Author Interview - Lucy Felthouse


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. 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.

I have a m/f erotic romance novella coming from Decadent Publishing on 1st June, as part of their multi-author Calendar Men series. Mine is called The Other Brother.

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!

For more information about the book and author, just scroll down. Comments are always much appreciated.

Illicit Relations

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.

Buy links: Ellora's Cave, Amazon, Kobo, Sony


About Lucy 

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 Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: 

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Author Interview - Sabrina Garie

I have fellow SFR Brigade author Sabrina Garie over today to talk about her new release, Thirteen Nights. She's the second author I've interviewed, so this is quite exciting. I'm hoping to do these interviews more regularly since it's always fun to learn about other erotic romances and how they came to be. 

As Sabrina's book just came out, she's a very busy lady. So let's get right to it:

Click the image to get to Sabrina's Website!
Click the image to get to Sabrina's Website!

1. Thirteen Nights came out on December 6. You must be excited. But this isn't your first published work--can you tell us about the other two?

I am very excited about Thirteen Nights. I had so much fun writing this book. Its fantasy and I loved the world building. My other books include Fires of Justice, which is a paranormal romance, between a fire witch and a fire shifter. I combined elements of western lore (witches, and shifters and gods, oh my) with eastern lore (elemental magic, chakras, and energy). The results were a lot of fun. My third book is Next Move, a contemporary second chance romance between a tough as nails single mother and CEO and her daughter’s soccer coach. That is about real people with real problems, who overcome their own issues to find love again. All books are published Ellora’s Cave. You can also find them on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

2. How did you get your start as an author? Why did you choose to write erotic romance?

I have been trying to write for a long time, always starting new projects. A children’s book here, a play there, a poem way over yonder. Only when I sat down to write romance did I actually stay down and finish a book, and then another. I pitched Fires of Justice to an Ellora’s Cave editor on a Passionate Ink pitch opportunity, and was asked to submit. The first version was not accepted but the second was. The rest as they say is history. For those not familiar, Passionate Ink is the Romance Writers of America chapter for erotic romance.

Why erotic romance? The easy answer is that’s how I like to read romance. I am often disappointed when I get the fade to black in romance novels. More importantly, I prefer sex scenes to be explicit because how people make love is an important part of their relationship dynamic. To me, to fully understand a couple’s love story, it’s important to see that part of it. Despite all the hype, sex is not always easy, and having a safe place to explore it is one of the real values of erotic romance. And finally, for some reasons, when I plot stories, it tends to be around sex scenes because they serve as clear milestones of a relationship.

3. Let's chat more about your book. How do Annie and Tai end up together (for thirteen nights)?

Thirteen Nights is a yearly ritual that pairs up Amazons and their male counterparts, known as Gargareans (I got that from history books, I did not make it up) for conception, since neither group marries. Both groups are committed to a warrior’s life. I modernized the myth and hid the ritual in a speed dating event. Tai and Annie end up as partners for Thirteen Nights because Tai, who’s a coding whiz, hacks the speed dating database to make sure they do end up together. Although they choose each other during the speed dating event, the pairs are really matched by genetics and Tai, who is a half human, does not have the right genes. Annie is of the royal amazon genetic line.

4. I have to admit, I'm a bit shallow when it comes to male leads. Can you tell us more about Tai? How would his driver's license read...and what other attributes might catch a gal's eye?

I love Tai. He’s 6 foot 2, leanly muscled (all that warrior work out stuff), with tattooing that runns from his left shoulder to his wrist, detailing all of his battle victories. He’s got black hair that lands at his shoulders, a little wild. And his eyes are deep brown. Annie describes them as tender and soulful, pledging warmth and humor. He is single-minded, determined, quiet but absolutely lethal. When he makes up his mind, he lets nothing—absolutely nothing—stand in his way.

5. Fantasy and world-building go hand-in-hand. Tell me more about the world of your new Divine Temptation series. How did you manage to get Amazons and Greek Gods in one (very yummy) book?

The world assumes all the pantheons and their gods and goddesses still exist and live hidden among us. Their powers are waning, stripped away by modern life. To survive, the pantheons shun the mortal world. The Amazons, which are genetically enhanced humans, serve as the guardians of the Greek pantheon gods. When they are not battling for the gods, they have to find ways to earn money to survive on Earth. Annie is a bounty hunter in the human world, Tai is cyber security expert for the FBI.

6. Alright, I'm hooked. Where should I go to buy your book?

Right now, it’s available from the following online sites (links are clickable): Ellora’s Cave, AmazonKobo, and Goodreads

It was a pleasure having Sabrina over. Scroll down for more information about the book and author, and please leave a comment if you have a spare moment.

Thirteen Nights

Annie’s always been different. An empathic Amazon, she hides her emotional anomaly beneath her legendary fighting skills. To avoid passing on her genetic disorder, she’s always avoided the Thirteen Nights Ritual—the annual breeding rite among the warrior races of the Greek Pantheon. Only months away from 30, she is now duty-bound to participate. When she meets Tai, a half-human warrior who revs her up beyond legal limits and nurtures the gentleness she’s had to keep secret, thirteen nights of pleasure don’t seem nearly enough.

As a half human, Tai has survived by being faster, more lethal, and a whole lot smarter than his brethren. While the male warriors accept him for his achievements, the Amazons have never given him a second look. Until he meets Annie, whose smile is warm and real and whose body shudders with desire—for him. Determined to have her, he hacks into the Thirteen Nights database and rearranges the pairings to make Annie his breeding partner. Together, their strength and tenderness combust into pure love.

But Tai’s actions are forbidden under Amazon law, subject to a death. To stay together and alive, they must take on the Greek Pantheon and win.

About the Author

Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine romance fiction has ever known and the hero who can take her. A believer that big, audacious goals spice up life, she relies on coffee, red wine and laughter to make those goals (and her characters) come alive. When not at the computer, she wrangles vegetables and extra helpings of homework into her fashion-loving progeny, kowtows to a fat cat and reads, a lot. Since it is more fun to travel in packs, come along for the ride.

Twitter: @sabrinagarie