A Limelight on Debut Author: Lu Groblebe


Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: It was something I always had a knack for so it was always in the back of my mind growing up. It was never my first choice though. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, because I had other talents I wanted to pursue. Those were my priority. It was always an outlet for my angst as a teenager. I filled notebooks full of poetry and fanfiction stories a my old 80s model Mac too eventually. I didn’t take it seriously until adulthood. I’d say I was close to my mid twenties when I finally decided to go to college for writing. Even then though, I wasn’t confident I had a chance to make it. I’m an all or nothing type of person. I may eventually regret not trying but I’ll live with it. If I invest in something, I give it all I have and I don’t settle for anything but the top.

Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It depends but I’ll admit I’m a slow writer. I have spells where I can whip out a chapter a day, but then I can go months without touching the book. I will say my speed has improved though since I entered the indie community. Having them just be there, on my friend’s list, knowing they’re watching me holds me accountable. It reminds me I have something I need to be working on, so I’ve been more proactive in doing it whereas before I never really had a reason. It became a case of, “I’ll finish it when I finish it.” I didn’t feel rushed to do something no one even knew or cared about. Being apart of the indie community really changed the game for me. Just being there, watching others talk about their books is motivation enough.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: It really varies on my mood and personal life schedule. I do have other commitments. I run my own makeup distribution as a day job and I’m a mom. There are periods where I will write a chapter a day when I have the chance. There are others where, if I write anything, it isn’t more than a few paragraphs.


Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I’ve honestly never thought about it. When I plan to write, I plan to do so nonstop until I reach whatever goal I’ve set. I have a bad habit of getting distracted easily though so I enclose myself in a room alone, get a stock of drinks and snacks handy and I shut all notifications off on all devices. Otherwise I will be pulled away from writing when one from Facebook goes off. I loathe repeating words too much so I keep a dictionary site open in a new tab and I usually just let the story carry me in whatever direction it wants to go even if it goes against the outline I have. When you have the situation mapped out in front of you, it becomes different than what you preplanned in your head during the outlining phase.


Q: How do books get published?
A: Initially I intended to self published but I took a big chance and I was able to get a publishing deal with Bella Tulip Publishing who now publishes my work for me.

Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: I spent almost ten years in text based roleplay that gave me a stock pile of ideas. That isn’t to say I don’t have or will never get new ones but it was an outlet for a long time that sparked my creativity.

Q: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
A: I got the idea for it in 2009 so I was 23. I didn’t start writing it though until 2012. I ended up shelfing the story for a later date when I went back into editing and found some large plots holes.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: Honestly, not much. I’m a big introvert, I’m easy going and easily amused so that combination makes me very boring. (Laughs) I’d go along with about anything that is suggested to me entertainment wise as long as it doesn’t scare me or is harmful. However, I don’t do much without a reason. I’m truly a workaholic. I spend most of my time either working on my writing/make business career or organizing and planning ahead for them. I like to karaoke on occasion but rarely do. I like to be at home alone but I don’t want to go out alone. What’s the fun in that? (Laughs)

Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: Honestly, none of them care about it or are supportive, which is fine. It’s something I’ve grown used to and learned to accept. I’m not expecting a single family member to purchase any of my books.

Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: Outlines are a helpful organizational tool for the beginning stages but the story rarely ever sticks to the outline as the book is being written. Either by your own choice or the characters’ it just doesn’t happen.

Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: Technically, two but only one is in the process of being published. However I’m already in the beginning stages of another novel series project I’m gonna be doubling up writing on while writing the follow up to my current WIP, but the new project will be under a new pen name.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
A: Make the dictionary your best friend.

Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: I don’t have readers yet actually since the book I am waiting to release is my debut. I have heard from people who have beta read for me and enjoyed the story so much they have insisted on purchasing it when it is released finally.

Q: Do you like to create books for adults?
A: I consider myself a multi-genre author so I don’t like to rule anything out. I believe my career will lead me into every genre at some point down the line. By adult as in sexual? I know I can write erotica but it isn’t my forte. It isn’t what I’m best at or most comfortable writing, nor my preference. I do know that I can though. I’d say because of the level of profanity and the progressive speed of the relationship between the two leads my current WIP has in it, it’s more than likely considered “adult.”

Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Believable character development (arcs) and the unexpected. There are only so many ways an outcome can be used before it becomes predictable and bland. I try to incorporate that spirit into my own work.

Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A: A lot of things. At one point an ice skater, at another a singer, another a dancer, and in my early adult life, a police officer/detective.

You can learn more about Lu by connecting with her via social media at the following links:

Luminary Edits

Lu Groblebe – Bella Tulip Publishing Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Lu Groblebe Website

Lu Groblebe on Goodreads


Author Spotlight: Tiffany Apan


15403103_10210449601450502_1481083384_n.jpgAuthor Tiffany Apan

Photo credit: Andrew Dantzler

First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:

Thank you for having me here!

I am a dark fiction author, along with a singer/songwriter/musician/actor, and also have a new product line of therapeutic candles and other products inspired by my written works, particularly The Birthrite. In addition, I also am involved in the world of Living History. You can say I have a very overactive imagination and always have. And I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

To write stories that captivate the reader and take them into another world. That is always my goal when I write.

Which writers inspire you?

It’s a toss up between Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte. While there are contemporary authors that I do enjoy, I am quite taken by our writers of yore. Poe is just brilliant to me.
With Emily Bronte, the fact that her work, Wuthering Heights, is often so misunderstood and misinterpreted fascinates me alone. I’ve also been reading a lot on her life, those of her sisters Anne and Charlotte, her brother Branwell, and her father Patrick. It is quite interesting finding out what inspired them to write as they did.
Also Tolkien. Because Tolkien reigns supreme.
I also enjoy H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Zane Grey, Rod Serling, Washington Irving, Oscar Wilde, Clive Barker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, George Orwell, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, among others. Any author or writer that can tell a good story with vivid characters and a plot that makes you think (possibly even questioning your own sanity and the world around you) is more than okay by me!

So, what have you written?

I write fiction, along with some non-fiction/editorial pieces. My short stories, The Cemetery by the Lake, Dusk to Dawn, and Romancing Elena are currently available. In 2012, my screenplay, Driving Nowhere, won for Best Horror Short Script in the 2012 International Indie Gathering Film Festival, which was an amazing honor. I also write most of the lyrics to my released songs and I am currently in the process of writing a novel series titled The Birthrite (the first novel and novelette are currently available).
These can all be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK, iTunes, Smashwords, and other retailers.

What genre do you write in?

My overall genre is dark, gothic fiction. However, some of the subgenres include paranormal, romance, horror, occult, and historical. A lot of the Gothic Fiction I’ve read has shown some of the best depictions of the human experience. And that is the journey I enjoy going on when I write.
How much research do you do?

It depends on the story, as some require more research than others. For my series, The Birthrite, I did about three years of research before the story actually started taking shape. And I’m still researching as I write different installments.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I have been on a couple anthologies and I’ve edited some works for other writers, but I still have yet to be a ‘co-author.’ 

When did you decide to become a writer?15328386_10210449610090718_506329641_n

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write stories, lyrics, and poetry. But it wasn’t until my fifth grade writing class that I and others realized just how vivid my imagination could be. At that time, we got to learning of and studying the principles of poetry, so naturally writing a poem was one of the assignments in the class. Because I had an obsession with Norway and Vikings (and still kind of do), I wrote of a Viking sea adventure (when everyone else chose to write of a family member or pet…are there any other ten-year-olds out there obsessed with Vikings or was I the only one?). My English teacher said that I had a great talent for writing and encouraged me to continue from there.

Why do you write?

I get great thrill out of exploring worlds outside of my own and putting them down for others to see.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I do try to write a little everyday, usually early in the morning or late at night (both of those times are when my creative juices are really going).

