October 31, 2014

Follow Friday #71

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Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

How does this work? You follow a blog, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! With that being said, please review my Follow Policy before making any rash decisions.

 

What books would you give to newbies in your favorite genre? It’s not so much the books as it is the author.

 

CONTEMPORARY

Lori Foster

Melissa Foster

Lorelei James

Jaci Burton

Carly Phillips 

Jill Shalvis

Susan Mallery

Lori Wilde

 

PARANORMAL

Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Magnus Pack Series and Pride Stories by Shelly Laurenston

The Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands

The Psychic Witch Trilogy, The Accidental Witch Trilogy, and the Works Like Magick Trilogy by Annette Blair

Warriors of Poseidon Series by Alyssa Day

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

 

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October 31, 2014

Review: Alison Kent’s THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE (Complete Idiot’s Guide Series)

 

ISBN-13: 9781440650758 Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc. Publication date: 9/5/2006 Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE Series Sold by: DK Format: eBook Pages: 336 File size: 2 MB

ISBN-13: 9781440650758
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 9/5/2006
Series: COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE Series
Sold by: DK
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

 

Erotic romance reigns supreme as a big category of women’s fiction—a billion dollar business serviced by a new breed of uninhibited writer. This book is the necessary how-to for first timers and a terrific guide for seasoned professionals as well, who are putting their racy—and lucrative—fantasies to paper. Now, for the first time, a veteran erotic romance author shows exactly what to do—and how.

• The first book to guide writers to succeed in this multi-million dollar genre
• Explores how to set up a plot and write good, steamy sex scenes
• From a best-selling experienced author
• Includes resource section for research tools and further reading
• Interviews with top authors in the field
• Foreword by Kate Duffy, editorial director at Kensington Publishing and founding editor of the genre

Genre: Non-fiction, writing

When and where did you buy this ebook? I bought this book in paperback at Barnes and Noble. I don’t remember when, but I’ve had it for at least a year because I knew that I was eventually, going to dabble in this genre.

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any? Too many to name. I’m new to this genre, so everything I read about was a surprise.

What sections will stay with you? Several which I highlighted:

  • The Long and Short of it – where I learned that romance novels tend to run between 50,000 to 100,00 words. O_O and novellas run between 20,000-40,000 words (which is probably where I’ll be at)
  • Okay, now what? – Where within the romance genre’s subgenre’s your idea fits and ask yourself 3 questions: 1) what length of story do I want to write, and will word count requirements limit my publisher options?, 2) Is my subject matter or story concept restricted to a particular time period?, and 3) If not, what fictional scenario will give me the best opportunity for exploring my subject matter or story concept?
  • Character Sexuality – the whys, experiences and preferences as well as understanding that “sexual activity should always bring about change, whether within your characters or your story’s dramatic tension.”
  • Plotting – Alison divulged that Christopher Vogler‘s THE WRITER’S JOURNEY heavily influenced her plotting process. She also suggested looking at other plotting techniques: The “W” Plot, The 4-Act Structure, The Mountain Plot, The 9-Act Structure, and The Episodic Plot.
  • Motives – Figuring out the goals and motives of your characters and asking 3 questions: 1) Who are you?, 2) What do you want? and 3) What’s the worst thing that I can do to you?
  • Theme and Premise – I learned that theme is a “recurrent idea presented throughout via the action” and the premise “puts forward a specific belief based on your theme.” When it comes to structuring themes, Alison suggested checking out Dwight Swain‘s TECHNIQUES FOR THE SELLING WRITER.
  • Rising Tension – needs to occur in every scene.
  • Internal Needs and Desires of the characters.
  • Intimacy – An author Alison interviewed mentioned Linda Howard’s “12 Steps of Intimacy” workshop, but I found a post by Terry O’Dell that was very helpful.
  • Research for writing sex scenes – This was the most helpful section for me because I’m not going to be good at this. I have my imagination, which is pretty vivid, but for the best way to describe things? The authors that Alison interviewed provided several book titles that I plan to purchase in the near future: Elizabeth Benedict‘s THE JOY OF WRITING SEX, Susie Bright’s HOW TO WRITE A DIRTY STORY, Nancy Friday‘s MY SECRET GARDEN, Emma Holly‘s STEAMING UP YOUR LOVE SCENES, Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman’s SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN, and Paul Joannides‘ THE GUIDE TO GETTING IT ON.
  • Pop Quiz – Where Alison advises readers to highlight things that make sexual tension work from both the male and female POV by studying 4 different scenes from 5 of your fav erotic romance authors.
  • Appendix CFurther Resources listing, particularly the Publications and Organizations list
  • Appendix E- Author Roundtable – Alison conducted a Q&A with 18 authors published in erotic romance and it was interesting to see their responses to some of the questions. Particularly how they defined erotic romance, erotica and pornography.

