Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oh, You Nasty Girl! (Hot in Handcuffs Blog Hop)

I just want to quickly say THANK YOU for participating and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments. I hope to see you back here in the future!

And now, without further ado,

Drum roll...drum roll...drum roll...

The winner of my $25 Amazon GC:
(via Rafflecopter) Entry #163, Diane S!!


My Prize:

$25 Amazon Gift Card (US Only)

Let’s talk erotica.

My first toe-dip into the genre was Anaïs Nin’s book of short erotic stories, DELTA OF VENUS. (Many years ago now, but I won't say how many. *wink*)

There’s an interesting story behind this volume of erotic (and ofttimes taboo, even by today’s standards) stories: She was commissioned to write them by a wealthy patron, only known as “Collector” for $1 a page. Now, I don’t know the exact years in the ‘40s she wrote these for him, but just going by 1945 standards, that would be about $13 dollars a page. Interesting, huh?

This “Collector” also commissioned other well-known (but financially struggling) writers of the time, such as Henry Miller (of TROPIC OF CANCER fame--it was originally written and banned in the U.S. in the 30s, but upon publication in 1961, it led to obscenities trials in the U.S. Supreme court which held in its favor, and changed the publication landscape of popular and literary fiction here forever), and Gore Vidal (intriguingly, mostly known for his political, biographical novels, such as BURR). As an aside, I would LOVE to see the nasty prose Mr. Vidal put on the page for this guy. Because the “Collector” insisted that the writing be bereft of poetry, lyricism, etc., and to keep the writing graphic, the scenarios sexually explicit. If you’ve read DELTA OF VENUS, you’ll notice right away that, although there are graphically depicted sexual scenarios, the writing itself is still quite literary. Anaïs, it seems, defied "Collector's" dictate; she followed the spirit, not the letter of the “law”.

Because Nin was a product of her time, she also added images and ideas to her writing that reflected the burgeoning women's movement and her belief in female sexual equality, in the right for women to achieve pleasure from sexual acts, and to not be ashamed or denigrated for it.

In my research, I found a couple of erotic novels by Gore Vidal, and they look fun. (I’d still like to actually see the short stories he wrote for “Collector”, but I can’t find where they have ever been released for publication.)

All right, to add visual, I’ve included the book covers of DELTA OF VENUS, one of Gore Vidal’s early erotic books, CRY SHAME! (written/published in the 50s under the pen name, Katherine Everard), and Henry Miller's politically paradigm-shifting book, TROPIC OF CANCER. Click the book covers to go to the Amazon sales page for each.

* * * * * *
Now, I don't write erotica. I do, however, write hot romance. I have published a comic fairy tale romance that just so happens to "star" a pro domme, so I thought I'd showcase that today as well.

The title of the book is DIAMONDS AND TOADS: A Modern Fairy Tale, and it is a modern take on the classic fairytale by the same name. The original (as well as mine) is very similar to a Cinderella story, because you have the wicked stepmother, and the spoiled rotten stepsister, as well as the fairy who blesses the downtrodden, browbeaten, but beautiful sister, with diamonds and roses tripping from her lips each time she speaks, but curses the spoiled sister with toads and serpents scurrying from hers each time she speaks.

Here's what readers are saying about it:

~It's well-written, pacy, sexy fun, and I'd definitely look out for more by this author.~
L. Felthouse (Derbyshire, UK)

~This is a really Great Story! Only for adults, but fun and a real treasure. I love the characters! What a Hot and Sizzling Fairy Tale! I thought my Kindle would start smoking, it was so steamy!~

D. Ward (IL, USA)

DIAMONDS AND TOADS is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Micro-mini Blurb:
A sizzling, comic fairytale of two sisters, two hunks, and fairy magic. “Good” Delilah is blessed with wealth and the man she’s loved for ages, except he’s more interested in her newfound millions, while “bad” Isadora, is cursed with blurting obscene quips, just when the man she dumped years before swaggers back into her life.

Excerpt (This is from Part One, the "Good" sister, Delilah's story. Her Fiance has just discovered her naughty secret: She's a domme):

He flipped open one side of her trench coat and got an eyeful of the getup underneath. His heart did a triple beat, sending a rush of blood to his groin. Heat flamed his cheeks. Lust turned to alarm before he managed to channel it into something he could deal with: anger.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” He did a quick scan of the front of the house. “What is this place, anyway? Who lives here? Are you fucking somebody?”

“No! There isn’t anyone else. I swear. Let me go, and I’ll explain everything.” Her tightly wound French twist had come undone, sending sweeps of dark sable hair over her flushed cheek and finely defined collarbone. When her rose-petal tongue darted out to moisten her bottom lip as she tried again to loosen his grip, his heartbeat kicked up again. He was so zoned-in on that cherry-slice mouth of hers, in fact, that he didn’t even realize he’d dropped his hand until it bounced off his hard-on. He sucked air into his lungs in a bid to gain control over his potent physical responses to her.

