Guest Blog: Erotica or Erotic Romance? By C. J. Ellisson
Is there a difference? YES! Usually thousands of words difference—like all the words between one hot sex scene and the next one . . . and lots of deep emotional parts as well.
My work is erotica pure and simple. Sure, I’ll loosely tie together the sex with some plot, but if a reader is expecting lots of back-story and character development, then they will more than likely be disappointed.
When I want to read romance, it’s going to be erotic romance all the way. I need lots of heat between all the angst, trust issues, or danger the heroine is put in.
But when I want to read erotica, which is much more often than I read romance, I have my own personal “ick” scale. I don’t care for the big obvious no-nos in the genre like pedophilia, incest, bestiality, necrophilia, rape, slasher-sex, golden showers or any other taboo topics, but I also don’t care for my erotica to read like a porn movie either.
You all know what I’m talking about – the stuff that we cringe from when it’s in a naughty video. I don’t want that in my books either. No ejaculatory shots on the face, no licking it up, no degradation of the woman, no barely legal lead character . . . ugh . . . <gag> . . . no thanks!
In my eyes, this is what makes erotica written by women for women so amazing. I’ve only read one author who crossed the ick line for me in her stories, but her writing was so smooth and the sex so hot it was easy to overlook. And yet, having said that, I still haven’t bought anymore of her titles so perhaps the ick factor did bother me more than I thought.
Every reader is going to have an ick factor, and never doubt, it will be different for every person. So how can a reader decide? What to do, what to do . . . ? You stop by some terrific blogs like this one and see what the blogger has to say, that’s what!
They have no stake in what the author has produced and will usually tell you what they did and didn’t like in the book. I hold no illusions my work will appeal to everyone who enjoys erotica. But over time, it is my sincerest hope that I will reach a broader base that does enjoy my very real and very gritty sex scenes.
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Synopsis for Everything Erotic Volume I: Ongoing serials, stand alone shorts, sex through history articles, and sex toy reviews. The name says it all – Everything Erotic! Eleven published authors: Alice Gaines, C.J. Ellisson, Danielle Gavan, Greta Goddard, Jaxon Vail, M.K. Elliott, Nickie Asher, Scarlett Jameson, and Whitley Gray.
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Synopsis for Everything Erotic Volume II: The second edition of the Kindle and B & N sensation! Volume II continues the same serials from the first edition and includes even more racy stand-alone stories from 12 contributing authors: Alice Gaines, Jaxon Vail, C.J. Ellisson, Danielle Gavan, Delilah Devlin, Greta Goddard, M.K. Elliott, Nickie Asher, Scarlett Jameson, and Whitley Gray.
Synopsis for Everything Erotic Volume III: The third edition of the Kindle and B & N sensation! Volume III continues the same serials from the first edition and includes even more racy stand-alone stories from 10 contributing authors: Alice Gaines, C.J. Ellisson, Danielle Gavan, Delilah Devlin, Greta Goddard, Jaxon Vail M.K. Elliott, Nickie Asher, Scarlett Jameson, and Whitley Gray.
About The Author:
In the spring of 2008, C.J. started undergoing some medical tests for some issues she’d been ignoring for a few years. We’ve all done it —ignored a problem we hoped would go away because our lives were too busy to give attention to some small minor inconvenience.
Tests led to more tests and answers started to slowly trickle in. To keep her mind off of all that she couldn’t do and to focus on what she could do, she started writing in February 2009. A lover of books for decades, she owes her husband, Pete, her first writing partner, and many close friends a big hug of thanks for thinking she should even attempt to write a book.
In five months C.J. managed to: Write her first 90,000-word Urban Fantasy novel, join several writing guilds and writing sites, start a fan page on Facebook, enter several writing contests and become a finalist in most of them, attend her first National writing conference and learn a lot about how to write. Who knew it could take so much work and still be so much fun?
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