Elena is an underwear model and trophy wife with a dark past. Joshua is a former NAVY Seal with a dark present; he is now a burglar who robs the homes of the wealthy. One night he breaks into Elena’s house, and the two of them are thrown together in a devil’s bargain of lust, blackmail and robbery, in a plan to steal a fortune in gold. But some dangerous individuals want the gold, also …
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So as every indie author knows, “erotica” sales have fallen off tremendously — in the “erotica” category! Mainly because of Amazon’s “adult filter” and blocking of various titles and keywords. However, the amount of graphic erotica being sold in the “short stories” “romance” and “new adult romance” categories is booming. Plenty of stepbrothers and stepsisters fucking (to best-seller status) over there in “new adult romance”, you know, although my “pseudo-incest erotica” will be blocked if I say that in the blurb or on the cover.
So I was going to put my latest novella in “romance > suspense” and “thriller > crime” categories to get it some more exposure.
But you know what?
I just couldn’t!
I mean, this is an extremely graphic book with a LOT of sex in it. It is, in fact, erotica. Porn! It’s an erotic thriller, sure, and I think it’s got great characters and a good story, but it’s PACKED with graphic descriptions of kinky sex.
And I just couldn’t try to “trick” my readers like that. I didn’t want some 15-year-old or some old lady to read it with completely wrong expectations about what it’s going to be about. I put a “WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENT!” line in the blurb, of course, but … when it came time to click “publish” I found I just couldn’t do it, so I put it back in “romance > erotica.”
Now, of course, one solution for this moral dilemma is for me to write a book that’s a bit less graphic. We’ll see 😉