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Red Velvet and Absinthe

Paranormal Erotic Romance

By Mitzi Szereto, Kelley Armstrong

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 01 September 2011
"Red Velvet and Absinthe" explores love and lust with otherworldly partners who, by their sheer fantastical nature, evoke passion and desire far beyond that which any normal human being can inspire. Although the greats such as Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier are long dead, these contemporary authors keep the Gothic spirit alive and well by interpreting it in new and exciting ways. "Red Velvet and Absinthe" offers readers a collection of unique and original stories that conjure up the atmospheric and romantic spirit of the Gothic masters (and mistresses) but take things a bit further by adding to the brew a generous dosage of eroticism. Lie back and listen to the wind howling outside your window as you read these stories in the flickering light of a candle, the absinthe you're sipping warming your body like the caressing touch of a lover's fingers . . .


"I simply cannot get enough of this gothic revival in romance." -Lady Smut "Outstanding prose complying with that genre of literature that I affectionately refer to as 'literary smut.'" -Reviews by Amos Lassen "Red Velvet and Absinthe is a Cleis Press classic, with lush worlds built into every story, and sensuality that reaches supreme heights. This anthology is as good as Gothic short fiction gets: dark as night and smooth as velvet." -Books a la Mode "These stories show that the old magic of Gothic fiction can still work in the right hands." -Jean Roberta "...For anyone who's fantasised about being ravished by Edward Cullen or Jacob Black (that's all of us then.)" -Glamour UK ".all these stories embrace the emotional and sensory richness integral to the Gothic tale." -San Francisco Book Review "The title says it all: a collection of erotic romance by well-known erotic author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, things that go bump in the night, creatures that would be right at home in a story by Stoker or Poe, coagulate on these pages, raw and exposed as readers haven't seen them before, draped in danger and romance, lit by flickering candles and red tapestries that conjure desire beyond mere mortality." -Portland Book Review "Regardless of one's personal taste in terms of relationships and of literary labels, what really counts is the quality of fiction... If you're not too prudish and if you appreciate good fiction, I'm sure you will enjoy this book." -The Short Review "The passion you discover is worth sneaking off into the bedroom with your other and discovering your own passion. Just beware of what lurks in those corners..." -All I Want and More "With truly bizarre and just slightly paranormal and everything in between, Red Velvet and Absinthe offers readers many delicious stories to choose from." -She Knows "The focus here is on quality writing and story-telling. If you like the paranormal or are turned on by the unusual, I can't recommend this enough." -Of Sex and Love "I love compilation books and this one did not disappoint me. Some stories were written so well that I didn't want them to end. Other stories told just the right amount about the characters to leave me thinking about them long after the story ended." -Kissin Blue Karen "These stories bring out an atmosphere of intrigue, full of dark and twisted emotions we can all feel in the right this case it is candle light that will inspire us... Deliciously Gothic." -Love Romance Passion "This is a lush anthology of paranormal romance... Although sometimes erotic, these stories don't skimp on the emotional depth." - Fresh Fiction "Editor and writer Mitzi Szereto chose the stories, skillfully pulling together a whole collection yet allowing each story to maintain a unique voice... The collection holds a seductress in a painting, a vampire who stars in a hit television series, a doll made from scraps and wax, and the list of oddities continues." -Luxury Reading "All of these short stories explore romance of a different kind, be it Vampires, Werewolves, or unexplained otherworldly creatures." -Vampire Romance Books "The stories were superb and the sex sublime. This was an awesome collection of paranormal erotica, probably the best collection I have ever read." -Rambles "The darkness and desires enveloping the characters within these stories makes for an altogether fascinating read. Whether it is a vampire, werewolf or spectral being there is something in all of them that you can recognize... Each of these authors will enrapt you with the depth of their characters and the complexity of their storylines." -Coffee Time Romance "Altogether lovely, haunting, and deliciously decadent, you'll be snuffing out the candles long before you're done, if only to hide your own gothic touch beneath the sheets!" -Bibrary Book Lust "An intriguing collection of short stories filled with complicated relationships that, like absinthe itself, waver between being considered extremely dangerous and perfectly acceptable, depending on one's perspective." -Night Owl Reviews "Haunting, Intriguing, Sensual, Curious, Lustful, Spellbinding, Hot... There is something here for everyone." -Romancing the Book "These stories are about atmosphere and Otherness, and amping up the blatant sexual tension of the gothic classics into something more palpable. Really well done." -The Book Rat "Scintillating and suspenseful, this homage to Gothic fiction is a winner! Red Velvet and Absinthe scores with both sexy and scary thrills." -Caridad Pi eiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost "I urge all lovers of paranormal erotic romance to pick up this anthology! Perfect reading for those cold, autumn nights." -Read All Over Reviews "Haunting, Intriguing, Sensual, Curious, Lustful, Spellbinding, Hot. There is something here for everyone." -Romancing the Book "Dark, dirty, passionate, and paranormal... Great stories with erotic element firmly in place." - Getting Naughty Between the Stacks "Several of the stories in

EAN: 9781573447164
ISBN: 1573447161
Publisher: Cleis Press
Dimensions: 20.32 x 13.97 x 1.52 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Alicia Tanfin on
Red Velvet and Anthology is a collection of supernatural, paranormal, gothic stories from awesome authors..Presented in celebration with Gothic Literature.

First and foremost the cover is stunning, it really pique my attention and urges me to request a review copy for it..well, I was not wrong, I was definitely engrossed with the book…

Plus a foreword by Kelly Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Bitten.

From its stunning cover…I enjoyed reading the different stories offered, each of it with its own remarkable plot and characters…of page by page ghosts, vampires, werewolves, demons, alive paintings…everything a reader’s mind hasn’t yet discovered.

It is a well-written and well-edited book…:).. Each story giving the reader a crescendo of anticipation as to what kind of creatures would be offered next..

A fast-read..actually I read this book in one sitting, not missing a single word of it….I am transported into each world of magic and the unknown..and it feels like I was there with them, feeling the torture and the ecstacy….that’s how good authors could stir a readers imagination by just words…and admittedly I found myself included in those readers.

Off course it came to the fact..that there are my favourite ones like Cover him with Darkness and The Blood Moon Kiss…I really really loved this two….some of the stories are not so appealing to me..but all in all it’s a great packaged of literature and the supernatural…

It’s a book pack of romance, supernatural beings, suspense, mysteries, and erotica…

Now I know that fear coupled with love and anticipation makes a good couple.. Maybe that’s the reason why a lot of girls around in the world never stop dreaming of a vampire to bit them and bring them to his mysterious yet romantic world..a world of forever…

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