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IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PORN AND EROTICA?
YES!! YES!! YES!!
Although porn could be described as an image or a text that arouses and stimulates the senses, erotica is much more than that, it’s much more than sex. On one hand, porn is rather unrealistic and doesn’t require much imagination while erotica has more depth and tells a complete story.
Well-written erotica will take its reader through a journey of emotions, fantasy and steamy situations because this is the path the characters are walking. So what’s the difference here between erotica fiction and erotic romance? Well… here it gets much harder to distinguish the lines. In erotica stories, sexual acts make the story move forward. The scenes might be explicit, but they shouldn’t be gratuitous because they’re a huge part of the story and an essential key to the relationships as they evolve. Erotic romance stories are basically… well, romance!! LOL There might be hot sex scenes, even a lot of them, but they aren’t the force pushing the characters’ onwards, their romantic relationship is.
Finally, there’s the matter of wording. While erotic romance texts may contain a couple of explicit words they usually use euphemisms to describe the male and the female genitalia as well as the sexual act, erotica texts are filled with quite blunt terms.
That is why I call ‘Upside Down’ an erotic romance. The story of this unconventional love triangle contains a lot of steamy sex scenes but they are an important part of the main characters’ journey through self-discovery and their pursuit of some kind of viable relationship. Here are two of the first reviews Upside Down received on Amazon. Do you think I categorized the book correctly as an erotic romance?
By Charm D Baker on February 27, 2014
I initially planned to START reading this book late last night, and just cover a couple of chapters. It's 5:47 am and I'm finally done. The characters kept me reading even though I was tired and ready to crash for the night. Every time I thought, "I'll stop right here for the night", Carol Anne decided to get down and dirty with someone else. There's a lot more to these characters than originally meets the eye.
In the beginning, I was a little perturbed at Liz Gavin because I wasn't sure if it was actually the author or the character (Carol Anne) who was blurring the lines regarding Carol and Mark's relationship. He's described in the book "blurb" as her boyfriend, then later referred to as her boy toy. Eventually we find they actually have a Dom/Sub relationship. But as this story unfolds with unexpected twists and turns, we discover that the confusion centers on the fact that Carol Anne is really screwed up and afraid of commitment and the loss of control. I think her indecision is the reason the line keeps moving, because she doesn't even know what Mark really is to her.
One thing is for sure, as far as this ending is concerned, Readers will never see it coming! Now I need to go read Powerless (apparently the book prior to this one). I look forward to it. Great job Liz.
By Heather on March 6, 2014
Carol is a busy hardworking stockbroker who doesn't do relationships and has never been in love. She keeps her "boy toys" or flings around until they start wanted more than "no-strings" sex. That is until Mark confesses his love for her. As if that's not enough, issues with her family arises along with extreme confusion about a certain new "blonde bombshell" receptionist, Cindy.
She is torn between her feelings for Mark and this unexpected and new emerging feeling for Cindy. She must decide on if she can love, who she wants to be with Mark or Cindy. She can't possible keep them both... can she?
My thoughts: I liked the story. It wasn't all about sex, even though the sex scenes were very good. We also got to travel the drama road of Carol's emotions and walk in her shoes as she discovers how to be true to herself. We got a bit of Domme action and spanking and bondage but it wasn't over the top. Sorta like a little chocolate dribbled over vanilla ice cream. A nice touch but didn't overflavor the taste.
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When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade - just a couple of years ago, really - her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.
Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.
Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.
As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in
for six months. She fell in love
with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special
spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in New Orleans , Liz’s creativity has
improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country. Brazil
Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.
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Carol Anne Sullivan is a tough
She's suffered enough in order to learn a hard lesson - never let love spoil
her relationships. Her boyfriends know that rule from the start. She's
domineering and assertive but also faithful and fair while the relationship
lasts. New York
Mark Aikens is Carol's boyfriend. He's been in love with her for a while but his submissive side hasn't allowed him to rebel against her golden rule and to tell her how he feels. Fear of losing her forever might spur him into action.
Cindy O'Rourke has admired Carol from afar. So, she jumps at the opportunity to work for her idol. Little does she know, things will never be the same for her after that job interview
Carol has been going through a rough patch: world economical crisis, dysfunctional parents, demanding clients, faulty equipment. Without much time for herself, her love life is suffering. So what is the big deal if she fantasizes about a new employee when her boyfriend, Mark, can't give her what she needs? The big deal is - the new receptionist, Cindy, is a woman who threatens to turn her world upside down
This is the steamy tale of an unconventional love triangle which should be read with an open mind and an open heart. Sometimes, love comes to our lives in unexpected ways but with such overwhelming power that the best course of action might be to surrender to it.
Book link on Amazon US = http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IFMMJY0
Book link on Amazon UK = http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IFMMJY0
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