I will be keeping my Kindle Unlimited membership. For me, it’s a very good deal. Some of my favorite self-published authors such as Rick Mofina and J.R. Rain have multiple-book series which are available on KU.
Does the offer of a Free Book entice you to join a mailing list?
No, I am not offering!
My question is spurred by my own reading experience. Yesterday, I picked up a little reverse harem paranormal romance that had been sitting in my to-read list for months. It has a very nice cover, a tastefully suggestive title, and an author who is described as “an international best-selling romance author, Amazon Top 100 Author…”
I spent a pleasant couple of hours reading the short book which is a mix of genres: shifter romance, paranormal, reverse harem, etc. The heroine is the usual lovely, blonde, petite girl on the run from danger. The “male harem” is comprised of four hunky shifter males (cousins and brothers) who rescue and bond with her. They are happy to share her as their wife.
Reverse harem reads usually involve either animal shifter clans or alien worlds, etc. since in our own world the idea of a woman with multiple mates is unacceptable. In my own series, Vampires in the Mist, Rose can have several males because they are vampires and do not follow our usual morality. I call them her protectors instead of mates. In my work, sex is not the focus of the storyline. The heroine’s adventures and the suspense takes center stage.
The book was easy reading, but after a while, I began to page through the sex scenes to get to the story line. Lately, I seem to do that more and more. Now, that is surprising since I myself write novels that contain strong erotic scenes. I have always been a firm supporter of authors who don’t shy away from including erotic scenes in their work. Not only do I include such content, but I don’t limit such scenes to the “norm.” I often touch on taboo subjects too.
I began to question why I was paging through the sex scenes, obviously bored. They were not badly done, and the author handled each scene with each male rather well by making the males very different in personality and love-making style. The scenes were not overly long, and the language was not gross or pornographic. Then why was I not engaging?
Am I becoming jaded to erotic content? Was there too much sex in the book? We all know that too much of anything becomes tiring. Erotic scenes are the spice of romance writing today, the equivalent of salt and sugar in our food. Still, I’d never eat a plate of salt or sugar; neither do I want 200 pages of nothing but sexual content. Readers who want such works buy erotica, and the extremes buy pornography.
The opposite holds true also. There are millions of readers who object to sexual content on the grounds of religion or conservative values. I argue that how can you possibly write about romance, empowerment, suffering, emotions, motivation, history, etc. by leaving out the second most powerful motivational element in humanity’s history? (The first is the need for power, in my opinion.)
Those readers who want “clean/wholesome” romance do not understand the nature of romance itself. Maybe, they don’t want to understand human nature. I do believe that erotic content should be restricted to adult genres. I’d never place erotic scenes in a YA novel. I always have admired the Twilight series for its beautiful handling of the YA topic without using any erotic content.
I’ve probably said enough to insult half of you and confuse the other half. Anyway, I hope that when my readers work their way through one of my books, they don’t skip the erotic pages. I’d sure like to hear your opinion on the subject. Consider the following questions.
- Do you like erotic content in your books? I am not referring to books that are implicitly erotica. I am referring to romance, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, mystery, and such.
- If you don’t mind erotic content, how much of it do you like? For example, in a two-hundred-page book, how many pages should be allotted to erotic content?
- Are you turned off by specific types of erotic subjects? (lesbian, homosexual, bondage, etc). Explain.
- Those who object to erotic content: do you object to “romantic sensual” content? These would be more artistic, sensual depictions of erotic scenes.
- What makes you skip pages on specific erotic passages? (Repetition, same-old thing, vulgar language, disgusting imagery, etc.)
- If you strongly object to erotic content (even limited content), explain your reasons.
I hope that some of my readers will respond to this article on the comments section. I will definitely consider your responses when I write my next novel. I hope I did not give offense.
These are listings for Bestsellers (ebooks) as of today at four major sellers: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Silly of me to expect that best sellers would reflect across the board on all sites. Not true. Every list is different.
Barnes & Noble Top-Selling Nook Books Today
1. The Key to Rebecca– Ken Follett
2. After Anna– Lisa Scottoline
3. A Higher Loyalty– James Comey
4. The Sixth Day– Catherine Coulter
5. Wicked in His Arms– Stacy Reid
6. A History of God– Karen Armstrong
7. The Night Child– Anna Quinn
8. The Thief– J.R. Ward
9. I‘ve Got My Eyes on You– Mary Higgins Clark
10. Shoot First– Stuart Woods
Amazon’s Top “Paid” Kindle Books Today
1. A Higher Loyalty– James Comey
2. Switch on Your Brain– Dr. Carolyn Leaf
3. Say You’re Sorry– Melinda Leigh
4. The Key to Rebecca– Ken Follett
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People– Stephen R. Covey
6. The Coaching Habit– Michael Bungay
7. The Winter Over– Mathew Iden
8. When Never Comes– Barbara Davis
9. It Ends With Her– Brianna Labuskes
10. The Hiding Place– Corrie Ten Boom
iBooks Top Paid Books Today.
1. A Higher Loyalty– James Comey
2. The Disappeared– C.J. Box
3. Shoot First– Stuart Woods
4. After Anna– Lisa Scottoline
5. Devil’s Waltz– Jonathan Kellerman
6. Red Alert– James Patterson
7. Socrates– Paul Johnson
8. Great Alone– Kristin Hannah
9. The Glass Forrest– Cynthia Swanson
10. Little Fires– Celeste Ng
Kobo (I could only get “Now Trending.”) All are eBooks.
1. The Key to Rebecca– Ken follet
2. The Next Girl– Carla Kovach
3. A Higher Loyalty– James Comey
4. A History of God– Karen Armstrong
5. The Night Child– Anna Quinn
6. With This Ring– Amanda Quick
7. The King’s Deception– Steve Berry
8. Fluent Forever– Gabriel Wyner
9. The Last Good Man– Linda Nagata
10. Contemporary Songwriting– Toby Koeningsberg
11. The Thief– J.R. Ward
Points to Ponder:
1. Only One book was on all four lists and it is a non-fiction book- A Higher Loyalty by James Comey.
2. The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follet was on 3 lists.
3. The Night Child, After Anna, and A History of God were on two common lists.
4. Other than those books, the sites all differed in their bestsellers’ titles. The few titles in common also differed in placement. For example, A Higher Loyalty was #3 in B&N, #1 in Amazon, #1 in iBooks, and #3 in Kobo.
5. There are very few romances. The lists are heavy on suspense and mysteries.
6. Every site has at least two nonfiction books on its top ten sellers. Amazon actually has four: A Higher Loyalty, Switch On Your Brain, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and The Coaching Habit.
Interested in Paranormal Romance? Wonder how it became so popular? I am happy to share the following article written by paranormal author Kiersten Fay. I love the genre and have my own Angel’s Guardian and the brand new Once Chosen paranormal romance reads. I agree that we are now experiencing the golden age of paranormal romance.