Some Like It Sizzling!

Strap yourself in.  I’m introducing you to a new debut author Morgan Malone who I have known for a number of years…and she writes HOT!  She released TWO new books this month.  I hope you join me in welcoming Morgan Malone to the lair.   Here’s Morgan:

Morgan profile with sunglassesB&WI have been a reader my entire life. I remember reading Dr. Seuss as a very young girl. My elementary school librarian gave me a copy of Farmer Boy when I was in third grade and I was hooked on every book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My mother let me read her First Edition of Gone with the Wind when I was 12 and I fell in love. With Rhett Butler, with history and with romance. I’ve been reading romance novels ever since.

I raided Mom’s bookshelf for more romance and discovered Frank Yerby, a historical romance writer from the 1930’s through 1960’s. His dashing heroes and strong heroines were fodder for my teenage heart. No high school quarterback could ever compare to those knights in shining armor and Southern gentleman in Yerby’s books. In college and law school, I plowed through every one of Danielle Steele’s books within days of release. So, too Kathleen Woodiwiss and Jude Devereaux. Then, I discovered Bertrice Small. Wow! While she wrote historical romances as fascinating as the ones I borrowed from Mom, the love scenes were in a whole different universe! I have to say I learned quite a lot from her books, and I don’t mean just history. My late husband was a very happy camper whenever I finished reading one.

That is where my love for erotic romance began. I wanted to read a romance that made me blush, one that would haveerotic scarf me closing the book after a particularly steamy passage, with a smile and a sigh. Fortunately, my search led me into a rich world of super sexy romance. I loved every one of Elizabeth Lowell’s books, especially the historical romances. No one wrote a knight in slightly tarnished armor or a hard-face, tender-hearted cowboy like Ms. Lowell. I moved on to Susan Johnson and Thea Devine and was not disappointed. Author friends recommended Madeline Oh. Oh, my!

Katarina coverSo, I was initially surprised by all the commotion about Fifty Shades of Grey and the two other books in the series. The concept of women being interested in reading about submission, domination, and bondage seemed to shock reviewers and the mainstream news media. Where had they been all the years I was reading erotic romance with these very themes? I picked up the Fifty Shades trilogy and read them one after another. I thought the story was interesting and the sex was hot. And I thought the marketing strategy was brilliant! It fit the New Adult genre perfectly.

When the opportunity presented itself to write my own erotic contemporary romance with a BDSM theme, I was intrigued. But, I was a bit outside my comfort zone. So I thought about what it would be like to be an older woman, back in the dating arena after 10 years alone. The men Katarina meets are commanding types who challenge her intellect and her personality. She finds that she likes giving up some of the control to these sexy, domineering men. But she struggles with the notion of becoming completely submissive to a man. I like the conflict between Katarina and her men.

I love a strong man and a strong woman, meeting, discovering each other in a variety of situations; sometimes in theCocktales-cover-SM midst of a mystery, sometimes hundreds of years ago, once in a while in the future or in another universe. If the story is well-written, I am in it to the end. If the hero and the heroine make me feel, make me care about them, I am sold. If the love scenes cause my cheeks to burn, even better. And I count my money as well-spent if the book takes me out of my everyday life, away from my every day cares, for a few hours. What about you?  Do you like/read erotic romance?  Why do you like?  Or if you don’t, why not?

Morgan hasn’t mentioned Cocktales and I suspect it’s because it’s a dating memoir of a woman over 50, in fact, her dating memoir.  I find this fascinating.  She could have easily changed it to fiction, but she did not.  That’s brave. 

You can find excerpts of either of these books at  Check them out!

Morgan is giving two prizes today, a digital copy of Katarina and a digital copy of Cocktales to someone leaving a comment.  So let’s chat – does erotica make you sizzle?  Or do you prefer your romance less 50 shades?  Why or why not? 


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  • flchen1 says:

    Good for you, Morgan!! Great to meet you 🙂 I do enjoy reading erotic romance sometimes, but I don’t love it exclusively! I guess I just like variety, and sometimes I like to read stories where the characters’ physical connection really matches their emotional one, and sometimes I don’t need to see it played out for me 🙂 Best wishes for your continued success!

