For several years I had been planning a literary novel inspired by my time as a professional dominatrix, a moonlighting I had undertaken to help fund several unpaid media internships. During this time, I had also found myself embroiled in a deleterious BDSM love affair, which almost threatened to ‘unmake’ me.
Then Fifty Shades broke its fervid wave upon popular literature’s shore, and suddenly the market craved erotica.
After writing a small piece for Stylist magazine on sexual submission, I was approached, more or less overnight by Hodder & Stoughton, to write a real-life sex memoir chronicling my time as a professional domme and a personal submissive. I signed the contract, and six weeks later, I had spun out 90,000 words, some filthy, some funny, most cathartic, for I was still mourning the loss of the most exquisite and kinky sex I had ever had.
From using a strap-on on a man, to being spanked to orgasm, Bound to You is the only new erotic book out there exploring the trajectory from dominator to dominated, both psychologically and physically.
In this scene, Nichi finally gets her dominant due. The night before, Nichi and Sebastian sleep together for the first time; desperately, passionately, but not kinkily. But the next morning, Sebastian gives Nichi what she has been craving.
Guest blog by Nichi Hodgson
Earlier this year we ran an Erotic Story Competition, and you have been eagerly waiting to read the winning stories. We are please to announce that Take Your Partner and The Intimate Stranger are now available to download.
Each collection contains a selection of the winning stories, alongside stories by published authors including Justine Elyot, Kay Jaybee and Lily Harlem (who won Lovehoney's very first erotic story competition!).
Available to download in the Kindle Store for FREE from 21st-25th December
If you liked the romantic storytelling of Fifty Shades of Grey, you'll love Take Your Partner. If you prefer your erotica to involve more than two people or more risque situations, check out The Intimate Stranger.
Or, up until Christmas Day, you download both for free and decide which you prefer!
If you don't have a Kindle, check out this list of Kindle Apps - you can still read the ebooks on your computer or devices.
The Dark Garden was originally published in 2007. As someone who has been involved in BDSM practice most of my adult life, this was a true book of my heart. I wanted to present my perception of BDSM - my truth about what it is to me, the psychology of it, the intensity of kink relationships - in a way readers might find approachable. I wanted to show the sensual side of kink, because it’s not all about whips and chains (although I do have a particular love for chains!). But back to the present…
The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has given us, the kink authors who are actually kinky, the freedom to write more of these stories fueled by our own experiences, as well as our lovely, dark, as-yet-to-be-met fantasies, and to share that delicious dark side of sensuality with you. The Dark Garden is a fairly even mix of those elements.
As a real life switch, it’s always been a challenge for me to submit. This scene-and in fact, this entire book-is about that struggle to get what we want, but feel we can’t have, for whatever reasons -the fear of losing control no matter how badly we need to. And what can happen when the right man comes along to help us find that freedom.
Guest post by Eden Bradley
The Diary of a Submissive is a true story. Names have been changed and situations and people tweaked a little bit, but the emotional heart of the book, how submission feels for me, the paradox of your brain sometimes baulking at something that your body is undeniably enjoying, is the truth. My truth. Honest in a way that might feel harsh at times - and certainly honest enough that proof editing the book made me blush in places, crazy as that sounds.
When I was first getting into BDSM, I found myself thinking a lot about what I’d done in the day or two after each new experience - usually in that dead time when your mind wanders while waiting for the coffee machine at work to do its thing. In a lot of ways my earliest writing was about trying to explain to myself exactly what I got out of submission and how my mind took a while to catch up with what my body was incontrovertibly telling me was hot.
Guest post by Sophie Morgan
Erotica is everywhere at the moment. Wherever you go there seems to be someone eyeing up a new sensual-looking book cover or thumbing through the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey.
This newfound surge of love for sexy stories hasn't gone unnoticed by Lovehoney, and you can help us with our research by taking the Erotic Story Survey.
By completing the survey you'll be entered for a chance to win a Magic Pleasure Bundle worth over £100, which contains the top-rated Lovehoney Magic Wand Deluxe, sensual Durex Play O Gel and Lovehoney Tease Me Beginner's Bondage Kit.
It doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned erotic story lover or if you've only read Fifty Shades of Grey, we're looking to find out what you enjoy and how you like to do your reading.
It’s that time of the week again! Welcome to Lovehoney’s weekly round up of the best sex-related news on the web.
Erotica author Lily Harlem (winner of the first Lovehoney erotic fiction competition) has just released an exciting new novel called Good Cop, Bad Cop. This new book has been co-authored with the fabulous Natalie Dae and tells the tale of a lady caught between two lovers - both of whom want her cuffed and controlled.
Good Cop, Bad Cop is available to download for free on Amazon this weekend ONLY. Click here to get your free Kindle copy of Good Cop, Bad Cop today (if you're in the US, go here).
If you don't have a Kindle, check out this list of Kindle Apps - so you can still read it!
Here's what else is worth reading this weekend...
Librarian Gwendolynne is involved with not one, but two men: a mysterious correspondent, Nemesis, who leaves explicit erotic messages for her in the library's suggestion box, and Professor Daniel Brewster, a celebrity academic who's visiting the library to research a new book.
"There's an immediate spark between Gwen and 'Professor Hottie McHotstuff', and even before they get around to doing the wild thing, they're involved in series of sexual challenges, based the notes she's received from Nemesis.
As she spends more time in the company of the handsome historian, Gwen quickly realises she's falling for him, and when they eventually do get together, for her it's far more than simply a crazy stolen sex romp amongst the library's basement book stacks.
Guest post by Portia Da Costa
If you’re one of the thousands of people who finished the Fifty Shades trilogy and are looking to fill the void, In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa is the perfect follow-up.
In Too Deep is the story of Gwendolynne Price, a youthful librarian who is involved with not one, but two men: a mysterious correspondent, Nemesis, who leaves explicit erotic messages for her in the library's suggestion box, and eminent Professor Daniel Brewster.
There's an immediate spark between Gwen and Daniel and they become involved in series of sexual challenges, based the notes she's received from Nemesis.
"I couldn't put the book down, couldn't wait to find out what happened next and have since read it 4 times!" - Neferata, Lovehoney customer.
"A delightfully horny tale." - Pinky & Perky, Lovehoney customer.
From Justine to Fanny Hill, erotic classics from as early as the 18th century have remained popular.
Recently however, we have seen many newly published erotic novels by modern authors set in times of courtesans and contessas.
Xcite Books has picked up on this trend, releasing the aptly named Past Pleasures - a collection of short stories ranging from trysts with Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt to coming-of-age naughtiness with a Celtic chieftain.
The arrival of Past Pleasures at our desks got the Lovehoney office wondering: is historical erotica sexy?
Is there still room for bodice-ripping in the Fifty Shades of Grey generation, where the action takes place firmly in the modern setting, with sleek cars, elevators and kitchen countertops the scenes for debauchery?
Whether you're a fan or not, there's no getting away form the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey, now officially the bestselling British book of all time, has shone the spotlight on the BDSM novel.
Lovehoney has long been in on the secret that bondage-themed erotica is some of the most popular, and Xcite authors produce some of the kinkiest.
The latest novel from Xcite is The Perfect Submissive, and we've snagged an interview with author Kay Jaybee.
Read on as Kay Jaybee talks us through what goes into writing erotica, her inspiration and (in the words of Christian Grey) her 'hard limits' when it comes to being a BDSM author.