Hurray! Unwrap some jolly Christmas surprise with my new story, out now!
Yes, yes, generic short story cover – but it’s for A Pre-Date Encounter!! Watch out for this baby coming out in January.
I may be hosting a couple of give-aways soon, so stay t00ned! 😉
Copyright Ellen Heights 2012, all rights reserved, Silver Publishing inc
Oh God, oh God. Now I’d gone and done it. I’d unconsciously invited him into my cubicle and now he must be thinking I was some sort of slut. All right, I had intended to lead him on a little, but not like that.
Or had I? Had that been my intention, deep down? Had the mysterious woman who’d taken up residence inside me changed my mind as well as my voice?
I decided it was the dress’s fault. With the zip still undone, I advanced to the curtain with the intention of apologising, or excusing myself, or something. Anything. It might have meant the end of our date before it had even started, but it was better than nothing. Why hadn’t I gotten the hang of this stuff yet?
I was reaching for the curtain when it suddenly opened. He stepped in and closed it behind him.
I stared up at him, smelling his cologne, breathing in his scent. That look was still in his eyes, and I was still in my dress. . Breathe, just breathe.
I’d opened my lips to speak, with no idea what I was going to say, when he grabbed me by the hips and kissed me.
Just like I’d dreamed, his stubble rasped against my skin, and his hands were warm and his lips strong and moist. Without thinking, I wrapped my arms around his neck and delved in, my tongue sliding softly against his, my hands running through his hair.
I didn’t register what was happening, and I didn’t want to. I just wanted to keep feeling the way I was, my whole body exploding, my pussy moistening at the very touch of him. I didn’t even think of Roxanne catching us in this dressing room, fumbling around inside the only cubicle with its curtain closed. Someone only needed to enter the room and hear us…
Forget about it. Enjoy the moment.
He breathed heavily through his nose, and his kiss became more passionate. He slipped a hand inside my dress and touched my skin, the small of my back, the swell of my buttocks. He pulled his hand out and hoisted the dress up onto my hips, feeling all over me with his large, wandering hands. All the while he was kissing me with those strong, strong lips.
“Maybe we shouldn’t,” I whispered when we came up for air. I felt like I had to say something; this was completely crazy. But that wasn’t what I wanted, and my whole body was screaming that fact. He paused, holding me close to him, waiting for me to decide. I kissed him again. “Don’t stop,” I said.
He carried on kissing me, groping me, feeling me all over. At some point he slid down my knickers and they dropped to the floor. Now he had free rein of my lower body, and his hands explored all over… ~
(Ellen Heights: A Pre-Date Encounter, Silver Publishing)
So you can already expect A Pre-date Encounter in January 2013, but now I’ve got something for you a little earlier!
My Christmas story, Three Men and a Christmas Goddess will be out in December for Silver Publishing’s Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow releases.
I hope you’re all looking forward to some XMAS erotica!
One thing that caught my eye about this book first-off was the awesome cover! It’s got the whole sexy male thing going on, but the transparent blue combined with a mechanical interior was really very unique to the covers I’m used to seeing. It oozed originality, and that’s very important for me when it comes to erotica. I don’t want to read mechanical sex, but sex with a mechanical man? YES!
So this little novella was a really fun read, but I have to say it tailed off a little towards the end. I wasn’t disappointed, though, just…Eager for more of it, I guess. Which is a good thing!
Here’s the blurb from its page on Ellora’s Cave:
Good-time girl Cally Morgenstern has never paid much attention to the robots her father built. That is, until one night when her vibrator runs out of batteries. And hey, if you’ve got a six-foot hunky robot offering to relieve your sexual frustration, you’re not going to say no, right? Even if he is sort of…well, definitely…blue.
Cally quickly realizes Blue isn’t the average robot. He’s rapidly acquiring a personality, for one thing. And an avid interest in human sexuality, particularly when it comes to Cally. She’s eager to teach Blue all she knows about sexual pleasure, even if they have to build him a few necessary parts in the process. And even if Blue’s explorations of human feelings touch her own, very human, heart. (Love Machine, Elloras Cave 2012)
Exciting from start to finish, Shepherd does a great job of immersing the reader into Cally’s glamorous, if shallow lifestyle in her (late) inventor father’s mansion. She teams science fiction well with contemporary, entwining elements of the curious with the…Uh…Carnal?
As somebody who loved The Holy Machine by Chris Beckett, involving a sentient sexbot, and as a sci fi fan anyway (Daniel Keyes, Kurt Vonnegut etc) I was engrossed immediately by this very effective teaming of two genres. I’m a massive fan of The Sims, so I’m definitely up for anything involving virtual reality, robots or the more physical forms of escapism when it comes to sci-fi. Sure enough, this novella had it all.
One slight downside was perhaps the happily-ever-after, because science fiction, to me, is always about the awareness that technology cannot always solve human issues. A robot certainly cannot replace love, even if Blue develops human emotions (a little far-fetched, but I wasn’t bothered by that). A big part of me wanted Cally to realize that she can’t treat men as objects, and yet here she gets her cake and eats it. There wasn’t really a moral lesson learned, and I did get the impression that technology won Cally over despite the fact that she never gave decent men a chance.
But hey, this isn’t a traditional sci-fi – this is an erotic novel.
Alas, Cally isn’t one for opening up to men from the start, and there is some redemption in the fact that she is the one running after Blue come the final chapter. I think it’s safe to say she swallowed her pride when she confessed her love, publicly, for a machine. 😉
All in all, this was an engrossing, fun and imaginative read – recommended!
Oh, waiting is such torment…But never mind, there’s plenty of time to write more stories! Incidentally, I just submitted an erotic piece to Ellora’s Cave, so I’m hoping that’ll yield some good results. Fingers crossed! 🙂
The editors at Silver have been so nice about the edits, and so professional too! They’ve got online gadgets for signing contracts and everythaaang. They royalties percentage is also very impressive. I’ve previously been published under a different name with indie presses (for stories I had less fun writing and got paid pittance for!) and they weren’t nearly as on the ball as this lot. By far, the romance industry is vastly superior at the ol’ marketing and publishing game. Is it any wonder there are so many successful romance writers out there today?
What can I say – they raised the bar high, and the standards went with it. Since getting the acceptance for Girls Who Bite in 2011, I’ve been in awe of the effort and professionalism that these women (and some men!) put into their writing careers. I’m just so glad I get to be a part of it and, who knows, one day I might be just as successful as they are.
I’m certainly working on it!