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More erotic romance covers: flowers, more ribbons

So my search continues to try to find an erotic BDSM romance that used a pearl necklace on the cover before Slow Surrender, but it’s looking more and more like the designer at Hachette might have been a very early adopter of female accoutrements/jewelry to “the look.” (See my previous picspam post of trends in erotic romance covers ever since 50 Shades of Grey. Who knew that book title was going to literally describe the monotone and desaturated look that would come to dominate? Heh heh, I said “dominate.”)

I mentioned in the previous post there were SO MANY books with a red ribbon. That’s expanded to blue and purple now, too:

And I mentioned lots of covers have flowers on them as the single object of focus. Here’s a compilation of recent flower covers: Continue reading →

Writing the Pre-Raphaelites in Slow Seduction

They say sometimes fiction becomes real. I’ve had the experience numerous times that something I cooked up in my imagination turned out to be real.

For example, in the BDSM novella I wrote for Entwined, Dear Girl, our heroine is intrigued by the small leather book she sees a man holding in his hands. Is it a small Bible? An address book? She later discovers it’s a cell phone case made to look like a tiny leatherbound book. About a year after I had written that story I was browsing Amazon.com and what did I find? Smartphone cases that look like small leather books! (Yes, I bought one immediately.)

The most recent example, though, of my power to make stuff up only to have it happen was during the writing of Slow Seduction. When the book opens, Karina has gone to London for the summer. A curator at the Tate Britain has brought her there to lead tours of a special exhibition of art never-before-gathered-in-one-place. In book one of the series, we learn Karina wrote her thesis on Pre-Raphaelite art. This exhibit is to be the first time so many pre-Raphaelites were ever exhibited together.

I totally made that up.

Except then I went on a trip to the U.K. (for the IASPR scholarly romance conference in York, England), which was going to give me one “tourist” day in London. And when I looked around to see what there was to see, I wondered if maybe a few of the pre-Raph paintings I talked about in the book might be on display.

And I discovered that a huge exhibition of never-before-gathered-in-one-place Pre-Raphaelite art was going to be opening at the Tate Britain shortly before I would arrive.

I even had the museum right.

So, of course I had to go see the exhibit! Which was marvelous. The Burne-Jones paintings I had picked out as Karina’s favorites while writing Slow Surrender were the finale at the end of the show! I spent several hours there, until hunger and thirst drove me in search of afternoon tea.

In the course of writing Slow Seduction, I was able to set many scenes in the gallery and in the museum.

What follows are photos of the gallery and museum with some of my descriptions on where they fit in the book. It will not be spoilery if you have not yet read the book, but if you have read it, here’s what the art I couldn’t show in the book looked like!

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Fans of Slow Seduction, earn a hot bonus scene from James’s POV!

Just like I did for the release of the previous book, for the release of Slow Seduction I’m thanking folks who help me celebrate and spread the word about the book by sending them an exclusive bonus scene from James’s point of view. Similar to the previous one, this one is a scene that takes place in Slow Seduction, but in the book we only see Karina’s side. The bonus shows it from James.

Here’s how it works. Trade me a photo or screencap for the story! I’ll email the special scene to ANYONE** who emails me a screen capture/photo of the following:

* The paperback on sale in your local bookstore
* Your copy of the book with your cat (or other pet)
* Yourself with your book (or your ereader showing the cover!)
* Your book with a string of pearls!
* Your review or recommendation of the book to your friend on any social media! (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Livejournal, your own blog, Pinterest, G+, Yahoo email list, etc!)

Email your photo to ctan.writer (at) gmail.com OR tag me and post it on any of the social media where we are connected: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc…? But remember, it’s very important to email me also so I can send you the scene! Please let me know if it’s OK to re-post your photo and include a statement in your email that you are 18 or older! (Yes, the scene is that hot!)

WHAT IF YOU WANT THE BONUS FROM SLOW SURRENDER, TOO?
If you want both James scenes, well, trade me two separate photos of two different recommendations, reviews, or books “in the wild”!

Any questions, leave a comment on my blog (http://blog.ceciliatan.com) or contact me in email: ctan.writer at gmail dot com. Those are the two best ways to contact me!

**Note: You Must be 18 years of age or over! Don’t get me in trouble!

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Cover Art Trends in Erotic Romance

So, if you’ve been following any of my posts over the past year about my recent romance series from Grand Central Publishing, you’ve seen the covers feature a “pearl necklace” theme (hur hur, it’s okay, you can laugh about the double meaning…). Today I’m going to explore a little bit of the world of cover design in mass market romance publishing. I love my covers–I think they’re sensual and beautiful, but there’s so much more going on here for the publisher than merely making something beautiful. There are some trends happening, and I’ll explore them below with copious graphics. Continue reading →

J.K. Rowling– Wising up to romance at last?

Earlier today, J.K. Rowling got everyone’s knickers in a twist when the news broke that, in an interview conducted by Emma Watson (the actress who played Hermione in the Harry Potter movies) for Wonderland, Rowling said that Hermione should have married Harry instead of Ron. (See the story on Hypable.)

With that one statement, Rowling torpedoes not only the one love relationship in the series that she took time and care to really set up (Ron/Hermione), but sinks Harry/Ginny as well. I’ve always felt that the epilogue was forced onto the books. She says she wrote the epilogue first and kept it as a beacon to guide her through the whole series, knowing that the Jane Austen-esque double wedding was waiting at the end.

