Category Archive: erotica

Dec 14 2014

3 Ways to Write Better Erotica by Sherri Goodman

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Blog post by guest contributor Sherry Goodman

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Every writer dreams of having their work acknowledged by the world, their name in headlines, thousands (if not millions) of readers searching for their book, and their own work on the lips of every talk show host. That is, of course, unless the piece is being put on blast because it’s unanimously been deemed as some of the worst work of the year…Sadly that’s just what happened to author Ben Okri.

Bad Sex in Erotic Fiction?

According to The Independent, his novel, The Age of Magic, was just given the 2014 Bad Sex in Fiction award, a title chosen annually by the Literary Review.

While it’s certainly not an award that every author covets, what’s particularly interesting about Okri is that he’s actually an award-winning writer—the good kind. In 1991, he was given the Man Booker award for The Famished Road. At just 32, he became the youngest recipient ever to take home the award, though he was later beat out by 28-year-old Eleanor Catton in 2013 for The Luminaries.

So how did a renowned author receive such a, um, special award? Well, it may be hard for some to admit, but just because you’re a talented writer doesn’t mean you’re good at writing about everything. Even the most prestigious authors have a few subjects in their repertoire that could use some touching up.

Even the most prestigious authors have a few subjects in their repertoire that could use some touching up.

You just have to be open to doing what’s necessary to fine-tune them.

Now, just because your erotic writing could use some help doesn’t mean anyone doubts your skills in the sack. I’m sure you’re very talented. I’m sure that thing you do with your leg and the bedpost should be studied by contortionists and that you’re ability to change positions while “never leaving your post” is nothing short of magic. But being able to describe the act on the page, in a way that makes readers feel as though they’re taking part in the act, is a whole different ball game. You could be a tiger in the bedroom, but readers will instantly recognize if you’re typing timidly.

In order to really write the hell out of an erotic story, you’re going to need to find out how to release that tiger from its bashful cage.

How to Write Better Erotica Scenes

There’s really only a few ways to break out of your shell and better your writing for these particular scenes.

  1. Read every erotic novel you can get your hands on. Go through every book and then read through them again. Take note of the equal portions of writing describing what’s going on and the characters’ responses.
  2. Reminisce. Think about the times you’ve had sex, and highlight some of the reasons why an experience was more memorable than others. What did your partner do that made being intimate resonate with you? Was there a certain way your partner touched you, something your partner said, or even just your partner’s enthusiasm in the heat of it all that made that moment unforgettable? Write every bit of it down in explicit detail. Afterwards, read what you wrote. Does your writing really reflect the heat of that night? If not, try to see where your description is lacking. Your goal is to recreate the emotions for your readers to experience. You want them to feel the same attachment to the sex scene that you feel.
  3. Watch an adult movie. Watch the videos and describe what’s happening in order to get comfortable with the wording. Utilize the 5 Ws of journalism and describe how the couple on screen interacts, the sounds they make, what each seems to be feeling—write it all down. Having a visual to utilize for inspiration can dramatically improve your dialogue and scene description skills when writing about similar acts.

Even if you love reading sexy stories and can’t help but grin when thinking about your own particularly hot liaisons, that doesn’t always mean you can translate a steamy sex scene onto the page. Get out of your comfort zone a bit and give some of these exercises a go. Think of it this way: even if your erotic writing needs improvement and potentially painstaking research, at least you know putting in the work will be fun!

I’d like to hear from you in the comments section. How do you tackle writing erotic scenes?

 


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May 13 2012

Tongue Tied by Leslie Lee Sanders Available for Pre-order!

Tongue Tied
by Leslie Lee Sanders
Available May 18th 2012
Pre-order now from All Romance eBooks
Genre: Erotica
Tags: MM, MFM, Menage, Thressome, Interracial, Short story
Word count: 11,000

BLURB:
Ever since that little finger licking slipup during their “double dating” session, Dorian’s tongue has been on Ryan’s mind. If only Ryan had the courage to tell his friend what’s been nagging at him. Maybe Dorian could help him verbalize what he so desperately wants. Maybe Dorian will give him even more than he asks for. 