    • Hey Fichen –

      You got the rooster! We’ll strap some leather on him and send him over. He’s definitely the submissive here. Don’t let him dominate. 🙂

    • Wow! You guys are up early! I just came upstairs after letting my chocolate lab, Marley, out for a romp in the snow, and thought I would check in to see what was happening in the lair…and here are number of banditos waiting for me!
      First, Donna, thank you so much for inviting me into the lair. You know I love you better than my luggage!
      Fichen, I love all romance too. I need my characters to be people I can care about and then I want to see them interact. Sometimes it gets all hot and heavy and I love that. Sometimes, it stays sweet and almost innocent and I want those stories too. For me, it is all about the story. Thanks for your comment and good wishes.

  • Jodi S. says:

    Hey Morgan! Congrats on your 2 new releases! I like any romance heat level – no real reason why I like one over the other since I don’t have a preference!
    I hope you have amazing sales with your books.

    • Hi Jodi!

      Morgan will be along shortly. I have a cat who meows me into rising early to feed her and do her bidding. 🙂

      I know Morgan reads across the romance genres as well. It all works in pursuit of a fantasy – and a good story.

    • Good morning, Jodi.
      As Donna mentioned, I read across all genres, although it took me awhile to get into shape shifters. I am in love with love stories. I was a lawyer/judge in a state agency for 30 years. I know you will understand when I say that at night, after wading through piles of legal argument, I did not want to read anything heavy or dark. I wanted to escape into a good story, one that would give me “sweet dreams.” While I was writing “Katarina” I was kept awake by some of her adventures as they raced through my mind, but a few sent me off to sleep with a smile on my face. I hope Kat does the same for you!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Morgan

    Congratson the releases 🙂

    I do read erotoc romance and enjoy them but in saying that I read across all of the romance genres and I very much enjoy open bedroom scenes but do not enjoy bdsm 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Hi Helen –

      I think you might enjoy Cocktales. It’s a memoir and tells the story of a young widow who continues to raise her children and then decides at age 50 to re-enter the dating scene. To be honest, just thinking about re-entering the dating scene would scare me to death! And than write about it? Morgan is one brave chick. 🙂

    • Helen – Morgan responded to your post on comment #6 (and #7 sort-of). Just wanted you to know. 🙂

  • Mozette says:

    Hey Morgan, congrats on your novel!

    I do enjoy reading romance novels when what I normally read gets on my nerves, and my focus on my usual loves falter.

    However I also write erotica that would put ’50 Shades of Gray’ to shame… all just private stuff, and nothing I would ever want to show anyone. It’s erotic, sex-filled but nothing like 50 Shades… I don’t like that kind of thing… never have.

    • Hi Mozette!

      I knew you wrote some on the dark side. Dont you write horror as well as erotic? That’s an interesting combination.

      Are you saying you don’t read BDSM books like 50 shades? I’m a bit confused (my normal state 🙂 )

      • Mozette says:

        Oh yes. I do write dark side stuff as well as erotic writings too.

        I actually jumped onto here to learn how to get my love and sex scenes sounding and feeling better… now, I not only scare people but they get ‘strangely switched on too’ which my fans kinda feel weirded out by. 😛

        But that’s okay… to feel unusual about strange sex scenes; because deep down inside, we all like strange things; we just don’t tell anyone. 😛

    • Dear Mozette,
      I love writing some dark little stories myself. In fact, the first one I wrote was “Hello Kitty” which came out a few years ago as a “noontime” read (though I never could read really hot romance during my lunch hour…phew! That story was the impetus for “Katarina.”

  • Quantum says:

    I really enjoyed Elizabeth Lowell’s books, especially the westerns, and the sizzle was the icing on the cake.

    An adventurous plot, preferably in the great outdoors, with romantic sizzle to warm the spirit, represents fictional Nirvana for me.

    Are your books similar Morgan?
    If so I must try one!

    • Dear Quantum, I know what you mean about Elizabeth Lowell. I think her westerns are my favorite of all her books, but then I remember the Donovans, and I really think Archer Donovan is one of the hottest heroes in romance. I try to write as well as Ms. Lowell. I also emulate her style in that I write a strong heroine who is a good match for my strong hero. Both have flaws, but both are willing to try to move beyond their pasts into a future where they will be together. And, I write a long love scene….long and detailed. Katarina is set in present day Troy, NY, just across the Hudson River from where I worked for 30 years. But, I am currently working on a romance that involves a Country singer from Oklahoma, so there is a little of the Wild West in there. It’s called “Unanswered Prayers” and should be released this summer. I hope you will like it.