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

How much I write a day depends on what all I’m working on. If I have multiple projects or a deadline to meet, I will definitely increase the word/page count.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I usually type on a computer, but if there is a section that really needs fleshing out, I find I have an easier time with that in writing longhand.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains, and it had a HUGE impact on my writing. In fact, that setting serves as a backdrop for most of my stories. It is just so beautiful and peaceful up there. It’s almost like another world in itself. Which can lead to the imagination wandering to all sorts of places. I also draw a lot of inspiration from historical events, stories on the paranormal and paranormal events, and sometimes an idea just hits me out of nowhere.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a very organic writer, so I normally just start with an idea in mind and see where it takes me. However, when the story starts taking shape and the plot becomes more intricate, that is when I tend to outline as a way of keeping everything in order.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

A short story usually takes about a month or two, from rough draft to finished product. A novel can take up to about a year or year and a half. Sometimes less, though.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Though I have a soft spot for traditional paper/hard back books, I also don’t mind e-books. I do find the latter to be a great way of trying a new author.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A little of both.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
When I go to design the cover for my books, I of course think of the story and what I would like to highlight from it. I then construct and sketch potential covers until I’m happy with the design. Then, with the help of graphics design extraordinaire, Rowen Poole, we bring it to life. 🙂
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do. We humans tend to be visual creatures and an attractive cover tends to draw a potential reader’s attention before they will look into what the story is about.

How are you publishing this book and why?

Indie for now, as I do want the creative freedom.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

I think they are a great advertising tool, especially with the now wide use of the internet.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do. Here is the trailer for

The Birthrite:
The Birth Rite Trailer

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

I do. Keep checking my website and blog or follow me on social media if you would like to keep up to date on when I have a giveaway. I also have a newsletter at my website. 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Thank you for checking out my work. I am at the following links:

Tiffany Apan Offical Author Site
Tiffany Apan Writing Project Blog
Tiffany Apan FB Author Page
Tiffany Apan Pinterest
Tiffany Apan Amazon Author Page
Tiffany Apan on Smashwords
Tiffany Apan Music
Tiffany Apan on Goodreads

The Scarlet Erotique Series – A Multiple 4/5 Star Rated Erotica Anthology – READ IT TODAY.







Do you like provocative and controversial stories?

Does BDSM intrigue you?

Are tales of seduction, risk, and danger your cup of tea?

What about stories that have been called scorching hot, sizzling, and must-reads?


Start the Series in Order!



Part 1:

Simply Crimson


Camille de Clervaux’s life is rather luxurious. Her husband, Julien von Beirutt is a wealthy businessman with stock shares in Lockheed Martin, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and several other big name companies. Cami herself owns a very successful equestrian company, and several well know racing horses. The convenience of their marriage, however, has become so suspicious that Camille begins to wonder if her husband is having extra-marital affairs. The answer is soon provided when she catches him in a very compromising position with another successful, and suave male by the name of Andre` DuPointe. With her husband’s sexual appetite revealed Camille is thrust into an exotic world of s/m pleasure she had never before known. Will this new step into a world of sexual depravity corrupt her for good, and could Andre` DuPointe be the added ingredient she needed to spice up her life?


What Readers Have Said about Simply Crimson:


5.0 out of 5 stars


Sai has done it yet again! This story draws you in from the very first page, and you can’t stop reading until the end. Once you reach the end, you’re left wanting more. I can’t wait until the next part is ready for release! If you enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey…let’s just say that this is much more kinkier, and you should check it out. It definitely gets your body ready for a date night! 😉 Lol. Thank you, Sai, for your continued writing! It never ceases to amaze me.

5.0 out of 5 stars

What does Camille’s future hold

Left me anticipating what will come next in this unusual marriage of convenience and Julien’s extracurricular activities. I’m sure part 2 will be equally fascinating, and am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to read.

4.0 out of 5 stars


She is so lonely and he is so cold. Until the night she meets his master. He introduces her to the BDSM life, but Julian is not so happy. What is next?


5 of 5 stars

I was like a fly caught in a web being devoured by this book. It made me giggle at times and shocked me too.

I just could not put it down. I was totally Captivated.

Camille,She is a educated trophy wife Married to Julien suprise bisexual (well to Camille anyway)

Please welcome Andre Du Point the man that changes every thing a self confessed dark son of a bitch,

who is going to tempt Camille with the forbidden fruit…

This is a 18 + book..

