, erotica, gay-for-you story, Adrenaline Lust, that has been contracted to eXtasy Books. Also in the past week or so, I’ve finished final edits for an f/f erotic short story, entitled In the Flesh, which will be included in the Ladies Only anthology for Pride Publishing.

 

 

Author Links

Blog http://pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca

Twitter https://twitter.com/authorhkcarlton

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorhk.carlton

Amazon http://viewAuthor.at/HKCarlton

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544863.H_K_Carlton

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Buy Links

Lost Time

Totally Bound https://www.totallybound.com/book/lost-time

Amazon  http://getBook.at/LT

Pre-Order Ladies Only Anthology

Pride Publishing  https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/ladies-only

Amazon http://myBook.to/LOantho

Adrenaline Lust – Coming soon Add to your wish list http://www.extasybooks.com/adrenaline-lust/ EXtasy Books

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Thank you so much for such a great- and heartbreakingly honest – interview. I can’t imagine who awful you must have felt to have your earliest work mocked. I take my hat off to you for trying again later.

Also- I want you to write that detective book!!

Happy reading,

Kay x

 

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My First Time: Zander Vyne

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May 18  |  BDSM, Book Publications, eBooks, erotic romance, Interview  |   Kay Jaybee

It’s time for another in my interview series, ‘My First Time.’ Today I’m delighted to welcome to Zander Vyne to talk about her early erotica writing experiences.

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

I had a fabulous creative-writing teacher in high school, so I began writing things I liked way back then. But, it being a school situation, I didn’t feel free to fully express myself in writing until much later in life. The first story I wrote with that sense of creative freedom was an adult fairy tale called Amethyst’s Feather. On surface, it was about a princess expected to marry and love the right kind of man who secretly longs to be with a mysterious man she’d met as a child. On her wedding day, she runs from the church, breaking free from convention only to discover her dream lover is an immortal beast and not a man at all. But she loves him anyway. It’s a morality tale which was actually a break-up letter to the person I wrote it for, to convince them to choose the beast over me (the more obvious choice).

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What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

Amethyst’s Feather turned out to be the first story I sold. It was erotica, I thought, but a member of the writing group I belonged to at the time told me it was not erotica at all. My story contained “rape” and “beastiality” she said. She strongly discouraged me from submitting the story and warned that the editors would be horrified and never work with me again if I broke their “rules”. Instead, I wrote the editors, explained my dilemma and storyline and was asked to submit Amethyst’s Feather. They bought it, and this was the beginning of a long association with one of the editors. To my knowledge, the lady who found my story so offensive never went on to publish anything.

I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

I never set out to write erotica. Back in the early days of the internet, I was into chatting online. I loved interactive story-telling. I also developed an interest in BDSM (mostly the D part). Some of my early stories came from scenes or sprang out as ideas based on talks with people also interested in the lifestyle. So, yes, this writing direction was a huge shock. I’d always assumed I’d write horror or romance. Erotica gave me a chance to combine the two and opened a whole new world to me.

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What affect did that have on your life?

Writing erotica created issues with my family and friends. This was before FSG made erotica “okay” for all but the most uptight people. I saw most of my writing as mainstream, literary . . . more like Anais Ninn, Henry Miller, and other current, popular authors. Though I wrote my fair share of porn, most of my work was more about the impact our relationship with sex has on us as people and less about the sex itself. But it turned out most people didn’t feel that way in my Midwestern suburban community of Catholic girl-scout moms. Suddenly, I was a peddler of porn. One step removed from a paedophile. It was hard to take at first, but ultimately, their narrow minds opened mine and made me more determined to stick with writing what moved me, regardless of what anyone else thought. It encouraged me to be even more shocking. I worked in the film business for a long time and learned when people react strongly to you, you’re doing something right. I did stop talking about it while I grew a tougher skin and learned to write to please me and not others. Just to make life easier for my kids, I keep my pseudonyms separate and seldom discuss my writing with the soccer moms in my ‘hood or members of my family who are not supportive. I also support other writers with a vengeance through writing groups, workshops, encouragement, and help through many entities, including blogs, a small press publishing company, and an author services company.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

Not at all! Though Amethyst’s Feather did push buttons, and explore topics that made some uncomfortable, it was really a morality tale . . . a fairy tale. Possibly the only one I’ve ever written. Now, I tend to try new styles, new genres, and new ways of expressing ideas. I love complex stories told using sparse language and writing that challenges me as well as the reader.

