Inspiration Everywhere – A Writer’s Guide

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Sometimes it can be hard to get inspired. Especially if, like me, you try to publish something new every single week. There’s only so many things you can write about, aren’t there?

Luckily for me, since I focus on fantasy and paranormal erotica, I can write about all kinds of things. I’ve written some more ‘normal’ things, like a student/teacher story, but then I’ve also written an erotic fantasy epic, tentacle sex, even possessed statue sex. So yeah – some of it’s pretty unusual (but it’s all hot, I promise!).

Whether you write on the weird side or prefer to keep things more vanilla, here are five ways to get inspired.

1. People Watching

Go to a pub or a coffee shop, sit near the window, and just gaze out of it. I’ve done this so many times (admittedly, most of the time I was supposed to be writing). You might see a person who has that look you’ve been after for your side character. Maybe it’ll be an outfit, or the way people interact with each other. You might overhear a conversation that sparks your imagination. There are so many possibilities!

2. Tumblr

You could use Pinterest for this too, but I’m more of a tumblr girl. They’re both websites that focus on images and can be super useful for writers. For example, if you’re writing a fantasy story, set up a blog just for that story and search for castles or medieval clothes, whatever’s relevant. Reblog the pictures and you have a whole blog full of inspiration that you can look through whenever you need. If you want to get to know a character better, set up a blog for them and reblog things that make you think of them – pictures of people who look like them, food they like, clothes they might wear (as a possibly relevant side note, there are lots of sexy pictures on tumblr!). The best thing with doing this is that you can keep using the resource – if you get writer’s block, just look through your blog for inspiration.

3. Watch TV

I don’t mean copy the story ideas, or start writing fanfic of your favourite TV show (though hey, if you want to go ahead! I love fanfic). Good TV shows can be great insights into how people work, and it can inform your own writing. Or if you’re writing something out of your area of expertise, a TV show can help. Always make sure that you back it up with actual research, but if you’re can’t bear to read another word about lawyers, watch Law and Order for a fun way to get your head in the right space. Or if you’re writing about somewhere you’ve never been, maybe watch a TV show based there.

4. Listen to Music

Who hasn’t been inspired by a great piece of music? I can’t listen to music with lyrics when I’m writing (if you have the same problem, try listening to movie or video game soundtracks – they’re designed to help you concentrate!), but when I’m out and about I love listening to music and often get ideas from songs. Spotify and YouTube are great ways to explore new music and get ideas. It could be the title – for example, aren’t The Only Living Boy in New York and Lightning is My Girl super evocative? Or maybe make a playlist of songs your character likes, and listen to them while making notes about them.

5. Go Somewhere New

I find this one can really help when I’m struggling. You could hop on a plane, if that’s in your budget, but it could be somewhere local, too. Have a look in your local area. Is there anything interesting? A castle or a stately house; a beach, a park, even something as simple as a new restaurant in your town. It can refresh your mind and get you out of a slump. Add this to the first point, and people watch while you’re there!

So there we are! My five ways of getting inspiration. What about you – any tips or tricks?

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BOOK RELEASE: The Concubine Prince Anthology Volume Three (Books 9-12)

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As part of a peace treaty, Prince Kam of Ramia became the concubine of Prince Ryuu of Tarra. He thought he would hate it, but he loves it. The sex – and the feelings, too. Prince Ryuu is kinder than Kam could have dreamed, and he’s falling for him. But then Kam is snatched away. The peace he gave up so much for is under threat – and so is his happiness.

This anthology contains the FINAL books, nine to twelve, of The Concubine Prince serial novel. It’s over 20000 words of M/M erotic romance with explicit content, and is strictly for over 18s.

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“There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for you, my concubine,” Ryuu murmurs. “Especially since I’ll be away for a week after tomorrow. I wanted to share this with you before I left.”

Kam bites his lip, feeling a little shy, and says, “I will miss you, while you’re gone.”

Ryuu’s eyes widen, as though he hadn’t dared to hope that such a think could be true, and then he smiles so very tenderly, and leans in to kiss him. When he pulls away, Kam smiles and snuggles into his arms, continuing to gaze out of the carriage window. Many people are bustling through Tian, not just Tarrese but people from all across the empire and beyond. Kam thinks he even sees a few enterprising Ramian merchants.

