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Friday, April 20, 2012

Guest Post by Jennifer Labelle

Erotica vs. Porn, You decide?

Is an erotic romance considered the same as porn? I certainly don’t think so.

To me, erotica is a loving romance with sex, and porn is just sex without the love. Both are made solely for your entertainment, but they are two totally separate categories in my opinion.

Erotica is there to stimulate your mind as well as your excitement with a well thought out and detailed plot, while porn is straight to the nitty gritty, get down and dirty, fuck me baby, wham bam thank you, Mam… and we’re done. They even got rid of the cheesy acting they used to do in the 80’s and 90’s. At least then it was a little comical.

Every writer strives to not only stimulate your mind, but do their best to hook you in with your emotions as well, which in my opinion makes all the difference. After all, take the sex out of porn and you’ve got nothing left, but if you take the sex out of erotica you still have the romance to enjoy, right?

When I started writing I began with contemporary romances, but then my muse steered me in the direction of Leather and Pleasure and a series of kinky shorts were born. For the fun of it I got my husband to read them as soon as I could get the ideas on to the page and had so much fun with it I decided to continue on with a few others, but his reaction to them was sort of funny when he said, “Holy shit, you aren’t really going to promote these are you?”

My reaction was, “Well yeah, why not?” and honestly my Leather and Pleasure series is my best selling work to date. Sex sells what can I say, and when you combine sex with a loving relationship you can never go wrong, no matter how kinky it is.

Writing erotic romances is not an easy task, and I enjoy it because not only do I get to unleash my inner dirty girl, which is fun, but I also get to write an amazing love story to go along with it. Emotions make the experience more fulfilling and I hate when people jump to conclusions about things they don’t understand, including this subject, where as I can shrug it off most of the time, some authors can get seriously offended when the two are compared.

So whether you’re into porn, erotica, a little of both, or none at all, I say don’t be so quick to put a label on it and just enjoy life.

Erotica vs. Porn, What’s your take on it? Answer the question in the comments section with your email address for a chance to win Leather and Pleasure, the first installment to my Leather and Pleasure series.

Best wishes,
Jennifer Labelle

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The Leather and Pleasure series:
Leather and Pleasure,
Rowan Avery Walker is planning to surprise her husband after ten years of marriage. On their anniversary she decides to enact one of his most desired fantasies, and there's no traditional night out on the town for this couple. She's no stranger to role play, and when it comes to bedroom pleasures she likes to walk on the wild side. 
Ryder has never loved his wife more, and has a feeling that it'll be a night to remember. Starting off with unique gifts that peak his curiosity, his suspicions are confirmed when they pull up to their favourite members only club. Where desire lives, fantasies are enacted, and the words leather and pleasure take on a whole new meaning. Rowan makes it an anniversary he’ll never forget.

When Sparks Ignite (Leather and Pleasure 2),
Rhys Evans should feel on top. He’s got a booming business, money, and the subs are a dime a dozen in his ever growing, popular fetish club, Leather and Pleasure. So why is it that he feels unfulfilled? There’s something missing in his life, and it isn’t until he meets Eden that he realizes she’s the one he needs to ignite the passion that he lacks to go on.
Eden Mayer is tired of living her regular routine, and has been feeling way too lonely lately. So, when her best friend suggests she try out this new club she’s never heard of before, she decides to throw caution to the wind and check it out. What she’s met with is a night she’ll never forget, a new experience she vows to keep, and the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on. Rhys Evans makes it a night she’ll never forget.

Sinfully Sexy (Leather and Pleasure 3),
Two women, one man, a fetish club, and one sinfully sexy night together...
Sable Dixon and Lila Davis have been lovers since they started working at the ever popular fetish club Leather and Pleasure, but Lila has curiosities and would like to know how Sable feels about having a third join them sometime. Sable is all for it and quickly invites Parker into the mix. He’s good looking, respectful, sexy as hell and there’s no one else she’d rather share Lila with. One invitation turns into so much more where fantasies live, and one sinfully sexy night just may need a repeat.

Naughty Noel (Leather and Pleasure 4),
Noel Lewis has had a lot of firsts in her life, but this holiday season she’s making memorable. She’s the star of her first holiday performance at the fetish club she works at, Leather and Pleasure, and finds herself leading her first ménage a quatre for hundreds to see, unleashing her naughty side. Nervous at first, she soon realizes that she’s a natural on stage and aims to please.
Julian, Jake, and Josh love to be dominated, and when they get an offer to accompany the sexy new waitress to perform the holiday show, they all jump at the chance for different reasons. Jake, and Julian like to play the field, but Josh has secretly admired her since she started working there. So when the chemistry is so great between them while performing, he’s thrilled hoping it will help convince her that they’d be great together.

A Wicked Wager (Leather and Pleasure 5),
Kayla Evans returns home to open a new business and help out her family. She’s been away at school for too many years putting her life on hold, and she’s looking forward to living it again. She goes to the popular fetish club, Leather and Pleasure to meet with her older brother, the club’s owner, and is faced with a sexy as hell bouncer who refuses to let her in. With a mutual attraction and some chemistry they both can’t deny, Jake brings out her playful side, and wagers are made.
Jake Collins has worked at the club for years. He’s good friends with several co-workers, including his boss Rhys. So why is it he never knew about his sister? Kayla has him turned inside out almost immediately, laying all the cards on the table as she challenges him time and time again. She’s like no other woman he’s ever met and he’s determined to have her.


  1. Your distinction between erotica and porn is very clear. Great post!

  2. Thanks, Palmaltas. Don't forget to leave your email address for a chance to win.

    Best wishes,

  3. Hi Jennifer, I certainly think porn is different from erotica.
    I also think erotica is different from erotic romance. I think it's all in the degree of sex vs romance.

    When I read erotica I expect little or no romance.
    But when I read an erotic romance, romance is always the main focus. The language and frequency of sex scenes is just more graphic than mainstream romance.

    kiru dot taye at yahoo dot com

  4. Thanks for stopping by Kiru, and congratulations, you're my winner. Check your email. I'll be sending Leather and Pleasure shortly.


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