Saturday, January 31, 2009

Press Release for "My Sexy Valentine" and "The Drive In"

Hi! I wanted to send out a note to everyone letting you know that my newest story "My Sexy Valentine" is now available for purchase at Below is the direct link to purchase it:

"My Sexy Valentine" by Lanna St. Claire:

"Veronica had little hope for Valentine's Day. She was sure that, once again, she would be passed by. Instead, her day begins with a romantic gift from a secret admirer, and the surprises keep coming. But what should she make of them, and should she dare hope they are from the man she dreams about during board meetings? With the delivery of the last sexy package, she waits to see if Cupid is finally delivering her real-life dream come true!"

I also want to let you know of "The Drive In" a story written by my dear friend Belle. I am proud to be sharing the shotlight with her this month on erotiquepress. Please join me in supporting her!

"The Drive In" by Belle Sloan:

"When Rob returns home from college for summer break, he’s talked into double dating to the drive-in with his old buddy, Steve. Once there, Steve leaves to get the snacks, and the steamy performance begins. This performance isn't on the screen, but in the backseat of the car, staring their dates. Rob joins the hot cast and becomes the star of the show!"

Please help Belle and I make this Valentines Day a sales a success!!!

Wishing you a life filled with passion and love!
Lanna St. Claire

Thursday, January 29, 2009



Any idea what that word means? I didn’t either when I first saw it in my morning reading. The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder and Noah D Oppenheim.

Nociception is the perception of pain. Simple huh? It’s essential to human’s survival.
Children are born every so often that have, what is called, a congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis (CIPA). These children seldom live past the age of twenty-five simply because they don’t feel pain. If they survive the stage of teething without biting off their own fingers or something worse, they still are not out of the woods. They don’t know when they’ve injured themselves or have an infection that is eating them up.

We should be thankful for the sensation of pain. Seems like an odd thing, but it is essential as you can see from this one example.

The brain has a pain matrix that sorts out the intensity, location, duration and type of pain. This matrix is called anterior cingulated cortex. The funny thing about this brain center is it doesn’t distinguish between physical pain and emotional pain. This matrix responds equally to a broken leg or a broken heart.

So then, if I follow this logic (there’s that word again) a person could die from a broken heart. I used this emotional context in my mystery suspense novel The Pink Lady Slipper. The mother of the protagonist died from extreme fear. Emotional reaction can be as deadly as actual physical harm. I researched if it was possible to die from extreme fear at this time. I found it was. Amazing!

If all that follows as true, then there is truth to the clichés “Act as if,” “Fake it until you make it,” See it, believe it, achieve it,” wouldn’t you say?

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Billie A Williams

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What is Gothic?

What do you see? I think of pictures of KISS or The Bat Man's Cave or some other dark and scary thing -- Yet in the late 1100's and early 1200's it meant enlightenment. It meant the opening up to the sunlight and color,of churches and those structures meant to honor the rulers it meant letting in the light. They would build outer walls on huge pillars and enclose them but the windows were huge stain glass features to let in color and light.

It wasn't until the 18th century when in fiction Gothic became associated with grotesque and mysterious in literature.

It wasn't until the 1980's when music and dress were the dark Gothic - music such as Siouxie and the Banshees created an almost evil darkness that became associated with looking Goth in vogue with some.

What do you think when you think Gothic?

The book I'm reading The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder & Noah D. Oppenheim and it certainly does spark your imagination, your curiosity and your wonder about what you believe and what is truth.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Sexy Valentine

I wanted to share the cover art for my latest story to be published on It will be released soon to celebrate Valentine's Day. I will post the direct link to order "My Sexy Valentine" as soon as it is available. I guarantee this will help get you "in the mood" and possibly even give you some ideas to spice up your holiday!

Lanna St. Claire

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I would like to send a personal invitation to all of the authors of Erotique. I have a personal blog site where I post weekly messages and make announcements of upcoming stories being published with Erotique. My good friend Belle (who also has her stories published there) and I have begun making announcements for each other on our blogs of upcoming stories. I would love to extend the same opportunity to other authors with this group and exchange information and links to new stories. We could list each others information, links and such and help with cross promotion.

If anyone is interested please let me know. If you would like to send me an email you can do so at You can also visit my blog site at

I look forward to hearing from people!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rediscovering a Lost Libido

After reading an ariticle in the newspaper about women rediscovering thier lost libido with the controversial use of testosterone, I decided to write the following letter to the editor of the paper.

