Okay, so I made up the concept of #newauthornovember (but it comes with a hashtag!), but with the influx of (really bad) erotica hitting the Amazon market, it’s not a bad time to introduce the idea. There’s just so much out there, and so much of it is poorly written, or too short, or obvious cash grabs. It can be overwhelming to sift through. I understand it, because when I’m not writing, I have a hard time finding good stuff to read, too. Of course there’s Ben Boswell, Max Sebastian, and Kirsten McCurran. I’d like to mention a couple newer authors to the scene: Arnica Butler and Sidney Sitravon. (more…)
This one’s been a long time coming (if you’ve followed this blog or social media). Training to Love It is finally getting published. It’ll be out on September 30, only on Amazon.
Can a wife-watching fantasy be trained?
When Erin comes home from the gym and let’s slip that her new personal trainer is a man, Tom doesn’t know how to react. When he overhears Erin admitting that she’s attracted to AJ, her trainer, he becomes even more confused. He wants to be supportive, but he feels jealous. He wants to be understanding, but he doesn’t even understand his own feelings. Every time he thinks of Erin with AJ, his heart begins to race. Every time she says his name, his breath catches in his chest.
AJ ends up pushing more than just his wife’s physical limits. As Tom watches this newer, stronger, more assertive woman emerge with each training session, he realizes that this other man is pushing the limits of their marriage and their happy life. How far would they go for a fantasy? And whose fantasy is it? And what happens when things go too far?
I wrote a porn! Well, not quite, but I wrote a story for a porn site that’s accompanied by some explicit and artfully shot photography and cinematography on FrolicMe.com. There’s an excerpt available here, but you’ll need to be a member to read the whole thing.
But this isn’t a blog post advertisement of that site (although it’s a high quality one). Instead, I get to talk about this fantasy of mine…and no, it’s not one of the kinds of fantasies that I frequently write about. This one’s more of a…professional one? That’s not the right word, but it works well enough. Anyway, I think it would be pretty cool for a studio to turn a book or story of mine into a movie (most likely a pornographic one, given the nature of my books, and let’s face it, that would be a hell of a lot more fun). Thing is, I’m a snob, and wouldn’t want it to be too…porny. (more…)
There’s a subset of the subgenre of naughty wife erotica that would like to see the wife punished for her misadventures. This variant is typically called “burn the bitch,” or BTB (not to be confused with the corporate lingo), usually features a cheating wife, and is almost always not my thing.
This’ll be short, but I felt like it needed to be addressed because these story lines are so tangential to the ones that I am drawn to, and I’ve gotten a few readers asking (or suggesting) I explore a BTB. Simply put, I won’t. To me, a happy ending is pretty damn important, both from a romantic perspective, but also from a literary one. I write about couples (and wives) who explore a naughty side of themselves that they didn’t know they had. The goal is always to strengthen their relationship by understanding themselves better. To write a story that ends in revenge runs contrary to what I’m trying to do as an author.
Let me be clear about a few things. Opinions are opinions, and I’m not judging those people who enjoy this kind of literature. Our desires are crazy and inexplicable things, and sexuality is even more enigmatic. Also, real life is messier than fiction. People cheat. People get hurt. People hurt their loved ones. And a lot of times, marriages end in divorce (or worse). I strive to write stories full of characters that (hopefully) feel real, and they go through their ups and downs, and things may even get dark, but in the end, I’m writing their destinies, and I feel like writing one that ends in tragedy would be a waste of time for me.
Again, this is only my opinion, and it’s one of many. But hopefully this’ll help set your expectations about my books.
I don’t know about you guys, but it’s rainy and wet here. The perfect weekend for staying in, curling up with a good book, and reading. Looking for a little sexy escape? Here are a few books from my fellow authors to get you through it. (Also, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve done one of these.)
In addition to receiving some great feedback from my readers, being an erotica author has introduced me to some other amazing fellow authors over the years. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Max Sebastian, author of Madeleine Wakes, for more than a year now, and am always impressed with how powerful his work can be, but also how thoughtful a writer he is.
I’m an erotic author from London, England, who has been writing steamy tales since the late 1990s, but only went semi-pro in the last few years. In real life, I’m a thirtysomething freelance journalist who juggles his work with being a stay-at-home dad.
