WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading – Smut!

What I Read This Week? Some Smut

For me, Jilly Cooper is a classic example of smut, similar to Jackie Collins. Not exactly romance, but not erotica and definitely not to be classed under women’s fiction!

I checked for the definition of smut:

  • small flake of soot or other dirt; all those black smuts from the engine or a fungal disease of grains in which parts of ear change to black powder
Not exactly what I was looking for, so I checked urban dictionary, which said smut is:
  • ‘A writing style that is sexually explicit and generally associated with females.Basically porn aimed towards women.The difference between porn and smut:Porn: Usually has very little plot line and is extremely sexually explicit. Mostly watched or ‘read’ for the pictures. Aimed towards men.Smut: Highly developed stories with love lines and other things that appeal to women that also include alot of sexually explicit scenes. Can be in comic form, or in written form (as in romance books)’
That sounds like Jilly Cooper. Also Emma Chase, another book I read. I do think calling it porn is a little too much, however. I don’t read it all the time, but once in a while smut is good if you just want some mindless entertainment.
On to the meme!

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

 WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

 What I’m Reading…

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Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora, but one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

Started it Monday night and already over halfway finished! I wouldn’t call it a thriller yet, but I’m looking forward to the twist. So far, much better (imo) than Girl on the Train.

What I Read…

royally-screwed-by-emma-chaseNicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Smutty book # 1.

The main thing I didn’t like about this book was the title. I had to keep the cover hidden from my kids. Luckily, it only took me a couple of days to read it!

Sweet, sexy and entirely predictable. I get that New Adult books need some conflict but I wish they would stop with making the guy such an ass that it’s upsetting that the girl would forgive him. The book had a couple of those moments, but ended on a happy note, setting up for the next in the series. A good light and fluffy read.

Smutty book #2

mountBlurb – Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .

Mount is classic Jilly Cooper. Not her best (that was Rivals) but pretty darn good. If you like a sexy romp in the wilds of Cotchester, this is the book for you. If you don’t like smut, don’t bother with it!!

What I’ll Read Next…

I have no idea. I’ve got a pretty big pile of TBR books that I need to get through before Christmas, when it will get even bigger! 🙂

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Jilly Cooper’s new book is out!!!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

mountBlurb – Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace . . .

Why I love Jilly Cooper:

It’s been six long years since Jilly Cooper put out a new book and I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. I’ve been in love with her Rutshire Chronicles for over twenty years, after finding dog eared copies of Riders, Rivals and Polo at a yard sale. These books are smut, plain and simple, full of adultery and betrayals set in the British world of horse racing and for those who enjoy those kind of books, there is nothing like them. Cooper writes from her own experiences, crafting multiple story lines and large case of memorable characters, including the infamous Rupert Campbell -Black. Other than fantasy novels, I’ve never been so immersed in an author’s world before.

Her last novel, Jump! was published in 2010. Six years is a long time between books but understandable when you consider Jilly is 79 years old, recently recovered from a stroke and her books are 600 pages long! She writes however she wants to – with multiple POVs often changing mid-page and colourful descriptions of gardens and dinner tables. I think it’s a JK Rowling thing – no one wants to edit her! For those who have never experienced the joy of following the antics of Rupert Campbell -Black, I don’t suggest starting at this book. Go back from the beginning and read Riders. And the series isn’t for everyone – the sex is raunchy, the comments sexist with plenty of despicable characters and changing the POV like she does is kind of jarring. But it’s a wild ride and I, for one, am thoroughly enjoying it!

What I Read…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

I had such high hopes but this book proved to be a disappointment. Here’s my Goodreads review:

There was so much potential to this book – great premise, fun way to connect Outlander, talks about my favourite book boyfriend Jamie Fraser, wonderful to explore Scotland. The main thing that didn’t work was the main character. Emma was…just stupid. There’s no nice way to put it. At 29 years old, she hasn’t got her life together, or even attempts to. Instead she runs off the Scotland to find her ‘Jamie’. Sometimes I don’t think she realizes Jamie Fraser is an actual fictional character. The character of Emma is why chicklit gets a bad name – she’s every one of the stereotypes of flaky, annoying characters so focused on finding a man that she can’t see what’s in front of her. It’s too bad because this book does have a lot going for it, including a plug from Diana Gabaldon herself.

It received 2 stars. 🙁

What I’ll Read Next…

couple-next-door Unless I find something exciting at the library during my next visit. But it will take me a while to finish Mount, so I’ll return to WWW Wednesday when I do!!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

WWW WednesdayWWW- Wednesday – What I’m Reading…

I finally got through The Girl on the Train! What did I think? Keep reading…

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

finding-frazerSometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?

What I’ve Read…

girl on the trainBlurb – EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I gave this three stars on Goodreads but couldn’t decide what to say about it. It was okay. Meh. It had some moments, but I figured out whodunit from the get go. I’m sure I’ll watch the movie and compare the two. What this book really taught me is that I need to like the main character to be able to enjoy the book. Rachel got a bit better near the end and I found myself enjoying it more, rather than feeling obligated to pick it up. I know most of the world loved this book, but I’m not one of them.

roman-crazyBlurb – Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

What I told Goodreads: “There is so much good about this book. It’s sweet, heart-warming, funny and makes you fall in love with Rome. But one little thing spoiled it for me. SPOILER SORRY* If you lost a baby like Avery did, it would affect you. You would talk about it. You would think about it every day, every time you saw children. Avery’s loss was only addressed once, and all too briefly. Alice Clayton (who I love) and Nina Bocci should have left this aspect out of the story if they were unable or unwilling to continue with it. Once I realized Avery could forget about such a thing, it ruined the story for me.
Also, Marcello was too perfect.”

It’s too bad when one little thing about a book can spoil it for you. But as a mother I couldn’t abide with Avery’s reaction – or non-reaction – to losing her child. Too bad. It still makes me want to wander around Rome, though. But not with a Marcello.

What I’ll Read Next…
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I love Jilly Cooper and I’ve already pre-ordered her latest. It’s out next week, so whatever I pick up after I finish with Finding Fraser will be short so I can start this as soon it’s delivered to my door.  Can’t wait!!

What about you? Are you reading anything good? Are you excited about a new release?

Movies to music to books

I went to hear the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this week.

I’ve always loved music. While I tend to stick to the tried and true styles like pop, alternative, punk-pop and 80s classics, there is a fair amount of classical on my iTunes playlist. So it’s not unheard of my to attend a concert. My father-in-law had an extra ticket and I was happy to accompany him.

And then I found out the symphony was featuring the music of John Williams. John Williams, who scored the music for the Star Wars movies, and all but two of Steven Spielberg films.

Interest turned to excitement.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan.

What I found interesting and enjoyable is that as I listened to the music, it wasn’t the movies I was thinking about. I kept going back to books.

appassionata-jilly-cooper-book-cover-artWatching the musicians reminded me of a Jilly Cooper book Appassionata. I’m a huge fan of Jilly Cooper and most of my collection of her novels are pretty beat up due to countless re-reading. Appassionata is about a orchestra in Rutminister, England and the shenanigans of the musicians. Gazing up at the rows of violins and cellos, I couldn’t help wondering if the behaviour of the Toronto Symphony was as scandalous as their counterparts in the Jilly Cooper’s world!

On closer observation, I doubt it. But I did come up with some interesting character sketches.

My mind tends to wander at events like this (happens all the time in church) and as I listened to the music, I found myself plotting two short stories I’ve been thinking of writing. And then the music from the Star Wars movies started and that was it – I was transported into the world of George Lucas.

What is it about those movies that draw me in? The writing isn’t that terrific, although the world building is incredible. The characters…I think it’s the characters that I connect with, but it’s not just because of the movies. When I was a teen and early twenties I started reading the Star Wars books. I found out about Leia and Han’s relationship, how Luke Skywalker fell in love (twice), everyone’s children, minor characters given a life…Reading those books really gave more meaning to the movies for me.swbooks

Unfortunately, all of the books I read are no longer ‘canon’ which means any future films won’t follow the timeline of the books. So just because Leia and Han had twins (boy and a girl) doesn’t mean that Rey and Kylo Ren are those kids. Maybe. I won’t know until the next movie.

I’m not sure what the premise of this post is – just to share the wanderings of my mind? To show how music can lead me to reminiscence about books?  To make me want to reread books? To show how everything can be interconnected back to books for me? Maybe just to tell you a little about my life.

In any event, thanks for listening and May the Force Be With You!!

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

top 10Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks at The Broke and The Bookish because they like lists!  Well, so do I, so I thought it might be fun to take part.

 

Today’s list is :

Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

This was a fun task.  I’ve always said I would read anything as long as I liked the characters and it had an interesting story, but after this list, it’s quite clear what genres and authors I’m most loyal to!  I also obviously like popular, well-known authors!

Philippa Gregory (13) – I do love historical fiction! There’s only a few of her older ones I don’t have, and I’m picking them up slowly.  She’s pretty factual but of course she’s embellished the details – this being fiction, of course – which makes for some good stories.  And they are more fun to read than my history books were!

Robin Maxwell (9)- historical fiction as well, but I’ve been disappointed in her last few books.  She needs to go back to the Tudors; they were her best ones!

