ANNABETH, thank you so much for coming here today. It’s exciting to share good erotic reads with my readers! So, let’s get started shall we.
Erotica: A Journey of the Self
By Annabeth Leong
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I’ve always loved the definitions for erotica and romance laid out by Shayla Black in the introduction to Best Erotic Romance:
“Romance is a journey about people finding one another.”
“Classic erotica is one person’s journey to self-fulfillment through sexual expression and exploration.”
She then goes on to explain how the two blend to form erotic romance, but that’s not what I’m interested in here. Let’s stay on that definition of classic erotica for the rest of this post.
Untouched, my new release from Sweetmeats Press, is erotica. My main character, Celia, is on a journey to discover how to fulfill her sexual desires with other people despite the fact that she can’t stand to be touched. The story is Celia’s, and the resolution is Celia’s resolution.
Over the course of the story, Celia has several partners, but she falls in love with one of them, Eli Vargas. He’s a very charming man. One character tells Eli, “I suspect that if you wanted, you’d have me bent over the bathroom sink by now, calling you Daddy or Master or whatever you told me to say.”
For all his naughtiness, Eli is good for Celia in a lot of ways. He likes things about her that other people have shamed her for. He supports her sexual journey. But there are also ways that Eli and Celia can’t see eye to eye. They seem to reach an equilibrium that works for her, but he’s not happy. They tell each other they’re okay with certain arrangements, and then those arrangements turn out not to be okay.
In other words, they’re people.
When I’m reading or writing an erotic romance, however, I know that the form demands a certain shape to the relationship. The people involved are meant to be together, and the reader needs to be able to relax, following the twists and turns of the relationship with a sense of reassurance that it will all work out in the end.
For Untouched, I didn’t want to reassure the reader that way. Like many important relationships in my real life, it’s not clear what’s going to happen with Eli. It’s not preordained. But there’s something beyond that. This is still Celia’s story, first and foremost, and as an erotica book, there’s a way that it doesn’t matter what happens with Eli in the end. What really matters is how Celia changes, and what she learns.
I love reading and writing erotic romance when I’m in the mood for it, but I have to say there’s something deeply comforting in this other perspective. A relationship doesn’t have to be true love for life to be important and meaningful, and I’m glad there’s a genre that allows room to portray that.
Oh, and did I mention that this book is wall-to-wall, unrelenting filth? It means a lot of important things to me, and I poured a lot of philosophy into the book, but a clean excerpt from it is basically impossible.
The first woman entered the room. Party rules said that guests shouldn’t try to participate in a scene unless invited, so the woman didn’t speak to either Eli or Celia. Instead, she took up a position beside the door to the room and watched. The presence of an unfamiliar person added an edge for Celia, making her a little uncomfortable, and turning her on a little more than normal.
She could tell from Eli’s face that he understood exactly how the new arrival had affected her.
Celia redoubled her efforts, managing another inch of the enormous dildo she was working into her body.
As she took more of it, her cunt squeezed around it involuntarily. Celia couldn’t decide if her body was trying to reject the dildo or maximize its effect. Whatever the case, her cunt felt like a vise, nearly impossible to penetrate. She was half-impaled by the dildo, and at the thick point she’d reached, it really seemed as if it could support her weight. Celia couldn’t see how she could accommodate any more of it, much less imagine what that would feel like, when just a small portion of its length had made her feel so incredibly full.
At the same time, Eli swung into action, inviting the newcomer to stay in the room with them.
“What do you want me to do?” the woman asked.
“Touch him, please,” Celia requested. “Do it for me.”
Eli’s gaze burned into hers.
The woman giggled. “You do look a little busy.” She ran a teasing finger down the side of Eli’s face. It didn’t seem to bother her that Eli never took his eyes off Celia. “Where do you like to touch him? How should I do it?”
“I don’t touch him,” Celia explained. “I can’t. But he should be touched, so I need you to help me.” It was a struggle to speak. The dildo occupied so much of her attention. Her thighs trembled from the effort of holding herself up, and she wondered if she could afford to relax them. The unrelenting silicone pressed into her.
“Why can’t you touch him?” the woman asked. “Does he not let you?”
“I just can’t,” Celia said. “That’s the way I am.” She smiled at Eli, and her entire being relaxed, including her cunt. She opened to the dildo, and the angle and quantity of lube made it impossible for her to resist downward motion. Celia had no choice but to throw back her head and take it in.
Celia Lambent lives in constant conflict. Her sexual appetite is voracious, and yet she cannot bear to be touched. Untouched is a raunchy journey of voyeurism and discovery as Celia seeks the cause and cure for her condition.
Publisher site: http://www.sweetmeatspress.com
Untouched is also distributed in the U.S. by Consortium, and will be available at many fine bookstores.
Annabeth Leong has written erotica of many flavors. She loves shoes, stockings, cooking and excellent bass lines. Her work has appeared in more than 40 anthologies and counting, including Made for Hire from Sweetmeats Press. Visit her website, annabetherotica.com, or find her on Twitter @AnnabethLeong
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