EXCERPT:

“Julie? Julie Johnson?” Dorian shook his blond head and scoffed. “Katelyn was hotter than Julie. Julie didn’t even like to kiss which was—”

“Pretty prude if you ask me.”

Dorian chuckled. “I was gonna say weird but prude is probably a better word to describe her.”

An awkward silence permeated the room. Ryan wasn’t sure if he should bring up the finger licking incident from the night before or if Dorian was going to mention it and attempt to explain it in some sort of weird excuse.

Dorian glanced down at Ryan’s crotch. Ryan noticed how it took his friend an extra second to look away.

“Man, Katelyn was so sexy last night. When I was inside her, I came almost instantly.” Dorian’s chuckle was short. “I felt bad that I didn’t make her come before I did.”

“It happens to the best of us.”

“Never happened before.” Dorian poked Ryan’s chest, grinning. “We usually make the ladies come at least twice before we do. I like for them to leave completely satisfied.”

“Yeah, she really had me going.” Ryan poured another shot. “That body. That ass!”

“Right.” Dorian’s eye cut to Ryan’s crotch again. “You were definitely into it.” The grin on Dorian’s face made Ryan wonder. Could Dorian tell that he was hard … for him? “Are you gonna offer me a shot or what?” Dorian hopped down from where he sat on the counter. “Sure looks good.”

The flirtatious way those last words slipped from Dorian’s lips made Ryan look up just in time to witness Dorian slowly slide his tongue from one corner of his mouth to the other. Ryan gulped, swallowing hard enough for anyone standing as close as Dorian was to hear it. “Yeah, sure.” He cleared his throat. “You want lime with that?” he asked as he offered the glass.

“Yep, but no salt.” Dorian picked up the wedge of lime from the counter and took the shot glass in hand. “Here we go,” he said playfully and winked. He drank the warm liquor and quickly followed it with a bite into the flesh of the lime. He swallowed then laughed as a mixture of lime juice and tequila dripped down his smooth-looking, shaven chin.

How weird would it be to pull Dorian against him and lick the stray juice from his skin? How would Dorian react to that kind of blatant gesture? The way he had looked at his crotch a beat too long, followed it with a “Sure looks good,” and a lick of his lips gave Ryan confidence. Suddenly licking the stray juice from his friend’s lips and chin might not be so weird after all.

“What?” Dorian asked through his laughter while he wiped the stray juice with the back of his hand. “Why’re you looking at me like that?”

“Like what?” Ryan looked away sheepishly. Any confidence vanished. He quickly glanced at his friend’s full lips just to look away again. Damn, now he was acting prude.

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Mar 28 2012

Kiss and a Handshake (Happy Holiday Shorts)

Alex shows up to a Happy Holiday festival with an invitation in hand from his friend Zak. Too bad Zak is too busy flirting with his female coworker instead of spending the night in Alex’s bed. Looking for some real fun, Alex sneaks away to an underground party along with several Stephens and Steven’s employees. Once there, he indulges in a sexy game; spend the night with the stranger you lock lips with once the lights go out.

The first hard, rippling body Alex bumps into possesses the first pair of lips he attaches to. To his delight, Tristan is a great kisser. To his dismay, the virgin is not so skilled at heating things up.

Most of the night, Alex tries desperately to stop thinking of what could be with Zak and tries to enjoy the hard body in his arms. Can he succeed this Christmas Eve?

Includes a cameo from Kyla and Mike (Three-way Kisses) and Jasmine (All About a Kiss) from the other two Happy Holiday shorts.

