If you can't get enough page-scorching passion, good-looking men and the women who love them, have no fear. Today we're spotlighting erotic romances from some of the biggest names in the genre that make our list of most-anticipated upcoming releases for the next seven months. From hunky hockey players to sexy shapeshifters, 2012 looks like a promising year for sizzling erotic romance.
Authors frequently use their non-writing careers to add realism to their stories, like medical professional CJ Lyons who writes about doctors and ex-reporter Sandra Brown who has written several heroines in the same line of work. Today, debut erotic romance author Roni Loren talks about putting her past career as a therapist to good use, to help her create multidimensional characters for this month's Crash Into You. Get an insider’s look at this new hero and heroine when the author, in her words, “puts my characters on the therapy couch”.
Whether we intend to or not, every writer brings his or her unique life experiences to the keyboard. That’s not to say what we write is autobiographical. But the places we’ve been, the people we’ve met, and the careers we’ve chosen often weave their ways into our books. And the same has been true for me.
I have a graduate degree in social work and before I stayed home with my son, I spent a few years providing therapy to college students and teens. I also worked with women as a birthmother counselor at an adoption agency.
As the temperature this winter drops, there is no better way to spend a chilly night than with a few — or five — dark erotic romances. Today we're giving away five tales that will be sure to spice up the season. From vampires to shapeshifters, voodoo spirits and masterful lovers, this bundle of sizzling reads has something for everyone.
Anxious for a wild encounter? The latest installment in Joey W. Hill's Vampire Queen series (which you can learn more about in our interview with the author) is sure to satisfy. Bound by the Vampire Queen follows Jacob, a human slave who has sworn his servitude to vampire queen Lady Lyssa. But the two face danger when the fae council threatens their bond. But if sexy shifters are more your style, you're in luck. This steamy five-book collection also includes Sheri WhiteFeather's Feral, which features hunky mountain lion-shifter Noah who tempts the prim and proper Jenny into visiting his uninhibited sex club.
Over the past several years, Jayne Rylon has created an avid fan base of erotica readers with her sexy Powertools stories. In the series starter, “Kate’s Crew”, the author introduced the five men that make up a construction crew that shares more than just work. One by one, these testosterone driven men have been paired off as the love of their lives came on the scene and brought them unimaginable erotic pleasure. Especially enticing is that even as the men find their soul mates, they continue to partake in each other’s sensual delights and share the physical love they all feel for each other. This leads to some absolutely amazing scenes of threesomes, foursomes, fivesomes and more!
The first romance I ever remember reading with a cheating heroine/hero was Jane Eyre. While plain, oh-so-shy Jane was falling in love with Rochester, he was hiding a deep, dark secret in the attic. His wife. Many readers are able to overlook the fact that Rochester was a cheater, and almost bigamist, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about how unfair this situation was to his wife. After all, we only know his side of it. Rochester said she was crazy, but perhaps she was just mad because she was imprisoned while her husband went after a younger woman. And in the end, Jane and Rochester get their happily ever after and Bertha gets killed in a fire.
When I later transitioned to reading modern romance novels, I realized that a cheating hero was pretty much par for the course, especially for books set in the Regency when many men kept mistresses. Readers see it again and again in books like Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, The Marriage Bed by Laura Lee Guhrke, Your Wicked Ways by Eloisa James, Prince of Dreams by Lisa Kleypas, and many, many others.
While the trope of friends to lovers has been around since the beginning of the romance genre, recently I have been seeing it more and more in the erotica genre. In fact, in the past few months’ digital publisher Ellora’s Cave has released several novellas that feature friendships between the heroes and heroines that span decades. However, some authors are more successful than others when it comes to evolving a couple’s relationship from platonic caring to red-hot sexiness. Which of the "friends to lovers" tales works best? Check out my critiques of three recently release erotic novellas below.
Fan-favorite paranormal erotica author (and the winner of RT's 2010 Career Achievement Award for erotica) Kate Douglas shares some inside information about her wolves and other "sexy beasts" with RT's Elissa. Find out how the Wolf Tales series grew because readers loved it so much, the many different ways the author thinks about romantic love and how she incorporates this into her writing. Plus, Douglas shares why she loves pushing the limits in erotica and discusses how far the genre has come since her career's beginning.
Delilah Marvelle's steamy historical romances are always fan favorites, and between books the author keeps the historical romance love going at her terrific blog A Bit O'Muslin. We love to read Delilah's in-depth posts about the history of sex and society's fascination with it. So when we were putting together the "Sex Throughout History" workshop for the upcoming RT Booklovers Convention, we knew that Deliliah was the perfect fit to run the panel. For those looking for a taste of what will be covered during the talk, we asked the author to tell us ten totally true (and totally shocking) moments in the history of sex. Here's what she said ...
Here are ten things you may not know about sex history:
1) The oldest model of the male anatomy used for the purpose of “satisfaction” is 28,000 years old.
2) Egyptians wore condoms. They were very unattractive, made out of linen and tied around the waist like a belt.
It’s that time of year again, when you’ve got to make a list and check it twice to figure out what you’re going to get your loved ones. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with suggestions for each type of person on your list. Today we bring you our top suggestions of what to get for the hard to gift-to erotica reader …
If your loved one already has an e-reader, we suggest that this year you fill their digital device with spicy tales. This year we love the Harlequin Spice Briefs Bundles offered in a variety of fun fantasies: there's everything from sex at work, to exotic encounters and the popular Mistress Diaries series. These steamy collections will warm up any winter holiday. And if you can't choose, an Ellora’s Cave gift card, new for the holiday season, is sure to delight! (If gift cards seem too impersonal, we suggest something from the popular online publisher's store. A few of the Ellora's Cave items topping our wish list are a 2012 calendar featuring the sexy Ellora's Cavemen, one of their Bad Girls of Romance t-shirts and a deck of naughty playing cards from their wide assortment here.)
But if your special someone still prefers print to electronic reads, why not keep it old school this season? Consider gifting this collection of classic erotic poems or go back to the beginnings of erotic writing with the books that started it all, the Kama Sutra.
After the preliminary rounds one, two and three, ten stories have been judged as the best works in the erotica anthology Agony/Ecstasy edited by Jane Litte of Dear Author. Each unique story has a different focus and setting, but they all have in common the exploration of using pain in order to find pleasure. But there can only be one winner of JDAEEOA (aka "Judging Dear Author's Edited Erotica of Awesomeness"), and that winner is … Jean Johnson's “The Sybil”!
Best known for her smoking hot fantasy romance novels, Jean Johnson has been an RT reader favorite for years. (She has also picked up two RT Reviewers' Choice Award nominations for her Sons of Destiny series.) Johnson’s story “The Sybil” stands out from the other 20 tales in Agony/Ecstasy because of the deep relationship the author crafts between her two main characters.