Give & Take: A Tale of Erotica

I’m pleased to say that my debut erotica novel is now available for download. I know I’m naturally biased, but I’d like to think that this story will put some other books of the genre in the shade … or should that be shades?

There are no millionaires with hang-ups, or naive virgins. In this story you will find only a handful of characters, but they are interesting – just like the situations which are presented throughout the tale.Give and Take - the final cover

What is it about?

Nick and Kirsten are an attractive couple in their early 20’s and share an apartment. To the outside world they are perfectly matched, but behind closed doors things are not so straightforward.

Nick’s appetite for sexual experimentation goes beyond what Kirsten will allow. Kirsten’s love for Nick is pushed to the limit, however, she confides in a friend and takes a course of action that nobody would have expected – least of all her boyfriend.

The couple find themselves in a world where they will both see fantasy become reality, but at what cost?

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Until this title becomes available on my author website, I’ll add the appropriate links in this post and in my main menu.

 Give & Take Amazon.co.uk    

Give & Take – Amazon.com        

(The sample available on Amazon does the introduction perfectly)

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This genre does not appeal to everybody, so I realise that there will be those who have enjoyed my other work but will not buy into this one – which is as it should be.

If you should decide to try this story, I would be grateful if you left a review.

If on the other hand you would like to read the book and not make it public; that is understandable. I’ll be happy to receive a ‘confidential’ opinion or review. If you’d like to opt to do so, please use the contact page of my author website:

http://www.tombensonauthor.com/contact/4584860327

The only person to see any contact made in that way will be me, so confidentiality is guaranteed.

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There will be a follow-up to this post once the book has had time to ‘breathe’. As with any novel, if I have sufficient positive feedback, a sequel will be on the cards. On the subject of sequels, I have other work in progress at the moment, but for a few days I will try to catch up with blog visits and reading.

As always, thank you for checking out my blog and buying into my brand.

If you opt to try the new book – enjoy! (oh yes, one other thing … wear something comfortable 😉 )

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‘Coming Around and other erotic stories’

Due for publication in the coming week ...

Due for publication in the coming week …

Yes, you read it correctly. It’s the title I’ve chosen for my upcoming collection of short stories.

I did intend to write a post about another ‘resources’ book, but I thought it might spice up the reading if I said a little now about my latest project.

Why mention it now?

I’m in the final stages of preparing to publish my next thriller, ‘Amsterdam Calling’ and I wanted to give myself a break from the story as usual between edits. The erotic collection will probably be published by the end of next week, which is ahead of the thriller.

Why produce a collection of erotica?

Why not? I enjoy writing them in between all my other types of storytelling and I’m still incensed by the likes of ‘Fifty Shades …’ and how weak it was as a plot, no matter how much money the author made from it.

Why short stories and not a novel?

Instead of writing about something I know nothing about, which is what the author of the ‘Fifty Shades …’ trilogy did, I am writing about a genre which I have perhaps more experience than she did in hers. Enough said there I think.

How many stories are in there?

A total of 12 short stories although a couple of them are longer than normal to do justice to the plot.

What is included in the storylines?

Bi-curious female, bi-curious male, gay, ménage, voyeurism, cross-dressing, transgender, BDSM.

Who should avoid it?

I’ve written a disclaimer inside that suggests that the following categories of reader would be best advised not to indulge: the under 18’s, the prudish, narrow-minded, unimaginative, easily offended or homophobic.

Am I out to shock?

No, just as I’m not publishing to jump on the bandwagon. I don’t think it will make me a millionaire. For me it does two things, apart from the fun I had writing the stories over recent months.

1. I wanted to show that with a little knowledge and some imagination, a writer should be able to tackle any topic.

2. Now that I have other topics out there and selling, I want to see if my attempts at this specialised genre are entertaining.

Would I consider writing a novel in this genre?

Yes I would, but it would only happen if I had sufficient good reviews across the three platforms when it goes on sale.