Available at Amazon.com for only $0.99

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Mar 25 2012

Three’s a Crowd: Revised and Extended Edition

Marcus Landon and Brian Renner are college students and are in love. Marc’s an insecure and anxious cutie. Brian’s a beautiful, blond sex god who has no one on his mind but his lover, Marc, until the girls get tangled up in their lives.Janice White has a huge crush on Marc which ultimately leads them to explore the ménage a trois. The last thing Janice envisions happens; she falls in love with both Marc and Brian. After her roommate, Lorraine “Lily” Cunnings, gets rejected by Brian and finds out about his budding threesome, she’s determined to get even by any means necessary.Follow the fascinating and sexual events on a rollercoaster of ups and downs that affects the lives of these love crazed college students. Improved and extended to nearly two hundred pages of pure excitement you’re sure to be thrilled!

Available at Amazon.com for $14.95

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Mar 24 2012

Perfect Plan by Leslie Lee Sanders FREE!

Perfect Plan

A short erotic read of revenge by Leslie Lee Sanders that gives new meaning to the word “payback.” Not a romance!

Mimi Conley’s husband is cheating on her with a woman he works with in order to get back at her for costing him a huge promotion. To get even with her husband, Mimi concocts a plan to seduce Kevin Baxter; a young, sexy coworker that she soon discovers knows how to please.

Mimi has the greatest sex she’s ever had and considers seeing him again after her plan of crushing her husband with the details of her naughty tryst goes through. However, to her surprise, she gets a rude awakening when she finds out Kevin has a perfect plan of his own.

Available at Barnes and Noble: FREE!

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Available at Smashwords: FREE!

Available at Amazon.com for only $0.99

 

Mar 07 2012

Tongue Tied by Leslie Lee Sanders (Explicit) Excerpt

Tongue Tied -excerpt-
M/M, MMF, Interracial, Erotica
by Leslie Lee Sanders
Available Spring 2012!

Buy Links: ARe | Kindle | Nook

After a sensual night of “double dating” with his friend Dorian, Ryan’s interest in sharing beautiful women suddenly dwindles when he develops an urge to share a sexual romp with Dorian and his tongue instead.

EXCERPT:

“Man, Katelyn was so sexy last night. When I was inside her, I came almost instantly.” Dorian’s chuckle was short. “I felt bad that I didn’t make her come before I did.”

“It happens to the best of us.”

“Never happened before.” Dorian poked Ryan’s chest, grinning. “We usually make the ladies come at least twice before we do. I like them to leave completely satisfied.”

“Yeah, she really had me going.” Ryan poured another shot. “That body. That ass!”

“Right.” Dorian’s eye cut to Ryan’s crotch again. “You were definitely into it.” The grin on Dorian’s face made Ryan wonder. Could he tell that Ryan was hard … for him? “Are you gonna offer me a shot or what?” Dorian hopped down from where he sat on the counter. “Sure looks good.”

The flirtatious way those last words slipped from Dorian’s lips made Ryan look up just in time to witness Dorian slowly slide his tongue from one corner of his mouth to the other. Ryan gulped, swallowing hard enough for anyone standing as close as Dorian was to hear it. “Yeah, sure.” He cleared his throat. “You want lime with that?” he asked as he offered the glass.

“Yep. No salt though.” Dorian picked up the wedge of lime from the counter and took the shot glass from Ryan. “Here we go,” he said playfully and winked. He drank the warm liquor and quickly followed it with a bite into the flesh of the lime. He swallowed then laughed as a mixture of lime juice and tequila dripped down his smooth-looking, shaven chin.

How weird would it be to pull Dorian against him and lick the stray juice from his skin? How would Dorian react to that kind of blatant gesture? The way Dorian had looked at his crotch a beat too long, followed it with a “Sure looks good,” and a lick of his lips gave Ryan confidence. Suddenly licking the stray juice from his friend’s lips and chin might not be so weird after all.

“What?” Dorian asked through his laughter while he wiped the stray juice with the back of his hand. “Why are you looking at me like that?”

“Like what?” Ryan looked away sheepishly. Any confidence vanished. He quickly glanced at his friend’s full lips just to look away again. Damn, now he was acting prude.

“What’s wrong?” Dorian placed a hand gingerly on Ryan’s shoulder, concern riding on his words. “You’re acting . . . different.”

