Burlesque – Guest Post by Katey Lovell

I’m thrilled to have Katey Lovell as my guest today. Katey has penned a novella for the Tirgearr City Nights series, set against the glamorus backdrop of Los Angeles. Welcome to the Naughty Corner, Katey.

People hear the word burlesque and automatically think ‘striptease’. They’re taken to an idea of Dita von Teese writhing in an oversized champagne glass, or a curvaceous performer popping the eye-and-hook fastenings on a red satin corset.

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Steamy.

Sleazy.

They’re all words I’ve heard used to describe burlesque by people who’ve (generally) never experienced it first-hand.

The truth is, the world of burlesque is so much more diverse than people think. In the six years I’ve been attending events I’ve seen jugglers, magicians, contortionists, singers, comedians, fire-eaters, hula dancers, musicians, strong men (and women), an axe thrower, and all manner of other entertainers too. Yes, there have been plenty of ‘tease’ acts in the mix. But, in the UK at least, burlesque nights are a high-quality cabaret showcasing the talents of performers who are perhaps slightly less mainstream than those headlining the larger theatres in towns and cities.

When I started writing One Night in Los Angeles back in the summer of 2015, I knew it had to be hot. And that’s why when aspiring actress Abbi Devine stumbles (literally!) across A-list movie star Aaron Halliday on set, she’s wearing sparkly high heels, a corset and an elaborate feather headdress. By giving Abbi a role as a burlesque dancer, I hoped it added sass and sauce to counteract the vulnerability that hides behind the glitz.

Abbi is sexy. Her routine is steamy. But sleazy? No. Because despite what some may think, burlesque (including striptease) is about confidence and celebrating yourself. It’s a visual art, a creative outlet.

And above all, it’s about having fun.

Katey Lovell is the author of One Night in Los Angeles, published by Tirgearr.

Blurb: Abbi Devine never expected Hollywood to be like this…

Leaving her small town in northern Maine for Hollywood was always going to be a gamble, but she’s finally got her chance- a speaking part as a burlesque dancer in a movie starring A list actor Aaron Halliday.

However, when she’s thrown off her stride and ends up in a heap on the floor, Aaron’s the one to come to her rescue. There’s an undeniable attraction between them which comes as a surprise to Abbi, who has sworn off men following a bad experience.

Is Aaron really the unfeeling playboy the press make him out to be? And can Abbi let go of her past to enjoy her present?

Bio: Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.

She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their eight year old son.

One Night in Los Angeles is available from Kindle US, Kindle UKSmashwordsApple, Kobo, Nook

Book Review: One Night In Madrid by JD Martins

one night in madridDanny moved from his native Ireland to Madrid, where he has a comfortable if predictable lifestyle. Though he misses his home town and his old friends, he has no great desire to move back there. His world is turned upside down when he spots a familiar face in one of his favourite bars. Aisling is the girl he spent his college years lusting over from afar, fantasising about fantastic sex with her would be. But she never seemed to notice him, leaving him with the impression she was a spoiled, stuck-up little rich girl. But impressions can be deceptive, and over the course of a long, hot Spanish night, Danny comes to realise Aisling isn’t the girl he thought she was…

The storyline of One Night In Madrid doesn’t stretch much beyond that simple description, but this is more of a mood piece than a plot-driven adventure. Madrid is one of those cities than comes alive at night, and JD Martins contrasts the fast-paced, lively clubbing scene with the slowly unfolding attraction between Danny and Aisling. It’s inevitable that the two will end up in bed, as Danny comes to realise the differences in their outlook and background don’t really matter at all, but getting to that point is half the fun. What begins as a sensual seduction that involves tequila shooters being drunk in highly erotic fashion culminates in intense, satisfying sex in Aisling’s hotel room.

In Danny and Aisling, DJ Martins creates characters who forge a convincing bond and discover genuine feelings for each other over the course of their time together, behaving in a way you can believe two people who haven’t ever properly connected with each other might. The banter between them is engaging, and the Madrid backdrop is rich and well described. One Night In Madrid is by turns nostalgic, passionate and bittersweet, and definitely worth a read.

Find out more about the book, and JD Martins, at the Tirgear publishing site.

Cover Reveal: Be My Valentine, Sir

Here’s a cover to warm you up on a cold day. Be My Valentine, Sir sees the return of sub Jason and his master Adrian from Happy Christmas, Sir – and this time the action moves to Valentine’s Day, and Jason’s attempts to give Adrian a present he’ll never forget. But just feast your eyes on this beauty, courtesy of the very talented Aria Tan at NineStar Press.

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Cara Sutra Loves Best Women’s Erotica!

Horny Geek Girl from Cara Sutra’s Pleasure Panel has reviewed Best Women’s Erotica Of The Year Vol 1 and given it a glowing write-up, calling it ‘hot and sexy, with something to please everyone’. You can read the full review here.

