Every now and again, an anthology comes to my attention which seems so full of hot promise that I keep mistyping the mobi-to-Kindle email address. Chemical s[EX]2 is such an anthology. The central premise—couples getting hot and heavy after consuming aphrodisiac chocolate—might seem narrow, but there’s a wonderful variation in tone and situational approach.
Told it you it was promising 😊
Beast (by Angora Shade) took me on an unexpected journey of a brat trying to camp, expecting her good-for-nothing boyfriend to make an appearance and congratulate her on her new-found outdoorsyness. The consumption of the chocolates they were supposed to enjoy together takes the story off in a ragingly hot direction that I didn’t see coming. No spoilers!
Oleander Plume’s opening story ‘The friend zone’ addresses, as the title might suggest, the beloved scenario of two long-term buds who find the attraction becoming impossible to ignore in the heat of the moment. The dialogue feels very real and fluid, and I could relate to Marnie’s exasperation with take-it-as-it-comes Vince as much as I could relate to his deep-seated need to say what he felt about the job he’s doing—one painstakingly arranged by Marnie, of course.
Mischa Eliot’s ‘Because she hates me’ dissolves the boundaries of badass Kerry and hapless Nora’s roomie relationship to extremely hot effect. I have to confess that F/F erotica isn’t something I personally seek out, but this story got me seriously hot under the collar anyway. That is QUITE a feat, in my eyes.
F Leonora Solomon’s ‘Team Building’ breaks down seemingly impenetrable boundaries between colleagues. Do not read this one until you’re actually hungry. The author clearly has a refined palate. The food descriptions had me lunging for the far less sophisticated bag of giant chocolate buttons in my cupboard within moments of the eponymous team sitting down for a cheese and wine night.
Ria Restrepo’s contribution ‘Elevator Confidential’ is eye-wateringly good. Trapped in an elevator with her secret crush and some aphrodisiac chocolates, Jackie’s bad day turns delicious. Walden may be her father’s friend and business partner, but how much temptation can he endure before succumbing to both their forbidden desires? What happens between them is dirty, decadent, and strictly confidential.
Yes, all the stories approach the same point; experimentation with the devilishly effective chocolates developed by Acme. Yet there’s no sense of Groundhog Day when working through the collection of stories. The voices are distinct, as are the personalities and the situations which bring the characters to the point of tasting that first choc. Perhaps most vitally, all thirteen authors are accomplished at building powerful levels of anticipation. There’s also a lively sense of humour to be enjoyed. The writers take their craft very seriously, but leave plenty of room to enjoy themselves.
As is my inclination, I do like to flag down the writers involved in collections I’ve particularly enjoyed, and today I’ve roped Ria Restrepo, author of ‘Elevator Confidential’, into an interview designed to plumb the depths of her soul.
Ria, welcome to my wee blog. Got a few questions to put to you, if that’s okay?
Absolutely! I’m honored to be on your blog and thrilled to talk about Chemical [se]X 2: Just One More. Thank you for having me! I can’t wait to see how deep this gets—and maybe a little frightened.
How did you get involved with the Sisters of Smut, the imaginative fiends behind this superb collection? I’m quite jealous, actually. I aspire to be a smutty sister myself one day.
I first became acquainted with the lovely F. Leonora Solomon because we were both in the anthology Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica. Then later, I saw the first volume of Chemical [se]X advertised on Twitter. I thought it sounded interesting, so I bought a copy.
I thought it was all kinds of awesome, particularly the story written by Oleander Plume about scientists that create aphrodisiac chocolates, which inspired the anthology. I wrote a rave review and shared it on Twitter. That’s how I became acquainted with the amazing Oleander Plume.
Sometime after that, she held a contest based on a rather unusual list of writing prompts. I picked the prompt “hot sex in a rickshaw” and entered a story called “Rickshawing with Rick and Shawn.” The story didn’t win, but Oleander and F. Leonora loved all the entries so much that they decided to put together an anthology called Prompted. Unfortunately, it never came into being.
When I emerged from a hiatus due to personal reasons, I became active on Twitter again and saw that Oleander, F. Leonora, and a group of talented erotica writers had formed the Sisters in Smut. Oleander sent me an email, telling me that she and the other Sister in Smut were putting together a Chemical [se]X Volume 2 and asked me if I’d like to contribute a story. I was beyond flattered and immediately said, “Yes!”
It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done—not just because I got another story published. But because I got to meet and work with an outstanding group of women who are incredibly supportive and encouraging. I feel privileged to be among them.
How long have you been writing for publication? Sorry to be so specific—I think most of us who get as far as sending stories off to anthology collections have probably been writing since we were young. I want to hear your story. You’ll be forgiven for leaving out the parts where you had to stop being marvellous and go to the restroom.
I’ve been writing for publication since 2000, but I started writing well before that. Initially, I was mostly writing romance, but also tried my hand a literary fiction and political humor.
I really didn’t have a knack for literary fiction and only had a couple stories published in an anthology of local writers under my given name.
For a while, I wrote a rather silly parody series for a website called the Democratic Underground, also under my given name.
I also won a round-robin contest on Harlequin’s website and, for a while, my Chapter 5 of A Touch of Scandal was up on their website. It may still be there for all I know.
I’d read that Harlequin was launching a new chic-lit imprint called Red Dress Ink, so I sent them a partial manuscript. To my astonishment, they requested the complete manuscript. That was the first time this had happened and I was beyond elated. I sent it to them and waited, and waited, and waited some more.
Like the novice writer I was, I sat on my laurels instead of getting to work on the next manuscript. During this waiting period, I discovered the erotic story site Literotica. I loved the dirty stories, but noticed that most were poorly written.
