Continuing with my blog series on '5 Things never to do with/at/to.....', hands up, I'll happily devour erotica, especially when its beautifully written. I first read Tabitha Rayne's A Clockwork Butterfly about 700 books ago, and I have never gotten--that's a nod to my US friends--over the way she colours (no shading for this lady) with exquisite language.
Second hand up, I don't write erotica--though given Tabitha's advice below, who knows...some of it sounds downright fun.
Third hands up, yes, I shied away from illustrating this piece with anything other than the pretty abstract. Why? Well, there's the copyright issue for a start (and I wanted quality stuff), and then there's my firm belief of 'each to their own', my fantasies might not impress.
And now for Tabitha's wisdom on
5 Things Never TO DO TO.......An Erotic Writer
Thanks for letting me share these special instructions Incy!
Having your own erotica writer can be a rewarding and exciting experience... however, get it wrong, and it can be horrifying.
If you already have an erotica writer, or are thinking of getting one, I thought I'd put together this helpful list of things never to do – to make your life that little bit easier. I have specified female writers here, males may need different care.
Never expose your erotica writer to extremes of temperature which are not self induced. Erotica Writers are incredibly sensitive and unless they are experimenting or writing a particularly hot scene, must always maintain a steady temperature. A good tip is a cosy pair of bed socks – pink and fluffy work best, and there is still scope for looking saucy from the ankles up.
Never let your Erotica Writer get too hungry. Being creative can often mean that your EW will go long periods locked away in her writing shed barely taking breaks for food and drink. This can lead to mood swings and ultimate death if not addressed. A simple hot tea and sandwich left conveniently (yet silently) within arm's reach will alleviate any potential distress.
Never approach your Erotica Writer during the lead up to a raunchy scene (beware, this may be difficult to gauge and should under no circumstances be mistaken with rule 4) – A break in concentration at this time could prove fatal to any plot twist and would most certainly dissolve any kindling passion within a scene.
Never leave for work or some other trifling distraction when your Erotica Writer is approaching the climax to a very hot scene. She will need to pounce the second she hits the final full stop. Just let it happen – it will benefit all parties concerned.
Never, and I mean never EVER, pass up a chance to help your erotica writer with her research. ;)
Because she's quite charming and polite, Tabitha thanked me for welcoming her, but I prefer to thank her! Also, it's only right that you should know a bit more about her and her new book:
Lovers on the run in search of a bond that transcends all else.
Dr. Deborah Regan is a scientist working on a cure to the poison that's killing the male population and destroying the natural world. But when she makes a breakthrough in her research, it becomes clear that the authorities have no intention of finding a cure, and now that she's getting closer to an answer, she's a threat to them—a threat they need to deal with quickly.
Deborah and her partner, Marcus, flee to the forest where they meet another couple on the run. Birch and Hazel show them how to survive in the wild and teach them the theory of ultimate unity. They believe that by finding sexual nirvana at the point of intense orgasm, they will break through the barriers of physicality and become one.
It soon becomes apparent that Deborah has an aptitude for falling into this trance-like state, and she manages to bring Marcus on her journey. Their spirits can indeed join together at the meeting point, suspended in time and space while they climax.
When Birch and Hazel become jealous of the young couple's ease at reaching ultimate unity—something they've unsuccessfully tried to do for years—they betray Deborah and Marcus to the authorities. As they are separated, Marcus begs Deborah to continue to search for the ultimate sexual unity, because he's convinced that no matter where they are, this connection will allow them to meet again on a spiritual plane.
Will this metaphysical union be enough for a couple so deeply in love?
Content Warning: This book contains apocalyptic peril and graphic sexual content, including m/f and f/f sexual interaction, along with BSDM
Note: This book has been previously published.
Bio Tabitha Rayne has been told she is quirky, lovely and kinky – not necessarily in that order or by the same person. She writes erotic romance and as long as there’s a love scene – she’ll explore any genre.
Her short stories are included in anthologies from Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, HarperCollins Mischief, Xcite, Oysters & Chocolate, Burning Books Press and House of Erotica. Her novella, Mia's Books won a Reader's Choice Award with TwoLips reviews. Taking Flight is the second book in The Clockwork Butterfly trilogy from Beachwalk Press.
Tabitha also has a passion for art and takes great pleasure in painting nude ladies.