Sophie Peele – Orchid House 1: Satisfaction (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Orchid House 1: Satisfaction by Sophie Peele

Series: Orchid House #1
Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by Author
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

In Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District, behind the crimson glow of a small window that shows an orchid perpetually in bloom, is a brothel unlike any other. Catering to an urban clientele with unusual sexual appetites, Orchid House has been around a long, long, long, time. Operated by the mysterious Alonna, clients and courtesans alike are not your average fare. And satisfaction is always guaranteed.

In this first tale, shy college grad Emma has been having dreams of a tentacular nature. Addicted to hentai, Emma is tired of never really feeling fulfilled, so she seeks out Orchid House to realize her fantasy and quench the dark desires she keeps secret. When she meets Stefano, a courtesan with an unusual, shapeshifting gift, she finds her match in erotic delight. Teased by his tentacles, Emma reaches pleasures she never thought possible.

This 5k short is the first in the Orchid House series of stand-alone short stories, each featuring a different, deeply erotic, often wicked, always supernatural, frequently monstrous, tale of lust.

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Delightfully Naughty!

It is a special kind of brothel that caters to something more than just the hunger of the flesh. It takes (and gives) all kinds at Orchid House. Nothing is ever ordinary here, no desire too strange, no client denied.

A short, sweet, & satisfying bit of erotica!

This is a perfect and gentle introduction to tentacle erotica for the inexperienced, but this story is about more than just that… It’s also about embracing healthy sexual fantasy, and the fulfillment that comes with exploration…

So you have a fantasy – perhaps it’s a sexual fantasy that you wouldn’t want anyone else to know about. Something dark or a little twisted… There’s a place that caters to people just like you. Orchid House.

Emma finds herself in the lounge at Orchid House hoping that the mysterious Madame Alonna can satisfy a lingering craving for the touch of tentacles. Turns out, she has exactly the courtesan in mind to satisfy Emma’s unusual fantasy.

Stefano spends an evening with the lovely shy Emma, introducing her to all the pleasures of his shape-shifting abilities. As the evening heats up, Emma lets go of all the embarrassment and embraces a reality she never thought possible.

And yes, the tentacle moments were fabulous!

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They slipped around her delicately, twining round her legs, belly, thighs, and breasts. They made a soft, slithering sound, deliciously strange. They writhed, she gasped, as the alien sensations across her skin excited every nerve.

One long tentacle slid its way from her mouth, over her lips, down her neck, swirling around a breast, playing a little with the nipple, before slowly, with tickling strokes, it made its way down.

She sighed as it curved around her thigh, its sinewy softness making her nerves jump. Restless, she spread her legs. Now, she thought, now, please, now.

The tip of the tentacle stroked between her legs, not quite touching her plump, hot, damp vulva. She moaned a little, ashamed and excited.

“Please.” She whispered to no one.

The whispering, slithery sounds continued, the tentacle between her legs resting just outside where she were wanted it, twitching slightly. It was warm, its skin smooth, except where the delicate suction cups made tantalizing ridges, feeling, holding , groping. She could feel them undulating beneath and around her, cradling her almost, in an endlessly moving dark.

It was too much. She was aching inside, longing to be filled, consumed, taken.

She got up on her knees, round bottom up in the air. The tentacles writhed again, caressing each cheek, moving just along her cleft. Frustrated, she cried out, clutching at them, trying to steer them to her slick, willing opening.

Finally, she felt one stroking up the back of her thigh, probing, fluttering, so delicately it might have been kissing.

She held her breath.

The tentacle reared back, preparing itself. She shuddered, so close, it was so close. This time she would be fulfilled.

And just as the very tip of it reached her, just as it would have begun parting her pink flesh…

She woke up. The sound of her frustrated shame at this now nightly, all consuming fantasy, was raw and angry. She had to do something, and soon, before she went insane.

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Interview with Sophie Peele:

If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?
Smutentacular!

What would you say inspired you to create Orchid House and all of the debauchery within?
A lot of people have strange sexual fantasies they feel ashamed of and I liked the idea of giving them an outlet that was safe, indulgent, and sexy.

What was the source of inspiration for the Madame Alonna?
When I was a teen there were a bunch of late night sex shows that I watched. Quite a few of them had mercurial women who oversaw women’s fantasies and sexual escapades. I always found them wonderfully mysterious and thought Orchid House should have a Madame equally as sensual.

Have you ever been hit by the infamous writer’s block? What did you do to escape it?
Not total block, but definitely times when inspiration has been harder to come by. So I read, watch movies, go for a walk, and get back in the groove.

What is your all time favorite book?
Oof, that’s a tough one! I read a lot, in so many different genre’s. So I guess one of my all time favorites is The Wastelands by Stephen King.

