August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over


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May Plans

Once again, several months have passed since I last posted here. As before my previous post, I’ve been quite busy with writing, working, and family. But everyone I know is quite busy, so I’m certainly not alone with that.

One of the projects that’s been keeping me busy is River — the working title of a novel I finished writing last year, and I’ve been editing it this year. I’m pleased to say that I plan on self-publishing the novel in May. The editing process  seemed to take longer than it did, but I’ve grown to I appreciate the process of re-shaping of the story. Compared to the first draft, it’s more stream-lined and tighter. Hopefuly, making it a more enjoyable read.

I’ll give more info when the book becomes live on Amazon, as I’m still working on making it a little tighter. But it feels good to be almost finished. With the warmer temperatures of spring, it’s like the book is coming out of hibernation.

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Last Day for Free Books in August

Today’s the second — and last — day of my big giveaway of e-books! You can see the list of free e-books in this post. They’re erotica and romance, so readers only 18 and above, please. I hope you enjoy reading them!

And now, for no particular reason, here’s a photo I found on Flickr of a private island in Fiji. Looks like a nice place to relax … and write … and swim … and dream …

tropical island, by androidm (Flickr, Creative Commons)

androidm (Flickr, Creative Commons)

The photo above is used under the non-commercial Creative Commons license. Click on image to jump to photographer’s Flickr page.


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Ides of August: Free E-books!

August free e-books day

Julius Caesar was told to beware the Ides of March, but he didn’t listen. Amazon had their Prime Day on the Ides of July.

Now we’ve made it to the Ides of August, but you don’t have to beware it: because the books below are available today and tomorrow for FREE. And Brutus is nowhere in sight — I think he’s vacationing in the Caribbean, actually.

Please know that these are erotica and romantic stories, with explicit descriptions of sex, so these e-books are meant for readers who are 18 years and older. Maybe these aren’t the best stories for beach reading, but if that’s your thing, then go right ahead. Or, if you’re not on a beach, hopefully these stories would heat you up as if you were 🙂

If you like what you read, please write a book review on Amazon — reviews are valuable to us self-publishers. Actually, if you don’t like the book, feel free to write a review saying why. It’ll be feedback that helps me as a writer.

Click on the e-book title to jump to the book’s Amazon page. The books are arranged roughly by their size, from the first two being novels to the last few being short stories.

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Bavarian Beauty. Simon Edwards has a fetish for dirndls (the traditional Bavarian dress) which causes him to endure many disappointing dates with non-dirndl wearing women. But how far is he willing to go to deliver on someone else’s fantasy in return for receiving his?

An Eager Audience: A Cuckold Erotic Romance. Kim Rowland is stunned when her husband — Oscar — tells her that he is turned on by imagining her being with another man. Oscar explains that this is called a cuckold fantasy, which is also known as hotwife. This news comes as quite a turn-around, since Oscar used to be upset about Kim flirting with other men. When Kim gets over her surprise at Oscar’s sudden confession, she realizes that if they go down this road, she could achieve one of her fantasies: a threesome with two men. This story follows the path that Kim and Oscar take in discussing their fantasies, shopping for men on a dating website, and more.

Beltane: Night of Magic and Romance. Beltane is a Gaelic festival to celebrate fertility and the arrival of the warm season, rejoicing in the land as it awoke from the long slumber of winter. Katelyn is approached by a few men who wish to celebrate Beltane night by rolling in the woods with her, but she’s put off by their drunkenness and selfishness. Another man, Shandon, is much less cocky and drunk, but his conversation with Katelyn is interrupted by Queen Mab — queen of the faeries — and she whisks them to the spirit world, where Shandon is challenged to see what he is made of, and how much he cares for Katelyn in his budding love. Available for free only on August 15, as this book only has a day left for free promotion.

The Troll’s Bridge. A man dies across the street … A man dressed as a troll visits Sophie on Halloween… A man with piercing slate eyes appears in the house across the street. Strange things are happening in Sophie’s neighborhood. Will the man with the piercing eyes step up and give her the control — and the energetic sex that her mostly complacent husband doesn’t give her?