Have you read anything else by Alison Kent? Oh my, yes. I’ve read nearly all of her fiction books, but only a couple have been reviewed on this blog. This is the first non-fiction title of hers that I’ve read and reviewed on this blog.

AT HIS MERCY

PLAYING LOVE’S ODDS

What will you do now with this book? This book will remain on my shelf because it’s writing-related and will be used as a reference guide.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict? For aspiring authors new to the genre, like me, this is a must read/keep book.  It’s easy to read, easy to understand, and all the resources she provides–especially in the back–are very helpful. It’s a true reference guide that I plan to keep on my shelf. I have to admit that reading this book was a little intimidating. I’m afraid that I’m going to read so much that I won’t want to start writing. LOL. When it comes to writing, I consider myself to be a pantser. However, I want to check out the plotting technique to see if it works for me, so I bought Karen Docter‘s The “W” Plot workshop as well as Randy Ingermanson‘s HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL USING THE SNOWFLAKE METHOD.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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October 29, 2014

Review: Judi Fennell’s BEEFCAKE AND CUPCAKES (Beefcake, Inc Series, Book #1)

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Pub. Date: August 13, 2012 Publisher: Mergenie Books Sold By: Barnes & Noble Format: NOOK Book, 307pp Series: BeefCake, Inc. BN ID: 2940014874519

Pub. Date:
August 13, 2012
Publisher:
Mergenie Books
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 307pp
Series:
BeefCake, Inc.
BN ID:
2940014874519

 

Ingredients:
Lara Cavallo, a baker who’s just starting out after a divorce
Gage Tomlinson, a stripper who’s been around the block and needs money for his nephew’s surgery
Cara and Bryan, two best friends who mean well
And Jeff, the ex husband who doesn’t

Mix them all together at the social event of the season and you get one sexy batch of dancing cupcakes!

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 9-9-14  through my Nook

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any? I bought and read this book, as well as the second one, for research for my own idea. This one provided a more behind-the-scenes look at the life of a former male exotic dancer. Gage is the co-owner of Beefcake, Inc. and in this small town where he lives, there’s a stigma that not only goes along with being a former dancer, but the owner of a place that specializes in stripping.

What scenes will stay with you?

~ The first love scene between Gage and Lara. Pretty hawt and made the Sweet Hole weep quite a few times.

~ The engagement party for Lara’s ex. O.M.G.

What characters will stay with you? Gage. Hands down. This dude was added to my Book Boyfriend’s list because this is FUCKIN’ HAWT. And he can dance. Boy, can he dance (and give me a lap dance any day).

Have you read anything else by Judi Fennell? Yes, and I believe I have a few more of her titles on my Wish List. You can read my review for Book 2 in this series below:

BEEFCAKE AND MISTAKES

What will you do now with this ebook? Archive it – Lendable

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

 

 

 

Peace. lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, lurve and wet panties,

Evolet

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October 28, 2014

Currently Reading: Margaret Daley & Randy Ingermanson

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Dogs and plotting methods. Quite the combo. Margaret Daley‘s book is on my Nook and Randy Ingermanson‘s is in paperback.

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October 27, 2014

Review: Talia Surova’s DRAW ME IN (Greenpoint Artists Prequel)

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Pub. Date: January 26, 2014 Publisher: Talia Quinn Surova Sold By: Smashwords Format: NOOK Book Series: Greenpoint Artists BN ID: 2940045609968

Pub. Date:
January 26, 2014
Publisher:
Talia Quinn Surova
Sold By:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Series:
Greenpoint Artists
BN ID:
2940045609968

 

JAZZ, PAINTING, AND A DREAM OF LOVE

Struggling artist Raven Porter thought she’d learned to be tough the hard way. Now, though, she’s arrived in New York City from rural Maine, and it’s a whole new world.

With nowhere else to go, she crashes for the night in an empty warehouse. She wakes to the haunting sound of a lonely jazz saxophone. She’s not alone.