  • Helen, thank you for your comment. I was a little shy of bdsm too. I read the 50 Shades trilogy to see what all the buzz was about and I got into the story. I was working on edits for “Cocktales” when my publisher asked for bdsm stories so I decided to push myself a bit and write a “light” bdsm romance. Katarina is new to bdsm, she has been alone for awhile, gotten all caught up in her own world, trying to stay safe from any other tragedy, so it takes a strong-willed man to pull her into the world of lust and love. Kind of like me, when I started dating again at almost 50…I was scared and unsure of myself. But, the need to share, to be with someone, pulled me out of my comfort zone. And gave me so many stories to tell.

  • As Donna mentioned, my dating memoir, Cocktales, was also released by TMP in February. I started writing the stories that make up Cocktales in a memoir writing class I signed up for after I retired. I wanted to learn how to write less like a lawyer…dry and argumentative doesn’t work in romance novels. I did finish the romance novel that I had started before those classes (Unanswered Prayers, to be published this summer). But, I also got really hooked into writing memoir. Romantic memoir because my storied are about falling in lust and falling in love. And about discovering the woman I had become after years as a mom and a widow. I wanted Cocktales published as non-fiction for all the people who told me that there were no men interested in women over 40, 50 or 60, women with a few gray hairs, a few scars and a few extra pounds. I didn’t believe that and I set out to prove my theory. And I did. There are men and women who are AARP-eligible who are looking for the same thing: friendship, sex, love and companionship. And you don’t have to look like Catherine Zeta Jones to find it (although I would love to look like her!)

  • Maddie James says:

    Congratulations, Morgan, on your releases! I’ve never read Yerby, but did cut my teeth as well on Danielle Steele, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Jude Devereaux — and also Phyllis Whitney. The romance wasn’t a strong in her books, of course, but the heroes were always strong and brooding and something about that was just…sigh. Anyway, I love both sweet and erotic reads, but more times than not, i’m turning to the super-sexy and erotic. Again, so happy for your releases and wishing you much success!

    • Hi Maddie!
      Just wanted to wave hi. I don’t think we’ve sat down to chat since we were both at that small Kentucky conference held at a national park near Ashland. Do you remember that? I think you were just kicking off Turquoise Morning Press. We’ll have to rectify that sometime soon 🙂 .

  • Way to go, Morga,n my boxed set mate! Woot! Congrats on the releases and yes…. erotic reads for me!

  • Thanks Maddie & Bella! I love the sexy stories too. And I am so happy to be with you at TMP. I dreamed from a very young age of writing romantic stories and now my dream has come true. The romance community is so welcoming and supportive, especially our hostess, Donna MacMeans.

  • Jennifer Johnson says:

    Hi Morgan, it’s nice to learn more about you and the books which igniting passion for writing in you. And haha, about your husband enjoying the fruits of your reading.

  • Thanks Jennifer. My late husband especially loved those harem scenes in the Skye O’Malley series by Bertrice Small. Like he thought we would try them …lol! But he kept buying me her books!

  • Patty L. says:

    Congratulations Morgan on both of your releases. I have downloaded and read Katrina and loved it. It definitely had the Spice that is so popular right now. I have been reading romance and slipped into erotica by accident when I discovered Sylvia Day years ago. I think her books are better written and sexier than Fifty Shades. So I guess I would call myself a fan, but still love a sweet romance where they close the door and my imagination runs wild.

    • Dear Patty, I am so glad that you loved Katarina! I love her too. Feisty and almost 40, not your typical romance heroine. I have to say that I prefer the sexy romances that we’ve talked about but I do love a love story that leaves a little to the imagination. There is nothing like one of those deep soulful kisses that you just know is going to lead to more! Thanks for commenting.

  • Well Good Morning, ladies ! Nothing like a little bondage to start the day off right. I’m heading out the door in a few minutes to another type of bondage. Inventory day at Walmart. Trust me, there is NOTHING sexy about it! Unless you count wrapping the boss in duct tape and leaving him in a box in the walk in freezer.

