My opinion is my story #SensualSunday @AuthorMoira

Sensual-Sunday

Moira here welcoming you to another #SensualSunday posting. I want to get right down to it, and get this post rolling. So buckle up, keep your arms and legs inside the ride, and remember not to attempt standing until the ride has come to a full and complete stop.

First off, this post was inspired by something an author friend on FB shared by an author friend of their own. I do not know the original poster, have never spoken to the original poster, but it resonated with me. This post is not directed at any one individual, group or otherwise, it is what it is. An opinion. Mine. And it just might offend some folks. Such is life.

OPINION: 1) a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter; 2a) belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge; 2b) a generally held view Merriam-Webster online dictionary

FeedbackEvery single person on the planet has an opinion. About pretty much everything. Yes, some folks will fall in line with a stronger personalities views because they aren’t the sort to make waves by stating their own opinion. But that does not mean they do not have one. We are after all human. Which means we come with this fantastic thing called free will. It permits us to each form, and hold our own thoughts about anything, and everything in the world around us. It’s only when we speak out about them in person, or on social media in all it’s forums that we then have to deal with other’s opinions.

That doesn’t make us wrong, or right. It merely makes us human.

Now this does not include the uniformed individuals who are out spouting rhetoric in all it’s forms. Whether from their pastor, a strong leader they admire, or from someone more intimately close to them (brother, sister, father, mother, lover, friend). I truly believe that if you have done your research, you have looked at both sides, and have formed an opinion based on all that then it’s a perfectly valid opinion. Is it right? Maybe, maybe not. That is not the question. We all have the right to speak to our personal opinions on everything as long as it is properly informed. Those who speak out without any real knowledge, or actual proof are the real danger to society as a whole. Because they are usually the ones who know just what to say, in just the right way to create a group dynamic full of sheeple. Or another term for this – cult.

But I’m getting off topic here, so here’s me wrenching things back in line.

As an author we all have our opinions. We write them every single day into our stories, our worlds, our characters. I for example detest liver and brussels sprouts. D-E-T-E-S-T them. This personal opinion is based on having had them for a meal on more than one occasion during one of my mother’s “phases”. I grew up in a home that you ate what was served or you made your own, or went hungry. That simple. It was the parent’s rule, and Brussels sproutsone I could live with. The point here is, that every single one of my characters will hate these two items, along with a few other food choices that I have negative connotations with. Same thing with certain types of music that I personally cannot stand, various types of movies, and so forth. Because it’s my personal opinion it affects the characters and worlds I create. But my readers still read my works because those little, trivial items are not really that big in the grand old scheme of things.

Yet if I were to post on social media, or my blog even that I had a hate on for liver and brussels sprouts I can GUARANTEE there would be at least a few individuals who would pipe up to take on the defense of that poor liver, or share a “divine” recipe for brussels sprouts. As is their right to do, because that happens to be their opinion. And I would never even think to trample another persons opinion. Now if those same individuals got into name calling, or flat out trying to verbally spear me for my opinion – well they would be gone from my social media in a hot New York minute. Because while I am more than willing to hear other’s opinions, and even hold lively debate, when someone goes on the attack it’s no longer about opinions. It’s about them believing they are right over everyone else, and if you don’t agree, then you are wrong. End of story.

Which, when I see an author talking about how a reader basically told said author to “keep your opinion to yourself” – on the authors own page I should mention – it gets my fur up, so to speak. Our pages on FB, our feeds on Twitter, our blogs on our sites are pieces of who we are. It’s where we can be ourselves, talk normal things if that’s what we want, and to interact with our followers and readers. Which means to have a reader, a follower, a supporter of said authors works tell the author to basically stuff their opinion where the sun don’t shine, something needs to be said. The author in question who unknowingly spawned the inspiration for this post has already replied to the unwanted, uneducated, and unwarranted attack on them. But the word must be spread that this is not alright, in any way, in any form, at any time.

