Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: Shakespeare With a Side of Naughty!

Shakespeare With a Side of Naughty! 
by Esmae Browder 

Greetings all you faithful followers of Silver Wings! I’m delighted to be blogging at this site today and talking about my latest book, Ophelia’s Lessons. This is Book 1 in my Naughty Shakespeare series which is based on the idea of “What made this character the way they were?”
Now I know it’s been ages since you were forced to read all that Shakespeare stuff in high school, so I’m going to give you a refresher on the basics of the Bard’s writing. Don’t worry. It will be relatively painless. Unless, of course, you’re into pain….Anyway, many of William Shakespeare’s plays are considered tragedies--everyone you give a damn about is typically dead by the end of the tale. The men are the strong silent types and the women are weird, repressed caricatures. Sort of like Game of Thrones only without the nudity. And the head explosions. And no white walkers.

Which brings me to why I chose to revamp a few of Shakespeare’s more well known stories. I never could figure out why the women in his plays weren’t as well developed as the men. Now, I don’t know if it’s because young boys were required to play these parts and Will didn’t feel they had the acting chops to pull off a full fledged woman, or if he just never understood chicks in general, but I always thought there wasn’t a whole lot of depth in his ladies of the stage. I decided that I wanted to know the backstory of some of the heroines starting with the innocent and broken hearted Ophelia of Hamlet fame. 

Poor Ophelia. Her brother and father bossed her around, made her break up with Hamlet who has been telling her how much he wants to be with her but he can’t because she’s not of royal blood. He goes back and forth on his feelings, says one thing, does another, and then kills her father. True. It was an accident, but’s enough to make anyone a little crazy and drown themselves in a river.

It’s obvious that her love for Hamlet is epic--at least from her end. So I wondered, why? How did it get started? And what if she wasn’t as damn innocent and doe eyed as she seemed. 

Welcome to Ophelia’s Lessons where our young heroine has been pining for Hamlet since grade school and will do anything with anyone to get him. This story is a prequel to the events of Hamlet  and shows us how a sexually repressed Ophelia is taught by Hamlet’s best friend the art of sex, love, and deceit. Check it out today and then read the next two books in the Naughty Shakespeare series: Ravishing Rosaline (a prequel to Romeo and Juliet) and The Taming of the Prude (a retelling of the Taming of the Shrew). 

Giveaway: Esmae will be awarding the first three ebooks in the series: Ophelia's Lessons, Ravishing Rosaline, and The Taming of the Prude to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Highland Homecoming
Title: Ophelia’s Lessons: The Naughty Shakespeare Series Book 1 by Esmae Browder
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published March 26th 2014
Length: 109 pages

Sweet, innocent Ophelia--she wants nothing more than to marry Hamlet Elsinore. But what does a simple virgin know about pleasing a man like the sophisticated and charming Hamlet? Not a whole lot, but when her seductive roommate, Portia, learns of Ophelia’s interest, she gets Horatio to “teach” the innocent girl everything she’ll need to know to seduce his best friend, Hamlet.

Set in modern day, this prequel to Hamlet is steamy enough to have even the Bard blushing! Enjoy this first book of Literotica in the Naughty Shakespeare series.

Book Links: Amazon

Excerpt 2: 

“There’s a difference between flirting and sex.”

“Are you sure?” Horatio moved to her, his gaze intense, as he tucked a stray ringlet of her dark hair behind her ear. “Why don’t we find out?”


“Portia, you can go now.” He cut off her protests, but never took his eyes off Ophelia. “Come back in a few hours.”

“Have fun!” Portia winked at Ophelia. “You look fabulous.”

The click of the door behind her best friend caused Ophelia jump.

Could she do this? Should she do this? It was one thing to want to learn the art of sex to please the man you loved--even if he didn’t really see her like that yet--but another altogether to be seduced by his best friend.

And could she even claim seduction? After all, she was a willing party. She’d gone along with Portia’s plan without much thought.

Anything that would make her better for Hamlet.

“I didn’t know it would be you.” Ophelia swallowed hard. “I assumed it would one of Portia’s ex-lovers.”

“And who’s to say I’m not one of those?” Horatio laughed lightly. “Would you like a drink?”

He gestured to the champagne Portia had prepared for them, and without waiting for her answer, went to it. He popped the cork with expertise, filled their glasses and handed one to her.

“To you, Ophelia,” he said, raising his glass. “To the woman you are about to unleash.”

She drank deeply, letting the bubbles tickle her throat, letting the warmth of it relax her.

“Come here.” Horatio took her hand and led her to the mirror. “I want to show you something.”

He twirled her so she could see herself in the wide mirror on the wall above the couch.

“You are gorgeous.” Horatio stood behind her, barely pressing against her back. He sipped from his champagne glass. “Have you ever really looked at yourself?”

“No,” she whispered and to avoid doing so any longer, Ophelia drained the rest of her glass of champagne. “It’s not right to think about yourself like that. Very vain.”

“Who told you that?”

“My father, maybe my brother.”

“They were fools, afraid of the power you represent as a woman.”

“What do you mean?”

“You have everything a man wants.” His voice rumbled as he wrapped an arm around her and placed his hand over her heart. “We want this.”

She could feel him pressed harder against her, could feel his breath tickle her neck.

“And we want this.” He moved his hand to rest on her crotch. “Your heart and your desire. That’s what we want. Fathers and brothers don’t like seeing it in their sisters and daughters. It reminds them of the sexual animal inside all men.”

He dropped his hand, but didn’t move away from her. For a long moment, their eyes met in the mirror. Then Horatio stepped back just far enough to put down his glass of champagne.

He placed both hands on her shoulders.

“Let’s begin.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Esmae Browder is an ex-Catholic school girl from New Orleans who loves vodka tonics and romance. Combining her love of literature with a flair for erotic fiction, she has created a unique series which includes prequels and retellings of some of the Bard’s most famous works. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew--nothing is sacred in Esmae’s Literotica world. You may know your Shakespeare, but you haven’t heard the whole erotic story! An avid blogger at All Things Writing, you can learn more about Esmae there or stop by her website:

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Giveaway: Esmae will be awarding the first three ebooks in the series: Ophelia's Lessons, Ravishing Rosaline, and The Taming of the Prude to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Thanks for having me on your site today!

  2. It's awesome that your are expanding the dimensions of Ophelia. This sounds like such a fun read.