A Honeymoon For Our Lives Apart. Tabitha is an older woman whose husband has cheated on her for a while, and she has parried with affairs of her own. Including an affair with Ethan, but it grows serious when Ethan falls in love with her. With a heavy heart, Tabitha breaks off the relationship. But before they completely call it quits, she invites him to a honeymoon for their lives apart, to be spent indulging in a lush hotel.

Finding Her Rush. Henry doesn’t know what he’s doing wrong when it comes to the bedroom. Even though his girlfriend, Alison, says she enjoys having sex with him, she lacks the enthusiasm behind those words. Alison’s enthusiasm comes out in other ways: lively conversations, fun dinners, and dancing in a club. And Henry is too timid to come right out and ask the reason behind this change. But then, Alison takes Henry on a trip that changes everything in his search for answers.

Nurse House Call. Mr. Wombly is a donor at a sperm bank to earn extra cash, since he doesn’t have a full-time job and is working odd jobs to make ends meet. Rachel and Beverly are two staffers at the sperm bank who are impressed with the volume of his donation, but question if he’s actually offering fresh donations or, for some reason, is sneaking older donations and adding to his fresh stuff. So they barge in on him during one of his appointments to see for themselves. After they have some sexy fun with Mr. Wombly, is just one time enough for the two hot staffers?

Steakhouse Love. Where the steaks are thick and juicy. The ambiance is romantic. Yes, passion is in the steakhouse tonight. This story follows three couples as they dine in a steakhouse and act on their lust in different ways. Two of the couples pull off wickedly fun activities in the steakhouse itself, while the third couple carries their passion back to their hotel.

The Old Ball Game. As the closing pitcher in baseball, you’ve got to have intense concentration to get strikeouts and close down the game with your team winning. So it doesn’t help with a fan behind home plate flashes her breast at you. Joe complains to his manager about the fan interference, and that gets Ashley in hot water with the stadium’s head of security, Leo Mackey. But Ashley denies it all — as does her good friend, Lynn, who sat next to Ashley in the game. And when Joe is brought to Leo Mackey’s office, they argue about if the flashing even happened. That’s when things get sexy.

Peep Show. Jason promised his girlfriend, Carla, a surprise tonight, and he delivers with something she didn’t expect. Carla’s dressed up for a sexy night out, and she soaks in all the attention she gets as they hop through three bars to lubricate before they reach Jason’s surprise: a sex shop. When the couple enters a booth in the back of the shop, it’s the peep show that grabs a firm hold of Carla’s attention…. but she gives it right back as she follows Jason’s lead and gets into the sexiness of the place.

Beware the Ides of March. In Shakespeare’s play, it was the warning the soothsayer gave to Julius Caesar. And it’s the warning that Laura receives from her husband, Grant, in a text message. But what does it mean? Laura has no idea, but puts it to the side as she works hard in her office on a Saturday to finish a big job. When she returns home, she finds out what the warning means. How it leads to giving up control, feeling the danger and helplessness of giving into Grant’s commands. And by giving into him, feeling the wondrous heights of pleasure that come with it.


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Surprises and Surprises

I’m floating on cloud nine right now because my novel is on Amazon’s bestsellers of erotica for Kindle ebooks! This past week, Tara & Steve: A Tale of Swingers entered the top 100 list at #100, and it has fluctuated around the list. This morning, it reached #84! (The list is updated hourly, so the position will definitely keep changing.)

How the hell did this happen?

I haven’t written a blog post showcasing the book, and I’ve tweeted about it a couple of times. This was far from the strategy I’ve read that authors should do, in carpeting all available social media sites to get the word out about your book.

Because once the book was published on Amazon, I felt elated about finishing it — and then I went to work on another story. That’s been my mindset of late: not blogging and promoting as much on Twitter, but focusing more on crafting stories.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted that something clicked with this book. It has easily out-sold my other two novels — Bavarian Beauty and An Eager Audience: A Cuckold Erotic Romance — as well as my various novellas and short stories.

