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Single Syllable Steve 
By Sam Thorne
Single Syllable Steve
By Sam Thorne
The fella ain't for talking

The Contract by Tonya Kinzer
The Contract
By Tonya Kinzer
BDSM erotic romance

The Executive Decision Boxed Set
By Grace Marshall
Fast paced, sizzling binge read!

Backbone by Kayleigh Sky
By Kayleigh Sky
Enslaved by love and fate

How To Writer Erotic Fiction by Ashley LIster
How To Write Erotic Fiction
By Ashley Lister
A practical guide for writers

Amorous Woman
Amorous Woman
By Donna George Storey
An erotic trip to Japan

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fRajasthani Moon by Lisabet Sarai
Total-E-Bound, May 2013; ISBN:

Neither kink nor curse can stop a woman with a mission.

Cecily Harrowsmith, secret agent extraordinaire, is a woman on a mission. When the remote Indian kingdom of Rajasthan refused to remit its taxes to the Empire, Her Majesty imposed an embargo. Deprived of the energy-rich mineral viridium, essential for modern technology and development, Rajasthan was expected to quickly give in and resume its payments. Yet after three years, the rebellious principality still has not knuckled under. Cecily undertakes the difficult journey to the rugged, arid land of the Rajputs to determine just how it has managed to survive, and if possible to convince the country to return to the Empire's embrace. Instead, she's taken captive by a brigand who turns out to be the ruler's half-brother Pratan and delivered into the hands of the sexy but sadistic Rajah Amir, who expertly mingles torture and delight in his interrogation of the voluptuous interloper.

Cursed before birth by Amir's jealous mother, Pratan changes to a ravening wolf whenever the moon is full. Cecily uncovers the counter-spell that can reverse the effects of the former queen's hex and tries to trade that information for her freedom. Drawn to the fierce wolf-man and sympathising with his suffering, she volunteers to serve as the sacrifice required by the ritual—offering her body to the beast. In return, the Rajah reveal Rajasthan's amazing secret source of energy. In the face of almost impossible odds, Cecily has accomplished the task entrusted to her by the Empire. But can she really bear to leave the virile half-brothers and their colourful land behind and return to constraints of her life in England?

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Gaijin by Remittance GirlGaijin by Remittance Girl
Burning Book Press, November, 2012; ISBN-10:

When Jennifer left the cold and damp of London for the sparkle and bustle of Tokyo, she imagined she’d find a world full of cherry blossom festivals, ancient tea ceremonies and Geishas. What she got instead was a cramped, shared apartment, harassment on the subway and a mind-numbing job as a hostess at the Blonde Chick Bar in Roppongi.

With a single, unintentional insult all that changed. She wakes up to find that she has been kidnapped by Shindo: a sadistic Yakuza demi-god who doesn’t take his loss of face easily. Caught between his hatred of all things foreign and a growing obsession with this blonde gaijin, he is determined to make her pay for her rejection in sadistic and degrading ways.

'A woman’s lot is to endure,' says the fox spirit in her dreams, but Jennifer wonders whether there are indeed fates worse than death. Little by little, she finds out.

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If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy) by Lisa Renee JonesIf I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy) by Lisa Renee Jones
Gallery Books, March 2013; ISBN-10: 1476726043

He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. . . .

In the bestselling style of Fifty Shades of Grey, Lisa Renee Jones delivers sexy thrills and heart-pounding sensuality with a tantalizing page-turner in which the eyes of a high school English teacher are opened to a world she never knew existed, and she finds a passionate craving within that she never knew she possessed.

The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can’t resist peeking at the entries in the journal . . . and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca’s affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets.

Obsessed with discovering Rebecca’s destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman’s life; she immerses herself in the high-stakes art gallery world Rebecca inhabited—and is magnetically drawn to two men. Which one seduced Rebecca with his masterful and commanding touch and brought her fantasies to exquisite life? On a daringly erotic escapade, Sara follows Rebecca’s path to fulfill her own hidden longings. But after she tastes the forbidden pleasures Rebecca savored, will Sara be helpless to escape the same submissive fate?