One of the reasons this particular announcement is causing so much uproar, though, I feel, is that the romantic elements of the Harry Potter books were among the weakest and most ripe for criticism. Reasons below. Continue reading →

Slow Seduction is out! Already at #55 in the Kindle bestseller list!

So at 12:01am on January 28th my book Slow Seduction went live on Amazon and other bookselling sites, and I know it has been shipping to the physical bookstores, too! The paperback, ebook, and audiobook all launched at the same time.

Meanwhile, this has resulted in a curious oddity! Slow Seduction is book 2 of a trilogy. 24 hours after release, it is at #55 on the Amazon Erotica Bestsellers list. However, take a look (photo under the cut) at what book is at #50 on the SAME LIST. Yes, book 3 of the trilogy which won’t be out until August. I think that means a lot of people read book 2 in the past 24 hours and boom, bought book 3 immediately!! I hope that’s what it means, anyway.

It’s a little bit of a bummer to see the one-star reviews from people who are just tired of trilogies. Trust me, I commiserate, and I originally pitched this as one book. But the publisher wanted three books and the continued success of many erotic romance trilogies seems to prove there’s a large readership that clearly enjoys the longer form. I enjoyed getting to write a longer, more complex story, with more emotional twists than a single novel would sustain. I feel like I wish I could apologize to those people leaving the one-star reviews, but at the same time I feel a little like if they don’t like trilogies, why buy them and then complain about them…? The industry has gone this direction and I don’t think the trend is going to stop anytime soon.

All I can do is hope that the voices of people who did enjoy the book outweigh the voices of those who didn’t. To try to encourage folks to spread the word, I’m going to continue offering to send the special hot bonus scene from James’s point of view to anyone who emails me any of the following: 1) a screencap of their review on Amazon or Goodreads, 2) a screencap of them recommended it on Twitter, Facebook, G+, blog, or any other social media, 3) photo of yourself with your copy of the book (or on your Kindle/ereader), 4) photo of YOUR PET with the book, or 5) photo of the book on sale in the wild! (Email me at ctan.writer at gmail dot com)

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Read a hot scene (not) from Slow Seduction!

My publisher is stoking the fires, getting people psyched up for the release of Slow Seduction on January 28th, so they have a blog tour going on with me and three other authors they publish (Jodi Ellen Malpas, CC Gibbs, Kate McKinley).

One of the tasks they had us do was we each picked a prompt (feather! threesome! ice cube! lace!) and then we each had to write a scene that combined all four elements.

Mine is now up for your reading pleasure at Night Owl Reviews, and it features two of the important characters Karina meets in Slow Seduction when she goes to England, a dom named Damon George and a sub named Juney.

Here are my two picks for people who could play these two characters in a movie. Damon is a bit of a playboy, a young Greek tycoon who is dominant in the bedroom and in life, and Juney is a fun-loving British gal who has discovered the world of kinky sex and all it has to offer.

Kostas Martakis and Adele could be cast as Damon and Juney in a film of Slow Seduction!

Read the exclusive new scene with them here at Night owl Romance.

Damon and Juney also appear in the teaser scene right here on ceciliatan.com.

Slow Surrender audiobook featured on the Nobilis Erotica podcast

Hear a hefty sample chapter of the Slow Surrender audiobook, featured as an episode of the Nobilis Erotica Podcast! Nobilis Erotica is also listenable through their iPhone or Android apps, bringing out fresh erotic fiction audio every week.

The Slow Surrender episode is a full hour, so settle in for a nice listen while we follow Karina and James on a hot night out on the town.

The audiobook edition of Slow Surrender was brought out by Tantor Media, who will also be releasing the Slow Seduction audiobook on Jan 28th, same day as the paperback and ebook.

Organizing blog tour/promo for Slow Seduction

Book 2 in my BDSM romance trilogy, Slow Seduction, comes out on January 28th in ebook, paperback, and audiobook all at once. I’m booking guest blog appearances, podcasts, & related promo to run from Jan 29th until Valentine’s Day. If you’ve got a blog that reaches romance readers, BDSM enthusiasts, erotic book lovers, kinky folk, etc… please let me know if you want to grab one of the dates below to run a Q&A with me, review the book, or run a short guest blog entry written by me (limited number of those available). I’ll fill in the dates below first come first serve. Continue reading →

Call for Nominations: NLA Writing Awards, 2013 publications

As a past winner and a multiple time judge of the following, I thought I’d share the press release with everyone from NLA International about the current round of writing awards, for books, stories, and articles published in 2013. The deadline for nominations is January 31st 2014, and the awards are usually given out at Tribal Fire or another NLA-hosted leather/BDSM conference. Here’s the official announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations may be sent to the contact email at nlai.awards@gmail.com

(Columbus, OH) — NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing for books, articles, novels, and short fiction first published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2014. The finalists will be announced in March. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are:

Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)
Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)
Novel (Pauline Reage Award)
Short Fiction (John Preston Award)
Anthology (Samois Award)

Eligibility for all awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, non-fiction article, and anthology) requires first time publication of writing in the 2013 calendar year. If you or someone you know has published a book, article, or story dealing with any aspect of SM, leather, fetish, or kink sexuality please consider nominating it for one of the above awards. Continue reading →

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