Olivia Knight recently examined the one-handed read and now look – hands-free smut! It’s a stroke of genius, no?
Our publisher, Virgin Books, has teamed up with Audible to bring you digital downloads of dirtiness. Apparently, it’s The Next Big Thing. Remember CD audiobooks? Pah, they are so last century. These days, everyone and his uncle has got an MP3 player and with a few clicks of your mouse, you could have porn pouring into your ears.
A recent survey* found most people associated audiobooks with the blind, the elderly and the infirm. Wrong! They are the height of modernity and can be enjoyed by the sighted, the sprightly and the firm. Especially ours. Listen on your computer or iPod, at home or in the car, alone or in company. Why not blindfold the one you love (or a random chap off the street) and engage in a spot of hot aural? Remember, you have nothing to dog ear except yourselves.
Next year, the publishing industry will be giving audiobooks a massive push. Borders, working with Audible, has plans to introduce an easy-peasy way to download books in-store, starting off at UK airports in July and hitting the high street in 2009.
So beat the crowds and get yours now. Virgin and Audible have launched with eight Black Lace titles, over half of them penned by Lusties. You can download them in a jiffy from audible.co.uk or audible.com.
For a sneak preview, check out these links. Each excerpt is around 4 or 5 minutes long. Are you sitting comfortably? Well, let’s fix that ...
Asking for Trouble by Kristina Lloyd: Beth and Luke get it on in a backroom of a Brighton bar. (That’s the excerpt, not the entire plot.) A dark and dirty book.
Cruel Enchantment by Janine Ashbless: A man comes on a horse. Oh, you know what I mean - he arrives on horseback. Heck, I know Janine likes to push it but even so. Mysterious and deliciously atmospheric.
A Gentleman’s Wager by Madelynne Ellis: More horses! Lusty Bella and her groom going down in the long grass. Lush, horny and funny.
Darker Than Love by Kristina Lloyd: Clarissa and her maidservant arrive in London where Clarissa will meet Alec Marldon, the depraved, sexy bastard she's meant to marry.
The Ten Visions by Olivia Knight: Intriguing and softly spooky opening to a beautifully written tale of ghostly love and trippy, visionary sex in Oxford.
*Survey commissioned by Audiobook Publishing Association