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Reawakening Sleeping Beauty

Reawakening Sleeping Beauty
Several years ago I attended a romance conference in which Anne Rice made a guest appearance in order to help promote the new release Beguiled, written by her sister, the late Alice Borchardt. After a brief discussion abRead more...

Couples who read together . . .

Couples who read together . . .
I have a good girlfriend who told me once that she and her boyfriend enjoyed reading passages from my historical erotic novella to each other as a prelude to lovemaking. She said reading to each other like that really goRead more...

The Ultimate Buzz Kill: Unrealistic Sex

The Ultimate Buzz Kill: Unrealistic Sex
As I mentioned in a previous post, I think many readers of erotic romance transpose themselves with the heroine in the book they’re reading. They become someone named Catherine St Claire, feisty, wealthy, smart, savvy, hRead more...

Vikings and pirates and bad boys - oh my!

Vikings and pirates and bad boys - oh my!
I first started reading romance when I paid a visit to a local used bookstore and picked up a bunch of cheap paperbacks. I’d not read romance prior to that as my tastes were generally straight fiction or horror. But for Read more...

Howling Good: Wolf Tales

Howling Good: Wolf Tales
I gotta confess, sometimes the mood hits me for a really hot read. You know, as in smokin'-until-my-insides-dissolve hot. Until my mattress spontaneously combusts while I'm reading. That kind of hot. I rarely read "swRead more...

Let's Hear It For The Girls

Let's Hear It For The Girls
In tribute to the recently announced passing of Tereska Torrès, who's credited with writing America's first lesbian pulp novel, Women's Barracks, I thought it would be fitting to talk about romances for girls who, you knRead more...

Bad Boys and Circus Freaks

Bad Boys and Circus Freaks
Been reading some interesting stuff this week and I've got a couple of recommendations for your weekend downloads. Sheltered, by Charlotte Stein, is quite a good read. There are some interesting elements to her characRead more...

Can erotic horror be romantic?

Can erotic horror be romantic?
I"m always up for a good scare. Ghosts, abandoned houses, demonic possession, things going bump in the night . . . bring it on, I say. The horror genre fascinates me because I find it interesting to consider what truly fRead more...

A good-old fashioned gothic romance. I think.

A good-old fashioned gothic romance. I think.
I recently finished The Lantern, a book that draws similarities to Daphne Du Maurier's classic Rebecca in both setting (crumbly old farmhouse in Provence) and suspensful atmosphere. Author Deborah Lawrenson's book has beRead more...

Ahh Italy! The food, the sights, the art . . . the romance?

Ahh Italy! The food, the sights, the art . . . the romance?
Having just returned from a vacation in Italy, I was struck by how much that country is a venerable feast for the senses. Smells and tastes of sumptuous food, sights of stunning art and architecture from cities steeped iRead more...
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