Men should read more women – says Booktopia’s John Purcell in this weekend’s Spectrum

Bernard BlackYesterday Booktopia’s John Purcell was featured in Spectrum, the nationwide arts lift out in Fairfax papers.

Did you know he was once the spitting image of Bernard Black? Have a gander below, and click on the link underneath to see the full article.

The road from literary snobbery to author of erotic fiction was a covert one for the creator of Emma Benson, Linda Morris writes.

For part of the 10 years he owned a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, John Purcell was scornful of his customers’ tastes in fiction. Purcell spent more time reading and writing his own opus than selling books, inevitably to the detriment of his bottom line.

When a customer walked in, he would try to dissuade them from buying the latest John Grisham or James Patterson thriller, substituting some worthier classic: a Dostoevsky, a Hardy or an E.M. Forster. Even Charles Dickens was once too popular for Purcell’s highbrow tastes.

Dirty secret: John Purcell wrote his first erotic story to impress a girl. Photo: Danielle Smith

Who would have thought this literary snob would one day reveal himself as the standard bearer of erotic fiction, that rather friendless genre of commercial women’s fiction? Purcell recently outed himself to The Australian Women’s Weekly as Natasha Walker, the reclusive author of The Secret Lives of Emma, an erotic fiction trilogy that followed Fifty Shades of Grey into the mainstream in the past year.

The Secret Lives of Emma series has sold more than 50,000 copies and last year made Purcell one of the best-selling debut authors in Australia. As head of marketing for Australian online bookstore Booktopia, Purcell has tracked a further kick in sales since his unmasking.

Don’t miss the full article at: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/interview-john-purcell-20130808-2rhby.html

Click here to buy The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy

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Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Natasha Walker

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling erotic romance author Natasha Walker.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Natasha: The date that isn’t a date. The date which begins with an accidental meeting – at a coffee shop, in a bookshop, on a train platform – a casual chat, an awareness of each other, an awareness of that awareness and then the parting. A parting which is interrupted by a return, and an exchange of numbers, a daring comment, a touch, a suggestion, an arrangement to meet later which is brought forward to now. The corner of a bar. A drink. Two. For courage. Hands shaking. Staring silences. Urgent need to leave the bar. On the street. Wandering. Talking. Bumping, touching. A kiss.
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The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings – a guest review by bestselling author Rachael Johns

Bestselling author and voracious consumer of romance Rachael Johns gives an insider’s perspective on The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings by Natasha Walker

Before I start, I must admit, I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey or any of the supposed spin-offs and had absolutely no inclination to do so. I read 100 pages of Grey because I thought I should – it sold bucket loads and as an author it would have been good research to work out why – but I honestly couldn’t go any further. Erotic romance has just never been my thing.  So, I’d never had any inclination to pick up The Secret Lives of Emma series either. There were just too many other books on my TBR pile. I like a hot sex scene as much as the next person in a romance, but I’m more there for the romance than the sex. Continue reading

Booktopia’s John Purcell appears on Sunrise

The true identity of one of Australia’s bestselling erotic authors has been kept a closely guarded secret, until now . . .

Industry rumours had been circling about intensely private author Natasha Walker since the 2012 release of the first book in The Secret Lives of Emma series until Booktopia’s John Purcell revealed Natasha Walker is a pseudonym and that he is the true voice behind this phenomenally successful series.

Q. Why did you publish under a woman’s name?

I chose a pseudonym to protect my family. The kids didn’t need to know. And I didn’t want to be known as that guy who wrote those dirty books.

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The Secret Lives of Natasha Walker – Author Identity Revealed!

Finally, the true identity of the author behind the bestselling Secret Lives of Emma series has been revealed, and if you’re a regular visitor to The Booktopia Blog, chances are you’ve read her work already. Or rather, his work…

Since the release of the first book in 2012, The Secret Lives of Emma series has been met with contention.  In a genre dominated by tales of submissive heroines and stolen innocence, The Secret Lives of Emma shone out, showcasing a strong, free‐spirited young woman. Readers were eager to hear Emma’s story, with more than 50,000 copies sold in Australia alone.

