Friday, December 31, 2010

Erotes, Please

It seems like paranormal M/M romance mines some pretty limited veins (present company included). Vampires demons, angels, werewolves. The anthologies are themed by seasons, holidays, tarot cards, bondage... So, just for a change, here is a suggestion of my own.


Seriously.  The erotes were winged Gods who hung out with Aphrodite.  They were gorgeous young men, gods and tricksters, and especially involved in homosexual love. The four specifically named erotes (a niche number of novellas for a collection?) were...

Eros: God of love, protector of gay men.

Anteros: Given to his brother Eros as a playmate (incest fic?), depicted as longer-haired and with butterfly wings (proto-seme?) His special responsibility was unrequited love and punished those who spurned a sincere offer of love.

Himeros: God of sexual desire.

Pothos: God of longing/yearning.

Eros & Himeros pull the chariot of Aphrodite

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I have a dirty mind....



It looks like the small press gossip blog "the Rusty Nail" got shut down by Wordpress.  Anyone know why?

Edited to add: it has moved here.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

AT&T/Nook, a Christmas Grinch?

Has anyone else noticed that 3G Nooks, which used to come complete with free wireless internet access (via AT&T hotspot), now don't? 

Some time around Christmas that function quietly stopped working.

Naughty Nights Press

"Naughty Nights Press (NNP) specializes in the hot and heavy, wickedly provocative, borderline indecent and sexually explicit erotic and erotic paranormal romance stories and books!"

"E-books that will take you to that edge of intensity you crave, without crossing the line."

I have to ask, what is the point of being 'borderline' indecent, 'without crossing the line'?

"Launching July 2011"

"Erotica has changed it's beat." (Here and elsewhere, incorrect punctuation of the possessive. Just saying.)

"Co-owners Gina Kincade and Faith Knight..."
 "NNP pays 40% royalties on net revenue to the Author for e-books. We do not currently do print but this may change in the future." (emphasis added)

"We request all future e-book stories in the erotic genre be submitted to us for first option."

See also:
Are you a closet writer of hot and steamy erotica?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

HerStory Books

  • "HerStoryBooks has been created by a collective group of women authors determined to make a difference in the publishing world. We publish modern romance, historical romance, Regency romance and paranormal romance."
  • Using the description "Romantica", does EC know?

  • "HerStory Books publishes rousing sensual romances: historicals, Regency, paranormal, contemporary. If you’re looking for page-turning novels filled with passionate heroes and heroines, welcome!"

Bulletin: Name Change

1RomanceEbooks is now:

Siren LoveXtreme

Coming in 2011, a new Siren Imprint

"SIREN LOVEXTREME: One woman with five or more men F/M/M/M/M/M+"

Submission Guidelines

Monday, December 27, 2010


The current smoke of non-specific disatisfaction seems to be swirling around both Aspen Mountain and Whiskey Creek Press. If anyone knows more, feel free to let me know.

Magic Carpet Books

"MAGIC CARPET BOOKS was founded in 2002 by Richard Kasak. He has been in the publishing business for over thirty years and is the leading publisher of English language erotica in the world today."

Now producing ebooks.

P&E reports: "Flat rate fee of $1800 to the author"

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Contraversial New Renault Ad

Lightning Rider Press

From the front page:

Come Ride the Lightning!
"To ride the Lightning" is a macabre phrase that has been applied to people sentenced to death by the electric chair.
Welcome to LIGHTNING RIDER PRESS. As an independent publisher of Contemporary and Women's Fiction, Mysteries and Romance—we strive to create a and positive—experience for each of our readers.

Seriously, WTF?

Currently closed to submissions.