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What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on finalizing print versions of my Tales of a Vampire Hunter novellas as well as an omnibus edition combining all three books. The publishing company is forming imprints and working with several clients in various genres. And I am writing a fun mainstream novel under another name as well as developing a grizzly thriller with my writing partner and a YA novel about a teenager’s murder in a small suburb very similar to the one I live in. Like much of my erotica, the surface story will be about one thing, but underneath, it’s a book about the way people judge others and think they know people, when actually few of us ever truly know others.

Buy links –

Amethyst’s Feather

Universal Amazon eBook link for Amaranthine Rain (a Short-Story Collection) which includes Amethyst’s FeathergetBook.at/Amaranthine_Rain_Amazon

Universal Amazon paperback link for Amaranthine Rain (a Short-Story Collection)getBook.at/AR_Amazon_print

Bespelled: Tales of a Vampire Hunter 3

Universal Amazon eBook link – getBook.at/Bespelled_Amazon (Print coming soon. I’d advise people to wait for the omnibus edition coming out in print and eBook forms this summer)

Link to Zander’s website zandervyne.com

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Random facts about Zander Vyne:

I used to let people think Zander was a he, to sell more stories, and because it was fun having a penis (even if imaginary, those things are the shit).

Unusual talents – drunken palm-reading and Improvisational story-spinning (usually not at the same time)

Fears – big ass spiders (because, really . . . a spider in your ass is scary as fuck); Bad punctuation (recurrent nightmares about it creeping into finished books)

Loves – weird people, head-banging music (extra points if made by a woman), sailing (lived on a sailboat for five years), used-book stores

Best job I ever had- (besides writing, which is not a job, but a love) working in a movie theatre

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Many thanks Zander- fabulous interview!

Happy reading,

Kay x

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My First Time: Janine Ashbless

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May 4  |  Book Publications, eBooks, Interview  |   Kay Jaybee

It’s time for another in my interview series, ‘My First Time.’ I’m delighted to welcome the multi-talented Janine Ashbless to my site today.

Over to you Janine…

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

I wrote fantasy a novel when I was 18, set in my own secondary world that I’d been imagining for years. A bunch of ill-matched people meet up and then basically encounter that world’s analogue of Jesus. Yeah, I was a Christian at the time…

It was waffly and badly plotted. I think I’d rather die than read it again!

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

It was erotica (“Party Piece”, published 1998 in “Sugar and Spice vol. 2” by Black Lace)

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I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

I wanted to write ghost stories! The erotica was something I thought about ALL THE TIME but I had no idea anyone actually published that sort of thing. Once I knew it was legit, there was no stopping me…

What affect did that have on your life?

That short story led to a collection of shorts from Black Lace (“Cruel Enchantment”) and from there to every other book I’ve written and a complete change in career and lifestyle. It’s changed my life immeasurably.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

I’ve loosened up and become less wordy, faster paced.

What are you working on at the moment?

“The Valleys of the Earth” – the second in a trilogy about Fallen Angels, following on from “Cover Him With Darkness”.

Buy links to your first published story (if still available) and links to latest book. http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Spice-2-Black-Lace/dp/035233309X/ref=sr_1_35

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sugar-Spice-Black-Short-Collection/dp/035233309X/ref=sr_1_1

Latest book:

FallingDeep (003)

http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Lovers-Wheel-Janine-Ashbless-ebook/dp/B01C639HPC/ref=sr_1_1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01C639HPC

 Bio

Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology ‘Geek Love’.

Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and – for five years of muddy feet and shouting – as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.

Her work has been described as:

“Hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.” (Portia Da Costa)

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Fantastic interview- thanks Janine. I had no idea you had been a library assistant as well- so many of us in the world of erotica!

Happy reading,

Kay x

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My First Time: Jillian Boyd

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April 6  |  Interview, News  |   Kay Jaybee

It’s that time again- I’m welcoming the lovely Jillian Boyd to my site today to tell us about her early publishing experiences in the land of erotica.