And if you’re in the US and you want to attend readings from the anthology in either San Francisco or Chicago, check the official site for the book for details of dates and venues.

BWE Volume 1 Interview

I’ve been interviewed by the lovely Rachel Kramer Bussel about Alvin’s Night, my story in the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 1 anthology. If the thought of a fem dom story that mixes in foot fetishism and voyeurism for good measure piques your interest, then you can find out more by clicking on the cover below. It’ll take you to the Tumblr site for the book where you can also read about some of the other fantastic contributions to the anthology.

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Book Review: It’s A Long Way To The Top by Cherry Cox

long way to the topActs of Insanity are the hottest up-and-coming band on the LA rock circuit. They’ve got the looks, the attitude and the musical ability – and with studio time booked to record the demo that could earn them a deal with a major label, all they need is a lead singer. When they manage to recruit frontman Harley Moore from a rival band, their problems should be over, but for Acts of Insanity’s guitarist, Jax Reed, they’re only just beginning. Jax is gay, but he keeps his true sexuality secret for fear of the reaction he’ll get. As a result, he’s been living a lie, forming relationships with women and numbing the pain of being in the closet with regular fixes of heroin. What he doesn’t know is that Harley has his own secrets, too. Aware of an unspoken attraction between Jax and Harley, and afraid of what will happen if they get close, Jax’s sister, Karen, who’s also Acts of Insanity’s manager, does everything she can to keep things apart. But some things are destined to happen, even if the results have the power to tear the band – and Jax’s life – apart…

It’s A Long Way To The Top is the first in a series about the exploits of Acts of Insanity, and Cherry Cox has woven a compelling story of sex, drugs and rock and roll. The book captures the raw energy and downright sleaziness of LA’s Sunset Strip in the mid-1980s, making it seem totally credible that Acts of Insanity could be moving in the same circles as the likes of Guns ’n Roses. Cox clearly knows a lot about music, and musicians, and that knowledge adds an authenticity to proceedings. And the sex scenes, often involving illicit backstage encounters, are hot and spicy. Of course, any book like this is really about the emotional connection between the characters, and while the traumas Jax and Harley have suffered in their life (gay-bashing, rough treatment by homophobic cops, the looming spectre of AIDS) could turn into horrible clichés, you find yourself hoping they’ll overcome all the setbacks and find love. The cliffhanger ending sets up the action for Part Two, so don’t expect an easy resolution to Jax and Harley’s problems, but if you like the thought of pretty boys in bands getting it on and you get nostalgic when you hear an old Motley Crue song, you’ll love It’s A Long Way To The Top.

You can find out more about It’s A Long Way To The Top and watch the Acts of Insanity music video at http://www.paperbackpleasures.com/acts-of-insanity-series.html, and the book is available from Amazon US.

I was given a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Sneak Peek: Mr December

Christmas is drawing ever closer, but what if December was your least favourite time of the year? That’s how Nicki, the heroine of my new seasonal novella, Mr December, feels. Memories of a bad break-up, and an assignment to photograph arrogant but very sexy model Bryce in a remote house on the Cornish coast, do nothing to lift her spirits. But when circumstances conspire to leave the two of them stranded over the holidays, will they be able to deny the attraction they feel for each other?

Here’s an extract:

mrdecember_800Bryce lay on his front on the bed I’d set up in my studio, cupping the point of his chin in one hand. With the other hand, he held a sprig of mistletoe over his head. He’d parted his lips slightly, as if inviting a kiss. The expression in his eyes clearly said ‘come and get me’.

I clicked away with my camera, concentrating only on getting the perfect shot. It wasn’t easy, not when the tension between Bryce and me had been building since the moment he’d walked into the studio. Electricity seemed to crackle in the air, hard to ignore, like lightning on a fine summer’s day.

“Hey, Nicki, put that thing down and come over here,” Bryce drawled. He waved the mistletoe in a clear effort to distract me from my task.

I should tell him to cut it out. We had work to do. But this was the last scenario on my list for the afternoon, and in truth I already had more than enough pictures to send to the photo agency. I had Bryce Anderson naked in front of me, giving me an obvious come-on. Weaker women would have already succumbed to his advances.

I set the camera down, then approached the bed.

“That’s it, sweetheart.” Bryce smiled. “You know what they say about all work and no play…”

He took my fingers in his free hand. Lust rippled through me at the contact. Try as I might, I couldn’t remain immune to his charms.

Bryce gazed at me, his brown eyes dark with desire. Our lips were inches apart. We hovered on the verge of a kiss, and still I held back from committing fully to the moment. He wasn’t so bashful. He pressed his mouth to mine, using his tongue to feather my lips open.

As the kiss grew more intense, Bryce tossed the mistletoe aside. I breathed in the scent of him, expensive cologne mixed with clean male sweat. My eyes were screwed shut and I clung tight around Bryce’s neck, not sure what would happen if I let go.

If you want to find out what happens next, Mr December is available from December 8th from Totally Bound.