Sunday Snog: Smoke and Mirrors

I figured I’d go back to an older release for this week’s Sunday Snog – my erotic horror collaboration with Fleur T. Reid, entitled Smoke and Mirrors. In our twisted little story, our hottie hero travels through the horrifying world beyond the circus funhouse’s mirrors, and finally finds the heroine he’s been searching for – the sexy knife-thrower, Lady Stiletto.

“You’re not a reflection.”

She stopped her spinning and stared at him, hope and insecurity mingled on her face. Tears shimmered in her eyes, but didn’t fall.

“You can’t know that. I don’t even know that.”

“I think I can.” Before he could stop himself, Max reached out for her. Lady Stiletto flinched, bringing the knife up to protect herself, and he shook his head. “I’m not gonna hurt you, I promise.”

“You’re an illusion.” Now, the tears began to fall. She stepped back, her knife held out defensively. “He sent the freaks, first. The monsters. The ones that have been here a long, long time and…changed. The ones who kill, but they never killed me. I don’t think he wanted them to…so they didn’t. Then came the crazy ones…the ones who stumbled through yesterday or last week or last year and never found their way back. That’s what I’ve become. Crazy, crazy Lady Stiletto. I don’t even remember who I was before that.

“And now he’s sent you… Someone who seems real, who might be able to rescue me, who might actually care…”

“He?” Max asked softly.

“The Ringmaster. Told us never to go into the funhouse, told us never to stray, but I knew he was bad inside, knew you were right, and I didn’t know what to do, so I went in and he…”

“I know.” Keeping a wary eye on the knife in her hand, Max edged closer. “But I’m not one of his freaks, and neither are you. I’ve seen reflections of you, but you’re different. You’re real.”

When she pressed the knife to his throat again, he didn’t flinch. Instead, he slowly raised his hand and wrapped it around her wrist. “You’re real. I’m real. Okay?”

He felt the edge of the knife bite into his skin and, as a trickle of warm blood ghosted down the skin of his throat, he gave her a steady, sincere gaze; never faltering, willing her to believe him—to believe in him.

I’m bleeding. I’m flesh and blood, like you. I’m real.

She held out a second longer, pressing the blade harder against his throat as she searched his face with a vulnerable hunger. Then she let the knife fall to the ground and buried her face in his neck, trembling.

Max wrapped his arms around her tightly, murmuring reassurances into her hair. The relief he felt at having found an ally was profound, but his attraction to Lady Stiletto was growing by the second, and she sensed it. Without pulling away, she slid a hand down between them.

He twitched and tensed as she cupped his cock and balls through his jeans, and felt himself getting harder in her palm. “It’s been seven years since I’ve touched a man. I’ve missed it.”

Max knew he should keep focused, knew she probably wasn’t playing with a full deck anymore. But the way she felt against him was too good to ignore, and he tilted up her chin to press his lips to hers. Lady Stiletto responded with a warm, lustful kiss that sent an extra jolt to his cock, and he slipped a hand up under her tiny skirt, needing to check she really wanted him, that she wasn’t just another reflection.

It had been so strange when he’d made love to a dream of her, had almost fucked a reflection of her; but this was different. She was real. She was a warm, sweet weight in his arms, and he breathed in the scent of her, feeling he needed it more than he needed air.

Even through the material of her panties, he could feel she was aroused. His fingers met damp heat, and she moaned as he rubbed his fingertips over where he guessed her clit would be. “This is real,” he whispered against her lips, and she nodded, taking his hand and pulling him over to the large heap of cushions in the corner of the room.

 

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Erotic Horror Story Smoke and Mirrors – Out Now!

Yay! My collaboration with Fleur T Reid, Smoke and Mirrors , was released yesterday. It’s part of the Scared Stiff collection (classy title, I know!), and if you buy it from Total-E-Bound’s website, you’ll be entered into the draw to win five ebooks of your choice.

Writing with Fleur was such an awesome experience… and I’d just like to blame all the really screwed up parts on her. No doubt she’d say the exact same thing about me, though, so I’ll leave you to decide who’s lying… 😉

When the circus comes to town, what will you see on the other side of the mirror?

Max has always been able to see things that aren’t there…or perhaps his visions show people’s true natures, in their reflections.

When he visits the circus one night, the last thing he expects is to fall in lust with the sexy knife-thrower, Lady Stiletto. But when he follows her into the funhouse – and into the hall of mirrors – they are both sucked into a warped and twisted world where time moves differently and nothing is what it seems…

Can Max find Lady Stiletto and save her from the madness of the mirror world? Or will he find only an echo, driven mad by the carnival of horrors they’ve been plunged into?

Paige Turner on Collaboration

My co-author and awesome friend, Paige Turner, is guest blogging today about our erotic horror short, and collaboration in general. I can also really recommend her debut novella, Temporary Trouble, because I’ve read it and it’s amazing!

Over to Paige:

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Thank you to the lovely Amy Valenti for inviting me to guest blog with her to promote my new release, Temporary Trouble. It’s available for pre-order here.

If contemporary ménage with a dollop of funny and a smidgen of kinky isn’t your cup of tea, Amy and I are collaborating on a creepy story for submission to Total-E-Bound’s Scared Stiff collection. It’s a learning experience.

For example, I have learned that I should not write horror stories after dark, unless I want to spend the next few hours in a state of terrified sleeplessness, convinced that something ghastly is going to leap out and eat me.

But I’ve also learned about collaboration. It’s a slightly strange process. I’m so used to having complete control of my stories, knowing in advance, more or less, where the story is going. While Amy and I did thrash out the plot before we started writing, she still manages to take the characters in directions I would never have anticipated.

It’s awesome. It challenges me out of my comfort zone and makes me really stretch my imagination and experiment with scenarios I would never have come up with by myself.

German composer Klaus Schulze said, “As always in a musical collaboration: You have to like each other. As simple as that.” Tom Clancy, on the other hand, holds that, “Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.”

And there you have Amy and me in a nutshell – we like each other, and we’re interested in unnatural acts. The first makes for a successful collaboration. The second, hopefully, will make for a thoroughly creepy and very hot read.

Do you like to collaborate, or do you prefer to keep complete control over your characters? Let us know in the comments!

Scared Stiff!

So, today I’ve been hashing out the plot of an erotic horror story with my dear friend (and fellow TEB author) Paige Turner, for the ‘Scared Stiff’ anthology that’s due out in spring 2012.

The trouble with putting two horror buffs in this situation is that a LOT of scarily screwed-up plot points are born! Hopefully we’ll be able to make sure there’s a healthy dose of erotica in there, too, along with the disfigured mermaids and carnival freaks…

Watch this space for more updates on my first erotica collaboration/possible anthology story!