Tag Archives: Writing life

The A to Z of #Erotic Author Research #AmWriting

a.k.a. My really weird internet browser history

Ever wondered what sort of things an erotic author might research? My Google browser history is rather eclectic, to say the least. As an author I look up whatever comes into my head during the development and writing of a story, and as a consequence, some of my searches can be rather random!

Of course, as an erotic author, much of my research is sex-based – especially for some of the less “vanilla” erotic romance books such as Sex Club Secrets, Not Vanilla (Spanking) or Not Vanilla (Bondage). My first point of call when I’m not sure is usually my internet browser.

What color is an “intense green eye”? Where do all those extra arms and legs go in a foursome sex scene? When was the first sex toy invented…and what the heck was it? If my hero is a Sagittarius, what star sign is his perfect match? What type of rope is best for a beginner in a shibari rope bondage session? You name it, I’ve probably searched it!

Here’s an A to Z sample of some of the things I’ve looked up over the past few months – all in the name of research, I promise you! Well, except for the Jon Snow thing. And the Thomas Cromwell thing. And yeah, maybe the vontouring – I was just plain curious about that one!

Not Vanilla Spanking coverA – Arse or ass – which is correct?

B – Butt naked or buck naked?

C – Cock Ring – what does it feel like for the guy?

D – Dominant and submissive relationships

E – Erotic spanking

F – Foursome sex variables

G – Greek gods and sexuality

H – Hand or paddle for spanking?

I – Intense green eyes

J – Jon Snow – PLEASE DON’T click the spoiler unless you’re up to date with GoT!


K – Kinbaku or shibari – what is the difference?

L – Lesbian sex

M – Merlin and Myrnin (this one thanks to Rachel Caine’s Morganville vampire series)

Not Vanilla (Bondage)N – Nipple clamps – best type for beginners

O – Olisbos

P – Pleasure and pain in sex

Q – Quotes about romance and passion

R – Rope bondage – types of rope

S – Sex club virtual tours

T – Thomas Cromwell (yes, I was watching Wolf Hall)

U – Urban dictionary

V – Vontouring (My question after looking this up… why?!)

W – What if two Doms fall in love?

X – X-rated alcohol recipes

Y – Yoga and sexuality techniques

Z – Zodiac signs and romance

So, there you have it, some of my recent book research questions. Please leave a comment – I’d love to hear about some of your more unusual, strange or funny internet searches!

Photo credit: © Kiosea39 | Dreamstime.com

Curious about a romance author’s #cats …um, I mean desk? @JenniLynnAuthor

Hi folks. I haven’t been here at the blog for a bit because that pesky thing called “real life” (a.k.a. doing more hours in the day job) got in the way. But I did manage to show off my writing space recently over at AusRomToday. If you’d like to see where I pen much of my work – including my erotic romance series, Gods of Love – please head on over to have a look at the photos of my desk.

If you’d rather just stay here, I’m sharing some cat pics today. These are our three fur babies – they keep me company when the muse strikes – and only occasionally get in the way of the keyboard!

Bobby - he eats paper. In fact, he eats everything! Cheeky but so friendly.

Bobby – he eats paper. In fact, he eats everything! Cheeky, crazy, but so friendly, with the loudest purr I’ve ever heard.

Meika - timid and sweet. Hides from everyone bar the family.

Meika – timid and sweet. Hides from everyone, then appears out of nowhere. We’re thinking teleporting ability?


Cleo - the elderly matriarch. Our old ginger girl.

Cleo – the elderly matriarch. Our old ginger girl. She has a nice soft bed but prefers our scratchy wood basket.


Want to help spread the word about #Erotic #Romance?

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-sharing-secrets-image23691454If you’re connected with me on Facebook you may have seen that I’m in the process of setting up a Street Team. In the past week I’ve had a number of private queries asking just what it is, and what being part of one involves, before people decide to join.

A Street Team is essentially a group of fans who come together (in my case within a Facebook group) to help an author or artist spread the word about his or her work. They “hit the streets” on behalf of the author to share book news with their friends and social media networks through word-of-mouth and by completing weekly or monthly tasks set by the team coordinator.

In return, team members receive swag and giveaway prizes in recognition of loyal support.

Of course, being an erotic romance author with a sometimes wicked mind, I’ve had a great deal of fun shopping around for giveaways for my lovely team ;)

Would you like to join our small but friendly group? If so, check us out here on Facebook, and click the “Join Group” button. It is that easy, and we’d love to see you there!