Finn McKenna, proprietor of Finn’s Fermentation Factory, needs to escape from his messy, complicated life, if only for tonight. So he flees to his warehouse and loses himself in his music. Until he realizes he’s not alone.

Raven and Finn fit together. Two creative souls, their passions hidden behind sturdy defenses. If they can only let each other in…

Draw Me In is a prequel novella introducing the Greenpoint Artists series about a group of women artists sharing studio space in Brooklyn. It tells the story of how this particular warehouse space became an art studio.

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 10-22-14 as a freebie ebook deal through my Nook

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any?

~ Owning a fermentation factory is a career that I’ve never heard of, so it was nice to read about something new. I would’ve liked more behind-the-scenes details on that, though.

~ Being a bike courier in New York. Two movies were made about this, but again, it’s a job that’s not mentioned in books. If it is, please correct me, but this is the first time I’ve read about it. It was interesting, but–again–would’ve liked to have read more behind-the-scenes about it.

What scenes will stay with you? It’s not so much the scenes, but how the scenes were written. Miz Talia’s writing was surprisingly, and incredibly, beautiful. It was almost poetic and you don’t find that too often in this genre. The one scene  that will stick with me the most was Finn’s first encounter with Raven, in the office, and she was dancing in a patch of sunlight. Raven is an artist and the way Talia wrote that scene, it felt like a painting being created.

What characters will stay with you? Mostly Raven. She’s a lot broken, but extremely creative. I love reading about characters who are creative in some way.

Have you read anything else by Talia Surova? I have not, but I do plan to read Book One in this particular series.

What will you do now with this ebook? Archive it – Lendable

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

1/2

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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October 27, 2014

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: David Boreanaz

Before becoming an actor, David worked as a parking attendant, house painter, handing out towels in a sports club, and props department assistant.

And now it’s time…to say goodbye…to our favorite FBI agent.

Get your final drool on, ladies (and gents, if you swing that way. There’s no diss-crimination ovah herre).

Hope you enjoyed the man candy that was David this month!

 

David7

 

Evolet

October 26, 2014

Wet Panty Writing Process #12: The Down Side

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I finished reading Alison Kent‘s THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE and in the back, Appendix E, was an Author Roundtable. She conducted a Q&A session with 18 authors published in erotic romance and the answers to some of the questions were very interesting. Interestingly enough, one of the author responses to a question was the catalyst for this post:

What do you enjoy least about writing erotic romance?

Personally, my response would’ve been the fact that most people think erotic romance=porn.

Not all 18 authors responded, but two of them had nearly the same response. Author Sylvia Day stated “reviewers who concentrate on sexual content and “heat level” and don’t spend enough time talking about the story and characters.”

Ouch.

I admit that I am one of those reviewers. My reviews are based on an 80/20 scale: 80% sexual content, 20% story/character.

I’m a little ashamed that I’m a contributing factor for why some erotic romance authors don’t enjoy writing erotic romance. Especially since I’m going to be doing some writing myself.

BUT, in my defense, there’s a method to my madness.

I feel that the story content and the character development drives the love sexual content. I’m reading erotic romance for the romance. When the story and the characters are melding well, and I’m enjoying everything about both, I’m expecting some pretty hawt, Sweet Hole-dripping love scenes. If something’s missing from either one of those, then the love scenes aren’t going to pop, and it’s going to show in my ratings.

That’s quite the pressure for me, as a reader, to put on an author.

That’s also quite the pressure for me as a reader to put on myself, as a newbie author in this genre, knowing that about myself. Needless to say, I’m going to be judging myself (pretty harshly) to see if I can pull this off.

Miz Sylvia, I can’t speak for other reviewers who focus on heat, but in essence, what I’m saying is: if the sexual content is off the fucking charts, then you’re doing something excellent when it comes to story and character.

Just sayin’.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

 

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October 24, 2014

Review: Nancy Warren’s FINAL SCORE

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Pub. Date: June 1, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Sold By: Barnes & Noble Format: NOOK Book, 224pp Series: Last Bachelor Standing Series ISBN-13: 9781460333099 ISBN: 1460333098

Pub. Date:
June 1, 2014
Publisher:
Harlequin
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 224pp
Series:
Last Bachelor Standing Series
ISBN-13:
9781460333099
ISBN:
1460333098

Welcome to Last Bachelor Standing!

How long can three sexy single men hold out?

