• With more than 20 years' experience of writing erotica, and numerous best selling Black Lace titles including Gothic Blue and Continuum to her name, Portia Da Costa knows a thing or two about how to pen a seriously hot story.

    Her most recent title, Hotbed, was released in September of this year and Portia is currently working on two new titles, Gemini Heat and Gothic Heat, for release in 2008.

    Portia lives in West Yorkshire.

    We interviewed Portia earlier this year and caught up with her recently to ask more about Suite Seventeen...

    Suite Seventeen by Portia Da Costa "'Suite Seventeen contains all Portia's trademark treats from the arousing narrative, a wicked blend of deviant episodes, and an undercurrent of pragmatic and poignant romance.", said Ashley Lister, Erotica Readers and Writers Association.

    Sounds good, doesn't it? Here's an extract to whet your whistle:

    Suite Seventeen by Portia Da Costa Portia Da Costa's Suite Seventeen is the Lovehoney Erotic Book Club Book of the Month for December. You can buy it for just £1.99 during December and discuss it with other erotic fiction fans in the Erotic Book Club forums.

    Suite Seventeen is a story of erotic discovery... When vibrant, forty-something widow Annie Conroy decides it's time she woke up and smelt the erotic roses, where better to begin her daring adventures than the luxurious Waverly Grange Country Hotel, and its hidden den of iniquity - Suite Seventeen?

    Under the stern but playful eye of exotic master Valentino, Annie surrenders to his outrageous games of power.

    But when the Waverly's future hangs in the balance, and Annie has the means to save it, dare she gamble on going one step further... and giving her heart to the mysterious man who's come to control her.

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