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A New Place to Shop for E-books

The Romance Reviews, well known for its TRR parties, announced the grand opening of Inside Romance this month. It appears to be an easy site to navigate, with the option of browsing by theme, by subgenre, or by using the Search at the top. I’ve loaded all my indie books to the site, which you can find at https://insideromance.com/search?type=product&q=allie+ritch. Now through 5/31/17, Inside Romance is offering 20% off when you enter the coupon code displayed at the top of their site.

 

Been There, Read That

One of the posts that was popular this year covered which books authors were reading. Since we’re about to head into 2013, I thought I’d use this time to look back on just what I read this year. I may be missing a title or two, but I think I got most of them. I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like, so I was surprised by how many works I covered. Alphabetized by title, here they are

  1. A Dark Kiss of Rapture by Sylvia Day
  2. A Demon’s Desire by Lizzy Ford
  3. A Faerie Fated Forever by Mary Anne Graham
  4. A Lesson In Passion by Jennifer Connors
  5. A Trigon Conquest: Prowling in Esotar by Angelia Whiting
  6. A Wanton’s Thief by Titania Ladley
  7. A White Cougar Christmas by Eliza Gayle
  8. Adam by Jacquelyn Frank
  9. After Dark by Jayne Castle
  10. After Glow by Jayne Castle
  11. Amaranth & Ash by Jessica Freely
  12. An Affair Across Times Square by Rachell Nichole
  13. Angels of Darkness, anthology including Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn, Ilona Andrews, and Nalini Singh
  14. Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
  15. Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney
  16. Beauty Touched the Beast by Skye Warren
  17. Below the Surface by Catarina Taylor
  18. Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson
  19. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
  20. Blakewood by Sable Grey
  21. Blood Bound and Beautiful by Kierstin Cherry
  22. Burn Like Ice by Adonis Devereux
  23. Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
  24. Call the Moon by Viola Grace
  25. Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle
  26. Captured by Victoria Lynne
  27. Cat Snips by Cat Johnson
  28. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
  29. Centauri Dawn by Cynthia Woolf
  30. Centauri Twilight by Cynthia Woolf
  31. Close Quarter by Anna Zabo
  32. Color of Night by Melissa R. Smith
  33. Connections by Selena Kitt
  34. Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
  35. Crossover by Mireille Chester
  36. Dark Angel / Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh
  37. Dark Light by Jayne Castle
  38. Dark Storm by Christine Feehan
  39. Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian
  40. Dating 911 by Kathleen Grieve
  41. Draco by Brenda Steele
  42. Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva
  43. Ecstasy Overload by T. A. Grey
  44. Engaged in Wickedness by Jade Lee
  45. Eternal Flame by Cynthia Eden
  46. Eternal Hunger by Laura Wright
  47. Eternal Hunter by Cynthia Eden
  48. Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner
  49. Faunication by Melisse Aires
  50. Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
  51. For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo
  52. For the Love of Harmony by Leia Shaw
  53. Fury by Anya Bast
  54. Genetic Attraction by Tara Lain
  55. Ghost Hunter by Jayne Castle
  56. Ghost Hunter by Lori Brighton
  57. Gift of Fire by Jayne Ann Krentz
  58. Going Berserk by Alexandra O’Hurley
  59. Guarding the Coast by Samantha Gail
  60. Heart of the Sun by Victoria Zagar
  61. Her Accidental Angel by Melisse Aires
  62. Her Cyborg Awakes by Melisse Aires
  63. His Own Devices by Jessica Freely
  64. Huntress, anthology including Jenna Maclaine, Caitlin Kittredge, Marjorie M. Liu, Christine Warren
  65. Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden
  66. In the Garden of Temptation by Cynthia Wicklund
  67. In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
  68. Inked, anthology including Yasmine Galenorn, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu
  69. Insufficient Mating Material by Rowena Cherry
  70. Jump by Cindy Paterson
  71. Just One Bite: Volume Five, anthology including Christine DePetrillo, Jocelyn Michel, Lauren Hawkeye, Kim Knox, Elaine Lowe, Barbara Elsborg, Raven Corinn Carluk, Shermaine Williams, Angelita Gill, Rosalie Stanton, Ashlynn Monroe, and Randi Alexander
  72. Just One Bite: Volume Four, anthology including Melisse Aires, Juliet Cardin, Allie Ritch, Kathryn Meyer Griffeth, Ada Maria Soto, Rachel Maria Gallagher, Sarah Gilman, Joely Sue Burkhart, Debra Anastasia, Ann Hinnenkamp, Ana Hart, and Alessia Brio
  73. Just One Bite: Volume Six, anthology including Julia Talbot, IP Locke, Mara Ismine, Sarah Madison, Anitra Lynn McLeod, Rukaya Hamdi, Cardeno C, and Megan Derr
  74. Just One Bite: Volume Three, anthology including Runere McLain, Daryn Cross, Frances Pauli, L. J. DeLeon, Madeleine Drake, Jane Kent, Rachel Carrington, Selena Kitt, Angela Spencer, Kari Thomas, Molly Ringle, Alicia Nordwell, and Christine McKay
  75. Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf
  76. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
  77. Legacy by Melissa R. Smith
  78. Lothaire by Kresley Cole
  79. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
  80. Lovestruck Succubus by Ellison James
  81. Lucifer’s Choice by Jianne Carlo
  82. Man-Hunt by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
  83. Men In Shorts, anthology including Adam Carpenter, Barbara Elsborg, Dawn Jackson, Brandi Woodlawn, Savannah Chase, Lexi Ryan, Ryan Field, Karen Sutow, Neve Black, Lisa Lane, Katy Sirls, Heidi Champa, Lisa Lane, and C. Margery Kempe
  84. Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle
  85. Midnight Sins by Cynthia Eden
  86. Midnight’s Master by Cynthia Eden
  87. Mixed Bag by Marva Dasef
  88. Moonshine by Moira Rogers
  89. Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh
  90. Never Cry Wolf by Cynthia Eden
  91. New York To Dallas by J. D. Robb
  92. No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn
  93. Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle
  94. One Night Stand by Parker Kincade
  95. Phantom Lovers by Marie Medina
  96. Predatory Game by Christine Feehan
  97. Primal, anthology including Jory Strong, Ava Gray, Lora Leigh, and Michelle Rowen
  98. Promise by Kristie Cook
  99. Quicksilver by Amanda Quick
  100. Really Unusual Bad Boys by MaryJanice Davidson
  101. Rebel Heart by Lizzy Ford
  102. Romancing the Countess by Ashley March
  103. Secret Desires by Cara Bristol
  104. Secrets by Liz Schulte
  105. Seduce Me In Flames by Jacquelyn Frank
  106. Seeing Stars, anthology including Buffi BeCraft, K. S. Augustin, Lisabet Sarai, Lizzie Lynn Lee, Sophie Angmering, and Justine Elyot
  107. Sexopalooza by Lizzie Lynn Lee
  108. Silk Is For Seduction by Loretta Chase
  109. Silver Master by Jayne Castle
  110. Six Hours to Sunrise by Melissa R. Smith
  111. Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly
  112. Snaring the Huntress by Sylvia Day
  113. Spellbound – Legend by Claudy Conn
  114. Spicy With a Side of Cranberry Sauce by Rachell Nichole
  115. Starting Over by Sara Winters
  116. Surrounded by Death by Mandy Harbin
  117. Tame a Wild Bride by Cynthia Woolf
  118. Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
  119. Teaching Him: The Droid Who Loved Me Part 1 by Delilah Fawkes
  120. The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands
  121. The Alien King and I by Lizzie Lynn Lee
  122. The Bride Found by Tracey Jane Jackson
  123. The Bride Price by Tracey Jane Jackson
  124. The Dangers of Fairy Compacts by Katey Hawthorne
  125. The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter
  126. The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  127. The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr
  128. The Inconvenient Duchess by Christine Merrill
  129. The Lancaster Rule by T.K. Toppin
  130. The Mating by Nicky Charles
  131. The Seduction of Evelyn Hyde by Anne Hope
  132. The Storyteller by Blaine D. Arden
  133. The Swords of Gregara: Honora by Cynthia Woolf
  134. The Swords of Gregara: Jenala by Cynthia Woolf
  135. The Understudy by Lisabet Sarai
  136. The Unquiet, anthology with Mary Kay McComas, Patricia Gaffney, Ruth Ryan Langan, J. D. Robb, and Mary Blayney
  137. The Unraveling of Claire Devereaux by Jessa Eden
  138. The Wary Widow by Jerrica Knight-Catania
  139. Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  140. Touch of the Gods by D. X. Luc
  141. Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands
  142. Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks
  143. Wanting by Piper Vaughn
  144. Weaved for Pleasure: Sinclair by Audra Price and Stella Price
  145. What a Demon Wants by Kathy Love
  146. When Sparks Fly by Autumn Dawn
  147. Where the Heart Leads by Stephanie Laurens
  148. With a View by Alanna Coca
  149. Within the Flames by Marjorie M. Liu