    I enjoy all levels of heat in my romance reading. More often than not it simply depends on my mood or if the blurb for a book strikes my fancy. Sometimes I read simply on the recommendation of a friend. Erotic is not my normal bill of fare, but I read every sort of historical romance, and lets face it, some of those are erotic as hell. Just finished Julia London’s newest – The Devil Takes a Bride. Trust me, it is NOT your mother’s historical romance. The hero has more issues than National Geographic when it comes to sex and the heroine is just the woman to take him on. Great read. Actually, if I am not talking out of school, one of the highest scoring books of the Ritas I judged was an erotic romance and it was damned good.

    I read Fifty Shades and I think the attraction was a couple of really great characters and a good storyline told by a good storyteller. The writing lacked finesse, but the story and the characters drew your average twenty-something reader in. That’s my take on it.

    I love that your heroines are a bit older, Morgan and both books sound intriguing which is always a good thing!

    • Louisa –

      I love reading your posts. You should be a writer. Oh wait – you are! 🙂

      My thought is that even with 50 Shades lack of finesse, it’s a way to introduce a lot of formerly non-romance readers to romance. Not a bad thing, really.

    • Thank you, Louisa! I am with you, I love a good historical romance, my first love and still my favorite. I would love to try my hand at one, but since I am a bit “focused” I would need to find the time for research, oh, and of course, a trip to scope out an interesting historical site…Istanbul or Florence or Dublin, perhaps. I appreciate the romance novels that feature young heroines and heroes, Like Donna, I am glad for anything that brings young people to reading, especially reading romance. But, for myself, I grew tired of the angst of twenty-somethings. I wanted to read about some of the issues I was facing…sulky adolescent, mortgage payments, leaky toilets and saving for college. And I wanted to believe that romance still existed for us even after 50! I am glad you find my heroines intriguing. If you read either or both of my books, I would be glad to hear your opinion.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Hello Donna and Morgan. Sorry I’m so late a small accident sent me to bed at 5pm, and I’m just moving around now.
    Morgan, I am like you, I began early, but milder. I too read Beatrice Small, maybe so not blushing as intrigue. I’d read other erotica (mostly mild) before, but this was history as well and for me the perfect mix.

    Now in my 50’s, there isn’t much in the erotica genre I haven’t seen or read. Nothing surprises me much. Althou for many years my hubby was a bit surprised, and willing to benefit from my reading.

    • Amy –

      So sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you were only rattled and not seriously hurt.

      I remember telling my daughter at one time that she could read any of my romances except Beatrice Small. I thought she was a bit rough for a young girl. But what book did I find tucked under her bed? Skye O’Malley – LOL.

      • Amy Conley says:

        LOL Donna. Loved that book. Only book my mother ever told me I couldn’t read was LOVE STORY, I was 11 and read it at school.

  • Dear Amy, I do love history and erotica…the perfect mix. And I am laughing that your husband, too, liked the benefits from his wife’s reading choices. There was a scene in a Bertrice Small novel where the Sultan dressed up like a stallion and all the ladies in the harem were the mares, that my husband was particularly fond of…I just laughed at him and told him there was NO way. Thanks for reminding me of that

  • Shannon says:

    I’m afraid I don’t enjoy BDSM. For me, pain and sex don’t go together. I’m glad other people enjoy, but that stuff sends me back to a dark place and unfortunately, it results in night terrors. I’m bracing myself because I don’t think I can get out of going to FSoG without making a scene.

  • Oh, Shannon, don’t see the movie if it will upset you. And even though Katarina is more about control than pain, it might not be your cup of tea. But, you might like Cocktales…no bdsm there…except the guy who just had to tell me about his golden cage! He got crossed off the list pretty quick! Best to you!

  • Morgan, welcome, and congrats on your new releases! I read a wide range of romances, occasionally including erotic ones. In all romances, I prefer couples who respect each other, whatever form their intimacy may take.

  • It is after 9 here on the East Coast and after a day of blotting and writing an arbitration award, I am ready to call it a day. I have so enjoyed my time in the lair and reading and responding to your comments. I hope you all take a chance on Katarina and Cocktales. I drew names out of a hat and Helen wins Cocktales and Amy wins Katarina. Please email me at with your email address and I’ll send you digital copies. And Donna, you are the best friend and mentor I could
    want. Thank you!