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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Lightning only strikes once…Electric by C.P. Mandara

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Electric

by: CP Mandara

“I am going to break you. That’s the whole purpose of this exercise. From the moment the door inside that room closes, I am not going to be Mr. Nice Guy. I am going to do everything in my power to hear you scream, and I won’t stop until I hear you beg for mercy. Do you wish to proceed on…

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Multiple Giveaways! Get your name in the hat!

Sexy Giveaways for the release of Dirty Doms! YAY!

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There are giveaways going to help celebrate the release of the Dirty Doms Box Set!

Romance Rebels Publishing is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift card on Facebook…

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Christina Mandara has a SUPER SEXY Giveaway on her website….

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Dirty Doms Author Spotlight Christina Mandara

This is a little something from my latest anthology ‘Dirty Doms’ – hope you enjoy 🙂

Welcome to Sunshine Reads!

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Christina Mandara

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Christina Mandara was born in the UK, but has spent most of her life travelling the world. She speaks three languages and has been chiefly employed in the fields of finance and travel. Her favourite city is Sydney and her favourite holiday destination is the south of France.

aa112She loves keeping fit and enjoys running, cycling and water sports. Think surfing or sailing. She’s a big fan of BDSM in all of its glorious forms, and her favourite item in the toy closet (a box simply isn’t big enough) is her riding crop.

In her spare time she’s usually cuddled up with a good book, exploring the countryside or baking in the kitchen. In fact, she loves her kitchen so much she’s one of few woman who wouldn’t mind being tied to it! Her first and foremost love is writing, however, and more often than not you’ll find…

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Christina’s Basic Guide to PAINKILLERS #health #BDSM

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Tylenol / Paracetamol

This is Christina’s least favourite pain killer. It is a no-good-for-nothing, can-even-give-it-to-pregnant-ladies type pain killer. (And considering pregnant ladies can’t even take nasal decongestants – you get the picture of how strong this painkiller is).

If I’m really desperate and that’s all available, I’ll take it for a headache with a shot of expresso (caffeine is good for headaches – it’s a vasodilator (this means it widens blood vessels – hopefully lessening the pressure inside your head!) and there’s a 50/50 chance it will work.

How does it work?

It’s used to ease mild to moderate pain and it can help to control a fever. It works by affecting the chemical balance of your body, namely prostoglandins which are released in response to injury or illness. This type of tablet helps block the production of prostaglandins making the body less aware of the illness/injury.

Advil / Ibuprofen

This is probably my favourite pain killer. If you’ve had a round with the spanking hand or cane and are feeling the after-effects a little to keenly, this would be my drug of choice.

How does it work?

It’s used for pain relief from mild to moderate pain, and it can also control a fever and ease  pain, inflammation and swelling. It’s part of the NSAID group (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). It also affects prostaglandins – and changes the chemical balance within your body. About 60% of people will find their condition improves with a NSAID and it will usually begin working within the hour. There are more side effects to Ibuprofen than paracetamol – which is why isn’t recommended as a first port of call. (But it’s good! Honest.)

Aspirin

If I’ve tried Ibuprofen with no success for a migraine, then aspirin would be my next choice, but it tends to affect my stomach – so make sure you always read the advice leaflet – and it usually recommends being taken after food.

How does it work?

Aspirin is an antiplatete medicine and is a member of a family of chemicals called salicylates. It’s been around for years. Originally extracted from the bark of willow trees, Hippocrates wrote about the bitter powder that could ease aches and pains and bring down high temperatures. It’s method of preventing the binding together of platelets helps thins the blood and it is another NSAID.

Codeine / CoCodamol

This drug is available over the counter in the UK, but I believe it is a regulated narcotic substance in the US. This is the mother of all drugs that can be obtained on the high street. It tastes absolutely disgusting but will generally cure even the most horrific headache, if given half a chance.

How does it work?

Codeine doesn’t work in the quite the same was as the NSAID’s above. Codeine binds to OPIODE receptors in the brain and increases the body’s tolerance of pain. It is metabolised in the liver and converted to MORPHINE. Yep, you heard me correctly. This is good stuff. It doesn’t work particularly well on its own and is often paired with paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin for best results. Taking codeine can cause addiction which is why these tablets are carefully regulated. A word of caution: Codeine can often cause drowsiness and suppresses breathing.

*** My musings on painkillers are not meant for anything more than general entertainment. Always read the advice label of any drug you are thinking of taking and seek proper guidance from your doctor when in pain!! ***

 

 

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