Saturday, June 29, 2013

Guest Blogger: Abi Aiken

Thank you, Sommer, for having me here on your blog today. Seriously, I’m in awe. I’ve been reading your work for more than two years (and loving it!), so to have an opportunity to be in your neighbourhood is simply amazing to me.

I’d also like to send a quick shout out to a couple of other people: my cover artist, Willsin, and his co-author Katie (who is also my book formatter - no way I can get my brain around that sort of fiddly stuff, lol!), who have kind of plugged me into “the circuit” and given me some real pointers. They’re the ones who paved the way to get me here today!

Well firstly, here’s a little bit about me, courtesy of my official biography.

Abi Aiken is a youngish latte-swilling movie-lover with fewer secrets than you might think. As an only child, she found the best way to have conversations (and win arguments) was to play all the parts herself. So she wrote her first story at the age of 12 and it felt so much like coming home that she never left. She believes most of her problems can be solved by Midori and lemonade.

But here’s a little more about me. I crush sooo easily. Not on just anyone, but I crush across genders and ages and races and religions. I’m a sucker for a square-jawed older man, but can just as easily be swept away by the dimples in a young woman’s back (which is one reason why I looooooove my new cover - when Willsin showed me that image I got totally lost in that girl’s skin!). I once broke up with a guy because I was crushing on his sister (not that I told either of them that!). And I have such a weakness for eyes, whether they be cold, grey and powerful, or warm, brown and soft...or anything in between!

I don’t act on all my crushes of course, but I think it’s that part of my personality that led me to the idea for my first story, “His Go-To Girl”. I’ve fallen stupidly in love with housemates far too many times in my relatively short life, which is a big part of why I’m currently living alone!

And with that convenient little segue, I’d love to give you all a little preview of my book!


“His Go-To Girl”

Channary Kee has been best friends with Daniel Garrett since the fourth grade. Now sharing a house, that friendship has grown into a beautiful romantic love.
For one of them.

Even with her genius level IQ, Channary can’t find a way to tell her housemate how she feels. And when a new love interest steals Daniel’s attention away, it seems all is lost.

Can Channary win back Daniel’s attention and turn it into love? Or will her efforts shatter their long friendship, leaving her with nothing?

With my back to him, I held my breath and closed my eyes. I felt the heat of his body all over me as he stepped up close and swept my hair into his hand. A moment later I felt soft bristles gushing through my voluminous black mane.

“Daniel, what’re you doing?”

“Making peace.”

Oh hell, it felt good. The man of my dreams running a brush – and his fingers – through my hair. It was so unexpected and disarmingly intimate. His voice rumbling so close to my ear played havoc with my knees.

“I noticed you were struggling with that old brush. Hair like yours deserves special treatment.”

Not for the first time I was utterly confused. What kind of straight man gives great hair without wanting great head in return? Or notices a girl struggling with anything other than her underwear?

He stopped brushing and moved in front of me. “So I got you this.”

“Oh, Daniel. Is that silver?”

“Silver plated. And the bristles are boar-hair. That’s supposed to be good, right?”

“How did you afford it?”

“Sold your kidneys.”

“Oh. That’s why you didn’t get me the beer.”

His laughter was like music to me.

“I surrender. But one day, brain-strain, mark my words: I will have all the answers and you will be speechless!”

I cradled the brush like it was a kitten. Receiving a gift from Daniel would be reason enough for me to be tingling inside. But a gift with such thought behind it was almost heavenly.

“So we’re good now? Peace is restored?”

I couldn’t help myself. I swept him into a hug that doubtless meant a whole lot more to me than it did to him. He returned it strongly, though, so I just took whatever I could get. With my ear to his chest I could hear his heartbeat, and it suited me to think it was pounding with desire.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Audio Freebie of I've Got a New Girl Now

One of my all time favorite stories is out now in audio narrated by the amazing Rose Caraway. This story story was originally featured in Skirting the Issue from Pretty Things Press Alison Tyler's enticing press. It's a fave because it's hot and funny and sexy and that's my favorite combo deal.

Want to hear? Subscribe to Rose on iTunes or just go here:

It's Friday, celebrate with some naughty audio. 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Snog: A seaside kiss...

Reading Victoria Blisse's blog about Smut by the Sea made me search out a seaside Sunday Snog. This is from my story Boil or Bake featured in Alison Tyler's Heat Wave.

I can almost smell the saltwater...

From Boil or Bake by Sommer Marsden
[p.s. I pulled this out of my uncorrected proof and read it through real fast on the fly. Any errors you see are mine and not in the final text. :P]

“Blowing off steam, hunh?” he leaned in but didn’t kiss me. He simply hovered there within kissing distance, my cheeks buzzing and tingling with his close proximity.
“I could help.”
“I was hoping.”
His mouth was sweet and soft and tasted like saltwater and bitter beer. I let him cup my face, let him push me back into the soft sand. Somehow we were insulated from the crowd—far enough away that no one was paying little old us a lick of attention.
“By the way,” I said as his hand tangled in my long hair, tugging just enough to start my pulse thrumming. This was the stuff that summer one night stands were made of—the ones you talk about when you’re old and gray after having one too many drinks. “Is it boil or bake?
When I put my hand on the fly of his jeans and stroked the hard cock I found waiting and ready he cleared his throat and said again “What?”
“I said, is it boil or bake? Are we at a clam bake or a seafood boil?”
“Bake,” he said. “See there, the pit in the sand? If it were a boil—“
I squeezed his cock hard enough to make him sigh and shake his pretty blond hair. “Yes?” I chuckled.
“We’d be boiling it, in a pot…”
I froze and then tilted my head back, laughing at the sky. “Oh fuck. Duh.”
His mouth came down over my pulse, his lips soft but insistent. His teeth nipped the jumping flesh on the slope of my neck and I worked my button, pulled down my zipper. “I hope you won’t think me forward—“
“Please, Alice, be forward—“ He sighed it out and I smiled. The air was purple now. The wind whipping our hair around, stealing our voices.
“Can you fuck me? Can I fuck you…” I grinned feeling like my teeth must be damn near neon in the dusk because his were. “Can we fuck, Mike?”

