NEW: Six Months of June

Just in time for your summer vacation, a sizzling new read from Adora Bell!

Six Months of June is the story of June Winters, a girl who’s always played by the rules and never taken many chances. Her world is turned upside down when she learns that she may not have long to live and she sets out to indulge in all the things she thought good girls didn’t do…

Falling in love wasn’t on her bucket list. But when she meets Darrell, she knows nothing will ever be the same again. Can June learn to follow her heart before it’s too late?

Six Months of June is an erotic romance that will tug on your heartstrings and touch you in all the right places. Buy it now on the Kindle Store! 

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What to read next: Five Classic Works of Erotic Literature

Erotica has blossomed as a genre in recent years, thanks in part to the advent of the e-book and the success of blockbuster novels like Fifty Shades of Grey. There is a tendency to think of erotic fiction as light, throwaway entertainment, but many literary masters have produced works that are as lyrical as they are titillating. If you feel like reading something as mentally stimulating as it is arousing, why not give some of these classics a try:

Anais Nin – Delta of VenusAnainnin

This short story collection was written in the 1940s for a private collector, and has come to be considered one of the finest works of erotic literature produced in the 20th century. Sexuality in Nin’s work is fluid, ever-present and ever-changing; we meet a colourful cast of characters who explore a spectrum of tastes. This collection has something for everyone, and the stories will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Lady Chatterly’s Lover – DH Lawrence

Famously the subject of an obscenity trial in Britain, Lawrence’s raunchy tale of the well to do wife seduced by the earthy gamekeeper has earned its place in history and our cultural consciousness. There have been many parodies, and some excellent adaptations; the 1993 BBC drama starring Sean Bean is well worth a watch. But nothing beats reading the original.

Henry Miller – Tropic of Cancer

America’s very own banned book, it was written in the ’30s but took three decades to find acceptance in the USA. Miller’s meditation on existence while living as a struggling writer in 1920’s Paris is certainly explicit, but also undoubtedly a masterpiece. The modern reader is more used to intimate subject matter and the stream of consciousness style, but while it may be less shocking in the 21st century, Tropic of Cancer remains revelatory.

Erica Jong – Fear of Flyingericajong

Jong became a feminist heroine for her frank portrayal of female sexuality in this best-seller, which charts one woman’s journey through Europe and exploration of her frustrated desires. It coined the phrase ‘zipless fuck’, a sexual encounter purely for the sake of pleasure, with no emotional baggage. A controversial classic, it is though provoking but also relentlessly entertaining.

100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed – Melissa Panarello

Translated from the original Italian, 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed is the story of a teenage girl’s sexual awakening and her progression to more extreme sexual experiences. Written in diary form, it attracted attention for its matter of fact approach, challenging the idea that young female sexuality is necessarily tied up in romanticized notions of love and passion. Engrossing and sometimes challenging, it is an ultimately hopeful book that you will want to revisit.

Have a favourite you think we should add to this list? Leave a comment, or email adorabellbooks@gmail.com. 

Does Erotica Matter?

KISSWhy write about sex? Erotica is often seen as trivial masturbatory material – several rungs on the literary ladder below ‘proper’ literary fiction, lower even than genre novels and light entertainment. And yet sexuality is such a large part of what makes us human. Erotic writing is an acknowledgement of a side of ourselves that is too often repressed or overlooked.

Erotica represents a fundamental right; the right to feel desire, to experience our own sexuality without shame or fear of judgement. To be turned on by whatever the hell we like.

With the advent of e-books and online publishing, erotic literature is now more widely and easily available than ever before. Interests once considered ‘niche’ can find a home and an audience online. The anonymity of the internet allows us to be more open about our desires than we are in the real world, and for every once-secret fantasy we embrace, we learn the truth; that we are far from alone.

As erotica becomes increasingly popular, and increasingly mainstream, the world moves forward. The sexual revolution reaches its natural conclusion; a society where all shades of the sexual spectrum are embraced and accepted. A world where we are free to love who, and what, we love.

The truth is, human sexuality is a complex construction, a magical mix of our innate proclivites and the sum of our sexual and life experiences. There is no such thing as a weird fetish. We are all unique, different, ‘weird’ in our likes and dislikes. All it takes is a little bravery. The courage to embrace and enjoy who we are, what we like, and what feels good.