Whatever the reason, I’ve been surprised to see my book among the list of bestsellers. To put it frankly, it’s a place I didn’t imagine being. I simply hoped people would buy my books and enjoy them. Enough to someday bring in an income where I could write full time.

Here’s the cover of the book:

Tara & Steve ebook cover

Another surprise is that my book isn’t selling thousands of copies a day to get on the bestseller list. The number is actually fewer than 60 a day — when you add in the Kindle Unlimited downloads to the actual sales.

I’m thrilled to sell that many. I certainly haven’t expected to sell thousands of books a day. That atmosphere belongs to E.L. James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy looks to be firmly in the top three slots of Amazon’s erotica bestseller list.

I have to mention one other surprise here, because I’ve been scratching my head about it for a while. Every day, the most popular post on my blog is How to Talk Dirty (and Romantic) in German. It’s caused me to ask the same question: How the hell did this happen? The post is from the two weeks of Octoberfest 2014, when I blogged every day about some of the landscape, music, food, and history of Bavaria — all to promote Bavarian Beauty. Out of those posts (and all my other posts), the one on talking dirty in German stands at the top of the heap.

Maybe the post’s popularity is due to a link at streettalksavvy.com, where I got a few of the phrases. Maybe, maybe not. But while I can’t figure out the reason, I have to hope that people out there are using the list to do some sexy talking in German 🙂

Until next time, meinen Lieblings!


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Beltane: Night of Magic & Romance

novel cover for Beltane: Night of Magic & Romance

FREE for 5 days! Starting today, you can get your hot hands on the ebook, Beltane: Night of Magic & Romance at Amazon.

This is a novella of romance and fantasy. Not necessarily a fantasy with tons of fighting, like in The Lord of the Rings. This story is much simpler and gentler than that epic trilogy.

Beltane is a Gaelic festival to celebrate fertility and the arrival of the warm season, rejoicing in the land as it awoke from the long slumber of winter. Of leaves appearing in their wondrous green. Of icy streams thawing and flowing swiftly once more, their lovely gurgling like music in the forest. Of flowers blossoming, their colors bursting with happiness, the joy of being alive once more.

On Beltane night, two bonfires were built in a field, with cattle led between the fires. Revelers — who wore crowns of intertwined flowers and herbs — danced around the bonfires and leaped over them.

And revelers emulated the union of the Goddess with the God of Beltane by joining together in coupling.

In this story, Katelyn is approached by a few men who wish to celebrate Beltane night by rolling in the woods with her. But she’s put off by their drunkenness and selfishness. So she tricks them in a way that allows her to sneak away from the two bonfires and have a rest by herself.

However, her rest is interrupted by yet another man. Shandon. Who is not like the other men in the village. He’s not cocky and sloppy from ale. Instead, he’s soft-spoken and gentle. And he appreciates Katelyn beyond simply wanting to have selfish sex with her.

But even another interruption crashes their conversation. Queen Mab — queen of the faeries — arrives on a tall horse and offers them a visit to the spirit world. A way to experience magic like they’ve never seen before.

In the spirit world, Shandon has to pass three challenges to see what he is made of, and how much he cares for Katelyn in his budding love. And with the three challenges, things get interesting — and fun 🙂

Please note: There are a couple of sex scenes in this story that include explicit descriptions. This is not erotica, as the whole story is not just about sex. Rather, it is erotic romance and fantasy. And it is meant for mature readers 18 years and older only.

Here’s a little more about the background of Beltane:

“It was a celebration of the sexual union of the God and Goddess, and the creative energies born from their love-making. These energies were thought to bless the land, animals and people, bestowing health and fertility on all. And so the people of the Celtic tribes, unencumbered by prudish morals, took the opportunity to emulate the gods and spent Beltane night in feverish coupling. According to many sources, it didn’t matter if the partners knew one another previously or not, for on that night, all women were the Goddess incarnate and all men, the God. But it wasn’t just sex; it was a holy union blessed by the gods.” (Quoted from Nicole Evelina’s Through the Mists of Time website.)

