Hey folks. Nicole here. Today I’m turning the Emporium over to Annika Martin, who writes erotic romance. Since I know absolutely nothing about the subject *coughs delicately*, I thought you might be interested in hearing from an expert. Also, her book looks great. It’s about all you need to kick start your summer, just make sure you have a pitcher of sweet tea handy to quench the flames.
Five random things about being an erotica writerâ€¦and a giveaway!
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Way back in the mists of time I used to imagine that erotica writers must be really sexually adventurous in real life. Like super liberated and together in bed and possibly wild. I know this doesnâ€™t make sense because, you know, Nora Roberts didnâ€™t suddenly go around solving crimes when she started the In Death series. Iâ€™m sure you, Nicole, didnâ€™t start swimming in icy water and boffing strange creatures when you began writing UF. (Or maybe you did!! Maybe thatâ€™s your secret!!)
However, as an erotica writer, I can report that the major difference is that you spend way more time dreaming up dirty scenarios than the average person, and thatâ€™s pretty much the big difference. Or at least, thatâ€™s been my experience! Actually, I believe erotica readers in general have better sex lives, but I donâ€™t think it matters if you are an erotica reader or writer.
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Itâ€™s totally weird to write erotic scenes in coffee shops!! And it never gets less weird for me. Itâ€™s just funny to be two feet away from a stranger, and theyâ€™re reading the paper with their morning coffee and youâ€™re typing away:
He #$% her #$# and then he @$& and she growled, Iâ€™ll @#%$ your #%#* with a #$@!!
Â And then you go up to the counter and order another lovely lemon scone.
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Being an erotic romance writer is one of those things a person doesnâ€™t tell many real life people, or at least, I donâ€™t go around telling. So itâ€™s this big secret. Itâ€™s kind of like being a secret agent with a secret agent life. A secret agent of sexy smut!
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Do you remember the Chandra Levy case? The girl that disappeared in Washington DC? The police searched through her computer and read all her emails and followed her online trails extensively. At least that is my memory, that her computer life was totally picked apart and revealed to the world in excruciating detail. I felt bad for her. Sometimes I have this paranoid thought after I write a really dirty thing that, what if I die in questionable circumstances that night? What would news reports say?
I do some pretty odd research – not just sex research, but gun research and poison research and bank robbery research. Letâ€™s face it, it doesnâ€™t look good when taken out of context. I can totally imagine the newscasters warning the TV audience to turn off their sets if children are about while reveal what crazy dirty-minded Annika Martin was up to before she disappeared.
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I would pay good money to get some of the old-fashioned words for vagina back in use, specifically quim and cunny. I am so tired of â€œher cleftâ€ and â€œher sex,â€ and cunt seems to bug people, so it has to be used sparingly. Pussy bugs me. I use all of the above, but cripes, wouldnâ€™t it be great to have quim and cunny back? The historical writers have it pretty easy with their quim sand their cunnies. Those are fabulous words. There are so, so many good historical sex part words. I wish we could have them back.
* A contest! *
Okay! There you have it, FIVE random things. And, to go with our five random things, weâ€™re giving away a copy of HOSTAGE BARGAIN to a random commenter! This giveaway starts now and ends at a random time on the morning of Thursday the 10th, EST.
Nicole again. To up the ante I’ve convinced Denise Townsend to ALSO donate a copy of Ocean’s Touch. So basically if you win, you get a smut twofer. NICE.
Tell us who YOU would love to be the bread in your sandwich OR come up with the most ridiculous premise for an erotic romance you can think of. Be sure to leave your email address, or else your email should be available through us clicking your name. Thatâ€™sÂ it! We’ll choose a winner the morning of FRIDAY, MAY 18th. This is an ebook; open internationally.
About THE HOSTAGE BARGAIN:
This is a book of erotic romance, or more, erotic romantic suspense. Itâ€™s a category-length novel (56k words).
When small town girl Melinda Prescott is taken hostage by three hot bank robbers, she quickly discovers that a life of bank heists, luxury hotels,Â and kinky menages is way more exciting than working onÂ the family sheep farm. She should be scared of her dominating, fierce captors…but there’s something wicked inside her that’s craving to obey their every dark desire.
Melinda’s an all-too willing captive to three smoldering sex maniacs…but is it all too good to be true? Will her delicious captors overcome their own demons enough to let her inâ€¦or is she going to end up a victim of the world’s sexiest crime spree?
Warning: This book contains a sexy bank-robbers-and-their-captive sandwich, light bondage, spanking, teasing hints of domination, and a little play-time in a hot tub. Oh, and some all too delicious, villainous alpha heroes who bend the heroine to their will.
Learn more about Annika Martin and all of her projects at www.annikamartinbooks.com.