I was cleaning out my exploding book collection the other day when I came across some favorites. Books I’d never dream of parting with, books that (probably subconsciously) inspired me to write erotic romance. I never realized before that I’ve been reading erotic books long before I ever considered writing anything. So, for your hot reading pleasure, I thought it would be nice to share these before-their-time hot reads.
The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. Wow – this was the very first book I read with a sex scene in it and it blew me away. Well, me and the other five girls in my bunk at summer camp. We read it by flashlight amid giggles and swoons. And in truth, we just hopped from one sex scene to the next because that was all we wanted to know about. I read the book in its entirety a few years later and it hooked me on Sidney Sheldon for many years to come.
The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander. I have no idea how I got my hands on this one because I remember reading it when I was barely in high school. In fact, it’s been so long since I read it, I think I will re-read it very soon;-) From what I remember, it is supposed to be an autobiographical account of Ms. Hollander's experiences as a high class call girl.
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice (writing as A. N. Roquelaure). If you’ve never read these extremely explicit books chock full of S&M, you’re in for a completely different twist on the fairy tale of the same name. The series follows Beauty from awakening kiss (which turns out to be way more than a kiss) through her journey as a sex slave.
The memory of all these steamy reads waited patiently in the back of my mind, biding their time until I became an erotic romance author.
Do you have any books that inspired your reading or writing passions?
BTW - The cover above is my first one from Ellora's Cave. I really like it!
To celebrate the release of Can’t Stand the Heat today and Playing with Barbie next week, I will give away a copy of Can’t Stand the Heat to one commenter! Good luck.