Wednesday, May 09, 2007

RW: Wild Rides

I enjoy reading well-written romantica and erotica. I wouldn't be an Emma Holly and Alison Kent fan if I didn't. When this kind of fiction is done right, it transcends the coy purple-headed prosiness or the mechanical insert slot A into tab B stories we see so often in this category.

Lush, an erotic trilogy of stories by Sasha WhiteYou won't find any turgid throbbing manroots or unlikely robotic positions in Lush by Sasha White. What you will discover is a trilogy of interconnected stories about three couples who find and explore each other, body and soul. Yes, the stories are explicit, so be warned: this is hands-on, right there, in-your-face erotica. It's beautifully written, but it never apologizes for the content by masking it with a lot of idiot euphemisms.

What I enjoy about Sasha White's storytelling is the combination of playfulness and soulfulness. This book, like all her work, is both fun and touching. Very few writers in this category can pull off something like that; Sasha White is already an expert at it. It's going to be very interesting to see where she goes from here.

As always, you don't have to take my word for it. In comments to this post, name your favorite romantic food (or, if you don't think food is romantic, just throw your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Friday, May 11, 2007. I'll draw five names at random from everyone who participates, and send the winners an unsigned copy of Lush by Sasha White and a surprise. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

Home front news: you people have certainly been busy. Four days after its release, Night Lost hit the Borders Group Inc. romance mass market bestseller list at #1 for week ending 5/5/07. My editor tells me the book also debuted at #4 on Barnes & Nobles' romance BSL list, and #17 on their overall mass market BSL list.

I've got thirty-seven books in print, but none of them have ever made it to #1 on any list. Not a place I ever expected to be, frankly, so I have nothing prepared or rehearsed. To the buyers and booksellers of Borders Group, Inc., who have been incredibly generous with their support of Night Lost, and to all of you who went out and spent your hard-earned money to buy the book, may I simply say: thank you.

Oh, and if you see a nice little old lady circling the earth sometime today, that would be my mom.


  1. So, that's what was flying by some minutes ago. A good umbrella can take you a long way with the jet stream.

    Congrats on the #1 listing.

  2. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Congrats on the #1!!!

    Favorite Romantic food? Melted chocolate. So many possibilities. And it's CHOCOLATE!

    Second favorite? Creative consumption of a banana. Seriously, no man can take his eyes off a woman eating a banana if she's doing it right.

  3. We love you. We really, really, love you.

    I don't want to be in the drawing, I just wanted to congratulate you.

  4. Congrats on the placing! I'm looking forward to reading my copy. :D You don't have to enter me in the drawing. I bought this book from Sasha at RT. :)

  5. Congratulations on making the bestseller list. I hope to start your book this weekend!

  6. Bananas is a good answer but I'm always faintly embarrassed to eat them in public. So I guess I would have to say a really decadent dessert. All those moans and sighs....

    Congratulations on the #1, you deserve it.

  7. Anonymous12:52 PM


  8. Oh wow...that's awesome news! Congrats!


  9. Anonymous1:16 PM

    Hot fudge cake dripping with lots of hot fudge sauce. :)

    Congrats on #1!

  10. Anonymous1:19 PM

    Congratulations! #1 is where Night Lost deserves to be :) It is a great read!

    My favorite romantic food is just between my love and I but I'll post it anyway: chicken and dumplings. You writers can fill in the blanks any way you want to :)

    That aside, I go with chocolate too. Great chocolate.

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  12. Anonymous1:31 PM

    Congratulations, PBW! Much deserved! (And I work for Borders Group. LOL.) I don't need to be in the drawing, but my answer would be lobster dripping in butter.

  13. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Congratulations, and chocolate covered strawberries and champagne!

  14. Congratulations, PBW! I loved Night Lost (so much that I have to read it again already) and your success is well-earned!

    Oooh, Lush. What a giveaway. And since I don't have my copy yet, my favorite romantic food is pastry. The really good kind.

