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Jefferson Enjoys Sinful Pleasures

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Sinful Pleasures, from Sinful Press

Indulge in some Sinful Pleasures – you deserve them.

It’s not all about where you put your commas, the life of a Jefferson Franklin editor.

We’re an editing house that understands writers, because all our Senior Editors are writers too. But it’s rare that we collaborate on any project.

Sinful Pleasures, a new anthology of erotic short stories from Sinful Press, based in Swansea, bucks that trend, including stories from both Senior Editor Gail B Williams, and Editor-in-Chief Tony Fyler.

Taking It

Gail’s story, Taking It, simmers workplace tension to boiling point and explores BDSM themes of devotion, obedience, power and love. It also takes the reader into the world of hidden sexual dimensions beneath the professional masks of office politics. Gail brings a gift for complex emotional misdirection to a story that pulses with passion and potential.

Lazy Sunday

Tony’s story, Lazy Sunday, centres on a long-married couple, and how life can get better, and hotter, the more you get to know a person. His married couple turn an ordinary Sunday morning into an unforgettable experience.

In The Company Of Genius

Gail and Tony are honoured to be included in this hot new anthology alongside experienced and professional erotica-writers, including Janine Ashbless and Sonni de Soto. So why not grab your copy today? Sinful Pleasures is available now in electronic and paperback formats from Amazon and from Sinful Press itself.

Shades of Aether – Meet Your New Steampunk Heroine

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Cover of Shades of Aether, starring Amethyst Forester - your new steampunk heroine.

Shades of Aether, starring Amethyst Forester – your new steampunk heroine.

If you’ve been looking for your new steampunk heroine, you can stop looking – Shades of Aether, by Jefferson Franklin Senior Editor Gail B Williams, brings you Amethyst Forester.

Amethyst can tell you the ins and outs of an aetheric power source, but when her friend and mentor Professor Richards is murdered, leaving her set up for life and with half his house, she faces a whole new challenge – how to navigate in nineteenth century Society, with its presumptuous men and its passive aggressive women. In a world of airships, artwork, a fierce battle between the rival energy-lobbies of aetheric and electrical power,  international espionage and domestic murder, Amethyst must try to find a way to be both a woman, an engineer, and increasingly a lady, while trying to make sense of her best friend’s murder.

New Friends

Amethyst’s world is suddenly full of new friends, like queen of Society Lady Garrington-Smythe, and her daughter Bobbie, who scandalises Society by dressing and living like a man. Most of all though it’s Benjamin Maker, Lord Fotheringham, who complicates Amethyst’s new life, not least because the Professor left him the other half of his house, and neither Society, Amethyst’s father, nor Maker’s wife will not approve.

Despite coming from different backgrounds, Amethyst Forester and Benjamin Maker are a great team, unravelling the secrets of Professor Richards’ fantastic inventions, battling burglars on a nightly basis, and uncovering the mystery of the ugliest brooch on earth.

But can Forester and Maker find out who killed their friend and why? Can they discover why Members of Parliament are changing their minds about aetheric power, seemingly overnight? Can they work out the connections in time to save the House of Lords and prevent a major international incident?

And most of all, can they fight Society’s assumptions and the power of their own forbidden attraction?

Shades of Aether is available as an e-book and a paperback now at and Get your copy today, and say hello to your new steampunk heroine. Doff your hat to Amethyst Forester.

Something To Your Advantage

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Something To Your Advantage, by Mabel McCarthy.

It’s the oldest joy in the book, and the oldest worry too – a letter turns up out of the blue. When Virginia Coles gets a letter promising her ‘Something To Your Advantage,’ it kicks off a trail of events that change her life forever. Mabel McCarthy’s debut novel, published by Austin Macauley and out now, first came into our inbox a couple of years ago, and was definitely something to our advantage when we read it.

Now you can get that lucky too. Get Something To Your Advantage at Amazon today and immerse yourself in the world of post-war Britain. A world of good and bad relationships, legacies, lies, friendships  and personal courage, that will stay with you long after you close the book.


2017 LGBTQIA Edit Giveaway

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JF logo in Pride rainbow colours

Jefferson Franklin – proud to help LGBTQIA writers raise their voices.

At Jefferson Franklin, we believe in equality of rights, equality of opportunity, and equality of pleasure. That’s why, as Pride London comes to an end, we’re launching our 2017 LGBTQIA Edit Giveaway.

We believe in equality all along the gender spectrum, the sexuality spectrum, and the ability spectrum.

We believe in honouring those who have fought for equality in our society, and celebrating progress and social diversity. But we live in a world where the idea of equality is under threat, so Jefferson Franklin believes it is also important to raise the voices of LGBTQIA people, and especially LGBTQIA writers. Progress cannot be allowed to be eroded – it’s been won at too high a cost over too many years.

That’s why we’re offering free and discounted edits to writers who advance LGBTQIA equality – to help get more LGBTQIA stories into the hands of readers.

The What, When And How

Between Saturday 9th July (the end of Pride London) and 27th August (the end of Pride Cymru in Wales), we’ll be accepting chapters as normal for our free sample chapter edits. These can be up to 10,000 words, submitted by email as a Word document or equivalent to Don’t submit through this website, use your usual email program and drop us a line. You’ll get a free sample edit and critique of your work, usually returned within seven days (though a little latitude may be needed at times of high demand). We do this all year round in any case, BUT if you put ‘Pride’ in the header of your email, we’ll enter you into the LGBTQIA Edit Giveaway. After 27th August, we’ll be picking one writer to get an entirely free full edit and critique on their manuscript.

Three other contenders will be offered full edits at a 50% discount on our normal price. And all those who send us a ‘Pride’ sample before the end of 27th August will be eligible for a 15% discount.

No Restrictions, No Categories

We’re not about to tell you what to write, and there are no restrictions or categories. By all means, send us the next great campaigning LGBTQIA novel if you’ve written it, but we’re interested in everything. From family sagas to domestic dramas, from general fiction to erotic adventuring, from Young Adult coming-of-age stories to sci-fi epics or the next Game of Thrones, if it advances LGBTQIA equality, or is written by an LGBTQIA author, we want to read it.

Pride of course is a worldwide event, and the giveaway is open to authors from around the globe – we chose the period between London Pride and Pride Cymru as our submission window simply to focus the minds of writers everywhere.

Send us your sample chapters now, get a free edit on them, and who knows – maybe you’ll win the first Jefferson Franklin LGBTQIA Edit Giveaway.