I hear you Christina: there is so much more to erotic fiction than ‘erotic romance’.
I recommend dipping into flash fiction by these authors. You can then explore their sites further…
Malin James – http://malinjames.com/2015/08/26/erotic-fiction-motion-capture/
Tamsin Flowers – http://tamsinflowers.com/2015/11/25/figs-cunts-red-sweet-swollen/
Remittance Girl – http://remittancegirl.com/staging/erotic-flash-fiction/the-sin-of-words/
Raziel Moore – https://eroticwriter.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/broken/
Adrea Kore – https://koredesires.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/hand-of-a-stranger-by-adrea-kore-audio-erotica/
and you may like to take a peek (or download a free sample) from my own novella: http://viewBook.at/Gentlemensclub
ps – I must commend you on having created a wonderful review site here: so much meat on the bone. xx
Lovely to ‘meet’ you. Seems to me that you’re opening yourself to the possibility of an awful lot of writers plugging their own work. Wonder if you are really okay with that? If literary erotica is your ‘bent’ I can strongly recommend anything by Terrance Aldon Shaw, whose ‘The Moon-Haunted Heart’ is available for pre-order on Amazon. For beautifully written BDSM I can also recommend Emanuelle De Maupassant’s ‘The Gentlemen’s Club’, and Elizabeth Schechter’s books are also well worth a read. Best to you,
Richard – thank you for this recommendation.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed my novella.
I didn’t write it with a BDSM theme in mind, but many readers do interpret it this way.
My apologies, Emmanuelle. Shows how ‘into’ BDSM I am, I guess, that I don’t really know it when I see it. Either that or I’ve managed to mentally miss-file it in the middle of a reading blitz. What I do recall, distinctly, is a thoroughly enjoyable, darkly romantic tale of obsession, set in my home town (London) too 🙂
Lovely to “meet” you too Richard 🙂 I’m very okay with authors telling me about their work. I don’t have the opportunity to read them all, of course. And some just aren’t my cup of tea. But some of the most amazing books I’ve read has been books sent to me by independent authors, and I’m so grateful for that 🙂
Thank you so much for the share, the compliment and the recommendations!! I’m so very grateful! Lots of grateful hugs are sent your way 🙂
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Interesting thoughts from a delightful writer.
One of the best books I have read by current writers is Katie In Love by Chloe Thurlow. She has a real gift for writing. I also love Emanuelle De Maupassant’s ‘The Gentlemen’s Club, mentioned above. Terrance Aldon Shaw (also above) is really good writing. I also love Tamsin Flowers work and Malin James. I don’t class myself anywhere near as good as these writers, but if you want to read erotic romance, try my book, Songbird, or That Day At The Lake. Happy hunting for your books.
PS You have a wonderful smile!
PPS If I was any good at this I would post links, but can’t work out how to do it on WordPress. Sorry.
I’m reading ‘Katie in Love’ at the moment Rachel 🙂 xx
Thank you so much for the recommendations! My list of recommended books for this project is getting so long, and I love it 😀 I will definitely take a look at your books and see if it sounds like my cup of tea 🙂
Lots of hugs!
I sent you an email with the subject line: Books Or Stories Not Resembling Fifty Shades (Make sure you check your spam folder as well, in case you can’t find it).
There are so many wonderful books, all guaranteed to take the bad taste of “that famous one” out of a reader’s mouth! Authors I’ve reviewed that come to mind include Elizabeta Brooke (“Never: An Erotic Re-Telling of Peter Pan”), anything by Shanna Germain, “Amorous Woman” by Donna George Storey, “House of Sable Locks” by Elizabeth Schechter, “Islands” by Richard Raiment, “The Gentlemen’s Club” by Emmanuelle de Maupassant, “The Pleasure Dial” by Jeremy Edwards–and those are just off the top of my head! You might also be interested in my new collection of ‘mature literary’ stories “The Moon-Haunted Heart”. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/610218
Some great recommendations there TAS: those are all on my ‘must-read’ list.
(ps. thank you for mentioning me xx)
Thank you for taking the time to watch, comment and give me your recommendations! I see that your book has already been recommended by a couple of other readers here and I definitely have it on my list and my radar for this project 🙂
I’m amazed by all the love and feedback from the erotic literary community! I’m so grateful 🙂
All the best!
The erotic literary community is v. supportive Christina. Many readers/writers within the genre don’t feel comfortable discussing the themes of their reading/writing with ‘real life’ friends, so online networks are invaluable.
For sure! It’s easy to see that there are many readers out there even though it doesn’t get that much attention on the more “mainstream” platforms. It’s wonderful to find passionate and honest people that aren’t afraid to speak up 🙂
If you visit my blog, Erotica for the Big Brain, you’ll find my annual “Best of the Year” lists going back to 2012. Each list has at least ten different titles–and I can pretty much guarantee that not one of them is anything like FSOG. Every one of them deserves to be on the NY Times bestseller list, their authors’ shelves overflowing with prestigious awards.
