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Blog Bash Day 5 with Elise Hepner

Aug 5, 2011

Happy Blogoversary JoJo!

I’m so happy to be spending my Friday with you! Today I’m kicking off some steamy reads for Friday Forget About Finds since I tend towards the naughtier side of fiction. Some of them are a bit sexier than other’s so I’ve provided  my own heat scale to gauge them.

Fogging the Windows—Heavy romance with heavy petting and a little sex

Breaking the Bed—Frank sex with multiple scenes and a lack of pretty words for you-know-what

Every Which Way But Sunday—Graphic sex with everything but the kitchen sink—and even that for some cleaning up!

by Emma Holly

Meet Zoe Clare, a medium who has no trouble communicating with the dead. If only she could get her feelings across to Fairyville’s most eligible bachelor, Magnus Monroe. Fortunately, a tryst with an old flame sparks jealousy in Magnus, which gives Zoe satisfaction—in so many naughty ways.

This is an Every Which Way But Sunday read and one of the first true erotic reads that started me off on my erotic romance career. This is an amazing, spicy, naughty paranormal that left me breathless.

ISBN-10: 0425224767
ISBN-13: 978-0425224762
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (July 1, 2008)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

A Pound of Flesh
By Susan Wright

Marja was once Lexander's pleasure slave-until the master found himself enslaved by her love. Together, they have vowed to free all slaves by destroying pleasure houses throughout the world. But this undertaking requires Marja to disguise herself as a slave once more and infiltrate one training house after another to sow the seeds of revolution-and risk losing the man she loves in the process.

This is a Breaking The Bed book exploring a romantic D/s relationship while not shying away from the harsh realities of a cruel, sexual world. If you like politics with dashes of hot, everywhere but in the bedroom sex than this is your book. By the end you’ll be rooting for the romance.

ISBN-10: 0451461274
Publisher: Roc Trade (February 6, 2007)
Paperback: 304 pages

The Crimson Petal and The White
by Michael Faber

Faber's bawdy, brilliant third novel tells an intricate tale of love and ambition and paints a new portrait of Victorian England and its citizens in prose crackling with insight and bravado. Using the wealthy Rackham clan as a focal point for his sprawling, gorgeous epic, Faber, like Dickens or Hardy, explores an era's secrets and social hypocrisy. William Rackham is a restless, rebellious spirit, mistrustful of convention and the demands of his father's perfume business. While spying on his sickly wife's maid, whom he suspects of thievery, he begins a slow slide into depravity: he meets Sugar, a whore whose penetrating mind and love of books intrigues him as much as her beauty and carnal skills do.

Faber (Under the Skin) also weaves in the stories of Agnes, William's delicate, mad and manipulative wife, and Henry, his pious, morally conflicted brother, both of whom seek escape from their private prisons through fantasies and small deceptions. Sin and vice both attract and repel the brothers: William, who becomes obsessed with Sugar, rescues her from her old life, while Henry, paralyzed by his love for Emmeline Fox, a comely widow working to rescue the city's prostitutes, slowly unravels. Faber's central characters, especially the troubled William and the ambitious Sugar, shine with life, and the author is no less gifted in capturing the essence of his many minor characters-the evil madam, Mrs. Castaway, and William's pompous father-in-law, Lord Unwin. The superb plot draws on a wealth of research and briskly moves through the lives of each character-whether major or minor, upstairs or downstairs-gathering force until the fates of all are revealed. A marvelous story of erotic love, sin, familial conflicts and class prejudice, this is a deeply entertaining masterwork that will hold readers captive until the final page.

This is a Fogging The Window’s Book. Though we get a few snippets about life in a brothel, there’s not pages and pages of graphic sex and when it is mentioned it’s very narrative. However, what the author lacks in sex, he makes up for in voice, storytelling ability, and the enthralling heroine who’ll stop at nothing to rise above her station. Not a traditional romance, but one where the heroine will do everything and anything to show she loves herself first and foremost by getting a new, bigger, brighter life.