In view of the fact that testosterone treatment for post-menopausal women is controversial and lacks long-term studies, I’d like to suggest a much easier and more pleasant way to boost a woman’s libido, whether she’s post-menopausal or not. According to psychologists, unlike men, who are aroused by visual stimuli, women are aroused by emotional stimuli, which can be derived from the written word. Reading good erotic stories that are written by women for women can be extremely arousing. When we create interesting characters and put them in erotic situations, the stories are written specifically to make our readers squirm in their seats with desire. There are dozens of erotic publishers who sell either books in print or ebooks to be read on the Internet. For Valentines Day, it might be prudent for men to add women’s erotica to their holiday shopping list along with the usual flowers and candy.

I would love to hear your comments.

Cat Lovington

Friday, January 16, 2009

Romance, Affection, and Lap Dances

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I got to thinking about expressions of affection. The flowers, the candy, the going out to dinner…sure, they're great. But what has always impressed me was creativity. I want to feel special a few days of the year (hopefully, not just on major holidays!), and in general, I'm much more impressed with creativity and thoughtfulness than I am with something expensive.

All this thought about romance made me wonder what a man might really like for Valentine's Day. Do they really want flowers or candy or dinner out? Or do they, just like us, want moments of when their partner is creative and thoughtful? And it occurred to me that maybe some do. But what would be creative? What would be just…what…he…wants?

And then it hit me. A stripper.

Now, before you get up in arms about this, I'm talking about you. You, laced up in a pretty package, ripe for the unwrapping. What could possibly be better?

With this in mind, I started talking to a few male friends. I asked these guys if their girlfriends or wives had ever done a strip tease for them. The guys whose partners had done a strip tease for them loved it, which is not at all surprising. But during the course of these very interesting conversations, there were a few things that did surprise me. None of these women were stacked; instead, they were average or fuller figured. None of these women were 20; in fact, one lady I heard of was over 50. The hottest thing for these guys was that their partners made an effort to be sexy, to surprise them, and to make them happy. To me, that's what this romance stuff is all about!

So how exactly does one go about doing this? I wondered. I started doing a bit of research on stripping, reading web articles and books. The most important thing all of these resources said was that you needed to awaken your inner goddess…the one who flirts, who teases, who remembers—despite work and kids and laundry and dishes—that she is sexy. That she's desirable. That her body is powerful and beautiful.

Of course, I'm not saying that any of us need to hang upside down on a pole, with strobe lights and a smoke machine. But, if you set the mood just right, you can have a fun, sexy evening with very little preparation.

First, you'll need to set the mood. Maybe you are a romantic who would love soft candle light; maybe you are an exhibitionist who would revel in a brightly lit room. Choose music which appeals to you and pulses through your body. And get him comfortable in a chair with a great view of your show.

Dress to impress. Few of us have model's bodies, but all of us do have at least a few beautiful assets. Instead of trying to camouflage your faults, focus on drawing attention to the parts that you (and your partner) love. Accentuate all those bits he loves to look at.

The most important part of the strip tease is the tease. Don't just undress for him; make it tantalizing and provocative. Take your time…the slower, the better! He might just love the anticipation. And make him keep his hand to himself (although you should feel free to let your own hands roam over your body!).

Finally, remember that this is supposed to be fun. It's ok to look him in the eye, to smile, to laugh, to joke around. Don't worry about having the moves or the body of a professional. I am pretty sure that once the music begins and your clothes start coming off, you won't hear a single complaint.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Rejections - Celebrations?

Sometimes it's hard to keep in mind that one person's trash is another person's treasure. Here are 12 reasons to keep on keeping on!
From the pages of, How to Get a Literary Agent by Michael Larsen

1. 112 Books Louis L’Amour though he received rejections. He received 200 rejections before he sold his first novel. During the last forty years Bantam has shipped nearly three hundred million of his one hundred twelve books, making him their biggest-selling author.
2. 600+ rejection slips wall paper Jack London’s home.
3. 774 rejection slips for John Creasy who went on to publish under 13 pseudonyms 564 books
4. 14 rejected Pearl S Buck finally published The Good Earth
5. 20 rejections didn’t stop Jonathan Livingston Seagull’s publication and you know how famous it became, written by Richard Bach
6. 40 rejections before she sold her first book didn’t stop Mary Higgins Clark
7. 200 rejections Roots by Alex Haley was published.
8. 15 publishers and 30 agents rejected John Grisham’s A Time to Kill before it was finally published.
9. 375 publishers rejected naked in Deccan over seven years before the Baltimore Sun deemed it a classic.
10. Dr Seuss – 24 in his file of rejections before his first books was published
11. 8 years after the novel Steps won the National Book Award, Jerzy Kosinski allowed it to be send out again with a name change to 13 agents and 14 publishers – all of them rejected it, including Random House, which originally published it. Proves the plight of new writers trying to get recognition or a publishing contract.
12. The New Yorker rejected a short story by Saul Bellow after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