For more information about this festival, see its Wikipedia article, An Aussie Wytch’s post (which also offers advice if you wish to celebrate Beltane, too), and Nicole Evelina’s article. These were all helpful to me in my writing this story.


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April Update

It’s been a while! I hope you’ve been well. Many weeks have gone by since I last posted on my blog — and it was quite a change going from posting every day during January and February to taking a break.

While I’ve missed posting on my blog and reading other blogs, the break has been a good one. It’s helped me get on a better track with my day job. Which has been busy, so I was relieved to take away the deadline of posting every day that I had put on myself.

Also, the break from my blog helped fine-tune my focus back onto longer stories — instead of poetry and flash fiction. And that’s been wonderful.

Because I’ve come to realize a big difference in writing flash fiction versus longer stories. Coming up with shorter pieces (fewer than 1,000 words) is neat for seeing what kind of story you can tell in a condensed amount of time. They’re fun to write.

However, you don’t get immersed in the story. Not like you do with a novella or a novel. It hit me when I made the realization that maybe it’s the reason why my short stories don’t sell very well on Amazon and Smashwords. I thought about it from a reader’s point of view, when I pick up a novel and dive into it and find out where it takes me. I like rooting for the characters and seeing what happens to them. Seeing if they change, grow, as the story unfolds.

And that’s what I’ve been missing as a writer when I focused on shorter stories. I missed connecting with the characters and pulling for them. I missed imagining the possibilities of where the story could go. Then seeing how I think the characters would react to the expanding story.

And that’s what I got back to when I returned my attention to longer stories. I was able to immerse myself in them. Like I said, it’s been wonderful. I’ve had such a good time writing a few stories — and I even managed to finish a couple.

I’ve worked on different types of stories: more romantic and sexier ones under my August pen name, as well as more vanilla stories under my real name. It’s been interesting to see that I write slower with the vanilla stuff. Nothing like the sexy scenes (or anticipation of sexy scenes) to get the fingers flying on the keyboard. Except for the dangerous stuff — like in the thriller novel on which I worked for National Novel Writing Month last November.

I’m still planning to get back to that thriller novel. Eventually!

But I’ve been wrapping other stuff up first. The big one was completing my second novel, Tara & Steve: A Tale of Swingers. This project started off several years ago as a series of short stories about a dating couple that tries out a swinging lifestyle — and the consequences that those adventures have on their relationship.

I tied together the short stories into chapters for a novel and hit it hard with my editor’s hammer. Well, that sounds too violent. More like a pen, with removing stuff here and adding stuff there. The novel is the longest story I’ve written so far, at a little more than 135,000 words. And, damn, that sucker felt good to publish.

I also finished a story that started off as a short piece last year on my blog. It had bugged me that the story wasn’t done, since the characters yearned for more than where I left them. So I expanded the story into a novella, and that’s published, too. I’ll have a post about it next week, as I’m going give the ebook away for free on Amazon for 5 days. It’s about Beltane, the Gaelic festival to celebrate fertility and the arrival of the warm season. The event comes on May 1, so I want to make the novella free leading up to that day.

The original story ran last year in two parts, and I deleted those posts because the ebook is under Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Select (KDP Select), which means the story can’t be available electronically anywhere besides Amazon. It also means that if you have Kindle Unlimited, the story is free any time it’s within the program — well beyond the 5 days when it’s free to everybody.

So that’s an overview of what I’ve been up to since my last post. Lots of work on my day job and lots of writing. Of course, getting out and enjoying the sunshine, too 🙂

After posting next week about my Beltane novella, I’ll probably duck out again for another break. I apologize for not keeping a more regular schedule of posting. But some stories have their grip on me, and it’s really hard to stay away from them for long. I’m not sure what I’d post about if I did have a regular schedule — since I’m not going to return to writing poetry or flash fiction any time soon. I hope you understand. Writing the longer stories is like a drug that pulls me in and gives me a rush that’s amazing.


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24 Ebooks at 99 Cents Each

Well, actually two of the ebooks are free: Etiquette at the Nude Beach and Everybody Wants to be in the Movies. Also, five of the stand-alone short stories are included in a single ebook collection — so you can get all of them for 99 cents in Orpheus Rising.

