Saturday, February 24, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Magazines - Offline Advertising

Magazines that offer advertising... possibly online as well as in their magazine.

Gothic Beauty
I haven't looked at Gothic Beauty in the book stores yet. Advertising rates and submission information on their website.

Realms of Fantasy
This magazine I have seen. It focuses on fantasy but all kinds of ads were in it the month I purchases. On their website, no specific information about advertising -- only a person to e-mail for information.

Romantic Times BOOKclub
Here is the advertising page.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

House of Dark Delights by Louisa Burton

Otherwise titled...

Erotica vs. erotica?

Mrs. Giggles recently wrote an article ( and said that "we need more sex in romantic eroticas, romanticas, erotic romances, or whatever we call those books published by pretty much nearly every online publisher nowadays". The whole article has ideas I agree with or don't, and was an interesting read mostly because it got me thinking about...

There are different types of erotica, just like there are different kinds of romance. I read the whole spectrum of romance -- from mild romance to carnal erotic romance. I also read erotica and find stories that range from the character-driven erotica to sex-sex-and-more-sex erotica. (I hesitate to call hard-core erotica by the word "smut" because some people would insist that any story that involves more than a chaste peck on the cheek smutty.)

The book I'm reading right now is paranormal erotica -- House of Dark Delights by Louisa Burton. (This is the first in a series about the Hidden Grotto that sets the stage for this novel according to the author's website.)

It is definitely erotica. There is plenty of the "naughtiness going on" (from last line of Mrs. Giggle's article above). But, it is definitely a story that is meant to mentally stimulate.

HODD is written as stories within stories, with a handful of main characters that we get to know better while reading. All the stories have been interesting, but my favorite story has been the couple playing out their BDSM fantasies -- Darius and Charlotte. While reading I was so involved I found myself skipping ahead to find out what would happen. The sex was hot, but it was Darius and Charlotte that entertained me more than the sex they were having. Their story is definitely erotica and isn't romance, yet the ending was fulfilling and gave me hope for them in much the same way a romance novel would. Incidentally, Darius is a Djinni and the paranormal aspect intersted me greatly as well. (Another character Inigo the Satyr has his own myspace page.)

Anyway, thinking about this story and comparing to that article by Mrs. Giggles above struck me because I don't always read erotica because there is more sex. I read a story like House of Dark Delights because the book is an intersting read and the character's inspire emotion.

I have also read quite a few stories from the numbered series called Letters to Penthouse. No mental stimulation going on during those reads.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Dangerous Tales - Chapter One Now Available

Speaking of free-ebooks, I've started a free installment-delivered e-Book on my website...

Dangerous Tales
Futuristic Romance

Rating: Contains mild violence, explicit sex, and graphic language.

When humanity moved off Old Earth, they brought the animals two by two. Thousands of years later, the Inter-Galactic Zoo remains a haven for all life. When a deadly virus threatens the primate populations, Andrew St. Pierre vows the mission will not fail on his watch.

Erica Devlin is a feisty and all-too-sexy wildlife biologist. The host of the galaxy’s most popular wildlife show, she and Dangerous Tales are a thorn in Drew’s proverbial paw. The show’s success brings unwanted attention at exactly the wrong time.

Erica has faced some of the galaxy’s most terrifying predators. But, they’re nothing compared to the monster using the IGZ as a breeding ground for a biological weapon. Can she convince Drew that one of his most trusted colleages is a killer before it's too late?

Romance Divas EBook Challenge
Divas EBook Challenge

Some authors involved over at Romance Divas have free eBooks available. Thanks to Isabelle Santiago for pointing me in this direction. Her free ebooks is available here...

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Shadow by Shelley Munro

The Shadow by Shelley Munro.

Click here for a Blurb about this story from the author's website.

The Shadow is a great romantic suspense. The heroine is a cat burglar in training (in and around contemporary London), and the hero is a cop (from New Zealand). I love stories about cat burglars and jewel thieves.

And, I do so love those antipodean heros. I had this picture of Russell Crowe in mind during the reading of this book. (I know that is the wrong country! But, what can I say? I'm a RC fan and I got the image going from the author's descriptions, and it stuck.)

I'll admit that I had get out my dictionary to be certain what the author meant by the hero's "antipodean drawl". I guessed it had something to do with New Zealand, but we don't use the term Antipodes here in the US often. According to wikipedia, the term is sometimes used in Britain to describe people of Australia and New Zealand.

I think of the part of the globe that is diametrically opposed to me as China. I was writing about digging holes to China and the Dodge Nitro commercial in this post.