The House of Elyot

Sexy Little Numbers

Posted on: April 8, 2016

My second published story was placed with Black Lace again. They took The Number for an anthology called Sexy Little Numbers, which was optimistically straplined as ‘volume one’ in a series of best women’s erotica. Optimistically, because a month before its publication, Virgin Books announced that Black Lace would be shutting up shop at the end of the year.

I suppose the idea, not so subtly expressed, was to rival Cleis Press’s ‘Best Women’s Erotica’ series, edited by Violet Blue, and in fact a lot of the same writers can be found in each.

The book featured stories by Kristina Lloyd, Charlotte Stein, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Portia Da Costa, EllaRegina, Janine Ashbless, Dianne Dawson, Sadie Wolf, Shayla Kersten, Madelynne Ellis, Carrie Williams, Jamaica Layne, Kay Jaybee, Kristina Wright, K D Grace, Heather Towne, Shada Royce and Delilah Devlin.

Many of those named above showed great kindness and support, both to me and to my friend Charlotte Stein – as Black Lace’s most recent acquisitions, we were cast into severe despondency by  the news of its closure. There was many a frantic late night messaging conference with several of the lovely Black Lacies, and their generosity and tales of hard-won experience gave us heart and the will to carry on.

The Number itself started life with the working title Strangers on a Train, reflecting my fascination with the idea of sexy goings-on on public transport (my most recently written story is another on this theme, so I clearly can’t let it go). It introduced the three characters at the heart of my second full-length book, The Business of Pleasure, too. Collins, Bryant and Charlotte have a very interesting tryst on the 9.45 from Colliton South to Waterloo.

I’ll post an excerpt from the story in my next update, but in the meantime, Sexy Little Numbers is a cracking hot read, and still available from Amazon.

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