When I wrote my first steamy romance novel over 20 years ago, it was sold in the secret back section of book stores, sex novelty shops, or by mail order—and shipped in a plain brown wrapper. Oh my, how things have changed!
Millions of women around the world have fallen for Christian Grey since the publication of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and now they (we) eagerly anticipate seeing him come to life next month in the film adaptation of the book. Admittedly, some of us get tingly all over just thinking of it. But in those less intoxicating moments, when the heady arousal induced by thoughts of this iconic book boyfriend subside, do you ever wonder how we fell so hard for Mr. Christian Grey? I spoke to Barna William Donovan, Ph.D., a communications professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., and an author and expert on fan behavior, about why Mr. Grey had us from, “I exercise control in all things, Miss Steele.”
You might be surprised that this married mom of three girls -- ages twelve, nine, and five -- is a former music director and choir leader for a Catholic church. While her books may not be a topic for church chat, Laurelin Paige’s writing has clearly been a true blessing for her family. Happily, we have her new book Free Me, to look forward to. Out December 10, it brings to life the love story of one of the characters from the Fixed series and brings us yet another hunky hero in a suit to fall in love with. We sat down to talk with Laurelin about Hudson, Fixed, her new book and all the great things going on in her life.
We spoke with Kristen about her latest book, saying goodbye to the Montgomery clan, and what’s next on her horizons...
Scorching, hot love scenes. Sexy, dirty talking alpha men who know how to take a woman to a place she has never been. Characters that are completely intoxicated and consumed with each other. And a healthy dash of sass and humor. Those are just some of the things that readers love about Lauren Blakely’s contemporary erotic romances.
You cannot mention the name Raine Miller without thinking of Ethan Blackstone, the gorgeous, ultra-successful London businessman with a filthy mouth who is not the type to take ‘no’ for an answer. In the age of Fifty Shades of Grey, the hot, dominant, and obsessively protective Blackstone quickly rose to the head of the class as one of the iconic alphas of contemporary erotic romance as the hero in Miller’s bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair. Not bad for a former grade school teacher who began her own journey as a romance reader after picking up her first Barbara Cartland novel, at age 13. Miller admits that her own stories are “edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave.” Luckily for her legion of fans, Miller has new hot hero for us… Continue
Deep secrets, dark eroticism, forbidden sex, romantic suspense, hot alpha men, and an extremely well-crafted story are some of the elements that attracted readers to Lisa Renee Jones’ bestselling “Inside Out” series and have kept them there for three steamy books and seven novellas—thus far. Fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for the fourth full-length novel, No In Between, publishing today. The story begins in the San Francisco art world, and revolves around darkly erotic journals found in an abandoned storage unit. A high school teacher is left with the task of clearing the unit for a friend and becomes obsessed with reading the intimate details of another woman’s life. Concerned about the woman’s well-being, she sets out to find out what happened and in the process assumes the other woman’s… Continue