You Want To Stay

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  • August 10, 2015
  • A few strides in, I feel her tackle my feet. I topple forward, and as my hands try to brace the fall, the key and chain slide out. She pins me, and I try to wrestle out from under her. My hand almost reaches the key again, but her frame is longer, and before long […]

    A few strides in, I feel her tackle my feet. I topple forward, and as my hands try to brace the fall, the key and chain slide out.

    She pins me, and I try to wrestle out from under her. My hand almost reaches the key again, but her frame is longer, and before long she’s used the leverage of her wingspan to flip me over, kick my legs open, and pin my hands above my head.

    “We can do this the easy way, Angie,” I hear her grunt into my ear, “or we can do this the hard way.” She pinches my wrists together.

    “I don’t want to do anything with you,” I cry out, feeling fragile beneath her. “I just want to go home!”

    Her hips grind heavily into my pelvis as she fumbles at her suit pocket with her free hand.

    She whips out her cell phone near my face. “Isn’t your boyfriend’s phone number 310-386-3988?”

    I freeze.

    “That’s what I thought,” she says, her thumb now scrolling the screen of her phone. “You rocked my world last night. Can’t wait to feel your cock inside me again,” she reads from her phone. “You’re addictive.”

    The sharp exhales through my teeth slow, as a mass of devastation expands in my throat, nearly choking me.

    “I’m about to blow a load thinking about you. I’m dripping right now—Erik.” She lays a heavy accent on his name. “Do you really need to hear any more of this sexting, because it does go on, and on, or are you ready to accept that a little time apart from your cheating boyfriend might do you some good?”

    I thrust upwards, trying to buck her off me. “I don’t believe you! You’re making it up just to keep me here.”

    Her chest sinks into mine, making it hard to breathe. “You came home with me for a reason, Angie. You wanted to learn something about yourself. I don’t have to make up some exorbitant lie to make you stay. You want to stay.” She loosens her grip around my wrists. “You know that craving you felt, and the anticipation, and then when I finally touched you…” Her fingers drag slowly down my arms and sides. “And let you unleash…” She grabs firmly onto my hips. “You know that was just the tip of the iceberg and there’s so much more for us to explore.”

    Flashes of the last forty-eight hours replay in my mind. Watching her dance, the thrill of letting loose with her, the incredible orgasm. But then she tied me to her bed, and those prophetic photos, and the taser…

    “You drugged me. And hurt me—”

    “How do you think we learn about ourselves, Angie? By being comfortable and not pushing our boundaries? By always feeling safe?” Her lips pause at my chin and the smell of coffee is heavy on her breath. “You want to go home? Believe his excuses and go back to status quo? That’s always going to be there for you. But this, and me…if you walk away now, you may regret it forever. What’s a couple more days?”

    I go limp under her. My emotions completely torn. How can I trust a woman who has threatened my life? And yet there’s truth in her words.

    “Whose phone is that?” I ask meekly.

    She rolls off me and sits up on her knees, after grabbing the key from the floor. “Don’t worry—I’m not fucking your boyfriend. I’ve got a friend on the inside who traced his number and forwarded me all his text messages over the last few weeks. After you confided he’d been acting strange.”

    The tone in her voice makes me feel almost guilty for doubting her motives as anything but good—even though I know that’s ridiculous. Her “friend” is probably the hacker she bailed out.

    She offers me her hand. “I’m looking out for you,” she says, as if it’s something obvious I’ve overlooked in my assessment of our time together.

    Still uncertain, I take her hand and she pulls me up to stand. With one arm cradling me, she walks us away from the front door over to her couch. She tells me to sit and then goes into her closet.

    Copyright 2015 by S.L. Hannah

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    The Need Cover Reveal

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  • July 8, 2015
  • Hey guys! How ’bout this new website? And how ’bout that cover?! So…welcome to my new website. I know, I know, it was just last year that I was telling you that everything was going to be run from www.sexlifeandhannah.com, and then…it just didn’t feel right. I’ve written a lot of different types of books, […]

    Hey guys! How ’bout this new website? And how ’bout that cover?!

    So…welcome to my new website. I know, I know, it was just last year that I was telling you that everything was going to be run from www.sexlifeandhannah.com, and then…it just didn’t feel right. I’ve written a lot of different types of books, and The Need is no exception. Instead of trying to make fit BDSM-style photos with fun, pink, light-hearted conversations, and fine art, I came to the conclusion that each property needs a space on the web with its own feel. Plus, The Need is not my last erotic thriller, nor is it probably the last time I write a book that is nothing like anything else I’ve ever written. That is just how my art brain works.

