A countdown of the loveliest, sexiest men I’ve ever read. If I were available (and if they existed) I would definitely consider these guys boyfriend material! Continue reading
As an erotica writer, I try to expose myself to as many types of erotic novels as possible—it can never hurt to learn more! Every once and a while you get a dud, or a book that is so “out there,” it’s not really sexy as much as shocking. These aren’t your grandma’s Harlequin romance paperbacks for sure! I fully understand that erotic stories, or those with a BSDM theme are not for everyone, though Fifty Shades of Grey certainly brought the BSDM lifestyle into mainstream America.
I consider myself lucky to have come upon Nikki Sex’s work. She has a way of mixing BDSM, romance, and lust into very sexy stories. I became a fan of Nikki Sex last year when I read Bound and Freed, the story of dominant “Father” John and submissive Kelly. The Erotica Collection actually contains Bound and Freed along with two other novels, Elizabeth’s Bondage and Carmen’s New York Romance. There are three full-length novels in this collection, but each story is tied together by the teachings of Master André Chevalier, André is a recurring character in several of Nikki’s books. He is a master dominant, with a soft (yet hard) touch, and his students will not only learn about BSDM, but usually a little about themselves in the process.
These are not hardcore bondage stories, if that’s what you’re into. Each has a bit of romance woven in, which I like. I think it makes the stories sexier. And when it comes time for these characters to get busy, boy do they ever! The sex scenes, though graphic, were sizzling hot. I also like that the characters are not traditionally good looking or hard to identify with. The women were not slinky bathing suit models, and the men had flaws as well (physical and mental). Carmen was the one character of color, and admittedly, I would have liked to see more. I guess I’ll just have to see what else Nikki has in her arsenal!
This set is free if you have Kindle Unlimited, but even if you don’t, I highly recommend The Erotica Collection as well as any other work by Nikki Sex. She’s got more than 15 books to choose from, and she writes all manner of erotic novel. Check her out!
Oh, and if you like sexy stories…read more by D.W. Marshall!
A writer has to read. Even though it’s hard to find time, I have to make it a priority. You never know how others in your field will inspire you. I’ve started the following novels. Hope to have a full report soon!
Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
I’m currently reading the final installment of the Fever series. It is so much fun to catch up with Mac, Barrons, and the rest of the crew as they try and do away with the Sinsar Dubh once and for all. Of course, Mac is its prisoner, and as I have become a loyal fan of Moning’s work, I know a happy ending isn’t promised to us!
I have never read anything by Auel, but she comes highly recommended by a friend. I just downloaded it and can’t wait to include it in my nightly reading. I will let you know if you should add it to yours.
Have a suggestion! Id’ love to hear it. Please drop me a line anytime!
Rating – Five stars
Everyone has talked about this book, from Madonna, Pharrell, and Oprah, to my mother. “Life-changing” is what I heard.
As a reader, I couldn’t resist. It’s a book and I love books.
From the start I could see that this would be a book I could sink my teeth into. I started out strong, but I kept getting distracted by…everything. The phone, the television, kids, my husband, you name it.
Days went by and I hadn’t gotten past the third chapter of this very short book that I wanted so desperately to read. Then it hit me! Download the audiobook.
I began listening to The Alchemist during my long car rides throughout the city. I feasted on Santiago’s journey for two days until the very end. What did I learn? Was it as life-changing as I’d expected it to be?
For starters, the book was narrated by Jeremy Irons who did an amazing job! They could not have picked a better person. His voice enriched the life of Santiago.
The take away—it didn’t change me, per se. I’m not ready to get off the path I’m already on. However, it did reinvigorate my belief in dreams. Hell, I’ve been a dreamer my whole life. And what do all dreamers know? It’s hard, so hard to stay on the path to your dreams until you realize them.
Just like Santiago, I have been knocked around by life. I have thought many times, Why write? Why not just continue working as an occupational therapist until retirement? Wouldn’t that make life easier?
Santiago also considered ditching his plans to seek his treasure to live out his life as a shepherd or work at a crystal shop until some ripe old age.
How long is too long to stay on the path to your dreams?
I began writing at the age of six. I would have my mom or one of my grandparents cut paper in half for me, and then staple the pages together. Then I would write stories about ants, bugs, and animal adventures in my first grade penmanship. When I turned nine, my mother bought me a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a typewriter. Not dolls or games. What nine year-old gets a typewriter for her birthday?
Best gift, ever!
In middle school I made up wild and ridiculously fun stories with me as the lead. It was a way of escaping my reality during those tough years. In high school, I began writing scripts. I loved script writing so much, I sent scripts in to NBC at the age of sixteen!
When I turned 18 I gave up on my dreams to be “an adult”. I listened to voices that were not my own. After college, I concentrated on marriage and kids. I was happy, but something was missing.
In 2004, my passion came back to me. I started having the best dreams and I began writing them down. In 2005, I completed my first book! Did it become a bestseller? Nope.
By 2007, I was taking a screenwriting class. I was like a teenager again. I took to it with renewed zeal. Without fear I sought representation for my scripts. Sent them to Disney. Did I make a movie? Sell a script? Nope.
Fast-forward to 2017, now thirteen years on this path to achieve my dreams! And I have! Well, parts of it. I have indie-published four books, and a fifth one is on the way. I have a growing fan base! Wonderful ladies write to me or post on my social media pages that they love my series and my writing!! It feels amazing to read, and I always try to respond.
Did I ever quit? Nope.
Why, in the middle of this review did I share my own story with you? Because, I am Santiago. We all are. We are all born with talents and dreams! Every child has a desire and dream of what they want to be. Most of us give dreams up to become “adults”. But why? Why can’t we be that person? After all, childhood is the most raw, honest, innocent, unbiased time of our life! Who better to pick our destinies then our child selves?
“Little D.W.” chose my career—a writer. It has been a source of happiness, escape, creativity, passion, and love for me.
I still have one foot in the rat race. Imagine how crazy I look right now, running in both directions! But I am Santiago, my treasure is so close that I can smell it, feel it, taste it! I am ready to jump out of the rat race with feet and run at full speed toward my dream.
I am Santiago. You are Santiago! Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, it’s short and sweet, yet packed with power. You may be a dreamer now or may have been a dreamer once upon a time. Whichever it is, if you are still in the rat race running toward nowhere, I recommend this book to get you back on track. Your treasure, whatever it is for you, is out there waiting for you to go after it!
I am at my new favorite place to write, Grouchy Joes and it’s 10:47 in the morning. I got a late start because I stayed up until 5 am reading a damn book that I couldn’t put down! Thanks a lot Christine Zolendz, you did it again. You managed to squeeze love, angst, betrayal, grief, fun, and friendship into a book that can be devoured in 24 hours! Well if you are a crack head like me that decides to pull an all-nighter!
Thank you for writing Here’s To Falling, I had to get up in the wee hours of the night and grab tissue to blow my nose from crying! Your writing style just does it for me. Perhaps, because it is similar to mine, to the point, no need to spend 15 pages describing a chair, it’s a fucking chair, right?
Thanks again, D.W