Welcome to Oh My Monday. I’m Stephanie Ryan and your host today for a real treat. Don’t let the title of the post fool you. Today’s guest author has written a piece of erotic literature, but it’s definitely not in the same explicit categories as that of my alter egos. This novel has been described as “literary, lyrical, and poetic.” That alone intrigued me and the excerpt provided piqued my interest enough that I wanted to find out more. Trust me. This is not like many novels labeled as erotica.
This is a beautiful example that there are many different levels to erotic literature with varying heat levels. That’s what makes all of it fabulous! So sit back and enjoy author David Russells’ Self’s Blossom.
This is about a young woman’s self-discovery. Selene is a ‘success story’, having become a top journalist, while retaining her dazzling looks. However, in the past she has had unhappy relationships, and feels she has missed out on hedonistic fun. This she obtains, firstly with a young stranger on a beach, and finally with enigmatic Hudson: tryst is preceded by cultural tourism, and careful sizing up of minds. Afterwards Selene returns to her ‘I stand on my own’ attitude.
While she is on holiday, her mind is free to ramble, often into Selene’s chequered past. Flashback blurs into the present, past-rooted interior monologue into direct observation. The dialogue is sparse. Selene is a cautious, premeditative type, in whom thought, reflection and analysis outweigh direct action.
Selene’s subtle, monitoring mind coolly observes and controls all the events. Maybe she is super-confident, or perhaps has a deep, underlying insecurity. She is many things to many readers.
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