#OhMy!Monday: Author David Russell Presents Literary Erotica At It’s Finest

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.


Here, she was on a beach, pure and simple. Now the sea breathed heavily, whispering and murmuring to her. It was returning her stare, speaking to her. It was the spirit of love, beckoning her with a pulsing, sinewy body. In all its lines, shades, and fleeting forms, Selene saw the essence of pure beauty, all grace of form, flesh, limb and feature. It was in one, all the lovers of whom she could possibly dream, conflated into one elemental ideal. He, pure love in soul, bade her to enter his domain and make it hers. His arms moved her hands to unclasp, unbutton, and unzip . . . the blossom emerged. The sun became the eye of all that was not earth, and Selene loved fully, though the pallor of her skin left her momentarily abashed.

At first she lay in the tide’s path, the top of her head at its most extreme mark. The sand bank made a soft bed. The sea lover smoothly caressed her calves, thighs, hips, breasts, shoulders, and cheeks before retreating to pause in his mossy pinnacles. Three times this action was repeated, and then Selene stood up, wading in with arms outstretched. Her arms were linked, as she stood up to her neck in the saline flow. The balls and heels of her feet wobbled, slithering on the moss. With the next wave, she lost her balance – her breath prepared in unison with the hissing around her. She threw her head back, once again horizontal, and launched into a backstroke, sweeping and circling. She parted her legs wide with each thrust of motion, each sweep of self-propulsion pushing out to answer the cavernous currents of his passion. Seven circles gave her a delicious, warm bliss –then the sea lover, well pleased, carried her back to a near-dry bed. Aching and contented, Selene dozed a while.

About the Author

Born in the UK, 1940. David has been writing erotica since the mid-1980s. Published extensively in magazines and anthologies (including anthologies from Forward Press in Peterborough UK.

Book Publications ‘Prickling Counterpoints’ (Selected Poetry & Prose), Deadline Books 1998, ‘Romantic Undress’ (Erotic Poetry & Prose) JazzClaw Publications 2000. Current romantica/erotica publications are ‘Self’s Blossom’ (novella), and ‘Explorations’ (short story), published by Devine Destinies; ‘Therapy Rapture’ (poetry,prose and artwork) published by Rose Dog Books. Forthcoming are two short stories, ‘My Dream of Madonna/An Ecstatic Rendezvous’, to be published by XoXo Publishing.

Also recordedsinger-songwriter: vinyl album, ‘Bricolage’ recorded by Billy Childish for Hangman Records 1992; CD albums ‘Bacteria
Shrapnel’ and ‘The Burglars of Britain’ (1998)

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I’m hosting at Sassy Vixen Publishing!

Hello everyone! I’ve been away for a bit helping out my alter egos with their projects as well as my own. My alter ego Tammy Dennings Maggy aka The Vixen, turned over Sassy Vixen Blog hosting duties to  me for the last two of our guests. It was so exciting! Both authors wrote about vampires and both stories couldn’t be more different from each other. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about vampires and vampire lore, another author comes along and puts a fresh twist on things and I’m taken in once again.

My first interview was with Victoria Embers. She’s writing a series of short novellas that make up her My Vampire Lover series. We decided that an Oh My! Monday feature with her interview was the best way to showcase Victoria’s work and still give her a chance to share a steamy adult excerpt. While I’m keeping Through Stephanie’s Eyes at no more than a PG rating, Sassy Vixen allows the very explicit material. So please be forewarned that if you click on the following link, you will be taken to an Adults ONLY site and it does contain material that some people will find objectionable.  With that being said here is the LINK to Victoria’s spot on Sassy Vixen.

My second interview is yet to go live. It’s scheduled to go up on Monday March 11th with Tyler Robbins. This author visits Sassy Vixen just two days after her Saturday Spotlight interview with another of my alter egos, Lia Michaels. For those of you who’ve never visited Lia’s blog The House of Taboo, well, let’s just say it’s a party over there 24/7. The guests are hot and the excerpts even hotter. As with Sassy Vixen, The House of Taboo is an adults only site.  For Tyler’s spot on Sassy Vixen she shared an ADULT excerpt from her M/M/M erotic romance Immortal Thirst. Click on this LINK to learn more on March 11th.

I hope you enjoy my interview and blog hosting over at Sassy Vixen! I’ve opened up my blog for guests now too. So if you’re an author and would like a spot here, please check out the Guest Author Guidelines Tab at the top of the blog. There you will find the three features I have available. My blog is the only one of my alter egos that will continue to offer the Thursday Thirteen feature.

As always, take care and keep on reading!

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