erotic romance without sex scenes

The Two Versions of Erotic Romance "Chase of a Dream," Unrated and Rated

ETA: Both versions of Chase of a Dream have been launched on Smashwords. More to follow. You can get there from here.

Before I decided to write two versions of “Chase of a Dream,” I thought about it very seriously. Although I’ve spoken about this topic more than once while posting about what I consider the definition of erotic romance, I honestly wasn’t certain what I was thinking of doing could be done. In fact, if this has been done before with erotic romance I haven’t seen it myself.

The film industry does this all the time. They release unrated versions of movies and edited rated versions for various reasons. Usually the unrated version contains all the original sex scenes, or violence…or content that might be considered questionable. I think it’s self-explanatory, but for those who want more information, here you go.

In the past, I’ve said that I believe an erotic romance is a romance with a lot of sex. To not have a lot of sex in an erotic romance would be an insult to readers who read erotic romance. I also think this can be applied to all erotic fiction. And if you remove the sex from the book and you still have a strong storyline, it distinguishes the book from what SOME might consider porn. Not me. I don’t go there.

Although I am by no means censoring or judging any erotic romance, especially not my own, I am trying to show that an erotic romance can stand alone without the sex scenes. I’m not trying to define porn because I don’t think there is a set definition. All I’m doing with this book is offering readers a choice to decide whether or not they want to read a romance with strong sex scenes or without them. As you can see from the cover and the blurbs I’ve written, I’ve made it very clear which is the abridged rated version and which is the original unrated unabridged version.

It hasn’t been simple getting two books out at the same time. It meant twice the work and twice the editing. However, it was NOT that difficult to remove the sex scenes from “Chase of a Dream” and still have the same exact storyline as the original version. In other words, readers who buy the abridged version are getting exactly the same book, only without the detailed sex scenes. What I discovered during this process was that every single one of my published erotic romances could have been edited the same exact way without changing much in the books at all.

The word count didn’t change that much either. When I’m contracted to write an e-book with an e-publisher it’s been fairly standard that I am expected to submit a 50,000 word novel. I always go over word count and never just settle for that set number. With “Chase of a Dream,” the word count in the original unabridged version is 59,000 words. In the edited, abridged version without the erotic sex scenes it’s 52,000 words. So basically the book only lost about 7,000 words. And readers are still getting 2,000 more words than what is considered standard with most e-publishers.

I don’t consider this self-censorship because I’m releasing both versions of the book at the same time. And, just to be clear, the edited abridged version is still rated what I could consider R because there is adult content…just no strong detailed sex scenes that might offend anyone. And now everyone has a choice.

This may be the last time I do this for a long time…if I ever do it again. I just contracted to do a lot more books with Ravenous Romance over the next year and I’m looking forward to that. I love working with Holly and Allan and I like what ravenous has been doing. I’m still writing for loveyoudivine.com and I have no plans on stopping that. So my humble self-publishing venture will have to be put on hold for a while because there just isn’t enough time.

I hope this experiment I did with “Chase of a Dream” will give readers more choices. I hope it will show readers and writers that there is a clear cut way to remove sex from an erotic romance and still have a strong storyline. And most of all I hope that I’ve made it clear enough in the book descriptions and on the covers that readers do have a choice now. I never take anything for granted. I learned a long time ago by owning a retail art gallery that if it’s not eye level and easy to read at a glance, something’s wrong. If anyone has an questions about this, please feel free to contact me.

Here are the blurbs for both versions of “Chase of a Dream.” I think I’ve made it clear on the book covers as well that there are two versions of this book.

The book will be released this week and I’ll post a release date. I’m never sure exactly when the book will be up on Amazon, so keep watching.

Unrated version with erotic scenes:

In this 59,000 word unabridged version of the sequel to “Chase of a Lifetime” that contains all of the original erotic scenes, Jim Darling finally finds the happiness he’s been chasing for so long. He and Len Mayfield have settled into a quiet routine in their small newly renovated home in the Hollywood Hills, and they enjoy every minute they spend together raising Len’s toddler grandson, Culum Mayfied.

And then one evening Len’s grown son, Cain Mayfield, from his former marriage shows up in Los Angeles and asks if he can live with them while he’s trying to figure out his life. Though Len isn’t too thrilled about his grown son moving in, Jim can’t refuse him. Cain was Jim’s best friend in Texas at one time, and he’s also Culum’s irresponsible dad.

While Jim and Len try to adjust to this huge change, Cain decides he wants to open a legal medical marijuana dispensary in California. So in order to get experience, he takes a job at an established marijuana dispensary and winds up having a brief affair with the sexy transgender owner who turns his life upside down.

When Len announces that he misses his ranch in Texas and he wants to buy a ranch within commuting distance to Los Angeles, Jim is apprehensive at first. But he eventually agrees they need more living space, and he sees how desperately Len needs to be with his horses again.

But will the events leading up to all the changes they face be too intense to keep their loving marriage as strong as ever? And will sexy young Cain Mayfield drive a wedge between them with his inconsistent choices, his careless attitude, and his desperate need for attention?

Rated version without erotic scenes:

In this 52,000 word abridged version of the sequel to “Chase of a Lifetime” that does not contain any strong sex scenes, Jim Darling finally finds the happiness he’s been chasing for so long. He and Len Mayfield have settled into a quiet routine in their small newly renovated home in the Hollywood Hills, and they enjoy every minute they spend together raising Len’s toddler grandson, Culum Mayfied.

And then one evening Len’s grown son, Cain Mayfield, from his former marriage shows up in Los Angeles and asks if he can live with them while he’s trying to figure out his life. Though Len isn’t too thrilled about his grown son moving in, Jim can’t refuse him. Cain was Jim’s best friend in Texas at one time, and he’s also Culum’s irresponsible dad.

While Jim and Len try to adjust to this huge change, Cain decides he wants to open a legal medical marijuana dispensary in California. So in order to get experience, he takes a job at an established marijuana dispensary and winds up having a brief affair with the sexy transgender owner who turns his life upside down.

When Len announces that he misses his ranch in Texas and he wants to buy a ranch within commuting distance to Los Angeles, Jim is apprehensive at first. But he eventually agrees they need more living space, and he sees how desperately Len needs to be with his horses again.

But will the events leading up to all the changes they face be too intense to keep their loving marriage as strong as ever? And will sexy young Cain Mayfield drive a wedge between them with his inconsistent choices, his careless attitude, and his desperate need for attention?