15 October 2012

Are we done being ashamed of what we read? by Cassandra Carr

Please help me welcome author Cassandra Carr to the blog today! :)
With the recent popularity of The Trilogy that Shall Not Be Named, the fact that women read - and like - erotic romance is coming out in the mainstream press. But how are women reading the aforementioned books? While enough paperbacks have been sold to suggest there are women willing to be seen reading These Books, the fact we're in the Digital Age cannot be overlooked. For every woman sitting in a Starbucks reading Those Books, there are also women sitting in that same Starbucks with their e-reader, glancing furtively around every few minutes.

Full disclosure: I have a Kindle Fire (I love you, hubs!) and I use it almost exclusively for my reading now. But it's not because I'm ashamed. It's because it's easier. Did I openly read erotic romances before I had an ereader? You'd better believe it! Now, I'm not saying you have to. I would never try to make someone uncomfortable by forcing them into anything, but it would be nice to be able to read whatever the h-e-double hockey sticks we want without feeling like a bunch of heathens. Not that I do. If people don't like what I'm reading (or writing), don't look at it. Yeah, I'm talking about you, old lady trying to read my screen in Panera.

Maybe I feel this way because I write these types of books and I'd hate for someone to feel ashamed that they read my books. Or maybe I'm just tired of puritanical America. Whatever the reason, I really wish women could read whatever they desire without fear of censure. When that day comes, and I hope it will, there will be lots of my hot stories to flaunt to the fifty-something businessmen at the table next to you discussing term life insurance. Trust me, my books are way more fun than term life insurance.

So there.

I am erotic romance-reading and writing woman, hear me roar!   (That just doesn't have quite the same ring to it...)

Double Vision (Buffalo Intimadators #3)
by Cassandra Carr

Everything Red knew about relationships is called into question when he stumbles upon his roommate Fredrik and his girlfriend Liz going at it hot and heavy and Liz invites him to join them. Struggling with recovering from a knee injury, the young defenseman doesn't know what to make of his attraction to Liz--after all, she's his teammate's woman, right?

As an older player, Fredrik's been around the rink a time or ten, and he knows he has an awesome thing going with Liz. He envisions a future with her, but isn't sure how their interludes with Red fit into the long-term picture.

Liz thinks Fredrik's her forever-guy, but her sudden attraction to Red is causing doubts. The more they play together in the bedroom, the more their outside lives--and emotions-- become entangled. When the unthinkable happens, all three must take a hard look at what they want and make some surprising decisions in the process.


Cassandra Carr is a multi-published erotic romance writer who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter.

Her December 2011 release, Caught, was named Best BDSM Book 2011 by LoveRomancesCafe. Her February 2012 release, Impact, was named the BDSM Book of the Month for May 2012 from BDSM Book Reviews.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com , "like" her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassand ... or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr

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