Friday, May 25, 2012

New Call for Stories: Erotic Alice


We have a new editor, and a new call for stories, so please show J just how creative you are!  Below is a bit about our new editor.


J. Blackmore has edited for Circlet Press since 2008, and is thrilled to join the Ravenous Romance team. She currently lives in the gothic suburbs of Ontario, Canada, where she can regulary be found in compromising positions with heroes and monsters. She's looking for BDSM, paranormal romances (edgier tales are always welcome), and your romantic responses to all things weird and wonderful in our pop culture.


Oysters and Roses: Erotic Stories from Wonderland
Editor: J. Blackmore
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Deadline:  September 1, 2012
Payment: $25 plus a copy of the anthology
Story Length: 2,500-5,000 words

If you've ever had a naughty dream about Wonderland, ever fantasized about being—or being with—Alice, or imagined what went on behind the scenes at the Red Queen's court, I want you to tell me your story! Set your imagination free to wander through the romantic and erotic possibilities of all the mad places and characters of Wonderland and the world Through the Looking Glass. Please know, though, that all characters have to be at least eighteen, and that sex with non-anthropomorphic animals will not be accepted. Those are the only rules, so be creative! If you're unsure if your idea for a story fits, please query me at the email address listed below.

Submission Guidelines: Email submissions in Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document (.doc) with pages numbered of 2,500-5,000 words tomsjblackmore@gmail.com. Please include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), short (50 words or less) bio in the third person, mailing address, email, and title of the piece as part of your document.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Call for Stories for BDSM Fairy Tales

Leather Ever After: BDSM retellings of classic fairy tales
Editor: Sassafras Lowrey
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Payment: $25 plus a copy of the anthology
Story Length: 2,500 ­ 5,000 words

Once upon a time, in a dungeon far, far away, you were summoned to join the quest for the hottest and kinkiest retellings of your favorite fairy tales. I’m seeking hot, well-written stories about bondage, power play, sadism and masochism. Think dragon fire-play, princesses in bondage, evil step mothers, and happy endings too good to be true. Give me fantasy, or show me the magic all around us, when Prince Charming wins the leather contest with the help of his fairy drag-mother, Rapunzel is entangled in hair suspension and the little mermaid edgeplays with knives. I’m looking for a strong literary voice and characters with a a diversity of race, sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. All characters must be over 18. It’s time to write a new ending to your favorite bedtime story.

Submission Guidelines: Email submissions in Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document (.doc) with pages numbered of 2,500-5,000 words to LeatherEverAfter@gmail.com. Please include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), short 50 word or less bio in the third person, mailing address, email, and title of the piece as part of your document.

Friday, March 16, 2012

How About Real Porn for Women?

Sarah Wendel of Smart Bitches Trashy Books has written an impassioned, intelligent response to the eternal publishing question, "Is Romance porn for women?" in response to the reaction to the best-seller status of EL James' 50 Shades of Grey. And, as an extra bonus, she's added her two cents on a woman's right to read arousing material. It's good. We should all read it, http://tinyurl.com/7dzrgs5

But my response to this question is personal, because I came of age during the feminist movement in the late 70s, where the personal is always political, and my personal issues are not romance and porn, but feminism and porn.

As some of you may have noticed, I call myself a feminist pornographer on my Twitter description, and I consider that part of my personal brand.

Porn has been co-opted by men, and defined by men. Even though a handful of female directors have made porn for women, they were born in the crucible of porn created and crafted for men, so men have dictated this market. Porn, as we know it in America, is all about the male gaze, even gay porn.

Erotic romance is the only place where you will find the female gaze. Just look at those covers.

It is the only place in America where you'll find men objectified by women.

So, no, romance is not porn for women, because it doesn't always objectify the men (although the marketing always has), but erotic romance, in my not so humble opinion, IS porn for women. That there are stories and characters and metaphor is all icing on the beefcake. The sole purpose of erotic romance is to seduce and carry its readers into the fantasy that has a happy ending both literally and figuratively.

I love the chutzpah that Sarah displays in giving those who call romance porn the middle finger, but I want to go one further, and say, talk to the hand.

While romance may not be a feminist issue, erotic romance is. I have always seen feminism as the right to choose, and the empowerment to have choices. For me, a lot of that empowerment has been in freedom from other people's ideals of a woman's sexuality. We should have the freedom and the opportunity to choose from every level on the spectrum from asexuality to responsible polyamory.

Is calling 50 Shades of Grey "mommy porn" demeaning to women? You bet. So instead of trying to distance ourselves and divide ourselves into good girls and bad girls, why not upset the entire apple cart and say, yes. It is porn for women, and we want to own it.

Let's make real porn for women. Let's make porn better. Let's change the definition of porn.

Let's bring the the romance reading community and the sex positive feminists together and create feminist porn that will totally change the way women in this country are defined. Let's stop letting the male gaze define us.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Ravenous Shadows Launches- A New Imprint

Below is the article about Ravenous Shadows, our new Horror/Mystery/Thriller line that ran in Romantic Times. If you go to the link, you can see the covers, as well as enter for a chance to win FREE copies, http://tinyurl.com/777fg7h

RAVENOUS ROMANCE TO GET SISTER-IMPRINT RAVENOUS SHADOWS — WITH GIVEAWAY!
BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 09, 2012 | PERMALINK
Mystery fans will be very excited to hear that there will soon be a new line of mysteries, thrillers and horror stories from the team at Literary Partners Group. Titled Ravenous Shadows, this new imprint is headed by John Skipp, the New York Times bestselling author and editor who has spent much of his career working in horror and fantasy.

