Dog-Earred Pages

Posted by Censor Librorum on Jun 21, 2007 | Categories: Lesbian in a Catholic Sort of Way

On the 6:19 train to New York I opened my Wall Street Journal to this little item: “Web Sales of Bodice-Rippers Make for Heavy Breathing.” Romance giant Harlequin uploads almost all of the 100 books it publishes each month, and E-book publisher Ellora’s Cave has taken it a step further. It provides the racier fare fans have wanted but felt nervous asking for in stores. I was happily surprised that Ellora’s Cave had a Lesbian/Gay section, but it needs a few more lesbian characters. They were mostly in threesomes. I guess that’s titillating, but not threatening, to most female readers. I can see some very closeted, but curious women buying a lot of the menage a trois novels.

Of course, the Grand Dame of lesbian bodice-rippers has to be Naiad Press, now called Bella Books. My all-time favorite is Katherine Forrest’s “Curious Wine.” My only complaint was there was too much story between the sex. But Katherine captured the heat of the initial sexual encounter. Just about every dyke I know bought that book to read-and read–and read-until the perfect lover of her dreams appeared.

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2 Responses to “Dog-Earred Pages”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    hmmm…you’ve given me an idea. I’m a current author with Ellor’s Cave and you’re right not many Lesbian erotic tales…but ironically Male/Male is really hot right now.

    I think I’m going to sit down and put some real thought to fleshing out a story…thanks!

    Koko Brown
    Coming 9.21.07

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Koko – thank you for writing! Please let us know if the story you have in mind is every published. I’ll be on the lookout for CHARMED when it’s released in September. Good luck, and all the best, Karen

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