“It’s truly not as bad as it looks to you.” Flustered, she bent down and picked up the riding crop from the sidewalk where it had fallen.

Which reminded him of what she wore—what she might have been up to if he hadn’t caught her. It made the momentary lust rebound back to anger. He shifted his gaze to scan the area. No one else around. Yet. Time to move it. 

He shoved his hands onto his hips and jabbed his head in the direction of his Beemer. “Get in. We can talk there.”

She jerked a nod and walked in front of him toward his car. As she moved, for the first time, it registered just how easily she glided across the pavement in the heels. Yet another wave of feral anger swept across his solar plexus, clenching the muscles of his abdomen into taut, fierce, painful, fireballs.

Clearly, this wasn’t her first time in six-inch spikes.

But if he had anything to say about it—and he did—it’d damned sure be her last. At least until the deal with the creditors went through.

He yanked the car door open and pressed her inside, then jogged around the front of the car and got in himself. In seconds, he was facing her full on. “Okay, spill.”
* * * * *
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. My first was Master of the Mountain-- Cherise Sinclair.. What an intro!

  2. The BDB and The Rough Riders series are one of my firsts! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  3. My first was Kitty Thomas' Comfort Food. It's very naughty and very dark. I had no idea what I was reading, but I loved it.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  4. I am sure the first naughty book I read was a Jackie Collins I slipped in with the more respectable library books as a teen LOL, but then the first "erotic" book I read was many years ago when I found out that Anne Rice had written some.
    Carin mawmom at gmail dot com

  5. Judith Krantz's I'LL TAKE MANHATTAN, when I was far too young!


  6. The Gift by VS Morgan...

  7. I am a late bloomer...I read Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  8. first really naughty naughty book was Venice Vampyr by Tina Folsom.

  9. Wicked Ties by Shayla Black!

  10. Brazen by Maya Banks

  11. Colter's Woman by Maya Banks. She is still a favorite author for me!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  12. First naughty book... Kate's Crew by Jayne Rylon. It was also my first Kindle book. I got introduced into naughty in a great way. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. "The Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty" by A. N. Roquelaure
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  14. I don't remember which book, but I know it was by Emma Holly. I didn't realize quite how naughty it was until I was reading it.

    Jyl22075 at

  15. Beyond Innocence by Emma Holly

  16. I honestly can't remember I've read so many lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  17. The Pearl by Anonymous - reprint of Victorian stories

  18. Megan Hart was the first author I read in this genre, as to what the book was called I couldn't say cause I don't remember.. I read so many book ...

  19. My first "naughty" book was Colter's Woman by Maya Banks

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  20. There have been so many I dont remember the first one!!
    Ashley A

  21. My first was Anais Ninn's "Little Birds"

  22. I don't remember my first one. I started borrowing my grandmother's naughty books when I was in 8th grade, so I have been reading them for a really long time.

  23. I don't remember my first erotic "naughty" novel, but I remember the first novel I remember featuring plenty of sex was Carly Phillips' Simply Sinful.

  24. I can't remember which book it was but I can remember the author was Jayne Rylon :) I have been addicted to her writing ever since :)!!

  25. I can't really remember the first "naughty" novel I read, even though it was just a little more than a month ago. I think it was Gift of the Goddess by Denise Rosseti (m/m/f fantasy story)

  26. I don't quite remember my first naughty book. I started with clean Harlequin novels and I started reading paranormal and loved it. Some of my favorite authors are Kresley Cole, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Maya Banks, and Lora Leigh.


  27. Shayla Black's Wicked series and she introduced me to Sophie Oak. Then I found Cherise Sinclair and the rest as they say is history, I was hooked.

  28. The first "naughty" book I ever read was Lori Foster's Too Much Temptation. After that, I was a naughty book addict ;-)

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

  29. The Happy Hooker one of my friends loaned it to me. I know it's not a romance book but it sure was naughty. I think I was either in 8th or 9th grade when I read it.

  30. The first one that would be considered to be 'naughty' was probably 50 Shades of Grey, and then because of the lists on Goodreads I discovered a lot of amazing books.

  31. I think it was Animal Attraction by Charlene Teglia. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. It was Wolf Tales by Kate Douglas.
    Thank you for the giveaway.


  33. I liked 50 Shades of Grey just read it! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  34. My first was Dark Lover by JR Ward. Lol I had no idea people wrote like that in books. Now I cant get enough.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  35. First naughty book? oh wow, that's tough, I know it was a short read, I'm thinking it was either Cynthia Eden or Eve Langlais, God knows that woman can write eroticas :O LOL Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Wow you have me trying to remember back far too long ago! There was a couple books when I was in Middle and High School that were considered "Taboo" and so therefore we HAD to read. One had to do with a minor who had a huge crush on her guitar instructor/heartthrob lead singer. Can't for the life of me remember the other.. From there I moved on the my mom's harlequins.
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

  37. I think it was Lira Leigh's Nauti Boys


Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer

K.E. Saxon is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.