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Monday News: X-rays of corsets; scientists study the justification for oral sex; Price fixing trial is over

Monday News: X-rays of corsets; scientists study the justification for oral...

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“Female orgasm may be designed to increase relationship satisfaction (Pair-Bond Hypothesis), to encourage subsequent copulations (Promoting Future Copulations Hypothesis), to retain preferentially the sperm of men with higher genetic quality (Sire Choice Hypothesis), to promote fertilization (for a critical review, see Levin, 2011), or female orgasm may be a non-functional byproduct of male orgasm (reviewed in Puts, Dawood, and Welling, 2012). “ Discover Magazine

“On the basis of this trial record I would find that the publishers conspired with each other in December of ’09 and January of 2010 to raise eBook prices.”

Snyder said in the back and forth on this point, “I think that the critical question is, in terms of Apple’s liability, whether Apple was aware of such a horizontal conspiracy.”

Judge Cote said, “I agree with that, absolutely.”

Tuesday News: Women are portrayed as frequently aggressive, always willing, and seemingly insatiable says Judge of werewolf erotica

Tuesday News: Women are portrayed as frequently aggressive, always willing, and...

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Melanie, Cleo, Ellen, and Angela

We had a great time last night in Anderson’s Bookshop at the Nalini Singh signing. Here is a crew of Dear Author readers. Ellen came all the way from Alabama. Angela drove down from Madison. Melanie is a native (and a recent convert of RT).  Ellen and Cleo were accompanied by their husbands. I thought it was particularly romantic that these gentlemen accompanied their wives to a 2 hour Q&A and signing. Cleo’s husband, Bill, said that it was the least he could do after all the times his wife has sat through a number of events with his friends but romance is in the small gestures and these two husbands sure seemed to be the epitome of romantic heroes in accompanying their wives last.

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“The sex is sometimes rough but always consensual,” Justice James Richman wrote. “Women are portrayed as frequently aggressive, always willing, and seemingly insatiable. Men are portrayed as frequently demanding, always ready, and seemingly inexhaustible.”

What he found is that even the simplest narrative can elicit powerful empathic response my triggering the release of neurochemicals like cortisol and oxytocin, provided it is highly engaging and follows the classic dramatic arc outlined by the German playwright Gustav Freytag 150 years ago.

In volume terms, e-books make up more than 20% of sales in genres such as crime fiction, romance and classic fiction, and between 16-20% for popular fiction, erotic fiction and sci-fi and fantasy.” I’m curious as to how many readers know if they are buying self published books or traditionally published books. 

In the novel The First Thing We Look At, a woman shows up at the door of a mechanic in the northern village of Somme seeking help.  At first the mechanic believes she is ‘Scarlett Johansson,’ though sixty pages later it is revealed she is not the actress but simply a doppelganger named Jeanine Foucaprez.