Thursday, March 30, 2006

Access Denied

Rant alert ahead:,5778,s1-1-93-35-4130-1,00.html

This ticketh me off. This isn't even about the morning after pill which is a whole other debate. This is about birth control pills! Some pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions because birth control pills MIGHT prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg. Key word, MIGHT. It's never been proven they do. And many women take birth controls pills to do more than prevent pregnancy. They can be taken for medical reason to offset medical conditions.

What's next? Viagra prescriptions not being filled because it's used to make sex for more than procreation? High blood pressure medicine because it can interfere with erections and make Viagra needed?

We've come a long way with women being in control of their reproduction abilities. I don't want to go backwards.

May the muses have sense

Thursday, March 23, 2006

a little humor--an oldie but still a goodie

Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole. The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony.

The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to apologize.

"Please allow me to help. I'm a physical therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you'd allow me", she told him.

"Oh, no, I'll be all right. I'll be fine in a few minutes", the man replied. He was in obvious agony, lying in the fetal position, still clasping his hands together at his groin.

At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help. She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his pants and put her hands inside. She administered tender and artful massage for several long moments then asked, "How does that feel?"

He replied, "It feels great, but my thumb still hurts like hell."

May the muses have laughs

As blogger won't let me post a comment to my own blog

LOL Maureen, I have one of those cozies too. I think you gave me one *G*.

And I agree with Melissa on liking romance in erotic romance. I like my romance, my HEA, or at least Happily for now.

Funny, you should mention Robin Schone. I picked up the Lady's Tutor again. It amazes me how I feel the conflict of Elizabeth and Ramiel so freshly even though I've read it so many times. The characters live and breath for me. And the sexual tension is woven throughout the story. That's Romantica to me.

Ellora's Cave has trademarked the term Romantica. It's theirs. Even though they keep being left out of articles on erotic romance *shakes head*.


Thursday, March 16, 2006


*Grin* I’ve got your attention, haven’t I?

I’ve been enjoying Lany’s links to articles. I thought I’d take a moment and voice my opinion.

Sexual explicit stories without ROMANCE is NOT part of the ROMANCE genre. And I personally feel should not be marketed as such.

If a story doesn’t have a HAPPY EVER AFTER it is NOT romance.

The new “thing* is HAPPY FOR NOW endings. If a ROMANCE doesn’t at least have a HAPPY FOR NOW ending it is NOT in the ROMANCE genre.

What is it then, some may ask? Porn. Or for those that prefer the more gentle term, it is erotica. Sex. Sex. Sex. And MORE sex for the simple sake of sex.

Do I have something against those who write in the erotica genre?

Nope, not at all. I’m betting there are many good erotica authors out there. After all writing love scenes in a romance is challenging enough, I can't imagine the work erotica authors put into their stories. The only thing I ask is please do not market them as a romance.

I’ve been reading the romance genre since my senior literature teacher gave me a copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I have read every genre in romance from inspirational where there is either fade to black sex, or no sex at all, to erotic romance.

There are many great writers in all genres of romance, all with their own allotment of sexual content. As the erotic romance market grows I do hope those authors who -up until now- don’t start writing heavy, explicit sexual content simply to get “in” on the erotic romance boom. I bet many of us can name favorite historical authors who jumped to the romantic suspence genre when it exploded into a craze. I for one still desperately miss a few faves who used to write historicals.

Some of us have to have it. (Sex) I think good sex is part of a good relationship. For me sex is part of romance.

Angela Knight is very talented at writing erotic romance. Very, VERY talented. She’s posted an article on her blog titled STEAM 101. It’s a must read for any romance writer.

Until later!


Friday, March 10, 2006

another article on erotic romance

It does mention Ellora's Cave, an improvement over most articles on the growing genre.

But this line sets my teeth on edge: Chock-full of heaving bosoms, various throbbing body parts and raunchy sex scenes, the books fall into a category called romantica.

*sigh* No heaving bosoms in our books. And I don't call sex scenes I write raunchy. I do write explicit. I refuse to couch the scenes behind closed doors in purple prose.

And I don't like to read a sex scene and wonder, "Did they or didn't they?" And yes, I just read a book, I'm not sure they went all the way or not. I reread the passage a couple of times with no luck deciphering.

I've never forgotten in high school English reading a classic. We were talking about a particular group of pages. The teacher said, "They just had sex." *blinks* LOL talk about mystery. I never would have said that passage was "that." And I didn't like it then, I don't like it now.

One thing that has been pointed out on other lists is that romantica is a trademarked term. By Ellora's Cave. But the paper doesn't use it that way.

I love the growing attention to the genre of erotic romance. But darn it, I'd like to find a positive article. With no wink wink nudge and reflecting the correct way things have grown up.

May the muses have erotic romance

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Lookeee what we got!