The largest savings are for the novel (Bavarian Beauty) and short-story collection (Orpheus Rising), each of which are typically $3.99. The novellas are typically $2.99, so the savings is still a couple of bucks.

This sale is to help celebrate February as a month of love, and these prices will continue for more than a month — until the first of April. So stock up your reading device with some sexy and romantic stories that’ll heat up these chilly winter days!

The books are organized by length (insert your own size matters joke here), and the categories below are based on word count definitions in Wikipedia, but I increased the word count of the novel definition from 40,000 words to 100,000 words, so that just one of my ebooks fits that criterion.

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POETRY COLLECTION

Read to Me of Love - poetry cover
Read to Me of Love: 70 Love Poems. The fire of passion. The vulnerability of opening up your emotions to someone. The warm comfort of having a partner for many years. The work that relationships demand. The pain of breaking up. Unrequited love. The longing for finding love. The love of family and friends. This collection of 70 poems explores various types of love — not just romance and lust, but beyond those to different areas of emotion. For the spectrum of love is wide, filled with rich, vibrant colors. Amazon | Smashwords

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Please note that the ebooks below are works of erotic fiction and are only meant for mature readers who are aged 18 years and older. All characters in the stories are older than 18 years old and participate in consensual sex.

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NOVEL (> 100,000 words)

Bavarian Beauty cover, 120 pixels wide

Bavarian Beauty. Simon Edwards has a fetish for dirndls (the traditional Bavarian dress), and since he is only turned on by this specific dress, he endures many disappointing dates with non-dirndl wearing women. These disappointments lead him to fly to Munich during Oktoberfest to immerse himself in dirndl heaven. This story is about people with desires that differ from what is considered mainstream, and their search to find someone they feel comfortable with to share those desires. The novel is mostly comprised of Simon’s entries in his journal, and a few other sections are transcripts from Simon’s sessions with his therapist to work on his fetish. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

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NOVELLAS (20,000 to 100,000 words)

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The Troll’s Bridge. A man dies across the street … A man dressed as a troll visits Sophie on Halloween … A man with piercing slate eyes appears in the house across the street. Strange things are happening in Sophie’s neighborhood. Will the man with the piercing eyes step up and give her the control — and the energetic sex that her mostly complacent husband doesn’t give her? Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

The Strathmore Club. Derek is working in his tedious job at a toll booth when, one morning, a hot blonde in a sports car invites him to the Strathmore Club. This is a world completely different than the one he left: members indulge in hedonistic pleasures of public nudity and sex — all in a posh Floridian resort loaded with palm trees, pools, and a golf course. The club celebrates healthy lifestyles of exercise, nutrition, and sunshine. Derek jumps into this pool of decadence as a guest for one day, experiencing things beyond his fantasies. After this, he will do what it takes to become a part of the Strathmore Club. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

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NOVELETTES (10,000 to 20,000 words)

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Finding Her Rush Henry doesn’t know what he’s doing wrong when it comes to the bedroom. Even though his girlfriend, Alison, says she enjoys having sex with him, she doesn’t show enthusiasm behind those words. And Henry is too timid to come right out and ask the reason behind this change. Frustrated, Henry turns to his buddies for advice — but they only make things worse by not taking him seriously. So he turns to studying books and meditating on his relationship with Alison, trying to find clues behind her lack of enthusiasm in the bedroom. But then, Alison takes Henry on a trip that changes everything in his search for answers. Amazon