The carriage crosses a bridge spanning the mighty Gyanna river, and Kam stares at the blue water sparkling in the sunlight, at the two halves of Tian on either side of the river. It’s as beautiful as any fairytale city.

“On this side of the river is the Council of Mages, the university, the School of Architects – many centres of learning that make Tian – and Tarra – great.”

“Oh? And here I was thinking that it was the royal family that did that,” Kam says, turning away from the beautiful city to smile at him. “Especially the handsome Crown Prince.”

“Well, I do try,” Ryuu says, and kisses him again. This time it isn’t such a quick kiss. His hand slides inside of Kam’s robe, the skin on skin contact making Kam shiver. Ryuu’s fingers run over Kam’s skin, his tongue pressing into his mouth. In moments both of them are breathing heavily, and Kam is quickly getting hard.

Kam breaks off from the kiss so that he can shift to Ryuu’s lap, straddling him. The kiss resumes, and Ryuu tugs open Kam’s robe so that he can wrap a hand around Kam’s shaft. Kam groans, his fingers digging into Ryuu’s shoulders as he starts to stroke him.

“Is that good?” Ryuu asks, and Kam nods.

“So good.”

Ryuu smiles and moves his hand faster, until Kam is gasping and shivering under his touch.

Leaning in to kiss his neck, Ryuu asks,”Do you want more?”

“Gods, yes. Please!”

Ryuu pulls his hand away, and Kam groans. “Please, Ryuu, master, don’t stop.”

“Only for a little while,” Ryuu says and smiles. “I have a plan, but we have to be back in the harem for it. You can wait for me, can’t you?”

“Anything, master,” Kam breathes as he slides from Ryuu’s lap and back into his seat, but he has to grab handfuls of his robe to stop from touching himself.

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BOOK RELEASE: Experiment 753 – Part 2

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Starship captain Nick Valdez and the alien pirate Datell are ex-lovers, and they’re captives of grey aliens. They’re being experimented on: mist being pumped into their cell makes them uncontrollably horny and unable to resist each other while the greys watch. But being near Datell has reminded Nick of how good things used to be together, and this time, he wants Datell on his own terms.

This is part 2 of the Experiment 753 series, and it’s a 3900 word story of HOT M/M action including knotting, anal sex, deep throating and more. It is STRICTLY for adults only.

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In the bright, clinical lights of the cell, it’s impossible to tell how long Nick and Datell have been trapped in there. A week? Longer? With no day or night, simulated or otherwise, it is impossible to tell, and outside their tiny window, there’s only the vast blackness of space. There have been a few moments where Nick almost gave up hope of ever getting out of here, but Datell’s kept his spirits up, telling him that he will get him away from this, whatever it takes.

As for what they’ve been doing – there’s been a lot of sex. After the second time, they agreed to start kissing as soon as the mist was pumped into the room. It’s their way of taking control of the situation. Kissing, leading naturally to sex, because once upon a time they cared for each other.

Now, leaning against Datell in this tiny white cell, Nick thinks he might care for him again. God, he never thought he’d see Datell after he left. Didn’t want to see him. But now – he’s being kind. Caring. Like the Datell that Nick used to know. The one he thought was just a cover, a pretence, an act. Right now, though, there’s no need to pretend, so maybe it was always real. It doesn’t change the fact that Datell betrayed him, but it’s something.

He looks up, at Datell, who looks down at him with a tired smile. They’re both naked, have been since that first day in here. Nick tries not to think about how amazing Datell looks, with that toned body, the gorgeous purple skin. He swallows and looks away.

“What I wouldn’t do for a cheeseburger right now, Datell says, and Nick can’t help but smile. He’s always loved human junk food. Whenever they were on Earth, or one of the Alliance planets that did good Terran food, Datell would eat it all – pizza, burgers, fried chicken. The protein shakes that their grey alien captors have been providing don’t really hit the mark.

“As soon as we get out of here,” Nick says. “First thing we’re doing is hitting up a burger joint.”

“One that serves good beer.”