4 of 5 stars

Simply Crimson starts a new series by Sai Marie Johnson called The Scarlet Erotique Series. It tells of the story of trophy wife, Camille de Clervaux who suspects her husband of infidelity and decides to, one night, investigate. What she discovers goes way beyond anything she ever suspected and is suddenly thrust into a new and wonderfully dark world she never dreamed of being in. I will start by saying that I don’t think I would recommend this to the squeamish reader or anyone looking for a more sweet romance. The title and cover say it all: it’s a really hot read. Though combined with Ms. Johnson’s writing style, even the most depraved acts come across as being almost poetic. For a short read, the characters are pretty well developed, as is the atmosphere, and in many ways I think this actually tops the first book in the Dark Priesthood series.

5 of 5 stars

All I can say is wow. I had it read outloud to me the first time I rated it, but to read it myself…again wow. You’ve got serious talent, Ms. Sai Marie. I’m stunned by your descriptive scenery, the complexities of the characters involved. All of it. I hope Simply Rouge is just as great.


Part 2:


Simply Rouge


Camille de Clervaux’s delving into her husband’s tastes for BDSM gets even riskier in this second edition to the Scarlet Erotique Series. When a new stranger comes into the scene Cami finds herself set back and wondering if everything she presumed about Andre` DuPointe was all she thought it to be and the chemistry between Camille and this new stranger isn’t just obvious between the two of them. No, both Julien and Andre` have noticed the desire between the confident, capable, and suave Jeremiah St. Clair. Will Camille finally get her chance with the man of her fantasies, or will the possessive and dangerous sides of her husband and his chosen Dominant prove to be a deadly scenario?


What Readers Have to Say About Simply Rouge:

5.0 out of 5 stars

Amazing! Everything I wanted and more continued from the first book!

Wow! Started Simply Rouge and finished already! I just could not put it down. The ending really stood out to me – the way the book ended and with the scene used at the ending, it feels like a double entendre, and I loved how a certain word played into this (sorry if this doesn’t quite make sense, but I do not want to give anything away to those who haven’t read it). I really liked getting some more insight into the characters from Simply Crimson and the introduction of new characters – I really wish I could get into Camille’s head and know exactly what she is thinking. It seems there is some confusion/inner turmoil on Camille’s part as to what exactly she wants and this was expressed enough to make readers feel this. The only bad part (and not really a bad part) but I wanted more of Jeremiah St. Clair! Thank you for another great book, Sai!

5 of 5 stars

Whoa, things really got heated quickly in this one! Camille’s already set a hook in me, and Jeremiah sounds like he’s the only real man in the bunch. Great premise and the evolution..the way you started the story and how you ended it.

It was flawless, detailed, and amazing, Sai. Amazing.

5 of 5 stars

I love this series! I can only say, Wow. Camille has definitely Blossomed in this installment! I cannot wait for SS!

5 of 5 stars

Before you read Simply Rouge, May I suggest that you read Simply Crimson 1st. Simply Rouge follows on perfectly from where Simply Crimson Leaves Off. Having Said that I enjoyed reading Simply Rouge, I was constantly sucked into the storyline. Ms Johnson delivered a total roll a coaster of emotions, provided many jaw dropping scenes in this BDSM story. This is a 18+ story and is not to be mistaken for anything less. Camille’s story would not be complete with out these BDSM moments. I didn’t want this book to end I needed more. Camille, a prudish trophy wife is pulled into a lifestyle that Jullien her selfish, womanizing, bisexual husband desires. Wanting to please Jullien she is thrown into situations that both entice her and horrify her. She discovers a need within herself that excites and her, and is dangerously addictive. Does Camille find the life she so desperately desires? You want to read this book it’s ok, It’ll stay our dirty little secret!

5.0 out of 5 stars

Totally Captivated

Camille is a prudish trophy wife who makes a life changing discovery about her husband and his business affairs. Camille finds herself thrown into a lifestyle that surprises and excites her but it also horrifies her, she discovers a part of herself that she wasn’t aware she desired and a voyage of self discovery. The need to be to be found desirable and so much more. I felt like a fly caught in a web being consumed by Ms Johnson’s story. I was totally captivated and drawn into Camille I felt her emotions good and bad her humiliation her passion to be wanted. I would totally recommend these books to any body willing to experience such a jaw dropping story. It however is a 18+ BDSM story and the story couldn’t be told any other way (I wouldn’t want it any other way ). I did not want it to end. Will You?

