My name is Ember Leigh, and I travel a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Iâ€™ve lived in a couple of different countries, and visited dozens more. With so much travel under my belt, it only makes sense that Iâ€™d start a short story series dedicated toâ€¦you guessed itâ€¦TRAVEL! My latest release, When In Rome, is about two travellers who meet while backpacking Rome, have a great connection, and end up screwing in some ancient ruins.
Sounds like your typical vacation getaway to Rome, right?
Maybe not. But thatâ€™s okay! Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m writing the series, in fact; so we can all have the backpacking/flashpacking/glampacking getaway of our dreams, especially if our budgets didnâ€™t allow that weekend getaway to Italy like weâ€™d been hoping for. This storyâ€”in fact, the whole seriesâ€”channels different parts of what I love about travel. Thereâ€™s an addictive rush in purchasing plane tickets, reserving hostel or hotel rooms, and getting to know a new city for the first time.Â Cities and countries sparkle like gemstones in the mind; the heart crumbles and pieces are left behind like a trail.
I loved writing this story because Iâ€™ve backpacked Rome myself. Writing about the city was, in a way, like I was visiting again, minus that really awkward time in the hostel where we were kicked out at 8AM for a reservation error.Â I wanted to set the story there because having first-hand experience with the Eternal City really set the tone for writing. I also had a lot of flashbacks of scarfing pizza at unprecedented speeds.
Though not all of the books in this series feature places Iâ€™ve been or people I know, most have a kernel of true experience in there. But how can we distinguish the kernels of truth from the kernelsâ€”or sometimes delicious popcornâ€”of fiction?
Letâ€™s play a game. Iâ€™ll mention three details from When In Rome, and you have to guess which one came from my real life experience. Itâ€™s like a magician revealing his secrets, except Iâ€™m an author revealing whatâ€™s actually true in my fictitious creation. So, not like a magician at all. OK? OK. Here we go.
Detail #1.) Alexandra (the female protagonist) says sheâ€™s always loved the Coliseum because from above, it looks like a diagram of a human eyeball.
Detail #2.) Alexandra sneaks into the Coliseum, thus avoiding the entrance fee, and doesnâ€™t get caught.
Detail #3.) Alexandra runs away with Alessandro (the sexy Italian man she met at her hostel) to a quiet corner in the grounds of the historical site, where they have sex.
Okay, folks, which one is it? Can you tell which one came from personal experience? Yeah? Can ya?
#2 is our winner! I bet you all were hoping #3 was the real life experience (because wouldnâ€™t that just figure for an erotic romance author?), but alas, thatâ€™s not the case. Iâ€™ve never desecrated a beloved, historical place with any sort of sexual interlopingâ€¦but I might add it to my bucket list. #1 is a detail that occurred to me during the writing of the story. Go check it outâ€”it kinda looks like the anatomical diagram of a human eyeball!
So #2, then. When my best friend and I travelled through Rome, we found the entrance fee to be a bit exorbitant for our shoestring budgeting. Furthermore, the time we had left in Rome didnâ€™t justify the costâ€”we had a train to catch, and approximately a half hour available for sightseeing. But how could we come to Rome and not see the Coliseum? The only solution was to sneak in.
We paced, and fretted, and conferred, and finally came to a decision. We approached the exit gate, and, with a believable degree of stress and panic, explained that we had lost our friend inside, and the group was leaving soon. Our group! Dear god, canâ€™t you see that we must enter immediately to find our friend?!
They let us in. They really did! And so we darted like thieves through the Coliseum, half-pretending to search for our â€˜friendâ€™ (just in case the guards were checking on us to make sure our story was realâ€¦thatâ€™s called dedication to the story, folks), half-boggled by the ancient wonder before us.
But really, I felt so guilty and terrified of being caught that I barely remember any of it. We stayed a total of maybe ten minuesâ€”after all, our group was waiting. It was such an adrenaline rush, I forgot the whole damn thing. Figures.
Next time, Iâ€™ll pay the entrance fee, and spend my time soaking in the ancient wonder and taking tons of pictures. But in When In Rome, Alexandra sure doesnâ€™t, but sheâ€™s rewarded in a whole different way for her brazen break-in.
