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Well, I have been reading romance and erotic literature for about five years now. I started out in paranormal and opened up to all sub genres of romance about three years ago.
With the whole D/s thing in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY much is being said about the treatment of women in the genres. Are they empowered, cowed, or abused.
I don’t really want to talk about FSOG — It is probably the JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL of this decade: Lots of attention and now who can remember it?
But, what about romance, does it empower women?
I say it does.
Romance gives us permission to be sexually open: with our partners or on our own. My gynecologist says our libido has a lot more to do with our heads than our genitals. Female Characters in Romance novels of most varieties explore their sexuality, and are sexually satisfied. Plus, through romance novels we learn a lot about sex and also read a lot of hyperbole about sex. I had no idea about what a St. Andrews Cross was before I read a novel with BDSM.
Now, I am totally vanilla and have been married forever, but I love to understand people and this is really the only way I am going to learn about a lot of different ways people express their sexuality.
Also, through romance novels we are able to explore fantasies beyond the scope of our own imaginings. The scope of sub-genres of Romance is amazing: New Adult, Paranormal, BDSM, Contemporary, Inspirational, Historical, High Fantasy, etc. There’s some truly ridiculous stuff too (shape-shifting time traveling dinosaurs and cat-based men with magical twirling penises which secret orgasm inducing chemicals).
Now, I am not saying it is a perfect thing, women my age are considered little old ladies and all the men have huge penises, and in many erotica books, couples mistake sex for love and use it as a substitute for communicating. It is not usually “great literature,” Although I think a lot of “great literature” thinks too highly of itself.
But overall, Romance gives wings to our sexuality; as long as we keep our feet on the ground, it opens up all kinds of options.
I have chosen a bunch-o-books from which one winner will get to choose two. They are not chosen because they are good or bad examples of, or even primarily, romance.
The giveaway is open only to persons over 18 and with US Shipping addresses.
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Here are the books choices, and blurbs. One Winner will pick Two of these books.
A BARRICADE IN HELL
By Jamie Lee Moyer, Tor June 2014
From Publisher’s Weekly via Jamie Lee Moyer’s Website:
Madam Isadora Bobet and her apprentice, Delia Ryan, are always surrounded by the shadows of the dead. Most of these shades are quickly sent on their way, but when the ghost of a persistent little girl invades Delia’s dreams, she knows that mystery is afoot. Is it a coincidence that her husband, Capt. Gabe Ryan of the SFPD, happens to be working on a murder case that is likely part of a series of ghastly slayings? How do the deaths and ghosts connect to Miss Effie Fontaine, an evangelist for peace who recently arrived in San Francisco? It’s going to take courage, quick thinking, and stout hearts, for Delia and her team to solve the tangled mess of clues in front of them. Moyer has definitely upped her game.
Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it’s 1917—the threshold of a modern age—and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.
That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.
As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice—take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?
THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER
by Beth Cato, Harper Voyager , September 2014
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.
Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself. http://www.bethcato.com/the-clockwork-dagger/
by Stephanie Thornton
Penguin/NAL November 2014
In the late twelfth century on the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, following a violent feud between blood brothers, the victor Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself Genghis Khan. But behind one powerful man stand many strong women…
After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, darkness looms over Borte’s life. She becomes an outcast among her clan and after seeking comfort in the arms of an aristocratic traveler, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man she was betrothed to years ago but who abandoned her long before they could marry. And he will only leave her behind again.
Temujin will make Borte his khatun, his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new empire. Their daughter, a fierce girl named Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, seeks revenge against the Mongol barbarians who destroyed her city and murdered her family, but in the end will sacrifice everything to protect the Golden Family. Demure widow to Genghis’ son, Sorkhokhtani positions her sons to inherit the Empire when it begins to fracture from within.
As Genghis Khan sets out to expand his conquests and the steppes run red with blood, Borte and the women of the clan will fight, love, scheme, and sacrifice, all for the good of their family and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls…
Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
by Stephanie Thornton
Penguin NAL May 2014
Egypt, 1400s BC. The pharaoh’s pampered second daughter, lively, intelligent Hatshepsut, delights in racing her chariot through the marketplace and testing her archery skills in the Nile’s marshlands. But the death of her elder sister, Neferubity, in a gruesome accident arising from Hatshepsut’s games forces her to confront her guilt…and sets her on a profoundly changed course.