During heated debates over the morality of the heroine, intensely private author Natasha Walker stayed suspiciously silent however, leading readers, the publishing industry and the media to speculate not only on the subject matter but the author herself.

Now, finally, after international publishing deals, bestseller listings and countless reviews, the author is finally ready to reveal herself. Or rather, himself.

Because the woman at the centre of this scandalous series was written by a man. And not just any man, but one of Continue reading

Natasha Walker, author of The Secret Lives Of Emma series, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Natasha Walker

the Australian author of the bestselling
Secret Lives of Emma series

Six Sharp Questions

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1. Congratulations, on completing your new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you?

Thanks. Unmasked is the final book in The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy. At the end of book two, Distractions, I was a bit mean and left readers hanging right at the point where nothing was going right for my heroine, Emma Benson. In geekspeak – it was my The Empire Strikes Back.

I can’t say much about Unmasked. I don’t want to spoil it. What I can say is Emma ends up on the southern coast of Italy in midsummer.

Unmasked is my favourite of the three. It’s a happy ending. But only those who know Emma well can possibly predict what a happy ending for Emma means.

Click here to buy The Secret Lives of Emma : Unmasked from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

2. Time passes. Things change. What is the best and moment that you have experienced in the past year or so?

The past year has been completely bizarre. The best moment was getting a publishing deal. The worst moment was not being able to tell the whole world I finally got a publishing deal. For the sake of my family I decided to publish under a pseudonym. I was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist in 2012 and my proud mum can’t tell any of her friends!

3. Do you have a favourite quote or passage you would be happy to share with us?

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness – Bertrand Russell.

4. Writers have often been described as being difficult to live with. Do you conform to the stereotype or defy it?

I work full-time so all my writing is done at night, in the early hours of morning and on weekends. This can put a strain on relationships but thankfully, when I am writing I write quickly, in intense bursts of inspiration and so far have hit all of the brutal deadlines set by my publisher. (I’ve had three books published in under a year)

5. Some writers claim not to be influenced by the needs of the marketplace, while others seem obsessed by it. Would you please describe how the marketplace affects your writing (come on, tell the truth!).

The marketplace did not influence the writing of The Secret Lives of Emma but the publication of it was very much influenced by it. After the sudden initial success of Fifty Shades publishers worldwide were scrambling to publish other erotic novels as fast as they could. Luckily enough for me at that precise moment my agent had just read the draft of an erotic story I had written. The rest is history!

6. Unlikely Scenario: You’ve been charged with civilising twenty ill-educated adolescents but you may take only five books with you. What do you take and why?

Why would I want to civilise a bunch of adolescents? Age and responsibilities will civilise them soon enough. I’d prefer to keep them uncivilised.

If I really had to take some books with me I’d take – The Philosophy of the Bedroom by The Marquis de Sade, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. Though I think very soon they would be used to fuel the fire we made to cook the smallest of the group.

Natasha, thank you for playing

Click here to buy The Secret Lives of Emma : Unmasked from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

On the Delicate Art of Turning Boys into Men…

The US is going nuts for another new contemporary romance, On the Island. The set up is simple, a thirty year old woman and a sixteen year old boy get stranded on a deserted island together. The results are anything but simple. You won’t find tonnes of sex in this one. It is a real romance. There is however bucket loads of sex in The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings where a newly married thirty something Mosman woman seduces her neighbours’ hot eighteen year old son. The teacher and student theme resonates through both. Should these women be damned for what they do?

On the Island

by Tracey Garvis Graves

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a summer job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s holiday home in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation: a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having had cancer wasn’t bad enough, he now has to spend his first summer in remission with his family — and a stack of overdue essays — instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island.

