A journey into the Erotica genre with Blakely Bennet

People think the erotica genre is dirty and with no soul. Are we sure we’re not confusing it with porn? Erotica author Blakely Bennet helps me clarify the misunderstanding.

loving couple, romance, love story, erotica

I have to admit it: I’ve always been skeptical about erotica literature until I met some of my fellow authors who write erotica. There are a lot of misconception about erotica genre that I’d like to clarify. I asked erotica author Blakely Bennet to answer some of my questions. Here they are.

You write erotica novels. How did you decide to write erotica rather than a “traditional” love story?

I didn’t really plan on what I was going to write but felt, initially, there was a story that needed to be told, and I didn’t want to limit what it might include. I love romance and erotica novels so it’s not too surprising I would choose to write in those genres.

If you had to describe the erotica genre, what adjectives would you pick?

I don’t feel I write in the traditional genre so I’m going to answer this question in regards to my books: depth, intrigue, steamy, sexual, real storyline, love and chemistry, lots and lots of chemistry and lots of yummy sex too.

Do you think that the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon has changed the way of conceiving the erotica genre? In a good or in a bad way?

Yes, I do and in a bad way actually. People seem to assume that 50 Shades is the standard and it’s not. Readers also seem to assume that all erotica is romance and that too isn’t correct. I’ve run into readers starting the My Body Trilogy and expecting a romance, which it is not until the last book of the trilogy.

What would you say to a reader who’s skeptical about your literary genre? I know there are people who think erotica is porn.

I’d say to give it a try and find out for yourself. To me the difference between porn and erotica has to with the storyline. Porn doesn’t really need/have in-depth characters or plot. Great erotica does. Well-written erotica is fiction at its best with more graphic and steamy sex scenes that are pertinent and move the story forward.

I write mystery novels and detective stories. There’s not much space for romance and intense love stories in a crime story. This is good to me as I really can’t write anything vaguely romantic. Any advices for me?

Get connected with what turns you on, what fun flirting looks like for you, and what great sex feels like. Once you connect with those feelings and emotions, you should be able to put them on the page.

Do you want to highlight some of your books for me? Which one would you suggest to me?

I’m super excited about my latest novel, Blue Persuasion, which is erotic romance. It’s the third book in the Bound by Your Love series (Stuck in Between (1) & Bittersweet Deceit (2)) but can be read as a standalone. I’m very proud of “Blue” and feel it’s my best writing to date.

Here is the blurb:

Judy, dubbed Blue by her friends, is a voluptuous thirty-one year old woman longing for a love of her own. Even more frustrating than her dissatisfaction with her work and the unwanted attention her body garners is always coming in second with the opposite sex.

Bond, her best friend and lover, helps Blue stay sane and sexually satisfied, but she knows her place. Their secret relationship leaves Blue hungry to have a man she can call her own.

When she finally succumbs to Cat’s artful needle for her first tattoo, she crosses paths with Tate. The towering, tattooed, motorcycle riding, American Indian fires off all her warnings signs, but she finds herself drawn to him against her own self-preservation.

Thankfully, Blue’s close-knit group of friends help to keep her grounded, as does the women’s group she attends weekly, but she still finds herself wanting and needing more.

Will Blue ever find the love she needs and deserves or will she forever come in second? Read her sexy story of friendship and love to find out.”

Find Blakely on:

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Where to buy Blakely’s books:

Amazon |Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes

Do you have any other questions about erotica? If so, please leave a comment below or fill out my Writing/Reading Q&A under the Reading tab.


[Blog Tour] Before Time book promo by Xuanira J.

Today I’m very happy to host the launch of Xuanira J’s first long length novel Before Time, a tragic romance I thoroughly enjoyed.

Before Time tragic romance book ebook by xuanira jI’ve been asked by my friend Xuanira if it was OK for me to host a stop of her Before Time’s blog tour promo. As a fellow author and having read and reviewed Before Time, I obviously couldn’t say no.
Published last November 2014 and available in ebook and paperback, Before Time has been defined by its creator Xuanira as a tragic romance. I can totally agree with this definition: the story is gripping and scattered with dramatic turns of events. 


His eyes told her what his tongue could not.
Nineteen-year-old Onaiza Shahid is a loner and a dreamer, bookish and socially isolated. A chance ramble into chatting software changes everything. The words of a stranger compel her. Addicted and falling fast, their secret love changes her life. But will the idealistic teenager get her happily ever after?

Before Time is the first volume of The Time Trilogy, so this is a good excuse to grab it and give it a go. Here is a quick excerpt, go check it out and find out if Before Time might be your cup of tea.

