#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration: Casey Sheridan #GuestBlog

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration, Day 3 and today’s guest is Casey Sheridan, author of EPIC eBook Awards 2012 Finalist, Ruby Red Metallic.
Casey explains the differences between an erotic romance and an erotica novel.  
” Erotic romance by definition is a romance with erotic elements (according to RWA). The main theme of the story is a romance and it usually has to have a HEA or HFN (happy for now) ending.
Erotica doesn’t necessarily have to have any romance. There needs to be a well developed story, character development, etc. Erotica is not porn, so it’s not just about inserting tab A into slot B. Usually, erotica doesn’t have to have an HEA.
I think it depends on the author how much vivid and detailed sex scenes are in an erotic romance and an erotica, although erotica authors tend get very detailed.
Erotica usually uses language such as cock, pussy, etc. Erotic romance authors (some of them, anyway) use those words sparingly, substituting the sex for pussy, etc. 
Happily ever after in erotic romance and erotica? As I stated above, erotic romance usually has HEA or HFN. Those are not necessary for erotica. HFN is nice, but, again, not necessary.

Should erotic romance and erotica authors publish under a pen name? That’s a personal choice of the author. No one has the right to make that decision for them.”



Like most authors, Casey Sheridan began writing when she was very young. It was later in life when she read her first piece of erotica and it was on a dare that she wrote her first erotic story.Casey enjoys writing erotica and erotic romance that is sensual and fun with unique story lines.

You can find her books through Breathless Press, Amazon, Smashwords, and All Romance eBooks. Her short fiction is published on various erotic web­sites such as The Erotic Woman and Every night Erotica.

Her title, Ruby Red Metallic was an EPIC eBook Awards 2012 Finalist.

An introvert and lover of chocolate, Casey is happiest when writing. She enjoys spending time with close friends, watching movies, reading, and listening to music. She loves animals and volunteers to care for local feral/outdoor kitty pals.

You can find Casey on the Web at:



#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration: Georgia Le Carre #Interview

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration, Day 3 and today’s guest Georgia Le Carre, author of the Amazon # 1 Bestseller series,  the Billionaire Banker series.
Here is what Georgia has to say…
– Could you explain the differences between an erotic romance and an erotica novel?
Georgia Le Carre: For real? 🙂
An erotic romance would wither away and die without a HEA and an erotica novel will be happy with another one night stand!
– How much vivid and detailed are sex scenes in an erotic romance and an erotica?
Georgia Le Carre: Sex scenes wear g-strings in erotic romances and go wonderfully nude in erotica.
– Should erotic romance and erotica authors publish under a pen name?
Georgia Le Carre: Not should, but may.
Georgia Le Carre:
‘The Billionaire Banker series. A five part contemporary erotic romance series. All books in the series are available in digital and print format from multiple retailers.

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration: “The Syrian Virgin” by Zack Love #Excerpt

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration, Day 2 and it’s time for an Excerpt!I’m happy that I can share with you an excerpt from Zack Love’s “The Syrian Virgin”!

The scene (from “The Syrian Virgin”) depicts 18-year-old Anissa’s very first date, which happens to take place on Valentine’s Day…Her longtime crush, Michael, takes her ice skating in Central Park.
At 3 p.m. on February 14, the security guard for my dorm called me with a cute message from my visitor. “There’s a Mr. Kassab downstairs who wants to know if you’ll be his Valentine today.” I quickly looked in the mirror one last time before leaving, and felt butterflies in my stomach as I closed the door and made my way to the elevator.

When I arrived in the lobby, I saw that Michael was waiting for me by the door. He held it open for me and we exited the building into the crisp New York air.

As we walked towards the subway stop on 116th Street, I lightly shared a small confession: “Do you realize that this is officially the first date of my life?”

“Wow. Well, it’s good to know that there’s no pressure on me here!” he replied ironically.

I playfully elbowed him. “None at all.”

“And that means it’s also a good thing that I brought these goodies for you,” he said, taking a small bag of Baci chocolates out of his coat. “But – since this is your first date – I should warn you that most dates do not come with chocolate! You know, just to manage your expectations a little.”

“And why shouldn’t they all come with chocolates?” I replied with a teasing smile.

“I guess that’s a fair question. But if you got chocolates on every date, then getting them on Valentine’s Day wouldn’t seem very special, now would it?”

“I think I’d be OK with that,” I said, amusing us both with my understatement as we arrived at the subway entrance.
We passed through the turnstile, went down the stairs, and stood by the track, waiting for the downtown train to show up. Our flirty banter resumed as the area gradually filled up with more New Yorkers heading downtown in sweaters, scarves, hats, and gloves.

“Well, I think there may be a compromise arrangement we can work out,” he replied, looking down at me with a smile.
I glanced up into his brown eyes, curious. “What’s that?”

“You see, Baci literally means ‘kiss’ in Italian, so I think you could fairly expect some kind of kiss on every date.”

“Will I ever get both chocolate and non-chocolate kisses on the same date?” I responded, glimpsing at him coyly from the side.

“Are we getting greedy now?” he joked. “Ten minutes into your very first date ever? I guess you may need to make up for some lost time,” he said with a teasing glint.

“I might.”

“Well, your odds of getting both kinds of kisses are probably best on Valentine’s Day, so there may be cause for optimism.”

