Saturday, January 21, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway with Authors Sidney Bristol & Jodie Becker

Hi Everyone. Please help me welcome Ellora's Cave authors, Jodie Becker and Sidney Bristol to the blog today! They are here to promote their erotic romance novels, Dirty Beautiful and Flirting with Rescue.

Are we all deviants?

JODIE: Romance books. You've all heard the trope, that it's dirty books. With covers like this:

Back in the late 80s early 90s, it took a brave woman to flick it out and read it on the train. Some might've sneered, and others might've snickered, but in the back of some people's heads they might wonder about the woman who reads/writes the novel with heaving bosoms and turgid shafts. You can only fall into two categories. You could either be an unhappy housewife or some sex kitten who wants it and wants it bad. Enter erotic romance. Rampant sex, happy blowjobs and BDSM, oh my! Yes, in erotic romances there are women who would gladly have a one night stand, no strings attached. Who would masturbate and give a blowjob, ready to swallow at the end of it all.
With covers like this:  

Erotic romance isn't ashamed of its blatant sexual content. So, are we really sex crazed?

SIDNEY: Hell no! Men have Playboy and porn, women have books. We're wired differently, and not everyone embraces or even understands that. As women, we want an emotional and titillating journey. We want to discover something about ourselves, have an adventure, be swept off our feet -- and get down and dirty. I think that in a lot of ways women are still claiming their sexuality. Once upon a time, sex was a chore, something we did for procreation or the pleasure of our spouse maybe. It's still not socially acceptable to be comfortable with your sexuality, but it's becoming something people talk about and learn about. I think that's one reason why the erotic market has taken off. A lot of people aren't ready to lead the charge on some poor, unsuspecting man, but within the context of a book, we can enjoy that experience of sexual maturity. Jodie, what do you think has made these changes acceptable?

JODIE: I think the fact that romance in itself existed along with the development of the women's movement. Back in the late 70s romance novels generally had alphas that were, to be honest, asshats. They dominated the woman without care for their wants and needs. That being said, that does happen in erotic romance today, but more along the line of what is called 'forced seduction'. It's a delicate line the writer walks when creating such a scene. It must show initial hesitation and end in her ultimate and happy capitulation. Ellora's Cave draws a hard line to rape and they make no exceptions. Some women might like to have a man dominate her and show her what she really wants, but it's not rape when she is ultimately satisfied. Forced seductions shouldn't also be related to exclusively BDSM type stories. Sometimes a little forced seduction might be just what the doctor ordered.

SIDNEY: Exactly! Everyone needs something specific from their sexual journey. I read several capture fantasies and came to the realization that it's just not my cup of tea. And that's okay! I will admit that I love to curl up and read a good BDSM themed book. There's something about the power exchange between the characters and the dynamics at play that makes for a powerful backdrop. If anything would make me a sexual deviant, it would be that. Heck, BDSM was considered a mental illness for quite a while, and still is in some areas. Granted, it takes a particular person to enjoy those types of activities. But there's nothing wrong with a contemporary setting, no toys or props involved. Through romance you can travel the wide scope of possibilities in romance, from the alpha hero to the beta boy, from sweet to sinful. A person can learn a lot about themselves just through the pages of a book, right Jodie?

JODIE: I think so. I think romance isn't dirty or pointless or lacks substance.  It's a book filled with the most basic wants of a human being. Companionship and the need to be loved. Sure with an ample amount of hot steamy sex, but who is complaining? Sex in romance is steamy, moving and yes, even in an erotic romance, essential to the forward motion of the plot. We like our turgid erections gleaming with pre-cum and the way the heroine orgasms in every single sexual interaction. It might be fantasy, but the journey fills us with joy when there is a Happily Ever After.

SIDNEY: There's nothing wrong with fantasy, or our secret desires. Books allow us the chance to live vicariously through characters and our imagination. For whatever reason you read and enjoy naughty stories, it's yours, and we're more than happy to help with our little stories and horny characters.

Thanks for spending some time with us today. Comment for a chance to win this bohemian inspired necklace:

You can check out our books here:

Dirty Beautiful
by Jodie Becker
Purchase Link: Ellora’s Cave

Book one in the Dirty Deeds series.

Disillusioned by love, Erica has tasted the bitter pill of betrayal and wonders if she’s enough for one man. When a hot guy moves in next door, Erica decides to settle for good old-fashioned lust. What starts out as a simple seduction quickly evolves, and Erica is fast finding out Dylan is dangerous not only to her libido, but her heart as well.

Recently retired from the adult-film industry, Dylan hopes for a fresh start in Templeton where his porn persona, Drake Van Wulf, is unknown. His new neighbor is unlike the women he’s accustomed to, but she stirs his blood nonetheless. His rule not to get involved is quickly tested by Erica and her lush curves. Unable to withstand her allure, Dylan finds himself wanting more from Erica than just her body. He wants her heart also.

With the secret of his past hanging in the shadows, Dylan’s about to find out if love truly conquers all.

Flirting with Rescue
by Sidney Bristol
Purchase Link: Ellora’s Cave
Sparks—and clothes—fly when hot veterinarian Cody-Lynn Parker shows up at Scott Carillo’s animal shelter. Scott’s had a bad run with women, but he can’t keep his hands off Cody’s luscious curves.

Cody’s trying to be professional, but she can barely concentrate on work thanks to her craving for the tall, dark and sexy Cuban. She kisses caution goodbye and Scott hello when his shirt comes off.

Between naked star-gazing and naughty massages, their steamy fling turns into an affair of the heart. But when thieves target Cody, she finds herself flirting with danger, and Scott wants to rescue her whether she thinks she needs it or not.

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Jodie and Sidney will be giving away a Bohemian necklace to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour
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Next stop: 24th Jan: A Buckeye Girl Reads 


  1. You guys books sound amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I had so much fun reading this post: "heaving bosoms and turgid shafts" aside.


  3. Jodi and Sidney

    Your books sound really good and I would love to read them. My question for both of you is do you believe in true love, soul mate and that are you meant to be together.

  4. Hi Tore,

    I definately believe in that. Of course, our soul mates aren't perfect, just perfect for us. :D

  5. Great interview and beautiful necklace, it would look good gracing my swanlike neck.

  6. I have to agree with your views on romance! I have to 'fight' with people telling me romance is not a proper genre and that is pointless. I hate this attitude!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it


  8. Fabulous interview, Sidney and Jodie! I stumbled across more erotic romance long after I started reading romance, and love that there are stories where the physical is more of a part of the story. I read widely, depending on my mood, and love to be able to enjoy all heat levels. Thanks for writing stories for the steamier side ;) As for those romance nay-sayers, I just feel sorry for them--they clearly haven't learned to enjoy a story that embodies hope and reaffirms the power of love and the good things in life!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  9. Both books are great! I have Dirty Beautiful but haven't gotten a chance to reading it yet! I look forward to it though!! :)


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