Friday, 14 June 2019

SALE - EQUINOX only 99c!

Then don't miss your chance to grab a copy of EQUINOX the complete boxed set at the bargain price of just 99c/99p - Also on Kindle Unlimited.




Boxed Set Contains

TRAVELER #1
DREAMER #2
SEDUCER #3

About...

After escaping a fate worse than death, Uma Nixon knows she's one lucky woman.

She also knows Earth is no longer a safe place to be.

Not wanting to fall into the same trap twice, she uses her skills to secure a job aboard Equinox as it travels between Earth and Planet Athion. Some might say it's a grinding job. A long journey in hyperspace as a cognitive traveler isn't for everyone. But throw four sexy guys into the mix--human and alien--a cheeky parrot, and a whole lot of flirting and desire, things soon get interesting out there in the abyss.

When jealousy, curious quirks of evolution, and danger rears its head, Uma wonders if she'll be able to handle the heat and the excitement. And if she can't...there's nowhere to run.


EQUINOX - A STANDALONE REVERSE HAREM TRILOGY WITHIN THE PLANET ATHION SHARED WORLD 




Sunday, 2 June 2019

Weekly Blog Posts for Tory Richards

Hey everyone, I just wanted to pass on that I have a weekly posting schedule on my blog now so stop in and check them out.

Sunday Selection - I post a chapter to one of my books until I reach the end
Monday Musings - I post whatever happens to be on my mind...scary!
Tuesday Teaser - I post a book teaser of one of my books...of course:)
Thursday Thoughts - I post anything to do with books, writing, readers, and authors.

Happy reading!

Saturday, 1 June 2019

HIS VAMPIRE HAREM #2




For those of you who enjoyed HIS VAMPIRE HAREM you'll be pleased to know Book #2 is on the way! 


Want an email reminder when it releases? Sign up here and get a free ebook too! 

NEED TO CATCH UP ON BOOK #1? Grab it HERE also on KINDLE UNLIMITED.

Monday, 27 May 2019

The object of her secret affection is her husband's brother - Out Now! Swap #erotic #romance #ForbiddenLove

Please be forewarned some readers may find the following content offensive, disturbing, and/or triggering

Most of us have been there – the unrequited crush, the fantasy lover who still haunts our dreams. Usually that longing fades to a bittersweet memory. For Hailey Hollinger, it's not that easy—the object of her secret affection is her husband's brother



Hailey Hollinger has it all—a great husband, a fantastic career, good friends… and one hot brother-in-law who won’t stay out of her fantasies

When Hailey was sixteen she thought her boyfriend, Brent, was the best-looking guy around. That was until he introduced her to his older brother, Mike. From that moment on she had the biggest crush on him and he became the star of all her teenage fantasies.

Hailey’s all grown up now and has been married to Brent for three years. They have great careers, a nice house—they enjoy life and each other. Everything is supposed to be perfect. Except that pesky little infatuation with her husband’s brother has never completely gone away. A crush, by nature and definition, is supposed to be short-lived and should diminish over time. But, unfortunately for Hailey, it hasn’t, and it’s beginning to mess with what she thinks should be perfection. And, if her life is so great, why does she then find herself groping her brother-in-law in the cab of his truck like some sex-starved teenager? Or the more pressing question yet—why is he groping her right back?


Author Note: This erotic romance story, which has been previously published, is written in first person, and contains cheating/adulterous themes. The material has been updated and reformatted for re-release, with a smokin’ new cover, as well as additional content


What Readers are saying:

HK Carlton did a fantastic job of showing the angst Michael and Hailey faced as they deal with their growing attraction to each other. You fall in love with them as their love grows, and you wonder if they will choose to betray their spouses and act on their love for each other.

Swap was an excellent read that kept me captivated the entire time. Hailey and Mike's struggle of their attraction to each other was incredibly well written - I could feel the tension between them myself and of course was silently rooting for them. Most people might find their trysts immoral, but once you learn of Hailey and Mike's relationships with their own spouses, you'll understand the imperative need to have Hailey and Mike find their own happily ever after together. I definitely recommend Swap as a must read, and if you cherish a good night's sleep then I also recommend that you start the book early in the day, because you'll find it impossible to put down.

