Free Erotica Book! And a Bargain to Boot!

Seizing It: Heather and Zanethe second in the steaming hot Paley Office Park Romance Novella series, is FREE through Monday, September 30. To keep it company, Saying It, the first in the series, will be $0.99 for the next few days.  What’s better for the weekend than a little sizzling sex?

Hope you enjoy.

Five Things Erotica Taught Me About Writing

Erotica may (mostly) be about sex, but, like any storytelling, it’s about the writing, as well. When I sat down to try my hand at the art of the steamy sex scene and hot story, I approached it completely differently than any other writing I’ve done. To my surprise, writing erotica led to techniques that help with any writing, regardless of genre. Here are five.

1. Get to the good stuff

Though we often feel, as writers, that we must start at the beginning and end at the end, there are no stone engravings requiring it. I wrote a sex scene first, just to see if I could, and found that inspired the rest of the story. Only the finished product needs to be in order.

2. Follow the heat

Once you allow yourself the freedom to write in the order in which you’re inspired, it only makes sense to keep following the heat. If one sizzling romp inspires another, write it. If you’re working on a thriller and you can’t get the fight scene out of your head, don’t freak out about how they get to the spire on the top of the Chrysler Building or who’s flying the helicopter. Get it down (both the scene and the helicopter).

3. Don’t worry about the perfect words

Rough drafts are called “rough” for a reason. Though it’s often said, it’s difficult to spew imperfection and let it lie there. But since you’re not necessarily writing the story in the final order, you’re going to have to Frankenstein it together, anyway, so let it go.

4. Go with the flow

You may have something planned, but it’s really your characters’ scene, not yours. What you had in mind often isn’t what your characters want to do. If you feel like you have to force it, then don’t. Let your characters lead, because then the destination gets interesting.

5. Cut and paste is the best thing ever. Besides chocolate. Still a close second.

When you have all of your inspired scenes done, you’ll likely have a good idea of the shape of the story. I like to start writing the framework in a new document and then plug in the scenes as I go, rewriting and editing as necessary, smoothing along the way. For a non-planner like me, it’s almost like the most filled-in form of outlining possible.

Quick Reminder: Saying It $0.99 For Only a Few More Days

Just a quick reminder that Saying it, the first in the Paley Office Park Romance Novellas, a steamy erotic series, will be $0.99 only for a few more days, and then will be back to its regular price of $3.99. Sizzling sexiness awaits…

Erotica Isn’t Simply Smut

I jokingly refer to working on erotica as “writing my smut.” I think the word “smut,” itself, is a funny word, evoking an image of a granny in an afghan and glasses on a chain waggling her finger with disapproval.

We’ve been conditioned to think of sex as a taboo subject, and it often makes us uncomfortable. When something is given that kind of label, it seems to slide into the realm of “good” and “bad,” of “virtuous” and not so.

Like “smut” and “romance.” Is it the arousing nature of erotica that divides it from straight romance? Is it the language? When you think about it, romance takes you to the same place, it just doesn’t give you all the steamy details.

Like any romance, or most fiction, really, erotica is about connection. It reveals a facet of a character’s life, one that is usually hidden, while taking the reader on a vicarious, sensual adventure. It’s not only sex for sex’s sake – though there’s not a thing wrong with that – but sex as it’s experienced by the characters, through the characters.

We are all curious about what happens behind closed doors, and erotica opens them, offering the opportunity to see that human desire takes many forms and is expressed many ways. Despite my amusement with the word “smut,” it implies a kind of dirtiness in simply thinking about sex, and sex does not have to be dirty.

Unless you want it  to be.

Erotic Escape at a Bargain!

For a limited time, Saying it, the first Paley Office Park Romance Novella, will be just $0.99. Peek inside Mackenzie & Colton’s steamy erotic romp, and maybe inspire some sexy times of your own.

The price change is live today, September 9, 2013, but it won’t be $0.99 for long. Enjoy.