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I've been listening to the Smart B*tches, Trashy Books podcasts, specifically #118 discussing rape appearing in romance novels. Sarah discusses how it would be great to have a database that was searchable for stories with rape in the story,... or back story. This would be a flag to help readers identify if this was a book that might cause them distress (or not). Eye On Romance has the largest romance novel database (to my knowledge) on the internet with literally hundreds of thousands of books. Starting next week I will be adding a rubric which will add identifiers to books that have rape and/or sexual assault in the story. This will help readers who are browsing our very large database to know what the book may or may not pertain. As it will be an ongoing work in progress it may take some time. If you KNOW of a book already that contains rape and/or sexual assault please email the book title and author to firstname.lastname@example.org as it will be helpful as we go along. And as a sidenote, it won't take a grant or a billionaire to fund this - we have all the tools available on our team to do this easily and swiftly...so stay tuned as we start adding this next week to http://www.eyeonromance.com/ and our community of websites. (If you don't listen to podcasts, you can read the transcript here: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/118-discussing-rape-trigger-warnings-and-also-what-were-reading/#transcript)
I want to know what YOU think romance is?
According to Wikipedia romance is...
ro·mance (r-mns, rmns)
Take a selfie of yourself reading one of your favorite historical romances and post to social media using hashtag #fallbackintime
On November 1, 2014 search the hashtag and meet many other authors and readers who loves this genre!
SEDUCING THE GROOM by Cheryl Holt
A Message from Cheryl Holt:
For many years of my life, I was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance.” I was one of the first authors to jump into erotics just as they were bubbling up as a romance subgenre. I wrote fifteen erotic novels and novellas. At the time, they were considered the cutting edge of the erotic market, but when we see how erotics have evolved over the past decade into full-on erotica, the old books I used to write seem very tame in comparison. They’re still fun to read, but they’re so different from what’s available now.
My erotic novella, SEDUCING THE GROOM, originally appeared in an erotic anthology in 2004. It was priced at an exorbitant $15.00, and the print run was very small, so very few people ever bought it or read it. It’s sort of a “lost” book for me. The rights recently reverted to me from my old publisher, so I’m rereleasing the book so everyone will have a chance to read it. And I hope you will. It’s a great story that’s extremely well written and very fun to read, but when you remember that—just a decade ago—it was the hottest kind of erotic story out on the market, it’s such a surprise! I think you’ll all be fascinated. The world is changing so fast!
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