Over to you Jillian…

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

I wasn’t ever forced to write at school – on the contrary, I think writing assignments in school were a big part of me falling in love with writing. That, and voracious reading.

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

It was an MMF ménage story in a seasonal anthology. So yes, it was erotica.

I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

Same as you, Kay – I had no clue. I’d started blogging first, and participating in erotica writing memes was what made me think “hey, wait a minute, this is something I enjoy”. I wasn’t shocked as much as surprised that I liked it and that it was something I could feasibly be good at.

What effect did that have on your life?

I think with me you’ll always have to take into account that I write a personal sex and relationships blog as well as erotic fiction. So it was a combination of those two that led me to want to push myself out of the situation I was in at the time I started and take on whatever came my way.

I *think* it’s safe to say it was a good effect…

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

I actually re-read it not too long ago and, although I’ll always hold a special place for it in my heart because it was my first published story, once it got to the dialogue I promptly cringed myself inside out.

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently, writing is on the backburner as I’m focussing on nailing a high-pressure period in my day job! Which isn’t as bad as that sounds, because I love my day job and I need a bit of a break from writing if I’m honest.

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Buy links

Inked: Sexy Tales of Tattoo Eroticahttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CXBRFEM/?tag=sexylittlewords-21

Licked (as editor) –

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Licked-Rob-Rosen-ebook/dp/B018Y8NCCC/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1458472239&sr=1-10&keywords=Licked%3A+Oral+Sex+Erotica

Bio

Jillian Boyd is an author, editor, blogger and all-round nosy parker. Based in London, she can often be found in coffee shops. She blogs at ladylaidbare.com.

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Many thanks Jilly! Fabulous interview,

Happy reading,

Kay xx

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My First Time: Ria Restrepo

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March 31  |  BDSM, eBooks, erotic romance, Interview  |   Kay Jaybee

My series of interviews with erotica writers documenting their first time publishing/writing experiences is proving so popular, that I’m going to be popping them up a little more frequently for a while.

Today I’m delighted to welcome the lovely Ria Restrepo to my site. So why not go and grab a cuppa, a little something to nibble, put your feet up, and have a little read…

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

Yes, I remember it vividly. I was in my first year at university and going through a lot of emotional upheaval. While I was trying to study in upstate New York, I kept getting distressing phone calls from my parents in Miami. There was a lot of crap going on with their psycho neighbours and some unrelated drama with my extended family. I’m an only child, so I was naturally very close to my parents and felt isolated and helpless.

To vent my frustration, I started writing. It was a psychological thriller, called Rachel’s Destruction, about a coed whose parents were killed, so she seduces a gangster to help her get revenge on all the people responsible for their deaths. There was a surprising amount of sex in it. The opening scene was her giving her shrink a blowjob to escape a mental hospital. Let’s just say, there was no “happy ending” for the doctor.

I shared a few chapters with a friend at the time and she called it “dark and twisted, but hot.” I’d been reading a lot of Anne Rice and Stephen King, so that may have influenced the direction of my musings.

Rachel’s Destruction remains unfinished, in a manila folder, tucked away in the back of a desk drawer — along with a lot of other unfinished early work. I’d never really planned on publishing it, but who knows? I may revisit the story and finish it at some point.

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

No, it wasn’t erotica. When I finally got serious about my writing and getting it published, I had a couple of things happen around the same time. I’m not sure which happened first. Under my given name, I had two literary fiction short stories published in an anthology of local writers. Both were very idealistic and heavy with meaning, but definitely G-rated.

The other thing was a chapter I’d written for Harlequin’s website. They had something called a “Round Robin.” One of their writers would start a story, then readers would submit the next chapter. They’d choose a winner and publish it on their website. It went on like that until they decided to finish the story. When I discovered this, the Round Robin was already under way, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Shockingly, the first time out, my chapter won and was published. I think the story was called “A Touch of Scandal,” but it was PG-rated. I don’t know if Harlequin still has this contest.

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I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

No, I didn’t set out to write erotica — although, as I mentioned, my writing started out with a lot of sex. Mainly, I was interested in writing romance, but tried just about everything to “get published.” My writing was all over the place — everything from literary fiction to political humor.

