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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Erotic Romance = Sensual books about sex and the modern woman.

Hubba, hubba, these books are hot! If your shy, read these at home but read them and open your mind up to a sexy, steamy hot romance that will have you fanning yourself. Erotica is a fun genre filled with pleasures for your senses. ~ Kim


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Kate McVaugh | 4 comments Hi Kim,

I'm so happy to have found this new group. Thanks for moderating.

What is the line between erotic romance and sexy romance? As a writer, I'm not quite sure where I should or shouldn't stop. As a reader, these categories are a bit blurred.

Thanks for any input.
Kate


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Donnajo I don't mind some spice in my books. I think that at times grab you faster than a regular old fashion romance book. It's nice to have a mix of different types.


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Debbie (dhaupt) | 61 comments I like spice like the Presents line but if they go farther than that say into bondage or multiple partners I'm not a fan


Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Hi Kate,

I wouldn't even begin to try and explain the heat level needed to cross the line from sexy to erotica. As an author, what I would suggest is checking out our Write for Harlequin page on Harlequin.com http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.... Then I would check out the descriptions of what the editors are looking for in our sexy categories. i.e. Your classic sexy: Harlequin Blaze (sprinkles in some erotica), Harlequin Desire. Your sexy with some spicer titles: Harlequin MIRA, Harlequin HQN. Your short and HOT: COSMO Red-Hot Reads and Harlequin Intrigue Noir. You should come away from all of that with an idea of where your book would fit best.

I hope that helps and if not, please feel free to PM me and I'll try to direct you to the best answers for you.
~ KIm


Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
I'm all about variety Donnajo. It has caused me a few moments of red cheeks when my father-in-law was checking out my bookshelves for something to read during their last visit. He had forgotten to pack some reading material so naturally started browsing mine. I totally forgot there were a few that I didn't need him to find. lol ~ Kim


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Kate McVaugh | 4 comments Harlequin Books wrote: "Hi Kate,

I wouldn't even begin to try and explain the heat level needed to cross the line from sexy to erotica. As an author, what I would suggest is checking out our Write for Harlequin page on H..."


Hi Kim
Thanks for your reply.
I have looked at the Write for Harlequin pages many times and will do so again. It would seem I shouldn't be too concerned with the definitions of sexy/erotica.

It might just be that my romance writing is quite tame - one man/one woman/ no handcuffs....but does contain quite a lot of detail.

I'm sure that there is a Harlequin category that fits!
Regards
Kate


Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
I'm sure there is too. Pick the one you think fits best to your work. Submit it to that line. If it isn't the right fit for them, many times they will direct you to the one they think would be the perfect match.

Good luck,
Kim


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Kate McVaugh | 4 comments Harlequin Books wrote: "I'm sure there is too. Pick the one you think fits best to your work. Submit it to that line. If it isn't the right fit for them, many times they will direct you to the one they think would be the ..."

Thanks Kim!


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Any time!


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Debbie (halfpint66) | 2 comments I'm for just about anything. The hotter and steamier the better for me!


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
I have to be in rightmood for Erotica. Sometimes I really enjoy getting all the details which erotica offers then there are times where a little more "behind closed doors" works best for me.~ Kim


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Samantha | 15 comments Kate wrote: "Hi Kim,

I'm so happy to have found this new group. Thanks for moderating.

What is the line between erotic romance and sexy romance? As a writer, I'm not quite sure where I should or shouldn't s..."

Kim, I think it's hard to say because the line keeps moving! Authors whose work was considered erotic two years ago are now considered simply hot. And I've read books classified as "erotic romance" that didn't have any sex. Go figure. It seems to vary from year to year and from publisher to publisher. Samantha Ann King


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Sonya Heaney | 60 comments Samantha wrote: "And I've read books classified as "erotic romance" that didn't have any sex."

Really? Hmm.

I've seen reviews of Outlander where people complained it was pure pornography! And then other people give it bad reviews because there's not enough detail or not enough sex!

Edited to say that I'm astonished anybody could think Outlander's love scenes were too graphic...


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Samantha | 15 comments Sonya,

I don't recall anything I'd consider erotic in Outlander.

Sonya Heaney wrote: "Samantha wrote: "And I've read books classified as "erotic romance" that didn't have any sex."

Really? Hmm.

I've seen reviews of Outlander where people complained it was pure pornogr..."



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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Don't yell at me but I haven't seen Outlander.


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Samantha | 15 comments I read the book years ago. Haven't seen the series. Can't afford that channel.

Harlequin Books wrote: "Don't yell at me but I haven't seen Outlander."


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Kris Rafferty (krisrafferty) | 49 comments Sonya Heaney wrote: "Samantha wrote: "And I've read books classified as "erotic romance" that didn't have any sex."

Really? Hmm.

I've seen reviews of Outlander where people complained it was pure pornogr..."

As to Outlander, her last book had me gagging at the details. I think Giabaldon sex scenes can be medical textbooky. But yeah, usually they're refreshingly realistic. Romps rather than emotional sweet moments. As to the erotica with no sex, maybe those were fetish books. lol Were there detailed descriptions of feet, shoes, or waddles? haha


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Samantha | 15 comments LOL, not even fetishes.