There, Anna and T.J. must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter, but even once their basic needs are met, they encounter plenty of other obstacles — including the possibility, as the days turn to weeks and then months, that T.J.’s cancer could return. And, as T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man…

About the Author :Tracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and two children. She blogs at http://www.traceygarvisgraves.com, and can also be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and at facebook.com/tgarvisgraves. This is her first novel.

Click here to buy On The Island from Booktopia,
Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop


Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings

by Natasha Walker

BEGINNINGS….

Thirty-something Emma Benson is a free spirit. For her a good life means a life of sensuality.

So it’s a surprise to everyone when she marries David, a successful businessman, and settles down in the suburbs.

One year on, and she’s trying so hard to be loyal to her man. Not easy to do when you’re passionate and uninhibited.

But then, while sunbathing in her garden, her neighbour’s eighteen-year-old son appears. And Emma has found her new project…

She will be his perfect teacher…

About the Author : Natasha Walker is a Sydney based author who found writing her memoir confronting till she discovered the joys of fabrication. She can be found on Twitter @NatashaWalkerAu and at facebook.com/thesecretlivesofemma. This is her first novel.

Click here to buy The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings from Booktopia
, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop

Desperately Sensual – Kylie Ladd reviews THE SECRET LIVES OF EMMA: BEGINNINGS

To me, the trouble with the vast majority of erotica is twofold:

(i) the quality of the writing is far more disturbing than anything the protagonists might do to each other, literary merit not usually being the most lasting effect the author hopes to create;

and (ii) there are, to put it bluntly, only so many ways tab A can be inserted into slot B – or even slots B, C and D, simultaneously or in-turn.

As such, I’m not a huge fan of the genre, often finding it predictable, dull, less believable than the letters to Penthouse Forum, and worst of all, execrably written. It’s not that I don’t like smut, it’s just that I’d much prefer to serendipitously stumble across a nice bit of filth in a novel I am already engaged with, where the characters think and feel, and any slot/tab sightings are integral to the plot.

The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings has the potential to change all that. Natasha Walker’s debut novel is eloquent, measured and articulate, its tone – in surely a first for erotica – both wry and playful. More to the point, it’s dirty enough that Walker adopted a pseudonym to write the book, and readers may feel in need of a shower after finishing it, cold or otherwise.

Emma Benson is a 32 year old housewife, not so much desperate as desperately sensual, in thrall to her own carnal nature and, though she loves her husband, questioning her ability to remain faithful to him after less than a year of marriage.

Salvation comes in the form of 18 year old schoolboy Jason, who literally drops into her lap when she is sunbathing in her backyard one afternoon. Though tall, good looking and an accomplished sportsman, Jason is (surprisingly but conveniently) untutored in the ways of the flesh, something Emma sets out to rectify over the course of the book.

One of The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings’ most impressive achievements in this regard is how Walker establishes the sexual tension between the characters early in chapter one, then not only sustains, but mercilessly ratchets it up, for the remaining 250 or so pages.

After the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY phenomenon, it is refreshing to find a female erotica lead who is older, experienced and very much in touch with her sexuality. Quite deeply in touch, as some scenes reveal, but I digress. More interestingly, Emma, like her Jane Austen namesake, is intelligent, self-assured, forthright, scheming and definitely likes to get involved in the lives of her neighbours. Walker’s occasional asides through Emma’s eyes on the nature of monogamy or Australian politics or the particular private school type peculiar to Sydney’s north shore are witty and subversive, a delight to read.

Still, that’s not why you buy erotica, is it? Perhaps I should just say then that yes, the book is filthy, arousing, and features plenty of tabs and slots, with the two sequels to be released later this year and in 2013 promising even greater levels of depravity. Walker – and Emma – are women to watch. I predict The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings will sell like hot cocks. Sorry, cakes.

Read more about THE SECRET LIVES OF EMMA: BEGINNINGS >

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Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer.

