Why pay a high price for great sex?

Yes, it’s true, you can pay less for great sex.

As we reach the middle of November I’ve reduced the prices of my Highland Games erotica novellas, and they will remain at reduced prices until Monday 1st January 2018.

Not one, but each of the five will remain at the reduced price of 99p (UK), and 99c (US), and of course the equivalent in other currencies.

Why should I do such a thing?

I want to give erotica readers sex six weeks to buy into the Highland Games experience.

I accept firstly that there are many people, like me, who enjoy reading good erotica, but there is a considerable volume of badly-written, over-priced, short-length work out there. I’ve seen many an eBook of less than 60 pages with an asking price of a novel, which is simply greed. I don’t do greed, and I refuse to short-change my readers.

If you take the first of my series in the next six weeks, and don’t like what you see, you’ve only spent 99p or equivalent. If you do like what you see, you’ll have until Sunday 31st December 2017 to snap up the other four titles.

This is not a wham-bam, thank you, series which gives you the same thing five times over. I worked hard to produce an interlocking series with colourful characters and believable situations. I’ve delivered scenes depicting a wide variety of activities, and having seen what is out there, I’m confident my work will satisfy a lot of readers.

Treat yourself to the introductory book. What have you got to lose?

Oh, yes, I was forgetting … 99p.

Clicking on the main picture at top will take you to the erotica page of my author website. All titles have preview/buy options one click away.

Clicking on any of the individual titles will take you to the individual title page in this blog. Preview/buy option are one click away.

Perhaps you’re a curious reader, or you’ve read ‘steamy romance’ and wondered about going a step further? Go on, nobody will be watching … and you might even enjoy yourself as you let your inner voyeur have a little time on the outside.

If you do indulge, I’d really appreciate your thoughts, whether in a review on Amazon, or in a confidential message on my Contact page.

Thank you.

 

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Free Erotica

I’ve held back to show self-control, but I’m finally giving it to anybody for a weekend.

Highland Games – 1: An Erotica Novella is free over the weekend Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th October 2017.

This will be a one-off promo for the series.

Over the past couple of years I’ve kept quiet about my monthly freebie title until the weekend of the promotion, but for this one, I thought I’d try to generate interest before the event. I also considered that it might be so popular Amazon will have to prepare to deal with the massive demand for downloads. A guy can dream.

Why am I offering this book now?

The series was completed when I published Highland Games – 5 in September. I wanted to observe sales and reviews for a month before offering the first book for free. I can see from the figures that the series is being taken by readers, but sadly there is little going on regarding reviews.

What’s the problem with reviewing erotica?

It is not surprisingly one of the best genres in sales of eBooks, but at the other end of the scale for reviews. No longer do readers have to seat their erotica book inside another title while on public transport, or sitting in the staff room. On an eReader, the book being read is known only to the person holding the device – unless they tell somebody else. This means the genre can be enjoyed by anybody, but it doesn’t have to be camouflaged or wrapped in brown paper.

Some folk are not prepared to put their name to a review of erotica and a few reasons spring to mind.

  • Straightforward embarrassment. This is more especially a British trait, and no, I’m not being racist or biased – I’m British.
  • Friends or family might see the name on the review and take an interest in the review, even if they haven’t read the book.
  • The reviewer may have the desire to be open about their opinions on the story, but wouldn’t want anybody else to know what they enjoyed about it, or perhaps didn’t enjoy.

Do I review erotica?

Yes, when it’s not improbable or simply an excuse to write about sexual activity. Surprised? Why? Erotica writers should have reasonable standards, like those writing any other genre.

What constitutes an excuse in my opinion?

If the story takes us into a lab (or other scenarios) where a magical potion, food or drink changes a person’s sex, I stop reading. If there is no discernible story, I stop reading. If the book opens with sexual activity and there is a pause of no more than a paragraph before we are introduced to more of the same, I stop reading. If the activity would be physically impossible or involves unnecessary violence, I stop reading. Basically, for me, it matters not what the genre is, I expect if it is advertised as a story – it should be a story.

