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Summer Holiday Romance… Sort Of

As an erotic romance writer, I thought this topic would be pretty easy to write something about. Then I went and looked at my list of books and was proven wrong… sort of. It appears I’ve written about summer holiday flings, but with no romance involved. So that will have to do, I’m afraid. But then lots of people have flings without it becoming a lasting thing, so I’m sure these two smutty stories will whet your appetite.

Off the Beaten TrackOff the Beaten Track

This hot short story is about a workaholic young woman who’s sent on holiday by her family before she has a meltdown. She reluctantly agrees, but quickly gets fed up of sitting around a pool, so she books a day trip. When the tour guide arrives, her interest is piqued…

“Where is everyone else?”

Demetrio waited until she was safely in the passenger seat, closed the door and made his way to the driver’s side. He got in, then turned to her.

“There is nobody else. You are only person on this trip. You get best views!”

He laughed then, the flash of white teeth against olive skin resulting in an unexpected jolt in Libby’s nether regions. She studied his profile for a few seconds, then grudgingly admitted to herself that Demetrio was, in fact, very attractive. Despite the fact she was a red-blooded woman, she rarely noticed such things.

So if you want to read about a smokin’ hot Portuguese tour guide, check out Off the Beaten Track.

Raising The BarRaising the Bar

This smutty short story tells the tale of Kayleigh, a woman who’s taken some time out and is travelling around the world, working as she goes. She arrives in Spain and quickly gets taken on at a restaurant, much to her delight. Her happiness increases tenfold when she meets one of her colleagues, Luciano. He’s a sexy, passionate man, and he seriously raises the bar for Kayleigh’s future sex life.

I take a taxi back to my apartment rather than walking the dark, unfamiliar streets alone. It also means I can get there quicker and relieve the tension that the sexy Spaniard has caused. I pay the driver as fast as possible then rush inside and slam the door behind me. I heave a sigh of relief as I lock myself in.

Undressing, I drop my clothes by the washing machine and head to the bathroom, desperate to get clean. It’s not work that’s made me feel dirty, though. The flirting with Luciano have left me seriously wet. The panties I’ve just discarded in front of the washing machine are sodden.

Luciano got readers’ blood racing, for sure. So if you want a sample of the sexy Spaniard, check out Raising the Bar.

Also, the co-author project that Lily Harlem and I wrote is coming very soon. It’s not exactly a summer romance, but it is most definitely a romance. And it’s topical, too, as part of the action takes place at the US Open, which starts at the end of the month. There’s more info on Grand Slam here.

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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, 2013 and 2014 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

Settings – Real and Fabricated by Lucy Felthouse

As most of you know, up until recently I’d only had short stories published. And short stories, due to their very nature mean that you don’t always have much word count to elaborate on settings for the action. A very short story, for example, could just take place in a bedroom (though when I think about how many of my characters actually get it on in a bedroom, the ratio is pretty low!), which could be anyone’s bedroom, anywhere.

Despite this, I do have some real settings in my books. They may not always be named, or places that people will recognise, but they’re there. So I’ve picked out a few of my published pieces and dished the dirt on location, location, location. Click the book titles if you want to know more about them, or even better, buy them! 😉

Off the ShelfOff the Shelf

This is my first novella, so naturally I had much more word count to play with, and therefore more room to elaborate on locations. These include an airport, a luxury hotel, the Portuguese countryside, a castle, a restaurant, and one of the lead characters’ houses.

The airport is based on a real airport, but it’s not named or described in such great detail that you’d know it was that particular airport—it could be any UK airport with a bookshop and a cafe. Which is all of them, I suspect. However, I had a very real picture of it in my mind as I was writing.

The Portuguese countryside is something I’ve explored a little myself, so although the setting isn’t exactly real, and again, there are no place names involved, it is drawn from my own experiences.

The restaurant, again not named, is a real place, but I’ve never been inside! So I could be all wrong in my descriptions, but you’ll never know because I haven’t said where it is! *evil laugh*

The luxury hotel, castle and character’s house are all completely fabricated.

Overall, I’ve used a mixture of real and fabricated settings, but the story is much more focussed on the characters and plot anyway, so the descriptions aren’t that in depth. But I have to say, I did find it easier to write a longer piece with a mental picture of the places in my mind, knowing I could add in relevant information here and there.

Off the Beaten TrackOff the Beaten Track

This is a short story with a lot of real setting wound in. It’s not related to the above novella, it’s just coincidence that action in both takes place in the Portuguese countryside. The places in this story, however, are completely drawn from memory. Admittedly, it’s around six years since I went on a jeep safari in Portugal, so my memory is probably quite hazy, but there are no names included, so it doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, the totally hot tour guide and scorching sex are completely made up.