Only two books by one author.  So I am going to guess this is a self-publisher brand.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010


  • Has Mercedes Lackey jumped the Shark?: "However (spoilers ahead), in "Intrigues," very little happens. The mysterious, menancing foreigners are lurking about, being mysterious and menacing. The Collegium is ablaze with an, um, "rather derivative" training game, that strongly resembles another game from a highly successful fantasy writer." Quidditch polo, anyone?
  • Alcohol plays role in romance: "Also, when both partners drank either heavy or light amounts, as long as they were similar amounts compared to their partner, it was better for the relationship than when one drank heavily and the other lightly." Is that a question on
  • Amazon pedophilia author arrested: "Greaves argues in the book that pedophiles are misunderstood, as the word literally means to love a child. He adds that it is only a crime to act on sexual impulses toward children, and offers advice that purportedly allows pedophiles to abide by the law."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Avon Romance

Avon Romance has a new website with ebookstore. Lots of Web 2.0 and social media and that confusing 9 million things on the front page design. I guess people like that? I guess they must becase the redesign at Deisel looks pretty much the same way.

BanQuet Press

BanQuet Press

"banQuetpress is an independent Australian publisher. Established in 2009, our first publication was banQuet 2010, an anthology of art and writing from queer Australian women. 2011 will see publications for both queer men and women ... banQuetpress is owned and operated by Laura Dettori and Deanne Carson...."

See also:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


One of the great things about erotic romance, epublishing etc is that some tropes that were vanishingly rare are now more widely available.  One that has recently been creeping more into the mainstream is 'MPREG' or male pregnancy.  MPREG is pretty much what it sounds like, a male character becomes pregnant.

MPREG series are available from epublishers, including the Katzman series (Siren) and Dark Court (Noble Romance). This is probably a niche area that a smaller press could get some financial mileage out of because a lot of other presses wouldn't even consider it.  (p.s. Siren Publishing, how about a search function, please? Or at least a listing of series?.  Listing MPREG as a theme might also help people find, or indeed avoid, this material.)

For some MPREG is clearly a fetish element, but I imagine it can be an interesting plot element in a sci fi or fantasy setting even if it is not particularly your thing.  I can't say I have ever read an erotic romance with MPREG although one of my own books wanders into that general territory.  So if anyone has a recommendation, please let me know.

Negative Inspiration

I had to laugh when I read this short article, specifically:

"Then I discovered one that was set on an outback cattle station and I thought 'wow'. "And it was awful and I just thought, 'ok, I'm going to write one'."

I won't name names, but I started writing my first book after a similar realisation. I wonder how many authors get started with some 'negative inspiration'....?
So in the spirit of the holidays I tracked down Heather Cole's book for a gratuitous shout out. It is Outback Sky.  It may be well written but at $24 for an 170-page book I am not sure it is well published.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Whither Love Asana

There have been a lot of stories about Mills&Boon/Harlequin releasing books for the growing market in India (e.g.).  The first of these being Love Asana by Milan Vohra. I would like to buy a copy of this book myself but it seems they are not making it available anywhere else, not even on the internet.  Is the assumption that only Indians want to read about Indians?

Borat Crossed With a Squirrel...

...with a lot of double entendre.  This seems to be Air New Zealand's current ad campaign.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Indian Romance publisher: Pageturn

Pageturn Publisher is a new publisher of English-language romances.

"Pink-tender romance, is for the teen reader, while Red-full-blooded romance is for the mature reader."

See also:
A dose of desi romance

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mocha Memoirs Press

I have seen a few recent posts about the new epubisher.  Which makes it a bit confusing that their website proclaims: "We've been involved in electronic publishing since 1998" oh, and "since 1999." Apparently that was an ezine rather than an epublisher per se.

"Mocha Memoirs Press is seeking submissions for our official launch in January 2011 and for early spring 2011."

"We’re currently looking for titles in the following genres: horror, science fiction, fantasy, and romance.... paranormal romance, science fiction romance, fantasy romance, and dark fantasy romance. We’d like to see submissions in these areas as well. Our interracial romance titles have been very successful, so feel free submit those also."

"Nicole Givens Kurtz ... Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Mocha Memoirs Press, LLC. "

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bulletin: Hi Ho, Silver?