And just as it seemed like the space between us was subtly starting to shrink, the train arrived. But we soon stood even closer to each other on the crowded subway car. As we traveled downtown with countless strangers, we were at times pressed up against one another during the twenty-minute ride to the Columbus Circle station. At 59th Street, we got out of the subway and walked over to the skating rink in Central Park.

February 14, 2014 brought with it a few firsts, and ice skating was one of them.

Michael was comfortable and experienced on the ice but went very slowly so that he could effectively serve as my training wheels while I clung to his arm to avoid crashing every other minute. Thanks to his support, I fell only every ten minutes or so, and sometimes brought him down with me – usually with some silly or self-conscious laughs along the way. He always helped me up, and a few times, I felt his big palm cup itself around my hip when lifting me to my feet.

After holding onto him so much while ice skating, it felt almost oddly distant for us not to be holding hands after we left and headed back towards the subway together. But the tension surrounding if and when our hands might clasp again (without any external cause like ice skating) proved to be a good distraction from my sore behind. After I jokingly complained about it, Michael replied, “Next time we visit a rink, remember to stuff your pants with lots of toilet paper, or some other butt cushion.”

A few minutes later, I saw the subway station in the distance, and figured that we probably weren’t going to hold hands again. I reasoned that there wasn’t that much time left before we’d have to stop holding hands in order to go down the stairs and through the subway turnstile, and that might make it seem even more awkward or silly to have held hands for so short a time before that. Of course, we could resume holding hands on the subway platform, but then we’d have an audience and it wouldn’t be as cold, so the reason for our hand-holding would be more obviously a growing intimacy rather than, for example, a way to keep our palms warm.

“How are your hands doing?” Michael suddenly asked, as if he had read my thoughts. “Are they warm enough?” he inquired, taking my hand into his.

“They are now,” I replied with a smile.”

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration: Kimberly Lewis #Guestblog

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
February is the month of love and this year I contribute to the celebrations by hosting a guest-post extravaganza on my “Penny Writes” blogs, on WordPress and on Blogger.
My first guest is bestselling author Kimberly Lewis.
Kimberly Lewis writes sweet, sexy contemporary romances filled with heart and humor.
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this country girl caught the creative bug at an early age, doing everything from drawing to writing short stories. After dabbling in many genres, Kimberly rediscovered her love of romance stories and soon after published her first novel.

– Could you explain the differences between an erotic romance and an erotica novel?
Kimberly Lewis: “I would say that the biggest difference between the two is a ʺhappily ever afterʺ ending. With erotica novels we follow characters that are on a sexual journey, and that journey may or may not include romance. I think these novels focus more on the characters as individuals and how their sexual endeavors affect them. Now with erotic romance, a happy ending is a must. While there is a big focus on the characters sexual relations, we also get to see these characters developing an attraction to one another that goes beyond just sex. It may start out as just a quick romp or friends with benefits type of deal, but it always ends with a promise that our characters are together as a couple (whether they are just dating, engaged, married, etc.)”
– How much vivid and detailed are sex scenes in an erotic romance and an erotica?

Kimberly Lewis: “I’ve personally never read an erotica novel–love my happy endings!–but I will say that in the erotic romance novels I’ve read that the sex scenes are very detailed. You know second by second what is happening, what this body part looks like, how it feels when this character does that to the other character, etc. You also experience the characters inner thoughts during that time, which I think can make for an amazing scene and make us love our characters even more.”

– How much graphic and frank is the language in erotic romance and erotica?

Kimberly Lewis: “Shew! The language. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, I can tell you that. In the erotic romance novels I’ve read the F-bomb gets dropped like nobody’s business, which doesn’t really bother me because I’m just as bad (Yep, I’m admitting now that I have a bit of a potty mouth.) I do cringe on some words authors use to describe body parts. I won’t say what they are, but I hate those words just as much as some people hate the F-bomb. I think it’s sort of expected though to hear that kind of language in an erotic romance novel or an erotica novel.”

– Should erotic romance and erotica authors publish under a pen name?

Kimberly Lewis: “This one is just my personal opinion, but I would say that if an author has already established his or her self to a specific genre than it would be a good idea to write under a different pen name if they decided to make the switch to erotic romance or erotica. I say this because I know there are so many readers out there who–how should I put this?–tolerate love scenes in books. For some readers love scenes are a must and for others, well, they could do without the graphic details. With my own novels, I try to limit the love scenes to two or three max. My readers are comfortable with this and one of my goals as an author is to make my readers happy and provide them with stories they are going to enjoy. If I ever decided to write something a little edgier and delve into the world of erotic romance, I would write under a pen name but let my current readers know that it is me writing as that person.”

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Author Etiquette for Contacting Book Bloggers

Being an author and blogger myself, I can tell: authors fail to thank the bloggers who participate in their book tours…

Creative State of Mind

Hello, everyone! It’s me again with another author advice post. Warning: This post isn’t for everyone. If you’re an author who finds etiquette posts tiresome, this post isn’t for you. If you’re already an expert on book marketing, this post will probably seem pretty basic, but I hope you’ll read on and add your advice in the comment section. This post is for people like me – people who came into the writing world with limited social media knowledge. It’s for people who didn’t realize book bloggers existed until they were told to go out and promote their book. If you’re intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea of contacting reviewers and bloggers, or if you’ve sent requests to bloggers and only received a lukewarm response, this post is for you.

  1. DO read the blogger’s FAQs, Policies, or Submission Guidelines. Each blogger is different. Some bloggers want you to contact them by email. Others have…

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