A Honeymoon For Our Lives Apart. Tabitha is an older woman whose husband has cheated on her for a while, and she has parried with affairs of her own. Including an affair with Ethan, but it grows serious when Ethan falls in love with her. With a heavy heart, Tabitha breaks off the relationship. But before they completely call it quits, she invites him to a honeymoon for their lives apart, to be spent indulging in a lush hotel. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Steakhouse Love. The steaks are thick and juicy. The ambiance is romantic. This story follows three couples as they dine in a steakhouse and act on their lust in different ways. Joy and Jason slips into the ladies room for some adventurous fellatio. Another couple (Malcolm and Samantha) gets frisky right at their table in the restaurant. In the third couple, Margaret does pick up on the sexiness afoot (and ahand), and it inspires her to fire up the passion with her husband, Hank. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Etiquette at the Nude Beach. Kiera and Bridgette are lesbian partners enjoying a nude beach when a muscular guy asks them to help him put suntan oil on those hard-to-reach places. They decline and give him a lesson on proper etiquette at a nude beach. This interloper sets events in motion, as Kiera is disgusted by what she considers as rude behavior, and Bridgette is a little turned on, since she is bisexual. As they take a walk along the beach, Bridgette is determined to take her lover’s mind off the guy and onto more pleasurable things. After all, they’re naked and on a wonderful beach during a beautiful day. FREE at Smashwords!

Everybody Wants to be in the Movies. (Erotic horror) Dinner and a movie sounds like an ordinary date, but there’s nothing ordinary about this date between Margaret and Jim. He owns a theater, so they get to watch Roman Holiday all by themselves. The movie has technical difficulties, Jim has to go and fix the problems … and that’s when the date moves even further away from the ordinary. For Margaret is trapped in the theater. A new movie starts up. A creepy movie that shows Jim in a whole new light. FREE at Smashwords!

Maid Marian’s Missions. Characters from the Robin Hood legend as you’ve never seen them before! Maid Marian bravely approaches Prince John to persuade him to lower taxes for the people of Nottingham. But things don’t exactly go according to plan. Maid Marian could never have anticipated the events of the night with Prince John, and then the next day as she lays low in Sherwood Forest, in the worry of being pursued by the prince’s minions. Also, Beltane night looms — this is the pagan ritual at the end of April to celebrate the union of the Beltane God with the Goddess, to rejoice in spring and bless the land’s fertility. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Nurse House Call. Mr. Wombly is a donor at a sperm bank to earn extra cash, since he doesn’t have a full-time job and is working odd jobs to make ends meet. Rachel and Beverly are two staffers who are impressed with the volume of his donation, but question if he’s actually offering fresh donations or, for some reason, is sneaking older donations and adding to his fresh stuff. So they barge in on him during one of his appointments to see for themselves. After they have some sexy fun with Mr. Wombly, is just one time enough? Amazon

Gimme a B! Gimme a J! Like many men, Jake spends a great deal of time in front of the TV during autumn to watch his beloved football. His wife Emily, however, is fed up with it and wants him to spend more time with her on weekends in the fall. So Emily has a plan to jolt her husband out of his football addiction and look at her rather, than at the TV. She surprises him by wearing a sexy cheerleader outfit, but questions about his past keep nagging her, and she can’t help but bring them up. Amazon | Smashwords

The Old Ball Game. As the closing pitcher, you need intense concentration to get strikeouts and close down the game with your team winning. So it really doesn’t help when a fan behind home plate flashes one of her breasts at you. That’s what Ashley does to Joe as he pitches for his Charleston Dolphins against the Columbia Wrens (two fictional minor league baseball teams). Joe complains to his manager about the fan’s interference, and that gets Ashley in hot water with the stadium’s head of security. One thing leads to another … since, well, this is an erotic story — and it is a hot, sultry night in Columbia. Amazon | Smashwords

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SHORT STORY COLLECTION

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Orpheus Rising: Erotic Stories of Hooking Up is a collection of six short stories that explore the hot moments when two people—strangers or friends—hook up to become lovers. These erotic stories cover a range of characters and settings, and the stories are listed below. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Stories included in this collection are as follows, and are offered as stand-alone ebooks (except for the Orpheus Rising short story):