Kris wrote: "Sonya Heaney wrote: "Samantha wrote: "And I've read books classified as "erotic romance" that didn't have any sex."

Really? Hmm.

I've seen reviews of Outlander where people complaine..."



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Kris Rafferty (krisrafferty) | 49 comments :) haha
Samantha wrote: "LOL, not even fetishes.

Kris wrote: "Sonya Heaney wrote: "Samantha wrote: "And I've read books classified as "erotic romance" that didn't have any sex."

Really? Hmm.

I've seen reviews of [book:O..."



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Jen - Reviews | 15 comments I've watched a few episodes of the series. Not impressed at all with the female lead. She's cold and there's almost no emotion coming from her. I'd like to read the book because the series does it no justice I think.


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Kris Rafferty (krisrafferty) | 49 comments Jennie - Webbweaver Reviews wrote: "I've watched a few episodes of the series. Not impressed at all with the female lead. She's cold and there's almost no emotion coming from her. I'd like to read the book because the series does it ..."
It's twenty years in the writing, and it feels like twenty years in the reading, lol, but well worth it. I have to admit, I skim side stories to get to the MCs a lot, so there are characters in her books that have been there forever that I know nothing about. I read them for Claire and Jamie.


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Debbie (dhaupt) | 61 comments I'm not a fan of e-rom but just as you've all said above it doesn't seem like anyone really knows what exactly Erotic Romance is. I always thought of e-rom as out of the "norm" in the bedroom, BDSM, maybe Male/Male or Female/Female and multiple partners too. That I do not enjoy. Having said that the way some of you have described the genre most of my Harlequin Presents would fall under that and I don't consider them e-rom at all just smokin hot!! ;)

I have read all the Outlander novels, they are definitely not erotic but they are very graphic in the violence details. But I think she's pretty "right on" when it comes to the way things really were in that time spot. I haven't seen the TV series I don't have that channel in my package and will not buy all the other nonsense I'd have to take along with it so I'll just wait for the DVDs.


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Kris Rafferty (krisrafferty) | 49 comments Debbie wrote: "I'm not a fan of e-rom but just as you've all said above it doesn't seem like anyone really knows what exactly Erotic Romance is. I always thought of e-rom as out of the "norm" in the bedroom, BDSM..."

You wrote e-rom and I'm so out of the loop, I assumed that meant eBook, digital! lol I'm such a dweeb. I agree with your assessment of the type of book it is. Graphic much more describes it than erotic.


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Sonya Heaney | 60 comments Samantha wrote: "Sonya,

I don't recall anything I'd consider erotic in Outlander. "


I think you could only say that if you've never come across sex in a book before!

It's really very tame...


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Sonya Heaney | 60 comments I have subscribed to the entire first season of Outlander, but I'm not watching beyond that. It's gorgeous to look at, but they've destroyed the relationship at the heart of it in order to focus on secondary characters.

Jennie - Webbweaver Reviews wrote: "I've watched a few episodes of the series. Not impressed at all with the female lead. She's cold and there's almost no emotion coming from her. I'd like to read the book because the series does it ..."

Yes, I've seen a few discussions where she's not popular.

But really I'm astonished with the casting people. She is a former catwalk model with only a web series and not much else on her acting resume. I cannot believe they thought she could carry a show.

She also does not at all resemble the character from the book.


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Jen - Reviews | 15 comments Interesting, Sonya. I must say I stopped watching the series because the lead actress was so bad.


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Kris Rafferty (krisrafferty) | 49 comments I don't think many actresses would have agreed to the nudity clause. The audience has seen everything she has but her cervix.


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Shannon (planetshannon) | 24 comments I actually quite like the woman on plays Claire in Outlander, and wouldn't have thought that she didn't have many acting credits so far. I didn't know there wasn't a great response to her, mind you...pretty much all I hear is LOVE for Jamie when hearing anything about the series.

I haven't read the books, but I'm not sure I'll keep watching the series. Although the setting and actors are great (and the theme song makes me cry every single time), I wasn't expecting it to be so disturbing in terms of the content. All I've ever heard people say about it was gushing over the romance. Very interesting.


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Sonya Heaney | 60 comments I think people who are familiar with the books are those who are the most upset with the changes. Mostly that the Jamie character from the books has become a background character while the director obsesses over Frank (who doesn't appear in the first book after Claire goes through the stones).

The books are very violent. The second half of the season is 1000 times more violent than the first, so if it's not for you now, it won't be for you later on. You might want to read the Wikipedia summary of the plot, because... it's not pleasant!

I'm okay with the drama and violence mostly (though I couldn't watch the flogging). I like darker books, though...

It's funny that the author finds it offensive when people call her books romances (even though she was happy to accept a RITA Award!), when most of her most loyal fans are in it for the romance!


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Shannon (planetshannon) | 24 comments That's fascinating that people feel like Jamie is a background character, I would have never guessed. Thanks for the heads up that it gets even more violent, I think it might be best for me to give it a pass.


