Friday, March 07, 2008

How about a *new* idea?--veinglory

So, I was wondering how many erotic romance epublisher have a tarot project because they seem to be everywhere. Lets see:

* eXtasy Books' Tarot Series
* Ellora's Cave Torrid Tarot
* Tease Tarot Series
* Cobblestone Press's Vampire Oracle (a.k.a. Tarot)
* Tarot Card Anthology series (part 1-3) from Whiskey Creek Press

And that's just a quick Google. I am pretty sure there are a few more out there? Please do let me know of any I have missed.

Now what do I have against the tarot? Nothing. I like the tarot. I have several decks, have studied the meaning of the cards under many traditions and for one brief period supplemented my meagre undergraduate income by reading tarot in the back room of a family restaurant. I drew my own tarot, the picture up shown up in the corner of this post is from my hermit card. But a few brief glimpses of excerpts suggest to me that in many cases neither the writer nor editor know the tarot very well at all. I mean beyond just looking at the card and going with whatever they see there.

In either case, there must be some other themes out there? Anyone want to float some ideas for those fresh new e-publishers short on inspiration?


  1. The Zodiac? Birthstones? the 7 deadly sins? /sarcasm

  2. I did try on the Devil card. I took it literally, and also allowed the meaning of enslavement to things one could easily escape.

    I just finished Five-time Loser: the Five of Pentacles.

    And both TQ and Ellora's Cave are running Birthstone lines. I have the Emerald for TQ.
    I'm working on a Topaz for Ellora.

  3. I suggest
    The Harlequin Title Tarot Series

    The Secret Baby
    The Sheik
    The Boss
    The Billionaire
    The Greek
    The Italian
    The Tycoon
    The Virgin
    The Mistress
    The Pregnant Secretary

    You could go on and on having hours of fun!

  4. "The pregnant secretary" -- I was going to say that I couldn't write that, but then I remembered the thing in my story ideas file about a seahorse shapeshifter...

  5. Monday's child is fair of face.
    Tuesday's child is full of grace.
    Wednesday's child is full of woe.
    Thursday's child has far to go.
    Friday's child is loving and giving.
    Saturday's child works hard for a living,
    But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
    Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

    There's something uncomplicated and workable.

  6. Jill N. Noble7:00 PM

    NRP is doing the 7 sins and the one Kristen mentions.

    I think they're semi-unique. ;-)

  7. DCL is doing the 7 deadly sins too.

    I actually like Tease's approach, and yes, I'm totally biased. The artwork is awesome, could (and is going to) go on an actual deck. Plus I'm having a crapload of fun with my contribution.

  8. I read tarot professionally twice in my life, once for nine months in my early twenties and then for over a year three-four years ago. So at least I'm pretty confident my two Torrid Tarot books are accurate as far as meaning, lol.

    But I've wondered about that as well, couldn't we find some more exciting themes?

    Of course, I can't think of any myself, so... :-)