“Oh, hell yes,” Nick says. Beer sounds really good right now. He looks at Datell for a moment and then shakes his head with a wry smile. “I never thought I’d be planning to have dinner with you again.”

“Maybe it can be a date,” Datell says. “Since we’ve already had all this sex.”

Nick laughs, and then takes a moment to look at Datell. He leans in and kisses him. Datell makes a startled noise and blinks at him.

“Nick?”

“These bastards have been forcing us into this – how about we do it of our own free will for once?”
Datell stares at him, openly shocked, and then smiles. “Yeah. Yeah, I’d like that. A lot.”

They kiss again, Datell’s lips so soft against Nick’s. Datell bites, gently, and then not-so-gently, at Nick’s lower lip, making him groan. That’s so fucking good, Nick’s already starting to get hard. He clambers into Datell’s lap, straddling him.

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BOOK RELEASE: Master’s New Pet – Part 3

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Ever since he was a teenager, Rick wanted a Canid. Genetically engineered creations, Canids are mostly human with a splash of canine DNA to give them dog ears and tail, and a couple of other traits besides. Totally obedient, always agreeable to sex, and specifically engineered to be utterly gorgeous. Now that he’s had Sammy for a month, he takes Sammy to a Canid Park so that everyone can watch just how much fun they have together.

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The weekend arrives, and they’re on their way to the Canid park.

Rick’s read all about it online – the rules, the etiquette, that sort of thing. There are different sections of the park, depending on what sort of Canid you have. It makes sense; the Canids bred for security have a tendency for short tempers, and they’d probably scare the crap out someone like Sammy, gentle and sweet and made for the good things in life. The area for the pleasure breeds are to the north of the park, and it’s made up of gardens with tents for privacy, and there’s even a few walled off open spaces, one for watching and one for sharing. Rick has no intention of sharing Sammy, and he has little interest in enjoying another Canid, as much fun as that might be. Sammy is more than enough for him. Watching, though, and being watched? That might be nice.

He thinks of all those other Canids he saw when he bought Sammy. Though he might not want to have sex with them himself, watching them with other men? He likes the sound of that.

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BOOK RELEASE: Master’s New Pet – Part 2

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Ever since he was a hormone-addled teenager, Rick’s wanted a Canid. Genetically engineered creations, Canids are mostly human with a splash of canine DNA to give them dog ears and tail, and a couple of other traits besides. Totally obedient, always agreeable to sex, not to mention specifically engineered to be utterly gorgeous. Now, finally, he’s got his hands on his very own pet Canid, and Rick can’t wait to do everything with him.

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The next day, even though Rick is thoroughly exhausted, he still has to go into the office.

“It’ll only be for a little while,” he tells Sammy, whose ears are down turned in his sadness. Rick kisses the tip of Sammy’s nose, and that gets his tail wagging again. Rick smiles; he’s so easy to please.

“You promise?”

“I promise. And when I get home, you can come to my bed again, would you like that?”

“Yes, Master!” Sammy’s tail is definitely wagging now, and Rick chuckles.

“So eager,” he says fondly, and pulls him down for a kiss. Sammy goes willingly, and obediently opens his mouth so that Rick can slide his tongue between his lips. A rush of want washes over Rick and he slides his hands down Sammy’s strong back to his ass, growling as he squeezes those firm cheeks. “God, Sammy,” he gasps as he pulls away. “How am I supposed to go to work with you here?”

Sammy cocks his head. “Is that a good thing? Or a bad thing?”

“A very good thing,” Rick laughs, and then bites his lips. He can feel Sammy’s hardening cock against his thigh, and it gives him an idea. “Tell you what, Sammy. Since you’re going to be such a good boy and you’re going to wait here for me, how about I do something nice for you, hmm?”

“Yes, please!”

“Alright, first of all, let’s get you comfortable.” Rick leads Sammy to the living room, where an over-sized dog basket awaits. It’s made from wicker with a blue cushion to match the rest of the decor.

“This – this is for me?” Sammy asks, delighted, and when Rick nods Sammy kisses him and then pulls away, blushing. “I – I’m sorry, Master, I shouldn’t have done that without permission.”

Rick shakes his head and touches Sammy’s cheek fondly. “You don’t need to apologise for doing something so nice, Sammy. And you always have permission to kiss me. Yes, it’s for you. I want you to be comfortable here.”