If I had to pick my favorite sci-fi/fantasy romance books out of this list, I’d have to say I enjoyed the Seeing Stars anthology, Lizzy Ford’s Rebel HeartJessica Freely’s His Own Devices, Karen Marie Moning’s Beyond the Highland Mist, and Anita Clenney’s Awaken the Highland Warrior. For paranormal romance, I liked Jennifer Turner’s Eternal Seduction, the Angels of Darkness anthology, and Lynsay Sands’s Under a Vampire Moon. Those are just a handful of top picks out of a very long list.

What books did you enjoy in 2012?

How Hot Is Hot? Sensual Ratings in Romance

Most sensual or heat ratings in the book industry are based on two main criteria: frequency of love scenes and how graphic and intense they are. Obviously, having more sex scenes in proportion to the length of the work earns a hotter rating. Using direct anatomical references is hotter than euphemism, while slang is spicier yet. The amount of descriptive detail and the duration of each scene also come into play. Are there toys? Props? Bondage and/or S&M? Any special kinks or costumes? More than two lovers at the same time? All of this adds to the heat of a work.

Many publishers differentiate their sensual levels by separating each one into a different line or imprint. Other publishers and even booksellers and distributors create their own system of rating. For instance, Liquid Silver Books uses the levels Sterling, Liquid, and Molten. In this system, Sterling is the sweetest, least hard-core of the group when it comes to the sex scenes. Liquid is obviously somewhere in the middle, and Molten should have you dabbing the sweat from your brow. Cobblestone Press likewise has three levels: Sensual Romance, Erotic Romance, and Erotica. These levels are more like definitions of these terms as used in the industry. Each turns up the heat a little more, with erotic romances containing more explicit descriptions and language, and erotica crossing the line so that sex dominates, even over the romance. With erotica, the story doesn’t necessarily even have to be a romance. Other companies focus only on a single heat level, like Changeling Press, which only publishes, “Over-the-top hot!”

 

So how does an author decide how hot to go? How does the heat level affect the characters and plot, and what are the pros and cons to a spicier novel? Well, I’ve asked some talented romance writers to answer some of those very questions. Following up on a previous post I did, Some Like It Hot: Erotic Levels In Fiction, I threw out the open-ended topic of erotic levels in fiction. Check out my post next Saturday (8/13/11) to read what guest authors Caitlyn Willows and Cassandra Carr have to say about the subject and be sure to scross down and check out the comment by author Kayelle Allen.