Friday, April 29, 2005

Morgan Hawke's blog

I wandered around Morgan Hawke's blog, Dark Erotica, for quite a while yesterday. It's full of useful information for the author of erotic romance. Here's the phrase that struck me the hardest: To be erotic fiction, sex has to drive the plot.

I'd never thought of that so clearly before, but I think it's true. If you write sex in a romance novel, it must always be important, and sex scenes must propel the plot forward. Otherwise it comes across as gratuitous because it isn't really important to either the characters or the reader. But sex isn't the driving force of an ordinary romance; love is.

An erotic romance, on the other hand, isn't just a romance with a lot of extra sex tossed in. Morgan quotes someone else: "If you can remove the sex from the erotica and still have a viable story in another genre, you did it wrong!" The sex is integral (not just important, but INTEGRAL) to the plot of an erotic romance, and the growing love between the characters is driven by the sex rather than vice versa. That's true of Imprisoned Prince, although honestly I didn't realize that when I wrote it.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Dangerous Games by Charlene Teglia

I bought this from EC and read it yesterday, and it was awesome. I loved the sci-fi subplot, and I loved the way the hero and heroine grew and changed throughout the book. Oh, and I loved the hot sex *g*. I've never read anything by Charlene before, but she'll be going onto my autobuy list now for sure!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

More on prejudice

I made reference yesterday to Sylvia's comments on prejudice against erotic publishers. In case you didn't follow the link, here's the quote in question, from a letter to the editor of the RWR (the RWA's publication):

"Also we may want to stop prattling on about how ‘we just don’t get no respect’ when we allow dopey-looking hunks in ridiculous costumes advertising an erotic publisher on our back cover. There’s a big difference between sensual romance and erotica, and I think we made a big mistake in lowering our standards to accept such a publisher."

Hmmmm. Two different issues here, yes? One is the covers. As Shannon points out so adroitly, romance novel covers have a long history of featuring "dopey-looking hunks in ridiculous costumes." One word: Fabio.

Issue number two is the idea that RWA "lowered its standards" to admit EC. (I assume we're talking about EC here; although Zebra and Harlequin both publish erotic romance, I doubt anyone would seriously suggest Harlequin should be booted from the RWA.) But as Ellen pointed out in the discussion on Sylvia's site, RWA didn't "lower its standards" to let Ellora's Cave in-- EC met the guidelines fair and square.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Prejudice against erotic publishers

I haven't had a lot of time to post today... sorry. But Sylvia has an awesome blog entry about prejudice against publishers of erotic romance and the effect it can have on their guidelines. Check it out!

Monday, April 25, 2005

I'm officially coming soon!

My book is now listed on the coming soon page at Ellora's Cave! No cover as yet.

And the title is apparently simply IMPRISONED PRINCE (no THE). It's a trifle embarrassing to have the title of your own book wrong:-).

RT

Everyone, and I mean everyone, in the online romance world is headed for RT. But not me. I'm stuck here, all alone *sniff*. I hope to make it next year. But in the meantime, I get to sit here twiddling my thumbs and read about everyone's preparations, then read about how great it was when you all get back. It's like being a wallflower (despite my undeniable beauty and charming personality:-). I'm envious. Maybe even jealous.

Oh, well... there's always next year. I bet Cinderella said that to herself a lot, too!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Erotic romance is serious stuff

EC author Dakota Cassidy has a new blog. She says she writes "carnomedy," her very apt term for funny erotic romance.

Oddly, although I've written comedy in the past, I can't write humorous erotic romance. When I write romantica, it's serious stuff. I'm not sure why that is... apparently I take sex seriously. Well, there are worse things, I guess!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Alpha heroes and wimpy heroines

Yesterday there was a thread on All About Romance's Potpourri Board about EC books. A reader stated that she found many of EC's books to have very dominating heroes but relatively wimpy heroines.

Having read quite a few EC books, I don't really agree with this, but the perception that alpha heroes must be paired with wussy heroines intrigues me. My heroine isn't in the least wimpy. She's the leader of a galactic empire, and she has the hero in chains before the first chapter is over. But THE IMPRISONED PRINCE isn't a female-dominant book, either. Eventually the tables are turned, and the heroine finds herself in chains. I'm not going to tell you how the book ends, but I will tell you that I prefer books in which the hero and heroine are equally strong and equally dominant. I also like to write stories in which the characters learn from their mistakes and grow by the end of the book. I hope I've succeeded!

For another interesting view on alpha heroes, check out EC author Charlene Teglia's post yesterday on Romancing the Blog.

Friday, April 22, 2005

A quick update

I've just been informed by my editor that THE IMPRISONED PRINCE will be released on May 4!! That's less than two weeks from now. I'm totally thrilled!

About my book

My first book for Ellora's Cave is called THE IMPRISONED PRINCE, and it's a sexy futuristic. Here's the blurb:

Prince Barrak of Terra is sent to negotiate for peace with the Zytellians, an aggressive, matriarchal species which has conquered much of the known galaxy. Tiryl, the leader of the Zytellians, refuses to negotiate with a male, and she makes Barrak her prisoner instead. She is determined to teach him his proper place in her society-- as a subordinate whose only purpose is to please women-- and she uses every method at her disposal to "retrain" him. Barrak finds himself in chains... and in her bed. When Barrak frees himself, he turns the tables and makes Tiryl his prisoner... and teaches her a lesson that she won't soon forget.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Hello!

I'm an author whose first erotic romance will be released by Ellora's Cave very soon. I'm a multi-published author, but this is my first foray into the world of erotic romance. I've enjoyed working with my editor, and I can't wait till my book is released! I'll tell you more about my book tomorrow:-).