Most of the book chronicles Hailey's and Mike's desperate attempts to remain faithful despite their mutual attraction. Neither of the main characters treats marriage casually. Both want to do the right thing. As time goes on, though, it becomes clear that their physical connection is merely a symptom of the deep emotional bond that connects them. Ultimately, they have no choice but to surrender to their passion and face the consequences...
....Swap is a brave book, tackling as it does the uncomfortable topic of infidelity. A few years ago, this subject would have been taboo in a romance. Ms. Carlton does not whitewash the issue, but handles it with an admirable degree of honesty and realism. Hailey and Mike are sympathetic, likable characters. They really try to resist one another, although it's clear to the reader from an early stage that this is futile. In fact, their heroic efforts to “be good” raise the level of sexual tension, as they skirt the edges of adultery, drawing back time and time again from a precipitous fall.

Excerpt: 

We paid the bill, then headed for the truck. 

In the parking lot, he handed over the keys.

In a moment of sheer insanity on my part, I threw my arms around his waist and gave him a squeeze. “I really am proud of you, you know.”

He placed his arm around my shoulder and he pulled me closer. I felt his chest rumble. “Thanks, Hails.” 

We slowed our progress, as if neither one of us was in any hurry to get to the truck. I laid my head back against his shoulder. We walked to the passenger’s side of the truck and I hit the remote on his key fob, unlocking the doors. I opened it for him. He laughed. “I’m supposed to get the door for you.” 

“Oh, I thought that was just a shotgun thing, not a chivalry thing. A woman can open the door for a dude, ya know,” I said with mock impatience. “Just get in.” 

He turned to face me and, to my surprise, he reached out and tucked my hair behind my ear. “You’re really lame, ya know?” He laughed at my expense.

“I think that’s an eighties catchphrase. And yeah, I know I’m lame, but you love me anyway.” I tossed his words from earlier back at him.

But his smile slipped. “Yeah. I do.”

Something in his voice made every body part I owned turn liquid. In my head, I rushed to tell myself that he meant like a brother and that he’d had a few beers, but his next words stopped my thought process cold.

“You might be the only thing I’ve ever envied about my little brother.”

He moved his hand to the side of my neck and grazed my cheek with his thumb. Then his lips were there, hovering just inches from mine, as if he were seeking permission. My senses swam with the possibilities.

I pounced, seizing what might be my only opportunity to kiss him. I didn’t hold back—he experienced the full-on, ravenous impact of years of worship and sexual fantasies that had run the gamut from sweet, innocent eighteen-year-old’s kisses to the tantalizing nocturnal fantasy that I’d created just the night before.

I flattened my chest against his, trying to get inside his coat. He spun me around, and nudged me onto the seat of the truck. I didn’t want to separate from his lips afraid that if we lost contact he would call a halt to this. So, I fisted my hands into his shirt and hauled him in after me. I opened my legs, encouraging him between them.

When he followed, I crabbed toward the driver’s side. My shoulder hit the steering wheel. I released his shirt long enough to grope for the tilt-steering lever. I pushed the wheel up to give us a little extra room. He was not a small man. The thought shot another little thrill through my already highly sensitized body.

He reached backward with one arm, trying to close the door, but I pulled him toward me with all my strength. I wanted to get as much as I could before he put a stop to this. I knew he would. He was too nice a guy to let this happen. What did that say about me?

© H K Carlton

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Hear from THE BOYS!




If you've read Lily Harlem's popular reverse harem series THE CHALLENGE and want to hear from Harry, Raul, Evan, Lucas and Mason, pre-order your copy of THE BOYS now! (Will be on KU)



Friday, 17 May 2019

DARKEST NIGHT - ON SALE


Prepare for high drama and intense heat!

When nights are long and the shadows crawl, be seduced by souls from other worlds. Allow vampires into your dreams, dare to run with shifters, and fall in love with creatures whose charm and desires know no bounds.

DARKEST NIGHT is a collection of Lily Harlem's paranormal stories that will keep you reading way past your bedtime.

Contains BITE MARK (MFM) and CLAW MARK (MMF) a suspenseful ménage a trois duo with vampires and shifters, HIS VAMPIRE HAREM an all-male harem story which will transport you to Paris and London, TAKE ME (MF), who will be the hero--vampire or shifter? And KANGORILLA (MM), part of a set of four stories to whet your appetite for SPLICED, a shifter experimental program with far-reaching consequences.