My first complete novel was a romance, which I now look back on with horror. There was more wrong with that book than was right. It had just about every mistake a novice writer can make. At the time, though, I submitted it everywhere and it was rejected — rightfully so. But I continued writing and submitting, learning the hard way, through trial and error. Finally, I wrote a chick-lit novel intended for Harlequin’s Red Dress Ink imprint and they asked to see the complete manuscript. Thrilled that it made it that far and hoping for the best, I rested on my laurels when I should have been working on another novel. This was another newbie mistake.

During this down time, I discovered the website Literotica. Yes, there is a lot of poor writing on there, but there are also some very hot stories. My only exposure to erotica up until that point was Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, which I read in college. I loved the series and it made a big impression on me. After enjoying some dirty stories on Literotica, I submitted one of my own under a pen name for a contest. It didn’t win, but was very well received. Soon, I was editing other people’s stories for their volunteer editing program. One of the writers I was working with introduced me to the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (ERWA) and their calls for submissions. I met a lot of talented writers and learned a great deal.

I began writing and submitting erotica more seriously after that and had a few modest successes. Although Harlequin ultimately passed on my chick-lit novel, I was still writing romance too. It wasn’t until years later when “erotic romance” became popular that I decided to focus on writing romance, erotica, and all the shades in between. My path to writing erotica has been a long and winding one.

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What affect did that have on your life?

My erotica writing has been a dirty little secret for a long time. I come from a sexually repressed Catholic background. Although my parents didn’t ram the church down my throat, make me go to mass, or indoctrinate me in the catechism, the mentality was still there. Anything sexual was verboten. Oh, I knew my father kept dirty magazines hidden in the bathroom, but I knew better than to talk about it.

Even though I’d been doing it since I was about twelve, I didn’t learn the word “masturbate” until I was almost in high school. A friend of mine mentioned it and of course I denied ever doing such a thing. I doubt she believed me, but she was kind enough not to call me on it. So writing and reading erotica has always been about exploring the forbidden and embracing my sexual desires.

Still, I can count on one hand the number of people from my everyday life that know I write erotica. When I tell people that I’m a writer, I say I write romance. It covers a multitude of sins, saves me embarrassment and censure from folks who’d be scandalized, and allows me to avoid unwanted attention from lecherous men.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

Not at all. I’ve learned a lot since then and honed my writing style. I’d like to think I’m a much better writer now.  I’m also concentrating on writing romance and erotica as Ria Restrepo. I’d written under my given name initially, and then under another pseudonym, which I’d rather not reveal for personal reasons. After a hiatus, I relaunched my writing career as Ria Restrepo at the end of 2014. My first story as Ria was an erotic romance called “Undercover Desires,” published in early 2015 in Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica. My most recent published work, “Restitution,” was released January 2016 in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1. Not much about my style has changed between those two stories, although “Restitution” is more erotica than erotic romance.

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What are you working on at the moment?

Apart from continuing to write and submit short erotic stories for publication, I’m working on a full-length erotic romance novel called “Bounty girl.” I started working on it for NaNoWriMo 2015. It’s about a submissive bounty huntress who goes after the fugitive brother of her first love/Dom. Of course, all sorts of complications and shenanigans ensue!

My first published work as Ria Restrepo was “Undercover Desires” in Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica, published by House of Erotica and edited by Jillian Boyd. The buy links page on House of Erotica’s site is here:

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“Restitution” in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 is my most recent published work. Buy links here:

http://www.bweoftheyear.com/#!where-to-buy-the-book/kqdgr

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Another story, “Rickshawing with Rick and Shawn,” a MMF erotica piece is coming out soon in Prompted. No buy links for it yet, but you can read about it here:

Prompted – the anthology

Also, here are links for my website and blog:

Website: http://www.riarestrepo.com

Blog: http://riarestrepo.blogspot.com

Bio:

Ria Restrepo has written in many genres, from literary fiction to political humour, under various names. Now she’s focused on writing what she loves to read—romance, erotica, and all the shades in between. She’s spent most of her life in South Florida and continues to live in the Sunshine State, because she still has nightmares about standing in feet of snow, waiting for the school bus in rural Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 1, and will be in the upcoming anthology Prompted.

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Thanks for a wonderful interview Ria – good luck with Prompted and all your future work.

Happy reading,

Kay xx

 

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