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January 10, 2015 - Jasmine Haynes, Alice Gaines, and Pam Rosenthal
Erotica Panel

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Alice Gaines will discuss what makes something erotic rather than merely sexy - the erotic premise. She'll also explore the differences between erotica and erotic romance.

Alice Gaines helped launch the subgenre erotic romance with her novella in the first volume of Secrets from Red Sage Publishing. She's gone on to write erotic romance for Ellora's Cave, Changeling Press, Harlequin Spice Briefs and erotica for Avon Impulse. She writes about nice people having outrageous sex.

Pam Rosenthal will discuss her journey into the wilds of erotic writing, and what she learned technically along the way.

Pam Rosenthal's Regency-set historical The Edge of Impropriety won a RITA for Best Historical Romance of 2009, and the spoken-word version of her comic BDSM novel Carrie's Story (first published in 1995) won's first Audie award for erotica in 2014.

Jasmine Haynes will discuss the business of erotic romance writing, covers, blurbs, traditional publishing vs indie publishing, etc.

NY Times and USA Today bestselling Jasmine Haynes/Jennifer Skully is the author of classy erotic romance, hilarious romantic mysteries, and the Max Starr paranormal suspense series. Her books have passion, heart, humor, and happy endings, even if they aren't always traditional.

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