So I read and researched everything I could about the do's and don'ts (though the dont's were pretty scarce) of writing erotic short stories. One of the main pieces of advice I found was to write under a pen name. DO THIS NO MATTER WHAT!!! Ok, I might be exaggerating a little there with the all caps, but you get the point. Thus, Lainie London was born.
Lainie had a lot more sales than I ever thought she would considering I did zero promotion for her. She released three short stories, but one easily outsold the other two. Saved by the Bear was doing well without me doing anything to pimp it, so I got to thinking. Why should Lainie get all the credit for MY work? Yes, I know that sounds strange referring to me as someone else, but she really is a separate entity as far as the book world is concerned. I'm starting to build a strong readership under my own name and I know there are people who read Craving and Haunting that would enjoy Saved by the Bear. It's about a giant hunk of man beast who happens to turn into a bear from time to time, who wouldn't love that? Why should I hide behind a pen name when I know there are readers who thoroughly enjoy erotica? I have fairly explicit sex scenes in The Willow Creek Vampires Series so why was I hiding?
Well, I've decided I'm done hiding. I understand why erotic authors use pen names, probably some of the same reasons I initially chose to use one: feeling weird when your family, friends, co-workers, whatever reads it and you're sure they'll begin to see you in a different, less-savory light; not wanting people to think just because you write something means you've lived it because I don't know anyone who has actually got it on with a werebear... You get the point. There are also some very taboo topics written about in the erotic genre and I understand completely why someone would use a pen name in those instances. Point is, I'm not knocking pen names. If that's what you want to do then that is fantabulous. I've just decided it's not for me for the time being. I'd rather release my stories so all the people who have grown to love my stories get the chance to read all of them.
So without further ado, Saved by the Bear was released today under the name Stephanie Summers.
Seraphina has been given to a cruel and sadistic man to settle her mother's debt. She sees a chance for freedom, and bolts into the thickness of the nearby forest. As she makes her escape, she discovers a panther hot on her trail. Just as the animal is about to pounce on her, a grizzly bear emerges from the trees. What happens when both the panther and the bear shift into men before her very eyes? Why is the man who had been a bear moments before hell-bent on protecting her? And why does she find herself so damned attracted to him?
Saved by the Bear is an erotic shifter short story (~8,000 words). It is intended solely for readers 18 and older due to strong language and explicit depictions of sexual acts. Enjoy!
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