I have a secret addiction. I love reading sex. I love it graphic and juicy and I want it to take a long time. None of this closed bedroom door, wind blowing through the curtains, mild suggestion of carnal knowledge off screen for me. Bodice ripping, hot breathing, dirty talk, salacious, lascivious, no-holds-barred sex – that’s how I write it, that’s how I want to read it. And I’m not alone. (Thank goodness – I’d be worried there might be something wrong otherwise!)
There are a bunch of like-minded souls out there, all quietly salivating over a melting e-reader. Mostly them are women – a few are men – but all of them have very particular tastes (like moi) when it comes to their erotic fiction. Luckily for all of us, there are plenty of manufacturers of our drug of choice. The range of available erotic fiction is as diverse and surprising as the sexual proclivities of the people reading it. Allow me to introduce you to a few of my bigger dealers. Check them out. You never know, for less than the price of a coffee you might find something that melts your undies and curls your toes!
Momentum Books - Hot Down Under Series
Momentum is digital only part of the big traditional publisher Pan MacMillan. If you want a taste of some great Australian erotic fiction you can’t go past their Hot Down Under series. These are all short erotic stories that carry a tiny price tag for a big bang! And all of them set in Australia, so you’ll recognise the places (and maybe even some of the people!)
One of the most well-known and prolific erotic fiction publishers, these guys publish both print and e-books. Their focus is sexually explicit romance stories (under the ‘Romantica (R)’ banner), but they also do purely sexual journey’s (under ‘Exotica’), a small number of kink and fetish books. There’s also a little something for the boys – EC for men. According to their website they publish books that show ‘women's sexual experiences are legitimate, positive, and beautiful.’ Can’t argue with that.
Carnal Desires Publishing
These people are the sexy leg of Double Dragon Publishing, a Canadian e-book publisher that has been around for over a decade. They publish ‘character-driven erotic romance novels featuring explicit sensual scenes’ in both digital and print. They have no less than 20 sub-genres to choose from – including older characters, paranormal, BDSM or comedy. Sadly a lot of their categories have no listings, but some of their books do have excerpts – so you can try before you buy.
It doesn’t get bigger than this UK outfit. With 25 categories, most of which have several books listed, it’s all about choice. And if you LOVE LOVE LOVE your erotic books so much you want the world to know about it, they have MERCHANDISE. Their aim is to publish ‘hot, steamy story lines with fabulously well rounded characters that make you want to come back for more and more!’ A bit like great sex really.
Oooh - a taboo book store! Doesn’t that make you wanna take a look? Be warned if you do, it’s not for the faint hearted. Titles go right in into the very risqué, some verging on pornography (see ‘Daddy’s Favourites’ - which, by my definition, are pornography). But there are hundreds of other titles here and, while some of it looks a bit trashy, they do have some award winning authors (Selena Kitt). They also published Submission Therapy, which I featured last week.
This digital arm of Harlequin (of Mills and Boon fame) was at the forefront of e-book publishing and has a wide list of all kinds of romance including a strong erotica list that covers BDSM, gay/lesbian, ménage, fantasy, paranormal and more. What impressed me about their list is they feature erotic fiction written from both female and male points of view – which is refreshing. Titles can be sorted by niche interest (vampires, shape shifters, fae, steampunk etc) or by genre. And for each title you view they come up with a handful of recommendations in a similar genre. Some even have excerpts.
So what are you waiting for? Go, explore, discover – but make sure you come back and tell me what you find. x
Where do you go to find great erotic fiction?