Love Through TimeLove Through Time

The setting in this paranormal erotic romance is a country house. It’s not quite a real country house, but more an amalgamation of several I’ve been to. The majority of the action takes place in a library, and it’s a very real library in a very real house—so all that was drawn from memory of a recent visit, and I made no changes to the setting, except for some embellishments that were necessary for the story. It’s likely people would recognise this place if they visited it, having read my story.

Weekend At Wilderhope ManorWeekend at Wilderhope Manor

As above, this lesbian paranormal erotica is set in an amalgamation of country houses, though the library is the same (what can I say, the actual library is just so stunning it’s hard not to write about it!). The house name is real (though that wasn’t intentional, I only realised after it was published-oops!), the description of the outside is real, and the action that takes place in the garden is pulled from several beautiful British gardens I’ve been to. The image of the house is on the book cover, so people would probably recognise it—and indeed, it’s totally worth a visit and is one of my favourite mansions.

Bite With HeightBite with Height

All of this book is set in real places—with embellishments where necessary. The action takes place in Paris, and includes a branch of Starbucks, the Pigalle area, a bar in Montmartre and the Sacre-Coeur. The Sacre-Coeur itself is where a lot of the story takes place, and where the description is richest—everything here is totally based on what I remember from my visits, with one small exception. One of the main characters—a vampire—lives in the basilica in a room she’s furnished. I know there are rooms up there, but they’re not accessible to the public and I have no idea if living in one would be possible, but I’m allowed a little artistic licence, right? If you’ve been to this area of Paris, you would recognise all of the settings, except perhaps the bar, which isn’t described and the location is vague enough that you probably wouldn’t be able to pinpoint it.

Seducing the MythSeducing the Myth

And finally, my story, Down by the Pool, which is in this anthology, is set in a real place and based on a real legend. A mermaid legend about a pond high up on the Peak District moors. Totally bonkers, of course, since the Peak District is completely landlocked, so how would a mermaid get there? Anyway, Blake Mere—or the Mermaid Pool, as it’s also known—is 100% real, as is the area surrounding it, which is also described. If you visited, you’d definitely recognise it, and would hopefully get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck, as I did when I was writing the story. It’s a pretty eerie, strange place, and you’d probably be slightly creeped out, even if you didn’t read the story. But if you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check out the story first and find out more about the legend of the mermaid and her victims…

The Spanish StepsI think the longer I’ve been writing, the more I’ve been inspired by locations and that’s why increasingly I’m writing about real places. Some pieces I have out on submission, or are awaiting publication have settings including; Harrods, Borough Market, The Monument, Southwark Cathedral, Waterstones Piccadilly, The Ritz and Soho, all in London (not all the same story though!). I’ve also penned in locations including; Hunstanton, a seaside town in Norfolk, UK, and the Spanish Steps and surrounding area in Rome. I also have more stories planned with very real locations—so I’m definitely making the most of my travel bug!

I’ll stop waffling now, anyway. But I’d love to know if anyone reads anything of mine and visits the relevant area, or feels they can tell somewhere is a real place based on my descriptions. I’m intrigued to know the answers!

Monday Pimp: Off the Beaten Track and We Love Lucy

Hey everyone! I’ve had a busy couple of weeks, what with going on holiday to Rome for a few days (which has given me lots of inspiration) and having four new releases in seven days, eek!

Don’t worry, I’m not going to bombard you with them all… just two! So here goes:

Off the Beaten TrackOff the Beaten Track

When workaholic Libby Strong’s friends and family make her take a long overdue holiday, she’s not impressed. A week of lounging by a swimming pool and doing nothing is not her idea of fun. In an act of rebellion, she books a day trip, touring in a jeep. When her guide arrives, Libby’s astonished to discover she’s the only patron going on the trip. But as hunky Demetrio takes her off the beaten track and deep into the beautiful Portuguese countryside, she soon leaves her worries behind and hangs on tight for the ride of her life.

More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/off-the-beaten-track/

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We Love LucyWe Love Lucy (the title wasn’t my idea, before anyone thinks I have my head up my own arse)

House of Erotica brings you a thrilling collection of Lucy Felthouse’s best erotic fiction. From BDSM, M/F to F/F, this extensive range of exciting stories will leave you desperately wanting to read on…

Stories included: While The Boys Are Away, Beside The Seaside, The Inner Circle, Susie White and the Right Hand Man, Punish Me Good, Trophy Boyfriend, On the Prowl, A Stroke of Peach, Double Vision, Miri on the Wall.

More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/we-love-lucy/

I’ll be back later in the month with my contribution to the Dirty Birdies June theme of locations for our stories. See you then! 🙂