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The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena - How to write best-selling erotic romance
The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena - How to write best-selling erotic romance
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Romance Erotic, 14 Nov. 2012
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Now we've all had a chance to read `Fifty Shades of Grey,' it was a delight to come across `The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena,' which brilliantly explains why EL James's three novels have met with such amazing success. Erotic literature has always been something of a murky backwater but, with Fifty Shades, the genre has become mainstream.

A novelist of some repute herself, Chloe Thurlow outlines why this phenomenon has occurred and also how other writers and would-be writers can achieve the same. According to Ms Thurlow, EL James's major achievement was to write a romance and add an erotic component, rather than to write an erotic book with a glimpse of romance. The difference may seem subtle, even minor, but twenty million sales worldwide cannot be explained away by mere subtlety.

As a writing guide, her book describes how to create believable characters, compulsive plots and how to draw in readers through the power of the erotic, rather than the use of pornography. As she says at one point, the difference between erotica and porn is `good writing.' The `Phenomena' provides excerpts from Ms Thurlow's own work, as well of that of other writers, and lists of essential reading and erotic publishers seeking new material and voices. Whether a reader or a writer of the erotic, this is a valuable contribution to what is the fastest growing genre in literature today.
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The Killer Book II: The American Connection (Start of Action 2)
The Killer Book II: The American Connection (Start of Action 2)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, 16 Oct. 2012
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In this second book of Jack Elgos's trilogy, we follow the career of Darren 'Butch' McCann, former IRA killer, now working for the British Secret Service under a new name and living in a mansion in the English countryside. His skills at taking out the bad guys are invaluable and his handler, a 'Mr Turner,' sends him on assignments to New York and Ireland where only his quick wits get him out of hair raising situations. We like Darren because we see him as basically a nice guy but the product of a troubled childhood. He sees himself as someone who has always been manipulated and is driven by a desire for revenge.

After a seriously botched mission in Northern Spain tracking terrorists from the Middle East, he is injured, but with the luck of the Irish, is nursed back to health by a beautiful Spanish woman in her remote farmhouse. Love begins to bloom and then . . . but you will have to read it to find out.

There is plenty of excitement and enough well defined characters to hold our interest and we eagerly await the final book of the trilogy to find out how it will end.


Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me: A biography of Salvador Dali
Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me: A biography of Salvador Dali
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 28 Sept. 2012
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There are many biographies on, by and about Salvador Dali, but it is unlikely that you will find any better than Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me. The book is moving, often funny, even courageous. I couldn't put it down and it is one of those books that I will go back to and read again. Truly a masterpiece.


LAID & BETRAYED (Getting wrong with Mr. Wright)
LAID & BETRAYED (Getting wrong with Mr. Wright)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Naughty, 28 Sept. 2012
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Grace Goode is not good at all. In fact she is a very naughty girl who just can't keep her clothes on. I like these long short stories and this one held me gripped in one long page-turning read. Well-written, very erotic, Chloe Thurlow just keeps getting better and better.


Rita - A Love Story
Rita - A Love Story
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate & Enjoyable, 8 Aug. 2012
I like books in which you are carried along by a great story and learn something at the same time. Rita does both. I loved the story between the slave owner and the slave and I got to learn a great deal about the American civil war. This is a passionate and enjoyable read.
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The Killer Book 1: The Beginning (Start of Action)
The Killer Book 1: The Beginning (Start of Action)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read, 6 Jun. 2012
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Darren 'Butch' McCann had the misfortune to grow up in Belfast, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. When his mother is brutally murdered by the English, he joins the IRA to avenge her death. Reliable and quick to learn, his new friends put his hatred to good use in the following few years and he builds a reputation as a gifted 'killer.'

But doubts start to creep into his mind and in a shocking showdown the world as he knows it and everything he believes in is smashed and broken. Will he be able to build a new life from the pieces? Read the thrilling 'The Killer' to find out.


More Carrots For Me
More Carrots For Me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snuggle Time, 1 Mar. 2012
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The perfect book to read to a 3 to 5 year old at bedtime--and it is the ideal length--mercifully short. It has a message 'eat your carrots' and the drawings are delightful. What more could you ask for?


The Appian Way (Gripping thriller of murder, mayhem and doublecross)
The Appian Way (Gripping thriller of murder, mayhem and doublecross)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murky Machinations, 19 Jan. 2012
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Lovers of spy novels who can't get enough of the murky machinations of MI6 will enjoy reading The Appian Way, which follows the lives of a small group of Cambridge friends over a span of fifty years. Real people such as Burgess and Maclean are mixed in with the fictional characters whose lives are the backbone of the story. As a reader, I like to have my hand grasped by an author and led firmly into the story. In The Appian Way there were times when I felt jerked along by an author who didn't use sufficient care to guide me. There is, however, a good story buried in this book, with enough dark deeds, double crosses and graphic scenes of what happens to those who get caught by the bad guys to satisfy lovers of this genre.


THE FIRESTARTER (A Thurlow revenge thriller)
THE FIRESTARTER (A Thurlow revenge thriller)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 8 Aug. 2011
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The Second Rule is a comic, passionate, complex novel about a young architectural student, Tomas Sala, who designs a grotesque folly showing every conceivable building style, only for the nation's leader to commission what will become known as The Palace of Democracy - a tribute to the very political system that is collapsing around them.

But early success, he learns, has to be paid for. While Tomas builds his absurd vision, his personal dreams disintegrate. His timid, intellectual parents die in a suicide pact, his wife, the mysterious Helena, goes into exile, his friends follow until he is among the few who remain in a dying, polluted city dominated by the Palace.

During his student years, Tomas met a Turk who told him there are two rules in life, but never told him the second. One night when he makes his way through the ancient streets of the old quarter, he meets the Turk again and, on learning the second rule, he sets out on a journey of redemption.

The book is beautifully-written, thought-provoking and cleverly weaves its way through current political problems and modern relationships.
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Black Dress
Black Dress

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tipping Points, 30 July 2011
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This review is from: Black Dress (Kindle Edition)
These stories are about people trying to get out of bad relationships, sometimes succeeding and sometimes not.

In Tail Lights, 16 year old Sharon, abandoned by her boyfriend, finds a heartbreaking way to solve her problems.

David, in Calling Poppy, is forced to give up his chance for happiness when his wife finds an unexpected way to blackmail him.

Innocent young Jade, in The White Box, has moved in with Nigel, her boss, and is letting herself be moulded to his peculiar tastes, wrongly believing that she is moving up in the world.

Rich or poor, all the characters reach a tipping point when they realize that they have been lying to themselves. At times laugh out loud funny, the stories are keen and moving observations of human behaviour.


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