Broken heart on slate backgroundWe are authors. We have been molded into who we are by our experiences through our lives to this point. We will continue to be changed by whatever the future holds. We will not be silenced by the uninformed, uneducated, and misguided attempts by anyone who doesn’t agree with us. We are authors, and we have the same right to voice our opinions as everyone else does. Do we need to take a greater care in how we may phrase it? Sure, none of us wants to alienate every person on our boards/sites. Do we deserved to be muzzled because someone thinks we should be? Hell to the fucking no! We are authors, we are human, we are flawed, we are growing, we are learning, we are who we are. But if you don’t like my opinion, or anyone else’s why read our books? Because every single story we right holds that same opinion within it’s pages. More elegantly scripted than the usual posting on social media sure, that’s why we have editor’s after all, but it is still OUR PERSONAL VIEW OF THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT.

We are authors, and we have the same right as you to speak about what hurts, touches, molds us into who we are. We are authors, hear us roar.

XO Moira Callahan

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Revisiting the Topic of Unpleasant Reviews #SatisfactionSaturday (@KaceyHammell)

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I know. I know. Don’t groan and/or roll your eyes. I am going to try not to get too “preachy” this week, but sometimes there are topics that need to be revisited. This week, it’s reviews / reviewers / authors being unprofessional about them.

It happens, and way, way too damn much!! Authors who receive reviews from sites/reviewers don’t seem to know when to shut up, be humble and kind, and remember that all reviews are subjective. Every single person on this planet has an opinion about something. We (authors) are in the book business and we all have our own opinions on the books we read for pleasure. Authors need to understand — and we on this blog have all said it time and time again — that they need to grow a very THICK SKIN when it comes to this business.

Authors also have to understand that the reviewers are not the devils and while every book you release is “your baby” (ugh, i hate that term personally), please remember to take a step back, take a day off, go grab a large glass of wine before ever going to battle with a reviewer online. If s/he doesn’t care much for your book — it SUCKS! Trust me, I get it. And it’s very very difficult to take a deep breath and/or walk away before defending your masterpiece. Unfortunately, not everyone will love your masterpiece as much as you do. Again, opinions … we all have them.

Why am I bringing this up again? Well, recently, an author — new one to the business — went toe-to-toe with a reviewer online at a well known site and argued over the review. I do appreciate a good debate once in a while and author’s done necessarily have to take any crap from reviewers, however, it simply makes authors whiny and crybabies. This is my personal opinion, but it’s true. If a reviewer gets the whole story wrong, defend it. I mean if your book has horny aliens who are purple (my fave colour!) and reside on Pluto, and the reviewer says they are sexless and boring orange aliens who reside on Neptune, then by all means, do call the reviewer on it … NICELY!!

But this particular day, this particular new author, really took the reviewer to task over everything the reviewer said didn’t work for her in the story. From characters, to plot holes, etc., it was a disgrace. Name calling, demeaning, appalling — you name it, it happened. And that, authors, is NOT the way to handle negative reviews in public. As much as I want to defend every sentence and kiss in every one of my books, I understand that I have to be professional, take the opinions of others with a grain of salt and with careful consideration. It’s just the best way to do business. Don’t become an author behaving badly. Tsk tsk.

So, lads and ladies, pull on your big, adult panties and be nice. You’re not going to love every review for you books and not every reviewer is going to love your books.

Now, let Tim (in all his fine sexiness) remind us of a few important things…

 

Be humble. Be kind. And put that fiesty/angry energy into writing something even better the next time!!

 

Happy Writing!!

Kacey (2)

 

Marketing Materials: Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth

OMG HI! You’re back! Thanks for stopping in to this week’s installment of “What’s Next?” I’ll be your host, Michelle Roth. Today we’ll be talking about… Marketing materials!

So you’ve submitted your book, signed your contract, tackled some edits, and now… you’ve gotten your beloved cover back. It’s time to start promoting your book. We’ve all pretty much beaten that dead horse a million times, but I thought that I’d tackle something a little bit different today. What every graphic ad that you use should contain:

  1. Title of your book, if not a picture of the cover.

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2. Your back cover blurb or an excerpt in a CLEAR and LEGIBLE font.

3. A CLICKABLE link in the text of the accompanying promotion. Listing links you can’t click on is pretty much useless.

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Sample Text telling you what the book is about in 50 words or less followed by:

Evernight: URL URL URL URL
Amazon: URL URL URL URL

I’ve been doing my own graphics over the last little while, so as I practiced, I got to the point where I was able to see what combinations go well together, what kind of fonts hurt the eyes, etc. Admittedly, my early stuff was pretty atrocious. My best advice with regards to promotional pieces? Simple is best, and.. if you don’t know what you’re doing, hire someone.

