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'07 Authors Insider Tips

by Louisa Burton
Formatting Your Manuscript
Scams / Choosing an Agent
Pitching Your Novel...
From The Call to Published...

Hard Business
From Greg Herren
Who Is Telling This Story?
It’s Work, Not A Hobby
Where Ideas Come From

Sexy on the Page
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Plotting Erotic Fiction
Seducing Your Muse
Creating Characters...
Description, Action & Dialogue
Fucking on Paper
Ten No-Nos of Erotic Fiction
Climactic Moments: First Draft
Critique Groups
Revising Your Erotic Story
Finding the Perfect Markets...
Just Submit Already
Rejections and Acceptances

Two Girls Kissing
With Amie M. Evans
Verb Tense Confusion
Coming Up with Story Ideas
Attend a Writers’ Conference
The Fundamentals of POV
Should I Sign That?
Etiquette for Authors
Erotica is Serious Work
No Body Writes for Free...
Shameless Self Promotions
The Myth of Writer's Block

The Write Stuff
From Ashley Lister
The Time is Write
The Beautiful People
A Book by Any Other...
Synopsis: the Necessary Evil
Erotica or Porn?
Feedback Whine

2007 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
What's it like being a writer?
An Apology to Salespeople

Get All Worked Up
With J.T. Benjamin
About Secrets
The Perfect Fuck
About Choices
The Age of Consent
The Kingmaker
Kids and Sex
The Price of Beauty
The G.O.P.
All Worked Up About Hate
Real Men

Pondering Porn
With Ann Regentin
Good Sex: A Physics Lesson
Meet Frankenstein
Thoughts on the Orgasm Gap
The Very Bloody Marys
The Doomsday Erection
Online Threesome Porn

by Kristina Lloyd

Book Review by Ashley Lister

Split by Kristina LloydFor those of you outside the UK I should start by explaining about Yorkshire. Do you remember the TV show The Twilight Zone?

No. Perhaps that’s the wrong way to begin.

Understand in the first instance that Yorkshire is like no place else on earth. If you want to encounter the UK’s most beautiful countryside and scenery, you must go to Yorkshire. If you want to encounter the bleakest and most hostile barren landscapes, you’ll probably find them in the same spot three hours later. If you want to encounter the warmest and most welcoming natives in the world, you’ll meet them all in Yorkshire. If you want to meet the surliest and most menacing curmudgeons in the universe, then you’ve come to the right place.

I say all of this as a Yorkshireman born and bred and proud of his heritage and home county. I say all of this as someone who has paid homage at Haworth (home of the inimitable Bronte sisters with a bleaker-than-bleak landscape that was the inspiration for Wuthering Heights). I say this as a reader who has just been introduced to the eerie village of Heddlestone in Kristina Lloyd’s Split.

Virgin’s Black Lace imprint is renowned for producing top quality fiction from top quality writers. Split is no exception. The story of Katie, a London librarian who moves to take a job at the puppet museum in this village on the moors, Split is described as a neo-gothic tale of bondage and submission.

But it’s so much more than that.

The puppet museum itself is an unsettling location for the novel. Aside from carrying undertones of childhood expectations dryly preserved for posterity, or manipulated marionettes controlled by barely glimpsed forces, it’s also impossible to escape the always-watching, never-seeing eyes of the museum’s exhibits. Kristina Lloyd’s choice of this location for her novel makes an unsettling background that works perfectly in this most wuthering part of the world.

Jake and Eddie are brothers. Yorkshire brothers. This means that they are as alike as only brothers can be. And they are as diametrically opposite in that way that is peculiar to Yorkshire. One offers comfort. The other gives commands. One is peculiar yet passionate. The other is despicable yet desirable.

Katie is immediately drawn to the Byronic Jake but she is also seduced by the boorishly arrogant Eddie. Her affections are split perfectly between the pair. Split is the hot and chilling tale of what Katie did next.

Kristina Lloyd writes sex with formidable force. The eroticism in this novel is glorious and gratifying without being gratuitous and graphic. Katie tells her own story with a distinctive blend of the impartial and the impassioned. This is a masterpiece of erotic storytelling that, like the village of Heddlestone, draws the reader in and holds them there indefinitely.

As mentioned before, Yorkshire is a land of binary opposites. It’s heavenly and hostile, perfection and purgatory, beautiful and barbaric. It’s the ideal location for this perfect story of puppets and punishment and powerful passion.

Ashley Lister
December 2007

Split by Kristina Lloyd
(Virgin Black Lace; January 1, 2008; ISBN-10: 0352341548)
Available at:  / Amazon UK

© 2007 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, Swingers: True Confessions from Today's Modern Swinging Scene (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753511355), a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashley's 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.
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