Another #Duh article regarding erotic romance, Self-publishing has changed the face of Erotica, Amazon has an installment plan and some IR/MC Movers and Shakers.
Erotic and spice makes marriage nice…
It seems that at least once a week I run across an article or post that makes me say “Duh”. This time my “Duh” came with a big smile. Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway wrote an article for the Huffington post a week ago, stating how erotic romance books are good for marriages. Yup! As both a reader and author of romance I can totally confirm this 🙂 According to Brockway:
Three psychologists I recently interviewed agreed that erotic romances can help you explore your fantasies, stimulate your libido and may bring you closer to the one you love. Even though these books may be a little addictive, they can, overall, be positive for your love life.
So now we all have another great reason to feed our addiction to romance novels and stories. You can read Brockway’s full article here.
Speaking of Erotic and Erotica…
Several times a year, multiple groups compile sales figures and put out reports regarding trends in the publishing world. The folks over at Digital Book World, reported on some of the latest sales stats out of Europe recently and discussed an interesting trend:
Figures from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) in this report from late last year highlight that romance/erotica is the top selling ebook genre and has the largest gap in digital vs. physical shares. That report also explains how Amazon, B&N Nook and Apple have 95% of the market between them, heavily skewed in Amazon’s favor. Dominance and submission, anyone?
Although that statement isn’t really news the article goes on to discuss how self-publishing has changed the landscape and boundaries to Erotica:
So how has this genre been affected by the penetration of self-published authors?
Well, one of the main thrusts of our examination is on the flexibility that self-publishers bring to marketing and discoverability. In lots of ways, self-published authors are leading traditional publishers in terms of metadata, pricing, building communities, building brands and agile strategies. Obviously the figures vary significantly from genre to genre, but it does appear that the self-published market is more comfortable with a ‘lower’ price point. It may seem counterintuitive, but avid ebook readers are more sensitive to price than are occasional readers.
It’s a really interesting article for both readers and authors and the full text can be found here.
Amazon has an installment plan…What?
Did you know that Amazon has an installment plan for purchasing Kindles? I definitely didn’t, so thank the great Spaghetti Monster for the internet. Amazon has an installment plan for their Kindle devices:
From what I can see, the terms of the deal haven’t been changed. The cost is still spread over 5 payments, with the first payment due when you check out. A credit check is not required, but Amazon does want to see a credit card.
This information has just made next holiday season’s shopping list so much easier on my pocketbook. You can get more info on the program here.
Movers and Shakers
I love the month of June. Not only is it my birthday month, but for some reason, I feel as if the romance genre loves to rock out the summer months. This week’s set of Movers and Shakers are no exception. The covers alone have me drooling and all three have made readers go “Oooooh.” 🙂
Dual Desires: A Red Hot and BOOM! Story by Shyla Colt
The red, white, and blue rally used to be a high point for Ardy Larkin. The festival brought in enough money for the town to scrape by, and added a bit of excitement to the air. This year everything’s different. Her father made a deal he couldn’t back, and now her life is forfeit. Demanded as payment for their debt she finds herself attached to the biggest, baddest, member of the Dueling Devils M.C., their president, Demon.
In need of someone to watch his children while he was away, Ardy Larkin seemed like the perfect solution to all Demon’s problems, until he caught a case of feelings for an innocent girl who didn’t belong in his world. When a dangerous situation forces his feeling to the forefront, he shows her what it means to be claimed by a member of the Dueling Devils.
Hold On by LaVerne Thompson
One phone call changed both their lives.
A real life knight in shining armor–except he isn’t in armor, he’s in a suit. But the first time Lena Douglas lays eyes on Stephan Grayson that’s what he seems to her. He saves her from a violence that still haunts her nights, but at least he’s there to hold her should she wake. But the nightmare’s not over; it stalks them both now. A mistake from her past that will not let go. But then, neither will Stephan.
Stephan’s saved her once and he’s not about to let anyone, especially Lena, stand in the way of what is happening between them. But will he always be there to shield her from the danger she thought she left behind?
Birds of Prey by Dahlia Rose, Kassanna & Tressie Lockwood
Hawke’s Nest by Dahlia Rose
Hawke lived a solitary life. Humans were bothersome, petty, and he hated how they treated each other. He took amazing wildlife photos for magazines and sold them through his agent. Very rarely seen in public, he was known as an eccentric man who liked to live alone. That’s how he liked it because from his amazing home in the trees, he could take flight and soar in the skies. Until Tiana Swan wandered into the path of danger and he had to save her. With smugglers on the path of the woman who witnessed their crimes, Hawke had no other choice but to bring her to his sanctuary to keep her safe. In the peaks of the trees where you could almost touch the clouds, Tiana caused a stirring in his soul. He pushed the feeling of loneliness aside for too long, and as much he hated the fact, it all came flooding in. He fought the urges to claim her, but the first kiss seared him to his core. The second he touched her, Hawke knew he’d found his mate. Would the city girl who liked lattes and the bustle of New York give it all up to stay in Hawke’s Nest?
Thunderbird by Kassanna
He did what he had to do.
Jace Long Feather could admit he was a little bit crazy. As a Thunderbird, a shifter tasked with protecting his people, the Supai Indian Nation, he had no problem with death and dismemberment. To maintain their reservation was paramount. Then she shoved him in the back of a Jeep.
A chance encounter.
Leticia Washington knew she was going to jail. While trespassing on the Supai Reservation, she came across a federally protected bird species. A badly hurt California Condor. In her haste, she stuck him in the back of her SUV and prayed she didn’t get caught. Then she discovered the bird wasn’t an animal at all.
Belle and Jaeger by Tressie Lockwood
Sam Belle knew what he was, a snowy owl shifter. He rejected that side of himself along with his people because of their violence and their arrogance. As far as he was concerned, he lived as a human and only gave in to the call to shift once a year. The one problem Sam had with his choices was that there was no one to share his physical needs, no woman who could handle him sexually.
Then Tondi Jaeger walked into Sam’s coffee shop, and everything changed. Tondi was like him, a shifter, but she was also running from something. A sophisticated city woman shouldn’t have a reason to hide out in a small town, but Sam didn’t care what brought her. All he knew was that Tondi was his mate, and he would do what he had to, to protect her–and to keep her forever.
Some Bookshelf Porn
This image had me actually considering planning another wedding. I’m sure I can convince my husband that it’s time for a vow renewal. 🙂
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.