Her essays and articles have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review, Etchings, O magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Medicine and Readers Digest, among others.

She is the author of LAST SUMMER and AFTER THE FALL.

Visit Booktopia’s Kylie Ladd author page for more details

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COMING IN OCTOBER 2012: Book Two

The Secret Lives of Emma: DISTRACTIONS

On the outside Emma Benson is a nice, respectable wife in the suburbs.

But on the inside she’s brimming with uninhibited desires – ones she occasionally can’t help acting upon…

Now, while on a relaxing break at a friend’s beach house, the seed of an exciting new fantasy has planted itself in her mind.

She loves her handsome husband, David.

She loves her beautiful best friend, Sally.

She will invite them both to come play in her secret, sensual world…

Click here to order 
The Secret Lives of Emma: Distractions

from Booktopia, Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

Natasha Walker, author of The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Natasha Walker

author of
The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings
and, coming in October, The Secret Lives of Emma: Distractions
two new erotic titles from the publishers of Fifty Shades of Grey

Ten Terrifying Question

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born, raised and schooled in Mosman on the lower north shore of Sydney. After completing the HSC at Mosman High School, I left Sydney and spent the next three years travelling and working in Europe. On my return, I went to Sydney University but I had been well and truly bitten by the travel bug and was soon off again.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve I wanted to be eighteen, and at eighteen I wanted to be thirty. I have always been in a hurry. I couldn’t wait for life to just happen. I had to help it along. Now, at thirty-two I just want things to slow down a bit. I still want to keep enjoying myself and trying new things, but I want to make each moment last.

3.  What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That one day I would find the perfect man. Since then I’ve met many perfect men. And hope to meet many more.

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

One story above all others influenced my development as a writer of erotic fiction, The Woman on the Dunes by Anais Nin. It isn’t the best erotic story I’ve read, or the most effective, but it was my first – I was then an impressionable sixteen year old and it made me want to read more erotica. I read all of Nin’s Little Birds and then Delta of Venus andtried to read her diaries, but didn’t get far. I watched the movie, Henry and June instead. Which lead me to Henry Miller. I loved that these writers were brilliant and highly sexed. Their intellectual activities turned them on just as much as their physical. They mixed great conversation, great sex, great writing, great food and great wine in one big pot and called it the good life. I wanted the good life, too.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I didn’t at first. I wanted to write a memoir, an erotic memoir. I had grand plans. I wrote many pages all at once. Two, three, four weeks of non-stop writing. It was crazy and exciting. When I felt I had captured something of the spirit of my early twenties I tidied up the scenes I’d written and showed them to my partner. He almost dropped dead. He could barely speak to me. And wouldn’t look me in the eye.  He was supportive, though, once he recovered from his initial shock and said I should keep writing. I knew then that for his sake, my parent’s sake and for the sake of those who shared in my adventures, I should probably fictionalise my past. And so I turned to the novel.

6. Please tell us about your latest novel, The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings…

I wanted to write an erotic novel which placed a woman firmly in the driver’s seat. Emma is confident, intelligent, fiercely independent and self-aware. She has lead a life pursuing knowledge, love, sex and the unexpected. For Emma, the most dangerous, the most exciting, the most erotic places are the most familiar – the spaces where she lives, where she works, amongst people she knows, under watchful eyes of her friends, her neighbours. It is here she finds herself bound and gagged by convention, fearing exposure, ridicule and condemnation. Everywhere she looks there are things she wants but mustn’t have. Breaking the rules is harder than it would seem. But, for Emma, the bird in the hand is not enough; she wants the two in the woods as well.