*Please note all of these books are available to read as individual titles on Amazon. Also on Kindle Unlimited.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Saturday, 4 May 2019

THE BOYS - Cover Reveal


THE BOYS is coming soon with a beautiful cover from STUDIOENP.

ABOUT 

The Boys is the spin-off novel from Lily Harlem's popular reverse harem series THE CHALLENGE - available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.


Even paradise comes with challenges.

For Olivia and her husbands life is good. Five years on from becoming her harem the men are happy and love abounds. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t obstacles to overcome. With five children, long kept secrets, hidden desires and a sprawling Australian sheep station to care for there’s always going to be complications.

But these are not people who shrink from what their hearts need. They’ll also fight for what they believe in, and stick together with a fierce loyalty that cannot be broken.

Read THE BOYS after you’ve enjoyed the entire series THE CHALLENGE and find out from Raul, Evan, Mason, Harry and Lucas how their unconventional marriage to Olivia is faring.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

New Release!

 

He can't resist her.
She can't refuse him.
Lies will rip them apart.

As enforcer of the Desert Rebels Cole's job is to protect his MC. A favor for a friend has them taking in a young woman they think is trying to get away from a crazy ex. Turns out she's lying. When the truth comes out, so does trouble to the club. Cole wants Raven, but will their insane attraction to one another be enough to overcome the deception and give them a chance at happiness?

Excerpt -
Heart pounding, I panted breathlessly, "Cole! I'm-I'm not who you th-think I am!" I scraped his scalp with my nails, bowing sharply beneath his mouth. Oh, sweet Jesus he was going to kill me with pleasure!

Breathing hard, he pulled his mouth off my nipple and looked up at me with surprising clarity in his eyes, his dark expression stamped with raw arousal. "I know exactly who you are," he grated hoarsely. "I've known since I pulled you beneath me."

What? I took a second to process what he'd said, or at least try. I was so turned on it felt as if I was on some life-altering drug, and I was kind of, I was high on Cole. "We-We can't do this," I whispered, asking myself why we couldn't at the same time.

His grin was pure sex. "Looks like we are."

"But-you thought I was someone else," I reminded him. "What about her?"

He released a frustrated breath. "Can we talk about this later? I'm right in the middle of something."

I was not going to be a convenient fill-in for someone else. No matter how turned on I was. No matter how hot Cole was. "Listen, jerk, when a man makes love to me I'd at least like to know that he knows it's me."

His body vibrated with laughter against me. "I don't make love, baby. I fuck."

Well, that was just wrong, and his flippant attitude pissed me off. "Well then find someone else to fuck," I hissed, trying to wiggle out from under him. Cole was a big man, and he was heavy. Bumping my hips to get him to move wasn't my brightest move. All it did was reveal how freaking huge and hard his cock was. He grunted and dropped his head back onto my breasts. I began to wiggle wildly.

Mostly afraid of myself.

"Get off!"

"Jesus wait a fucking minute, will you," he growled as if in pain, pressing my body down to hold me still.

I stilled. "I'll give you ten seconds."

His mouth was against my breast and the feel of his smile caused a shiver to ripple through my body.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Cover Lovin'! Coming Soon - SWAP - by H K Carlton - Cover Design by @thestudioenp

I'm so excited to unveil the new cover for the re-release of SWAP!

A huge Thank You to the brilliant Emmy Ellis of Studioenp for another exquisite cover!



Gorgeous! Right!!
Thanks, Emmy 💗

About the Book

One woman's mad crush on her brother-in-law spirals into a red-hot affair

Hailey Hollinger has it all—a great husband, a fantastic career in journalism, good friends…and one hot brother-in-law who won’t stay out of her fantasies.


When Hailey was sixteen she thought her boyfriend, Brent, was the best-looking guy around. That was until he introduced her to his older brother, Mike. From that moment on she had the biggest crush on him and he became the star of all her teenage fantasies.