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Kris Rafferty (krisrafferty) | 49 comments Shannon wrote: "I actually quite like the woman on plays Claire in Outlander, and wouldn't have thought that she didn't have many acting credits so far. I didn't know there wasn't a great response to her, mind yo..."

I agree with you Shannon. From the music to the costumes it's lush. I like the MC Claire, but I stopped my subscription to STARZ because of the violence and amount of nudity. It was disturbing. I've read all her books as they've come out, but I have to admit, I skim. I skim if she jumps to a secondary character too long. I skim the horror stories, or they're not so disturbing when you're not watching it happen. In the book, the lashing is talked about. In the show, they devote half a show to it and show it in flashbacks later. Not my cup of tea. The final image I have, that they left viewers with when it went on hiatus, was Claire, her clothes torn off, bent before the "bad" guy with a knife to her nipple as he threatens to rape her in front of her husband, (who we know the bad guy, in the future, will do...let's just say bad things to.) Too much for me.


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Kris Rafferty (krisrafferty) | 49 comments Sonya Heaney wrote: "I think people who are familiar with the books are those who are the most upset with the changes. Mostly that the Jamie character from the books has become a background character while the director..."

Yeah. I'm in it for the Jaime/Claire romance. Maybe she's not all that interested in romance, but art is art, she doesn't get to decide what people take from her art.


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
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Originally posted by Claire in a different thread of conversation.


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Cynthia (cynthianetherton) Harlequin Books wrote: "Want a chance to share your thoughts on erotic books and win $50? We are conducting anonymous, online focus groups to hear more about your opinions. If interested, please answer a few questions on ..."

Very interesting. Wonder if those of us who didn't read or watch FSOG, but read erotic romance/erotica will be considered.


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Cynthia wrote: "Harlequin Books wrote: "Want a chance to share your thoughts on erotic books and win $50? We are conducting anonymous, online focus groups to hear more about your opinions. If interested, please an...

Very interesting. Wonder if those of us who didn't read or watch FSOG, but read erotic romance/erotica will be considered. "


No idea. Claire, do you know?


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Authors, what are you working on? Find any interesting bits of fact while doing research that you'd like to share?

Readers, tell us what you like/dislike with current trends in your favorite genre. What do you want more of?


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Peacock | 4 comments I'm getting really tired of step brother books


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Christine | 6 comments I'm also bored with the poor young innocent graduate, whose mother/sister etc needs medical care.

I'd love to see heroines who match wits with the H, and who are more assertive and not in need of rescuing. Strong women are so sexy


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Christine | 6 comments I'm also bored with the poor young innocent graduate, whose mother/sister etc needs medical care.

I'd love to see heroines who match wits with the H, and who are more assertive and not in need of rescuing. Strong women are so sexy


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Admittedly, I do not read much erotica, but when I do, I'm extremely picky. The blurb has to have a strong woman. I have to know that she will match her bedroom personality with the rest of her character. I know there are quiet damsel-in-distress types that make great erotica heroines, but they're not for me. So, I totally agree with you.


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Izzy (bella_card) | 2 comments So I don't know if this the proper place to post this but it's driving me crazy that I can't find this book. I pretty much remember most of the plot and what the cover looks like but I can't remember the name.

Heroine: I think the name is Cara, comes from an big italian family. Her grandmother is dying and her grandmother's last wish is to have her married and start a family (I think Grandma's name is Sophia)

Her current boyfriend is a real jerk, and her boss (she had a crush on him since she was little, they were next door neighbors and he was a few years younger, I think his name is Noah.. not really sure) doesn't like her boyfriend. But kinda has to accept him since Heroine goes through the motions of trying to marry boyfriend to please her dying grandmother. They have a fight (he almost hits her or something to that effect) and she cancels wedding.

Her boss (is a widower, wife and child died in a car crash few years before) not wanting have Heroine's grandmother die without her wish being fulfilled, marries Heroine instead. They go on their honeymoon, sexy stuff happens and bam, she's pregnant. Hero is afraid to commit to baby since well he has a bad past with it.

Basically that's it. If anyone can help me find this book or at least know where to actually go to find it, it would be most helpful. I'm not sure which genre of Harlequin books it falls but I remember that the cover was blue with a picture of the woman in a red night gown, the guy was behind her (bare chested) they were standing on a pier with a cabin behind them.

I'll be so grateful if anyone can help (I've been looking for this book for months and it's seriously driving me crazy)


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Izchel wrote: "So I don't know if this the proper place to post this but it's driving me crazy that I can't find this book. I pretty much remember most of the plot and what the cover looks like but I can't rememb..."

I'll see what I can find, no guarantees I can find anything but I'll try.


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Izchel wrote: "So I don't know if this the proper place to post this but it's driving me crazy that I can't find this book. I pretty much remember most of the plot and what the cover looks like but I can't rememb..."

Separate Bedrooms...? The cover doesn't match what you remember but maybe...


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Izzy (bella_card) | 2 comments YES! TTHAT IS IT!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
Yay! I found the right one for a change! I've been searching for a title for someone for a while now and every time I think I might have it, she tells me no. :(


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Harlequin Books (harlequinbooks) | 2144 comments Mod
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