Do I contact other erotica authors?

I’ve read a few erotica tales which were going in the right direction but had issues in a certain area due to the author being too eager to move on (for whatever reason). I’ve contacted the authors concerned. I’m presently in touch with three other authors of this genre and one removed his titles to ‘improve’ them. There have been occasions when an author’s editing sessions have missed a character who has grown an extra hand, or a person changes their name during dialogue. You get the idea.

Apart from getting over the urge to ignore the offer, is there any other good news?

Yes, if you are tempted by the free book you will be in for a treat. I’m confident that anybody who reads the first episode will be sufficiently intrigued to buy into the series.

What’s so special about the series?

Apart from the subject matter and the exploration of sexual desire, the associated activities are presented to let the reader feel a part of the scene. You don’t think you have voyeuristic tendencies? Okay, put yourself to the test – check it out.

As you might expect, the first in the series is an introduction to a couple of the primary characters, but it also introduces the location in great detail. The ‘games’ mainly take place in a hotel, but there is a beautiful forest nearby. Besides activities in the great outdoors, the hotel is not like any hotel you’ve ever stayed in.

There are characters who appear in more than one of the books, and each of the tales is interconnected to at least one other.

Okay, the introductions are over and now it’s up to you if you want to get into bed with these characters …

Highland Games – 1 – Amazon Preview/Buy

(Free over 14th/15th October)

Highland Games – 1 – BookLinker Universal

(Free over 14th/15th October)

Books which don’t attract reviews tend to reduce the author’s credibility. My novel and short story collection in this genre have been well-received and continue to sell, which is gratifying. If I succeed in nothing else with this promotion, I hope to find out if I should continue with erotica or leave it behind (no pun intended).

I have had several positive private messages and emails from readers, but due to my personal rules on confidentiality … what is said to me privately stays private.

Whether or not you will be one of the brave and honest readers who will review, I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit.

Tom

The Climax

 

Highland Games – 5: An Erotica Novella is available. Yes, the final part of the series is waiting for you and it brings a blend of previously seen characters combined with some fresh flesh. Cheryl and her staff offer readers another warm welcome to the unique atmosphere and experience of the Highland Haven Hotel.

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The characters in the Highland Games series have been on a wonderful journey of discovery. I know, because I’ve been with them every tentative step of the way. Sometimes eye-popping, and occasionally mouth-watering, but my target throughout has been entertainment.

Have you been holding back?

Okay, I understand there will be many readers who might have had doubts about how long I might take to complete the series. There will no doubt be readers who prefer to have a complete series available before buying into it, and I am one of those readers.

What do you get if you pay to check in to the Highland Haven Hotel to meet the staff and guests?

It goes without saying that there is a lot of sexual activity, but I thought I’d mention it for clarity. One area in which I worked hard was to produce a continuing story. The most prominent characters, which includes staff and guests, appear in more than one part of the series. Don’t worry, it’s not repetition. I’ve meshed the tales together by using a timeline throughout. When a scene is used in more than one of the books, it is because it is observed by different characters.

Which erotica sub-genres are included in the series? 

Underpinning the activities are relationships because otherwise, it would be no more than a sequence of sexual activity. Apart from the emotional aspects of the individual stories you will find; heterosexual, bi-sexual, bi-curious, gay men, gay women, cuckold, mild BDSM, sissies, submissives, anal activity, sex toys, and a lot of voyeurism.

I would be grateful for feedback on the individual books or the series. It would be good to have reviews on Amazon, but I’d be happy to have any feedback sent to me here in my contacts.

On completion of this series, I’ve achieved a personal goal. Apart from my ‘regular’ writing, I have now fulfilled my desire to write erotica in a variety of lengths. A novel, a collection of short stories and a series of novellas is my baseline and I’ll continue as directed by my readers.

The Amazon – Preview/Buy links take you to your local Amazon, but there is no commitment to buy..

The BookLinker – Universal links will provide a link for those readers who for whatever reason cannot access Amazon.

