Anthony Beal


My 15 years of publishing credits include contributions to multiple print and online publications, as well as all three volumes of the Dark Dreams horror anthology series edited by award-winning horror novelist Brandon Massey, the Chocolate Flava 2: Succulent anthology edited by New York Times best-selling author Zane, Las Vegas-themed erotica anthology Sin City, and the bisexual threesome erotica anthology Some Like It Bi, both edited by The Dark Duet Trilogy author Jennifer Roberts.

My other interests include drinking, graphic novels, Japanese language and culture, cooking, poetry by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and fiction by Gabriel García Márquez, Charles Bukowski, Edgar Allen Poe, Anaïs Nin, and Henry Miller, the latter three of whom I count among my most significant writing influences.

My debut novel-length work titled The Escapists: An Erotic Fantasy Novel, has garnered multiple 5-star reviews and continues to earn praise. I'm currently working on the next book in that series (more often than not at times when I should be asleep), a planned trilogy.

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Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to populate my story settings with characters that are multi-dimensional, flawed, and most importantly, that react to the events of the story in a believable fashion. Oftentimes, regardless of story genre in which an author is writing, characters get so poorly written that it distracts from the tale being told. Examples of this would be characters portrayed as cartoonishly evil for no discernible reason or ones with no clear motivation driving his/her actions, or who exists only to embody one or more all-too-familiar tropes and clichés that are usually even less entertaining to read about in print than they are to watch in films. I like to give my characters fears, doubts, anxieties; imperfections we can all relate to. Sometimes I allow them to be completely wrongheaded in their way of thinking. I like to let them try to reason out solutions to their problems, or maybe fret a while and wonder what in hell to do about their situation. I like them to dream and stumble and lust and despair and make wrong guesses and resist change and be brave and be cowards, to behave like we all do sometimes. Also, sometimes I like to have them simply fail. But I try to always make them interesting, if only to me. That’s my joy as a writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean constant evolution to me, because having received positive feedback from people drives me to want to sustain their interest. It drives me to continue challenging myself to tell new stories in new settings. It pushes me to experiment with language and characterization in ways I haven’t tried before, but that I hope my fans will enjoy as much as they’ve enjoyed my past works. That shouldn’t suggest that this desire to see my style always evolving isn’t an inherent part of me as a writer, because it is. Certainly any artist, writer or otherwise, mustn’t rely solely on external motivations in order to create and produce; the motivation has to come first from within. But knowing there are people out there enjoying what I do sure makes it a bit more enjoyable. And each fan’s opinion is worth more to me that two dozen negative comebacks. I’m all for a writer being able to take constructive criticism and am always grateful when I receive some, but obviously not all criticism is constructive; especially in the internet age, there are people who simply enjoy spreading negativity behind the veil of relative anonymity that an online avatar affords. I’ll gladly thank a person for a constructive, helpful critique, but what I don’t have time or patience for is someone simply spewing insults at writers who for better or worse, dared to put their most personal imaginings on display, so I tend to ignore such cruel individuals. Why waste time with people whose only purpose in commenting on my work was to antagonize me, when I could be talking to my fans instead?
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The Escapists: An Erotic Fantasy Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,060. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
On an unnamed resort island frequented by wealthy women seeking sexual thrills, Esme will lose her heart to a man paid to deliver them. If she isn't careful however, she and everyone involved may lose more to the ancient gods at war on those grounds.

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Smashwords book reviews by Anthony Beal

  • Manwich (Sexy Shorts) on Aug. 13, 2011

    This story is told in an atmospheric style that engages all five senses. It features male characters who are magnetic, confident, and believable, and a relatable, likable female lead. The author does a skillful job of establishing sexual tension that smolders between them, gradually fanning its flames throughout the story’s course until its blazing heat swells to burn down character and reader alike. Sex scenes are rendered with equal parts affection and feral fury. I highly recommend this work to readers who like their erotica honest, passionate, naughty, and vividly-detailed with not a word wasted.
  • Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet) on Sep. 26, 2011

    For me, the mark of a great story is that I'm always sorry to reach the end of it because I don't want it to be over. This is truer of "Captive" than it has been in quite a long time for me in terms of novels by contemporary writers. The author's descriptive talents do an expert job of establishing bleakness, not just of the situations and physical surroundings, but also that which lies at the cores of captive and abductor alike. Characters' grapples with damaging pasts and torments psychological and physical are grounded in gritty realism that made this one hard to put down. A definite winner that will doubtless incite me to frequent re-reads, and has earned the author a new lifelong fan. Looking forward to more from CJ Roberts.
  • Long Arm of the Law on Oct. 07, 2011

    This one managed to surprise me, in that I thought I had a pretty good idea where it was going, only to end up being taken someplace unexpected. Great example of how thrilling erotica can be in the hands of a skilled storyteller!
  • Holly's Christmas Bonus on Oct. 09, 2011

    This story is as hot as it is humorous (and set in the offices of the most wonderful company to work for that I've encountered in recent memory!) It's told in an explicit, forthright style that sustains the heat level right up until the final word. I really enjoyed the read, and am looking forward to more from this author.
  • Rose and the Alien on Oct. 09, 2011

    This story served up heated sex with a touch of humor and an ending that made it an instant favorite! I'm willing to bet I had as much fun reading this one as the author had writing it. I'll definitely be back for more from Nikki Palmer.
  • The Director's Couch on Feb. 11, 2012

    This was a great read that held my interest from start to finish. Smoldering sex scenes and a relatable storyline make this one I highly recommend. I enjoyed the ending a great deal, and it left me wanting more.
  • Watching Laura: A Collection of Firsts (Erotica / Masturbation / Oral Sex / Lesbian / Bisexual / Threesomes / Dildo / Couple Play) on Feb. 29, 2012