What made you pick that one above all others?
The characters, the world, the complicated narrative. It’s only a third of the way into the series but I love it.

What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
It really depends. A series like Orchid House I could see working on for years, there’s an endless amount of stories that could be told. And I’ve worked on series for about that long as well.

Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Being able to write, whatever I want, is very freeing. It’s fun, my days get to be full of strange sex and awesome characters. I’m very lucky.

Was there ever a time, during your work for this book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Not really, although I wondered if it would be too weird for readers. So far people have been really connecting with the series and that makes me happy.

What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I also paint and draw, which is where the Orchid House covers come from.

How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I think writing in erotica you kind of have to have a thick skin about bad reviews. Sex is subjective, what turns people on is subjective. Some people are just not going to like something you do. All you can do is be honest with your work and take criticism if it’s valuable. Something that’s just negative isn’t going to help you as a writer so you have to learn to leave it. I actually feel the same way about good reviews. They’re great, but you can’t get a big ego about it or you won’t progress in your craft.

It seems like a Brothel with a paranormal twist has endless possibilities. Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next from the The Orchid House series?
Right now there’s another book in the Orchid House series out, called Sweet Spot Gender Swap where a young man eats some magic sweets and gets to experience how the other half lives. A 3rd book will be out this month called Filled, about some special anatomy. And I have plans for quite a lot of shifters, ghosts, and creatures. And definitely a story just about Madame Alonna.

What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside from this series?
I have a Halloween bundle out now and I’ll be starting a dragon shifter erotica romance series as well. And I have a long form supernatural romance series, taking place in a world called Nightshade that has one book out already, Desire’s Howl. I like to keep busy.

What made you decide to become an Author?
I just love telling stories and I can’t seem to stop coming up with them. And erotica gives me the ability to tell some really wild tales for an audience that’s into that kind of thing without judgment.

What would you say was the toughest part?
I think it’s always about finding the character’s voice which is different for every story. Once I have that the story tends to unfold easily, but if I can’t find it, then it’s more of a challenge.

Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
In my other life I’m actually an editor so I do that myself. I do have a professional designer who I just happened to be married to. That makes it easier!

How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
With my husband designing it was an easy choice. He has a unique style and I can trust him to do something striking, whether it’s a painted cover or a photo. At some point I’d like to get a proofreader since, even when I turn on my editor brain, I can miss things and I want readers to have the best quality books they can.

How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to when you hit Publish?
For shorter fiction like Orchid House it usually takes about 3 days for me to write, paint a cover, and format.

Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AREbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
At the moment I’m an Amazon, KDP Select girl.  I really like their promotion program and the ease of publishing with them. At some point I may branch out, but right now, since I’m still learning a lot about self-publishing, this allows me to get to know the how to’s and put books up quickly to find readers.

If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
Nope! I think you have to learn from your past, but, you don’t get do-overs so you have to get what you can from any mistakes and move forward.

Fun facts:

If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
This will sound super superficial, but I’d really love to be able to eat whatever I want and not gain weight. It’s a wish, right?

If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one item you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
Books. Definitely a lot of books. Fun books, survival books, you can never have too much to read.

Name your favorite fruit.
Cherries, especially Ranier.

Coffee or tea?
Tea, Earl Grey with milk and honey.

Favorite season?
Fall, especially later October.

How about favorite time of the day?
Sunset, in the spring.

Were you a Girl Scout?
For a hot minute. But then we went camping and I was over it.

Favorite food for breakfast?
Pancakes with molasses. All the molasses.

What is the latest book you’ve bought and read?
Neuromancer by William Gibson.

Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I collect really tacky, sparkly, rings. Like a magpie only a person.

Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Black!

Drama or comedy?
Dramedy! I like a mix of tragedy and levity.

Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
“If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do.” From Angel, the TV Show.

Cats or dogs?
Cats! We have 3.

Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Definitely dinner by candlelight. I’m a homebody.

Do you have a favorite Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend?
I’m very partial to Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. I have a think for cranky dudes with a heart of mushy gold.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Not really, I think if you love something then it’s not “guilty” even if it’s silly.

Favorite Swear Word?
Fuckwit!

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Giveaway:

Sophie Peele has graciously offered to giveaway one eBook copy of this fabulously naughty book to one clucky Smutsonian reader! Enter here:

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About the Author:

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Sophie Peele is a world traveling smut peddler with a romantic heart. Her favorite food might be cupcakes. She was born in New England, loves a good seaside storm, has a deep affection for fairytales, and a long standing addiction to tragic British period dramas. In her spare time she does a lot of baking, reading, and walking around NYC. She un-ironically loves the color pink and she thinks writing is pretty much the best thing anyone can do standing up.

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