Monday, August 5, 2013

Crossing sub genres- yes or no? by Tasmin Backer

Hello everyone, my name is Tamsin Baker and I currently have five releases with Evernight Publishing, with two more due out soon.
I found myself wondering today, whether or not I should cross as many genres as I do.
Even just writing a contemporary m/m erotic romance, you’re still going to create lots of different labels. You’ll be tagged in contemporary, gay, erotic romance. Etc. And if there is even a tiny bit of bondage and spanking then it will be labelled as BDSM. 
But what about things like my vampire trilogy? Because you see, it isn’t just Vampire. It’s ménage, it has m/m and its Regency historical. So it’s got LOTS of labels and tags.
Why did I write it like that? Honestly? Probably because it’s an amalgamation of everything I like to read. So when I thought I’d ‘have a go’ at writing a vampire erotic romance, I just threw in all the other elements that I had been enjoying at the time.
Regency- because honestly, who could say no to the Regency period after Mr Darcy made it famous?
Menage- because I had been reading a friend’s dragon shifter ménage series and thought it was so cool.
M/M- long standing love of mine so I couldn’t write a ménage without man love too.
But is that ok? And do other people enjoy the same sort of things? Do you enjoy reading a story that has a whole range of different tags and lots of genre crossing?
Or do you prefer your stories to sit in one or two boxes?
Do I appear to be trying too hard? Or does it reach a wider audience?
Or am I just being silly? Do all stories reach far and wide now? With nothing satisfying what I would consider a ‘normal erotic romance’ anymore?
You tell me.
Here is a little look into Healed Hearts: The third and final story in the Third Bite Trilogy

Lucas and Thomas believed themselves unusually blessed to have found their third mate within only three hundred years of being a vampire. Unfortunately, once they turned Piers, that empty, lonely feeling is still there, within all of them.
Ten years of strained relations lead them to a ball where an old friend helps them track down a woman they have all dreamt of.
Maryanne has been thrown out of London in punishment for allowing her fiancée into her bed. She is travelling to meet her new horrid husband-to-be, when she is accosted by three male vampires, all claiming to want to love her.
What is a shamed lady meant to do? Her duty? To marry the horrible old lord, or risk loving three men who are the answer to her prayers?

Maryanne was moved from one set of arms to another.
She was not a light woman, she knew that, but these men handled her like she weighed no more than a feather. It was disconcerting.
She looked up. Piers had her now.
“We will never let you go back to him.”
He held her tighter, and Maryanne felt the barely restrained violence in him. Why had Lucas surrendered her to Piers?
A hand brushed her hair, and she turned to face Thomas.
“And we will not make you do anything you do not want to do. If you do not wish to make love to us then we won’t ask it of you. Or if you would prefer just one of us? We do not mind. But we need you, Lady Maryanne. Don’t you feel it?”
Thomas laid his hand on her shoulder, and Lucas moved closer and reached out for her hand.
A shock went through her like nothing she had ever felt. A burning, a settling, a strength. Also a hunger, for all three of them. It shocked her to want all three of them, but it felt so right that she didn’t dare question it.
She was ruined anyway, and she was now running away from the life she had been damned to. Why would she say no to them?
“I don’t want to say no, Thomas and please call me Maryanne. We do not need such formality. But I don’t know how or what to do with three of you…” She trailed off, fear getting the upper hand. 
Could she satisfy three men? How would they all make love to her?
The men exchanged glances, and she found herself on her feet, her gown being stripped off.
Before she blinked she was naked, and she gasped, horrified. No one had ever seen her naked before. Her arms flew up to her breasts, and then she realised she needed to cover her other bits. She didn’t have enough hands.

Tamsin Baker Bio:
Tamsin Baker is an Aussie girl who only found erotic romance about ten months ago. Before that she read sexy romance, skipping the plot looking for the ‘good bits.’ Since then she have written and obtained 14 contracts of varying lengths with erotic romance and erotica. She absolutely LOVES reading and writing it! She has two other jobs, kids and a hubby too, but writing is a passion that she has to indulge, for fear of insanity.

M/M is a passion of hers so even in her menage stories, there is always M/M. Female domme is a fun one to write too, but she is open to all genres. One step at a time she is learning to read more and write more. Soon she’ll have stories published in every sub genre of erotic romance – or that is her aim anyway.

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