Feature/Guest Post: Save My Soul by Zoe Winters and GIVEAWAY

How to Write a Sex Demon Without Writing Erotica- Zoe Winters

Please note that I’m not suggesting that “writing a sex demon without writing erotica” is somehow “better” than the alternative. I am certainly no prude. I am merely suggesting it is possible, I did it with Save My Soul, and here is how/why.

It’s important to me that romance and erotica be seen as two separate genres. While I have enjoyed so-called “erotic romances”, I think it blurs the line for the general reader and causes sets of expectations to form that are harmful for both genres separately. For example… when all many read is erotic romance, then they read a romance that doesn’t do this genre-bending, then suddenly it is “inadequate” or the author is a “prude” or some other thing that has nothing to do with the quality of the story or writing and more to do with the fact that the reader was looking for spank material in a romance-flavored package. While there is nothing wrong with that, it is unfair to expect erotica inside romance, just because you got it in some other book.

On the other end of that scale, true erotica does not require a “happy ending” and it doesn’t have to be about love or romance. It can explore much darker territory than the average romance and when the market is diluted with nothing but readers who expect HEAs and “fluffy darkness”, it ends up hijacking a genre that was just fine before.

There is some brilliant erotica out there, and I hate to see it watered down by the expectations of the average romance reader (just like the average romance reader would hate to see all the things they love about romance diluted by too much darkness and explicit language and sex). Books like “Lip Service” by M.J. Rose, in my opinion are brilliantly-written erotica, but not romance. When everything is “erotic romance” then readers who want all the rules of romance with their erotica will get disgruntled by books such as “Lip Service”.

Even though there is sometimes overlap, I feel that they are intended to be very different genres. When I write romance, my focus is on the relationship and the banter between the two characters, as well as outside influences having nothing at all to do with sex. In the case of Save My Soul, it was about Luc being trapped in this house and the issues of both trying to get him out of the house and trying to feed him until then (without sacrificing Anna or putting her at risk of death from too much sex with an incubus).

I also think people confuse explicit/graphic with erotic. Something can be very erotic but still not fit the definitions of “erotica” or “erotic romance” merely from using tamer language. Unless I have to, I don’t name body parts. I think I did use both “clit” and “mound” (on the same page even!) in Save My Soul, but that was only because I would have to do word acrobatics to express what was happening otherwise. I don’t go out of my way to do that because my purpose in avoiding naming body parts isn’t because I’m “afraid” of the words. Only that they don’t serve my current purposes.

However, I don’t think I name the male genitalia once. Again, not because I’m a prude, but because, erotic romance readers aside, most romance readers are just fine with parts not being named. In such cases he might “slide inside her”, which I personally find FAR more erotic than, “his BODY PART slid into her BODY PART”. Sometimes we really have to question if our titillation over certain word choice is a result of those words being empirically sexy or a result of our cultural guilt and shame over sex which makes them “naughty” to say and therefore titillating by design even if not by true nature.

I can see the place for this in down and dirty erotica, because that is a big part of it’s point. In romance, not so much. Also, I find dialogue/banter and situational set-up far more personally erotic than dirty word-choice, which may be fairly ironic for a writer. So I hope that answers why/how I can write about a sex demon without it being erotic romance. (As the genre definition. What personally turns someone on will vary from person to person.)

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All he’s asking for is her soul.

After buying the antebellum home she’s fantasized about since childhood, Anna Worthington discovers Luc, a dangerously seductive incubus who has been trapped in the house by a fifty-year-old curse. To rid herself of her problem house guest she’ll call on a priest, gypsies, ghost hunters, and the coven of witches from lust bunny hell. All she has to do is resist him long enough to break the spell so they can go their separate ways. If she doesn’t, she could die. And that would be the best case scenario.

BUY LINKS: Amazon/B&N (ebook only)

Reviews: Goodreads Page Average 4.22 out of 5 stars!

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Thanks to The Bookish Snob Promotions and Zoe Winters I have the opportunity to give away 2 copies of Save My Soul! I have 1 e-copy and 1 print copy open internationally.
I will announce a winner on June 19th!

To enter just answer me this: “What is it about paranormal romance that draws you?”

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Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance.

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Zoe’s goal as a writer: “I want to write a book that makes you almost pee your pants because you don’t want to put it down long enough to go to the bathroom. I want to write a book that you miss meals for. I want to write a book you miss bathing for. I want to grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page, where you crumble to the floor in a blissful heap, ask for a cigarette, and say: “Damn, was it good for you too,” then tell 300 of your closest friends about it on Twitter.”

