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What to read BEFORE Fifty Shades of Grey... #AmReading #AmWriting :)

No...I haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey...not even the sample, but...

Before you think that I'm a prude, hang in there with might agree. The thing is...I have no trouble with the book Fifty Shades of Grey--or most erotic books for that matter. In fact, it shocked one of my writing communities when I--a Christian--disagreed with Smashwords attempt to censor books.

...the way I see it, if we start censoring books, eventually they'll start censoring everything. And who draws that line? Some people have even accused me of writing Mommy Porn. I assure you, I don't, though. But that's the point. Someone will always have their clean monitor set higher or lower, so who knows where that fence is.

I do, however, think anything regarding underage children or abuse against beings that cannot defend themselves, should be censored, because one, it's vile, and two, it's an illegal act. T
wo consenting adults, though... I just don't know where we can draw the line. Hey, even God gives people free will, but that's another discussion, and as you know, I don't discuss religion or politicsI'm simply not afraid to state my beliefs.

...after that disclosure, here's the thing. I simply do not like books about BDSM, because I think they send the wrong impression to young women--and men--casting women back into roles that our foresisters worked so hard to set us free from.

BUT...that doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy a romantic and sensual novel. I've been arguing for years... Why is it okay to show violence in Young Adult novels and movies, but sex between a monogamous couple--even married--no way!

So...if you're like me, a reader who likes books that are sensual but not erotic, gripping but not graphic, here are a few choices in a few genres.

Romantic Suspense
She Belongs to Me
Paranormal Romance
Creatus (They Exist)
Romantic Comedy
Must Love Dogs
Romantic Suspense
The Scent of Lies
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Crazy Little Thing
Romantic Suspense
If Tomorrow Comes
Paranormal Romance
A Shade of Vampire
Romantic Comedy
Diving In
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  1. Thank you, Carmen, for echoing my sentiments...especially this weekend, when we're supposed to be celebrating love, not abuse disguised as romance.

    1. Great point, Linda! I'm sure that release date wasn't a mistake. :/

  2. This is exactly what I state in my Romantic Comedy called Unabridged, in the form of an article named "Billionaires, BDSM&blah-blah-blah", accompanied by an illustration portraying women and cave-women. I couldn't agree more, Carmen!

    Melinda De Ross

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Melinda! Yeah...Bruce Wane never had that stuff in his Bat Cave. LOL!


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