The just-launched Ravenous Shadows line features e-books that are between 30,000 and 60,000 words long. They are also priced accordingly, and will cost readers between $3.99 and $6.99. Eventually the Skipp’s goal is to publish between thirty and forty stories each year.

Ravenous Shadows is Literary Partners second digital imprint. In 2008 Ravenous Romance, an erotica audio and e-book line, debuted to great success. This prompted the company to branch into other genres. CEO Holly Schmidt said in the press release about the move, “It was always our plan to expand our business model to other fiction genres, and when we had the opportunity to work with John Skipp, we decided to start with horror/mystery/thrillers … Skipp provided us with a clear vision and strong point of view for the line, and really is the heart and soul of Ravenous Shadows.”

What exactly is Skipp’s vision of the line? He says he is on the hunt for one-sitting reads. On the Ravenous Romance blog he explained, “I’m looking for 200-250 page genre novels, wildly entertaining, with no fat or filler. We’ll be specializing in smart, fun, compulsive page-turners that can be read in the amount of time it takes to watch a feature film.”

With the ease of e-reading, novella-length stories have certainly taken off, so we’re glad to see that a publisher is actively looking for books that are longer than the typical short story, but short enough that they can be devoured in just a few hours.

For the line’s launch, readers will be treated to House of Quiet Madness by Mikita Brottman, Tribesmen by Adam Cesare, The Devoted by Eric Shapiro and Die, You Bastard! Die! by Jan Kozlowski. Says the editor-in-chief “I want short, powerful novels and novellas that pack as much punch, personality, and plot as books three times their size. And that’s exactly what we’ve got.”

But the big question for many RT readers is whether these books will contain the romance that we have found in the Ravenous Romance line. Skipp told us exclusively,

"While Ravenous Shadows won't be publishing romance — that's Ravenous Romance's job — I'm very interested in skilled cross-over writers who want to stretch out. Relationship-based writing is the heart of suspense. It puts the dread in horror and gives mystery its weight.

Just remember that these are hardball genres. They play fast, and they play rough. That said, half of my favorite new writers are women. I love working with women who have come to kick ass.”

Skipp has also invited authors who are interested in publishing a Ravenous Shadows title to contact him directly on Facebook.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky reader will win all four of these new Ravenous Shadows e-books. To enter tell us why you love short e-reads. Leave your comment below or send your answer here with the subject line “Ravenous Shadows Giveaway.” The winner will be announced on February 21.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Deadline Extension for Virgin Vampire Anthology

Ravenous Romance is extending the deadline for their virgin vampire anthology FIRST BITE. While the main point is for the characters to have a virginal experience, (first night, first bite, first vamp ménage, etc.) the stories already selected to be in the anthology have created a blood cocktail with a twist. Most stories incorporate a plot twist or discovery that neither the narrator nor the reader see coming. For a cohesive anthology, please include these details in your stories: virgins with a twist, who doesn’t love those? We are open to all types of couplings, but are still looking to fill the voids of ménage, m/m, f/f, and vamp/vamp.

Submission Guidelines: Email your 2500-6000 word short story to Tabitha@literarypartners.com as a word doc, including a short story query letter and your bio. The Deadline is February 29. Payment is a flat fee of $25.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Call for Stories: Guns 'N Hoses (M/M Cops & Firemen)

Story Length: 2,500 – 5,000

Ravenous Romance is looking for original, unpublished erotic romance stories featuring gay cops or firemen. Think of your typical sultry fireman or hunky state trooper, and put them in a wild escapade. Perhaps the deputy chief is training his new lieutenant on how to put something other than a gun in a holster. Or maybe it’s a story of a fireman rescuing the man of his dreams from a burning house and soon realizes there’s another fire he needs to put out. You get the point.

The cop and fireman fantasy is a classic. It’s for this reason we want stories that will reinvent the wheel, and offer our readers something raw and kinky.

Please make sure your story has a strong plot, lots of graphic sex and a happy ending (pun intended). All stories must center only on gay men and include only gay sex.


Submission Guidelines: Email your 200-500 word submissions to taylor.dirkRR@gmail.com as a double-spaced Word doc with “GUNS ‘N HOSES” in the subject line. Please include your name (and pseudonym if applicable), bio, mailing address, email, title of the piece and word count as part of your document. The footer of each page should include your name and page number.

Compensation: Ravenous Romance short story advance of a $25 flat fee for one time world rights. Deadline Feb 29, 2012.

Dirk Taylor is a new editor at Ravenous Romance.com, specializing in M/M erotic romance. He is a twenty-something Florida native who traveled to Manhattan to be an editor. After his arrival, he fell into the alternative art scene where he has found artistic liberation, both spiritually and physically. He’s edited a number of erotic anthologies as well as penned a few short stories. Find him on twitter @DirkTaylorRR or email him directly at taylor.dirkRR@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Still spots open in GEEK LOVE!

We still have a few more spots open for stories for GEEK LOVE, our hot anthology about the smart and the sexy. So dig out your BIG BANG THEORY slash (or your old FREAKS AND GEEKS stories), change the names, and send them in! We seek M/M or M/F stories with a geeky alpha male--think Clark Kent (although, if you have a hot alpha female story, we'll take a look)! Make it steamy and hot, and submit to fidencia@literarypartners.com, including a short query letter, author bio and the story (2500-5000 words) as a word doc attachment. Deadline is Jan. 31. Payment is a $25 flat fee.