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Benefits of Reading and Learning About Fiction
Fiction is not only fun to read, but reading fiction also comes with some surprising benefits. 

Reading fiction increases empathy, giving readers a better understanding of life in other's shoes and things outside their experience. This increase in empathy allows for a stronger ability to react to individual and social situations. 

Reading fiction is also a great way to de-stress. When you want to take a break from the stresses of life, non-fiction doesn't always do the trick, but a good fiction read can transport you to a whole new place. 

Reading fiction also sparks creativity and imagination. 

Whether you're looking to read more or to bring some variety into your reading material, fiction is a great place to start.
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Publishers Weekly is one of the better bestselling lists because they do go by number of units sold. Here, we have the top five bestselling romance books from mainstream authors, and they sold between 19,552 and 55,876 copies in October and November of 2019. The tenth book on the list, which was North to Alaska by Debbie Macomber sold 14,362 books. It currently ranks 41,812 in top selling Amazon books.


1. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks sold 55,876 copies - Currently #2,909 in the paid kindle store

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Illuminating life's heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, EVERY BREATH explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties--while asking the question, How long can a dream survive?

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If you’re a crime, mystery or thriller writer with no legal background, a few good writing books can mean the difference between convincing your audience you know what your talking about and coming off as amateurish. Not to mention, these books are also good for ideas, especially if you need to murder a character.

Howdunit: How Crimes Are Committed and Solved 


Includes the best of the Howdunit crime series as well as 13 new chapters on key topics such as street gangs, the drug trade, terrorism, and forensics.

This is one of my favorite. I use it regularly when I’m working on the AVIA series. It shows such wonderful things as how an autopsy is performed, information on serieal killers an con artists and how to process a crime scene.







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When is the last time you purchased a book from an independently published author? If you’re just buying books from the Big 5 or 7, depending on which stats you read, you could be missing out. Independently published authors are the fastest growing segment of the book industry, and they are writing stories and self help books and nonfiction about every topic you could possible think of.


1. The Variety Is Endless.

The variety of books is endless. Independently published books now make up about 30 percent of the total market, and indie authors are writing everything. If you want an LGBT book set in space, there’s an indie author that wrote it. If you want a vampire romance set in the 1800s, there’s a indie author that wrote it. If you want a space nightmare, it’s out there. If you want a fetish book about worm sex, some independently published author is or has wrote it.


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Have you ever read second person fiction? While second person fiction isn’t nearly as popular as third person or first person fiction, putting the reader in the perspective of the main character is something done on occasion. You are probably mostly familiar with second-person perspective as what is used in “Choose Your Own Adventure Books.” But, there are lots of popular books that have used this perspective.

Did you know that big name authors such as William Faulkner and Leo Tolstoy have dabbled with it in the past? Self-help books often use the second person perspective, too.  However, it’s very hard to write from this perspective well. So, you may ask, what are the pros and cons of using second person perspective in your own fiction?

PRO: Second Person Perspective can Immerse Readers in Your World

As an author who decides to write your fiction in second person, you are committing to immersing the reader in the protagonist’s point of view. By forcing the reader to imagine himself or herself as the protagonist, you must give the reader an extra rich sensory experience. You may also use the second person in shorter pieces - such as short stories - as a way to persuade the reader towards a specific point of view.

CON: Second Person Perspective Can Be Confusing and Frustrating to Readers

Do you enjoy fiction written in the second-person? Unfortunately, not everyone likes reading something in second person. Many readers prefer the more traditional third-person or even first-person. You will sometimes find readers who may not be able to identify with the protagonist and become frustrated. Second-person can also be confusing if the reader isn’t given enough hints about what is actually going on. Trying to make the reader figure things out for him or her self is not always a bad strategy, though. But, when you are writing second person fiction, the protagonist has to be both relatable to most readers and engaging enough to tell a good story.

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How many books do you read a year?  According to Statista, 9% of individuals read up to 3 books each year. Thirteen percent of individuals read up to 5 books per year.  Twenty percent of individuals read up to 10 books per year, and 17 percent of individuals read up to 15 books per year. This means that 59% of the population reads books and 41 percent of people either read more than 15 books per year or 0 books per year.  The truth of the matter is that everyone should read more fiction books because they will stimulate your brain, improve your creativity and expand your critical thinking skills. You may even be warding off dementia.