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The Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by by Jean RobertaThe Flight of the Black Swan: A Bawdy Novella by by Jean Roberta
Lethe Press, February 2013, ISBN-10:

Imagine an upper class English girl kidnapped by pirates when she was eleven, and eventually returned to her family. If this sounds familiar, you've probably either read the classic book A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes, or seen the movie. Whatever you may imagine, Jean Roberta has taken the grown-up Emily far beyond your -- or the younger Emily's -- wildest speculations.

This is, indeed, a ''Bawdy Novella,'' but there is more to it than that. Emily is a smart, spirited heroine, adventurous enough to see the bright side of the unspoken (and unfounded) assumption that she must be ''damaged goods.'' When her romantic affair at a girls' school is abruptly ended because of her lover's cowardice, Emily tosses off the constraints of 19th century English society and returns to the sea on a more-or-less pirate ship, the Black Swan, manned by gay fugitives from the British Navy.

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The Killer Wore Leather: An S/M Mystery by Laura Antoniou
Cleis Press, March 2013; ISBN-10: 157344930X

Mr. Global Leather has been murdered! In the Grand Sterling Hotel of Midtown Manhattan, home of the huge annual leather/BDSM/fetish ball and contest, Mr. & Ms. Global Leather, last year's male winner lies dead on the floor of his suite, wearing only very frilly, bright yellow panties. Cormac "Mack" Steel made a lot of enemies in his year wearing the studded leather sash, not the least being his co-winner Mistress Ravenfyre. But she is not alone – there are over three thousand attendees at this year's fetish-festooned event from all over the world, some of whom might have had some very personal issues with the corpse.

Enter Detective Rebecca Feldblum of the Midtown East Precinct. Assigned to this doozy of a case because, as one of NYC's only out lesbian detectives, her Lieutenant seems to believe these are "her people." Shocked, amazed and alternately puzzled and amused, Detective Feldblum must navigate a world of doms and subs, masters and mistresses, pups and trainers, leather, latex and lingerie, and discover who murdered the late Mack Steel – and hopefully do it before the weekend is over and everyone goes home. In the process, she will discover more about the sexual underworld than she ever really wanted to know, and more about her own past than she could have ever imagined.

The Killer Wore Leather is a deliciously tongue-in-cheek murder mystery set at a leather convention, allowing readers into this private world of personalities and peccadiloes. The kinkiest game of clue ever with a sex toy as the murder weapon and every leather man and woman lacks an alibi. Cleverly crafted and highly humorous, Antoniou is at her wicked best in this pageturning fetish fest.

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Nasty Business by Lisabet SaraiNasty Business by Lisabet Sarai
Books We Love Ltd, November 2012
Previously published as Ruby's Rules

Ruby Maxwell Chen, lovely and ruthless CEO of a huge British business empire, is used to getting her way. When she encounters the strangely charismatic American entrepreneur Rick Martell, though, she wonders if she hasn't finally met her match.

From the trendy clubs of London to the Hollywood Hills, Ruby and Rick compete for ownership of a strategic factory in Malaysia. Neither has any qualms about using sexual wiles to smooth the path to success. Neither anticipates that their mutual attraction will turn into something far more intense and difficult to control.

As their struggle for dominance escalates, they draw their employees and associates into their outrageous power games. The stakes could scarcely be higher, as Ruby and Rick play for the ultimate prize: a night of total physical surrender.

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rStepsisters by Rupert James
Cleis Press, August 2012; ISBN-10: 1573448125

Hell hath no fury like a stepsister scorned . . . Elizabeth Miller has brains, a trust fund and an unreliable fiancé. Rachel Hope is a young aspiring actress: beautiful, talented, seemingly sweet. Under normal circumstances they would never have met, but their parents' marriage makes them reluctant siblings.

The girls are about to discover they have another thing in common — they share the same taste in men . . . After a devastating betrayal rips their new family apart, the two women are no longer sisters, no longer even speaking. Now Rachel is on the verge of the fame she's always craved. Elizabeth has become a gossip columnist, one who knows far too many secrets about Rachel's past. And she's hell-bent on getting her revenge.

