always something different

New Indie Book: Sequel to Chase of a Lifetime…Chase of a Dream


I’m going to be posting about this new release a few times in the coming week because I did something very different with this book that I’ve never done before. I’m not ready to talk about it today, but I will definitely post about what I did in detail on Monday or Tuesday.

Like I said, it’s different. And I’ve never done it before. I’m not sure I’ll ever do it again either. I just contracted to write ten books for Ravenous Romance over the next year and what little time I have for self-publishing will have to be with smaller projects. Besides, I’m not exactly sure if anyone has ever done this before with an erotic romance. But I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough.

The partial image above is the first rough copy of the top third of the cover. I’m still waiting for the final copy of the cover, which is markedly different from this one. I just wanted to show the various stages I went through with this photo. The reason it’s taking so long to get the cover right has a lot to do with the unusual nature of this book. In other words, if the cover isn’t just right, and all the information isn’t in place, it might get extremely confusing. I had to do the same thing with the book description I’m putting on Amazon.

Much more about this on Monday or Tuesday.

Something Different Coming Soon

I’ve begun work on edits for a new release that deals with a subject/fetish I’ve never explored before in m/m fiction/romance…as an author or a reader. I don’t know the exact release date. But I do know I will be working with my editor at loveyoudivine until I think it’s as close to perfect as I can get it.

The subject deals with foot fetish. And I’ve never done anything like it before because I don’t know much about it. But I’ve always believed that if you write fiction you should be able to write on any topic…I’ve also never been a fan of that school of thought that says, “Write what you know.” I think if all authors wrote what they knew, we’d have a lot of boring, sucky novels around. For me, I’d rather explore things I’ve never done before and don’t know about. It keeps me moving forward as an author and, I hope, keeps my work fresh. I also think the market for foot fetish readers is larger than most people would imagine. It’s still a minor sub-genre, but there have to be people interested in reading it.

This is just one more reason why I love working with a publisher like loveyoudivine so much. They allow me the freedom to do this without asking any questions. Sometimes, when I submit something to them, I’m not sure how they will respond. But when I do hear back, it’s always something positive and encouraging. And we move forward with the project.

I’m going to post about a few changes I’m going to be making in the coming new year. Like I said, as an author, there’s nothing worse than not having the ability to move forward and venture into new areas you haven’t been before. This may very well be my first and last foot fetish story, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of new things happening in the future.

Definitions: Erotica and Porn

I’m working on a long blog post this week that will be pubbed in a few places. And the question of porn and erotica came up.

I have my own definitions for both. But I’d rather post the wiki definitions right now.

And, keep in mind there is always going to be someone who doesn’t agree, not even with these definitions. Sarah Palin’s daughter’s ex-boyfriend, what’s-his-name, posed partially nude for a Playgirl and Ms. Palin called that porn, which I found interesting because there wasn’t even full frontal nudity.

Erotica: Erotica and pornography

The Naked Maja (c. 1800–1803) by Francisco de Goya.

Distinction is often made between erotica and pornography (the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction) (as well as the lesser known genre of sexual entertainment, ribaldry), although depending on the viewer they may seem one and the same. Pornography’s objective is the graphic depiction of sexually explicit scenes.[2] Pornography is often described as exploitative or degrading.[2][3]


Here’s the link.

Porn:

Pornography or porn is the portrayal of explicit sexual subject matter for the purposes of sexual arousal and erotic satisfaction.

Pornography may use any of a variety of media, ranging from books, magazines, postcards, photos, sculpture, drawing, painting, animation, sound recording, film, video, or video game. However, when sexual acts are performed for a live audience, by definition it is not pornography, as the term applies to the depiction of the act, rather than the act itself. Thus, portrayals such as sex shows and striptease are not classified as pornography.

A pornographic model poses for pornographic photographs. A pornographic actor or porn star performs in pornographic films. In cases where limited dramatic skills are involved, a performer in pornographic films may be called a pornographic model.

A distinction is often made between erotica (the portrayal of sexuality with high-art aspirations, focusing also on feelings and emotions) and pornography (the depiction of acts in a sensational manner, with the entire focus on the physical act, so as to arouse quick intense reactions).[1] [2]

Pornography has often been subject to censorship and legal restraints on publication on grounds of obscenity. Such grounds and the very definition of what is or is not pornography have differed in different historical, cultural, and national contexts.[3]

With the emergence of social attitudes more tolerant of sexuality and with more explicit definitions of obscenity in law, an industry for the production and consumption of pornography arose in the latter half of the 20th century. The introduction of home video and the Internet saw booms in a porn industry that today generates billions of dollars a year worldwide.

And here’s the link to this one.