#WIPITUP Wednesday – Back to the Grindstone with Sparks! :) #BDSM Suspense

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I’m back! Did you miss me? I’m finally back writing again – and I’m going to finish the short story I did in ‘Dirty Doms’ which is now going to be called ‘Sparks.’ So, here’s a little snippet of where Lois is right now 🙂

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Two months later I found myself sitting behind a spotless glass desk in a prestigious London office, dressed in an immaculate black suit and bored out of my mind with paper work. Miss Sharkey (appropriately named – or should that have been Snarkey?) had decided to keep an eye on me before she agreed to clear me for field duty, and I had to admit that I was as close as I’d ever been to having my sturdy rod of control snapped in half. Filing in chronological order should have been declared a modern day torture method. Seriously, I’d take waterboarding over the past three weeks of hell I’d been forced to endure. The inactivity was killing me, the coffee sucked, and the work was mind-numbingly boring. Faxing, copying, redirecting telephone calls, typing, spreadsheets, and more of the same came my way daily. The eight-hour workday suddenly morphed into a suffocating prison sentence with seemingly no end in sight. I couldn’t help but wonder if they were actively trying to court my resignation. There was no way I could take much more of this. How did people do this everyday?

That’s all for this week folks, but there’s much more to read over at WIPITUP Wednesday 😉

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Women Writing The Erotic: Part Three

Another brilliant edition of ‘Women Writing the Erotic’ from Emmanuelle De Maupassant. Why we do what we do – and what we’d like to change about the world of erotica… I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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erotic-fiction-women-writersIn this series (within the 130 authors survey), I’m sharing women’s views on exploring sexuality through fiction. If you haven’t already readPart One orPart Two,  it’s best to begin there.

Here, we look at what first inspired these women authors to tackle sexual themes, and the significance of gender to their work.

In writing erotic fiction, sex is the lens through which we explore our world and our identity. Our writing is a pathway to knowing ourselves: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

In expressing our understanding of our sexual self, looking at how erotic impulse shapes us, we recognize that we are more than intellect, and more than emotion. We are also ‘of the body’.

Ina Morata tells us, “Sex is the medium I use to investigate psychological boundaries: my personal insecurities and fears. I explore who I am and see how far I can push…

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Women Writing The Erotic: Part Two

Women writing the erotic… thoughts of over 130 authors series by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

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women-writing-erotic-fictionIn this series (within the 130 authors survey), I’m sharing women’s views on exploring sexuality through fiction. If you haven’t already read Part One, it’s the best place to begin.

Here, we look at recurring themes within erotic fiction. 

What do we find to challenge and empower us?

What motivates us to write within this often misunderstood genre?

Society seems to view exploring sexuality (and all the associated psychology/motivation) as vulgar, asking why we, as authors, fail to direct our focus to more ‘worthy’ topics.

Meanwhile, erotic fiction is closely associated in the public consciousness with ‘spicy romance’. In truth, though authors may write across both genres, the focus of each is very different: one exploring sex as a theme of itself; the other love.

Our fiction, alongside ‘spicy romance’, has a reputation for being poorly written, for reinforcing stereotypes, for being predictable to the point of being formulaic. It…

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Liquid Friday with author C.P. Mandara

Many thanks to Eden Freed for hosting me! Hope you enjoy the cocktail 🙂

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This week we are featuring erotica and dark fantasy  writer C.P. Mandara, author of Good as Dead, book one of the Dying to Meet You series.

But before we dive into her book lets find out from C.P. Manadra what is her favorite cocktail.

chocolate dessert isolated on white backgroundWhat’s my favourite cocktail?
A Blow Job. What else? Here’s how you do it – but beware – it’s a little messy 😉

What’s In it?

  • 1/4 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto almond liqueur

How To Mix

  • Pour the two liqueurs into a shot glass and top with whipped cream.
  • Place your hands behind your back, pick-up the filled shot glass with your mouth, and drink it.
  • Don’t use breakable shot glasses!

It is kind of hard to drink this delicious sounding cocktail while indulging ourselves in her book Good as Dead, but I am sure we can first take a shot (or…

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Why Write Erotic Fiction?

Another wonderfully thoughtful article by Emmanuelle de Maupassant. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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why write erotic fiction Emmanuelle de MaupassantSeveral months ago, I invited writers to ‘share their secrets’; just over 130 responded, writing honestly of their experiences – more about them here. It’s been a delight to see how various authors approach the writing process, and the manner in which we choose to focus our erotic lens.

As Adrea Kore reminds us, “Society is hungry for more ways to open up dialogue about sexuality – between women, and between men and women. Erotica, and the sharing and discussion that takes place around the reading of erotica, is one such conduit of dialogue.”

Erotic fiction can move us, disturb, confront and warm us. It compels an emotional, intellectual and visceral reaction.

While porn strikes a blow to the groin, erotic fiction adds an upper cut to the gut, wrenches the heart and arm-wrestles the mind. Erotic fiction follows protagonists not just in their pursuit of pleasure, but into…

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Publishing’s Dirty Secret: erotic fiction in the 21st century market

Publishing’s Dirty Secret…. Interesting article by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

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publishing dirty secret marketing self-publishing publishers writers marketing editing authorsHaving interviewed just over 130 authorsof erotic fiction, this article tackles their experiences of working with publishers, and of self-publishing, of the role of marketing, and the importance of releasing ‘well-crafted’ work. Does erotic fiction remain publishing’s ‘dirty secret’: a widely-read genre, and money earner for publishing houses and for sales platforms, without due recognition and respect for authors?

As ever, this article is intended as a starting point for discussion. All comments are welcome.

Around 20% of respondents to this survey have worked with larger houses, such as Penguin, Harlequin, Orion, Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon & Shuster, Little Brown, Pan McMillan, and Nexus.

Some have published with mid-sized houses, such as Cleis, Myriad and Serpent’s Tail, while the overwhelming majority have worked with smaller presses, such as Circlet, Stupid Fish Productions, Stormy Night Productions, Little Raven, Go Deeper, Totally Bound, House of Erotica, Accent, Riverdale, Two…

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Lines in the Sand: transgression and censorship

A brilliant compilation of several authors thoughts on erotic censorship… a big thank you to Emmanuelle De Maupassant x

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This article looks at the nature of transgressive fiction, and tackles issues of censorship, including the paradox of themes being permitted for exploration in other genres (such as young fiction and horror) but not in fiction classed as ‘erotic’. It is a transgression and censorship taboo erotic fiction Emmanuelle de Maupassant authors writers readersstarting point for discussion rather than offering any definitive answers.

To learn more about the 130 participants who contributed to debate on these subjects, visit here.

The Nature of Transgression

Erotic literature has traditionally worn a face of transgression, of the defiant questioning of cultural norms, based on the premise that knowledge is to be found by pushing to the edge of experience.

Adrea Kore notes her authorship of erotic fiction as a political act, as well as a creative one. She asserts that finding words for women writing and speaking about their own desire is still seen as taboo in corners of Western culture, let alone…

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