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The Sexy Thesaurus 2: A List of Action Words to Use in Your Romance Novel

To date, the by-far most popular post on this blog is my "Sexy Thesaurus," a list of nouns that can be used for the male and female sex organs. However, if you're writing, you might find yourself struggling with talking about not only his or her you-know-what, but also the actions they undertake! So, as… Continue reading The Sexy Thesaurus 2: A List of Action Words to Use in Your Romance Novel

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On Kindle Free Promotion and Romantica (AKA a Little Bit of Whining)

So I finally took the plunge and took Nothing Wagered, Nothing Gained's original draft off Literotica, where it had been sitting for several years. This is because, a) it wasn't very popular on LE, largely due to the fact that it's a little too tame for the general demographic there, and b) I decided to… Continue reading On Kindle Free Promotion and Romantica (AKA a Little Bit of Whining)

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Romantica Ghostwriting Mills and How They’re Hurting Indie Romance Authors

Underpaid. Overworked. In virtual slavery to a corrupt, greedy employer. Chances are, if you picture a mill or sweatshop, you're thinking of a dingy warehouse. Maybe you see sweaty, drab women in early twentieth century clothing, squinting down at their task in poor lighting, or a huddle of scared, barely clothed children, eyeing their overseer… Continue reading Romantica Ghostwriting Mills and How They’re Hurting Indie Romance Authors

Steamy Stuff, Writing Tips

The Sexy Thesaurus: A List of Words to Use in Your Romance Novel

Genitalia. Coitus. Osculation. You'd be hard-pressed to open a romance novel without finding these three things - but odds are, you won't find these words. (By the way, osculation is the scientific word for kissing. I didn't know either.) Writers and readers of romance know there are endless euphemisms for the private bits, the sexy… Continue reading The Sexy Thesaurus: A List of Words to Use in Your Romance Novel

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When Fiction Matters

This is the classic conundrum, right? Is writing fiction a pointless endeavor, some kind of self-gratification equivalent to intellectual masturbation? I mean, I hope not. I think any author would aggressively defend against a statement like that. (Not to say, of course, that masturbation is a bad thing. I think it's pretty great, actually -… Continue reading When Fiction Matters

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On Living Life as a Narrative

it's ok I tell myself it's ok the narrative is still ok I tell myself the narrative is still ok I always want to approve of the narrativeI am always telling myself that I am doing the right thing it's ok to go to the movies because it fits into what I'm building it fits… Continue reading On Living Life as a Narrative

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On Being a Bisexual Romance Author

I imagine a lot of people would think being bisexual gives me an advantage in writing romance. Back when I was still firmly in denial about my sexuality, I think I would have assumed the same. After all, I have the advantage of being able to see "both perspectives" when writing about romance, right?Unfortunately, it… Continue reading On Being a Bisexual Romance Author