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Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance [Kindle Edition]

Mitzi Szereto , Kelley Armstrong
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Book Description

Red Velvet and Absinthe explores love and lust with otherworldly partners who, by their sheer fantastical nature, evoke passion and desire far beyond that which any normal human being can inspire. Although the greats such as Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier are long dead, these contemporary authors keep the Gothic spirit alive and well by interpreting it in new and exciting ways. Red Velvet and Absinthe offers readers a collection of unique and original stories that conjure up the atmospheric and romantic spirit of the Gothic masters (and mistresses) but take things a bit further by adding to the brew a generous dosage of eroticism. Lie back and listen to the wind howling outside your window as you read these stories in the flickering light of a candle, the absinthe you’re sipping warming your body like the caressing touch of a lover’s fingers . . .

Editorial Reviews


"I simply cannot get enough of this gothic revival in romance."
-Lady Smut

"Outstanding prose complying with that genre of literature that I affectionately refer to as 'literary smut.'"
-Reviews by Amos Lassen

"Red Velvet and Absinthe is a Cleis Press classic, with lush worlds built into every story, and sensuality that reaches supreme heights. This anthology is as good as Gothic short fiction gets: dark as night and smooth as velvet."
-Books a la Mode

"These stories show that the old magic of Gothic fiction can still work in the right hands."
-Jean Roberta

"...For anyone who's fantasised about being ravished by Edward Cullen or Jacob Black (that's all of us then.)"
-Glamour UK

".all these stories embrace the emotional and sensory richness integral to the Gothic tale."
-San Francisco Book Review

"The title says it all: a collection of erotic romance by well-known erotic author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, things that go bump in the night, creatures that would be right at home in a story by Stoker or Poe, coagulate on these pages, raw and exposed as readers haven't seen them before, draped in danger and romance, lit by flickering candles and red tapestries that conjure desire beyond mere mortality."
-Portland Book Review

"Regardless of one's personal taste in terms of relationships and of literary labels, what really counts is the quality of fiction... If you're not too prudish and if you appreciate good fiction, I'm sure you will enjoy this book."
-The Short Review

"The passion you discover is worth sneaking off into the bedroom with your other and discovering your own passion. Just beware of what lurks in those corners..."
-All I Want and More

"With truly bizarre and just slightly paranormal and everything in between, Red Velvet and Absinthe offers readers many delicious stories to choose from."
-She Knows

"The focus here is on quality writing and story-telling. If you like the paranormal or are turned on by the unusual, I can't recommend this enough."
-Of Sex and Love

"I love compilation books and this one did not disappoint me. Some stories were written so well that I didn't want them to end. Other stories told just the right amount about the characters to leave me thinking about them long after the story ended."
-Kissin Blue Karen

"These stories bring out an atmosphere of intrigue, full of dark and twisted emotions we can all feel in the right this case it is candle light that will inspire us... Deliciously Gothic."
-Love Romance Passion

"This is a lush anthology of paranormal romance.... Although sometimes erotic, these stories don't skimp on the emotional depth."
- Fresh Fiction

"Editor and writer Mitzi Szereto chose the stories, skillfully pulling together a whole collection yet allowing each story to maintain a unique voice... The collection holds a seductress in a painting, a vampire who stars in a hit television series, a doll made from scraps and wax, and the list of oddities continues."
-Luxury Reading

"All of these short stories explore romance of a different kind, be it Vampires, Werewolves, or unexplained otherworldly creatures."
-Vampire Romance Books

"The stories were superb and the sex sublime. This was an awesome collection of paranormal erotica, probably the best collection I have ever read."

