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.
Tell us a little about your book?
Ophelia’s Lessons is a modern day, erotic prequel to Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. It’s part of my Naughty Shakespeare series! The last time you probably even thought about Ophelia was when you were reading the Cliff Notes in order to pass a high school English test, right? Shakespeare turned her into a doomed, innocent virgin who was driven mad by the way Hamlet treated her. In my book, we learn why she was so crazy about him in the first place and that Ophelia is just like Brittney Spears claims: Not that innocent!
How much emotion does it take from you to write?
Hm mm….depends on what I’m writing. I use lots of pen names and dabble in many genres. For my erotica series, I usually walk away from my keyboard feeling like I need a drink or a man!
What is your favorite part of the book?
My fave part is when Ophelia begins to take control of her desires and seduces Hamlet’s best friend, Horatio. She grows as a character and we can start to understand that she will do whatever it takes to get her man–even if means pretending to be something that she isn’t!
You can only pick 3 words to describe your main characters..what would they be?
Ophelia: deceptive, sexy, ambitious
Horatio: amorous, determined, handsome
Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why?
Portia was the easiest character to write because she’s not actually in the original story of Hamlet. She was a fun creation that gets Ophelia into trouble and tantalizes her with some girl on girl fun. Portia is very naughty!
Hamlet was the most difficult to write because the reader is seeing him through the eyes of Ophelia. Also, this is a prequel. All the things that go down in Hamlet haven’t happened yet. He’s still kind of a spoiled rich kid, so I wanted to have him be that–yet he still had to be appealing to Ophelia.
How many books are you shooting for in this series?
I’ve written three books in the Naughty Shakespeare series: Ophelia’s Lessons, Ravishing Rosaline (a prequel to Romeo and Juliet), and The Taming of the Prude (a retelling of Taming of the Shrew). I see about three more in this series, though I’m tied up with another project right now!
What are you currently working on?
Right now my heart and sex drive are living in the past! I’m working on a story about erotic Pompeii where most of the action occurs the final week before Mt. Vesuvius exploded. It is based on a lot of historical research that I’ve done regarding the out of control sex lives of Pompeii’s residents.
Since we’re cover hussies….what was your first impression of your cover?
Loved it! I’m really into book covers because I believe they are what capture the reader’s attention first. I wish it were the synopsis or the writing itself, but it’s been my experience that the artwork is what causes readers to take a second look. I made sure that all three of my book covers in the Naughty Shakespeare series were linked in small ways. For example, all feature a woman with her face turned away. All three give you a hint of the personality of the woman within the story.
What do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?
ebooks. I love reading on my kindle!
Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?
I would really like to try a straight Regency novel, but I feel like I need more research on the correct terms that applied to society back then.
Okay…. personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there… Hahah…
What is on your night stand/dresser?
a feather boa, my engagement picture, socks with holes in them
What are you listening to you right now?
the Nightly News with Diane Sawyer. She’s droning on as I type.
What are you reading right now?
the second book in the Game of Thrones series. It’s a bit slow for me.
What is your favorite season? Holiday?
Thanksgiving! I love food!!!
And what has been your best b-day present ever?
All of my friends joining me for three days in New Orleans for my 40th!
Hard and Quick Time! Don’t think… Just answer!
Are you a quickie kind girl? Yes!
Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark
Whipped or Melted? whipped
Straight up or with a twist – sex? With a twist, please!!!!
What’s ur fave drink – in a glass or on him? Has he taken a shower? If so, then on him!
Spank or Flogger? Spank it!
Junk or Health Food? Depends on what time of the month it is
Ties or Chains? Ties…but not gray ones.
Leather or Lace? Lace up my bodice!
Soft or Hard… Bed, where was your mind? Mmmm….soft.
Control or Be Controlled? Control
Hot Wax or Whip Cream? Whip cream
Vampire or Werewolf? Ugh…neither. Give me a hot angel instead!
Twitter and/or Facebook? Facebook
Pinterest or not? Pinterest has lost my interest.
“Why not?” She smiled at him. “Everything is better with champagne. You taught me that.”
Horatio gave her a warm, knowing smile and signaled a nearby waitress.
“You’re usual?” the girl asked.
“So you come here a lot?” Ophelia asked as the girl walked away. “You have a usual.”
“Hamlet and I both come here,” Horatio said. “In fact, you may even see him tonight.”
Her heart beat a little faster. Self-conscious, she raised a hand to her hair as her eyes scanned the dance floor. What would Hamlet think if he saw her with Horatio? Was he down from Odessa? Why hadn’t Portia told her?
“Relax, he’s not here yet,” Horatio soothed. He grabbed her hand and squeezed gently. “He’ll text me when he gets here. But I thought you might enjoy a little taste of what he is all about. He has…certain tastes.”
“I don’t know…if he sees me here…I may not be what he wants…”
“Stop. You’re beautiful. That’s exactly what he wants.”
“I’m not. I’m–“
“Stop talking.” His stern voice stopped her in mid-sentence. “See? That’s what he wants. Obedience mixed with innocence and sex appeal.”
He leaned over to her and ran his finger down her shoulder.
“It’s what we all want.”
The touch of his finger, so light, so perfect, sent a chill through her.
He kissed her and she thought she might melt into her seat.
Horatio had never kissed her. Had sex with her, yes. Fucked her till she was practically blind, yes. But kiss her? That wasn’t his thing. She’d seen him do it a thousand times to Portia though.
His lips were soft against hers, his tongue gentle in her mouth as he ran a hand through her hair. The action awoke something primal in her and she found herself pressing against his mouth with her own, kissing him as if her life depended on it. He moaned and the sound urged her on.
“Um…you should pull the curtain.” The waitress was back with the champagne bottle. “Everyone is getting a free show.”
“Maybe that’s how I want it tonight,” Horatio said, kissing Ophelia’s neck before taking the bottle.
“A break from your usual discretion?” The girl shook her head in disbelief. “You are always so private.”
She walked away, leaving Ophelia to wonder about all the things she didn’t know about Horatio, had never even thought to ask.
He glanced down at his phone which buzzed on the table.
“Looks like Hamlet’s out front.” Horatio looked at Ophelia. “You ready?”
“For what exactly?”
“To put on a little show.”
“I don’t know what you mean.”
“Hamlet is going to join us, but you aren’t going to speak or look at him. In fact, he is not to even see your face.”
“What are you talking about?”
“You are going to be under the table.”
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: http://www.esmaebrowder.com.
Author Website: http://www.esmaebrowder.com
All Things Writing Blog: http://allthingswriting.blogspot.com
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