Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ménage a May: Tour for My Wicked Gladiators by Lauren Hawkeye (Guest Post)

Hello lovies and welcome back to Ménage a May! Now I would like to welcome back erotica author, Lauren Hawkeye, who is joining us with her new release of My Wicked Gladiators. A sexy menage historical!

Erotica is in again.

As a writer who first sat down at the computer about five years ago, when erotica was hot last time, this is a huge relief. Many writers pen stories in a plethora of genres, but chances are that only one or two feel like “home” to them. Erotica is that home to me.

I have been teased many a time about writing erotica... people I know say that the stories are “smut”, “not real books”, even that they are “porn”. I used to get mad... now I just laugh. Why? Because the genre was hot five years ago for a reason, and it’s hot again now for the same one. 

People like to read erotica.

There are some books out there that are strictly about the sex. There’s nothing wrong with those—they’re just not my cup of tea. In My Wicked Gladiators, I was aiming for some sort of depth, for a book with imperfect characters that people could relate to. I don’t know if I’ve achieved it, but even though it’s a sexy read, I reached way down into myself to pull that story out. I’m proud of it.

Thankfully, there a ton of stories in the erotica genre that are also amazing stories, stories with real people who have real issues.

I’ve listed my favorites here. What are some of yours?

1.       50 Shades of Grey by EL James (if you haven’t read this yet, run—don’t walk—to your Kindle!)
2.       Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (not super erotic, but sexy regardless—and it was considered hot stuff for its time)
3.       Bound by Sasha White (this book was my intro to the very naughty side of things—so good!)
4.       Tempted by Megan Hart (Alex—what else can I say?)
5.       The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelare (aka Anne Rice) (hot, hot hot)

My Wicked Gladiators
By Lauren Hawkeye
Publisher Avon Red
Alba has spent her entire life pleasing others.As an upper-class plebeian woman in Ancient Rome, that is her place in life. But when her husband Lucius, the owner of aprestigious gladiatorial school, uses her body as a bargaining tool to increase his fortunes, she is faced with doing as he demands, or finding herself on the street.Forced to lay with masked gladiators chosen by Lucius, Alba is surprised to discover pleasure in being powerless. Only in the forbidden arms of Caius and Marcus does she find comfort, however temporary it may be.But with Lucius’ demands looming and the threat of death for her gladiators ever-present, will Alba’s fleeting pleasures be enough? Or will Alba finally grab hold of her happily ever after, no matter the consequences?
Add to your GoodReads Shelf!
Purchase at Barnes & Noble, Amazon (Paperback: June 5th) and Amazon Kindle

About the Author
Lauren Hawkeye is a writer, theatre enthusiast, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.
She’s older than she looks—really—and younger than she feels—most of the time—and she loves to explore the journeys that take women through life in her stories.

Visit Lauren online: WEBSITE -  FACEBOOK - TWITTER


  1. My Wicked Gladiators sound great. I love reading Sophie Oak's menage series. They are hot and hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Qwillia Rain writes some seriously HOT erotica...try her Diablo Blanco Club series!

  3. Yeah the whole 50 craze is going to help bump up the erotica for a while I think. Though I still don't plan on checking it out, there are so many more books out there I plan to check out (like My Wicked Gladiators) =)
    Though I agree with you on Bound, loved that book.

  4. Joey W. Hill's Vampire Queen Series is some serious hotness with characters that have flaws. But I really want to read My Wicked Gladiators.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  5. I've read the Fifty Shades trilogy and am a proud addict now! I haven't read the rest of your list but a few are on my TBR list. My Wicked Gladiators sounds right up my alley.
    Thanks for joining us today, Lauren!

  6. My first hot reads were from Lorelei James. I read the first book in her Rough Riders series, Long Hard Ride. Holy Hotness!! I didn't know there were books out like that out there. I read it 3 times in as many days. I couldn't get enough. Then I just devoured the series. I recently discovered Bianca Sommerland. Whew!! Love the Darmouth Cobras!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  7. I also enjoyed 50 shades but will be checking out the others. I also love Cherise Sinclair. My Wicked Gladiators sounds awesome. ;o)

  8. I remember when my mother ("the good Catholic wife and mother") read Fear of Flying. LOL Of course, she hid the book and I found it.

    I don't have a favorite, but I'm writing down the titles listed by the other posters!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com


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