Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Elia Winters and her story Combustion!
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Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.
Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.
Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life. In addition to her website, you can also find her on other sites.
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I asked Elia Winters, “How did you get your start in writing and what fuels you to continue?” and here is the response.
Like most authors, I started writing when I was very young. When I was fifteen, I wrote my first novel, a mostly-terrible novel-length Star Wars fanfiction. A year later, I wrote my second novel, a less-terrible novel-length Star Wars fanfiction. After that, I began branching out into original characters, but I stuck with novels. The stories I had to tell, it turned out, were too long to be short stories.
While I was crafting novels, though, I was also writing sex drabbles. These single-scene pieces of plotless smut were my first step into erotica and erotic romance. As my novel-writing skills grew, so did my sex-writing skills. My foray into erotic romance was all but inevitable, but it wasn’t a direct route. I began participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2001 and have participated every year since, writing a variety of different genres. Even though I edited and tried to publish novels, it wasn’t until I wrote Purely Professional for NaNoWriMo 2010 that I knew I’d written something good enough to sell. That became my first published novel.
Since then, I have released two other books: Playing Knotty and Combustion. I’m currently finishing a new novel, Keeping Score, which will be the first book in a series. I’m fueled to continue by the love of writing itself: as an author of geeky, kinky romance, I have a lot of fun putting my books together. To be honest, I’m also fueled by the hope of someday becoming a household name in erotic romance, at least in those households that actually talk about erotic romance. Until then, I’ll keep writing! Even when it’s a lot of work, it’s too much fun to stop.
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A war orphan, Astrid Bailey is content living her adult life alone, working as a contract machinist. Her real passion, though, is inventing felicitation devices that promote women’s sexual empowerment and help them find pleasure independent of a man.
The upcoming World’s Fair, with its substantial cash prize, is an opportunity to open the shop she’s always imagined and hopefully solve her financial woes. Except the committee has denied her entry unless she obtains a “sponsor”. Astrid suspects they mean “male”.
Eli Rutledge, noted watchmaker, knows entering the fair will solidify his reputation as an innovator —but he’s fresh out of ideas. Until Astrid approaches him with her outrageous product line. With no other options, though, he agrees to lend her his good name.
As construction heats up, so does their chemistry—and the complications. Astrid is unaccustomed to asking for help, much less sharing credit. And Eli fights an attraction that could spell professional disaster. As the Fair date approaches, Astrid and Eli must decide how far they’ll go. For the business…and for each other.
Product Warnings Contains period-appropriate graphic language, highly inappropriate amounts of M/F and F/F sex, and copious amounts of *ahem* product testing. May *ahem again* “spark” an online shopping binge for *cough* toys. Of the adult variety.
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It was a plain brass cylinder, as far as he could tell. What was it, some kind of lipstick or face paint? He held it up to the firelight, puzzled, and finally handed it back to her. “I don’t understand. This is your invention?”
“Yes.” And she spun a dial at the bottom of the device.
Eli jumped when the small device began to hum, vibrating intensely in her hand. All right, so it did that. This still didn’t make much sense. Then, Astrid reached up and touched the tip of the cylinder to his collarbone, right where the white collar of his shirt met the lapel of his coat.
He twitched away. “Wait. That’s…” His voice trailed off as she moved the bullet back and forth along his neck, then to the other side.
“Nice?” Astrid didn’t look away from his eyes, her very gaze challenging him to pull back, to call her on her inappropriate behavior. The problem was, her actions felt so good that he had no intention of stopping her, propriety be damned.
“Very nice.” His voice sounded breathless in his own ears. Astrid reached up to run the device along the back of his neck, wrapping her arm up and over his shoulders, bringing her body very close to his. He was losing his focus, his entire thought process swept away into her flowery smell and some very improper thoughts about what she might look like under all those clothes.
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Elia Winters, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