(BBGuru: publisher’s blurb – The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings is the first in a series of erotic novels that tap into our deepest, sexiest fantasies, from the publishers of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Thirty-something Emma Benson is a free spirit. For her a good life means a life of sensuality. So it’s a surprise to everyone when she marries David, a successful businessman, and settles down in the suburbs. One year on, and she’s trying so hard to be loyal to her man. Not easy to do when you’re passionate and uninhibited. But then, while sunbathing in her garden, her neighbour’s eighteen-year-old son appears. And Emma has found her new project…

She will be his perfect teacher…) Read an Extract

Click here to order
The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings

from Booktopia, Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

Of course, I want the reader to be turned on! I’d love for them to see that if they are ready and willing to face the consequences and accept personal responsibility for their actions they can have sex with any consenting adult they want to have sex with. We are no longer children, we should be allowed to take risks.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

I admire so many writers. I love strong female voices. Intelligent women. To the Lighthouse is a favourite of mine. As is The Song of the Lark. Oh, and I recently enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s How To Be a Woman.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

I would like one day to write that memoir. Sometimes you just have to get things said regardless of the consequences.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

What advice can I give? I write erotica.

Natasha, thank you for playing.

Follow Natasha on Twitter here

COMING IN OCTOBER 2012: Book Two

The Secret Lives of Emma: DISTRACTIONS

On the outside Emma Benson is a nice, respectable wife in the suburbs.

But on the inside she’s brimming with uninhibited desires – ones she occasionally can’t help acting upon…

Now, while on a relaxing break at a friend’s beach house, the seed of an exciting new fantasy has planted itself in her mind.

She loves her handsome husband, David.

She loves her beautiful best friend, Sally.

She will invite them both to come play in her secret, sensual world…

Click here to order
The Secret Lives of Emma: Distractions

from Booktopia, Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

In the Wake Of Fifty Shades Australian Publishers Reveal A Desire to Dominate : New Erotic Titles Tumble From the Presses

The book world sighs in unison. The dark matter of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has filled the void left by the dying star of paranormal teen fiction. Of course, publishers worldwide predicted this would happen.

Right?

Night always follows twilight. And it doesn’t get any darker than erotica. Makes sense. What we are witnessing is a natural progression from the muted, frustrated desire of teens to the perverse sexual expression of the unfettered adult.

But erotica isn’t new. Universal acceptance of it is. You might sit on the bus next to a woman reading paperback edition of Fifty Shades of Grey tomorrow and not even raise an eyebrow. A riot would break out if the man next to her decided to watch porn on an iPad, however.  A strange double standard, but understandable. Their are limits. I mean, there were. I mean, there are. I mean, who knows what people will think is acceptable in a year or two.

It’s only a few years since people thought The Bride Stripped Bare was too naughty to be seen reading.

Now everybody knows someone who has read or is reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Teachers, grandmothers, neurosurgeons, aunts, girlfriends, wives, Ellen, and mothers are all reading it. Millions, yes, millions of readers now know they like reading erotica. After they gobble down the Fifty Shades trilogy a large proportion of those readers will be on the look out for more.

Well, that’s where we come in.

We can get you more of what you want.

Australian publishers have been knocking down our door to ensure that their brand new erotica titles are on our site.

But are they all brand new? Two are, for sure.

Harper Collins Australia paid a fortune for the rights to mother of two, Indigo Bloome’s Destined to Play, the first of the Avalon Novels, and have rushed it into print. It will be available from the first days of July.

Random House Australia, the publishers of Fifty Shades of Grey, will publish Natasha Walker’s trilogy, The Secret Lives of Emma over the coming months. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings being the first volume. It will be available from 17th July.

Both of these titles are home grown originals and both publishers have high hopes for their success. And judging by the pre-orders for both, we feel they will not be disappointed.

Fifty Shades of Grey has lead the way. It has discovered regions of the reading world thus far relatively unexplored. This is frontier territory. Australia’s publishers will have to get their hands dirty if they want to stake a claim.


