11 Mar 2014

Erotic, Erotica … Both or Neither with Audrey Carlan

Originally I approached Fiction Dreams for a book review of my erotic novel Angel Falling. However your site Mistress (tee hee) is filled to the brim with so many amazing authors’ work, not to mention the fact that erotic is not her genre of choice, that she offered me the opportunity instead to do a guest blog.
In our getting to know each other correspondence, we had a bit of a lengthy email communication about the topic of erotica versus erotic. Is there a difference? For me, the answer to that question is a resounding, yes! And I’d like to tell you why.

Webster’s defines erotic as the following:
arousing or satisfying sexual desire of, pertaining to, or treating of sexual love subject to or marked by strong sexual desire

Webster’s defines erotica as the following: 
Literature or art dealing with sexual love

Seeing the “sexual love” description in both definitions can lead one to think they are the same thing. However, I don’t see it that way. My interpretation, and please correct me, and lets discuss in the comments, is that an erotic novel depicts sexual desire and the act of having sex more graphically than say a happy-go-lucky romance. A novel I would describe as being erotica, would focus primarily on the act of sexual experience, and may or may not focus on love at all, unless it’s purely sexual. As we all know, sex doesn’t mean love.
In my novel Angel Falling, my story has a great deal of graphically depicted sexual acts between my hero and heroine. The story is not however, about their sexual journey. It is about two people from very different worlds ultimately falling in love.
So, as a reader or author following this blog, I ask you this, do you think there is a different between “Erotic” and “Erotica” or do you see them as the same things. And why.
I very much look forward to your comments.
And for those of you who are interested in my erotic debut novel, here’s the synopsis and purchasing information. Thank you for letting me be a guest blogger today on Fiction Dreams! 
It's been an absolute pleasure, Audrey! Thank you for convincing me to give 'it' a go ;)

Audrey Carlan
Angel Falling Synopsis:
Aspen Reynolds has it all. Wealth, beauty, and a spot on the Forbes Top Ten Most Successful Women list. From the outside, she is perfect. Looks and status can be deceiving. All her life she has fought being the socialite her family has raised her to be. Now at twenty-eight she’s at the top of her game, lacking the one thing she didn’t know she’d ever want.
Accidents happen and lives are changed when Aspen is almost killed. Hank Jensen, the man who saves her, is a hard-working country boy from Texas. Hank is the polar opposite of the rich city boys she’s used to. He’s rugged, gritty, devastatingly handsome, and makes it clear that he wants her in his life and his bed.
Can two people from different worlds find a happily ever after?
Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content. This novel will be part of a three part series but is written as a standalone between this particular couple. The other two books in the series will focus on different characters with snippets of past couples as the stories move along.

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  1. I totally agree with your descriptions. I stick to the erotic because as much as I like the heat I still want my love story and I am a sucker for the HEA!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, split! x

  3. Oops... the J disappeared! Sorry about that, Jsplit :)

  4. Thanks for having me Suzy! It was fun.

  5. It certainly was, Audrey! You can come back any time you like :) x


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