Have any of you snuck into a sacred or historical place and lived to tell about it? What about getting naughty in or near a tourist site? Tell me about it below!
Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides in South America with her Argentinean partner, a detail she uses to justify her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Literature. In addition to romance novels, she also writes travel articles, maintains three blogs, and continually attempts to complete a mildly-gripping short story. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, travels the world, and eats lots of vegetables.
â€œWhen in Rome, do as the Romans doâ€â€¦right? Alexandra is a travel junkie and foreign air aficionado. When she finally decides to do Rome, she never thought it would involve a hot Italian, too.
Whatâ€™s a girl to do when a desire to see the world and instant lust collide in the middle of one of the most popular touristic destinations in the world? Just DO the Roman!
He pulls me toward the inner rail, and points to the upper rim of the Coliseum. The heat of his palm against my low back sends shivers through me. A lip of arches is topped with a low wall, dotted with boxy windows. In one section, the wall has crumbled away. The clear blue Roman sky breaks through. â€œNow that is where, honest to God, they installed a â€¦what do you call it? The device to listen to conversations about the dissolution of the Roman Empire.â€
I snort. â€œWiretaps in the 1500â€™s. I totally believe that.â€
â€œHey, Iâ€™m Italian.â€ He flashes a cheesy grin. â€œYou have to believe me. Itâ€™s my country.â€
â€œYou should work as a tour guide.â€ I poke his belly, pleased by the hardness beneath his thin t-shirt. â€œI would pay good money to hear your bullshit.â€
â€œLuckily, you donâ€™t have to pay. Today. ButÂ tomorrow, full price.â€
â€œOh, youâ€™ll be hereÂ tomorrow? I could call upon your Bullshit Guide Services again?â€
He grins, dimples flashing. My knees weaken and I want to take that grinning face into my hands and kiss him until my lips hurt. And then he grabs my hand as we walk, and squeezes it. A gush of moisture releases between my legs and I know this is serious. Really serious.
We watch each other as we walk. His hand is warm and a little moist, but not the weird moist. Just-right moist.Â I imagine the warmth traveling through my body like a snake, seeking out the farthest extremities and then circling back again to settle conveniently in my vaginal area.
About a minute later, he stops and pulls me into a dark corner of the corridor, behind a large stone pillar. His body connects roughly with mine as he pushes me against the wall, my chest heaving as I appraise the situation. I am startled and insanely aroused, like a woman caught masturbating in the shower by her sexy gardener. The parts of his body that connect with mine are like lightning, causing hot zips of painful pleasure right beneath the surface.
â€œCan I kiss you?â€
I nod, and he presses his lips to mine. My eyes flutter shut and his scent consumes me, a mixture of aftershave and heady male. Our second kiss is deeper, and the third mind-boggling. The smooth texture of the stone pillar is cold through my t-shirt. He cups my cheek, fingertips connecting hot with my jawline.
We break apart. My mind is spinning like I just took a flying leap off a bridge. Was this actually real? I swear to God, thirty seconds ago I was just walking around the Coliseum like any regular person, mapping my trek through the anatomical eyeball. Then, this guy comes along and pins me to the wall and has his way with me. And I amÂ notcomplaining. Maybe thereâ€™s something to the idea that if you want something hard enough, it will come. It seems that the past twelve hours imagining sex with this guy has paid off.
He smiles, his face so close to mine that his breath comes out hot against my cheek. It does not smell like olive oil, as I once callously suggested all Italians might.
â€œThat was nice,â€ I say.
He nods, and kisses me again. His tongue meets mine hesitantly, and then we begin a round of sloppy, desperate kisses that could probably qualify for the lamest of chick flicks. I moan and then quiet myself, not wanting to tip off tourists or security guards. He tenses and breaks the kiss, peering around the pillar at something. I shift against him, and I swear his cock is hard as a rock against my hip. I glance down, trying to discern if itâ€™s that or something else, like a belt buckle.
No belt on. Thatâ€™s a good sign.
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