Did Dorian not know what he’d just done to him? He turned Ryan into a horny but shy school girl with a lick of his lips. “Nothing’s wrong.” Ryan placed the liquor bottle back on the counter. “Just been thinking . . .” Maybe he shouldn’t mention last night.

“What about?”

Their eyes met each other’s. “Nothing.” Ryan shook his head. “It’s nothing.”

“Oh, come on.” Dorian grinned and hoisted himself back up on the counter and sat directly in front of Ryan. “Suddenly something has you acting all shy and stuff. Spill it already.  Is it Katelyn? God, she was hot. I hope you’re not getting tired of our doubledates. That it?”

How could he be tired of pleasuring sexy women and fulfilling their fantasies with his best friend? The women got double the fun but he and Dorian got something out of it too, pleasure, closeness, and some fun, satisfying, much needed release. What a question. He and Dorian have been double dating since freshmen year in college with no issue, no jealousy and no complaints. Unless Ryan counted not being able to pleasure his friend the way he pleasured so many women.

Mar 05 2012

Paypal Prohibits "Obscene" Content

No, I don’t write erotica with themes of incest, pseudo-incest, rape for titillation, underage sex or bestiality. However, even though erotic fiction with those themes does not appeal to me, there is a market for it. A huge market for it. And just like other readers, if the content of the story does not amuse me, I don’t read it. Simple as that.


But now, PayPal is cracking down on publishers and websites that publishes and sales said books. Paypal warns if publisher continue to sale those books with “obscene content,” Paypal will deactivate publisher’s account. You may wonder why a company would threaten to deactivate so many publisher accounts like Smashwords.

“Paypal doesn’t want to have to pay Visa and MC for carrying “high risk” accounts on their books.” Erotica writer Selena Kitt writes on her blog. And what’s considered high risk for Paypal? Erotic books that contain the themes listed above. “Sites that carry high-risk material have to pay the high-risk costs of doing business. If you’re going through Paypal, you don’t have to pay that. Until Paypal catches you. And then they insist you take down your high-risk content or lose your account.”

So it’s the major credit card companies behind it all.

As a writer of erotica and erotic romance what I take form this is the major credit card companies saying… “We’re not supporting your icky imagination and if you force me to associate my name with your obscene fiction, then we can’t be friends anymore.” … That’s how I read it If it’s really about the money or not.

No matter my personal views on erotic books with those “questionable” themes (incest, pseudo-incest, rape for titillation, underage sex or bestiality), they’re still legal to write about. I am not a person to condone the suppression of published material. We’re adults. We should be able to write, read, and buy the kind of fiction we desire without someone or some group making it difficult due to their tastes.
Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, had this to say about Paypal’s crackdown. “PayPal is asking us to censor legal fiction. Regardless of how one views topics of rape, bestiality and incest, these topics are pervasive in mainstream fiction. We believe this crackdown is really targeting erotica writers. This is unfair, and it marks a slippery slope. We don’t want credit card companies or financial institutions telling our authors what they can write and what readers can read. Fiction is fantasy. It’s not real. It’s legal.”

It concerns me. What will they target next in erotica?

Gay sex? Threesomes? Sex out of wedlock? Erotica in general?

What do you think about the crackdown?

Mar 01 2012

Questions I’ve Been Asked Pertaining to Writing & the Candid Answers: Part 1

I’ve been asked a variety of questions over the years. Some questions been asked multiple times, some are a little odd, some are simple and only people not involved in the publishing business would seek the answer.  So below are some of those questions with simple, detailed and honest answers.


Why don’t you write a book about your family or how you grew up?

I get this question mostly from my family or those I grew up with.

Simple answer:

No one cares about anyone else’s lives unless they’re celebrities or had a truly unique upbringing.

Detailed answer:

Frankly, I like writing plots from my imagination more. Although I believe my life story may have been a bit dysfunctional and entertaining to some (who doesn’t think they’re upbringing was dysfunctional?), I also believe some stories are best told to a therapist and not the public. Besides, who are we that anyone would care anyway?