"Glitzy, bitchy, and raunchy, this gripping novel is just fabulous." —Closer

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The Angel (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany ReiszThe Angel (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz
Harlequin MIRA, September 2012; ISBN-10: 0425253252

Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora's lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora's protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora's mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora's past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It's a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.

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Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain ReynardGabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
Berkley Trade, Reprint edition; September 2012; ISBN: 042526596X

From national bestselling author Sylvain Reynard comes the haunting, unforgettable tale of one man’s salvation and one woman’s sensual awakening . . .

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love, and redemption, Gabriel’s Inferno is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible—forgiveness and love.

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Amorous Woman by Donna George StoreyAmorous Woman by Donna George Storey
Iro Books, Kindle Edition, August 2012

Amorous Woman is the story of an American woman’s love affair with Japan and her intimate relationships with the many men and women she meets along the way. In this modern reimagining of Ihara Saikaku’s bawdy 17th-century novel of the pleasure quarters, The Life of an Amorous Woman, Donna George Storey offers a graphic, erotic tale that challenges everything we think we know about Japan.

We first meet the perceptive, wise-cracking Lydia after she has returned from Japan. While there she explored love and sex in her roles as English teacher, wife, bar hostess, and the mistress of a wealthy man. Now wiser, changed by the experience and shaken by her passion into a new maturity and understanding of herself as a woman, she commits herself to a new celibacy. But when she meets a pair of attractive American students at a workshop and begins to answer their questions about Japan, she finds herself recounting her exploits. This is where we meet her, spinning out her tale, the contemporary Amorous Woman detailing every moment of ecstasy and adventure and becoming less and less resolute that she can ever truly give up love.

Described by critics as “rich with sensual detail, humor, and emotional complexity,” “hard to put down,” and “literary erotica at its best,” the novel received rave reviews when it was first published in 2007. Now available again as a digital-only publication, Amorous Woman will change your image of Japan—and erotica—forever.

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Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain ReynardGabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard
Berkley Trade, August 2012; ISBN-10: 0425265951

National bestselling author Sylvain Reynard continues the story of Gabriel and Julia, two lovers bound together by their darkest desires. But those very desires may destroy them . . .

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex.

But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?
In Gabriel’s Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel’s Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader’s mind, body, and soul, forever.

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The Siren (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany ReiszThe Siren (The Original Sinners) by Tiffany Reisz
Harlequin MIRA, July 2012; ISBN-10: 0778313530

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it's no deal.

Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

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Sleeping Beauty Novels by A. N. RoquelaureSleeping Beauty Novels by A. N. Roquelaure (aka Anne Rice)
New American Library; Boxed edition ISBN: 0452156610

The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, erotic BDSM novels set in a medieval fantasy world, was written by Anne Rice under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure. The trilogy comprises The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment and Beauty's Release, first published individually in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

"The trilogy was written in the 1980s when many feminists denounced pornography as violation of women's rights, but Rice firmly believed that women should have the freedom to read and write whatever they pleased, and considered the trilogy her political statement." Wikipedia has an an interesting discourse on the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty:� In the traditional folk tale "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.

Beauty's Punishment:� This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the castle. Once again Rice's fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart.

Beauty's Release:� In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. In Beauty's Release, Anne Rice makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.

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Pride and Prejudice: Hidden LustsPride And Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto
Cleis Press, July 2011; ISBN-10: 1573446637

Review by Ashley Lister: It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen remains one of the most resilient of classical authors. If anything Austen defies Mark Twain’s tenet that a classic is something everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read. People still want to read Austen, despite her being burdened with the label ‘classic.’ Her writing style remains accessible. Her stories are populated by credible characters and she delivers narratives with a rewarding and satisfying sense of wit.

And so it’s understandable that contemporary authors would pay homage to Austen.
Mitzi Szereto’s latest release, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, retains the prim and proper diction of Austen’s original title, but with a contemporary approach to the erotic. There is a considered balance between the proper and the prurient that makes the erotic content seem surprisingly vivid, incredibly intense and coyly charming.