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18 Comments

  1. What I like about paranormal romance is that the heroes are usually alpha and tall, dark and handsome. I also, as a big mystery fan, enjoy the action and suspense many of them offer.

    I would be interested in the print or ebook if available in pdf or epub.

    acm05atjuno.com

  2. I love paranormal romance because it is dark and mysterious in nature. Paranormal creatures have that dangerous feel, and usually that makes for hot chemistry. There are so many different types of paranormals, and so the stories are always pretty unique and creative. I love my paranormal romance, what can I say?
    Loved the guest post!
    booksavvybabe at gmail.com
    Book Savvy Babe

    1. I Love that there is Different people some of the not people and thay can get along and fall in love with each other even if there different or thay fall in love because of there different is love that everybody or everything does not have to be the same and you may never know what is out there or around the next corner.makes life more interesting.
      sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

  3. I love my romance stories but sometimes I need more action and suspense. You can always count on paranormal romances to have that tingling romance story and there is always something happening, something that keeps you wondering or guessing and even makes you white-knuckled with fear. Doesn’t matter whether your reading about demons, vamps, werewolfs, aliens, etc something is always going to keep you glued to the book til 4 in the morning.

    I love paranormal romances and would love the chance to win your book 🙂

    Heather
    chamblinh@gmail.com

  4. I loved this post. I think it totally expressed my views as far as erotica versus romance are separated in my brain. I do not consider myself a prude either, but there are times when I want my imagination to fill in the blanks rather than the words as written. I sometimes want that tenderness and not find my self giggling like a school girl thinking this does not compute 🙂 I like to choose my reading depending a lot on my mood and sometimes want the no nonsense lets get to it and other times want to float on the “impossible.” Paranormal romance is wonderful in that hopefully you will get enough kick ### action with the tender emotional turmoil that distinguishes it from being just a video game in words. Well that’s my opinion anyway. Thank you for sharing today and the wonderful opportunity to win the giveaway. I would really like to read this book and will try to follow the tour – they are such fun.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  5. Hmmm. The exciting worlds, the smexy paranormal heroes, author’s amazing abilities to create their own myths inside the original ones…. Le sigh 🙂

  6. Wow, This book sounds fantastic and obviously I would love to win one! My first choice would be the print copy, then the ebook (PDF please). I love paranormal romance because I consider it to be romance with a little bit extra. I really love, the paranormal additions to the stories, it is what attracts me to the books in the first place. Thanks for the fantastic contest. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

  7. Hi, I’d like to offer a clarification. The contest is open internationally to everyone, INCLUDING the print. I know the assumption is that print is open to US only and ebook is for everybody, but since building solid fans is the MOST worthwhile business investment and one of the very few types of advertising expenditures I’ve seen actually pay off, I open print now Internationally as well. So if you are International and want to sign up for the print giveaway, then please do so.

    Thanks for all the great comments!

    Z

  8. I guess I’m drawn into the paranormal as it reflects romance in a fantasy reality. For example wolves have been an animal that has fascinated me are the wolves. Their intelligence and social structure within their packs. They do have emotions and bond with their pack mates and it would serve humans to learn from them.
    Just the idea for a human to have the ability to shift into a wolf is something I’m sure many people have wished for, and with the paranormal genre creates that fantasy. I hope I’ve explained well enough…LOL

    thanks for the contest!

    Darcy

    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  9. I’m drawn to PNR because it’s an escape. It’s fun to think of how I’d react if these beings were in my life. Also, the heroes are incredibly strong and not to mention attractive but always have a hard time coming to grips with the female who ends up turning their world upside down.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Paranormal romances appeal to me because they don’t have the predictability of some of the regular vanilla romances. They have their own sets of rules and it varies from author to author, but usually leaves you wanting more and sometimes second guessing.

    parks88kt(at)aol(dot)com

  11. I think what draws me to paranormal romance is the whole that paranormal creatures can feel love and in fact act on it 🙂

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

  12. What draws me to paranormal romance is creativity and non-existent boundaries with the characters and the world-building. In other words there are no rules, so a girl can have as many lovers as she wants and be a half vamp / half were all at the same time:) It’s a fabulously freeing genre to read and there is no way I would ever get board with it!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  13. I love paranormal romance because the possibilities are endless. I love that you can have vamps, and weres, and magic but at it’s core it is still a love story!
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

  14. Oh I enjoyed this so much, thank you!!! Paranormal Romance draws me because it is a Romance that really has no limits. If written well you can suspend your disbelief and watch an epic love story unfold right in front of you that has nothing to do with real life. I love that 🙂

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