Please join us in welcoming our special guest blogger for today, Avon Red author Toni Blake!
Hello there, and color me thrilled to be invited to guest blog here at Jaunty Quills! I’m Toni Blake and I’ll start by telling you that my book, SWEPT AWAY, is the first full-length novel being released by Avon’s steamy new Red line and it will be hitting the shelves any day now. (And if you’d like to read an excerpt or learn more, just pop on over to www.ToniBlake.com.)
Now the Red line is being labeled as erotica – erotica is all the rage right now, of course. But don’t let that fool you into thinking every book being called erotica right now is real, true erotica.
What do I mean by that? Well, erotica, by traditional definition, is generally a story of one (or more) person’s “sexual journey,” and it doesn’t necessarily or even usually contain a romance or monogamous relationship. But these days, erotica means – oh, a lot of things. Pretty much any book that has a lot of sex in it is being called erotica.
Now, I’ll be honest – this has been hard for me, as an author of super sexy romance novels, to swallow. People keep saying, “Toni, when did you switch over to writing erotica and why?” I have to explain that I’m writing the same kind of books I’ve been writing all along – emotional and fairly complex (if I do say so myself) romance novels that happen to have a heavy sensual/sexual element to them. But at heart, they’re definitely romance novels, filled with conflict and emotion and yearning and all that good stuff we all love.
But apparently, this is erotica now ; ) I’m really trying to embrace that, since it seems out of my control. Yet, of course, erotica is a lot of other things, too. It can be a lot more graphic/blunt in language and sexual situations than my books are. It can also follow that traditional definition I mentioned – being mostly about the sexual journey without a happily ever after. And it can straddle any of these lines.
So what do you think? How do you define erotica? Do you care how a book is labeled, or do you choose strictly on story, cover, and that sort of thing? And if you are a reader who enjoys hot, sexy books, are you open to reading all the forms of erotica I touched on above, or do you prefer to stick to “erotic romance?”
I’m writing this about ten days before it will be posted, as I’ll be winging my way back from vacation right around the time you’re reading this. But I shall do my best to pop in and respond to any comments. And thanks again to Kim and the other ladies here at Jaunty Quills for having me!