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2006 Authors Insider Tips

Beyond the Basics
With Tulsa Brown
The 30-Second Solution
Backstory vs. Flashback
Intimacy Begins With "I"
Hit the Ground Running
Make the Reader Leap
Meaningful Dialogue
Pulling the String
Central Image
Elegant Smut
Better Plots
Bitch Power


The Write Stuff
From Ashley Lister
Predefined Your Goals
Spell Ink Miss Takes
Plotting & Planning
Character Building
Speech Therapy
Talking Sense


Two Girls Kissing
With Amie M. Evans
Intro to Lesbian Erotica
3-Dimensional Characters
Submitting for Publication
Five Year Writing Plan
Setting Up Your Plan...
The Power of Naming
Language of Lesbian...
Sexual Description
What Can I say?


Hard Business
From Greg Herren
What Are Your Priorities?
How to Edit an Anthology
Follow the Guidelines...
A Cock is Just a Cock
But is it Still a Story?
Who Am I Fucking?
Potential Material
Rejection ...


The Business End
By Kate Dominic
Effective Cover Letters
How to Lose Contracts
Contracts: Agent Issues
Contracts: Read It!
Double Duty Bios
What's Sex?


Literary Streetwalker
By M. Christian
Ground Rules for Writers
No Muse is Good News
Effective Cover Letters
Location, Location
Say Something!
Dirty Words


The Erotic Book Docter
By Susie Bright
Marketing Your Book
Submission Concerns
Promotion Strategies


2006 Smutters Lounge

Pondering Porn
With Ann Regentin
Babes & Hunks of Erotica
Fantasy, Reality & Rape
Selling Ourselves Short
Selling Smut in Motown
The Frankenstein Bride
Frankenstein Revisited
Porn and Perfect Shoes
Porn's Passionate Pull
Instruments of Joy


Get All Worked Up
With J.T. Benjamin
Orwell's Eerie Parallels
Redefining Marriage
The Porn Menace
High-Quality Porn
About Profanity
Dirty Laundry
Big Brother
Sluts


Editorials

Wrong Reasons to do SM
by Midori

Passion of Isis
by Madelynne Ellis


Book Review by Ashley Lister

 

 

Madelynne Ellis is a talented writer who clearly takes her work seriously. The depth of research she has employed for Passion of Isis is apparent throughout the novel. More than just knowing about the geography and location she also displays a broad understanding of the politics of architectural digs, the unglamorous labour involved and the reality of searching for treasure and finding old junk. And none of these details detract from the splendour of her description or the thrilling and arousing narrative.

The story glides smoothly forward from the first page, introducing ambitious young Adie Hamilton who wants to make a name for herself in Egyptology by locating the discovery of a lifetime.

We meet Adie as she overhears the details of an opportunity to work on a dig at Saqqara and labour under the eminent Egyptologist Killian Carmichael. For someone with Adieís aspirations this is a dream come true and she plays a heavy hand forcing a cherished employer to put her forward for the vacancy.

Warnings about the danger of working with Carmichael hold little sway with the strong-willed Adie. Reminders that she will be the lowliest member of the team, and expected to do all the menial chores, have little influence. She is an unstoppable force in pursuit of her goal and determined to dirty her hands in Egyptís historically rich soil.

Consequently, Adie is enlisted as a member of Carmichaelís team and her adventure begins.

But Madelynne Ellis is a strict mistress when it comes to delivering her storyline. She teases us with details about Adie, shows us that our protagonist is confident with her sexuality and relatively uninhibited, and makes us want to learn more.

And then the story moves onto the machinations of its principle antagonist: Dareth Sadler. Dareth is surprisingly likeable for a villain, a sexist, self-serving opportunist who is also headed toward Saqqara. Armed with good looks, too much charisma, and an enviable absence of morals, he is one of those characters who could have dominated the entire book if it had been written by someone with less discipline than Madelynne.

The Egypt in Passion of Isis is not a gold-tinted land of fairytale Pharaohs: itís a very realistic world where the excavation work is demanding, the natives are potentially hostile, and the chances of finding genuine treasure are pragmatically described as "unlikely."

And Adie makes for the unlikely heroine of a romantic story as she repeatedly lets her libido rule her actions even though her heart is committed early on in the tale to a character who appears too cold, self-involved and kinky to be a suitable match.

Peripheral characters are not neglected as Madelynne clashes Adieís acerbic personality against lovers and colleagues and heroes and villains. And the story is built to a tense and exciting climax that is perfectly executed.

Black Lace books are renowned for producing quality writing from quality authors and this title is no exception. For anyone who likes their fiction intelligent, compelling and arousing, this latest release from the gifted pen of Madelynne Ellis is a must-read. Her descriptions are fluid and vivid; her characters reach beyond the page; and each erotic episode is brought to life with a memorable style. The Passion of Isis is a fantastic follow-up tale from the author of A Gentlemanís Wager and should make every reader hungry for her next book.

Go out there, buy the book, and make the discovery for yourself.

Ashley Lister
October 2005

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© 2005 Ashley Lister. All rights reserved.

About the Author:  Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms.  His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashleyís non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica.  Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto.  He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.
Email: Ashley Lister
Website: www.ashleylister.co.uk



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