Sammy sits down on the bed and then beams up at him. “It’s very comfortable. Thank you.”

Rick goes over to the wall, where a o-ring has been welded. There’s a long, thick chain attached, and he clips it to Sammy’s collar. “This will make sure you stay right here, where I want you.”

“Yes, Master,” Sammy says again, and his voice has gone deeper, slightly rough, and when Rick looks down, he sees that Sammy’s cock is all the way hard now. He likes being tied up like this. But of course he does; Canids are bred to be submissive. And what a beautiful submissive Sammy is.

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Writers Who Lunch

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Meeting up with other writers is great.

In May, I went to an event for erotica writers. It was in Scarborough, called Smut by the Sea, run by Smut UK. It was an amazing day (and not just because of the fresh doughnuts bought on the seafront, yum). There’s an event in Manchester in October, and I’m really hoping to go and meet some more great people.

At the event, I met up with a few local writers, and now we meet up for lunch more-or-less monthly. Not only do I have a great time chatting to these lovely ladies, I always learn something new.

Last Monday, I met up with Jennifer Denys and Ashe Barker (Kryssie Fortune usually joins us, but she couldn’t make this one). Ashe had been to Eroticon recently, and she spoke so highly of it, I’d love to go next year. As well as the usual workshops about writing, one in particular caught my attention. There was a Dom who did a scene with his sub, and as he did he spoke about his thought processes. It sounds amazing! And of course, she said it was wonderful meeting up with other erotica writers, both people Ashe knew through Facebook, and new friends. As someone who has gone to places as far as Chicago and Boston to meet fellow writers, that really appeals to me.

We also discussed other writerly matters, like how to stay motivated, and how to promote your books. As someone who has trouble with self-promotion (I come over all shy!),  I was definitely listening closely to that advice. I talked a bit about self-publishing, and all the trials that can involve – for me, formatting is my greatest foe. I love how generous these ladies are with their advice, and how much fun we have.

If you’re a writer, I really recommend trying to meet up with some locals, especially in your genre. It’s fun, it’s useful – just beware, you might end up with a huge list of reading recommendations!

Gay Erotica Now on Kindle Unlimited!

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If you’re on Kindle Unlimited, good news! You can now read most of my gay erotica books for free! I’m really excited about this, Kindle Unlimited is such a great program, especially if you love erotica. As many hot, sexy reads as you can manage? Yes please!

Here’s the details of what’s on offer:

The Concubine Prince

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The countries of Ramia and Tarra have been at war for years, and Ramia is on the brink of defeat. When the Emperor of Tarra suggests a peace treaty, the Ramians have no choice but to agree to it – even if it means giving their beloved Prince Kam to the Tarrese Crown Prince as a concubine.

Kam is a virgin and knows nothing of the ways of pleasure, but if he wants to ensure peace for his people, he had better learn quickly.

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Coach Me

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Tom Jensen’s the star football player at Santa Clara High. He’s dating Cindy, the gorgeous cheerleader, and is absolutely straight. Or that’s what he’s always thought.

But when he’s late to practice for the third time, Coach Robbins offers him an alternative to detention that makes Tom question just how straight he is.

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Taken by the Tentacle God

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Mack Davison is an adventure extraordinaire. He’s heard of a temple that’s brimming over with gold, and how could he resist? But when he gets there he’s captured by the priests and tied up, naked, like an offering. They offer him gold beyond his wildest dreams, but there’s a catch: he has to pleasure the tentacle god and survive the experience.

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Blood and Lust at the End of the World

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In the zombie apocalypse, Josef Van Helsing finds himself teamed up with the last person he ever expected – a vampire. Dimitri is gorgeous, of course, but Josef sure as hell didn’t expect to have the filthiest, most incredible sex of his life with him. Turns out he was wrong.

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The Statue’s Lust

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Steve is a sculptor, and he has finally finished his masterpiece. A statue of a man, in the Greek style, it’s beautiful and incredibly lifelike. Even so, Steve has a bit of a shock when it starts to move, claiming to be possessed by the god Apollo. He has even more of a shock when it says it wants to sleep with him.