This is not the first title to revisit Austen’s work. Pride and Prejudice has proved a rich source of inspiration for such diverse titles as Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  However, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is certainly one of the most stylishly exciting and arousing appropriations of Jane Austen. And that’s a truth that every lucky reader will universally acknowledge.
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Lord of Misrule, erotic sci-fiThe Lord Of Misrule by Kannan Feng
Circlet Press, 2010

Review by Lisabet Sarai: Verity Fen is a handsome, wealthy, brilliant Prince of the House of Fen. At twenty four years old, he is an accomplished mage, the most promising scholar of aetheric arts at the ancient university of Atia Selene. He is also stubborn,  conceited, careless and occasionally cruel. THE LORD OF MISRULE tells the tale of his unlikely relationship with his designated assistant Iskander - a relationship that upends the certainties in Verity's world, as his servant becomes his master and his master, his beloved.
This is a truly delicious novella. Don't be fooled by the Potter-esque echoes; Atia Selene is a lot darker and dirtier than Hogwarts! While Verity is immature enough to be occasionally annoying, Iskander is a magnificent character, the essential Dominant who loves, desires and educates his hapless submissive. His quiet confidence and intense focus, plus the sense that he has many secrets, combine to make Iskander irresistible.
The interactions between Verity and Iskander mirror the complexity of real world D/s relationships, in which motives mingles and a beating can be punishment, catharsis and entertainment all in one. The sex is extreme, varied and true, avoiding clichés typical of BDSM erotica. Like Verity, the reader never knows what Iskander is going to do -- and that is the way it should be.
Kannan Feng's mode of discourse is perfect for this fictional world, sufficiently archaic to carry the music of the past without sacrificing comprehensibility or indeed, currency.  Atia Selene might be medieval, but it might just as well exist in the here and now.
The book is essentially a M/M erotic romance and thus the focus is on the interactions between  Verity and Iskander. Unlike most romance, however, there is nothing predictable about this novella. The author weaves in several subplots and finely drawn subsidiary characters, keeping everything up in the air.   
All in all, reading THE LORD OF MISRULE was both stimulating and satisfying. My only complaint is that I wish the book had been a full novel.
Available at: Amazon (Kindle edition)

Raw Silk by Lisabet SaraiRaw Silk by Lisabet Sarai
Total-E-Bound Publishing, July 2008; ISBN 1906590370

When software engineer Kate O'Neill leaves her lover David to take a job in Thailand, she becomes sexually involved with two very different men: a handsome, debauched member of the Thai aristocracy, and the dominant and charismatic proprietor of a sex bar.

Each touches her in a different way; each teaches her different things about her body and her heart. Then David comes to Bangkok, and Kate realises that, finally, she must choose one of the three men who all desire her.

"Raw Silk goes beyond sizzle and straight to pure combustible. The sexual escapades of Kate and her three lovers are not for the faint of heart ...Lisabet Sarai has a flair for sexy, sensuous romance with an edgy feel." Dawnie,
Available at:  Amazon | Amazon UK

Incognito by Lisabet SaraiIncognito by Lisabet Sarai
Total-E-Bound Publishing, July 2008; ISBN 1906590389

Betrayed and abandoned by her first lover, shy and studious Miranda Cahill freezes in response to any sexual attention from someone she knows and likes.

During the day, she works diligently on her doctoral thesis. At night, though, she finds herself drawn into increasingly extreme sexual encounters with strangers. Her anonymous secret life begins to take over when she discovers that the masked seducer she meets in a sex club and the charismatic young professor courting her are the same man.

"Incognito is truly a buffet of pleasures, with something for everyone. There's the enjoyment of piecing together the mirroring, multi-layered narratives. Historical and literary echoes provide extra spice for the careful reader - in particular Shakespeare fans might enjoy the parallels to Miranda in The Tempest - all sweetened with abundant humor and clever feminist twists. Always you'll find masterful prose in sizzling erotic scenes that offer flavors to please any palate. And last but not least, the novel will change your view of the world in surprising ways."   Donna George Story, Erotica Readers and Writers Association
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