Hailey’s all grown up now and has been married to Brent for three years. They have great careers, a nice house—they enjoy life and each other. Everything is supposed to be perfect. Except that pesky little infatuation with her husband’s brother has never completely gone away. A crush, by nature and definition, is supposed to be short-lived and should diminish over time. But, unfortunately for Hailey, it hasn’t, and it’s beginning to mess with what she thinks should be perfection. And, if her life is so great, why does she then find herself groping her brother-in-law in the cab of his truck like some sex-starved teenager? Or the more pressing question yet—why is he groping her right back?

Author Note: This erotic story has been published previously. It is written in first person, and contains cheating/adulterous themes

Watch for the re-release of SWAP around May 12 — if not sooner 😉

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Pre-Order Alert: Written on Skin- Sigil Fire Series #2 by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #lgbt #lesfic #urbanfantasy #shifters #witches @erzabetbishop @naughtynightspr

Written on Skin_Full Size

New from USA Today Bestselling author Erzabet Bishop!

Written on Skin- Sigil Fire Series Book Two

Release date: May 21, 2019 ~ Pre-order Now!


  Magic and mystery come to life when humans encounter the secrets of Forbidden Ink. When a blood-for-ink trade gives Genevieve more than she bargained for, her world gets upended. A visit to Cirque Nocturne to blow off some steam is intended to give her the distraction she needs, but this tattooed beauty finds more waiting for her in the shadows than she could ever have hoped for.

  The shadow world of Cirque Nocturne is not always what it seems. Maliah is a phoenix shifter, bound to Cirque Nocturne by blood and an unbreakable vow. But when the shadows reveal a darkness more beautiful than she has ever seen, she must decide whether there is room in her heart for the one thing that could make her whole or break her completely. #lbgt #urbanfantasy #witches #vampires #tattoo #shadows #magic #cirquenocturne #lesfic #phoenix #shifter #beautifuldarkness #wolf #sigilfireseries

 Pre-order now!

 Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Pxsxwk 



Sunday, 21 April 2019

99 Cents for a Limited Time: Surrendering to Her Mate #1 Amazon Bestseller #pnr @erzabetbishop @naughtynightspr




#1 Bestseller on Amazon!

#99cents for a limited time!


*All Books can be read standalone*

Bunny shifter Clover is running from her past when she finds a waitressing job at a BDSM club. But she doesn’t expect gorgeous panther shifter Richard to pounce into her life… Can he teach her the true meaning of passion and surrender? A steamy paranormal romance!


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Friday, 19 April 2019

Now Available: Tormenting Her Mate-My Wicked Mates #3 by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #shifter #romance @erzabetbishop @naughtynightspr




Available now!

A fox among wolves.

Wanting him had to be a sin…
He saved her from the darkness, but by then she could never go back to the light. His eyes haunted her. When Astrid is given the choice to offer up her body for one month in exchange for her brother’s life, she doesn’t even hesitate. It’s dangerous, this dance, and she can’t look away. He could snap her in two with one bite of his jaws but she couldn’t help falling into his trap. Astrid just hopes she can survive it.

She was his.
Astrid stood there trembling in the dark, wounded, and that’s when Marcus knew he had to have her. A fox among his wolves. He would protect her, from their families and even from himself. But when fate handed her back to him on a silver platter, he couldn’t let her go. Her place was in his bed. All he had to do was survive a pack war long enough to keep her.

#shifters #paranormal #romance #steamy #mob #crime #fox #wolf #paranormalromance #pnrlovers #shifterlove

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Wild, Dark Passion! Re-Release of DARK WARRIOR by Lily Harlem



While some passions live on the surface, others—wilder, darker passions—have to be kept buried deep. 

Dr. Leo Rotherham is following his calling by working in rural Kenya for the charity Medics On Hand. While he expected a primitive way of life and limited medical supplies, what he doesn’t bargain on is falling for handsome village warrior, Malik. 

Malik is well respected, knowledgeable and loyal to his tribe. He’s also beautiful, brave, modern and, much to Leo’s dismay, married—isn’t he? 

No, it turns out Malik is as free as the animals that roam the African plains at night. Soon the tension is building between the two men and Leo isn’t sure if he’s coming or going. Whenever he’s around Malik he can’t help but notice the reflected look of lust in his eyes and feel the longing sizzling between them. 
Malik stands too close, not close enough.