"The darkness and desires enveloping the characters within these stories makes for an altogether fascinating read. Whether it is a vampire, werewolf or spectral being there is something in all of them that you can recognize... Each of these authors will enrapt you with the depth of their characters and the complexity of their storylines."
-Coffee Time Romance

"Altogether lovely, haunting, and deliciously decadent, you'll be snuffing out the candles long before you're done, if only to hide your own gothic touch beneath the sheets!"
-Bibrary Book Lust

"An intriguing collection of short stories filled with complicated relationships that, like absinthe itself, waver between being considered extremely dangerous and perfectly acceptable, depending on one's perspective."
-Night Owl Reviews

"Haunting, Intriguing, Sensual, Curious, Lustful, Spellbinding, Hot... There is something here for everyone."
-Romancing the Book

"These stories are about atmosphere and Otherness, and amping up the blatant sexual tension of the gothic classics into something more palpable. Really well done."
-The Book Rat

"Scintillating and suspenseful, this homage to Gothic fiction is a winner! Red Velvet and Absinthe scores with both sexy and scary thrills."
-Caridad Pi�eiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost

"I urge all lovers of paranormal erotic romance to pick up this anthology! Perfect reading for those cold, autumn nights."
-Read All Over Reviews

"Haunting, Intriguing, Sensual, Curious, Lustful, Spellbinding, Hot. There is something here for everyone."
-Romancing the Book

"Dark, dirty, passionate, and paranormal... Great stories with erotic element firmly in place."
- Getting Naughty Between the Stacks

"Several of the stories in <Red Velvet & Absinthe
are wonderful because of the language. They are beautifully written, poignant and touching. I particularly liked La Belle Mort, The Persistence of Memory and The Blood Moon Kiss."
-Daemon Reviews

"Scorching hot and deliciously sinful, Mitzi Szereto's collection of stories of dark and preternatural hungers will have you panting for more."
-Adrian Phoenix, critically acclaimed author of The Maker's Song series

"The authors are all wonderful story tellers, weaving their own versions of Gothic Erotica."
- Blood, Lust and Erotica

"Fifteen different variations on the subject of the supernatural will keep the reader entertained from the beginning to end. This book has something for every taste."
- Sensual Reads

"Having literary pieces of art and being focused on more than just the sex is one of Mitzi Szereto's styles... a very enjoyable read."
-Pop My Cherry

"Run a hot bath, pour a glass of red wine, and slip into this enticing collection of sexy tales."
-Dianne Sylvan, author of the Shadow World novels

"[S]exy and often quite humorous... Enthusiastically recommended.
-Library Journal

"Thank God for Mitzi Szereto! Now the literary purists have someone new to go after with their pitchforks. Adding zombies to Pride and Prejudice was one thing, but SEX SEX SEX? It's sacrilege! Raunchy, hilarious, subversive sacrilege. which is the best kind, of course." -Steve Hockensmith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

"If Jane Austen had drunk a great deal of absinthe and slipped out of her petticoat. Mitzi Szereto's erotic parody of Pride and Prejudice might well be the result!" -Susie Bright

"If Jane Austen can survive the onslaught of zombies, she can surely swoon all over at the thought of Mitzi Szereto's witty and explicit new exploration of her classic novel. A sexy hoot!" -Maxim Jakubowski

"Mitzi Szereto's deliciously erotic retelling of Pride and Prejudice boldly turns Austen's classic on its pretty little head, knickers-side up. With keen wit (I laughed out loud many times), elegant prose, and a wicked imagination, Szereto exposes hidden lusts and truths, paying irreverent homage to Austen's romantic entanglements of yore while at the same time revealing a great deal about contemporary matters sexual and otherwise." -Janice Eidus, author of The Last Jewish Virgin and The War of the Rosens

"Mitzi Szereto's Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is a luscious tribute to Jane Austen. This erotic version of the classic honors the wit, romance and sociological observation of the original. At the same time, it's as though Szereto knows the wicked thoughts that went through many of our minds went we first read Pride and Prejudice. Austen lovers will savor this hot Regency romance-perhaps even your aunt who worships the PBS versions. And those who don't love Austen can enjoy this entertaining, smart and sensual novel." -Polly Frost, author of Deep Inside: Extreme Erotic Fantasies and Sex Scenes

