St Leonards Salon

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Welcome to the St Leonards Salon. We meet once a month (women only) to discuss books, art, feminism, sexuality & more.  If you'd like to join us, email nicci@rudemagazine.co.uk. Throwaway fiction  Some interesting stats in the current issue of Mslexia... Apparently more than 22,000 books were left behind by Travelodge guests in the past year, an increase on … [Read more...]

Review – Nothing Ventured: A twisted tale of high tech & high heels by Salome Verdad

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The first line of this book made me laugh and sets the tone for the rest of it: "By the time that Ed found himself licking Amanda's shiny black boots, he was so far outside his comfort zone that he was no longer quite sure whether or not this was an unusual thing to do." Nothing Ventured is a boy meets girl romance with extras - BDSM and violence. Start-up founder Ed meets … [Read more...]

Five things being an erotic writer has taught me…

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Words: Clarice Clique   These are all simple but life changing things that I quietly suspect most normal people know inherently, but for me they were revelations that came to me through the process and exploration of writing.   1.      The power of the imagination I often get asked how much of my writing is inspired by own life. The real unglamorous secret is that for … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Fitness

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Words: Meryl Cubley We’ve all heard the research that indicates the infamous novel 50 Shades of Grey is responsible for the UK’s biggest baby boom in 40 years; but boutique gym and lifestyle centre, Sound Mind and Body, based in Newcastle, says it’s not just racy literature that’s getting people in the mood.   Regular exercise not only helps to manage weight, strengthen … [Read more...]

Female Sexual Fantasies – New Book

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Emily Dubberley is working on a new book about female sexual fantasies.  "I'm hoping to get all the research in within the next month (aiming for 1,000 fantasies from which to choose 100 for the book, along with quoting as many of the 1,000 as possible - and I've already got 14 in within three hours of posting it so hoping that should be attainable..." she says.  If you'd … [Read more...]

The Mucky Book Club – Review

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Words: Sophie Goodfellow The first thing to say is that the Soho Society Club is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever visited. It’s a charming bookshop and gallery, arranged to look and feel like a bohemian sitting room, and boasts a lovely bar area, with an equally lovely bartender Alex, who makes a killer Margarita. By the end of the evening, I had fallen in love … [Read more...]

Mslexia erotica survey

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Words: Nicci Talbot Mslexia magazine is running an email survey for a feature on women & erotica in their October issue. The questionnaire focuses on women's attitudes towards reading and writing erotica and porn. The topic was chosen by crime writer Val McDermid, who is guest editing the issue. All responses will be anonymous and it doesn't matter if you're not a … [Read more...]