Hello Readers : )
I have an interesting topic for you guys today.
Ever wondered where to draw the line between erotic romance and porn?
Well, Katalina sure has and she was kind enough to write a piece on her opinion on the subject.
But first, a short insight on her latest novel.
Claimed by Dragons
(Book 2, Bag of Tricks Series)
by Katalina Leon & Amber Skyze
Published by Loose Id Publishing
92,000 words (eBook format)
M/M Erotic Fantasy Romance
Elements: Action, Adventure, Multiple Partners
Heat Level: Sizzling
All Romance eBooks
In an odd Wiccan shop in Salem, Jael pulls an unusual stone from a witch’s wish bag. Little does she know her wildest dreams of adventure and a torrid affair with two gorgeous co-workers are about to come true—in spades.
Jael’s dreamy boss, Roarke offers her the assignment of a lifetime: a photo safari to Mount Kilimanjaro. The African scenery is stunning but the unexpected arrival of her two office crushes, Roarke and Kypton ignites her passion. Just as the trio is getting steamy at a beautiful waterfall, danger intervenes forcing the men to reveal their secret. They’re dragons. And now, to save her life, they have no choice but to abduct a startled Jael to their mountain lair on Kilimanjaro.
In the dragons’ love nest, Jael learns the truth about their origins and explores all the erotic possibilities two eager lovers can offer. Love awakens, but the guys are being stalked by a covert group of dragon hunters and withholding a life or death secret that will push Jael’s courageous heart and commitment to the limits.
Warning: Story contains gorgeous male shape shifters eager to mate, lots of hot male action between two loving men, scorching ménage with one lucky woman, anal play for all, and polyandry with a happy ending. What more do you want?
And now a few words from Katalina Leon,
I recently blogged about the difference between erotic romance and pornography and I’m posting the question again with a few additions because it’s an interesting question and I was desperate for a blog today. lol
As a writer of erotic romance I often see knowing looks on the faces of others when I tell them what I enjoy writing. I notice a lot of heading nodding and smirking. I’ve often watched in slight discomfort as the “Wow, I thought she was such a nice lady…” expression melted right off their face and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it except explain myself.
Men can be especially bad about jumping to the wrong conclusions. A few immediately assume erotic-romance must fall into one of two categories “silly women’s romance” or “porn for women” and they say so. “Oh you write porn, I never would have guessed.” Or “Oh, that woman’s stuff? Or “Maybe I can pose for your next book cover?”
(Then they actually pose)
I often feel honor bound to explain that the vast majority of well-crafted erotic romantic fiction deserves its own category and it’s not silly or pornographic.
Porn is lonely. It doesn’t foster tender feelings or look for common ground between partners. It’s a purely physical focus. It’s about bodies meeting—not souls.
If souls don’t meet in a story, it’s not a satisfying romance.
Erotic romantic fiction focuses on the sexual side of emotional bonding. Souls meet and bond through the physical act of love. Erotic romance has a heart. The partners involved care about each other and grow to love each other.
In my opinion emotional intention is the big difference between porn and erotic romance. Erotic romance incorporates strong feelings for the other. The other partner’s thoughts and welfare matter before, during and after any sort of sexual activity—even an innocent kiss.
Pornography doesn’t care about those involved in the act or ask about their feelings afterward and to my eyes, is not the least bit romantic.
Erotic romance is about exploring love through the full spectrum of physical sensations and emotions associated with sex.
In erotic romantic fiction (if not always in real life) sexual exploration must lead to a caring mutually beneficial relationship. Love and respect must exist between the fictional partners or else the story simply doesn’t work as romantic fiction.
The erotic part of the story has to be honest, emotionally engaging and trigger a physical reaction in the reader or else it doesn’t work as erotic fiction.
An author of erotic romance has to seek a delicate balance between love and lust that oscillates between the panting, crazed, call of the wild and the highest, selfless expression of sacred love.
When it all comes together the result can be some very memorable, soul-thrilling erotic romance.
The boundaries get pushed to the limits with erotic romantic ménage. The balancing act gets far more complicated. Multiple fictional partners equal multiple emotional entanglements and everyone needs to be included in the heart circle or else it’s not a romance, it’s just erotic.
If the partners are simply enjoying sex and don’t really care about each other (gasp!)
Many authors handle the mixed emotions of ménage beautifully and have written some stunning love stories that leave us all wondering “what if that could work?”
Where do you draw the line between the erotic and pornographic?
About Katalina Leon:
I’m an artist, an author, mother and wife. I write for Loose Id Publishing and Ellora’s Cave. I try to bring a touch of the mystical and a big sense of adventure to everything I write because I believe there’s a bold, kick-ass heroine inside all of us who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.
Visit Katalina online at:
Night Owl Reviews Author Page – http://erotica.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Pages/Authors/Katalina-Leon.aspx
Seven Sexy Scribes Blog – http://sevensexyscribes.blogspot.com/?zx=9dc4c582426b5efe
Katalina’s Blog – http://katalinaleon111.blogspot.com/
Ellora’s Cave – http://www.jasminejade.com/m-569-katalina-leon.aspx
About Amber Skyze:
From a very young age, Amber Skyze began making up stories–the only child syndrome. Telling tall tales to all her friends she never dreamed of putting words on paper. In fact if anyone asked her if she would write when she grew up, she’d have laughed.
It wasn’t until raising children and reading all those romances that she decided–hey, I can write these. HA! Easier said than done.
When not crafting hot, steamy tales, this New York transplant now resides in Rhode Island with her husband, four children (who force her to work a day job), and three dogs.
She currently writes for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and is self-published.
Visit Amber online at:
Website – www.amberskyze.com