Highland Games – 1                   Amazon – Preview/Buy                   BookLinker

Highland Games – 2                  Amazon – Preview/Buy                    BookLinker

Highland Games – 3                 Amazon – Preview/Buy                   BookLinker

Highland Games – 4                 Amazon – Preview/Buy                   BookLinker

Highland Games – 5                 Amazon – Preview/Buy                   BookLinker

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My author website where you can peruse all of my titles: Tom Benson – Author

Thank you for reading and taking an interest in my work.

Tom

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Coming Together

The characters are dressed, undressed or somewhere in between. The scenes are set and ongoing. Highland Games – 5: An Erotica Novella is in the final stages of editing and is scheduled for publishing in September. This final part in the series will introduce new characters and highlight how far a couple of the original characters have come.

When I started the Highland Games series I was confident of my ability to produce the five parts, although the level of work to interweave them was an unknown quantity. As the individual characters came to life for me they developed naturally. In the first of the series I was dipping my toe in the water with regard to one or two people, but I’m pleased to say that I’m now totally immersed in all of them.

Of all of the books I’ve written, I’ll be keen to see if this series takes off when all five titles are out there. Personally, I prefer to know that a series is ready to follow up before I read the first book. My own perspective will be justified if I see a difference in the fortunes of my Highland Games.

What may a reader expect to find in the conclusion to the stories?

As you might expect, there will be heterosexual scenes, but I believe those who read erotica are after that little bit extra. If you are among those numbers I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. You’ll find women with women, men with men, women acting like men and men acting like women in more ways than one.

Will there be any scenes with more than two characters?

Of course, and there will be my usual hints in advance of activities. One of the challenges I’ve enjoyed in compiling this series of interconnecting tales is the choreography; remembering to check who was doing what to who, and with what. For some readers, like the characters themselves, the climax of the scene is the goal, but the build up must be a well-constructed ingredient.

Where do I go from here?

I’m tempted to lay the groundwork for a new novel, possibly featuring characters who have come together in Highland Games. If I write a novel the Highland Haven Hotel would feature, but I’m sure there would be visits to the homes of one or two of the characters. Perhaps I’ll commit time to the project, or I might wait until some brave, or anonymous souls leave me a hint in their reviews regarding what to do next.

Over the next couple of weeks, you may rest assured I’ll be editing and polishing the conclusion. Reaching a satisfying climax is important, but as we all know, it’s those final touches that make the difference between good – and great.

Thank you for reading, and as always, any feedback is welcome. If you’d like to get in touch on any topics covered in my work or on the content of my site, please remember you don’t have to ‘go public’. If I receive a confidential message, it stays confidential.

Not long to go now …

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Alex is available ….

If you’ve already enjoyed a visit to the Highland Haven Hotel it’s time to book in again.

In Highland Games – 4: An Erotica Novella you will get to know Alex, and a few other characters intimately.

Is Alex a he, she or something in between?

Perhaps this is another character discovering their true sexual identity and desires while at the remote hotel in the Scottish Highlands. You’ll only find out if you read the story. Yes, it’s naughty, and there is the usual variety of folk getting it on together, but beneath it all, there is a story.

In this episode, a couple of characters from Highland Games – 3 make an appearance, and there is a strong hint of who will be coming in Highland Games – 5, the final tale of the promiscuous people who spend time in Cheryl’s place in the mountains.

You might want to get straight to Alex’s story instead of starting with the first tale, and who would blame you – Alex is a very open, friendly person.

The links to all of the series so far are here on my erotica website, and here is the direct link to the latest:

Amazon – Preview / Buy

BookLinker – Universal

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Alex is coming ….

 

Alex is coming, and so too are a variety of previously seen and new characters in Highland Games – 4: An Erotica Novella.

When I began writing the Highland Games series it was to attempt two ideas. The first was to write an erotica novella and the other was to create a strong foundation on which to build additional characters and stories with good locations and fresh, believable predicaments.