Forbidden attraction simmers between them and the need grows to dizzying heights. But dare they admit to each other what it is they want? And are they brave enough to act on their desires and be honest about their lust? One thing is for sure, a passion this big, this powerful, can’t be contained and it’s all going to explode in the most spectacular of ways. 

*Please note, DARK WARRIOR was previously published with different cover art*



ALSO ON KU


Saturday, 6 April 2019

Hot MM series!


When Reece Carter is CAUGHT ON CAMERA canoodling with hunky gardener Cade Davenport, a new, super-sexy opportunity presents itself that he just can’t walk away from. 


"One of the hottest MM romances I've ever read."








Monday, 1 April 2019

Out Today!

Ebook and paperback. This hot, contemporary romance was previously released. It has a new book cover, and I've added and updated the content.


He's a soldier home for the holidays, his brother's last wish for him to take care of his wife and baby weighing heavily on his mind. Keeping promises are important, but this one will be hard. Ryan has been secretly in love with Shannon for years. Their attraction is hot and consuming, but will they be able to get over the guilt that threatens to keep them apart?

Excerpt - She pulled back the curtain, her eyes rounding when she recognized Ryan’s form heading down the front steps with his bag in his hand. Was he leaving because of her? That would crush Marsha! Without thinking, Shannon whipped the door open and stepped onto the porch.

“Ryan!” If he heard her, he ignored her, and continued walking toward the garage. “Ryan!” Shannon picked up her robe and dashed down the steps and into the snow. The cold immediately went through her slippers. “Ryan, please wait!”

He rounded the garage and disappeared. Shannon couldn’t believe that he didn’t hear her. She rushed to catch up with him, almost falling when she stepped on an icy patch of snow. She entered the garage just as he opened the door to his jeep. “Ryan!”

He stiffened but didn’t turn around as she expected. Shivering, Shannon stepped in front of him, putting herself between him and the open door. She didn’t know what she was going to do; only that she had to stop him in some way. “What are you doing?” she asked, flinching from the unwelcome coldness in his eyes. It was just getting light enough for her to see his expression, hard and set as usual.

“I would think that’s obvious,” he said flatly, a tick appearing in his jaw. His gaze was focused somewhere over her head.

“Your leaving will ruin everyone’s holiday. Every year, all they ever talk about is you coming home.” His gaze zeroed in on hers with deadly accuracy. He looked so angry, as if he was about to explode. Shannon felt the urge to reach up and kiss away the firmness of his mouth until it was soft and friendly. “Are you leaving because of, ah, what happened?” She didn’t have to spell it out; they both knew what she was referring to.

“I think it’s better this way.”

“I’m not blaming you,” she began. “It’s something that just happened, a moment that got away from us.” Trying to sound as if it was insignificant didn’t come off as convincing as Shannon wanted it to. She could barely look Ryan in the eye because of the heat filling her cheeks.

“What makes you think it won’t happen again?”

Shannon’s eyes rounded in surprise. The little thrill his words caused evaporated quickly when she realized he wasn’t happy about his earlier loss of control. Would it happen again? She didn’t have the nerve to ask. Deep down part of her wanted it to. She could tell he wanted to leave, but she was in his way.

“Ryan please, if you can’t stand being under the same roof with me then I’ll leave. Just, please, don’t hurt your family this way.” It surprised Shannon that his leaving would hurt her, too.

Their gazes held for a long moment. Shannon wasn’t beneath begging to get him to change his mind. She loved Marsha and the rest of the family too much to cause them undue pain. “Please, stay.” To her mortification, she felt the hot sting of tears fill her eyes. It occurred to her that she was asking as much for herself as for them. Did he feel the pull between them? The intensity of it astounded her.

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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Grab TRAVELER for only 99c/99p!


TRAVELER, Book #1 in the EQUINOX (sci-fi reverse harem) trilogy is only 99c/99p!



After escaping a fate worse than death, Uma Nixon knows she's one lucky woman.

She also knows Earth is no longer a safe place to be.

Not wanting to fall into the same trap twice, she uses her skills to secure a job aboard Equinox as it travels between Earth and Planet Athion.

Some might say it's a grinding job. A long journey in hyperspace as a cognitive traveler isn't for everyone. But throw four sexy guys into the mix--human and alien--a cheeky parrot, and a whole lot of flirting and desire, things soon get interesting out there in the abyss.