4.0 out of 5 stars


Camille is a trophy wife to Julien unbeknownst to her, her husband has a erotic side that she didn’t know. She felt unloved and didn’t know why her husband treated the he did. She woke up one evening hearing moans and went towards the sounds. To her surprise she saw her husband, a man and also a woman in a sex act.She was shocked but it made her curious about it. throughout the story it shows her journey with other characters in the book plus a new character that fascinate Camille. You need to read the book to get all the juicy stuff of the book.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Absolutely loved it!

This has become one of my favorite series; I can’t wait till the next book comes out. I’m over here, all anxious to see what happens. Thank you so much, Sai, for sharing your talent with us. I highly enjoyed that these two books also came together in a twin pack; it made it easier to keep going with the story. Regardless, I absolutely love your books, that I’ve purchased and read so far.. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.


5.0 out of 5 stars

A Must Read!

I started on the first page and got completely sucked in! This was an excellent book! It stirred emotions that I didn’t even know could be stirred, by a lifestyle that I do not know a lot about! I love Cami’s Character and the fact that this story causes you to think outside the box, and encourage you to be responsible in any and all decisions that you make with yourself and others! Oh yes, it’s extra hot and steamy too! I finished these books earlier today, and it is still all I can think about! Well, I for one cannot wait until June 6th to continue in this journey of trying to figure out what a person wants for themselves as opposed to what everyone else wants and expects!




Part 3:

Simply Scarlet


In this thrilling finale of the Scarlet Erotique Series Camille de Clervaux, Jeremiah St. Clair, Andre` DuPointe, and Julien von Beirutt’s lives begin to unwind, spinning into a messy quad relationship where something has to give. Will Camille finally get her happily ever after, or will the ominous men involved in her life strip her of all dignity, hope, and faith.


4 of 5 stars

Camille’s life is changing , but who will win her heart in the end the Winner Is ________. I Guess you’ll have to read it to find out , No spoilers here! Lets just say she follows her heart , Suprises are Surprising! But Camille’s not the only Life that’s about to change. He stands by his woman totally. But somebody gets their just deserts….  Alone just you and this book… Anywhere anytime.  Please don’t deny yourself the Complete story to this Captivating Trilogy.

5 of 5 stars

The Scarlet Erotique Series is a prime example of why Sai Marie Johnson is already getting a reputation for being a scorchingly hot erotica writer. There is no question that Sai definitely knows how to write the detail that readers want to see in an erotica story. I have to say that while on the surface people may assume this is Chick Lit, I don’t agree. Men could really enjoy this style of writing and this woman has an imagination unlike any I’ve ever seen. You can definitely deduce that Sai was influenced by greats such as Anne Rice or Laurell K. Hamilton. The reflection of poetic sensuality and how she crafts her stories is breathtaking. She’ll suck you into her world, and leave you begging for more in the end. This series really is Fire Hot, and it makes sense that RED was chosen to represent it. Take the warning signs, cause this series really is that hot. Five Stars- across the board

Infectious Seduction

Infectious Seduction

by Author Sai Marie

It started with a look
An innocent demeanor
A few uttered words
Couldnt be spoken any sweeter
Quickening your heart
As you inch even closer
subtle glances, second chances
A heated intensity
You hold intrigue
You’re a mystery
I find myself drawn
Even when you’re not around
I wonder what I’ll see
when you open up those bounds
You watch, you speak, you move
you drink..
And somehow you’ve infected the way that I think.
Its wrong, its raw
Its odd, its true
How strange it is to see
that out there existed someone like you
In all my aging journeys
and every one I’ve met
There’s something odd about this.
I feel like I should be your pet.
You inspire a need with me
You bring me to a place I’ve not traipsed on before.
And every time you walk away
I stare longing at the door.
I dont know what will happen
I dont dare speak to defy it
I just know that hours pass and seem
not long enough to last whenever you are around
I know I shouldnt feel it
I know I shouldnt give it another thought
But it seems like since I met you..
You’ve invaded my every thought.

