Okay, we got tagged by not one but TWO author friends to challenge you to figure out the truth about us! Kissa Starling and Lara Zielinski – both of whom write fabulous lesbian and bisexual erotic fiction – started the ball rolling, and each of them has tagged us! The challenge? Make a list of statements only some of which are true, and let readers guess!
I think we’ll have lots of fun with this one – there are two of us, after all, writing erotic romance together under the pen name Adriana Kraft. So here goes: all but two of the following statements are true about one or the other of us. The prize? A free e-book (pdf format) of the first book in our Swinging Games Series: Anticipation. To enter, send us an email (adrianakraft99 @ yahoo.com without the spaces) and tell us which TWO statements are NOT true! We’ll give you a week to sort this out and we’ll draw a winner from the correct entries next Friday, March 12.
1. has lived in 11 states
2. was a Peace Corps volunteer in South America
3. has a successful academic career in the social sciences
4. has conducted research in a legal brothel
5. has owned race horses
6. has travelled in nineteen foreign countries
7. has canoed the Canadian Boundary Waters
8. was lead vocalist in a band on Chicago’s North Side
10. has slept at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills
11. started writing my first novel in grade school
12. has a published novel in the archives at the Erotic Heritage Museum
Can’t wait to see what you think!
We now officially tag the following authors – find out what the truth is about them, if you dare!
What are some of your hottest erotic fantasies?
That’s the question that guides the erotic scenes we create in our novels. Two persons write erotic romance together under the pen name Adriana Kraft – myself and my husband. When we develop the story arc for a new book, we reach for characters and plots that will allow us to explore those fantasies and flesh them out, for ourselves and for our readers.
We write primarily LGBT erotic romance. I ran into an interesting phenomenon at an online chat recently where I was promoting our Extasy Books series, Swinging Games. Someone asked who the hero of the series was based on, and I answered he was a happily married man whose wife is bi. Another reader chimed in “lucky man.” As fast as I could type, I responded “Lucky woman. She gets it both ways.”
We have a lot in common with the hero and heroine of that series. Jennifer and Brad are in their mid fifties, with their children grown and out of the home. They, like we, have renewed energy to explore sexual fantasies and take action. They turn to swinging – we turn to writing about them!
Jennifer’s fantasies? She’s finally figured out she’s attracted to women as well as men, and she’s never had a chance to try that out before. She wants to enjoy pleasuring and being pleasured by another woman – or maybe two of them. She’d also love to try having two men at the same time, focused entirely on giving her pleasure. And because she loves Brad, she’d love to be part of delivering the classic threesome for him – two women, focused entirely (well, almost!) on giving him pleasure.
Brad’s fantasies? An f/m/f three-way, for sure. Just imagining making love with two women at once is an incredible turn on for him. He’d also love to watch two women with each other – especially if one of them is Jen and she’s having the time of her life. And secretly, deep down inside, he’s beginning to fantasize what it might be like to be with another man.
The swing lifestyle delivers all this for them and even more. Who knew how totally decadent it would feel to have three or even four pairs of hands giving pleasure at the same time? Or what a turn on it would be just to watch someone they love giving and receiving pleasure with someone else? What they were unprepared for was the exquisite effect of these experiences on their relationship and their own sexual practice. New energy, new encounters and new fantasies continue to fuel and enliven everything they do together, even when they are by themselves.
And writing about it delivers the same for us – and, we hope, for all of you who read our books.
Here are links to some excerpts from our Swinging Games series:
Last April I stood on the steps of our local county courthouse on April 3, the day the Iowa Supreme Court handed down its decision about marriage equality. All over the state, OneIowa had organized local rallies of supporters who pledged to gather at 5pm, no matter which way the decision went. I truly didn’t expect a positive result, and I can’t describe the exhilaration, pride and relief I felt as some forty or fifty of us held placards, waved to passers by (all of whom were friendly!) and heard heartfelt words from straight supporters and members of the LGBT community about what this means for all of us. Our child can now marry—Happily Ever After is for everyone.
That victory is now in grave danger. The Iowa State Legislature opens today for its annual session and foes of marriage equality are pouring funds into their campaign to change Iowa’s State Constitution so that the legal rights of marriage will only be available to opposite sex couples. If you’re an Iowan and you care about this cause, now is the time to take action. If you’re not from Iowa, pour your energies into wherever the battle is waging in your own state, and please consider donating to state or national marriage equality organizations. For us in Iowa, that would be OneIowa. Nationally, a good option is Marriage Equality USA.
The beauty, excitement and long term happiness in LGBT relationships is a constant theme in the books we write – we’re a married couple, writing LGBT erotic romance under the pen name Adriana Kraft. Most of the time our heroines are bisexual, and their happy endings span the spectrum of relationship possibilities. We hope you’ll check out some of our published books.
In 2010, we’re thrilled to be part of a project that will provide concrete support for marriage equality.
To Love and To Cherish is an anthology of fourteen stories celebrating lesbian relationships, and all profits from its sale will benefit Marriage Equality USA. The stories will be released by Love You Divine in a series of e-books beginning on January 29, and all fourteen will be combined in a print release on Valentine’s Day.