Author’s Database Featured Author: Jennifer Lynne

When I was a child I won a Mark Holden record album in a colouring contest. I cried when it was delivered – because I really wanted the red bicycle prize instead! That album is one of the few things I’ve ever won in my life – until today when I ventured onto Twitter and discovered I’ve been chosen to receive a featured author banner this week over at the Authors Database!

Very nice. And for someone 40+ it’s definitely better than a bicycle, don’t you think?

If you’d like to check out my page at AuthorsdB just click on the pretty picture at the top of this post :)

Reflecting on a year of highs and lows – Jennifer Lynne

Whether you’re about to spend the festive season in sweltering summer heat (like me!), or are enjoying the cold of winter and the possibility of snow like so many of my overseas friends, one thing seems clear.

Christmas, for those who celebrate it, is about spending time with the people we love and being thankful for all that we have in our lives.

2012 has been filled with enormous highs and the lowest of lows for our family. On the one hand I’ve been lucky enough to have three books released in the past 12 months, with numerous award nominations and letters from fans saying they love my writing.

For an author there is no better accolade than a reader who says you got it just right. :)

On a personal note I married my long-time partner in August in a small and beautiful ceremony surrounded by my children, step-children and our families.

On the flip side, we’ve faced serious illness this year, including teen depression and suicidality, as well as heart disease for an older member of the family. Oh, and a small car accident thrown in for good measure.

There were many times this year when I didn’t think I had the strength to face each coming day. But you know what? I did. As a family we’re still struggling at times, but we’re getting there, and I am SO THANKFUL that I will get to spend Christmas 2012 surrounded by the people I love – my beautiful family who mean everything to me.

Best wishes to you

I extend the same best wishes to each and every one of you. Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas, I hope that the coming year brings you good health, happiness and inner peace.

The blog in 2013

The blog will be quiet over the Christmas period, but will start back in 2013 with a bang. I’m participating in a Naughty New Year’s Blog Hop from 2nd Jan – with some wonderful prizes up for grabs including a $100 gift card from Eden Fantasys online  store!

Prolific romance author Kate Hill will be visiting on 4th Jan to talk about conflict and consummation and she has a contest giveaway, too!

Contemporary romance author Wendy Ely will be visiting on 10th Jan, so keep an eye out and help her feel welcome.

My next release, SEX CLUB SECRETS (GODS OF LOVE #3) will be out in January, so today I’ll leave you with a little excerpt (18+ ADULT-RATED) from this menage a trois erotic romance. Here is Kade, my bisexual hero, watching his best friend Ella with Anteros, god of requited/unrequited love:

He groaned.

Jesus, God, it was like his ultimate sexual fantasy right here, seeing the two halves of his craving come together in the one divine moment. Pure muscle, masculine strength and rock-hard cock on the one side, and the familiar softness and feminine beauty of the woman he wanted to love and cherish on the other.

She looked damn sexy as a blonde. The color change suited her, but he hadn’t got around to telling her that, yet.

His jeans grew tight around his groin.

A half-lidded look of sensual abandon softened her features and her head dropped in a dreamy fashion to one side as she began to shimmy her dress down. She peeled away the clothing from her shoulders, one slow inch at a time, to reveal pale skin with its faint smattering of freckles dusting the surface. There now was that slight hollow at her throat, the one he had almost kissed last week until he chickened out at the last moment.

There too, were her breasts, and they were even better than he’d imagined. Small and pert in shape, they were topped with long rosy nubs pointing right at him. So the little minx had not worn a bra this evening. She’d sat beside him all night, laughing and drinking her salt-encrusted margaritas, not letting on that the black velvet material of her dress must have been rubbing directly against those nipples all that time.

He leaned forward and touched the glass, spreading his fingers wide against the cool surface and wishing instead he could touch the heat of those crimson tips.

What would it feel like, to take one of Ella’s breasts into his mouth? What would she taste like? He ached to suckle on his friend, run his tongue over her skin, inhale her perfume and hear her moan in the way he’d been imagining in his dreams almost every night for the past few months.


What to do when your blog disappears!

dreamstime_xs_23595455I only wanted to try a new theme for my website/blog! It seemed easy at the time – just install my WordPress theme of choice, then click “Activate”. Maybe a bit of tweaking might be involved, to make sure everything looked good, and that was going to be all I did yesterday evening. I’d spent the day at work on the computer, and I wanted a night off at home.

