Lost and Alone in a “Family” of Erotic Romance Authors #amwriting #MyWANA

Welcome to Through Stephanie’s Eyes—my little corner of the Universe. What I talk about here is how I see things based on my own experiences. I’m sure many of you have different views on the world, but this is mine. Right now I’m going through some major upheavals in my personal and professional life and feeling a bit overwhelmed and basically out of the loop.


I made it no secret that I’m an alter ego and pen name of another person who writes smokin’ HAWT erotic romance, poetry and erotica. I’m part of the original three that made up the core authors of Sassy Vixen Publishing and proud of it. I cheered the “others” on from the sidelines patiently waiting for my turn in the spotlight. Now it seems like I’ve been forgotten.

We’ve expanded our “family” a bit to include the fabulous Tawny Savage and her dark fantasy and monster erotica. I’m thrilled her Bigfoot Chronicles are best sellers on ARe and are holding their own on the other retail outlets. I can’t wait to read the final book in that trilogy and yet I the little voice in the back of my mind keeps whispering.

What about me?

We all know what it’s like for erotica and erotic romance authors in the grand scheme of things. They get treated like the red headed stepchild of the romance and fiction world. Author support groups that claim to help all genres really mean “non-erotic” or “okay if you call yourself erotic as long as you don’t use ‘nasty’ words.”  I get that the “bad girls” want to band together and help promote each other. I’ve been there with them from the start. All I’m asking is for a little encouragement with my writing. How about Lia, Tawny and Tammy take a vacation for a bit and let ME be front and center for a bit?

I know what some of you are thinking: Aren’t “they” all the same person? Why does she have to fight for time? Why is she “jealous” of the other pen names?
Yes all of us were created in the same mind. All of us have specific genres and categories assigned to us so our writing gets out to the largest audience. Unfortunately, the projects assigned to me have been put on the back burner for so long, I’m not sure I remember the characters anymore. I am jealous because I do have some fabulous tales to tell but am not given the chance to do it because right now, it’s all about the erotica and erotic romance stories.

Even with Sassy Vixen Publishing’s shared world series Temptations Resort, there doesn’t seem to be a place for my stuff. Sure I can write a nice sweet love story with couples who meet there, but next to the erotic ones, why bother? I’ll just have to take my place back in the corner until my voice can be heard and figure out which of my WIP to push myself to finishing.

If you look on my left side bar, I have three books listed. The Do Over is a mainstream romance. Capitol Intrigue is a bit of a mix of thriller and romantic suspense. That one my have to become a series because of all the characters involved in it and how it covers many years of history in their back stories. Dangerous Medicine is another romantic suspense. I’m stuck as to which to pursue. The first is a recent idea and the other two were originally started in the 90’s and then put away in storage. 

My characters have waited long enough to have their stories brought to life. Won’t you help me decide? Below is the poll. Cast your vote. The book that wins will be completed and published before the end of the summer 2014 come hell or high water!

Until next time,
~Steph

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#OhMy!Monday: Author David Russell Presents Literary Erotica At It’s Finest

Welcome to Oh My Monday. I’m Stephanie Ryan and your host today for a real treat. Don’t let the title of the post fool you. Today’s guest author has written a piece of erotic literature, but it’s definitely not in the same explicit categories as that of my alter egos. This novel has been described as “literary, lyrical, and poetic.” That alone intrigued me and the excerpt provided piqued my interest enough that I wanted to find out more. Trust me. This is not like many novels labeled as erotica. 

This is a beautiful example that there are many different levels to erotic literature with varying heat levels. That’s what makes all of it fabulous! So sit back and enjoy author David Russells’ Self’s Blossom.

Blurb

This is about a young woman’s self-discovery. Selene is a ‘success story’, having become a top journalist, while retaining her dazzling looks. However, in the past she has had unhappy relationships, and feels she has missed out on hedonistic fun.  This she obtains, firstly with a young stranger on a beach, and finally with enigmatic Hudson: tryst is preceded by cultural tourism, and careful sizing up of minds. Afterwards Selene returns to her ‘I stand on my own’ attitude.

While she is on holiday, her mind is free to ramble, often into Selene’s chequered past. Flashback blurs into the present, past-rooted interior monologue into direct observation. The dialogue is sparse. Selene is a cautious, premeditative type, in whom thought, reflection and analysis outweigh direct action.


Selene’s subtle, monitoring mind coolly observes and controls all the events. Maybe she is super-confident, or perhaps has a deep, underlying insecurity. She is many things to many readers.


Excerpt

Here, she was on a beach, pure and simple. Now the sea breathed heavily, whispering and murmuring to her. It was returning her stare, speaking to her. It was the spirit of love, beckoning her with a pulsing, sinewy body. In all its lines, shades, and fleeting forms, Selene saw the essence of pure beauty, all grace of form, flesh, limb and feature. It was in one, all the lovers of whom she could possibly dream, conflated into one elemental ideal. He, pure love in soul, bade her to enter his domain and make it hers. His arms moved her hands to unclasp, unbutton, and unzip . . . the blossom emerged. The sun became the eye of all that was not earth, and Selene loved fully, though the pallor of her skin left her momentarily abashed.

At first she lay in the tide’s path, the top of her head at its most extreme mark. The sand bank made a soft bed. The sea lover smoothly caressed her calves, thighs, hips, breasts, shoulders, and cheeks before retreating to pause in his mossy pinnacles. Three times this action was repeated, and then Selene stood up, wading in with arms outstretched. Her arms were linked, as she stood up to her neck in the saline flow. The balls and heels of her feet wobbled, slithering on the moss. With the next wave, she lost her balance – her breath prepared in unison with the hissing around her. She threw her head back, once again horizontal, and launched into a backstroke, sweeping and circling. She parted her legs wide with each thrust of motion, each sweep of self-propulsion pushing out to answer the cavernous currents of his passion. Seven circles gave her a delicious, warm bliss –then the sea lover, well pleased, carried her back to a near-dry bed. Aching and contented, Selene dozed a while.

About the Author

Born in the UK, 1940. David has been writing erotica since the mid-1980s. Published extensively in magazines and anthologies (including anthologies from Forward Press in Peterborough UK.

Book Publications ‘Prickling Counterpoints’ (Selected Poetry & Prose), Deadline Books 1998, ‘Romantic Undress’ (Erotic Poetry & Prose) JazzClaw Publications 2000. Current romantica/erotica publications are ‘Self’s Blossom’ (novella), and ‘Explorations’ (short story), published by Devine Destinies; ‘Therapy Rapture’ (poetry,prose and artwork) published by Rose Dog Books. Forthcoming are two short stories, ‘My Dream of Madonna/An Ecstatic Rendezvous’, to be published by XoXo Publishing.

Also recordedsinger-songwriter: vinyl album, ‘Bricolage’ recorded by Billy Childish for Hangman Records 1992; CD albums ‘Bacteria
Shrapnel’ and ‘The Burglars of Britain’ (1998)

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