5 Things New Writers Need to Do

Writers new to this publishing gig face a daunting cliff face of conflicting information, advice and options. And while it may seem overwhelming and needlessly complicated, it’s actually quite simple. 1) Write the best book you can. When you are sure you’ve put forth your best effort (it’s not, but belief runs hot at this point), then have it beta’d—make sure at least one beta does not read in that genre. Your mom or sister or office...

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Can Erotica be more than just Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am?
May12

Can Erotica be more than just Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am?

When I write, I’m always asking myself, what’s the value of this work.  To entertain, sure, but beyond that.  There’s a lot out there that entertains and it doesn’t require deeper meaning.  Hey, I love the Sookie Stackhouse books as much as the next girl, I’m not knocking entertainment.  But as Peter Parker’s Uncle said, with great power comes great responsibility and if I have the opportunity to...

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Y is for YA: Sense and Sensuality
Apr29

Y is for YA: Sense and Sensuality

The Young Adult genre has recently achieved validation above and beyond the rather clumsy and gratuitous posturing of the lovesick Bella that invoked hordes of fans to choose sides and cast away all notions of credibility as angst and self-absorption reached staggering new heights. What, you aren’t a fan? Didn’t say that… Team Jacob. [Don’t judge me.] From wildly dystopian futures or alt histories, to coming-of-age, to the...

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Writer’s Block – Ways to Beat It #AtoZChallenge
Apr26

Writer’s Block – Ways to Beat It #AtoZChallenge

Writer’s block happens to everyone. From third graders and their book reports, journalists, college students and especially authors who are writing on deadlines. Erotica and romance writers have a particular corner in this little conundrum because their whole story is based on feelings, emotions and getting your readers to react to what you are writing. Writer’s block is generally caused by conflicted feelings. What we are...

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V for Virginial and other (incorrect assumptions) #AtoZchallenge
Apr25

V for Virginial and other (incorrect assumptions) #AtoZchallenge

Y’know what drives me absolutely bonkers about people getting into erotica is that in some books are just downright terrifying as to what they ‘represent’ as fact.  One of the absolute crackers are the ‘natural, virginial’ women that just happen to tame the slightly rogue dominant master who is jaded and tired of the scene, and suddenly finds his/her freedom nirvana ‘teaching’ a virgin. Let me...

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G for G-spot #AtoZchallenge #NSFW
Apr08

G for G-spot #AtoZchallenge #NSFW

Hi!  I’ll do a proper introduction later, but I’m River.  River Harlequin.  Most people call me Harle (Har-lee) though. I’m supposedly smart, a bit sassy and though I write Happily Ever After’s (HEA) and Happily Ever for Now (HEFN), I’m not adverse to making them work for it.  And making my readers root for them.  I like to think I get the balance right, but I guess we’ll see. My début novel is...

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