Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wearing Sexy

I commented yesterday on Twitter that I had found my own private shoe hell. This past weekend, the last of my regular dress shoes I wear every day fell apart. Definitely not my best look. So, in a moment of inspiration, I decided to buy a few pairs sexy shoes instead of my normal, practical ones. And let me tell you…they are hot. Kitten-heeled, open-toed, strappy…I ran the gambit. They just look beautiful, and they require a perfectly manicured foot. And I think I have a bit more wiggle in my walk. Sexy.

But what I failed to remember is that such beauty comes at a price; comfort is sacrificed. Is it worth it? I posed that very question. Out of the responses I received, every last one of them said sexy shoes are worth it. Which led me to think, what else are we wearing that is sexy for the sake of being sexy?

Chances are, you have a piece of clothing, a pair of shoes, or an accessory that makes you feel like a goddess, that you wear simply for the fact that you know you are amazing in it. The little black dress, a tank top, and even a man's shirt can be hot…as long as you feel great when it's on.

I'm reminded of an afternoon I spent with a girlfriend. We had gone to a jewelry making class and were working on necklaces. I remember her sitting there, talking nonchalantly that she liked to make big, bold pieces because she felt really sexy when she was wearing only the jewelry. I'm sure I paraphrased her too concisely, but that was the gist of it. I can totally imagine feeling powerful and conquering my target if I was properly adorned.

In the scheme of things, I don't suppose it doesn't much matter what we wear, so long as we feel beautiful and confident in it. And that we smile. That just might be the sexiest thing any of us could ever wear.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Perfect Day

The wind is howling outside my window.
The smell from wild fires burning in the desert is carried far and wide.
The mountains in the distance are in a smokey fog.
A perfect day to stay indoors and write an erotic romance.
And a perfect day for you to read one too.
But then I guess every day is!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Googling a great kiss

I'm into researching for my blogs, as you have already guessed. So when I was moved to write another one for our site, I started thinking about kissing. And let me tell you, there are some fun websites out there dedicated to the art of kissing! I had no idea how many ways there were to explore—and more importantly, have fun—during a lip lock. Let me share a few that I liked best.

The Altoid kiss. You know that cool, tingly feeling you get when you pop an Altoid into your mouth? Imagine leaning in for a kiss from your beau and feeling that. Then, take a deep breath. Repeat.

The ice cube kiss. Even colder than the Altoid kiss. It involves holding a cube in your mouth until it is deliciously cold, then planting one on your partner that will send shivers down his spine. Not that you don't already.

The palm kiss. This is easily one of my old favorites. Kissing can be a sensual thing when it's done in an unexpected spot. Grab his hand, and gently turn it over until his palm is facing you. Plant a kiss right in the center. Or try the inside of his wrist. Or anywhere else the mood strikes you.

Now, granted, there were a few really bizarre and funny ones I found, such as acting like a cat, purring and rubbing against him before kissing him. And while my first reaction was to think how silly that was, I began to think that it is part of the fun. Being silly can create memorable moments, too…if you are with the right person…someone who appreciates a good joke and loves to laugh. And after the laugh, you can always scoop him into your arms and plant a good one on him.

I remain a strong supporter of the tease kiss. The one where you lean in, so close that you can feel each others breath on your lips. Then, you lean in just a bit further, making that last bit of an advance, before pulling back. No kiss. This one is guaranteed to make them crazy and pull you back for a proper lip-lock.

I'm looking for the perfect kiss. And I guess I'm willing to use Google to help me find ideas. But when it comes to a great kiss, nothing will ever beat primary, face-to-face research.

The first FIVE people to tell us about their perfect kiss will get a FREE PDF download of POWER PLAY by Anabel Blue. After you post your comment, send your e-mail address to admin@echelonpress.com.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Join Bridget Midway at The Leather Flea Market and Play Party!