Destined to Play

by Indigo Bloome

Available 3.07.12

A 36-year-old psychologist specialising in visual perception comes to Sydney to give a series of lectures and meets up with Dr Jeremy Quinn, an ex-lover whom she hasn’t seen for years. After a few glasses of champagne in his luxurious hotel penthouse, he presents her with an intriguing offer: stay with him for the next 48 hours and accept two extraordinary conditions.

She knows he will challenge her every inhibition, but she soon finds herself seduced into a level of surrender – and danger – she could never have imagined .

Destined to Play is the first book in the Avalon trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk …and reward.

If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you will love Destined to Play.

About the Author

Indigo Bloome is married with two children. She has lived and worked in Sydney and the United Kingdom, with a successful career in the finance industry. Indigo recently traded city life with a move to regional Australia, which provided her with an opportunity to explore her previously undiscovered creative side. Her love of reading, deciphering dreams, stimulating conversation and the intrigue of the human mind led her to writing her first novel, Destined to Play.

Click here to order Destined to Play from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop


The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings

by Natasha Walker

Available 17.07.12

The first in a series of erotic novels that tap into our deepest, sexiest fantasies, from the publishers of Fifty Shades of Grey

BEGINNINGS….

Thirty-something Emma Benson is a free spirit. For her a good life means a life of sensuality.

So it’s a surprise to everyone when she marries David, a successful businessman, and settles down in the suburbs.

One year on, and she’s trying so hard to be loyal to her man. Not easy to do when you’re passionate and uninhibited.

But then, while sunbathing in her garden, her neighbour’s eighteen-year-old son appears. And Emma has found her new project…

She will be his perfect teacher… Read an Extract

About the Author

Natasha Walker is a Sydney based author who found writing her memoir confronting till she discovered the joys of fabrication.

Click here to order The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop


Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel

by Sylvia Day

Available 19.07.12

Bared to You by Sylvia Day is the first in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating – the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Our journey began in fire . . .

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness – beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily . . .

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds . . . and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart . . .

Intensely romantic, darkly sensual and completely addictive, Bared to You will take you to the very limits of obsession – and beyond.

About the Author

Sylvia Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels written across multiple sub-genres – contemporary, fantasy, historical, futuristic, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy – under multiple pen names: three! A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.

Click here to order Bared to You from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop


Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex

edited by Erica Jong

Available 26.06.12

“I need a little sugar in my bowl, I need a little hot dog, on my roll I can stand a bit of loving, oh so bad, I feel so funny, I feel so sad”. (Bessie Smith).

When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer. Susan Cheever talks about the excruciating hazards of casual sex, while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having carnal relations. In Everything Must Go, Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott’s sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women have rejected free love in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga. Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, Jong states in her powerful introduction the truth is – sex is life.

Contributors: Karen Abbott, Elisas Albert, J. A. K. Andres, Susie Bright, Susan Cheever, Gail Collins, rosemary Daniell, Eve Ensler, Molly Jong-Fast, Susan Kinsolving, Julie Klam, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Min Jin Lee, Ariel Levy, Margaret Magowan, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Daphne Merkin, Honor Moore, Meghan O’Rourke, Anne Roiphe, Linda Gray Sexton, Liz Smith, Jann Turner, Barbara Victor, Rebecca Walker, Jennifer Weiner, Fay Weldon, and Jessica Winter.

About the Editor

Poet, novelist, and essayist, the legendary Erica Jong—whose novel Fear of Flying opened eyes and broke down walls—offers us a provocative collection of essays about sex from some of the most respected female authors writing today. “Real Women Write about Real Sex” in Sugar in My Bowl, as such marquee names as Gail Collins, Eve Ensler, Daphne Merken, Anne Roiphe, Liz Smith, Naomi Wolf, and Jennifer Weiner, to name but a few, join together to speak openly about female desire—what provokes it and what satisfies it. In the free, unfettered spirit of The Bitch in the House, Sugar in My Bowl explores the bedroom lives of women with daring, wit, intelligence, and candor.

Click here to order Sugar in My Bowl from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop


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