I hope this gives you a place to start with your own pieces! Till next week!

XOXOX,

Michelle Roth

That Marketing Thing… with @aprilzyon

 

Marketing is something that we all, as authors, struggle with when we write our books. We write our book and polish it to the best of our abilities and think that is all that we have to do.

Not so my dear ones. Not so.

There is so much more to it than simply writing your book. I know that we have all hit upon this topic and given tips, but in truth, you have to find your own groove and what works for you. I know how harsh that sounds, and truly I hate to say that but its true. What works for one author will not work for another author and vice versa.

We could all give you bits of wisdom, things that we have done and things that have worked for us in the past, and you could in turn use these little tidbits and turn them into something else and that could work for you. That’s the beauty of it, that’s the beauty of this blog – sharing information. We are all in this together, we share what we know in hopes that one day you will share with us as well because in truth, we are all learning.

One of the best pieces of advice that I can give you and that I’m sure every single one of us has said to authors that were uncertain at some point in time…

Write the next book.

That’s the best marketing tool in your arsenal. Seriously. After you’ve submitted your first book (or 100th) write your next book. Never stop. Even if its writing 5 words a day just keep plugging away on that next book because that word of mouth of the next book you have coming out after the one that’s already on the market is what’s going to carry you on through the lull between books.

So that’s me for today.

Be Kind to each other.


 

Now, some handsome men. The images come from Hottest Men In The World on Facebook.

This blogging thing #TuesdayThoughts with Doris(@mamaD8)

Hello, lovely peeps, and happy Tuesday. These Tuesdays do roll on by far too quickly, if you ask me, especially when you have no real clue what on earth to talk about.

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So I thought to myself, I know I’m not the only one who wonders what the heck to blog about. Some weeks it’s easy. You’ve come across a burning issue which you just need to talk about/address, so your fingers fly.

Other weeks, well, that’s not so easy.

I well recall the days before I was published. We are told we need a website and a blog, to create an online persona, to put yourself out there, long before you sign on the dotted line. So I did.

Yes, stop sniggering. I do occasionally do as I’m told. I’m not that bratty.

*sniggers*

At the suggestion of a tech-savvy friend, I also purchased my domain name for my website. I did this long before, I actually used that website. I own both dorisoconnor.com and dorisoconnor.co.uk. as they are the two most common domain names.

Especially important for me as I write under my own name. If you choose your pen name you can play with it, if your chosen name is taken already. Can’t really do that with your own name.

Also when you do, make sure you have it set on auto renewal. The last thing you want to happen is for it to run out, someone else to purchase it, and leaving you without the right to use it. I’ve heard horror stories of authors letting their domain lapse, someone else snapping it up, and charging the author a fortune to get it back.

So, it made/makes sense to ensure that doesn’t happen to you.

Next step was the blog. I had no idea what I was doing, but I blogged about all sorts of things. Family, writing, of course, and any rant that I needed to get off my chest. Eventually, once I’d been actually published, I had guest authors, started to do flashes, little free reads, and of course shout any new releases from the rooftops.

Not much has changed in that regard. I still do all of that, and I try to have a post on my blog every day. Come to think of it, I very rarely post personal anecdotes on my blog anymore. Maybe I should get back to doing that.

When we adopted our rescue kitten, Lester,

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Lester making himself at home 

 

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his fosterer suggested I should start a blog just for him, and I’ve been giving it some serious thought, lately. Especially as we have another kitten arriving on Thursday. Little Snuggles is only 8 weeks old and simply too cute for words.

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Snuggles, snuggling in, hence her name 

Not sure when I would fit it in, mind you. Life seems incredibly busy as it is these days, and I need to leave some time for actually writing the stories I know my readers are waiting for.

Then again, I could dedicate one day a week to kitten news on my blog I guess.

*ponders*

Anyhoo, that’s all from me today. A bit of a ramble, I’m afraid, but,  hopefully, you find some of it helpful.

Til next week. Do stay naughty, folks.

D xxx

Professional Romance Writer Associations – Are They Worth It?

Ravennas Monday MumblingsWelcome to Ravenna’s Monday Mumblings!

Today I’d like to talk about joining professional romance writer associations, specifically, the RWA – Romance Writers of America. There are similar organizations in other countries, but I’m not as familiar with them so I don’t feel I can speak intelligently to them.