Impassioned: I don’t have the strength to stay away from you anymore.
ME: Then don’t!
Impassioned: How different a feeling it is to stay on the main stream and then say it here.
ME: Of course. On the main stream, I just thought it was chatter without any meaning.
Impassioned: It was never mere chat, and still isn’t. Only you understood it now.
I smiled.
ME: Yes, I guess so.
Impassioned: Onaiza!
ME: Yes?
Impassioned: Asher!
Oh!! He was finally telling me his name. Wow! Just wow!
ME: Nice to meet your, Asher.

You can find Before Time on: Amazon / Smashwords / Itunes / Kobo / Goodreads

About the author

Xunaira J., before time, indie author, self publishing, romance genreAs a thirteen year old teenager, Xunaira J. aspired to be an author someday. From short stories to novellas, she has written them all but as an adult now, she has published two short stories and is now aiming to publish her first Novel, Before Time. Xunaira resides in Islamabad, Pakistan and enjoys a hot cup of cappuccino, a good romance novel and her favorite music from the 80’s. Apart from that, when she’s not working on her current literary project, she loves developing mobile applications and studies as a software engineer.

 Find Xuanira around:

Blog / Facebook / Twitter / GoodreadsPinterest

Book Launch: Time To Let Go by Christoph Fischer

time to let go ebook launch chris fischerI am very happy today to announce the official book launch of Time To Let Go, a great drama novel by the talented (and friend) Christoph Fischer.

Chris is basically an historical author (I LOVED his ) and with this book he demonstrates to be comfortable also while writing other genres.
Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.
The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

I am always very keen on delicate matters as disability and bad diseases like the Alzheimer. My biggest fear, when dealing with these kind of diseases, is the people can’t take them and therefore don’t have the strength to face them, leaving their friends and family alone to fight. Time to Let Go somehow reflects this somehow and also addresses my fear.

Chris agreed also to make me publish a little excerpt to celebrate his book launch.
Here it is:

“He heard Biddy stir on the sofa and his thoughts returned to the here and now. Biddy was all love and happiness when he went in to the living room to wake her with a cup of tea.
“Oh, you are so nice. Thank you, thank you so much. I love hot tea,” she said and she snuggled up to her husband. These moments of closeness had become rare between the couple and he cherished them. Sometimes he felt he had lost his wife for good with the disappearance of her memory, but then she was suddenly back for brief moments like this. They sat together on the sofa for a while without saying anything. Biddy took sips from her tea and Walter for a moment could live the dream that she was with him, as if she remembered exactly who he was and why he was here. Biddy leaned on him and he could choose to believe that it was a sign of their unbroken connection to each other. Dead brain cells, grey matter, synapses and shortage of chemicals – all the medical explanations did not matter. This moment did: him and his wife, Walter and Biddy Korhonen, and their unity on the sofa.
“You will make someone a good husband.” Biddy broke the silence all of a sudden, shattering the happy illusion, but she smiled at him with the utmost care and affection. 
“Yes, I think one day I will!” he said smiling back, accepting that the brief, heavenly visit to the past was over and the new reality had returned.
“Now, let’s get you dressed and go outside for a walk. How about that my sweetheart?” he asked.”

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This is Goodreads’ Time To Let Go page if you want to leave a rating/review also here.

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013; ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.


[Interview] Exclusive Chase Williams insights revealed to sci-fi bestseller Luca Rossi

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interview Chase WilliamsMy friend and sci-fi bestseller, Italian author Luca Rossi, has hosted me in his blog in Italian. I revealed him some exclusive insights about my new Chase Williams detective story (a novel) coming after Pull the Trigger. Do you want to know what I’m talking about?
Here’s the translation in English. Enjoy!

PS: the interview has been to celebrate my 30th birthday. Click here to see the updated schedule of my Jubilee!

What’s your dream?
Winning an Olympic medal! I know that ship looks sailed, but never say never.

Have you always dreamt to be a writer?
When I didn’t want to be a pro athlete, yes. To be fair, I used to want to be a pro athlete that wrote novels about other pro athletes. I’m about to publish a novel that digs deep into cycling’s and shooting’s environment, therefore I’d say I’ve done half of my goal!

Where does the inspiration for Chase Williams come from?
It’s complicated. Chase is not a merely fictional character, and I’m not going to say more. At the very beginning, Chase used to live in 1930s London, then I moved to London, so I decided to move Chase to the present, in a place I know very well: Italy. In this way, I added my personal experiences to Chase’s life.

