I was very lucky during the course of 2010 to be invited to the two Sh! Women’s Store’s in London on a number of occasions to read stories from my various books.
My first appearance at the Sh! store in Hoxton was on 23rd April- and I was nervous to say the least. I needn’t have been though, for I was welcomed into the shops pink embrace with incredible kindness from the staff, and lashings of champagne and cupcakes. Along with Scarlett French, Liz Coldwell and Jacqueline Appledore, I helped to promote Violet Blue’s Best of the Best Women’s Erotica 2, from which I read my tale Becky, – which I’m relieved to say, was well received.
Back in July I was very lucky to be invited along to read at the opening of the new SH! women’s store on Portobello Road in London. The girls from SH! did themselves proud. The new cosy pink and purple shop is a welcoming, friendly, and a totally non-threatening place.
My fellow writers KD Grace and Scarlett French read incredibly sexy stories, Tempest Rose gave some Burlesque tips (in the most beautiful corset- not to mention figure), and the fabulous Delourus Deluxe gave us essential food for thought body image wise. To my eternal disappointment I missed the show by the Five Clever Courtesans– but was still able to enjoy the sight of them wandering around all evening in scanty outfits.
All of the guests were kind and generous, and it was lovely to put so many faces to names; such as the amazing and unstoppable Sarah Berry, formally of Forum, but now of Foreplay Magazine, for whom I have since had the pleasure of writing for.
The highlight of my SH! appearances in 2010 however, was for the launch of my linked anthology, The Collector. I was delighted to be invited by Jo, the beautiful manageress of the Hoxton branch of Sh! to read from my book. Until then The Collector had only been available via the Internet, but from that moment on, it adorned the SH! bookshelves.
The champagne flowed, and the cup cakes were nibbled in between readings, and a good time was had by all.
I must again thank Renee, Jo, all the other Sh! Chix, and the audiences who’ve come to hear me and my fellow writers speak, who said so many kind things about my work, that they made me blush- or perhaps that was the champagne!
My SH! year came to an end in October, when I visited to hear my dear friend KD Grace launch her book, The Initiation of Miss Holly. Having bought my own copy of Miss Holly, I can honestly say that the brilliantly kinky passages KD shared, were but a mouth wetting taster for the hot episodes that remained hidden between the books cover…If you haven’t got a copy yet then you must buy one, close the curtains, lock the door, and share the experience with a lover or a dildo…
As ever, the Sh! Girls did their guests proud. Pink champagne flowed, and cupcakes were nibbled against a backdrop of sex toys, lingerie, erotic art and non stop smiles.
On a more personal level, I was lucky enough to meet the equally smashing Hazel Cushion (Xcite), and Lucy Felthouse (Erotica For All), and renew my acquaintance with Foreplay’s editor, the unstoppably effervescent Sarah Berry.