Here is the most recent list:
How wonderful!!! Thank you 🙂 the list of recommended reads is getting so long now that I’m having trouble choosing where to start, and I think this project will be an adventure that will take up a lot more hours of my life than first anticipated. But I’m not complaining! Very excited to get on with the exploring 🙂
I’d love to recommend my own books, The Tatiana series! Tatiana’s Chance, Tatiana’s Choice and Tatiana’s Charms.
If you looking for a great to read about a woman YOU can really relate to then The Tatiana Series was written with YOU in mind, the mature woman. The debut novel of the series, Tatiana’s Chance, introduces you to a cast of characters who are Facebook friends meeting through various “chance” encounters; some of those “encounters” are steamier than others. In book two, Tatiana’s Choice, Tatiana experiences some grown and sexy action and adventure that will set you on fire in Negril, Jamaica! The third book, Tatiana’s Charms, has our favorite diva finally making some personal decisions about the men in her life and more importantly, about herself. She lets go of all her inhibitions and is able to experience something for which she has searched a long time.
Thank you so much for sharing your work! I will definitely have a look and see if it could be something for me!
Lots of love and grateful hugs!
Hi Christina …
A lot of short stories are by their nature erotic vignettes that are deeply faceted but don’t carry a full character arc … if you are in the mood for then my faves is
http://amzn.com/B006ONOUBM – Quiver by Tobsha Learner …. I simply adore
If you like to read a more full story/character arc then my current favourite erotic novels are …
http://amzn.com/B018RLQXAE – Bound by Elsa Holland … it’s set in Victorian England and its moodier underbelly. It’s a beautiful take with fractured characters and explores the themes of erotica vs pornography
If you like harder erotica thats a bit subversive and confronting I would try Cari Silverwood … she has a new one out which is both hard and cerebral, the link for her book is
http://amzn.com/B01B8LA4LE … Wicked Ways … its about men (mesmers) who have the power to sexually compel you to do anything but what if you both hate and enjoy it kind of thing
I’d also have to plug my own book … I think kink has been put in a very defined trope box by FSOG, like you I’m not going to knock the book or the author, it’s just more its impact on the market has spawned a very distinct kink trope … I write outside that trope … the characters are more complex, the kink more raw and real …. the link is
http://amzn.com/B00ZGV2UVA …. Exhibition … it’s about love and acceptance, from others and from yourself
If you try any of these recs I hope you enjoy 🙂
Thank you so much for the wonderful recs! I bought Wicked Ways and your novel, and I’m very excited to read both!
This project is turning out to be so much bigger than I first thought it would! 😀
Hi Christina 🙂
It’s amazing when you put something out into the universe how it responds back. You are going to be drowning in erotic reading … but that might not be a bad thing haha.
Please let me know how you go with them, but more importantly I hope you enjoy.
Yes, the universe works in mysterious and wonderful ways 🙂 It’s not a bad thing at all!
I will be updating along the way of this project, for sure!
Thank you 🙂
If you’re looking for something “similar” to 50 Shades of Grey (i.e. billionaire/ingénue romance), but well written and written by someone who actually has sex and enjoys BDSM, check out Cecilia Tan’s *Struck by Lightning* series http://blog.ceciliatan.com/publications/slow-surrender.
As a Geek, you may appreciate my own *Spyder & The Lady Series* (BDSM Space Opera) http://transgressivewriter.com/spyder.php. (One reviewer after reading the first book asked if there were others preceding it because the characters’ back stories are so well developed.)
And if you like geeky erotic fiction, you can get introduced to a number of authors who write that by checking out the Geeky Kink Anthology http://riverdaleavebooks.com/books/5228/the-first-annual-geeky-kink-anthology
Also, if you’re looking for quick reads with specific kinks (or even vanilla sex), my short stories cover a wide spectrum and you can choose them by the categories you prefer at http://www.eroticawriter.net/shortstories.php?searchbycategory=true).
Thanks for your appreciation of quality erotic fiction.
Thank you so much! I’ve scribbled it all down on my recommendation list 😀
A smart move to ask for suggestions on erotic books — and you’ve received lots of recommendations! I like what you said about “50 Shades” 🙂 I haven’t read the books, but I hear the writing is blah. You make a good point about unrealistic sex being portrayed. I hope that doesn’t lead to unrealistic expectations for readers.
50 Shades definitely is blah 😛 Not worth the time in my opinion! And now that I know about some of the other amazing books out there in this genre, I hope that some readers will be inspired to pick up some of those instead 🙂
You’re doing a great job to tell readers there are wonderful erotica books besides the one that we hear about all the time.
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