  15. Congrats on making the bestseller list. I have my copy of Night Lost and hopefully will have time to read this week.

    Most romantic food - has to be chocolate.

  16. Most romantic food: chocolate covered strawberries. Yum.

    Congrats on the Night Lost success! I go to lunch in about 10 minutes where I plan on starting it. Can't wait!

  17. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Best romantic food? Barbeque. Why? 'Cause if it's good, it's greasy.

    Jeff P.

  18. Congratulations on your books' success.

    My choice for most romantic food: chocolate.

  19. Congratulations on your #1 best seller.
    My favorite romantic food is chocolate covered strawberries.

  20. Congratulations! I read it myself (all in one nice sitting, which I haven't been able to do with a book in a while :)), and I have to say... Very nicely done :)

    Most romantic food would be... Tiramisu!

  21. Your post illustrates why we like you so much.
    Is wine a food?

  22. YAY!!! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed LUSH. It's a real trip to know that one of my fave authors reads my own stories. *grin*

    And Super Congrats on the lists!! You deserve all the successes!

  23. Anonymous3:18 PM

    Romantic food? Hmmm...I have to go with everyone else and say chocolate I think.

  24. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Congratulations, PBW! That's fantastic! (You didn't think you'd ever get there? *pssh*)

    And, while I don't want to win the book (not my genre so don't enter me), I think the most romantic food is steak. Why? Because I don't like it but my hubby could eat it every day. So when I make steak, it's truly a meal of love and sacrifice. :-D

  25. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Congrats, on your Night Lost success!

    My favorite romantic food is chocolate.

    Terri W.

  26. Thanks for the book recommendation. Congrats on the list placement for Night Lost! I eagerly await the arrival of my copy from!

  27. Consider yourself tagged. ;)

  28. Congratulations!!! My romantic food: Cheesecake. . . a really good piece of cheesecake.

  29. Anonymous4:52 PM

    Congratulations on hitting the Best Sellers Lists!

    (No need for name in hat, just wanted to say Congrats. Thank you.)

  30. Anonymous5:01 PM

    Congratulations on the #1! *cheers* I can't wait to read Night Lost...but first I have to read the other two. ;)

    Most romantic food - yep, chocolate covered strawberries. :D

  31. Congrats on the #1. Wonderful news. Romantic food would be smoked salmon and bruschetta.

  32. Anonymous5:14 PM

    Favorite romantic food... a good steak, hot baked potato, ice wine raspberries. Damn way to full for sex now.


  33. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Congrats on #1! :D K, now that I got that outta the way;P Most romantic food..Anything with olive oil(extra virgin) or baby-back ribs, mmm..

  34. Congrats on #1. Great. Blueberries and scones with cream.

  35. Congrats I'm so happy for you!!!!

    *waiting on UPS to deliver mine* LOL

  36. Congrats on the release! Chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite. Would love a copy of the book.

  37. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Eating mangos nekkid - much fun is had by all :-) Congrats! I had Night Lost pre-ordered from Amazon and had just finished re-reading the others when it arrived. It was scarffed down in a single plane ride - YUM!

  38. Anonymous7:33 PM

    Simply love your work!

    Name in hat please...


  39. Congrats on the success, it's well deserved and couldn't happen to a nicer person. Now onto the food *g*, I would have to say bananas foster, the desert is to die for and the whole preparation thing is cool (they light it on fire, ya know). And if you ask nicely, I'll tell you the place in FL that does it the best (which doesn't help me as I'm currently 5 states away, sigh).

  40. Blogger hates me! I'm *sure* I posted this earlier. Sigh.

    Raspberries. Definitely raspberries.

    And congrats on your honor--it is *very* well deserved.

  41. Anonymous8:09 PM


    Hmm. My last boyfriend used to make
    homemade buiscuits, and when they were still warm from the oven, pile a heap of fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream on top. Heavenly, and very sweet - in more ways than one.

