And it’s the holiday season once again

When you’re gifted a box of sex toys for Christmas and then the guy you’ve been lusting after for years turns up on your doorstep, what’s a stressed-out CEO to do? Find out in A Steamy Christmas for the CEO.

I’ve been inconsistent with my blogs this year as Bella Duce will tell you. She’s hanging in there though and we hope to be back with our double act early in the new year. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Holiday Season, everyone 🙂

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A conversation with Bella about writing in May

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Shannon: Hi All, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Bella Duce. Did I say that right?

Bella: The Bella bit was fine, but I hold to the Italian version of Doo-cheh for my surname. The other makes me sound like I’m the deuce of hearts or something. You must know what I mean. I reckon you get all sorts of pronunciations for Slique, like Sliker or Slike instead of Sleek, yes?

Shannon: Well yes. But we’re not here to discuss names as such.

Bella: You raised it.

Shannon: Fine, now I’m ending it. I can see we’re going to have some interesting discussions.

Bella: I hope so, chuckle.

Shannon: You’re using a spare page on my web-site. Tell us all what that’s about.

Bella: Us beginning influencers all have to start somewhere, but starting costs money, so I thought, why not ride your coat-tails to see where I’m going with this. Are you regretting it?

Shannon: Not at all. It’s great to have someone younger around the place to bounce ideas off. And you’re going to be writing stories?

Bella: Sorry to jump the gun, but I’ve already started. You can check out my first one on

Shannon: Is that a porn site?

Bella: Hehe. I didn’t think I could shock a fellow writer of erotic work. If the naked bodies bother you, ignore them and scroll on down to Erotica. There’s a host of great erotic stories—enough to have you steaming up for weeks.

Shannon: I thought you were going to clear stories with me before you posted?

Bella: Hmm, if the thought of visiting a porn site has you all hot and bothered, you can see why I didn’t. My stuff is spicy. I explore fucks of all shapes and sizes. You’re more the Happy-Ever-After, sex-with-strings, girl and I’m in for whatever comes my way.

Shannon: Hmph. Tell me more about what you’ve posted.

Bella: The stories are based around characters in the tarot deck who go to party-dates, private and public, organised by a mysterious guy called the Emperor. No one seems to know who he is, but he’s definitely the one pulling the strings. He assigns tarot names to people who join the club depending on where they are in life. We’ll work through the deck to expose all their kinky stories.

Shannon: Tarot is an interesting angle. Aren’t you worried the woo-woo spirits will be angry?

Bella: You’re sweet to worry, but nah, it’s under control.

Shannon: Who is your first victim?

Bella: I’ve started with Justice. In her day job, she’s a journalist. She loves her sex, and she loves helping others to get more out of it. In this first story, she’s teaching a hetero-couple about a good blow job.

Shannon: If she’s a journalist, won’t she, er, blow the whole deal wide open? Or expose the people she’s playing with?

Bella: Not right now. She’s too into it. In the future? Who knows? It’s all part of the mystery and tension, I guess. What about you? What will you be writing this month?

Shannon: I’ve pulled a story out of the bottom drawer to have another go. I can’t decide whether it’s a novella or a novel. Should I keep it short and hot, or draw it out so they get their happy ending?

Bella: Your happy ending means something different from mine (snicker). I get a happy ending every fucking story and it doesn’t mean white picket fences. Hot pumping fucks give everyone a happy ending.

Shannon: We’re on totally different wavelengths.

Bella: Don’t go all prudish on me. Your guys have fun sex too. In fact, I’m going to borrow that box of toys Ewan and Kelly used in A Steamy Christmas for the CEO. Going to work with jiggle balls in place? That was inspirational. Keeps me hot and ready all day.

Shannon: I’m not prudish! This story I’m working on begins in a brothel. What do you think about that?

Bella: If it’s sex between consenting over-age people I don’t care where it happens, frankly. The research will be interesting. Oops. Now you’re blushing. You can’t be a serious erotic writer and still blush.

Shannon: I’ll ignore that. Tell us who your victim is this month, so we can close off this interview.

Bella: I’ve got two on the go and will decide which will get precedence. The Five of Coins is about a young woman who sees herself as an outsider, but the Emperor knows she’s fire-branding hot to trot and he’ll make it happen for her. The other is the Three of Swords. There’s a lot of heartbreak behind this one. Maybe a steamy threesome will be the catalyst for a new start.

Shannon: How will you decide which one to publish?

Bella: I won’t. My pendulum will.

Shannon: Your pendulum? As in a crystal hanging on the end of a piece of string?

Bella: That’s the one. It’s a useful connection to have with things you can’t see.

Shannon: Tarot cards, pendulums. It’s all a bit weird.

Bella: Just like beauty, Shan, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Don’t knock it till you try it.

Shannon: A month. We’ll talk about it in a month. For now, I need a lie down.

Bella: I’ll fetch your vibrator, shall I?

Spicy Bites 2018

The Spicy Bites anthology for 2018 took the theme of chains. There are lot of ways you can use chains in a spicy/erotic context. My story, “Cold, Gold Chains” used them as a form of appreciation when Niamh’s alter-ego Rhianna took Sam along on a new fantasy.

Apart from my story, there are eleven other beautifully erotic romances in the collection. The book can be purchased from the Romance Writers of Australia shop:

Chains ~ Spicy Bites Anthology 2018 | Romance Writers of Australia (

A Steamy Christmas for the CEO

And it’s here!

A Steamy Christmas for the CEO has hit the virtual bookshelves. It’s a great story about loss and love and realising when a special someone is within reach at Christmas time. When friends become lovers and there are sex toys involved, you’ve got to know that there will be a happy ending in there somewhere.

I’d love to hear what you think of this spicy Christmas novella.

Happy Christmas everyone! And all the best for a wonderful year as the Year of the Pig transitions into the Year of the Rat. It’s a year to finally garner recognition for the work you put in during the year of the Pig. Enjoy!

Publication date for “Steamy Christmas for the CEO”

It’s less than a month until Steamy Christmas hits the virtual bookshelves thanks to Evernight Publishing.

December 5 is the day!

I’m excited. Kelly and Ewen have been waiting a while for the opportunity to get together. Now is their time.

Let me introduce you.

“Ewen’s head snapped toward the high-heeled intruder as she stalked toward his desk, carrying a brightly wrapped gift about twenty centimeters by ten. His eyes narrowed. He hadn’t heard a knock at the door. That could have been because he was engrossed in the material in front of him or maybe because it didn’t happen.
“Can I help you, Kelly?” God, only this woman had the power to turn him inside out with a smile, but she was the one woman who was out of bounds to him.”

Spicy Bites 2019

You will recall that I mentioned the 2017 and 2018 Spicy Bites anthologies from Romance Writers of Australia as having great sexy stories?

Well the good news is that I have a story again in this year’s anthology to be published next month at the RWAus conference in Melbourne.

The theme of this year’s anthology was “masks” and my offering is called “A Mask for Carnevale” and is set in Venice’s iconic Carnevale where exotic masks are worn by just about everyone.

This is the link to the 2019 Anthology: I hope you enjoy it.