I could write it for the family instead of publishing it for the public. Still a possibility is that the people included in the story won’t appreciate how I represent them? This is the sole reason I don’t create characters from true life friends and relatives.

Which brings me to …

Why don’t you write a book about my life?

Simple answer:
We all have problems, secrets, and crazy things happen to us in our lives. Why are you so special?

Detailed answer:
See detailed answer above.

Why do you write about threesomes and sex?

Simple answer:
I enjoy writing about unconventional sexual relationships.  Also, what adult doesn’t enjoy sex, even in fiction?

Detailed answer:  
Threesomes are a hot theme (hot as in spicy and popular) in erotica and erotic romances. There is a huge market for it which means there are lots and lots of people who enjoy reading ménages. It’s sexy, fun and a great way to engage in your fantasies without consequences. I can say the same about fictional sex in general. It doesn’t matter if I’m writing or reading about it, I’m entertained either way.

Why do you write about Caucasian characters?

I think this question is one that comes from ignorance. Or a person assuming you’re supposed to stick to your own kind even creatively.

Simple answer:
My stories are primarily about people, and if those people happen to be diverse so be it. It not required that I write for a specific community even if I’m placed in that group. I write for the communities I choose to write for. And I enjoy being unique, unpredictable and eccentric.

Detailed answer:
The heroes in my stories usually take on physical traits and other characteristics that I’m attracted to. And who they’re attracted to works well for that character, even if they’re attracted to Caucasians, African Americans, other men, none or all the above.  It’s part of why writing what you love works so well for me.

Why do you write about homosexual characters?

See answers to question above.

Later I will post part 2 which delves more into questions I receive about publishing. Are there questions that are not listed above that you would like the candid answer to?


Dec 28 2011

30k Words and Counting

I’m making progress! Making progress is something to be excited about, coming from a woman who wears many hats and have the tendency to procrastinate.


I’ve hit 30k words in my latest WIP Before the Darkness. I have a goal of hitting 50k (and therefore completing the novel) by February 1st 2012. I will do it, no doubt.



Also my new short Tongue Tied will probably be released sometime in February too. Hopefully around Valentine’s Day which would be awesome. Now I say probably because with so much writing and revising I have to do, the date of release for Tongue Tied is still uncertain. Tongue Tied is an M/M erotic romance with a few MFM and Interracial scenes (all pivotal to the plot).


Speaking of Tongue Tied, I’ve seen my first proof of the cover. It is awesome but needs a little tweaking. I can’t wait to share the cover with the world. Cover art is amazing! I think all writers love cover art.



Now, enough writing about writing. It’s time to actually get some writing done. I got a lot planned for 2012. Time to get on it, huh? J

Sep 16 2011

Before the Darkness Progress

I am officially at 21,233 words written in my upcoming MM, post-apocalyptic erotic romance story, Before the Darkness. This story revolves around two survivors of an asteroid impact who are forced to confront their pasts in order to appreciate their second chance at life and possibly make for a better future.

Currently, I’m at a critical point in the story, (or the most critical) the climax. Which is good! That means I’m almost to the end.

The problem?

Well, I’m not quite sure where I want this story to end. The initial ending I had planned for it might end at 30k words. However, another possible ending wouldn’t be met until about 50k words.

If I go with the initial ending, readers might want an extension. Which will result in a series that I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to. There’s other stories I want to complete too.

If I go with the other ending, it may take longer than I want it to, it would require tons to rewrite and edit, and I’m not sure I’m ready for that either. Not to mention the climax I’m about to write will probably be just one of the big incidences that move the story forward to the “real” climax.

When I outlined and started writing Before the Darkness, I had it all set in my head; the beginning, middle and end. Now, the story’s kinda taking on a life of its own (including the characters) and I’m a bit afraid of where it might lead me.

I’m not good with unpredictable. I like to have a plan and stick to it. Anyway, we shall see where this takes me. Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be better than I imagined if I just tell the story that wants to be told, instead of limiting the story by keeping it confined to my outline.

Leslie Lee Sanders

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