  42. Congrats on your placing, Lynn! And I saw a Lynn Viehl cardboard standup tower yesterday in Borders with your Darkyn books in it! I couldn't wait to tell you. :)

    Romantic food...strawberries and whipped cream.

    Sasha is so much fun!

  43. mmm...I think most food is romantic...I love the food.

    I choose chocolate/rasperry torte...with wine please.

  44. Throwing my name in the hat... and congrats on hitting #1!

  45. Way to go! #1!

    I would have to say strawberries in whip cream. When we were in college, my boyfriend and I didn't have a lot of money. He rented a movie, took over a classroom and a projector, and we sat there in the dark dipping strawberries into a tub of whip cream. Perfect.

  46. Congratulations on the #1!!! Chocolate covered strawberries.

  47. Anonymous9:53 PM

    Throw my name into the hat! And CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


  48. Anonymous10:33 PM

    Night Lost was fantastic and should definetly be at #1. Congrats!

  49. Hooray on the #1!

    I love eating an ice cream cone in just the right way to get a guy's full attention...

  50. congrats on the number one. Your recommendation sounds good. I've not read anything by here but will check itt out.

  51. Anonymous11:21 PM

    Romantic food? A good steak. I love strawberries and the like, but nothing beats a good steak.

    Congrats on the list! I haven't been to the book store yet (Finals week for the sad college girl)but I plan on picking it up and spending tomarrow evening enjoying.

  52. Anonymous11:34 PM

    congrats on being #1!!

    As for romantic food... steak or maybe chocolate covered orange peels.


  53. I got my very first Sasha White book in the mail yesterday. I picked up Gypsy Heart, and it looks like it's going to be good. (It came with back cover copy warning about it's explicitness, and I'm thinking, I've read a lot of explicit stuff. Will this really be more explicit? I'll just have to read it and find out.)

    Romantic food? Is there a food that isn't romantic? But seriously...long neck beer bottles can be incredibly romantic and induce playfulness. Some (including me) might debate whether beer is food, so I had better look a little harder. Besides, the bottle is the container. The beverage isn't romantic. I'd have to say fajitas -- shared.

    Congrats on the exciting debut of Night Lost. I've picked it up but need to get reading yet.

  54. #1 good stuff.

    I hear that persimmons are the most romantic fruit. I don't get it, but that doesn't mean I can't participate. ;-)

  55. Anonymous1:23 AM

    Huge congratulations!! :)

  56. Also don't need a prize--just wanted to say congrats on the #1, yayyy!!
    (And Sasha--applause, applause girl!).

  57. turgid throbbing manroots what a cack! Couldn't help but laugh at this description.

    Congrats on your number #1 status!

    Um... most romantic food? Whipped cream; on me. But I'm guessing that's wa-ay too much information... so I'll just say, spaghetti - all that pouting to suck it in.

  58. Anonymous5:10 AM

    Warm runny caramel, eaten either with fingers or pooled over ice-cream.

    Or toast. Gotta love midnight toast. Midnight honeyed toast.. mmm.

    Congrats on the #1!


  59. name in the hat for me please! thanks :)

  60. Fresh Litchi

    Congrats on the #1.

  61. Anonymous12:37 PM

    Favorite romantic food? Mint chocolate chip ice cream.

  62. Anonymous2:16 PM

    Congrats on the #1! Cool.

    Most romantic food...hubby would say popcicles eaten by grown women. Me, I'd agree with chocolate or *warm* hot fudge sauce drizzled...


  63. Anonymous8:07 PM

    Anything eaten picnic style!

  64. Congratulations on being #1!

    Any food can be romantic if it's dressed up right, tastes great and is used imaginatively. But specifically, my top picks are whipped cream and chocolate.

  65. Anonymous7:50 AM

    Congratulations! I don't know any writer who works harder that you do. Kudos for much deserved success! :)

  66. Anonymous9:48 PM

    Mmmm - ripe juicy mangos. Or nectarines. Or even pears, in a pinch.