Elodie Parkes takes over Some Like It Hotter today to introduce one of her two books for Valentine's Day, The Flower Box. Welcome back, Elodie!
Thank you for inviting me to the blog today with my new release romance books.
The Flower Box and Candy Hearts, are released very close together, February 7 and 14 by Hot Ink Press. Contemporary, erotic romance, and without my usual twist of paranormal, fantasy or magic, I’ve enjoyed writing these love stories. They are both Valentine’s Day oriented stories, but can be read anytime. Although they fit into the category of erotic romance, because the bedroom door is open, they are classic romance stories with happy endings.
The Flower Box (February 7) Novella
Alice longs for love. Oliver wants to give her flowers and candy until he thinks she has another lover. Will his jealousy drive him away from Alice or straight into her arms?
Candy Hearts (February 14) a Hot Ink Single
Tom found a new job, but can he find love?
Working in a surf coast hotel seems like the remedy for his previous unhappiness, but as Valentine’s Day approaches, Tom realizes he’s lonely, and looks around for someone to love.
What I write:
I write erotic romance for readers who want to see ‘behind the bedroom door’ buy erotic romance.
So what is erotic romance? It’s a love story, a story where there MUST BE a happy ending. It has graphic sex in the love scenes because they are part of the relationship development. It’s a story, plot heavy, but the sex scenes are so integral they need to be there. It can be any sub-genre of romance as long as it follows those guidelines. The characters are going to fall in love, and stay in love. The HEA must be there.
It’s a weird thing when you write contemporary, erotic romance and reviews pop up saying ‘A sweet romance,...’ Is that because my books are developed stories, with standout characters and arcs in the plot? The sex is graphic but so well-crafted into the love story they forget?
Sweet romance is also a genre. It’s romance with the bedroom door closed. My bedroom doors are open.
People do confuse erotic romance with erotica. Erotica is about the sex and emotions sometimes, not necessarily a relationship and it doesn’t usually have a happy ending, (or it needn’t have one as opposed to erotic romance that must) sometimes it doesn't have much of a plot.
Porn-according to Wiki is “Works of pornography consist of sexual acts without a plot line.”
What’s hot about The Flower Box?
- he’s not afraid to admit to Alice that he finds her irresistible
- he’s very sexual and physically strong
- he’s centered, happy with what he does
The story is about two people who could pass you on the street. You might look at Oliver because he’s gorgeous, you might look at Alice because she’s pretty and has an aura of sadness to begin with, but they are real people. Their jobs are not unattainable. There’s no billionaire Cinderella story here. It could happen to you.
Today we have Oliver and Alice from The Flower Box
Alice: Hi, thank you for inviting Oliver, and me. It’s going to be such fun talking with you.
So let’s start.
Elodie: Alice, would you like to tell the readers about how you and Oliver met?
We met on the high street in the shop I work in didn’t we Oliver?
Oliver: We did meet face to face then, but I’d seen her before. I liked her as soon as I saw her. That was before we actually met. I’d seen her around shall we say. I don’t want to give spoilers.
Alice: That’s true, but I wanted you right away. I could hardly take my eyes off you and watched you walk away up the street.
Oliver: Did you? I didn’t know that. I’m pleased.
Smiles. He leans across and kisses Alice, then keeps hold of her hand.
Oliver, can you describe when you first knew you were in love with Alice?
Oliver: It was weird for me. I couldn’t admit it to myself. When I thought I was losing her I realized. I think Alice loved me right away. Did you Alice?
Alice: I knew I wanted to make love with you, but I felt such a strong attraction to you I think I might have loved you right away. Then I knew the first time we made love, it was sex that turned into making love. For me anyway. Although I liked him the moment I saw him, in the flower shop. I wanted those arms around me right away.
Elodie: She leans across and kisses him this time. I better ask another question since now they are starting to get a little heated. What’s one thing you might have changed about your story?
Alice: Nothing, since it’s the real story. Although I’ve never been happy with my name, and that I’m not very tall. I would have liked a more exciting name, but I know the author wanted a name that could belong to anyone. There are so few ‘Storms’ around. (smiles)
Oliver: Your name suits you. You’re pretty and sweet. As for me changing the story, I can’t think of anything that isn’t the real story.
Elodie: So what’s hot about the story?
The steam rises from the love scenes.
I think the way Alice responds to me is great.
I think it’s the way you talk dirty to me.
Oliver: Do I?
Elodie: Now Alice is stroking his arm, okay time for an excerpt. How about you both choose a snippet from the book to share?
Alice: It has to be a hot scene for me, what about you Oliver?
Oliver: I think so, the hotter the better. (Grins)
Excerpt from The Flower Box 18+ rated
Alice took him down the narrow alley that led to the back of her shop. Halfway down there Oliver stopped. He guessed she was taking him home to bed, but the kisses they’d shared ignited a need in him that was surprising. He had to kiss her again right then.
Alice turned to him as he stopped walking. The small white walkway lights shone on her hair.
Oliver’s cock stirred as he pulled her close. He found her mouth and grazed her bottom lip with his as he closed his eyes. He pushed her back against the wall, then took her hands and held them down locking his fingers with hers. He slid his tongue against her lips until she opened her mouth. The feel of her hips against him made him sigh. Oliver kissed her as his cock hardened and strained against his jeans. He pressed the hard column against her stomach.
Her moan reached his ears as he kissed down her neck.
He wanted to suck her soft skin and feel her pussy around his fingers. He let go of her hands to lift her skirt.
She pressed her neck against his face as he sucked.
He pulled her skirt up around her waist and kissed up to her ear. “I want you,” he whispered into her ear and she gasped. Oliver pushed her pantyhose down around her thighs. He kissed her lips, and felt her part them to moan as he slid his hand between her legs. She was wet and his cock jerked. His breath came in short gasps as he pushed two fingers into her pussy. The feel of her inner muscles around his fingers sent a spike of sensation through his cock. He thought he’d come right then as his hips thrust in response to her opening her legs wider for his hand. He murmured against her mouth. “You feel so good. I can’t wait to get you home.”
Alice kissed him. “Let’s go. I’m desperate for you.”
Her words made his cock leak. He wondered if he could make it to her car. He took his fingers from her pussy and lingered with his fingertips against her clit.
She held his shoulders and kissed him hard.
Oliver took his fingers from her clit and rested his face against hers. “Sorry, Alice, does anyone else use this path?”
Her voice was low as she answered against his cheek. “Not usually.”
He hugged her. “That’s good.” He moved from her.
She made a little sound as he pulled her pantyhose up.
He held her face and kissed her tenderly. “Let’s go.”
Buy link: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=
About the author:
Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy, cool stories and hot love scenes.
Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.
She has also released titles as an individual indie author.
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