    This collection offers vivid erotic situations for a wide variety of sexual tastes. "First MFM Threesome," "First Confession," and "Public Sex" were standout works that left me wanting their stories to go on and on. After reading this collection, I'm officially a fan of Mister Cooper's works.
  • The Moon-Kissed Chi on March 18, 2012

    The author has created a very expressive and erotic society driven by elemental sexual energies. The relationships between characters are believable (often even enviable) and touched by humor and romantic affection as well as more primal sexual lust. Something I liked about this story is that for all its attention to detail, the author was skillful about leaving some things to the imagination. Kudos to Grinelda Markowitz for creating a realistic realm that succeeds in simultaneously feeling futuristic and ancient, as well as characters in whose happiness and well-being I found myself quickly invested. I think lovers of erotica and fantasy fiction will enjoy exploring the world created in this book.
  • High Stakes Nikki on April 29, 2012

    I've re-read this story multiple times, and I continue to enjoy it every time. Its strength is in its realistic portrayal of a married couple with issues, and their initial ambivalence about a sexual situation they haven't encountered before. This story element is altogether believable and plays out much as it would in real life. In addition, the sex scenes are graphic, paced with skill, and have enough tension running though them to quicken the pulse and shorten the breath no matter how often I read it. The fact that it includes a bonus excerpt of the sequel to a story I'm greatly anticipating makes this read worth far more than the purchase price. Erotica lovers will enjoy High Stakes Nikki.
  • Recess on June 12, 2012

    This author's usage of language and imagery to convey as well as evoke moods and feelings of arousal has earned a quick fan in me. Touching on a variety of sexual sensibilities, the title work and short pieces excerpted here have left me (much like Mrs. Pickman and other characters I look forward to meeting soon) wanting more, which is the best to which one can look forward with any story. Well done.
  • Double Penetration in the Desert: An Interracial Cuckold Story on July 13, 2012

    A compelling read. This story quickly establishes a level of sexual heat that is sustained from Mel's first sight of Antonio until the very last word.
  • When All is Lust on July 14, 2012

    The sexual elements here are more meditative than can be found in a lot of contemporary erotica. The story has some punctuation issues that proved to be a mild distraction from reading it, but the sentiments under contemplation in this tale retain their ability to make one care about the character and root for her to resolve her lust issues.
  • An Indian Slave Capture and Breaking on July 20, 2012

    Multiple words used incorrectly and a main character who reacts to her situation in a highly implausible fashion made it impossible for me to rate this any higher.
  • Fucked by my daughter's boyfriend on July 20, 2012

    Some obvious misspellings aside, the initial setup was decent but I found the sex scene involving the mother seemed a bit rushed. This story might benefit from having some of its dialogue re-tooled, as much of it sounds less like things people would say out loud in real life and more like dialogue written specifically for a quick porn read.
  • Drivers Ed on July 20, 2012

    Great scenario with a believable and sympathetic main character. This story is graphic in a way that causes the action to leap off the page in ways I could feel, hear, smell, and taste; if not for some minor editing errors (a few misused words that spell-check didn't catch because they technically are spelled correctly) it would have earned 5 stars from me. I recommend it highly to anyone seeking an erotic read that will get your pulse racing.
  • Moving Mrs. Mitchell on July 29, 2012

    Realistic characters navigating believable circumstances of the sort to which many readers should be able to relate (and in which many readers would probably love to find themselves) made this a joy to read. The story moves at a pace that allows for better character development than is typical of a lot of erotic short stories, and the sex scenes radiate levels of carnal heat that titillate until the last word.
  • Taking the Babysitter on Sep. 02, 2012

    A great story told with skillful pacing and imaginative dialogue. The characters' sense of individual conflict over their desire was palpable and really brought the scenario alive, lending Lena and Joe emotional dimension. My only criticism is that it ends somewhat abruptly, and that nothing about the story description makes it obvious that this is but part one of a duology. Given that there's a sequel, the abrupt ending is understandable and forgivable, but some indication that the story doesn't resolve until the next chapter would have been nice at time of download. Still, a very enjoyable tale. I will likely read Book 2 to see how the tale progresses.
  • Meet the Jansens on June 03, 2014

    This story's characters are written with realism and depth. Guy Jansen in particular is a wonderful representation of the emotional potpourri that lies at the center of temptation scenarios. While showing that even faithful, happily-married hearts aren't immune to sexual attraction to others besides their spouses, it never excuses Guy's actions or allows him or the reader to forget that he loves his wife and knows what he's doing and feeling is wrong. The author paints an expert picture of how overwhelming and all-consuming such forbidden desires can be, and of the hotter-than-the-sun finality of ultimately surrendering to them and going to places that can never be returned from, however destructive the urges might be. The story concludes in an open-ended fashion fully aware of the consequences of Guy's actions, leaving this reader hopeful for successive volumes to continue the tale.
  • Hooker for a Night on June 04, 2014

    Juliet Beltrey is a true master wordsmith and builder of erotic tension that begins as a subtle spark, then smolders and spreads, growing until it has set the lives of its characters aflame in ways impossible to contain. Read this story. If you enjoy erotica, read this story. You won't be disappointed.
  • You Are Not Us: An Essay by Shannon Barber on June 04, 2014

    An honest and astute critique of some people's tendency to devalue painful experiences that have never been and will never be theirs. I am in awe of Shannon Barber's ability to convey exasperation, restrained rage, and nerves worn raw by a worsening world, with such precision.