Erotic Romance and Not Enough Words

PictureAs I write and edit the second novel in the Elite Doms of Washington series, I’ve discovered  not enough words in the English language exist.  In particular, words that one finds in erotic romance seem lacking.

Why can’t we have more words for desire, flesh, “the muscled plane” of his chest, and the ever-present C-words that pepper erotic romance stories?

I mean, how many times can you write, “her breath rasped against the red silk of his tie?” Enough rasping already!

Thesaurus resources aren’t much help when it comes to, ahem, adult words, either. Have you ever tried to look up “vagina” at Wordhippo.com? I swear one day steam rose from my computer alongside the hippo’s response: “No words found.”

Whether you’re a reader or a writer of erotic romance, what words do you wish had more synonyms? (Personally, I’m holding my breath for more words meaning “breath.”)

(Tomorrow’s post? A new hot read I’m recommending!)


The ‘Elite Doms of Washington’ Series Debuts January 1 – Video!

On January 1, 2015, Lovely will debut. Lovely is the first novel in a six-book series, the Elite Doms of Washington. This first story—a contemporary erotic romance—has been in my head for some time. Since 1996 to be exact. Would you like to hear how it came about?

I lived and worked (for the good guys) in the Washington, D.C. area for many years. One sunny May afternoon, sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the view of boats on the sparkling water of the Potomac River from Washington Harbor, I saw something.

At first, I didn’t believe my eyes. Then, it dawned on me. Is that a woman being lashed to a sailboat mast? No. Couldn’t be. Wait. Well, I’ll be. . . . She seemed unstressed, almost laughing.  I wondered, does she like that?

Lovely’s hero, Jonathan Brond, was born that day when he silently answered my unspoken question, with yet another question. “Would you like to find out?” he asked.

Now, more than eighteen years later, I discovered the answer. Would you like to? Sign up for my newsletter from the home page and get updates on Lovely, tales of my writing journey and character interviews. Oh, and after you join my e-mail tribe, you’ll receive a download link to access my novella, Holiday Ties, (for free!) which will give you a flavor of what Lovely might entail.

View the book trailer below!

Certain Business Lessons That Don’t Apply to Writing (IMHO)

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Thirty years in the business world taught me a lot. Not everything was useful for launching a writing gig, however.

Business lesson one: Be a chameleon and change your colors when your customers want you to. But if I change my voice, stories or genre too much, how long would my readers stick around? They’d be confused, right?  

Business lesson two: Keep the status quo at all costs. Change is costly. It takes time to retool manufacturing plants, get the right staff in place, and market products. With writing? Personally, I get tired of reading the same story with just different characters. Surprising readers, introducing them to new thinking or feeling, and designing whole new worlds is a writer’s goal.

Business Lesson three: The customer is always right. This is a tricky one in author land. For one, you’re not writing for anyone who reads. You are writing for (hopefully) first yourself and then secondly for a specific readership. Pleasing everyone seems the fastest way to a lukewarm story at best.

Business lesson four: Your personality shall fit in with what is acceptable. Oddballs need not apply. As an author? Bwaahahahahahaha. My favorite author bloggers and tweeters expose their quirks with abandon. It’s what keeps me coming back.

Business lesson five: If it doesn’t feed the bottom line, exit. Can you guess what you’re about to read next? Yep. Most authors don’t write to make money. They write because they can’t not write. (You like that double negative?) Money is great—downright awesome. But it’s not why I write.