The good news is that I intend to use it as a practise run to publish on Amazon (for Kindle), Smashwords and Kobo. I intend to publish my next thriller on all three platforms and this will let me see all the glitches early.

There is other good news. Nobody sees who buys an eBook, so you can sneakily upload it and read it and nobody will know unless you tell them.

Okay, you can take your hands away from your eyes now – it’s all over. 🙂

Fifty Shades Of Grey – a review

 

I felt I had to read ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ for research purposes … no really, it was for that reason.  I have a couple of ideas for writing romance and erotica but I wanted to know what was being published in the up to date market.

For weeks I’ve seen the three books of the ‘Fifty Shades …’ trilogy by E.L. James on the bookshelves and never lifted one down.  I have a smug feeling of satisfaction now, in the the knowledge I had them pegged (no pun intended) just by the titles and covers.  For the benefit of anyone wondering, my graphic is not related to the trilogy in that it is not a book cover for any of them.

I suppose there is a hint on the covers of the paperbacks.  All the books have a black cover with a white/grey/silver  item spotlighted under the white title.  The first book features a woven grey/silver necktie, the second (Fifty Shades Darker) has a mask as might have been seen long ago in high society functions on the end of a small stick (not a full face mask) and the third book(Fifty Shades Freed), which actually gives the game away if you’re slow, features a key.

To the first in the trilogy, ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’.  I read it with an open mind, not because I’m well-acquainted with the world of BDSM (Bondage, Domination/Discipline, Submission and Masochism), although I confess I’ve dabbled in certain aspects.  No people or animals were injured or hurt in my experiments.

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Anyway, I digress.  The story features two main characters who in themselves are well-drawn, a pretty graduate called Anastasia Steele who is about as virginal as you could hope for – if that was your thing.  Kissing a guy is her full sexual experience to date.  Days before graduation she finds herself interviewing self-made millionaire Christian Gray, who is as good looking as he is rich.  A bit of a dish for the ladies and a fine catch if you want a rich guy in your life, albeit with strange personal habits.

Where ‘Ana’ is virginal and totally unprepared for the big bad world, Christian is a man for whom sex is more about his penchant to inflict pain on his ‘lover’ which is how he gets his rocks off.  In a magical/fantasy and physical way they are seriously attracted to each other and so the romance part of the story is born.

She falls in love with him.  He desires her.  It’s not really the same thing as the reader finds out quite rapidly.  Ana finds herself under Christian’s spell and though he does warn her (more than once), she succumbs and begins to fall into the character of his ‘submissive’.  Sadly, Ana believes that she is getting through to Christian and thinks she can change his ways and he’ll love her in a more conventional way.  Get real Ana – the guy is a bloody sadist!

Bound to be abused

I found the sex scenes were over a bit too quick for my liking.  If I’m going to read sex I want to feel it, get into it and enjoy it – not be taken in with the preamble and then find it’s all over – maybe too close to reality eh?  On the subject of desire, the writing left a lot to be desired and I’m no expert, but I’ve checked reviews by those who are in the know – and their view was similar to mine.

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Will I read the remainder of the trilogy?

No, not unless Mr. Grey sends around a couple of his beautiful blonde employees to tie me to a bed.  Thinking along the lines of one holding the other two books in front of my eyes while the other ladies do unspeakably delicious things to me.  I wasn’t disappointed by the end of the story … until I found out that the lovely and I have to add, gullable Miss Steele appears in not one, but both of the other books.  Talk about jumping on the bandwagon.

Now, as I said at the start of this diatribe, I’m no expert in the field, but this trilogy looks like an excuse to explore in writing, the ascending levels of pleasure that the BDSM brigade would enjoy in their fun-filled lives.

Sorry Mrs.  James, I’m only being honest.  I will say thank you for one thing.  You have by your success made me feel more like publishing my efforts on Kindle.  So with that in mind, I’m off to imagine what I could get up to in the privacy of my own mind.

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