"Mitzi Szereto's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is a mysterious and delightful uncovering of random sexual encounters among the landed gentry. You will have a ball!" -Nick Belardes, author of Random Obsessions and illustrator of West of Here

From the Foreword

"Whatever the setting or the time period or the elements chosen, all these stories embrace the emotional and sensory richness integral to the gothic tale. We don't just read words on a page. We feel the red velvet. We taste the absinthe. We smell the flower and sweat. We hear the whispers and cries. And we experience the thrilling danger, the looming apprehension, the exquisite passion. That is the core of gothic literature and this collection delivers."
-Kelley Armstrong

From the Back Cover

Explore Your Dark Desires

The supernatural: Think vampires, werewolves, ghosts...eerie sounds in the night, impassioned whispers teasing at the depths of sleep...Think red velvet, flickering candles, love and lust with otherworldly partners who unleash passion and desire far beyond that inspired by simple mortals. Editor Mitzi Szereto's sensual stories provide thrills and chills of telltale hearts, redolent with romance and danger. Red Velvet and Absinthe will carry you away, conjuring up the romantic spirit of classic Gothic fiction with a generous dose of eroticism.

A lusty lady, ravaged, seeks comfort in the arms of her maidservent in Giselle Renarde's rapacious "Milady's Bath," while bondage and desire enslave a wolf girl to her master in "Snowlight, Moonlight" by Rose de Fer. Janine Ashbless's "Cover Him with Darkness" is an exquisite tale of secret love between an imprisoned fallen angel and the girl he seduces. Editor Mitzi Szereto's vampire romance "The Blood Moon Kiss" is sexy Southern Gothic at its finest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1573447161
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (September 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive collection & plain good storytelling October 17, 2011
You never really know what to expect when you go into a collection like this. Well, I mean you know one thing to expect, but as for the quality of the actual storytelling, it's a gamble. Fortunately this was a gamble that paid off, because I found myself consistently surprised with the quality of the stories. Yes, each one revolves around some sort of otherworldly/supernatural (smutty) relationship, but for the most part, it seems like all of the authors chose to focus on layering their stories and injecting as much depth and interestingness to the stories and characters.

A lot of people are put off by short stories, I think (and this used to be true of me) because they don't connect - there's just not enough time, not enough text, and so things end up falling a little flat for them emotionally. Many times a reader will say of a short story, 'It was good but I wish it was full-length' or 'There just wasn't enough' ... they are left unsatisfied, feeling as if they've just begun when it ends. But there are a good number of stories in here that I actually found myself connecting to, sometimes rather quickly, and I have to praise that. One in particular, "Cover him with Darkness" by Janine Ashbless, I found very intriguing and perfectly complete as a short story - I didn't want anything else from it. I just thought it was really well done, well-suited to the format, and intriguing. The same is true of "Painted" by Anna Meadows and "Dolly" by Charlotte Stein. All 3 of these stories are completely different with a different feel, but they all had a completeness to them, and a story I loved following.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Erotica At Its Best! September 18, 2011
Brilliant story to start the anthology with, subtle undertones of BDSM interspersed with shape-shifting erotica.
Unusual story that was compelling as you thought you knew what way it would go only to find out you were completely wrong. Was a bit disappointed with the ending as I felt it left the main question still unanswered.
A beautifully sad yet loving story that made this reader, wipe away a tear or two. This is a story that will haunt me in the very best way for years to come.
Such a sensually erotic story that combines all the elements I love to read. So far this would have to be my most favorite and it would be nice to see this one actually made into a longer story, delving deeper into the lives of the two main characters. It is truly a well written piece of prose that does the author proud.
An intriguing tale of sensuous prose that at times becomes too heavy with purple prose. I liked the descriptive use of flowers but it did become tedious and made this reader lose the plot line quite a few times, resulting in having to re-read it again and purposely try to keep up with the plot.
An interesting story with an incredible twist at the end that reminded me of a story I once read when I was younger but without the eroticism Dolly has.
What an outstanding story. Was not prepared for the twist at the end and I found I could not take my eyes off the page. The pace of the story was well set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful January 23, 2012
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There was not a bad story in this entire collection. The ambience was mysterious, moody, and dripping with sensuality throughout. Mitzi did a wonderful job of compiling well-written and engaging stories, that as a whole, create the perfect paranormal-package. I love dark and I love erotica, so the combination was a welcome and refreshing read. The erotica was not over-the-top, and I think that this would be a selection that lovers of dark/paranormal romance could easily sink their teeth into if some of the more risque erotica gives them pause.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sunlight, Moonlight by Rose de Fer: With gorgeous prose and a deeply sensual style, this untraditional werewolf love story revolves around an eccentric, but yummy, doctor and a sexually charged woman during her rebirth and transformation - 8 out of 10 hearts

Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless: An account of the seduction of the young, naïve Milja by an imprisoned fallen angel. Disturbing as it is tantalizing, this story takes place in a rustic faraway land and has biblical notes. I found it absolutely explosive, and it reads almost like a folktale - 10 out of 10 hearts

A Rose in the Willow Garden by Elizabeth Daniels: Apparently this was inspired by the murder ballads "Down in the Willow Garden" and "Where the Wild Roses Grow," but being unfamiliar with both, I was really lost while reading. Daniels's effect is majestic and surreal, but the supernatural summoning in this story is too confusing for me to enjoy greatly - 5 out of 10 hearts

The Blood Moon Kiss by Mitzi Szereto: Hot! I love the southern spunk with which Szereto writes. Daytime television's most popular hunk Talen and small-town actress Christine hook up in this surprisingly refreshing vampire tale of reincarnated love and its path to eternity. The shifting perspectives aren't clearly labeled, which is a bit disorienting, but other than that, The Blood Moon Kiss is a delight of an erotic read - 8 out of 10 hearts

Painted by Anna Meadows: Benjamin, a lowly groundskeeper at Mr. Lawrence's estate, loses his innocence and discovers ecstasy within the mysterious beauty of an enchanted painting. The way he completely loses himself in a seductive art's form is fascinating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
I ususally find at least one story in an anthology that prompts me to buy more books by that author. I didn't find one in this anthology. I found most of the stories laking depth. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. L. Gregory
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed most of the stories
Like with any anthology there are stories that I loved and others that fell flat for me. Those that I loved made me wish the authors would take the initiative later to expand these... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jessica Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely on my re-read list!!
Couldn't put this book down despite the looks of the people around me, annoyed at all my sudden gasps. Read more
Published 13 months ago by QuixoticOrchid
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess some women would find it entertaining.
I really bought it to try and understand this genre of fiction, I'm a hetero guy so it didn't do anything for me. it's all rather
sing-song writing.
Published 14 months ago by James Byrne Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint at heart
Social media goddess and lover of all things teddy bear, Mitzu Szereto has compiled yet another winner in her latest anthology of modern erotic tales with a traditional gothic... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lanine Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously hot.
Hot little collection of erotic romance. Every story is a page turner and a leg crosser. Highly recommended for those daring.
Published 17 months ago by Miss Missy V
4.0 out of 5 stars Fluff but nice
Not a bad collection of short stories some are much better than others some are just awful but over all not a bad collection
Published 20 months ago by Melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 to 3 stars
some of the stories left me wanting more. It felt like they where just chapter exerts and I wanted the rest of the story. Others I could care less about.
Published 20 months ago by MrsTigger07
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of stories good but the sexy effects are not there !
This book was advised by Glamour UK. Despite I like the dark side of the stories, there was a lack of erotism. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lana
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Bedtime Stories
Gothic stories are some of my most favorite reads. The werewolf that runs the moors at night, the lady who climbs out her window to meet her lover every month... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dana19018
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