When jealousy, curious quirks of evolution, and danger rears its head, Uma wonders if she'll be able to handle the heat and the excitement. And if she can't...there's nowhere to run.



Don't miss book #2 Dreamer and book #3 Seducer in this exciting Planet Athion trilogy.

Planet Athion is a shared world contributed to by multiple authors and each trilogy is fine as a standalone read. Discover more about this page-turning Reverse Harem, Sci Fi Romance series today! Travel over to planetathion.blogspot.com for more information.




Friday, 29 March 2019

* Updated!* Out Now at eXtasy Books - The Devil Take You - Epic Historical Romance

Brae and Gard are back! *well almost* 😉 I am beyond excited to bring this story back. When I say EPIC, I mean this story is over 140,000 words and over 400 pages, but I promise, you will fall in love with Gard Marschand and Braelynn Galbraith. Gard is a man tortured by secrets, and those secrets have driven him to commit some deplorable acts, but he has zero remorse. Revenge is the only thing that keeps him going. He's the classic brooding anti-hero. Brae, simply wants peace for her beloved Scotland, and she is weeks away from marrying her childhood sweetheart. But when Gard and his men lay siege to Braelynn's little shire, he unintentionally shatters her dreams.

*** Updated *** Surprise Surprise— Even to me! Apparently The Devil Take You, can now be purchased at eXtasy Books, as of March 29th. Coming to other vendors soon!

1307 - During the Scottish Wars of Independence 


Braelynn Galbraith wants peace for her beloved Scotland, marriage to her childhood sweetheart, and a house full of children. In that order. But evil incarnate, in the form of Gard Marschand, turns her life inside out and destroys all hope of a decent marriage.

Known in the Highlands as the legendary devil, Gard Marschand raids his way across Scotland and England amassing power and property in his malevolent wake. He will stop at nothing in his pursuit to regain what is lost—even conceal his true identity and associate with his enemies. His determination is all-consuming until he and his men lay siege to Ross-shire holding and one feisty Scottish lass obliterates his single-minded purpose.

Can Gard abandon his deep-seated need for revenge for a love that just might save his rotten soul? Or will he succumb to the demons that hound him and surrender to the devil within?


I believe your stay in purgatory has only just begun…


Purchase Link:
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Coming soon to other vendors
Updates can be found HERE


Reviews:


What a fabulous, well crafted story! I could hardly put it down. I love Brae as much as I loved Holly in the Always Cambridge series. They’re not the same character at all, but Brae is just as spunky, brave, creative, smart and grounded. Well done, HK!


This book was wonderful in so many ways. Feisty heroine, brooding hero, historical facts woven into the plot, descriptions of sweeping landscapes, drama and intrigue... well-deserved praise!


I love a good historical romance, especially those set in Scotland. With a spirited young miss in Brae and a rogue in Gard, HK Carlton has created two of my favorite characters in The Devil Take You. With a story that ranks with those of Jude Deveraux and Nora Roberts, HK's tale will sweep you up in a tide of passion and intrigue that will keep you turning pages.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

New Release and Amazon Card Giveaway: Surrendering to Her Mate by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #giveaway #shifterromance @erzabetbishop @ginakincade



★★★ NEW RELEASE ALERT ★★★

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Surrendering to Her Mate (My Wicked Mates Book 2)

A new beginning…
Fleeing from a relationship gone horribly wrong, bunny shifter Clover Frazier makes the choice to start a new life. If only her car had gotten the memo. Stranded in the parking lot of what seemed to be a nightclub, she walks into a world she never knew existed. A new job with room and board are the answer to her prayers, but can she really outrun the ghosts of her past or will they come back to claim her?
A cat with a broken heart might just learn to love again.
Master Richard has just come out of a five-year Master/sub arrangement after a bitter breakup. He spies the new barmaid instantly, dismissing her as just another pretty face. When circumstances put them in close proximity, his resolve to stay at a distance is put to the test when his prickly panther responds to the luscious bunny shifter. Finding himself enamored by the curvaceous blonde, the teacher becomes the student and this alpha male learns that the gift of trust might just be the greatest surrender of all.
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Friday, 15 March 2019

Friday, 8 March 2019

And the Erotic Romance versus Romance debate continues...

