December 12th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

I was pleased when the folks at Bitten by Paranormal Romance agreed to review Transported: Erotic Travel Tales, even though I’d warned them that there is nothing paranormal in there. While this review site does mainly cover paranormal tales (no surprise), they also venture into romance and erotica.

After the review was posted, I had a nice email exchange with the reviewer who said she’d read the final story twice, trying to figure out what the question was that Shar wanted to ask her lover. Yes, hmmm, well… sometimes not everything on the author’s mind is put to paper. 😉

The review can be found here (spoiler: It got an ‘alpha howl’!) (yes, of course that’s good!), and while you’re there, check out the other reviews, especially if you are a fan of the paranormal genre.

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November 27th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Oh, this makes me smile! A review from Fulani at his blog site. For an author, there’s really nothing quite like… being read. I think that’s the nicest thing about a review, really — not that some nice things were said about you, but that you can tell that someone actually read your book (and ‘got’ it). This reviewer got it, I can tell, because he pulled out some commonalities in the stories that, when I read them, made me say, Oh, yes, that’s me, all right!

He got how I like to write, too:

While each of the stories involves sex, all of them build to it, with tensions between the characters and implicit in the situation, before the act takes place. You get the slow burn before the sudden flash.

That is how I like my erotica (as a reader as well as a writer): I want there to be a story, a reason for it all. Not just a scene report. A short story doesn’t deliver all the backstory or answer every “What happens next?”, but I do like a bit of plot, a bit of “why” along with the “how.”

He’s got an interesting blog, a perfect example of the word “eclectic.” From his index of topics, here is just the letter B:

(Hint: Check out “bicycle.” See? There ARE new things out there!)

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October 27th, 2010 | 6 Comments »

Wow, October must be “Reviews Month” or something! Reminding me that I have a hot book to review as well, though I’ll have to post it in November. Check back!

Some flaming of the cheeks at this lovely review of Transported: Erotic Travel Tales from Coffee-Fueled Erotica. Some excerpts:

Within the first pages of this anthology it also becomes clear that Sharazade has travelled. Really travelled. Cold airports take on the qualities of landscapes. Details, some large, some almost infinitesimal, permeate every page of every story, giving this entire collection a sharp and sculpted feel.

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To me, sublime navigation and fluent control of language is so, soooooo sexy. And Sharazade has it in spades.

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In my opening paragraph I alluded to this book being all about sex and travel. That’s actually misleading. In truth, the sex and the travel frame these stories and this collection. What it’s truly about is characters. Relationships. And Sharazade paints these with enviable dexterity.

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Throughout the anthology, the characters and situations come across not just as real, but also as realistic. It’s to be expected that bodies would grind against each other, and they do so with heart, passion and often a degree of restriction. What elevates this book even more are the moments when the characters grate against each other. Travel is a stressful undertaking. The world is variegated and confusing. Anger is a passion.

Read the entire review here, she said, linking it a second time.

What I also liked about this review is just that it happened at all! It’s a nice example of something I talked about here earlier, in my post on Who Are a Writer’s Friends? I “met” the author of this review, Willsin Rowe, here on this blog site. He showed up one day (I really have no idea how he found his way here in the first place), left some amusing comments, so I responded, and he responded, and so on, and eventually we went to email, and I met a smart, funny, experienced erotic writer.

That’s really what blogs are for, isn’t it? Not just posting one’s blather every week, but communicating and interacting and discovering connections (and books!). Think about that as you navigate through the blogosphere — when you find a piece of writing or a piece of person (which is, really, what pieces of writing are) that moves you, then respond. The Internet lifts the borders of geography and time for us, for which I am continually grateful.

October 25th, 2010 | Comments Off on Reviewed by the Book Wenches!

Ooooh…. I got reviewed! Or rather, my book Transported: Erotic Travel Tales did, by the awesome review site BookWenches.

A few snippets:

Sharazade gives her readers nine hot stories that are so well written that you almost forget that it is erotica. She does a great job setting the scene for seduction.

When reading about the couples in the stories, you get an inside look as to what the dynamics of their relationships are like. The encounters are so hot because they know how to push each other to the limits.

These stories aren’t about doing the deed and getting it done. They are all about seduction, the build-up, the sensual ride and then the mind blowing release.

Read the full review here (scroll down to the 6th entry for mine) and also check out the other books on their October shelf. Heck, look around the whole site. It’s a good one. They have guest bloggers and author interviews and a large archive of book reviews.

August 28th, 2010 | Comments Off on Interviewed by J.E. Taylor

Author J.E. Taylor interviewed me for her blog on reading, writing, and publishing.

Paper or plastic? Leather or lace? Beach or mountains? Zombies or demons? I spill it all…

(We also talked about writing and publishing.)

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