One of the lovelies who wander through this Blog-O-Rama took the time to contact us. After reading last week's blog, she was concerned that we might be hurting sales of our soon-to-be-re-released paranormal romance by removing its erotic elements. In the blog, we'd warned, The new take is still steamy but the graphic stuff has disappeared behind closed doors, and this correspondent was kind enough to say we were making a mistake. We won't quote her directly -- especially since she has yet to respond to our request, asking if we COULD quote her directly -- but our takeaway was, readers of werewolf lovin' like their action hot, heavy, and clearly descriptive.
We don't have a problem with that. Obviously not, since we wrote the original steamy sections. Our gut feeling was, maybe we'd be expanding the audience for the story. After all, most romance readers are women and most women like a little mystery in their stories. Also, our hero is all man but he's also all wolf (so to speak) and the larger readership might well prefer we kept the randy stuff behind a veil. Yes, we'd have to lose the novella's positive review from Emily at SensualReads.com but it was a small price to pay for a bit of decorum.
Shows what we know.
Today, as we're puzzling over what to do next with the story, we come across ShortList magazine -- free on Google play, if you're interested -- and the folks there are running a short interview with Ron Perlman. Perlman played the lead in the movie Hellboy, one of our favorite superhero flicks ever, and he's far from the typical romantic leading man. Instead of a blue-eyed handsome man, Hellboy is, per creator Mike Mignola, a demon from actual Hell. He (Hellboy, not Mike Mignola) has horns and a massive stone fist. He's not exactly a babe magnet...or so we thought.
Perlman discovered differently. Here's what the actor told ShortList about his fan base: "I've not read any fan mail since the first Hellboy on account of how graphic it was. Certain people, mostly women, wanted to do some strange things to the beast, so I decided that weird sh*t was none of my business."
So there you are. The world is weird (except for thee and me, and we're not so sure about thee) and there's a little bit of kinky in all of us. Our only question now is, should there be a lot of bit of kinky in our paranormal romance?
Quote o the day: "That is exactly why our lives suck. I mean, come on, we hunt monsters. What the hell? I mean, normal people, they see a monster and they run." Dean Winchester, Supernatural