ISBN-10: 1616848693
ISBN-13: 978-1616848699
Publisher: Harvest Books; First Harvest Edition edition (September 1, 2003)
Paperback: 920 pages

That concludes my picks for this week’s Friday Forget About Finds! And don’t forget to find me at Author’s After Dark in Philadelphia  August 11-14th! I’ll be signing and giving away free read’s on Sunday and I’d love to chat with everyone.

Elise Hepner lives with her spastic cat, two hyperactive ferrets and a very supportive, slightly crazy husband. There is never a dull moment in the house, unless the caffeine runs out, which it never does. She’s a multi-published erotica author with Excessica, Ellora’s Cave, and Cleis Press. She’s driven by her tea addiction and a tiny stuffed turtle her husband picked up from Disney World that sits on her desk and “supervises” her work. She has let loose her storytelling addiction that has hung around since birth, along with a deep need for organization, which helps her write. When not writing (which is rare), she’s watching countless hours of reality television, playing the Sims or shopping online. Plus there’s that odd obsession with the color purple. Everything is purple.

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21 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

elaing8 August 5, 2011 at 10:28 AM  

Those are all new to me books.I'll have to check them out

Victoria August 5, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

I love the rating system ;). These are all new to me as well.


BLHmistress August 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

I have a couple of Emma Holly's havent' read them yet but I heard they were smokin' hot. I love the heat scale LOL especially the last one.


jfort357 August 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

WOW!!! These books sound very intriguing!!! Luv me some HOT reads!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! :-)


Anne August 5, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

920 pages!!!!Was Faber paid by the word like Dickens? Reading the last Harry Potter at 800+ pages was more than enough.

I've read two or three books by Emma Holly and they're all in the same hot, hot category. The other authors were new to me.

janhvi August 5, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

haven't read these books yet,but will have to check them out soon:)

GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

joanie murray August 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM  

Wow, They all sound exciting and interesting:)

Michelle Bledsoe August 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM  

Nice rating system. I have found that I am a mood reader. Sometimes I want a gentle romance and then there are times I want a romance that makes you say WOW and take a deep breath at the end :)

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Danielle Gorman August 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

Emma Holly was one of the first erotica authors that I read and wow, they are pretty steamy. As for the other two, I haven't read them but I will definitely be putting them on my list.

Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

Jen B. August 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM  

I will be at AAD! My first ever conference. I will look you up on Sunday. I tried to read A Pound of Flesh but just couldn't get into it. I think the problem was that the book jacket quote compared it to Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series. I love that series but this one fell short for me. I'll have to check out the other two books.

Elise Hepner August 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

I'm so glad everyone likes my picks and is thinking about reading them! These are favorite's in my collection for sure.

Jen B, I got it wrong we will be signing on Saturday. But none the less I look forward to meeting you! Yay!

Na August 5, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

I haven't read any of these books, might need to remedy that =)


Anonymous,  August 5, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

These are all new books to me. I think I'm definitely going to have to read them.


marybelle August 6, 2011 at 12:33 AM  

I'm loving the Heat Scale. Added to my reading list thank you.


redzsm August 6, 2011 at 3:26 AM  

JoJo, Congrats on your Blogoversary!!

Elise, thank you for sharing some of your favorites. They sound very steamy! Have fun at the conference.

xander_316 August 7, 2011 at 7:51 PM  

awesome... another set to at to my 'to read' pile :)

Pamk August 7, 2011 at 10:35 PM  

Thansk for the additions to my tbb list lol. Your so good for my credit card lol.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 8, 2011 at 7:48 AM  

Love the Heat is certainly unique!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

latishajean August 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

Thank you for sharing great favorites!
GFC follower/latishajean

Carol L. August 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM  

I love all the books you chose and have them on my TRL. I've read Emma Holly and love her work.Thank you for sharing. And I'm way late getting here. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

MarthaE August 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

I was aware of Fairyville but the others are new to me. I like your fun ratings. Thanks for sharing.
GFC MarthaE

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