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    9/20/2006
    no matter how many times I see this or something like it
    It annoys me (again from Karen Fox):

    Audrey LeFehr buys contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, thrillers and Aphrodisia. Aphrodisia is actually erotica, not romance. They are called erotic romance for the booksellers. They're always looking for talent. You can query Audrey in email, then send in entire manuscript if requested.

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    11 Comments:
    1. Ugh. I think I may have to stop buying these books just on principle. If they aren't romances, don't market them as such!!!

      By Anonymous Jane, at 9/20/2006 12:28:00 PM  

    2. I am thinking of filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Heck, I could file a lawsuit against Kensington for false advertising. I may think about this.

      By Anonymous Jane, at 9/20/2006 01:07:00 PM  

    3. I don't understand why it's labeled as romance when there isn't any. I've read some erotic romance that I really loved ~ I've also read some books labeled as such that seemed to be all sex with no romance. Seems like false advertising to me.

      By Blogger Devonna, at 9/20/2006 01:50:00 PM  

    4. *waits for Sybil to get email from Kensington editors*

      lolol

      By Blogger AngieW, at 9/20/2006 01:54:00 PM  

    5. You know it sucks because I have thought the same thing, about not buying them.

      But really I don't blame the authors and the majority (so far) HAVE been erotic romance. LOL were Avon is calling itself erotic and I think Swept Away was more on line with a Brava heat wise. At least it sounds that way...

      Devonna I don't think we can say there isn't any, but if some of them will not be erotic romance don't label it such.

      LOL angie I am just a lil reader blog no one notices me. And I have whined about this four or so times now and not gotten any flack. So I think I am safe.

      By Blogger sybil, at 9/20/2006 05:46:00 PM  

    6. I like Jane's idea. I have not sounded off on anyone's blog about this issue before but it is seriously pissing me off. It's unethical to market your product as something it is not, period. Sorry, authors, but I will not be buying this line ever. I don't care how good it is or if it happens to have a HEA. I have been reading romance for decades and a romance must have a HEA. Just because some idiot decided it's not so, doesn't make it so. And a HEA is NOT the same as a happy ending. Lying to your customers is not a good way to run a business.

      OK, rant over. :)

      By Blogger ReneeW, at 9/20/2006 06:23:00 PM  

    7. Why can't the buttsecks end happily, man?

      That's what I don't get!

      By Blogger Bam, at 9/21/2006 11:35:00 AM  

    8. I REALLY REALLY wish that when you quote something like this, or whoever is saying this they would specify that SOME of Aphrodisia MAY be erotica, not erotic romance, because by no means is ALL of APhrodisia erotica. I know this. I write both, and while I 'll agree that my first story for them was closer to erotica thsn erotic romance, ALL OTHERS ARE ROMANCE.

      And I think statement's like this convince readers not to even bother LOOKING at them or try the author, and not the line...as is shown by Jane's first statement here.

      By Blogger Sasha White, at 9/24/2006 11:17:00 AM  

    9. And yes, it upsets us authors to see readers say they won't even look at our books because of something that is out of our control. Just because we haven't sounded off about it on blogs and such doesn't mean we don't get upset. After all, this is our livelyhood, and our dreams you are talking about.

      By Blogger Sasha White, at 9/24/2006 11:20:00 AM  

    10. I completely agree sasha and I think it sucks for the authors.

      Because it only takes one book. And as many people say all the time, the majority of the people reading - aren't online. So those who pick the wrong book and think they are getting what they pay for may never look again to see all the erotic romance aphrodisia does do.

      I think I have seen one erotic book so far. I just don't understand WHY they feel the need to keep saying over and over it is erotic romance (but not really).

      What is so wrong with erotic romance?

      By Blogger sybil, at 9/24/2006 12:19:00 PM  

    11. I'm right with you Sybil.

      From what I've learned the Labeling on the spine is meant to be for Booksellers (Inventory and shelving and ordering purposes) However, readers use that too, and I can understand why some might find it annoying, BUT, there is plenty of other books out there that are doing the same thign and not getting the flack that this line and this sub genre are getting.

      I just wish people would stop talking about what the spine says, and start judging the books by the stories between the covers. *shrug* That's all I've got to say. :)

      By Blogger Sasha White, at 9/25/2006 04:06:00 PM  

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