Join me, Bridget Midway, Saturday, March 14th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Crucible club at 1816 Half Street, South West, Washington, D.C. for their bi-annual Leather Flea Market and Play Party. I'll be at the Phaze Books table on the upper level and signing copies of Love My Way, Fascination Street and Original Sin. For more information on this event, go to http://www.the-crucible.com/LFandP18.htm

Hope to see you there!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sweet Romance

In honor of Valentine's Day having come and gone, and spring imminent even with winter still hanging around, Angela is going to put aside her usual naughty behavior and spend a little time talking about romance. After all, it's romance that gets us where we all want to go, isn't it? But the definitions of romance are as varied as there are couples in the throes of it. So let's chat.

Sometimes romance has nothing to do with fancy dinners, expensive wine, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, or candles at the table. Yes, yes…these trappings can be very important for setting a mood. That's understood. But when you get right down to it, isn't the flush of romance–that wave of emotion that causes your heart to flutter and turn over when he looks at you, the giddy way you feel when he smiles from across the room, how your pulse races when he touches your hand or traces a finger down your face–the real magic in attraction?

Remember that cute boy at school and how it felt when he actually talked to you for the first time? I think the point of romance, at least for me, is to bring back that heady schoolgirl rush I felt every time my hopeful brown eyes met his mischievous blue ones when he looked up from his desk. I want romance to make me feel head-over-heels giggly when he says my name.

Lucky for me, my husband still triggers that reaction. Not all the time, of course: we aren't newlyweds any longer. But there is something to be said for a man who puts his arms around me when I've had a bad day at work. I love the way his eyes smile at me when I have good news to share with him. And no one can tell me that watching him pick up his newborn baby for the first time didn't make my heart melt.

No, I don't need him to court me with that fancy dinner and the candles, at least not all the time. Sometimes romance is just curling up next to him on the sofa, resting my head in that space between his neck and shoulder where I fit perfectly, and sharing his warmth while he reads and I doze off against him. So maybe tomorrow night we'll wrestle each other into a hot and wild frenzy. Tonight, a simple kiss and affectionate squeeze make up the pinnacle of true romance.

(But for Naughty Angela, read my story, School Ties! Buy it here: http://erotiquepress.com/direct/buy-erp-al-st.htm)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sex in Public Places- Would You...?

I'm a certifiable movie nut. And I (usually) have an uncanny memory for scenes that impress me one way or another. There was a scene in Woody Allen's 1972 film "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask", a sex-spoof made up of 7 segments. One of those segments, subtitled "Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching An Orgasm", which is Allen's spoof on Italian filmmaking, ala Federico Fellini. The segment follows an Italian couple (played by Allen and his by then ex Louise Lasser) ad they go from place to place, having sex, in public. It almost makes you nervous to watch, hoping they don't get caught. They are seen in an art gallery, a salon, on the balcony overlooking a grand evening party, and under the table at a fancy restaurant. (All goes well until a couple is seated for dinner at the table.)

The "worst" I've personally done is have sex in a public park in broad daylight. Well, under a blanket, not really an "all-the-way" kind of sex, but let's just say it was a mutually satisfying afternoon.

In my upcoming Erotique short "Sex Libris", a couple of college students get off in the campus library. Oops! Did I give it all away? Not by a long shot. You'll have to read it!

How about you? Where's the most shocking place you've succumbed to the pleasures of the flesh?

Anabel Blue is the author of POWER PLAY from Erotique Press. Visit her at www.anabelblue.com, or her blog at http://anabelblue.blogspot.com. Coming soon: SEX LIBRIS!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Making things hotter for you!

As the publisher, it is my job to make your shopping experience as pleasurable as possible. If you look at what we offer, you will see that we have some hot little stories.

In an effort to keep your eyes glued to us, we are in the process of revamping the web site and store for Erotique. What we would like to know is what can we do to make shopping at Erotique more satisfying for you.

Any one who offers a valid suggestion (making everything free is not valid) will receive a FREE PDF download of their choice from Erotique. So tell us what you think and read for free.

And don't forget to follow us so you can keep up with what's hot.

Once you have posted your comment, send an e-mail to admin@echelonpress.com

Karen Syed, President
Echelon Press/Erotique