Not so.

I hit that activate button and immediately got a white screen with a “fatal error” message. I tried to backpedal. Got the same thing. Tried to log out. Same thing. A whole bunch of white NOTHING.

What’s an erotic romance author to do in those circumstances? Other than panic, of course!

Thank goodness I have a “behind-the-scenes” web guru who checks his emails after hours! Thank goodness he had a back-up of the site from as recently as just over a week ago. And thank goodness he was kind enough to respond to my CAPITALIZED SCREAMING FIT via email!

He managed to reinstate the back-up version, and then I spent the rest of the night rebuilding and rewriting what I had done over the past week – and with a book tour for EDUCATING ETHAN finishing in that time there were quite a few updates to rewrite. I lost my latest post and had to rewrite that one from memory, too. I finally got to bed about 1am last night, so I’m not sure how effective I was at work today! All in all, it could have been better, but it sure could have been a heck of a lot worse.

My advice for anyone – and I mean ANYONE who has a website or blog, not just other romance authors – is to make sure you have some kind of arrangement in place to back up your data. Even if you end up having to pay a yearly or monthly fee, I think the peace of mind is worth it. The other thing I’m going to do from now on is write my blog posts in a Word document first – including the exact permalink title – rather than directly into WordPress, so that if something like this ever happens again, I will be able to recreate the damn post.

I couldn’t get back the comments, unfortunately, and I apologize to my commenters for that :(

Next time I want to try a new theme, I will wait until just after the site back-up is complete. Just in case.

But you know what? Maybe I’ll just stay with the status quo for now :)

Have any of you ever had a similar experience? And if so, did you handle it with more dignity and aplomb than I did last night?

Jennifer Lynne writes sensual and erotic romance and luckily her books have not disappeared from the web! You can find them at Amazon and All Romance ebooks – including her “Best Book of 2011″ nominated PLATINUM PASSION (Gods of Love #1).

EDUCATING ETHAN book tour: final week

VBT_CoverBanner_EducatingEthanThe virtual book tour for EDUCATING ETHAN is in its third and final week with all stops offering the chance for a reader to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card (plus one for the host with the most comments). We’ve been having a wonderful time on this tour with some great discussions, so if you want to join the fun, here are this week’s tour stops:

March 26: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess “The appeal of an older woman/younger man romance”

March 27: It’s Raining Books “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jennifer Lynne”

March 28: Book Junkie author interview

March 29: The Muse “What are the emotional challenges for the main characters in EDUCATING ETHAN?”

March 30: Queen of the Night Reviews author interview

The winner of the $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card will be drawn at the end of the tour on March 31st.I encourage everyone to drop by and comment, as often as you like. Every commenter will enter the draw for those two Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Cards – and we can never have enough ebooks on our readers, right? Hope to catch up with you on the tour!

Once again, thank you to all my wonderful hosts, as well as to Goddess Fish Promotions for organising the tour.

Author interview: Long and Short Romance Reviews

Interviewed by LASR Erotic RomanceI’m being interviewed today at Long and Short Romance, where I’m talking about my new release, Educating Ethan, plus the many ups and downs of writing life.

As well as revealing the weirdest thing I’ve ever done in the name of research (a sex shop was involved), or the most embarrassing thing my mother ever did to me (the words “bowl” and “haircut” come to mind), there’s a chance for you to enter the LASR monthly contest.

Three $10 Gift Cards to Amazon or BN are up for grabs and anyone who leaves a comment on my LASR interview will be entered in the draw.

Educating Ethan, an older woman/younger man romance, is available now from Breathless Press, Amazon and All Romance ebooks.

Here’s the book blurb:

Educating Ethan CoverIda Deloraine intends to build herself a new life and a new catering career, after a painful divorce. When the much younger Ethan Holt moves in across the street, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes serious when the two realise their age difference is no barrier to all-consuming passion. But Ethan is the exact opposite of what Ida is looking for in a sexual partner. In her eyes he is young and vibrant, with his life and his dreams still ahead of him, whereas hers are all in the past. Can Ethan, who is fighting his own demons in the form of a car accident, failed marriage and forced career change, convince Ida to overcome the past and live for the moment? And just who is educating who in this cougar encounter?

1 2 3