Jilly Cooper (10) – I just love her books!  Fun, epic yarns about the British upper class

John Grisham (12) – I share these with my hubby

J.D Robb (14+) – These were shelved all over the place so I lost count.  But I have most of her books.  I quite like Eve and Roarke

Nora Roberts (lots) – I’ve moved away from my romance phase but will still read the odd Nora Roberts novel, and will pick one up if I see in a second-hand store if the story catches my eye.

Stephen King (7+) – The last new one I bought of his was the JFK one, which I still haven’t read. Once I do, I predict I’ll be catching up on what I haven’t read

MaryJanice Davidson (8) – I think I have almost everything she’s written, except the anthologies.  She writes awesome, funny, hot books about the queen of the vampires.  So great!

Steve Berry – I really, really liked him and have all his books but his last ones have really disappointed me.  It’s like he was just phoning it in.  Will try his latest but not hopeful

James Patterson ( a lot ) I went through a James Patterson phase and would read whatever he wrote, but that was a  long time ago.  I haven’t read one of his in a while, but have a lot to chose from, since they get given to me!

 

 

 

12 Favourite Books to Have when Planning on Being Stranded on a Deserted Island

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12 Favourite Books to Have With You When Planning on Being Stranded on a Deserted Island

Day 4 of Blog Tour – guest post from What is That Book About

A few weeks ago I saw a picture of an author’s 10 favourite books – she had taken a photograph of them and then an artist had painted a watercolour of it.  It was beautiful, and I would LOVE for someone to do that for me!  (Hint hint, painting friends!)

But then I got thinking – what ARE my favourite books?

It’s impossible to pick just one.  That’s like asking a mother to pick their favourite child!  Ten seemed more doable, but still tough…

So I asked myself this question – if I knew I was going to be stranded on a deserted island, what books would I take with me?

(I’m not sure if you noticed, but there are 12, not 10 books in my pic!)

All these books are well-read and well-loved.  I’m the type who rereads books and some of these books do look a little worse for wear!  If I do get a painting out of it, I hope the artist can make them look a little less read!

Here’s my list of 12 favourite reads and reasons why:

In no particular order

Michael Grant – Gone

I know in the picture it’s called Hunger, but that’s because I let a friend borrow Gone and she hasn’t given it back yet.

This is my latest addition to my top list.  I found it last summer at a toystore while we were at the cottage, and it took me a day to read it, in between looking after kids and packing up for home! I seriously couldn’t put the book down, and on the 3 hour drive home, I stopped in the first Indigo I could find and bought the next 2 books in the series!

It’s a YA book about a town where everyone older 15 just disappears one day, and the kids that are left must fend for themselves and deal with their newly discovered powers.  There’s also a sinister evil apparition that is hell-bent on acquiring these powers.

It was the tag-line that sold me – If Stephen King had wrote Lord of the Flies.  ‘Nuff said.

A.C. Crispin – V

They made a miniseries out of this in the 1980s, about the lizard aliens who invade Earth to steal our water, hiding behind human faces.  Remember the scene of the lizard baby being born?  Or the alien commander eating a guinea pig?

This was the first sci-fi book I ever read when I was a teenager and it still has a big place in my heart.  So does Mike Donovan – the anti-hero hero of the book!

Emily Giffin – Something Borrowed

Even though I wrote a chick-lit book, (Baby! Baby? Baby?!), I was finding so much of the genre focused on characters that were really annoying and self-serving and selfish and…it’s difficult for me to read a book when I am constantly irritated by the main character.  So I stopped reading chick-lit for a while.  And then I picked up this book at an airport and it restored my faith in the chick-lit genre!

Rachel sleeps with her best friend’s fiancé and it turns out to be a good thing.

J.K.Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The only deliberation I had was whether to include this one or number 4 – Goblet of Fire.  I told myself only to pick one Harry Potter book.  If I was planning on being stranded on a deserted island, I would do my best to sneak the entire series into my bag!

Jilly Cooper – Rivals

Jilly Cooper is a British writer whose books are ‘gripping yarns’, set in glamorous settings and are chock full of adultery, infidelity and general betrayals.  My favourite of her books are the Rutshire Chronicles, featuring the devastating Rupert Campbell – Black.  Rivals is my top pick of Cooper’s books but any one of them are the ultimate beach read.

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

I don’t feel I need to explain.  If you haven’t read it, it’s a must!  Plus, Mr. Bennett reminds me so much of my father-in-law!

Stephen King – The Stand

This is more thriller than horror and one of Stephen’s King’s best.  A plague has decimated the human population and small groups of survivors make their way to Colorado where there is an epic fight between good and evil.  Classic.

George R.R. Martin – Game of Thrones

If you’ve seen the show you’ll understand why I picked this one.  It’s fantasy with dragons and gods and the three best characters are a little girl, a witty dwarf and a Kingslayer who is involved in an incestuous relationship.  And the main character is killed off before the end of the book.  If it’s not for you, than I won’t bother trying to persuade you to try, but it’s good!

Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games

The first one is the series is the best

Michael Critchon – Timeline

Time-travel, quantum physics and thirteen century France.  The movie was pretty sad, but the book is really cool

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

I first read this in high school and it’s been a favourite ever since.  It was my first time reading about dystopian society and my first time focusing in the status of women in literature; two things that remain an interest of mine to this day

Katherine Neville – The Eight

It’s a mixture of historical fiction, medieval mystery and modern romance.  It’s hard to explain, but definitely a cool read.

So there are my 12 favourite books.  What about you?

 

Sexytime in books

I went for a run this morning. Usually I go with my good friend but she was having a much-deserved sleep in this morning, so I thought I’d go myself.   I thought this morning would be a good time to get my head around an article I’m writing for the church newsletter on Spirituality and Running. My minister suggested it, I think because he knows I would rather go for a run on Sunday mornings than go to church with husband and kids. Have I ever had a spiritual experience while running? Not really sure, but I thought a solo run might be a good time to reflect on it. And then I could talk to my friend about connections to religion and spirituality and running the next time we ran…heehee. Inside joke.
I also thought it might be a sign of solidarity to another good friend (my walking friend. I have a running friend and a walking friend and also a boxing/bellydancing friend who once called me a workout slut but that’s off topic.) My walking friend and 90% of my predominantly Jewish neighbourhood were enjoying(?) the high holy day of Yom Kippur while I was reflecting on my spirituality this morning. I thought that might make me a good neighbour. Anyway, I started out with my ipod and thought it was a good sign that ‘Like a Prayer’ was the second song on my playlist. I began to contemplate my spirituality…

…and then my thoughts turned to sex.

Not my sex life, but sex in books. Sex in my book. So much for spirituality and running this morning.

When I tell friends about my book coming out, I get a lot of eager questions about if there’s a lot of sex in it. Unfortunately, there’s not. There’s a little bit where Casey finds the cheating boyfriend in the process of cheating with the girl in the church (I’m sure that would be great for the church newsletter!) and the end of the second chapter ends with her having sex, but that’s about it. It’s not that I’m avoiding it – if Casey should have had sex, I’d be perfectly happy to have her enjoy some sex but I wasn’t about to put in a gratuitous sex scene just for the sake of writing a dirty bit.  But because of all the questions and the interest in sex in books in general lately, I was wondering if I should include more in the new book I’m working on. And if so, how graphic should I make it?

I’ve read the three Fifty Shades and have seen how erotica is sweeping the literary world these days. I enjoyed most of the books, although Christian’s ‘You.Are.Mine.’ while they’re getting it on gets creepy really quick. Reading the Fifty Shades trilogy led me to check out other books in the erotica genre, which was an undiscovered field for me. Memorable ones were ‘The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty’ (starts out good but too much spanking/paddling for my liking. A little might be ok, but if that’s all they do…) and ‘A Diary of a Submissive.’ BTW, any other suggestions would be welcome!

Doesn’t everyone have books with the pages earmarked at the good bits? When I was a teenager, my friend used to talk about the scandalous Jackie Collins but for me, Judith Krantz crafted a much better sex scene. And these days I love how Jilly Cooper writes sex. It’s not too titillating but more matter-of-fact. “Here are Billy and Janey walking through the meadow and now they are having sex and this is what he is doing to her and she is clearly enjoying it.” I love Jilly Cooper!

I remember I included a sex scene in one of my first books. Actually, I think I put in a couple of scenes, including a threesome, which a friend of mine loves reminding me about. He keeps asking if I’m going to put in another one in every book I write! I also remember reading the scene (straight sex, no kink) aloud in a writing class I was taking. Talk about embarrassing!

Because of the success of Fifty Shades, it’s clear sex sells. And women aren’t hiding in the bathtub reading their books anymore. Well, they are, but they’re also reading it on the subway, on the beach and in book clubs. And it’s not just women who are reading it. This summer, another family came to our cottage with us and all four adults were reading one of the Fifty Shades books!

So how much sex is enough? And how much is too much? I write chick-lit, not erotica, but should I play this new trend and spice it up? In the new book I’m working on, I think Brenna is going to have sex with the much younger Brady but how graphic should I make it? Should I sex up my chick lit, give Ana and Mr. Grey a run for their money? Then what happens when my great aunt reads it?
It’s something to think about. Do I try and channel my inner E.L. James or keep it sweet? (Maybe not too sweet) And apparently it’s more interesting to think about then my spirituality!

I should go work on that article now!

Ps. Just got the new J.K. Rowling. I wonder if she put in a sex scene?