  • Orpheus Rising. Vittore is a blind violinist who plays his masterpiece, “Orpheus Rising,” before an entranced audience in a concert hall. Nobody is more entranced than Heather, who has gotten lost listening to Vittore’s CD many times before, and who works at a museum where Vittore visited to check out their Stradivarius. And when Heather is asked to escort Vittore back to his hotel, the evening of rapture continues.
  • Kama Sutra Sweetie. Two models pose in challenging sexual positions for a new book on the Kama Sutra: The positions — such as The Wheelbarrow and The Clasping Position — are complicated, demanding, and highly charged with arousal. But, as the models pose, they are not allowed penetration. Thus, their desire builds and builds … until their lust breaks, and they need to do the positions fully, without boundaries and without holding back.
  • Yielding No More. A blinding snowstorm brings traffic to a halt on the highway. Stuck in the traffic jam, two strangers meet in one of their cars and head to the backseat to get to know each other better find a sexy way to stay warm.
  • The View From Where I’m Standing. On a Wyoming ranch, the view of far-off mountains is spectacular… but so is the view of a cowboy’s butt in jeans. This view is very much enjoyed by Michelle, who is a make-up artist working on the ranch for a commercial photo shoot. She and that cowboy — Mark — find passion among the beauty of the American West.
  • Underwood. Katherine has made a living writing best-selling books of romance and adventure, but she’s not a great typist. So she’s hired Josh to type out her stories on an old Underwood manual typewriter. When Katherine needs help fleshing out a scene in her new book, she calls on Josh to role-play the sword-fighting scene … and then swords flash swiftly. But when the sword play is done, the author and typist continue the roles of the story, relinquishing to the passion that flames them.
  • Van Gogh’s Whore Never Saw Georgia O’Keefe’s Flowers. Donna is a struggling painter in New York City, and she takes a job as a human sushi tray to earn extra cash. People pluck morsels of fish from her stomach as they attend an art gallery’s opening of sensual art that, unfortunately, doesn’t include any of Donna’s paintings. The experience surges Donna’s arousal — however, her boyfriend won’t answer her calls. So she heads back to her apartment, figuring she’ll take matters into her own hands. But her roommate’s boyfriend stands in the way of her self-help mission.

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SHORT STORIES (<10,000 words)

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Beware the Ides of March. In Shakespeare’s play, it was the warning the soothsayer gave to Julius Caesar. And it’s the warning that Laura receives from her husband, Grant, in a text. But what does it mean? Laura puts it to the side, as she works hard in her office on a Saturday to finish a big project. When she returns home, she finds out that the warning leads to giving up control, feeling the danger and helplessness of giving into Grant’s commands. And by giving into him, feeling wondrous heights of pleasure. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Meet Me in the Gym Sauna. Gay male erotica… the sauna at the gym is very hot, and the two men in there are sweaty and pumped up after lifting weights. When one of the men starts pitching a tent of the towel on his lap, he tries to cover it up. He’s being careful, since he doesn’t want the other man to know he’s turned on. But what if the other guy is also pitching a tent? Then an introduction must be made. And, because a third man walks in, plans must be made for meeting up later. That’s when their party moves to the townhouse that one of them owns. Amazon

Bikini Sunbathe. Becca comes back inside the house after sunbathing in the backyard, and she’s stunned to see her husband (Greg) lounging naked on the sofa. Also, she’s stunned to find out that he spied on her while she sunbathed, since he was so aroused by seeing her in the pink string bikini. He heats things up by acting on that arousal, warming her with his body and taking over for the sun that had warmed her outside. Amazon

Peep Show. Jason is gambling that his girlfriend, Carla, will enjoy a surprise that she never expected. Carla’s dressed up for a sexy night out, and she soaks in all the attention she gets as they hop through three bars to lubricate before finally ending up at a peep show. When the couple enters a booth in the back of the sex shop, the peep show grabs a firm hold of Carla’s attention — but she gives it right back as she follows Jason’s lead and gets into the sexiness of the place. Amazon

Saving Callie’s Christmas. Callie Skeffington had been good for many years — until she took a turn for the naughty the week before Christmas and tried anal sex with her boyfriend. With that, Callie jumped over to Santa’s bad list. However, Callie has a champion at the North Pole in Rayen the elf, who pleads Callie’s case to Santa, and is given the chance to tell Callie no more anal until after Christmas. Rayen’s wife, Livvy, isn’t thrilled about her husband going down to see this good girl turned bad. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

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