A couple of days ago, I blogged about Aphrodisia and its attempts to have its Erotica line pimped as romance despite the line editor’s statements in an interview which seems to suggest that no HEA is required for these stories. Kate Douglas came over concerned that we were spreading some misinformation about the Aphrodisia line.
Other Aphrodisia authors came out in support and left comments.
Susan Lyons said
. The authors have virtually no guidelines, except that the book needs to be HOT! There are contemporaries, historicals, paranormals, humorous books, poignant stories, etc. etc. And all kinds of different sex between consenting adults (or consenting shapeshifters, or whatever).
Lucinda Betts said
The point is that HEA often go with sex, in life and in literature. The Aphrodisia books deliver the emotions that make sex hot for our readers. Sometimes that means we give our readers the HEA. Other times we don't. . . .There are several exerpts there [on my website]. Can you guess which end with an HEA?
Devyn Quinn wrote:
Our stories are about people connecting, enjoying that connection and regretting it when it is gone, or reveling in love when it stays.
Is the Aphrodisia line an erotic romance line or is it an erotica line with some authors writing romance? Will Aphrodisia’s marketing plan backfire? or gain new readership? Do you care? Will these authors be hurt by the fact that there are no parameters or is there truly a large and untapped market of straight erotica that is going to grow from the romance reader community?