Pass the Baton Blog Hop: Erotic Tales of Love, Lust and Learning.



To get started I would like to introduce you to the lovely and amazing Lucee Lovett,
the wonderful erotica writer who asked me to be involved with this blog hop event.
Lucee Lovett is the writer behind the 13 Doors Series. Her first book, The Retreat was released January of 2013, and she just released another book entitled Immortal Heart: the Search for Larissa, which is the premiere book in her Immortals Series.
Lucee hails from the United Kingdom, and is a mother, wife and the owner of a dog she calls Blue.
In her own words:
Hi there! I’m Lucee Lovett, wife and mother by day, romance erotica author and publisher by night. I live in London, with terrific kids, husband and a great dog named Blue.
I’m started publishing my own ebook series in January 2013. I’m as pleased as punch with my achievements. I write across quite a few genres, but my favorite and main works are in erotica and the erotic subgenres.
I love it because it allows me to remove the mask on my own desires and fantasies and share them contextually with others, in the guise as fiction.
 London England UK
Books on Paranormal/Supernatural, Sci Fi and Erotica Romance.  I love reading and writing in these genres.
 I have an appreciation for all kinds of music.
Check out Lucee’s work by visiting any of the following links:
What Am I Working On:
Right now I am still working on getting the third and final installment to my series The Scarlet Erotique Series. The final installment is titled Simply Scarlet, and it is proceeded by book 1, Simply Crimson, and book 2 Simply Rouge. We just did the cover reveal for Simply Scarlet at my last author takeover event, and the release date is June 6TH.
How Does my Work Differ from Others in my Genre:
This is an interesting question. A hard one to answer without sounding like a narcissist, but still still an intriguing question. That being said what makes my work any different from any other erotica author is that I wrote it. Sure, its great to pick up an intriguing erotic tale that someone else has written and soak up the pages like a sponge. I love doing that. It was my love of reading erotica that pushed me to decide to write erotica. The difference though is those were not my stories. They were the crafting of another artist’s but in order to create my own canvas I needed to begin working on a story that came from my imagination. That is what makes my work different. It is mine, it is a place where I can write out fetishes, fantasies, desires, and also educate others to those things. Sexuality is not a bad thing. It is natural, it is human, it is part of life. It should not be swept under the carpet, and women shouldn’t be made to feel dirty for liking to read those things. Men also shouldn’t be ostracized for their desires to read provocative stories. So what makes my work different? Its simple: my work is a place where the imagination is allowed free reign.
Why I Write What I Do:
Erotica wasn’t my preferred genre at first. I have nine books out already and each of them are very different. Several of them do have sex scenes but not enough to be classified as erotica. People have asked me where my inspiration for The Scarlet Erotique Series came from, and as I’ve thought about it more and more I have realized that I know what I wanted to read, and what I wanted to see. That came from the emergence of Fifty Shades of Grey. That being said allow me to elaborate, in my opinion, Fifty Shades of Grey is not a horrid book, but it is not the best book I’ve ever read either. On that note I have to be honest, I gritted my teeth at Anastasia Steele and her character development irritated the heck out of me. Then I had to look at Christian Grey objectively and I decided that I couldn’t find asolid dominant anywhere in him. The man was fifty shades of effed up for sure, but the worst part about him to me was that he was a submissive under a Domme before he decided to jump ship and become a dominant. Sadly Mr. Grey left me sorely disappointed, and Anastasia was too naive to reallyknow anything about the BDSM lifestyle. So my excitement to see a mainstream erotica with BDSM elements quickly fizzled out after I finished the third installment. I was left utterly disappointed by the entire thing. Back to The Scarlet Erotique Series, I named this series with a color scheme that I felt suited the true lifestyle: RED. There is nothing grey about BDSM. If there is anything left in a grey area I would be extremely worried about that relationship dynamic for sure. For two, BDSM is not lame or colorless. If anything it is erotic, exotic, passionate and under the right circumstances can be very liberating for a couple to spice up their intimacy. This is what I wanted to show the world. BDSM is not evil. Its not just some twisted sadomasochistic game. Yes, there are levels of people’s likes/dislikes but in general the people who practice this lifestyle are pretty normal people. With that being said I also needed to show the world how there are dangerous sides to the lifestyle as well so people would learn the differences between a good dominant and a bad dominant. Why? Because I feel that as an author and a practioner of BDSM that we have a responsibility to educate our fans and others about the safety net requirements needed to participate in this type of relationship. Like tantra and other erotic methods, BDSM is just an extension of people’s sexual interests. It is a healthy and good thing to embrace your sexuality, and learn techniques which you find enjoyable. The reason for this is simple since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, there has been an influx of vanilla/curious individuals who want to participate in the lifestyle but have no knowledge about it at all. Many of these people turn to the internet for guidance, a place where both education, and predators mesh I might add.  All of these things are what prompted me to start working on my vanilla submissive and main character from the series, Camille Alessandra de Clervaux. I envisioned a beautiful red head woman who had a degree of sophistication, business background, and wasn’t quite as naive as Anastasia Steele. Still I wanted Camille to be different, and I wanted her to seem more real. So I began working very hard on her character arc and development before I ever typed the first word of the manuscript to book one, Simply Crimson. Camille’s red hair is also a play on the series title, and the book titles just popped into my head randomly. (#2 Simply Rouge and #3 Simply Scarlet). Then came the story plot. Camille needed a few catalysts to thrust her into the BDSM world because I needed to show my readers why Camille needed change, and why being vanilla and jumping into the lifestyle was not a good idea. So Camille’s better half was born,Julien Leonard von Beirutt, who I saw in my head as being a rotten bastard with so many flaws and the inability to see past his own ass. I wanted Julien to be a jerk, with sadistic tendencies, but I didn’t want him to be a psychopath. Andre` Gustav DuPointe` was my wild card. I needed him to be charming enough to seduce a vanilla woman with ease, but also have a dark undertone that nobody could peg. I’ll leave you hanging on that note so as to not reveal spoilers! Moving on to Jeremiah St. Clair, whose inspiration came from my husband in a lot of ways. There is a lot about him that resembles the type of personality Jeremiah has, and since my husband was the first person to get me to see the beauty in BDSM, it is no surprise that Jeremiah St. Clair is the perfect Savior Dom. While Camille is not based of my real life, she does have similar qualities, and flaws. So the story is inspired by several things. My only hope is that everyone who reads it enjoys it as much as I did writing, and that they all come to love Camille as much as I have. I’ll always adore my fiery red head myself.

