WOOING THE LIBRARIAN
JANE LEOPOLD QUINN
As a woman with a dirty mind who publishes a garden writing magazine and, now, a book of delightfully dirty garden stories, it was only natural that one day I’d make a list of naughty things to say in the garden.
This list was inspired by a morning of work out in the community garden last summer, with my adult daughter Zora. I complained that my hands were sore from hoein’ and as soon as I said it we both started giggling. Soon we were coming up with other comments that could be misconstrued . . .
The idea for this post started when I read a review for one of my books. The reviewer said it was weird to her when I used a certain phrase to describe a part of the male body. My first thought was, “Wait…I wrote that?” I immediately opened the document to search for this phrase I supposedly used. Turns out, I didn’t write that phrase after all. I let out a relieved sigh because, well, let’s face it: The wording you use can either make or break the story.
As a writer, you develop a sense of the kind of wording a book in your genre requires. You adjust as you write the story, learning along the way how it needs to flow to be believable. Wording is key to elicit the kind of reaction you’re going for. The wrong word or sentence can throw an entire scene off balance, taking the reader out of the story.
“It’s been over a year, and I still wake up screaming,” the guy huddled on the couch across from me said, his gaze practically boring a hole in the ugly brown carpet. “My girlfriend doesn’t get it, and I can’t tell her…” He made a helpless gesture and ran a hand over his hair, buzzed nearly bare on the sides with maybe half an inch of bristly brown on top. The same “high and tight” haircut I still wore. “The only ones I can really talk to are the guys from my unit, and they’re all as fucked up as me, or worse.”
“I’m glad you came in, Corporal…”—I stole a glance at his intake form—“Sullivan. I think we can help you here.” At least, I hoped we could. I’d seen my fair share of broken, traumatized military men come through the clinic in the past few weeks, most of them self-referred. Guys at the end of their rope with nowhere else to turn.
I’m addicted to writing series. I can’t help myself; I am currently writing three separate ones that are vastly different from each other. (And I have two or three more floating around in the back of my head. Plans…plans…there’s never enough time in the day. Or time to write)
When characters introduce themselves to me, (they don’t like when I say I made them up) they usually bring a friend or two.
Master Alex is furious when a friend’s submissive invites a naive stranger to his party. With his reputation on the line, he must keep her out of trouble and away from curious Doms. Observing signs of interest from her, he leads her down the path of wicked temptations. However, when his ex-sub pushes her way back into his life, he tries to find a balance between his discreet life and his public one.
Mercedes is fearful of the world she’s stepped into, but the curiosity of what pleasures lie beyond keep her interested in far more than the play. All is going well until a jealous woman convinces her she’s out of her league. Desperate to regain control over her life and heart, she pushes Alex away.
Will these two manage to find their way to each other, or is their relationship doomed from the moment they meet?
It’s awesome to be here with you on your blog today. Thank you for having me. I hope to entertain and intrigue your viewers with my latest book in the Psychic Ménage Series.
A multi-genre story: Erotic Romance, Ménage (MFMM), Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Light BDSM, and Psychics.
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Here’s an interview with Celeste Prater. Take it away, Celeste…
Well, first of all, the Fueled By Lust book series isn’t strictly erotica, it’s erotic romance. I have an equal balance of romance to the sex. There are meaningful relationships building throughout each book. The stories aren’t about someone’s journey as discovered through their sexual encounters, but the personal journey to finding life partners. Through that excursion, some of their expressions of love are in the form of very erotic sexual encounters. No worries! I’ve included enough scenes that will definitely wake up your girly parts and send you over the cliff. Whew! Hope I cleared that up. I started writing erotic romance since I’d read quite a few myself and thought that I could provide something I’d never seen before regarding plot line. I read over 600 different novels/novellas within a 2-year period before I ever put finger to keyboard.
Edited by Jillian Boyd
Publisher: House of Erotica
Deadline: January 31st 2015
Word count: 3000 – 7000
Theme: Secret agents, spies and detectives
Genre: Contemporary setting is preferred, although historical stories are also welcome. Any sub-genre is allowed.
Heat level: Between simmering and absolutely scorching.
Submission limit: Two stories per author