I have to admit that I have more fun in the name of research! But, no, even though I am an erotic author, I’m not going there… *giggles* I’m talking about how I love to go to the library, to search on Google, to spend hours in Borders…well, you get the idea. Okay, hope you are not disappointed, this will get back to the sex magick in a minute 😉 I tend to start my searches in non-fiction, usually starting with books published by http://www.llewellyn.com/ on topics like spells, natural magick, crystals & gems, etc. I often find inspiration in a single spell only to soon find myself amidst a whirlwind of settings, conflicts and characters. This gets more interesting when the book is one on Sex Magick. See, told you I would get back to that!
But, being an erotic romance author, I often stumble upon the best books for researching both genres, like Witch in the Bedroom, Proven Sensual Magic, by Stacey Demarco. This book claiming to blend ‘down-to-earth relationship advice with proven magical techniques…your key to success in matters of the heart’ was a fantastic and intriguing read. With chapters titled “Basic Framework for Raising Power Through Sex”…well you see where I am going with this.
The idea for my most recent releases, Sacred Sex and Love, Creativity & Magick, came from a book I bought on Amazon called Modern Sex Magick: Secrets of Erotic Spirituality by Donald Michael Kraig. This book was great in that it gave a lot of the history of sex magick, blowing me away actually with how long the practice has been around. It was easy to adapt the basics of sex magick into contemporary as well as historical settings.
The methods used like sensory deprivation and intense sensations are intended to move energy, to build trust and to achieve altered states of consciousness where magick can occur. It was really fascinating to me to read, and it just made so much sense. Of course, I had to use a few of the rituals to write stories. Actually, I had a lot of fun coming up with a scenarios to use them in too. I like my complications 🙂
I just love reading that sets my imagination on fire, spinning wildly with possibilities. With an open mind about any book, no matter what the title or premise may be, or even how dusty the cover is if you are in a used bookstore, work – research to be exact – can be quite entertaining. And, I am grateful everyday for my job! Next book to be purchased from my Amazon Wish List is Sexual Sorcery: A Complete Guide To Sex Magick by Jason Augustus Newcomb. Can’t wait to see what stories come from that!
Love, Creativity & Magick: A Steampunk Valentine’s Day Tale –
A Novelette by Kiki Howell
All acts of magick take on shades of gray in the end, especially for Emma, one of four females witches who by birthright belong in the social circles of the privileged upper ten thousand in London. Yet, by rumor of the unknown and the misunderstood, she stands apart, cut by her peers along with her cousins, because they hold a secret—each is gifted with magick.
Their elders had taught them respect for their powers even when mixed with a spanking amount of fanciful mischief. On the other hand, if a lesson was warranted, then white verses black magick could be hard to define. Nowhere was the color of steam more evident than in the matters of justice, a slippery term to define. Yet, they’d made breaking the laws of society their mission. Most of their nights at parties and balls were spent creating a magickal comedy of errors, helping the uptight aristocracy side step their fastidious standards.
Only this year, days before Valentine’s Day, a damnable day for women without suitors, Emma is not quite sure what is happening to her. Something dark and seductive, something not of this world, is luring her, possessing her, and she has no comprehension of what or who the presence really is. But, when he does show his face finally, and she feels him to be a nightwalker, she must fear not only the threat he poses to her blood and to the energy or magick he can suck from her, but also the danger he poses to her heart. After all of these days feeling him, wanting him, she has to wonder if her feelings are just a matter of his compulsion, if she is under this vampire’s own type of magick.
To complicate matters further, the vampire’s propositions are as exciting as they are scandalous, to teach her how to power her magick with the overabundance of sexual energy she bears. But, how he knows such things he remains elusive about. And there is the added attraction that this vampire was a failed inventor in life, one with a basement full of contraptions she finds she can power through the use of her sexual energy. Valentine’s Day seems like it could be all kinds of fun this year now.
Yet, in these days of social unrest and out-of-control creativity, what is a witch to do with a vampire? When Valentine’s Day rolls around, and a secret is revealed, what will be left for her?
Genres: Valentine’s Day 2012 Theme, Paranormal (witches and vampires), Steampunk (Victorian England), Erotic Romance from Naughty Nights Press.
A Valentine’s Day Short Story by Kiki Howell
Just a few days before Valentine’s Day, Margaret visits her aunt’s craft consignment shop hoping for a spell or oil, and any advice on how to re-connect with her husband, Michael, who has become distant since losing his job. Determined to save her marriage, she gets more than she bargained for from Aunt Minny, a practicing witch. Armed with recipes to enhance love, a massage oil type love potion, a new Valentine’s Day candle and a book on Sacred Sex Rituals, Margaret prepares to seduce her husband.
But, his initial reaction is not what she planned for…
Follow Margaret and Michael on a holiday of love journey, a throwback to the kinky pagan sex rituals once practiced long ago on this day before it was named after a saint. You may want to take notes to enhance your own Valentine’s Day this year!
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Wiccan/Pagan, Holiday – Valentine’s Day fromRebel Ink Press.
About the Author:
Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki spend hours lost in books and soon knew creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing she could do. She’s now had over twenty stories published and couldn’t be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world.
Visit Kiki Howell at her website here.
How to Enter…
- Prize #1 – Fashion Heart Necklace and Earrings
- Prize #2 – Steampunk Necklace
- Prize #3 – eBook Erotic Romance Short Story Bundle: Includes Love & Marriage Cures, The Healing Spell, Rituals and Working Out the Kinks. For more information on these stories go to http://www.kikihowell.com/2010/06/stories.html
- Prize #4 – Print Book Sweet Romance Bundle: The Sorcerer’s Songs Novella with Weathervanes CD
- Prize #5 – Print Copy of Torn Asunder Erotic Romance Novel. For more information on this story go to http://www.kikihowell.com/2010/09/torn-asunder.html
Happy Early Valentine’s Day!