** See info on a giveaway below.
Erotic romance is alive and well at the RT Convention in Chicago. Several panels have discussed the potential impact of the breakthrough BDSM bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey on the industry, and the reaction is mixed. Some think the novel will bring additional readers to the genre.
Isn’t it cool to know what you’ve been reading/doing all along is suddenly popular and “all right?” One panel I sat in on was “E-Publishing for Writers: How to get published” with Ravenous Romance Editorial Director and agent Lori Perkins, and Christine Brashear, from Samhain Publishing.
“It’s wonderful to see books as part of the entertainment discourse again,” Perkins said.
And that’s exactly what Fifty Shades of Grey has done: People are talking books. And better yet – Adult books. It’s on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
Further, E-publishing has increased readership in erotic romance by taking away the “stigma” of reading a racy romance with a steamy cover. Instead, readers can discretely download a book and not put up with the potential looks from booksellers. (I know, I’m a woman who’s bought Playboy!)
So what does all this mean? For many readers, maybe no impact, but you might start seeing more diverse offerings, or more mainstream romances becoming a bit more “sexy.”
My first novel Sex University: Physical Education features all sorts of BDSM. It’s a sex school! Warning: The novel primarily focuses on a M/F storyline but also has M/M and F/F.
Sex University: Physical Education
Tired of sexual norms and wanting to expand her pleasure, Amanda “Mandi” Wilkinson 24, enrolls in summer school at San Francisco Sex University, an exclusive sex school located in the heart of San Francisco. What Mandi doesn’t realize is that not all the mysterious drop-outs are simply flunking sex-ed.
Reed McAllister came to Sex U. for reasons all his own. Undercover, he’s searching for a woman, the right woman, and so far he doesn’t have any leads. Reed never saw himself working at a place such as SFSU, let alone instructing, but he had to admit it – the job did come with its perks. When Mandi turns up on the missing list, will Reed be able to save her and give her the lessons she so desires?
Tell Me: Do you have a favorite exploration in erotic romance? Is there something that you like to see more of? Less?
Giveaway: Super-cute lip balms that I got to giveaway at RT! Leave a comment and your email address and I’ll randomly pick five winners to receive one. (Primarily U.S. If international winners ... let's talk!)