They had a volunteer editor program, so I volunteered and started working with several writers. I actually thought it might be good writing karma helping other writers out. Actually, I did learn a lot from editing other people’s work.
After a while, I thought I should write some erotica of my own and entered a story into Literotica’s National Nude Day Contest. It didn’t win, but it got a high rating and a lot of positive feedback.
One of the writers I was editing for introduced me to the Erotica Readers and Writers Association and I kind of felt like I found where I belonged. I wrote more erotica and had some successes here and there.
By the way, Red Dress Ink ultimately passed on my manuscript. I was disappointed, but seemed to have some aptitude for writing erotica so that’s what I was mainly focused on.
For a while, I was editing for a small e-publisher. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, the situation ended poorly. I wasn’t certain if they’d badmouth me to other publishers, so I abandoned the pen name I’d been using.
Eventually, I started over as Ria Restrepo and had some early successes with “Undercover Desires” in Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica and “Restitution” in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1.
Again, I took some personal time off from writing, then came back and had “Eminent Domain” accepted in The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Volume 3, which came out on May 24th. Being invited to write a story for Chemical [se]X 2: Just One More was icing on the cake.
So that’s where I am now and I feel incredibly lucky that my writing seems to finally be moving in the right direction.
Just out of interest, who would you hire to narrate your work (or life story) on Audible? For the purposes of this inquisition, please assume that you have a bottomless budget and that Morgan Freeman isn’t available.
I was going to say Rose Caraway, but then realized she probably will be narrating “Eminent Domain.” That’s a really hard question. Okay, I’ll say Meryl Streep. I love her and she has awesome range.
I was really impressed by the speed at which Walden and Jackie get into the thick of things in your story. They don’t hang about, but the speed at which they give into the mutual attraction is still ludicrously credible.
And here I thought there was a rather long build up before they get hot and heavy. I love that you found it credible, though. It’s a tricky road to walk, trying to write hot sexual fantasies, but still make them believable.
Walden is very appealing—even with his ability to remain unfeasibly calm in the face of Jackie’s need to jump up and down and throw things. Is he by any chance based on an annoying unflappable gentleman of your acquaintance? And if so, have you throttled this gentleman yet?
Nice try, but no comment. Although, I will say that if I was lucky enough to know someone like Walden, my first impulse would not be to throttle him—even if I was seriously irritated with him. I’d like to think I’m more creative than that.
Have you ever sampled anything which is known to be an aphrodisiac? Feel free to silence me with harmless, non-aphrodisiac chocolate if that’s just far too nosy.
No, I’ve never used recreational drugs of any kind. It’s just not my thing. However, if there really were aphrodisiac chocolates, I might give them a try under the right circumstances.
Actually, I think chocolate in and of itself might have some aphrodisiac qualities—at least psychologically. In which case, I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate in my life and found it highly enjoyable.
I love the idea of an Un-Valentines Day party. I’ve been to a couple which were less formally named (‘Foul fourteenth’, if I recall), and the top subject was the rise in restaurant prices for that one day each year. What was the most extortionate meal you ever remember eating out, and did you manage to evade contributing towards the bill?
I completely made up the whole “Un-Valentine’s Day” thing. Maybe I saw it somewhere and it stuck in my subconscious. Mainly, I think the idea developed from “un-birthday,” which was mentioned in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.
I’ve only been to expensive restaurants a few times with family. Thankfully, someone else picked up the tab. And I promise I didn’t order the most expensive thing on the menu.
Finally, do you have upcoming publications in the pipeline? Or any other hot wee stories that you’d like to use this moment to promote? If so, promote away!
As I already mentioned, “Eminent Domain” came out on May 24th in The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Volume 3. I probably shouldn’t go into specifics, but it’s basically about a good girl getting even in the naughtiest way possible. I’ll add that a Maserati and a biker are involved.
There’s another story that I may have some good news about after July, but I can’t officially talk about it yet.
Otherwise, after things settle down a bit, I plan to get back to work on an erotic romance novel—that seems like I’ve been writing forever—called Bounty Girl. It’s about a submissive bounty hunter engaging in a titillating game of cat and mouse with her ex-Dom.
I wish you all the very best with that project and hope it comes into fruition before too long so that I can snaffle a copy. Right, a few notes about Ria herself…
Ria Restrepo may appear to be a mild-mannered bookworm who drinks too much coffee and spends most days tapping away on her computer. But beneath the quiet exterior lurks a filthy-minded sex kitten with a lurid and lascivious imagination. Writing erotica, romance, and all the shades in between, she truly enjoys entertaining readers with stories about strong women exploring and celebrating their desires—especially when they involve dominant men with a sensitive side.
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Even as hungry as she was, chocolates that fine were to be savored, not scarfed like M&M’s. She brought one of the tiny cocks to her mouth and filled her lungs with the enticing aroma. Unable to wait any longer, she sunk her teeth into the hard, outer shell—only to be surprised when filling spurted out. Giggling, she used her free hand to capture a runaway stream of sticky sweetness before it dripped off her chin and ruined her favorite red silk blouse.
Jackie admired the wicked brilliance of filling naughty chocolates with white cream. Before any more of it oozed out, she put the rest of the morsel in her mouth, but let it dissolve on her tongue. Her taste buds exploded with the flavor of bitter chocolate and a sweet, minty confection that had a trace of something else. She didn’t recognize the unknown ingredient, but it was definitely intriguing.
Humming with pleasure, she licked and sucked her messy fingers clean until every drop was consumed. “They’re delicious, but messy.”
When Jackie looked up at Walden, she froze at his heavy-lidded expression. If he looked hungry before, he looked positively ravenous now.
“You did that on purpose.”
She knew what he meant. As much as she’d love to take credit for teasing him, she was innocent in this instance. Still, Jackie was smart enough to seize an opportunity when she saw one.
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