Could you give us a little spoiler about your next novels?
Pull The Trigger is almost finished and is about to fall into my editor’s clutches. It’s about a double murder with a third surviving witness. Two young Italian sport talents – a cyclist and a shooter – have been shot in cold blood. Inspector Angelo Alunni will be helped by Chase and Gianmarco Betti, a ballistic consultant from Rome that Chase doesn’t like too much. This case will awaken in Chase some of his old life memories, when he was working as a detective in Scotland Yard.
Finally, I’d like to reveal only to you what the novel after Pull The Trigger will be about: it’ll be a case that involves Chase’s neighbour, Giulia, and the sudden, suspicious death of another college student. I’m not going to say more!

You are Italian but you publish in English. Why?
First of all because I live in the UK, therefore I speak and write in English all the time. Furthermore, English is the most widespread language in the world, so I can reach more readers. Actually, I’ve been thinking about releasing an Italian version of my books. At least for my parents, who are eager to read my stories!

How do you see your country from abroad?
I see an amazing country with serious troubles. I see meaningless parochialisms, corruption and too little freedom of expression. And a dreadful, alarming digital illiteracy.

Do you miss Italy? Would you like to go back to your country?
I miss my family, my dog and the bidet. I don’t see how contemporary Italy can offer me and my future family a sustainable future. No, I wouldn’t go back at the moment, unless it’s for some time off.

What do you prefer about British culture?
I love British humour, I think it’s one of the most distinctive and brilliant aspect of British culture.

You have left two publishing houses and went self-publishing. Why? What do you prefer?
We’re living a golden era for authors: you can write and sell without any middle-person. I like being free and independent: as a self-publisher, if nobody is purchasing my books I cannot shift the blame on others, I have the full responsibility; in the very same way, every sale I score is possible thanks to my marketing efforts. It’s challenging, because it constantly puts me to the test and lets me improve everyday by talking to other self-publishers like me.

Would you like a movie about Chase to be produced?
Even more, I’d like a TV series about Chase. Cutting Right To The Chase short stories are perfect for a procedural TV show.

We live in an era of remarkable innovations. What are you going to write about in thirty years?
I hope to write about the perfect murder, the murder you can’t solve in any way. The modern world doesn’t give a quarter to assassins, even less in fiction!

Il mio amico Luca Rossi, autore bestseller di fantascienza non solo in Italia, mi ha ospitato sul suo blog. Gli ho rivelato alcune informazioni in anteprima assoluta riguardo il prossimo romanzo giallo di Chase Williams dopo Pull the Trigger. Vuoi saperne di più? Allora fiondati sul blog di Luca Rossi

PS: l’intervista fa parte delle celebrazioni per il mio trentesimo compleanno. Clicca qui per il programma aggiornato!

[Guest post] 30 things I learnt from books / 30 cose che ho imparato dai libri

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30 things I learnt in 30 years of booksDailyPinner’s Jubilee (CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATE SCHEDULE) is not only about interviews and interesting people hosted here… it’s also being hosted in other websites and blogs to talk about bookish things and being thirty.

With my great honoured I’ve been hosted again on Carla Monticelli’s blog, an Italian sci-fi besteller with her awesome Deserto Rosso saga – which will be soon released also in English, so stay tuned.

For Carla’s blog I wanted to merge the book topic with my thirty birthday one, making a list of thirty things I learnt from books along my thirty years of reading and writing.
Some are pretty obvious, but something else aren’t… so fast your seatbelt and CLICK ON CARLA’S BLOG!

“30 things I learnt in 30 years of books” is also featured on The Fussy Librarian blog! SOOO COOL!

Il mio Giubileo (CLICCA QUI PER IL PROGRAMMA AGGIORNATO) non è solo interviste e persone interessanti che ospito qui… per me significa anche essere ospitata in siti web e blog dove posso parlare di libri e dell’avere trent’anni.

Sono molto orgogliosa di essere nuovamente ospite nel blog di Carla Monticelli, besteller italiana di fantascienza con la sua saga “Deserto Rosso”.

Stavolta, per il blog di Carla ho preparato qualcosa che sposi l’argomento libri con quello dell’avere trent’anni: ho fatto una lista delle cose che ho imparato dai libri in trent’anni di letture e… scritture.

Alcune cose sono abbastanza ovvie e tutti si possono rivedere in loro, ma certe altre… allacciati le cinture e VAI SUL BLOG DI CARLA!

La versione inglese di “30 cose che ho imparato in 30 anni di libri” (“30 things I learnt in 30 years of books”) è presente anche nel blasonato blog di The Fussy Librarian!

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