How Does my Writing Process Work:
Again a very interesting question. I am a student in my senior year of the Creative Writing for Entertainment, Bachelor’s of Fine Arts program at Full Sail University. My program is rigorous and has focused on all aspects of the creative writing industry including tv shows, television, video gaming, graphic novels and the publishing and distribution field. Because of this I have had to write a variety of different writing types and the process has been different for each. In regard to my erotic writing the process is usually just me sitting down, putting on some good tunes, and tuning out the world as I venture into my story setting. From there the writing just flows and I let it. I liken my process to the writer’s waterfall effect. When it comes, it comes crashing down just like a waterfall, and when it ends it stills to silence just like the river once it has passed the crashing cliffside.
It is now time to pass the baton to three other erotica authors and the first on the list is the amazing Marc Nobbs:

Marc Nobbs is originally from Wolverhampton in Black County, England. He published his first erotic series through an erotic story website entitled Ruthie’s Club. His first novel, Charlotte’s Secret, was released in 2008 by Phaze and by 2011 Marc launched Parkland Publishing. Because of his education and ambitions Marc moved from an inner-city neighborhood to a posh area where he is literally just a stone-toss away from Princess Diana’s gravesite. He now resides in Northamptonshire and when he is not writing he enjoys spending time with his family, and working peacefully in his garden where he grows a multitude of fruits and vegetables.


