The November Book of the Month, The True Confessions of a London Spank Daddy, is surrounded by mystery and intrigue but Lovehoney is here to bring you an exclusive interview with the author!
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Yesterday, the fabulous sexpert Julie Peasgood did a segment on erotic books during ITV1's The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Everyone in the Lovehoney office absolutely adores The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea so we were desperate to ask the woman we've dubbed "The Cult Leader" a few questions all about it!
Despite our best efforts, we were originally unable to track Cheryl Mildenhall down. We spent hours googling her, emailing Black Lace, asking other erotica authors and contacting Emap, but to no avail. We even went as far as to consider going to London and banging on every door until we found her (but we didn't, because we're not weird like that...!).
In keeping with the oceanic theme of the Book of the Month, we're giving away a free waterproof Mini Magnetic Rocket Vibrator worth £6.99 absolutely free when you buy this brilliant book!
This fantastically erotic book was originally given away as a free gift with New Woman magazine back in 1995, making it many young women's first encounter with erotica. The book quickly gathered a cult-like status being passed around universities, offices and friendship groups like the Holy Grail of naughty novels!
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a hot and exciting book with enough twists, turns and raunchy sex scenes to keep even the most distracted of people interested!
The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea is full of hot and passionate, rude and raunchy sex scenes so choosing just one to give you an extract of wasn't an easy task!
One of the most well remembered scenes in the book is the part where Haldane, the dreamy Norwegian sailor, takes Hillary to a secluded beach and makes love to her in the sand for the first time.
The now defunct New Woman magazine originally gave this month's Book of the Month, The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, away as a freebie back in 1995.
As one of the first magazines to give away a full erotic novel completely free, the book and the magazine quickly gained notoriety, especially due to the raunchy sex scenes and dirty details of the novel!
The author is the talented Cheryl Mildenhall who was part of the original wave of Black Lace writers.
In The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea and her other books, Cheryl successfully combined gritty realism, the romance of Jilly Cooper's novels and the graphic sex one expects from Black Lace.
Lovehoney has done some investigative work and discovered more about the book from the people who've read it. From erotica authors to Lovehoney staff, here are some insights into this brilliant book:
Jen Charles, Freelance Erotica Writer
I read The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea when I was 19, at university. A friend bought New Woman and didn't want the free book so gave it to me; little did she know that it would still be sat in my collection now!
The original Joy of Sex revolutionized people's love-lives during the seventies with its hands-on approach to personal pleasure and sexual satisfaction. However, the book now seems a little dated and parts of it irrelevant to modern love-making. This is why publishers Octopus Books decided to enlist the help of Susan Quilliam to revamp it!
Susan Quilliam is an exceptionally talented writer, agony aunt, sex expert and relationship psychologist. With her impressive collection of work and years of experience, Susan is clearly the perfect candidate to add a modern edge to the book that is to sex guides, what Hoover is to vacuum cleaners!
Masterminded by Susan, The New Joy of Sex has been completely revised and combines 21st-Century thinking on sex and sexuality with the much-loved style of the original. The result is a unique guide for modern lovers that's intelligent, witty, insightful and illustrated with the most beautiful drawings and photographs.
The Lovehoney Erotic Book Club was lucky enough to get an interview with Susan and got to ask about the creation of the book, her opinions on sex and relationships and get some top tips on writing an erotic guide.
Some of the most erotic stories are those that involve sex toys. Last year, we challenged all the budding erotic authors out there to produce an erotic short story that involved a sex toy, for our Lovehoney Erotic Story competition.
One of the runner-up winners was Ellis Campbell with the story "Small Packages". This short tale earned Ellis £50 of sex toys and the chance to be published online at Lovehoney!
This sensual story tells the tale of one woman, one fantasy and her Lovehoney Magic Bullet mini-vibrator! With a clever twist to keep you captivated, this is a piece of erotica that you're bound to love!
Xcite Books are the up-and-coming publishers of some of the most amazing erotic short-story collections around. Whatever your fetish or fantasy, Xcite has something to suit you!
Seriously Sexy 1, the original collection of hot and horny short stories from Xcite, is the Lovehoney Book of the Month for September. And with this book, not only do you get some of the best erotica around; you also get a free Pearl Shine Mini Smoothie 5 Inch Vibrator worth £9.99!
"Impressionism" by Jeremy Edwards is a fascinating piece of erotica based in a Manhattan art gallery. The intense lust in the story is beautifully and deeply described without hindering the story's fast pace. Everyone can see a bit of themselves in the characters - whether it's Valerie's subtle exhibitionism or Max's charming wit - making this a story with an almost magnetic appeal.