So there you have it. Don’t let a little pile of rejections stop you from persevering in your desire to be a published author. The three P’s of getting published Polish, Persist, Persevere.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Better Book Cover

I received an email from a friend of mine suggesting that this might be better cover art for my holiday e-story, "Santa's Coming."

Did I ever tell you that you are never too old to sit on Santa's lap? I wonder which mall he was at.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Hello, lovers! Today's topic is blindfolds. If that triggers childhood memories of Blind Man's Bluff or picking up a stick and whacking at a piñata, I am here to alter your perception just a tiny bit. Yes, blindfolds are part and parcel of some childhood games. Adult games, too!

Think using a blindfold is a bit over the top? Then think about expressions of love and the actions that lead to lovemaking itself. Do you close your eyes when you kiss? How about when you hold the person you love? Do you make love in the dark or do you prefer some light? If you really think about it for a moment, perhaps a blindfold makes sense as a way to deepen, or heighten, an already intimate and pleasurable act.

Taking the visual out of the experience brings our other senses to the forefront. Imagine that you are making love to your man and that you are wearing a blindfold. He is kissing you. What does he taste like? Are his lips soft? If he strokes you, how do his fingers and hands feel? Are there calluses on his fingers from the work he performs every day? Is he using the palms of his hands as well? And if you touch him, does his skin whisper under your finger tips? Is it smooth or rough? Is his hair coarse or fine? And can you perceive his growing excitement by touch? By sound? Maybe even by smell or taste?

In the movie Nine 1/2 Weeks, Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger play a blindfold game involving taste, as he feeds her all kinds of different foods that she can't see. In The Three Musketeers, an adult game of Blind Man's Bluff enables Faye Dunaway to seduce Simon Ward.

So what will you do with the game? Why not splurge and use a designer scarf or necktie? Enjoy the feel of silk as your lover ties it over your eyes, and then guess where he will touch you first. Or next. Will he make you wait? Will he tease you with a feather, or perhaps apply lotion to his fingers first? Anticipating the unanticipated caress can bring the most delightful shivers you can imagine.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Great Expectations?

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. Albert Einstein said that. I’m not especially mathematically or scientifically inclined, nor am I prone to reading material on said topics, but I happened upon this quote. There was something inherently beautiful about it. More impressive were his sensitivity and romanticism. They surprised me. They moved me. And his words forced me to rethink the idea I had of him. I stopped thinking of him as just a science guy and thought maybe he was also someone who was maybe a bit romantic, too.

Lately, a lot of my ideas have been challenged. For example, I’m a single girl, and I’ve had this idea in mind of what men are looking for. I assumed that men were looking for the thin, busty blonde, who radiated confidence and sexuality. That is what they seem to admire, if you believe the cover of most of the men’s magazines…or beer commercials…or pretty much anything else marketed to the American male. And sure, there are a lot of men who would be happy to out take that kind of girl and fall madly in love with her ethereal beauty. I punished my faults and cursed myself for not living up to this ideal while getting irritated that this was what men wanted.

But this isn’t necessarily what men want. What I’ve noticed is that my faults matter so much more to me then they do to prospective suitors. To one person, the fullness of my hips and bottom were very feminine. To another, my bout of nerves at our first meeting on a blind date was wicked sexy. And to another, well, when we talked after going out a few times, he said didn’t remember me being all that plus size. It wasn’t that they were holding me to that unrealistic standard…it wasn’t that they couldn’t see what was good in me. It was that I expected these men, these nice guys, to want me to be something different than I was...and in reality, they liked who I was right then, at the moment when we smiled at each other.

Maybe this is a great way to start the new year…not with unrealistic expectations or goals that will fall by the wayside by February 1. Maybe 2009 will be more about being open and accepting with what already is than trying to change what doesn’t need changed. If I’m lucky, maybe I will find a few beautiful experiences of my own.