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Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Epublishing: A Different Way
Choosing an Epublisher
Your Milage May Vary
Understand Your Contract!
Reasonable Expectations


FictionCraft
by Louisa Burton
The Publishing Biz
Critiquing: To Give and ...
Commerical vs. Literary...
Antiformalism for Fun &...
So You Want to Write a Novel
The Story Idea
Planning Your Novel...


The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
5 Steps to Success
Inspirational
Opening Passages
Let's Get Critical
Writer's Block
Learning Lessons


Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Be a Finisher ...
Listen to Your Characters
Conferences: Act Now ...
Starting an Erotic Story
Exercises & Writing Prompts
Revising & Rewriting
Copy Editing
The Manuscript Critique
How to Submit Your Work
Reading as Craft


Guest Appearances

Adventures in e-Publishing
by Lisabet Sarai

For the Love of Man
by Laura Baumbach

How to...Influence Editors
by Alison Tyler

Marketing your e-Book
by Brenna Lyons


2008 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
Role Play
Busy Doing Nothing
Picture of a Fish & Chip...
What I Did With My Summer


Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
Naughty Cookies...
Tie Me Up, Please …
The Smut-Writer’s Holiday
Never Trust the Narrator ...
Compare and Contrast
Following the Pen
Naked at the Farmers Market
Iím Easy, But Iím No Slut
Good Girl Gone Bad
Pleasures of the Dark Side
Slow, Spare and Sexy


Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Raising Daughters
Jamie Lynn
Utopias
Lust
The Good Old Days
Election '08
Traditional Marriage
Campaign 2008
Free Will


Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Masturbating on SSRIs
Sex and Disability
Besides Ourselves
Adjusting our Contrast


Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Sex Is All Metaphors
Turn-ons and Squicks
Sexual Truth
Fickle Muse
Porn, Erotica & Romance


Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Alison Tyler
Ashley Lister
Debra Hyde
Donna George Storey
Jeremy Edwards
Kristina Wright
Rachel Kramer Bussel


Erotic Hot Spots
by William S. Dean
Interview with Tilly Greene
Interview with Devyn Quinn


Getting Graphic
with William S. Dean
New Times for Readers...
The Future in Words ...
Interview with Fantagraphics


On Writing Erotica

The Accidental Pornographer
by Lisabet Sarai

The End of Innocence
by Lisabet Sarai

Get Them Off in High Style
Helena Settimana

So, You Want To Write Erotica?
by Hanne Blank


Web Gems
Hot Movies For Her

Nicholas
by Elizabeth Amber

Book Review by Victoria Blisse



erotic romanceIt is not how real a book is that matters, but how believable it is. Just look at the popularity of Sci-fi and fantasy genres (especially in the film world) of late. But all good fantasy still needs a grounding, something we can believe in that helps transport us to these new-found worlds. Elizabeth Amber makes Nicholas come to life through her amazing attention to detail.

Nicholas is a rich, handsome man. He owns a vineyard with his two brothers and is the toast of high society. There is much more to him than meets the eye though. He is a satyr and once a month he changes in a very special and sexual kind of way.

After a letter from the dying King of ElseWorld, he travels to Rome to find a human woman who has faerie blood running in her veins. He must take her as his wife, to protect her and the legacies of his race from unknown evils.

Jane is different from her friends and family and she works hard to appear normal as she is scared that someone may uncover her terrible secret. She is staggered when a rich man asks for her hand in marriage, but to escape from the unfulfilling life she is leading, and for the good of her younger sister, she agrees. She finds there is a lot more to Nicholas than she first thought and slowly opens up to him as his wife and his lover.

Not only is the author charged with having to explain a whole new being and a whole new culture she has to contend with its period setting, as Nicholas and his family exist in the early 1800's. Elizabeth Amber manages this incredibly well. She uses language and structure pertinent to the time, but without ever over doing it and losing her reader. She explains things with a sweet subtlety. No blocks of boring informational text to contend with here, instead you discover more about the satyrs at every turn.

Did I mention that this is a hot read? Well it is, scorchingly so. It is a fantastic, yet ultimately realistic read and you will find yourself easily transported into the story. There are many erotic moments in Nicholas and I'm sure you'll be more than a little surprised at some of the erotic antics of this sexy satyr and his half-human consort.

If you are looking for an historical romance with an erotic twist, this isn’t it. This book has its romance but it is very subtle and takes time to develop. I feel this gives extra credence to the story but some hardcore romance lovers may disagree. However, if you want an erotic read with an historic, fantasy twist, then you should definitely give Nicholas a try as it really merges the two seemingly conflicting genres together.

I was disappointed when I came to the end of Nicholas as I had read it so quickly and eagerly that the pages just seemed to melt away. It's one of those books that keeps you up until midnight and you find yourself half way through it when you just meant to read the opening chapter before bed. 

If you need to sate your reading lust, you’ll find few better ways to do it than with Elizabeth Amber's Nicholas.

Victoria Blisse
July 2008


Nicholas by Elizabeth Amber
(Aphrodisia; August 1, 2007; ISBN-10: 0758220391)
Available at Amazon.com  / Also available in Kindle Edition


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© 2008 Victoria Blisse. All rights reserved.


About the Author:
Victoria Blisse is a mother, wife, Christian, Manchester United fan and erotica writer. She was born near Manchester, England and her northern English quirkiness shows through in all of her stories. Passion, love and laughter fill her works, just as they fill her life. To read more about Victoria, check out her website: www.victoriablisse.co.uk or her myspace page www.myspace.co.uk/victoriablisse



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