    Onto the business of the cover. For those of you that have been following my journey with this book, The Need, you know the highs and lows I’ve gone through with trying to get an agent, trying to get a New York publisher, and finally deciding that publishing it on my own was the best path forward. I just couldn’t wait any longer. I’d done my due diligence with the book. I had not one, but three editors do multiple passes; I had a handful of beta readers provide input; I created a marketing plan; I hired a marketing assistant specializing in the romance genre; I even pushed my design skills to the side and decided to work with a cover artist who would bring their own expertise to this book. The long and short of it: I was as prepared as I’ve ever been to publish a book.

    I am so excited to FINALLY be able to announce that The Need is scheduled for release August 25, 2015. And I LOVE the cover. Thank you so much Joshua Jadon.

    Here is the post I wrote last night on my personal Facebook page. I’m sharing it here because I think some of you will find my journey with this book, The Need, interesting. It is a journey that proves perseverance does pay off, and that despite all the “no thank you’s” you may receive in life, you should never give up on something you believe in.

    I’m so excited to FINALLY be able to announce this. The Need, is coming August 25, 2015. A lot of you know the story behind the story. My lovely, multi-talented husband wrote a spec script in 2008 for producers that were jumping to film something dark, edgy, and erotic. As with many film ventures, the deal fell apart, and even though we got a few follow-up bites from other producers and agents, the stars refused to align. I was always fascinated by the story and characters that Scott had created, so in 2012, I decided to adapt his screenplay into a book. At first it seemed like it would be an easier task than my other writing ventures. The story was already written, after all, but I was completely wrong. In delving into what Scott had written and trying to figure out the characters, their motives, their desires, their backgrounds…it turned into my most challenging writing assignment as an author. Many drafts later, and much feedback from my amazing editor Jennifer Thomas, the beta readers that were gracious enough to give me their time and input, Mallory Braus, senior editor at romance imprint Carina Press, also weighed in with a story consult, and many late night strategy sessions with the guy that started it all, Scott Frazelle…a fiery, wicked, sensual, disturbing, and thought-provoking piece of fiction emerged. I am so proud of this book and the work that has gone into it to make it a stand out project in my writing career. I hope all of you put The Need on your summer reading list. xoxoxox, D:)

     

    Erotic Thrillers are Making Hollywood Sexy Again

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  • May 18, 2014
  • LOS ANGELES, California (May 6, 2014) – With many declaring the sex scene dead, Hollywood is pumping up its acquisition of stories that bring eroticism to a new edge. The 90’s decade brought with it a slew of action-packed, sex-infused thrillers like Basic Instinct, Single White Female, and Bound only to be met with a […]

    LOS ANGELES, California (May 6, 2014) – With many declaring the sex scene dead, Hollywood is pumping up its acquisition of stories that bring eroticism to a new edge.

    The 90’s decade brought with it a slew of action-packed, sex-infused thrillers like Basic Instinct, Single White Female, and Bound only to be met with a lull. Perhaps demand had declined because of the rise of gratuitous nudity on the Internet or perhaps the sexual revolution had finally ended, but it became clear studios were no longer seeing the market potential. Now with movies like Enemy and Under the Skin receiving critical acclaim, and the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey set for release in 2015, could we be seeing resurgence to the genre?

    Author Dorota Skrzypek seems to think that may be the case. On route to self-publishing her next book, The Need, she started getting multiple responses to her query letters, “I was doing my due diligence in the midst of having a clear path forward, but I’m grateful for other options.” Other options may be just what audiences are yearning for as they get saturated with one-dimensional comic book hero films and romance novels with predictable plots. “Erotica is not just sex. It’s an emotional tug-of-war, and writing cross-genre gives it enough twists to keep the audience guessing” Skrzypek says of her new adult, erotic thriller. With more Hollywood A-listers considering meatier, Oscar-worthy roles from independent film producers, The Need, may be poised perfectly for the changing marketplace.

    Dorota Skrzypek is author of the chick lit series, Sex, Life, & Hannah. Her latest manuscript, The Need, about a college-aged girl that falls in love with the woman holding her captive, won the 2013 FRW Golden Palm for New Adult Romance. Currently being considered by top literary agents, buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing, creepy as hell.” This book will be the first published under Dorota’s pen name: S.L. Hannah. The Need is based on screenplay written by Scott Frazelle. To find out more, please visit www.sexlifeandhannah.com

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