Lucy Felthouse is an established and remarkably prolific erotica and erotic romance writer. I'm thrilled she was able to pop by and chat with me today. She's here to talk about her M/M Erotic Romance from Ellora's Cave, Illicit Relations. If we manage to pique your interest, you can find all the book's buy links beneath the blurb or on her website.
1. Okay, I know you're here to talk about your book, but a newbie author's got to ask--what's your secret to success? When you first started out, did you think you'd end up with over seventy published titles?
Thanks so much for having me here today, Tara!
In terms of success... can I let you know? ;) I’m not exactly making oodles here, despite having quite a few publications out there. I’m just writing what I enjoy, making it the best I can and sending it out there. I’ve been very, very lucky, and I’m also very determined. I won’t stop!
2. I must say, that's a great recipe for happiness. What inspired you to write Illicit Relations? Did the idea to make Terry and Justin think they were second cousins (at first) come to you out of the blue, or did you encounter something that spurred your imagination?
It was an idea that had been floating around in the back of my head for a while. I can’t really answer the question properly without giving away a major part of the plot, but let’s just say there are elements of truth in the story and leave it at that. Sorry, I can’t give a spoiler!
3. It looks like Illicit Relations is part of a multi-author series. What ties all the Boys Will Do Boys books together (besides the obvious)?
It’s a very loose series. Basically we were given the brief to write m/m or m/m/m (etc!) erotic romance stories and send them in to our editors. They were released as part of a series, but there’s no link other than the pairings.
4. After years of nursing a crush, Terry and Justin's first kiss must have been scorching. Would you mind sharing a few juicy details?
This was so much fun to write! Terry and Justin had literally been lusting over each other for years, despite the forbidden fruit element. So when the opportunity came for them to actually be together, well... it practically wrote itself!
Here’s a little snippet:
Terry looked up at his cousin, who still looked pretty mad and had spots of color high on his cheeks. He felt color coming to his own face due to Justin’s proximity. It also sent blood rushing to his nether regions at a rate of knots. If Justin didn’t kiss him, didn’t do something, he wouldn’t be able to stop himself. He’d grab the other man and slam him onto the wooden boards, then take what he’d been longing for for so long. He’d kiss him until he either kissed him back or threw him off. One way or the other, he’d know if they had a future.
He didn’t need to make the first move. He was still thinking dirty thoughts when rough hands gripped his head and held it still while an equally rough mouth captured his.
His first thought—finally. His second—fuuuck! Shortly afterward, his mind went blank of anything but arousal—of anything but want, need, desire. It grew rapidly as their lips melded, their tongues battled and explored and their hands wandered. Before long, Terry had a firm bum cheek in each hand and wanted nothing more than to render them naked and push his tongue between them, to taste, tease and lubricate the tight hole before pressing his cock past its resistance and deep inside Justin. He couldn’t of course—not here, not now. Their entire family was out there, including lots of impressionable young minds. They’d have to stick to slightly more innocent pursuits.
There was nothing innocent about their passion, however—their eager lips, the way they fit together so well, so perfectly. He was consumed—the fact he was kissing a man at all was new, never mind the one he’d been in love with since he was old enough to know what love really meant. He had to fight incredibly hard to hold on to his rational thoughts, to hold back, prevent himself from going too far.
Eventually the fire between them grew so hot, so powerful, that they had to pull away before they got burned. Gasps and murmured expletives filled the air.
5. Let me take a moment to fan my face. Ahem...now that you've whetted my appetite, I'll end the interview with this final question--What works do you have in the pipeline (that you are at liberty to drop hints about)?
My debut novel, Stately Pleasures, just released, so I’m busy promoting that. Fortunately it’s had a good reception so far.
My most recent m/m release is an erotic romance short story in a paranormal anthology from Evernight Publishing – Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition. That came out on the 24th January. Another m/m story, this time a military erotic romance, Letters to a War Zone, is released by Totally Bound on the 28th March.
As I write this interview, I’m waiting for edits for A Taste of Rome, which is the third book in my A Taste Of... series from Ellora’s Cave. I’m hoping that’ll be out in the first quarter of 2014.
As well as that, I have lots of other bits and pieces contracted, both as single-author pieces and other stories appearing in anthologies. I certainly keep busy!
Oh my, you are a very busy lady. I've heard great things about the Calendar Men series, so I'm very much looking forward to your release. Thank you again for dropping by!
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Terry’s had a crush on his second cousin Justin for what seems like forever. He’s hidden it as well as possible, knowing that the other man is out of bounds, forbidden fruit. Second cousins getting together isn’t actually illegal, but for Justin the relationship is too close—he just can’t contemplate them being together.
But when some new information comes to light about Terry’s birth and his place in the family, the whole game changes. Suddenly the relationship isn’t so impossible, and things soon begin to get hot and heavy.
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Best Women's Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9