Amazon has one singular category for erotica. As of this writing, that category has 112,234 titles in it. That’s a lot of browsing, just to look for something that meets your tastes. Search is hit or miss, right? Sometimes, I put in the proper keywords and presto, I get exactly what I’m looking for. Most of the time, I’m either turning up the same titles I’ve seen before, or getting results that baffle me.
I’ve long wanted to create an affiliate site just to put a layer of meta-data on top of Amazon (and other sites, but Amazon has the biggest catalog). Maybe one day, I’ll get there. For now, though, I’ve teamed up with fellow authors Kirsten McCurran, Max Sebastian, and Ben Boswell to create a stop-gap solution: eroticaformen.com.
I’m not going to get into the existential debate of whether there is such a thing as “erotica for men.” Max Sebastian does a good job explaining the rationale on his site. Here’s a peek:
[T]he point is that this site isn’t saying what male erotica is, what all men want to read in erotica, or that this is just for men. It’s trying to be a positive thing, stating that men like quality erotica too, and at the end of the day we’re looking for similar things in our erotica to women. [read the full article]
The take-away: while the site name does have “men” in the URL, it’s not exclusively for us guys. And while I do take the discussion seriously (and have not only hashed that out here on this blog, but devoted a section of my blog to the topic), this post is just to get you to check out the new site. I’ll make a nice, big call to action so that that’s clear:
What we’re hoping to create, in this initial push, is a resource for you. Is it helpful? Are you able to sort through our books to filter down to what you’re looking for? Send us your feedback, whether you’re a guy or a girl. It’s in its infancy, and there are many more features we’d like to build out, so this is your chance to help us prioritize.
Thanks and enjoy!
It’s been my experience that well-written books in the “naughty wife” genre are hard to find. I won’t get into it, but anyone who’s looked around knows that so much of what’s out there is crap (this could be said for any genre, I suppose). This is one of the reasons I got into writing stories of my own—I wasn’t satisfied with what I was finding. I’ve found a few gems over the years, but I’d like to introduce a new one: Two Sides of Terri by Ben Boswell (Amazon link).
Or so he thought.
It starts with a revelation about Chucky, a past boyfriend, and everything he thought he knew about his sweet wife unravels. He becomes obsessed with learning more about this other side of Terri–and everything he learns points back to Chucky, a man she couldn’t say no to. Does he dare invite her past back into their present? And if he did, would she now be able to say no?
Full-disclosure, I not only edited this book, but I’m publishing it under KW Publishing. That said, I hope that you’ve come to associate that brand with quality products, and Terri is no exception.
Ben Boswell is new to Amazon, but certainly not to erotic fiction. He’s been writing and posting stories on Literotica under the name of misterstan. Most of his stories are in the “slut wife” and wife-watching sub genres, and while his tastes lean closer to the “cuckold” side of the spectrum than mine, but he does so with class and an admirable level of sensitivity. We’re along for the ride with the husband, Bill, sharing his conflicted emotions as he experiences this new and wilder side of his beautiful wife.
Fans of Just Watch Me and Something Forbidden will enjoy Two Sides of Terri. When I first read the draft, I knew it was something that needed to be shared with everyone else. I’m pleased to be able to bring this book to you guys, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Hopefully this will be the first of many from Ben.
Looking for something to buy with that Amazon gift card you got for Christmas? Want something sexy to christen the new ereader? Got all this free time, now that Christmas-mania is done? Then look no further…
Okay, so maybe it was a good thing I didn’t go into copy writing. I’ll give it to you straight. I’ve got a new book out. It’s called Because He’s Watching: Ian’s Obsession. You’ve (hopefully) got some stress-free, non-holiday reading time ahead of you. If you enjoyed books like Just Watch Me or Something Forbidden (i.e. stories about naughty wives and the men who love them), you’ll like Ian’s Obsession. So let’s do this thing!
Oh, and unlike the last two books, this one’s not exclusive to Amazon. It’s available at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords in addition to Amazon, and should be out on Apple’s iBookstore some day (their process is a bit more…rigorous). If you guys want to see it somewhere else, just ask (I did stop supporting All Romance because I’ve literally sold 15 copies across all titles in 2013, but I can post it there if someone would like). Oh, and if even a single reader has a Kobo device, I promise to look into that platform, too.
So what are you still reading this post for? Go and grab your copy of my latest in obsession driven, wife-watching fantasies. But it at: