Ophelia’s Lessons Blog Tour: Guest Post

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I considered myself a bit of a quirky person.

For example, I don’t like wooden spoons–can’t stand them! If I know one is in the house, I can’t sleep. I also don’t like people touching my feet. Yeah, yeah, I know how great foot massages can feel, but the idea of someone kneading or pressing on the bottom of my feet makes my toes curl in fear! The other big quirk of my life revolves around birds. I hate birds. They fly too close, poop in midair, and certain birds will even peck at you in order to steal your hot dog. I refuse to go anywhere near an aviary.

I’m sure my long suffering husband could go on and on and on about my zillion other quirks!

I do have a few writing quirks, too.

I struggle every day with what I call “writing resistance.” I love writing and nothing makes me as happy as the joy of putting together strong characters and fun plot twists. Every moment I spent writing the Naughty Shakespeare series was wonderful–when I made myself settle down and write. You see, like many writers, I find that there are many things that make me resist sitting down and writing like I should. Facebook, Twitter, email–they are the bane of the writer resistance. One of my quirks is that I must read all emails, update my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and check my emails again before I get down to the business of writing. If I don’t do it, I feel oddly guilty…

Another quirk for me is that I can’t write if someone else is in the room. My favorite writing space is in my bedroom. It’s a plain little area with nothing very exciting about it, but if someone enters the room or is lying on the bed, I get agitated. I can’t fully immerse myself into my work. I’m constantly thinking they are looking over my shoulder, reading my erotic scenes, about to bop me on the head. I usually have to minimize my screen and give whoever is in my space ugly looks until they leave.

My favorite quirk is my candle ritual. I have two tall “Jesus” candles on my desk. I do my best writing when they are both lit. Don’t know why. Don’t know how. But there it is! When Jesus is lit, my mind gets creative!

I suppose I should be grateful for these little quirks because they do keep me productive. I couldn’t have written my Naughty Shakespeare series without being aware of them! In fact, I like to think because I have my quirks the characters in Ophelia’s Lessons do, too! However, their quirks tend to be much sexier than mine!




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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.





“Champagne?” he asked.

“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.

“Of course.”

“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.”




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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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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