When I first joined RWA, I wasn’t published. I also didn’t have a clue all the resources available to me in that organization. I joined a local chapter and was met with scorn over what I wrote. Not kidding. Also not knowing any better, I didn’t realize they are most definitely NOT all like that.

The publishing world has changed since then, and sometimes I wonder if the women in that chapter changed with it, or if they still turn up their noses at publishers other than the Big Five, or at any form of erotic romance. For their sake, I certainly hope not.

quote-know-what-you-want-work-to-get-it-then-value-it-once-you-have-it-nora-roberts-40-82-84Now, I belong to the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter. I’ve belonged to them once before, and had to quit both the chapter and RWA for financial reasons. But I’m back now, and I couldn’t be happier.

I also plan to attend the annual RWA conference in 2017, in hot and humid Orlando, Florida. Coincidentally, the only RWA conference I attended in 2010 was also in Orlando that year, and I nearly didn’t attend. It was supposed to be in Nashville, which at the time was only a half hour away. When Nashville and surrounding areas experienced catastrophic flooding in May of 2010, the conference venue had to be changed because the Opryland Hotel had sustained severe flood damage.

quotes-mr-darcyMy husband talked me into not cancelling my plans to attend, and I am forever grateful to him for that. Not only did I have an amazing time – even not being published at the time – but it was at that conference I finally understood what RWA was all about.

Sure, there are the two main awards – the Golden Heart and the RITA – but that’s not all they have to offer their members. Each year at the conference there is the literacy signing – an event where you can hob-nob with other authors and readers. All proceeds go to helping others learn to read. What could be better?

The conference itself is jam-packed with workshops geared toward every level of writing and every imaginable interest within the romance genre. You learn from the best of the best. There’s swag to pick up, and you have the chance to give away your own, as well. You can book an appointment with an editor and an agent to pitch a story idea. And the best part is simply BEING THERE to soak up all the energy and creativity of hundreds of other romance authors.

romancewritersactuallydokallmakerAside from the conference, local chapters host events and contests, plus there’s the chance each month or more to meet up with local writers doing exactly what you’re doing. The IRWA group is amazing, and I’m thrilled to be counted among them once again!

RWA offers far more than the annual conference. Here is their website link. Take a look around. Members have access to articles and seminars offered online, at your convenience. They have access to the latest news from agents and editors. There are resources offering classes in everything from learning the craft to becoming savvy in the business.

tumblr_mru8ryh4dp1ry50yko1_500The cost is what puts some off, but I look at it this way. For less than $120 a year, I can belong to both the RWA and IRWA, and take advantage of all they have to offer. That’s $10 a month. Most of us spend almost $10 on our morning coffee order at Starbucks.

So if you live in the USA and are serious about your writing career, consider joining the RWA, plus a local chapter. There are even online chapters you can join! You’ll be surprised at the resources and friendships available to you.

Until next week, Happy Writing!!

Frisky business #SensualSunday @AuthorMoira

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Moira here welcoming you back to another #SensualSunday. No, today’s title isn’t a play on words in reference to a movie, although it was an awesome movie and I’ve never thought of tighty-whities ever the same. Today we’re going to discuss your characters getting frisky.

In the world of romance there is everything from a few chaste kisses and fade to black, to full out raucous free-for-all’s in the bedroom. Every author has their own level of comfort when it comes time to do a sex scene. Every author has to stay within their comfort zone when writing something that is essentially a personal peek behind the curtains, so to speak. But there are several things that have to be remembered when doing your sex scenes whether they be demure or XXX.

Several of us here on the blog have discussed “watching” how your characters move, and where this part goes in relation to other parts. After all, no one needs to have some guys or gals arm working independently across the room – that’s just downright creepy. Same thing with our discussions about keeping your characters in the set space, and not suddenly having furniture manifest or disappear from where everything began. It’s all about keeping the reader in the story, keeping the flow moving at a steady pace, and not doing anything to disrupt or jostle them loose.

Visualization is key. For myself I doodle out a little diagram of wherever my characters are getting busy to ensure that there’s nothing that will interfere with the mood I’ve set. This is important in the bedroom, even more so when they aren’t in a contained environment. An example would be your characters are in a field, there’s a stream or pond to the side, they are rolling around, stripping down, the heat is rising and suddenly they are walking on water. Say what?! Doesn’t happen in real life, and unless it’s a sci-fi where you can explain that shit away, don’t be doing it in your book.