The last man holding out is firefighter Dylan Cross—strong, tantalizingly hot, with a reckless streak a mile long. He’s also Mr. June in the firefighter calendar. But while Dylan will risk his life without a moment’s thought, he would never risk his bachelorhood….

Dylan made a deal to help Cassie Price renovate her new home. But having a mouthwatering Mr. June fixing up her place is more temptation than Cassie can resist. And really, doesn’t she deserve a little fiery fun now and then? But keeping her cool with this sexy confirmed bachelor is almost impossible…and if she’s not careful, she’ll find herself playing for keeps!

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 9-10-14 through my Nook

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any? The old “saving a cat from a tree” cliche. I thought that was so funny and it’s such a typical cliche when it comes to fireman themes. It’s the first time I saw an author actually throw it in there.

What scenes will stay with you?

~ Dylan saving the cat  from the tree and the cat and how it connected with him later.

~ Lily saving the cat from the tree…and what happened in the process

~ The lurve scenes. Because, honestly, he’s a firefighter. Sex is always better when it’s with a firefighter. It’s a given.

What characters will stay with you? Mostly Dylan. For the simple fact that other than law enforcement and the military, he has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. And he loves it. It’s a tough job and they don’t get paid enough.

Have you read anything else by Nancy Warren? Yes, especially when it comes to Harlequin Blaze. This is the second book of hers that I’ve reviewed. See below for the other one.

FACE-OFF

What will you do now with this ebook? Delete it – Not Lendable

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

1/2

 

 

 

Peace, lurve and wet panties,

Evolet

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October 23, 2014

Booking Through Thursday #65: For A Friend

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Brought to you by Booking Through Thursday:

Copy the questions, paste them into your blog and answer them.

When you’re done, go back to BTT and post a quick comment or trackback letting everyone know so they can read your responses. Be sure to leave a link to your actual post! (Just type in the web-address–Wordpress will automatically turn it into a link for you.)

If you don’t have a blog yet, then just post your answers in the Comments area for the set of questions you are responding to.

Lastly, no, you do NOT have to answer on Thursdays. Please feel free to answer any time you want, we’re just glad to have you.

This week’s question:If someone you know has just published a book—do you feel obliged to buy a copy? Even if it’s not the kind of book you’d normally read?

I don’t have any friends that write, but if I did, I would buy the book to support him/her.

And then promptly give it to someone I knew who read that genre.

That probably sounds rude, but I don’t give a shit. That’s how I roll. I read erotic romance (contemporary and some paranormal). The only non-fiction books I read are writing-related and just about anything by SARK. If my friend didn’t write a book in that genre–and they’re sure as hell not SARK–it’s not going in my Nook or on my bookshelf. Period.

I write YA under a different name. When I indie published those two books, my parents bought copies and put them on a shelf.

And I’m cool with that.

Even though they don’t read YA, they bought them because their daughter wrote them.

Even if they’d bought them for someone else’s kids, I still would’ve been cool with that. Because they would’ve done it to support me.

I’d like to think that my friend would understand and would do the same for me, because even if he/she doesn’t read the genre I write, they know someone who does. A friend of a friend, if you will.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

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October 23, 2014

Life as a Blogger #8: Origin of Your Name

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It’s a weekly feature (on Thursday’s). Each week Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject and talk about that subject in her life. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know her on a more personal level! She definitely encourages everyone to participate, too. She wants this to be meme style with a linky for you to add your posts to. She wants to know more about you guys as well!

This is funny, actually. As you all know, I’m an aspiring erotic romance author. To that end, since I write YA fiction as well, I needed a pseudo name for this genre. Hence the name Evolet Yvaine. And even though it’s a pseudo name, it has its origins.

The name Evolet came from the movie 10,000 B.C. (2008). The female character’s name was Evolet and I thought “That’s pretty. I’ll add it to my list of names for female characters.”

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2008 – Starring Steven Strait and Camilla Belle

 

The name Yvaine is actually not from a movie, but from a book that was adapted into a movie: Neil Gaiman‘s STARDUST.

 

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I never knew it was a book until I saw the movie. Claire Danes was quite lovely. The fallen star’s name was Yvaine and again, I thought “That’s pretty. I’ll add it to my list of names for female characters.”

 

2007 - Starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer

2007 – Starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer

 

When I was throwing pseudo names about, I’d had something else in mind; Like Storm was either going to be the first or last name.

But for some reason, those two names stuck with me and when I put them together, it just sounded good.

So there you have it.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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