I’m presently performing final edits on the fourth story in the series, and I have to admit with Alex I found the longest and hardest part so far. Knitting together two stories is relatively easy, and adding a third which will interconnect takes more work. To make the fourth story slip in like a lubricated accessory has taken concentration, and a lot of effort.

The climax of the series will be Highland Games – 5, which is underway and all the characters are getting along famously. Many characters from the previous episodes will appear in the final tale, but rest assured there will be fresh flesh and more sexperimental shenanigans at the Highland Haven Hotel, tucked away up there in the Scottish Highlands.

Highland Games – 4: An Erotica Novella will be available in early July 2017, and my present target is to produce Highland Games – 5: An Erotica Novella by October 2017.

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The intention all along has been to produce a minimum of five volumes, but if the series proves popular when completed, I may supplement it with a novel or more novellas. As any reader of my erotica work will understand, I leave a lot of scope for expansion ….

If you’re reading the series I hope it’s going well for you, and a review would be appreciated.

As always, thank you for your time, and any comments.

The Rhythm Method

Yes, it’s all about prevention, isn’t it. You’ll be pleased to learn that prevention is the only connection between this post and the unrealistic contraception method.

give-take-150516When I wrote Give & Take: A Tale of Erotica, it was an experiment, like much of my writing tends to be. There are those who write nothing more than erotica, and there are others who write nothing like erotica. I’m working hard on this genre, because for me at least it’s more than scenes of sexual activity.

The novel is free on Amazon over the weekend 13th/14th May 2017. Amazon – Preview/Buy option.

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Having had generous feedback on my novel in the erotica genre I wanted to write more. I enjoy writing thrillers, romance, and short stories, but I had a yearning to do something different. It was at that point I thought of novella length stories.

I considered writing a novella, but figured it would disappear under the mountains of titles out there, purporting to be erotica. Next in my sights was the idea of writing three or four novellas, and maybe if one caught the imagination, the others would be picked up too.

No, there was something inherently wrong in believing a small group of individual stories would work, and then my lightbulb moment, my ephiphany.

Why not a series, but an interconnecting series in which a group of characters will cross each other’s paths? They would need to have something in common, apart from a sexual connection, and a run-down remote hotel in the Scottish Highlands was refurbished and became the Highland Haven Hotel, in my head.

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Where does the Rhythm Method come in?

I’m aiming to prevent failure of an idea. My first characters had evolved in late 2015 in short stories which were never completed to my satisfaction; my writing satisfaction. I wanted to write their stories, but make sure they clicked into place with the others.

Early in 2016, while I set up the characters’ first meetings, and the relevant scenarios it occurred to me to use the ‘diary’ style which has become a characteristic of my writing.

The difference in the Highland Games series of novallas would be the lack of a definitive year. I would create a workable timeline using days and months, and interconnect the books and scenes. My idea was developing, but my system was going to prove hard work unless I wrote something.

I wrote Highland Games – 1: An Erotica Novella, and published in July 2016.

highland-games-1-cougarThe rhythm method would have to be used from then on with the series. If I was going to inter-relate the stories, I’d have to write passages for each different book as the ideas came to mind. In effect, I’d write the series by spending time on one book, and then put it aside and work on another. By alternating between the novellas and my ‘regular’ projects I’d strike up a rhythm.

Although each book of the series would have a variety of characters, the individual tales would be focussed on one or two central characters, but drawing in scenes which involved others. Cameo roles would have a place in this multi-aspect story.

Where am I now?

Highland Games – 2: An Erotica Novella is out there alive and well. The central location is established along with several characters. In late May, or early June 2017, I’ll publish the third story which is presently in the final edits stage.

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Not surprisingly, both the fourth and fifth books are well underway and being built with new and existing characters, fresh scenes, and a lot of cross-referencing and care. My aim is to have the entire series available on Amazon by December 2017.

highland-games-3-bi-curiousShould you decide to visit The Highland Haven Hotel in my first novella, I hope you enjoy your stay, and perhaps return to it via the other books in the series.

As always, I thank you for your visit.

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