I need to rant and what better place is there, than here? 

Warning for language, if you proceed.

SO, I have a re-release coming out this month. I wrote this story in the early days of my writing journey, back when I thought I was going to write strictly historical romance. Little did I know then, how titillating and what a rush it is to write erotic romance.

But, I maintain this story is historical romance, pure and simple. That's how it was released the first time—and was well-received without controversy—and Historical Rom is what I reported on the book information sheet when I submitted it to the 'new' publisher. I've just been informed the story will be released as erotic, historical, romance, because, get this, there is SEX in the story. WAIT, WHAT?!? 👀 blink, blink.

This is what I was told:

No sex + happy ending = romance
Sex + happy ending = erotic romance

I highly disagree with this!!! 😠

To me, NO SEX in romance, is either categorized as sweet romance, or YA (depending on age, of course). 

Normally the erotic/not erotic argument comes down to how much sex and what kind of sex. Not sex or no sex. I'm actually floored by this! 😮

I mainly write erotic (romance) now, and I can tell you this story is not erotic. Sex is not what drives this story forward, it is the love story along with the historical significance, plus my own little twist on that history, that is the heart of this story. And yes, I agree, a story can be extremely erotic without there being any intercourse/penetration/climax—however you want to define it—at all, but I feel like the formula above is skewed.

Now, I understand publishers have guidelines that they live by, and those guidelines were in place long before I came along. And let's face it publishers bloody-well do as they please. I know from experience, bringing up my concerns to the powers-that-be over there, will fall on deaf ears, or if I get the right/wrong person riled up, I'll get a set down. But we all know how important the genre tags are.

I'm very cognizant about the historical accuracy, because diehard historical buffs will pick out the things that are not correct. But, my fellow authors, as we know, the same goes for readers who love their erotica. Historical Romance readers want the plot to be driven by, just that, romance, a love story, and history, which my story is. Whereas erotic fans want, yes, a good story, and perhaps some love and romance, though it's not a prerequisite, but what is, is a great deal of sex. They want their steamy bits, and they want them often, often, often. THIS story, is not laden with sex. The hero and heroine are not even intimate until the back end of the book—lots of tension mind you. Readers of erotica will be sorely disappointed if they pick up the book, and they won't be shy about saying so. And readers who read historical romance, will take one look at the erotic genre label/tag on the publishers website, or on Amazon and will navigate away from the book without a second thought, if they even see it at all, since again, as we know, Amazon likes to hide erotic works.


Readers of erotica also like explicit and highly descriptive sex scenes which use a certain vocabulary. Again, this story doesn't have that. It does have some steamy scenes, but historical romance connoisseurs also stick to a defined vocabulary during intimate scenes, which I have observed. 

And I will tell you in the beginning, back when my work first started being published, making the switch from more ambiguous depictions to the straightforward speech erotica demands, was tough. I was encouraged to use words that I didn't even use in my everyday life. I mean, I'm not a puritan, by any means. And I'll call a m*therf*cker, a f*cker, if he or she so deserves. But there were certain female body parts that I did not refer to with 'those' particular words. My early editors would often comment, 'you're being rather coy, just say it!' These days, I have no such qualms. The words roll off my fingertips without a second thought. And in my everyday life, now that *ssh*le that cut me off at the corner, is also a m*therf*ckin' c*nt! 😏 LOL

Anyway, winding down... I'm just afraid the book is not going to reach the target audience. And I've already been through the wringer with this one, when it was with the other publisher, [er...out the side of my mouth—non-payment]  so I'd hoped for better things this time around. Sharing this story means a lot to me.

So, my fellow authors, and readers alike, now that I've opened the erotic romance versus romance debate, I'd love for you to weigh-in, in the comments. 
Or should I just duck and run, for opening this particular can of whoop-ass—OH, NO... that's a whole other genre altogether. LOL. 

As a reader, too though, I know how frustrating and disappointing it can be when you pick up a book expecting one thing and you get another. On the other hand, sometimes you find some hidden gems that way, too, or a new-to-you author, or genre

Thanks for allowing me to vent my frustration. It won't change a thing—they gonna do, what they gonna do—but perhaps I'll feel better just getting it out.

Cheers!
Happy reading, folks,
Kymmie
a.k.a. H K Carlton