While there’s a good portion of readers who might not notice the laws of physics, and reality are being toyed with, I’m not one of them. I’m a detail person – not claiming I’m perfect, no way I could and even I’ve had my characters in the wrong place at the damn wrong time – but when I’m reading a finished work there shouldn’t be these issues. Do the math. I know, who would’ve thought you’d use it in real life right? But if you’re ten feet off the bank of said water and you have them rolling around for over twelve, how are they not wet? This math also applies to every setting you use for your sex scene. Keep in mind that not every character you write is a gymnast (unless you have a series about a team), and not everyone has the same physical flexibility. On top of that, there are just places the human body is not comfortable being especially when they are supposed to be only focused on the other person in the scenario. Don’t ever put someone up on top of a gas range stove – EVER!

Thus my little doodles. It is a visual reminder of where I’ve said things are in my scene. Even the stuff I haven’t actually written in. It’s not like you’re going to describe a bedroom in every book, your readers will likely know what a bedroom has. It’s not like you need to describe your outdoor setting down to every last twig or leaf, it’s outdoors – we get the idea. But remembering where you have pictured things to be at the start by the time you get to the end of the scene is extremely important, especially to those readers who have an eye for detail.

So get out there and let your characters get their frisky business on. But no levitation, no water walking, and nothing with sharp edges or corners. Everyone will thank you, and may even comment about your attention to detail even with the little things.

XO Moira Callahan

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Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth

Today’s ramble was supposed to be about promotional pieces and the like, but with this being the day after Thanksgiving for the majority of my family and friends, I’d like to talk a little bit about being thankful and how it applies to us as writers.

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We’ve all got lives outside of this writing gig that we’re trying to get into/stay in/succeed at/etc.  We have work, friends, and families. We’re often required to make tough choices. Do we spend the evening hanging out with hubby on the couch or do we crank through another chapter? Do we cuddle the cat that’s pacing on the desk in front of the keyboard on the desk, or do we keep working on those cursed edits? Do you go out with your friends and drink copious amounts of wine?

Anyone who has any level of seriousness has asked themselves one of those questions or one very similar to that. We make tough calls, and sometimes.. the book wins. We don’t have a million hours in the day so some things fall by the wayside.

In this season of thankfulness, with more holidays right around the corner… I thought I might remind you to be thankful. Your husband loves you and supports your craft. Your cat will want to cuddle in an hour when you’re through.. and your friends think it’s completely badass that you’re writing a book!

Thank them for it.❤

Happy Holidays to one and all!

XOXOX,

Michelle Roth

Raven asks Who are you today?

Hi all my Thursday thoughts are a wee bitty dark today.

My lap top is on a go slow. A very definite go slow. To the point it is taking me five or ten minutes to upload anything and word won’t make any words unless you know the magic word.magicword. And it seems half the time it decides I don’t.

Even if I do try and find the magic word.

And I find it hard to write using a desk top. I can’t get the angles correct. (No smutty comments please lol😉 )

With my laptop I can and do write anywhere and everywhere, and at any time. As I often says, have laptop will travel.

Ages ago I was moaned at by someone (a fellow writer) during a 100k in 100 days write-a-thon, because I wrote everywhere and anywhere and in their words made every one else feel inadequate.                                                                     (Picture, source pinterest)

Now I thought this a bit unfair as some days I didn’t add any words. However, as I took my laptop with me when I was away or sitting in the dentist waiting room, If I wanted to, I wrote.

But no laptop and I’m snookered.

Each to their own.

That lead in is really about this part of my blog

Never, ever be ashamed of what and how you write. But be careful how you see yourself.

 Be you a tortoise or a hare it doesn’t matter. As long as you take part. It’s not a race, it’s not a competition, and it is not a who can write more, less, hotter, sweeter or whatever.

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Remember, each to their own.

But I’d add this, which is a feedback to Doris’ post the other day. Tags are easy to get and harder to lose. Be careful how you market yourself. If you want to be known as Insert whatever for ever fair enough. But if you label yourself writer of filth, erotica, sweet romance, or ferret feeding, beware you might be stuck with it forever more.

