Liaisons for Laughs
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6 x 9, 332 pages,
four-color cover
ISBN 978-0-9821710-0-4

ISBN 978-0-9821710-1-1

Published by
ShatterColors Press


"Some friendships are bonds that can't be broken. 'Liaisons for Laughs: Angie & Ella's Summer of Delirium' tells the story of two best friends in a frank and entertaining method. A hilarious and endlessly entertaining collection of stories about the little things of life, 'Liaisons for Laughs' never stops its assault on the funny bone. A fine and entertaining novel, 'Liaisons for Laughs' is a choice pick for fiction readers."

-- Midwest Book Review (in "Small Press Bookwatch"; 5 stars on Amazon)

"...we absolutely love Robert Scott Leyse’s Liaisons for Laughs: Angie & Ella's Summer of Delirium. Leyse is the editor of the popular erotica website Sliptongue and his first book release is fun, steamy, and intelligent."

-- Ian and Alicia Denchasy, LA Weekly

Ian and Alicia (aka Freddy and Eddy) are proprietors of the couples-oriented site and LA Weekly columnists.

“You can feel the humidity in your own backyard as Angie and Ella soak up the summer in New York with various paramours with their super sexy, sex-positive attitudes. This is one of those books that, finally, puts sluts in their rightful places. They aren’t shameful or shamed. They’re proud of it, and having the time of their lives, and the reader will, too.”

--Susan DiPlacido, author of 24/7 and House Money

“Licentious. Salacious. Those rich, naughty, mannered words from another era are given a cunning and contemporary twist in Leyse’s reinvigoration of a classic literary form--the epistolary. At a time when so many ‘real life’ intimacies are overlooked because we’re too tired to be seduced or to instigate some imaginative new direction in our mortgage anxious relationships, it’s refreshing to be reminded of the pleasures, prurient and also just plain human and often very funny, of overhearing other people’s intimacies. Fun and eroticism don’t go together nearly often enough. They do in Leyse tit for tat. This is clever, humane, word-sensual writing.”

-- Kris Saknussemm, author of Zanesville and Private Midnight

Liaisons for Laughs re-enlivens a venerable literary tradition, the epistolary novel, but now in an arousingly contemporary form. The erotic e-mails of these two libidinous heroines recount their escapades with wicked charm and droll humor. Their tales memorialize the lusty landscape of the New York corporate world, and the bratty sophistication of their narrative voices makes their sensual adventures all the more appealing. Angie and Ella are trollops for our time, and Robert Scott Leyse is a Trollope for our time.”

-- William T. Hathaway, author of A World Of Hurt and Summer Snow




Romps, mischief, pranks, legal
maneuvering, and avoiding the poison
of a media-manipulated personality.

Angie & Ella are beautiful, bright, energetic, and fearless associates at a Manhattan law firm. They are fond of reliving their escapades, as well as concocting new ones, via email. Entirely epistolary, Liaisons for Laughs chronicles their frolics during a New York summer. Told in a gleefully sassy tone, and always rich with humor, Angie & Ella's adventures include “Trailer Trollop Romp & Martin’s Comeuppance,” “Circumstances of Spying,” and “Romance Novel Hell.”

Equally concerned with furthering their careers and indulging their penchant for pleasure and pranking, Angie & Ella tell of both in a unique vocabulary, each seeking to keep pace with the other with the verbal pyrotechnics of their emails. With the frequent participation of their shared boyfriend Steven, as well as Manhattan itself, they hungrily fling themselves into a flurry of vamping, masquerading, and fantasy roles—never neglecting to get their work done on time and keep the partners happy.

Read the first two chapters:


I. Overture (Summer's Delirium)

II. Trailer Trollop Romp
& Martin's Comeuppance

III. Office Rescue & The Nightie Shred
and Tie-Up Game

IV. Harlot Impersonation, a Cab Ride,
& Pink Grapefruit Tarts

V. Circumstances of Spying

VI. Miss Whippie

VII. Territorial Rights Regained Escapade
& Fantasy Recollection Dress-Up

VIII. Friday's Fiasco (Angie Beds a Bore)

IX. Isabel's Capture

X. Rant Fest, the Slings and Stings
of Frustrated Frolic, & Declarations of Love

XI. Ella's Goblin

XII. A Princess on the Pavement,
the Displaced Damsels Escapade,
& an Aside Concerning Bewitchment

XIII. Romance Novel Hell

XIV. Missy Mayhem & Autumn's Chill

(Angie & Ella Address the Author)


Robert Scott Leyse was born in San Francisco, grew up in various locales about America, lived in Paris for a spell, and now resides on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Upon arrival in Manhattan he worked as a New York cab driver on the night shift, with the aim of atoning for a sheltered upbringing and having adventures the likes of which he'd never had before and he wasn't disappointed; subsequently he acquired over a dozen years of experience in the legal field, where he was pleasantly surprised to find that additional adventures, of the office politics and shenanigans variety, were to be had; presently he works in the advertising field, where he's not looking for any special adventures, having decided to explore the option of separating work from fun and games and having secrets that are easier to keep. He skis in Sun Valley, Idaho, surfs with board and body in southern California and Puerto Rico, once took a belly dance class in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and probably shouldn't mention his lousy attendance record at the yoga studio down the street. He eats fish heads and insects and drinks blood, but can’t be paid to eat potato chips or cake.

Copyright © 2009
by Robert Scott Leyse
All rights reserved.


rsleyse [AT] gmail [DOT] com


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