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blindfolded Book Review: Two for One!

Today we have a double duty blindfolded book review. I managed to hit one book and knock a second off its perch before I was done.
In case you forgot how this works here’s the rundown:

I put on a blindfold (or if I'm lazy I just shut my eyes). I take something long (quiet, you dirty minds) like a ruler...and I wave it around until I strike a book. If that mental image doesn't crack you might be dead. Then I see what I picked.

Book one is Gotta Have It edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Which is good because I have the attention span of a coked up gnat right now.

The TOC winner was EAT ME by Marina Saint.

And boy am I glad it was. As a former vegetarian (and at one point vegan) and a former pregnant lady and a lifetime burger aficionado, there wasn’t a damn thing not to love in this short, sexy tale. Steamy sex, marital teasing (which I think is the best kind seeing as you know each other so well), a strange juicy fetish and a satisfying climax. Bravo!

The other book I managed to assault was Sudden Sex edited by Alison Tyler. See, my subconscious knows I need short reads right now. Isn’t it thoughtful?

TOC winner was One Sleep by Maria See. 

A bit taboo. Actually, some would consider it a lot taboo. However, not an uncommon theme or fantasy at all. The rape fantasy is only good, I think, when well done. And since this is an Alison Tyler book, obviously it would be done well. Very taut, very short and very to the point, One Sleep is a story that will stay with you a while after you’re done reading it.  Which is the point of stories done well, don’t you think?

And there you go. My Blindfolded Book Review. So go grab a copy of either—or both!—of these books if you don’t have a copy. This is what summer’s all about. Hot, hot, hot fiction.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

20 Questions with Bel Anderson: " I get pretty excited about Downton Abbey!"

Here we've arrived at the last 20 Questions. Thanks to all who have participated and those who have come to spy--I mean read! I hope you enjoyed this little voyeuristic experiment into the lives of some writers. Our final victim is Bel Anderson. And away we go...

1.       Favorite YA book?  I don’t read much YA – but I’d have to say Sabriel by Garth Nix and also Lirael and Abhorsen, the two follow-ups. I read them years ago but can’t bear to part with them!

2.       It’s a meatless meal night. You eat…  Most nights are meatless. My real favourite is a recipe I make which we call ‘oat roast’ – oats, onions, cheese, an egg, marmite, mixed herbs, all cooked together and made into a loaf. We have this with roast potatoes and vegetables, like a traditional ‘roast’.

3.       Football or baseball? Ugh. Do I have to pick one?

4.       Look at your bookshelf. Top shelf, left to right, what are the first five books you see? No cheating!  The Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine, House of Echoes by Barbara Erskine, Passion Fruit by Sue Limb, Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore.

5.       Average night. Eat in, eat out, or takeout?  Average weekday? Cook in.  Average Saturday? Cook curry!

6.       Favorite meal to cook?  Actually, curry. Quick to prepare and then an hour to mature in the oven.

7.       Favorite TV show when you were a kid?  Roobarb and Custard – a cartoon.

8.       Favorite TV show now?  I get pretty excited about Downton Abbey!

9.       Best teacher you ever had…  Madame Goodwin.

10.   What did they teach you?  French – as you may have guessed from the name!

11.   Tell us something you did as a kid that no one/very few people know about.  I used to pick my nose on the toilet and wipe it on the wall. I don’t think anyone knew…

12.   Tell us something you did this year that no one/very few people know about.  Um, well, only one person at work knows I write erotica!

13.   What one clothing item can you not live without?  My knickers. That would be really uncomfy in jeans.

14.   Zombies, vampires or werewolves? Oh, vampires every time!

15.   Anything you haven’t written about that you desperately want to?  I’ve pretty much covered everything I can think of that interests me at the moment, although I would maybe like to write about a vampire...

16.   Anything you’ve written about that you desperately wish you hadn’t? No. Regret is the most pointless emotion!

17.   Do you finish a book that is terrible or put it down? Chuck it across the room, usually.

18.   Do you review terrible books or pass on saying anything at all? I say nothing at all because I usually know the people who wrote them. If a book was awful and I didn’t know the writer, I’d just review honestly but not viciously like some do.

19.   Do you read reviews of your work?  There haven’t been many reviews yet – but I do. Even a bad review can be helpful and you can soon tell if someone is just a miserable, spiteful cur!

20.   Red wine or white wine? White, ice cold please – or spritzed with soda and ice.

Bel lives in the South East of England with her family. She works for a living by day and does what she loves best at night… writing! She finds writing erotica very liberating and likes to veer between erotica and her mainstream work to keep life interesting. She loves the thought of her words bringing pleasure to others!