So, apparently Silver Publishing is sending out "contract offer" emails to "M/M authors", many of whom are not actually M/M authors at all.  I guess they are a little low on submissions? Or just really keen on getting their hands on some M/M?


Friday, December 17, 2010

Today's T/F Question

"Administered by Romance Writers of New Zealand, Inc., The Clendon Award is believed to be the only contest in the world where every entrant's full manuscript is read and given detailed feedback."

New Embrace Line: Saffron

"Quality lesbian fiction, including short romance and erotica ... These stories engage the reader within a world of female-female relationships, in a range of romantic, erotic, historical, paranormal, crime, thriller and suspense fiction ... From significant commercial fiction to hot, irreverent erotica, Embrace Books provides a brand-new British home for powerful lesbian writing with a global outlook."

I wonder if they have successfully danced around the issue of lesbian fiction and "F/F' widely (and sometimes rather emphatically) being seen as quite different things?  (Personally I still stuck on a "world of female-female relationships".)

See also:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

5 Best Non-Romance Writers Blogs

I thought that this might be a good time to showcase some writer's blogs I like to visit that are beyond the veiled boundaries of Romancelandia.  Please feel to drop me a few of your own recommendations

1) Lee Goldberg--A Writer's Life (Mystery/Thriller)
LG writes original and TV-series based mysteries such as Adrian Monk books. His blog is an effortless blend of the back story to his own work, a pro's outlook on writing, publishing and television--and some general watchdoggery. Goldberg is aware of what is going on around him in the film and television world and his views are always clear and cogent.

2) The Rusty Nail (Horror)
The Rusty Nail keeps an eye on things on the very small press end of things.  The tag line is: "Reports of Nitwit Lies, Antics, and Strange Goings On. All snark, and no bite", and that is pretty much what you get--in between some baking tips and pictures of orchids.  File this one under guilty pleasure.  This is a place to track the misadventures of part-time writer, full time-narcissist, Nickolaus Pacione without having to interact with him.  Or you could take the moral high road and move right on to....

3) Tobias Buckell (Science Fiction)
TB seems to have his finger on the pulse on SciFilandia and some interesting things to say about the rest of the world as well.  He has also collected some fascinated data on author advances.

4) Donna Barr--The Midnight Library (Graphic Novels)
DB's blog is actual a hot mess, but she is a delight.  So I would suggest popping by this one occasionally just to broaden your horizons (and scar your retinas. OMG, orange, really?)  DB is the creative mad genius behind comics such as Stinz and Desert Peach and has a unique outlook on... well, most things.

5) Susie Bright's Journal (Erotica)
SB is closing in on self-parody, but she is a trail-blazer in erotica and shows no sign of slowing down.  (Unlike her blog which makes my poor computer very constipated).  When it comes to the print end of erotica, especially erotica for women, this is a blog to watch. Also if you want to read about sex and erotica from the point of view of a woman who isn't even going to consider being coy or bashful about it.

Links: Amazon drops incest erotica

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


There is going to be another romance epublisher called 49 Publishing run by 'M'
Edited to add: Now open. Owned by Mindy Fausey. "49 Publishing is an electronic, full service publisher of all genres of fiction, specializing in romance and romantic."

Etopia Press has officially launched.

Monday, December 13, 2010

RIP Merpoint

I am not sure of the exact dates, but based on when I noticed the were open and when I was informed they were closed R.I.P. Merpoint, Jan 2010-November 2010.

However their website is still up, so I guess this is unconfirmed?

Oh, wait, their Facebook says: "As of October 19, 2010, Merpoint Publishing has closed it's doors for business." So I guess that makes it official(ish).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Google Ebook Store

The new-ish Google Ebook Store doesn't seem to have made much of a splash.  Small presses seem to be conspicuous by their absence?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Romance Epublishing

With the help of the New York Times the media has noticed that romance ebooks sell well. (Y'think?). 