Next is the sophisticated Author Niquel
In her own words:
Author Niquel is an artistic jack of all trades. She writes, does all of her own graphics, and makes custom handmade crafts for little girls. Born and raised in and around Boston, she’s attended two colleges, Massasoit for graphic design and CDIA at Boston University for 3D animation. She decided to revisit her long lost passion for writing and created The Forbidden Series of books. Book one, A Forbidden Love was released in March 2014 and the 2nd book in the series will be out late spring/early summer.
Niquel currently lives just outside of Boston, with her very supportive significant other and their two precious daughters.
The third and final erotica author I will be sharing with you today is Felicia Fox
Felicia Fox is the creator of the Consumed Series, the first book was entitled Consumed and debuted in December 2013. Since then Felicia has published the second installment entitled Captive, which is her most current release (published May 2014)

Release Date Announcement!!!!

Simply Rouge part II of The Scarlet Erotique Series by Author Sai Marie will be released June 6th! Mark your calendars and if you haven’t already started the series pick up Simply Crimson today at any of the following book vendors:

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Crimson-Scarlet-Erotique-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00H7L6A2W/ref=la_B00EE8A52W_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399608636&sr=1-6

INDIEBOUND: http://www.indiebound.org/hybrid?filter0=SAI+MARIE+JOHNSON&x=0&y=0

SMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/386495

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What is Beauty?

What Is Beauty?

Everyday we are exposed to imagery, and ideology. Even at the moments that we are not trying to we are steadily exposed to the idea of what beauty should be.

The issue with beauty is that it is something everyone sees differently, and yet it also causes shallowness to develop within our personalities because either we are too absorbed with it, or we are obsessed with thinking it is something we cannot attain.

The unattainable is something that humanity has long been attracted to, and the thrill of the chase is probably one of the strongest motivating factors in many people’s lives. We yearn for that thrill, and that moment of euphoria that comes from seeing something strikingly beautiful.

And then what happens? Life passes by, and we gain and lose weight, we gain and lose scars, and we gain and lose other identifying marks. Marks that at times induce pride, and at other times cause feelings of hopelessness, and depression.

I’m an average woman. I’m not strikingly beautiful. I do not have the body of a model. I do not have the picture perfect description of society’s ideas of beauty.

Does that make me ugly? In the eyes of some people I am sure it does, and throughout my life I have been consistently told I was ugly. In elementary and middle school I was always made fun of for having freckles, and being shy. In middle school girls made up a rumor I was a lesbian who had tried to date my best friend. It was so devastating to me that I ended up being pulled out of school because I was close to getting into fights everyday with the girls who were lying about me.

For years and years I believed that I wasn’t a pretty person, and that I just had to accept that life would be different for me because I wasn’t one of “The Beautiful People.”

I first got married at 16, and I admit that was a very young age to be married at, but I had my reasons. In the end I was married for 7 years, and had things been different with him I would probably have stayed married. They weren’t different though, and so I had to make decisions about my life that required realizing that yes I was pretty, both inside and out, and that I could succeed in life by applying other skills in the necessary places to succeed.

Still let’s come back to beauty. It is the topic of the posting, right?

I’ve been a size 8, a size 16, a size 9, a size 12, a size 10. What I have never been is a size 0, or anything below an 8. I am a curvaceous woman. I was blessed with hips, and a petite frame. I’ve never been model size. I don’t think I ever will be, but does that make women like myself any less beautiful?

And let’s not makes this a beanpole versus a whale topic by insinuating that skinnier girls are prettier than heavier girls or vice-versa. Each woman is uniquely beautiful to herself. Her strengths as a person, and what make her amazing are the traits of her character. They’re not the size of her boobs, or how well her butt fills out a pair of shorts.

Those are all attributes, but they are not beauty.

And that is the problem with today’s society, and youth. We think big booty women are what define beauty. We call out people for being ugly when they’re different, but when do we look past the outside and start seeing REAL beauty?

Because to me real beauty is in a beautiful song, a thought-provoking poem, an entrancing story, a butterfly on a flower, the birds singing, and sunshine on my face.

If people think I am ugly when those things happen? So be it, but to me I’m beautiful, and so are all of you. So remember beauty isn’t skin deep, and it comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and packaging.

And that’s the beauty of beauty. She’s an everchanging drama queen.