Hello, beautiful readers! I have a treat today for my adult followers. I am pleased to share with you a very talented UK author, Harmony Kent. She's here today to tell you about Interludes 2, the second anthology of erotic short stories. I've read many of her stories, including the original Interludes, and can attest to her incredible story-writing abilities. So, take it away, Harmony!
Thanks so much for having me over at your place today, Yvi.
Hi everyone. It’s great to be visiting with you all.
While I’m here, I’d like to talk about my latest book, Interludes 2. This is a book of short erotic romance fiction. As with the original Interludes (which you can find HERE), the book contains 10 short stories, with the first tale totalling 1,000 words, the second one totalling 2,000, and so on up to 10,000 words in the final story.
For each story, I used prompt cards from a great creative tool called Storymatic. Here’s what the set gave me to work with:
a) deaf person b) recluse … c) person in love … conflict = class reunion
A and B relate to the main character. C relates to the secondary character. And the final prompt gives us the conflict.
From the above set of prompts, I came up with REUNION—A contemporary romance in 9000 words.
A school reunion looms. Not wanting to arrive sad and single, Molly talks her long-time friend Paul into going with her. While the music plays, the sparks fly.
Excerpt from The Reunion:
Paul settled a hand on her elbow and waited for her to look up at him. Unbidden, tears sprang to her eyes, and she blinked them away, furious with herself. Her friend eased the cup from her numb fingers and set it on the table, then he pulled her in for a hug. No words needed there.
She took the comfort gladly and snuggled into his embrace. After a moment or two, she heard his deep inhale, and then he kissed the top of her head. Had he just sniffed her hair? Before she could follow any further down that thought-tunnel, Paul released his hold and shifted back to his own sofa cushion. That tiny gap felt immense.
With a sad and worried expression, he told her, ‘Okay. I’ll go.’
Despite her best efforts, the tears broke free and poured down her cheeks. Ever attentive, Paul rose and fetched her a box of Kleenex from the sideboard. Molly pulled a couple from the box and tried to clean her face up before she could make any more of an idiot of herself. She managed a brief, ‘thanks,’ and then carried on mopping up.
Paul nodded and sat and watched her. She tried but failed to read the expression on his face. Why had he changed his mind? Was she so pitiful that he felt that sorry for her? Molly hadn’t missed the significance of what he’d just done. To go out anywhere was a massive deal for Paul, let alone attending some big reunion. For her reclusive friend, that posed the same amount of effort as ascending Mount Everest or swimming the English Channel without stopping—and he couldn’t swim for toffee.
By unspoken agreement, they each broke eye contact and reached for their plates. The next few minutes passed in gastronomical bliss, and by the time Molly had devoured the last crumb of deliciously moist and sweet cake, the tension that had built up had dissipated again. She sipped her latte and grinned. ‘Nice. What did you do to it?’
Paul smiled and shook his head with his finger tapping his nose.
Molly chuckled. ‘Trade secret, huh?’
He nodded and gulped at his drink, and then he wiped crumbs from his lips and chin. In that moment, he reminded her strongly of the cute, funny boy he’d once been. A ball of sadness squeezed at her chest. What kind of hammering must he have taken to turn him into such an introvert? Three years. And such a massive change.
I had so much fun writing this one, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little teaser. I’d love to hear what you think via the comments at the bottom of the page. Thanks for stopping by.
From author, Harmony Kent, another best-selling collection of short erotic fiction that will tickle more than your taste buds and wet [sic] more than your appetite.
With a range of genres and styles, this book has enough steam for everyone.
WIGGING OUT—contemporary romance in 1000 words. Two strangers. A crowded platform. A collision. And a wig on the floor.
STORM CHASER—ménage à trois in 2000 words. A sabotaged tire. A raging storm. Passion mounts.
MOON-STRUCK—shifter romance in 3000 words. Trapped on a ship orbiting the moon, a horny astronaut falls for a hunky author who has a secret.
THE CLUB—contemporary romance in 4000 words. An invitation and a host, who is so much more than he seems, bring excitement, enticement, and a choice to make.
NUDIST CAMP—contemporary romance in 5000 words. An older woman. A younger man. A gossip discovers their secret tryst. What will happen when it all gets laid bare?
INITIATION—contemporary romance in 6000 words. A pretty daydreamer arrives for her first day at university. A brutal initiation, and a man with an unusual issue, leave her reeling. Strange, the places you find true love.
THE INCOMER—contemporary romance in 7000 words. A divorced beekeeper has spent her whole life in or around her local village. Then a city-slicker architect comes to town. When two worlds collide, a big bang is sure to follow. Can you have a frenemy with benefits?
DOWN AND DIRTY—contemporary romance in 8000 words. On the run from a sadistic ex-husband, Ellie flees to a remote mountain town and takes a job in the mines. Wary of men, she resolves to keep herself aloof, but mother nature has a way of having the last word and will, quite literally, make the earth move if she has to.
REUNION—contemporary romance in 9000 words. A school reunion looms. Not wanting to arrive sad and single, Molly talks her long-time friend Paul into going with her. While the music plays, the sparks fly.
SOUL MATES—supernatural romance in 10,000 words. A bereaved woman seeks solace in remote woodland. All too soon, she discovers that she’s not as alone as she’d expected. And her heart isn’t the only one that needs to mend.
READER ADVISORY: This book contains explicit sex scenes and language hot enough to melt your book. For mature readers only.
After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.
Now, she is famous for her laughter and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her adorable husband, ever-present sense of humour, and quirky neighbours.
Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.
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