And the reason for this success?  Is it because romance-reading woman are typically savvy consumers and early adopters of tech? Is it because romance writers are a thriving and adventurous group of authors? Is it because female entrepreneurs saw a need and filled it without worrying about 'literary' laurels?

No, clearly the main explanation of this phenomenon is shame.  Just as the main reason woman like ereaders is because they are purse-friendly. 

I am not saying concealability isn't part of the picture.  But all these articles seem to make only three points.  1) You can make money from romance readers, 2) being seen with a romance book is shameful and 3) ebooks are kind of scary and might attack print books and 'real' publishers if given the chance.


How about a story on how romance epublishers are succeeding because they fill a basic and valid story-telling need, they are run by kick-ass women who know what they are doing, and use technology that is effective and embraced by a large and adventurous readership who are proactive and interactive consumers--not passive cash cows?  How about that? And how about writing that article without using the words trashy, bodice-ripper, bonk or embarrassed?

(And don't get me started on using RWA as a commentator about the wonderfulness of digital publishing.)
  • Lusty Tales and Hot Sales: Romance E-Books Thrive: "It is difficult to predict what expanding e-book sales will do to print sales in the long term. Kelly Gallagher, the vice president for publishing services for Bowker, said that e-book sales were “definitely cannibalizing print,” a prospect that worries publishers."
  • E-books: the acceptable face of bonkbusters: "So there are still plenty of people buying good old-fashioned books. While e-readers provide an alternative option choice for those of you too embarrassed to be sitting on the train reading a book with Jamie Oliver's mug on the cover." 
  • What Books Are You Embarrassed to Read in Public? "I can totally relate since I occasionally read paranormal romances, which almost always have a bare chested man on the cover. I’d much rather read these books on my Kindle."
  • Romance fastest growing segment in e-books: "According to Allison Kelley, who is the executive director of the Romance Writers of America, “when books were out of stock or out of print, they were hard to find, but e-books have changed all that.”"
  • E-Books Tell of Readers' Naughty Little Love Secrets: "Romance-novel fans who are embarrassed to tote around books with half-dressed hunks and scantily clad heroines on the cover are finding a way to indulge on the sly: e-books."

Thursday, December 09, 2010


Amazon gives Nielsen BookScan to authors
"In a move to provide authors with a service their publishers have not, Amazon is making current Nielsen BookScan sales data available to authors on its site, the company announced Thursday ... BookScan's sales tallies do not currently include sales of e-books, for the Kindle or other devices."

Monday, December 06, 2010


There are some reports from authors with Fairy Tales n Dreams, now an imprint of Solstice, that monthly statements have not been arriving on schedule--making to hard to know whether royalty payments are owed/arriving on time.  (See AW forum thread).

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Market: NDIB

I think New Dawning International Bookfair may win the prize for most confusing name for an epublisher. They seem to specialise in romance and erotica. One of the most prolific authors represented there is 'Dee Dawning".  Coincidence? This epublisher is about a year old.

"We are not only a reader's publisher but also consider ourselves to be an author's publisher. Our company may be small, but our ideas are big."

Saturday, December 04, 2010


  • Interactive Kama Sutra Comes to the iPad: But for how long given their content restrictions?
  • Book that caused uproar in Noxon in 1934 reprinted as fundraiser: Based on the residents of a real town, the romance novel "Boxcar, Montana" was suppressed when it first came out in the 1930s.  Now it is being revived as a snapshot of life in the town at that time.
  • The porn supremacy: Porn pioneered many forms of technology, not mentioned: first planned fully 3D TV station in the planning stages... for porn. 
  • Thor: The Mighty Avenger #6 : "It's odd, then, that the cover of the most genuine and sentimental romance comic I've read maybe ever features Thor about to slug Fin Fang Foom with a hammer on the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard."
  • P.S.: I was also going to link to a post about the movie "Beastly" on  But seriously, Examiner owners, I know you want advertising dollars but I am not going to send anyone to a site with the content squeezed into a postage-stamp sized space surrounded by every kind of blinking, flashing and popping advertisement.  Oy.