Much better to have a tag that is not quite so specific, but is really ‘you’. I write Romance with a twist.

Well it works for me…

Happy writing,

Love Raven x

Let’s talk Labels #Tuesday Thoughts with Doris (@mamaD8)

Happy Tuesday, folks, Doris here with my thoughts on labels.

 

Bunch of labels

Writing labels that is. Those we put on our writing ourselves, those put there by our publishers, distributors, like Amazon and our readers.

I’m sure I shared before that I never envisaged myself as an Erotic Author when I first started on this writing journey. And it very much is a journey. Five years into it, and my writing is still evolving, for the better, I hope.

The day I feel I know it all, the day I feel I’m writing the same stuff over and over… that’s the day I’ll stop writing. I would bore myself rigid, let alone any potential readers, but I digress. Back to those labels.

When I first chose my tagline I came up with this.

Writer of sensual, sassy, sexy romances.

Even though I very quickly veered away from mainstream romance I saw and still see no reason to change that tagline. After all, I am a writer, my stories are sensual, my heroines always sassy, and there’s plenty of sexy going on.

*sniggers*

While Amazon always places my stories into Erotica, I do not consider myself an Erotica writer. I write Erotic romance, the emphasis being on romance, the developing relationship between the main characters, which always ends up in a HEA.

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We could debate the difference between writing Erotic romance and Erotica until the cows come home, but for me, it is this.

In Erotica the emphasis is on the sexual relationship between the characters, and there is no need to have a HEA or even a HFN. Typically, these stories are on the shorter side, a snippet of a couple’s sexual journey, if you like. They can, of course, be longer, and likewise, there’s plenty of shorter stories which are most definitively romance and not just sex.

Not that there is anything at all wrong with writing pure sex. I enjoy a well written Erotica story as much as the next person. Sometimes you don’t want the angst. You just want a quick, wham, bam, thank you ma’am kind of story to get you in the mood, say, or just to chill out at the end of a long day.

Although I would argue that a good writer can achieve that in an Erotic Romance too. That’s certainly my aim when I write.🙂

However, this post isn’t really about the difference between writing erotica or erotic romance. It is about the labels we use when we describe our writing.

There seems to be a growing trend among authors to call their stories, filthy, the dirtiest yet, pure smut, pure filth, name it what you will, and my eyebrows always raise.

Why, you might ask? Well, for starters sex isn’t dirty. I always feel like responding, “I shall bring my soap,” when I hear of authors referring to their work as dirty.

I’m sure they think of it as a marketing ploy, but it has the opposite effect on me. Maybe, I’m just old-fashioned, hubby/sir and I have been together for 29 years after all, but stating it is your dirtiest book yet makes me not want to read it.

I’ll assume there is little more to it than sex, and I really want more than sex in the stories I read. After all, there are only so many ways one can write about the horizontal shimmy. Personally, I much prefer reading the build up than the act itself. Give me tension, give me passion, emotion that leaps off the page, plot twists that make me gasp, dialogue which makes me laugh, and yes, a good old dirty talking Alpha hero. Yeah, I love those, but don’t let that be all he is.

After all, a dirty talking man in the wrong setting is a sexual harassment case in the making.And before you roll your eyes, and tell me to lighten up and say it’s fantasy, it is. You’re right, of course, it is, but, and there is always a but. I would prefer for the characters I read about to be grounded in reality, in my contemporary stories at least, and certainly when BDSM is involved. However, that is a matter for discussion for another time.🙂

Suffice to say that stories described as dirty don’t really do it for me. I think, and this is, of course, just my personal opinion on this, that authors labelling their stories as such do the industry no favours.

Romance, let alone of the erotic kind gets enough of a bad press as it is. We don’t really need to add to it, do we now?

Mummy porn, smut, filth, the devils’ work… (yes, my stories have been called that by some *rolls eyes in mild amusement*) those and more are labels forced onto the romance industry on the whole by folks who just don’t get it, and in most cases never picked up a romance novel in their life.

There are enough folks looking down their snooty noses at us, without us authors ourselves giving our work derogatory labels.

So, next time you refer to your latest story, take a step back and think about it.

That’s all from me today, folks. You’ll be pleased to hear I’ve put my soapbox away  for another week.

*smiles*

Do stay naughty, folks.

D xxx