Hatshepsut enters a loveless marriage with her half brother, Thut, to secure his claim to the Horus Throne and produce a male heir. But it is another of Thut’s wives, the commoner Aset, who bears him a son, while Hatshepsut develops a searing attraction for his brilliant adviser Senenmut. And when Thut suddenly dies, Hatshepsut becomes de facto ruler, as regent to her two-year-old nephew.
Once, Hatshepsut anticipated being free to live and love as she chose. Now she must put Egypt first. Ever daring, she will lead a vast army and build great temples, but always she will be torn between the demands of leadership and the desires of her heart. And even as she makes her boldest move of all, her enemies will plot her downfall….
THE VEIL OF TIME
by Claire MacDougall
Gallery Books (March 11, 2014)
In the wake of her divorce, Maggie Livingstone leaves her native Glasgow to rent a holiday cottage at the foot of Dunadd, an ancient Pictish hill fort in the Scottish highlands, where the kings of Scotland were once crowned. There she is hoping to find time to herself to finish a post-graduate thesis on the witch burnings she started before her marriage.
But there is too much in Maggie’s past to allow for much peace and quiet: There’s her epilepsy for which a scheduled surgery might be her only chance of “normality;” there’s the recent death of her eleven year-old daughter, Ellie; there’s her teenage son, who left for boarding school when tensions at home became intolerable.
But most of all, there are those vivid dreams Maggie has in the deep sleep after seizures which make her draw only a fuzzy line between waking and sleeping. Dunadd, with its own vibrant history, starts to cross that line, and soon Maggie isn’t sure if she is only dreaming about her forays back to 735AD.
Fergus, the king of Dunadd’s recently widowed brother, certainly seems real enough to be more than a passing interest to Maggie. Sula the druidess paints quite a different picture of the pagan religion than Maggie had understood from her research. And then there is Fergus’s young daughter, who is so like her own daughter, Maggie can’t decide which world she belongs in.
Back in her own time, Maggie discovers in an ancient census that 735 AD was the year of a devastating earthquake at Dunadd. With the date of her surgery fast approaching, Maggie knows she has to get back to warn Fergus to take his daughter and leave the fort, that the era of his family’s rule at Dunadd is about to come to an abrupt end.
VAMPIRE IN PARADISE
The vangels are back in Vampire in Paradise, the latest in Sandra Hill’s bestselling Deadly Angels series
It’s been centuries since the Norseman Sigurd Sigurdsson was turned into a Vangel—a Viking Vampire Angel—as punishment for his sin of envy, but he’s still getting the hang of having fangs that get in the way when seducing women. Slaying demon vampires known as Lucipires and using his healing gifts as a cancer research doctor, Sigurd is sent to Florida’s Grand Keys Island as a resident physician . . . where he encounters a sinfully beautiful woman.
The only hope Marisa Lopez has of curing her five-year-old daughter is a pricey experimental procedure. When she meets the good-looking doctor, Marisa is speechless. Then Sigurd tells her he believes he can help her daughter. Could this too-hot-to-resist Viking doctor be an angel of some sort sent to bring a miracle for her daughter? Or is he just a vampire bent on breaking Marisa’s heart? http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062210487/vampire-in-paradise
CAPTIVATED BY YOU
THIS IS A PRE-READ COPY – it is the copy I read to review the book.
Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream… http://www.penguin.com/book/captivated-by-you-by-sylvia-day/9780425273869
A PERFECT SCORE
Back of the Book
Bad Girl Grading System
A — Totally bad!!!
B — Could be worse…
C — Wannabe territory
D — Way too nice!
F — Give it up, Mattie Brown!
Mattie Brown has always prided herself at excelling at everything. And that’s why it’s killing her that she scored only 18% on a sex test! But she isn’t going to take it lying down. (Well, maybe she will, but that’s beside the point.) Her plan — to proposition Cullen Slater, the neighborhood stud, for some hands-on instruction in how to make her sex life sizzle. Too bad it’s her cute, nice-guy neighbor Mike Peterson who’s lighting her fire…. http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=12242
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