1 . You’ll Expand Your Vocabulary

Reading fiction can help you expand your vocabulary faster than reading a dictionary or thesaurus, and it will give you the ability to use the new words.  This is because fiction writers often strive to use the most accurate word available to describe a scene, character emotion or action. Some new words I’ve ran across while reading fiction include maudlin, abominable, repugnant, unrepossessing and nefarious. If you know what these words mean, that’s fantastic, you can learn even more.  If you have never heard of or used these words, you can learn the definitions of these, use them and learn the definitions and uses of even more words.

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Let’s talk about first person fiction. These are the stories than are written with the pronoun “I” verses he or she. That’s self-explanatory – right? We’re used to reading first person in blogs, journals and memoirs. After all, you probably don’t want to refer to yourself in third person very often. What’s less common but becoming more common are fiction books written in first person.

So What’s the Difference?

The difference is in perception. I’ll do an example from The Blooddoll Factory. I wrote that in third person omni, so here’s the original intro paragraphs:


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Romance and Erotica: How Do They Compare? 

The genres of Romance and erotica are similiar, but also very different.  Romance tends to hav ea plot that centers around a relationship.  Erotica may or may not have a plot, depending on the author.  There's a subgenre called romantic erotica, which cotnains the same plots as a traditional romance book but the sex scenes are explicit as if it were an erotica book.


Romance typically centers around a relationship.  The standard plot is char A meets char B.  They fall in love, but one of them can't have a relationship right now.  Then, later, they can have a relationship.  There may or may not be sex in a romance book.  However, if it does exist, it's usually at the end after the relationship has been fully developed and a formal comittment has been made by the characters.  Romance also has an incredible number of subgenres, including historical, western, fantasy, sci-fi, ect.  Romance books can even be subdivided by types of main characters, like bad boys, cowboys, doctors and billionaires. In short, there's nearly as many variations of these books as there are authors that write them.


Erotica is all about the sex.  These books can contain plots or no plots, meaning it's just a series of sex scenes.  Though, the longer books tend to have some sort of a plot to hold them together for 40,000 to 80,000 words.  Erotica books tend to have the same types of main characters as romance books, including bad boys, cowboys, billionaires, doctors and bankers.  They also tend ot feature BSDM, anal sex, fettish sex and same gender sex.  I"ve even seen erotica books that feature bear and dinosaur sex.  The big difference between erotica and romance is that erotica books don't need to develop any type of relationship between the characters.  They can meet and fuck and develop the relationship later or not at all.

Romance and Erotica Examples

Here are a few indie authors with romance and erotica books.



Peter Presley




Jill Monroe leads a seemingly ordinary life. No controversy. No drama. And definitely nothing kinky. But while out with her girlfriends at a local bar, no one is more surprised than she when Brian Thomas, a devastatingly handsome and uber confident tech billionaire, sets his sight on her.









Piper Presley

PiperpresleyBlazeJohn is a handsome, caring and respectful firefighter attracted to a beautiful redheaded lawyer named Carolyn, the woman of his dreams. He likes Patty, a cute and bubbly brunette, but just as friends. Even though Carolyn is gorgeous, are her looks deceiving? Is Patty better for John?



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People are always looking to arouse their desires. One of the ways that has become popular is the literary genre paranormal erotica. The genre is filled with magic, cursed people, and romance. This is the genre of someone who wants to see romance happen where science fails to explain what is happening. Another way that people are drawn in is when authors have a new take on old legends. All of this accounts for a popularity that has kept mythology alive and writers still delving into the myriad of possibilities. One simply has to pick up a Laurel K. Hamilton novel to see how far someone can go. 


Erotica and Romance

Erotica goes beyond romance in several ways. In a romance, love is what carries the story forward. Yes there can be sex, but that is out of the love between the protagonist and there significant other. In erotica, sexual situations spur the movement. In Laurel K. Hamilton books, her heroines save their world by having sex for various reasons. The characters may fall in love, but the sexual component is what drives the book going forward. Love may get discussion time, but it is not the reason for saving the world. 


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There are a few elements that a great book is going to have. 


The first element is the theme of the book. This is what the book or story is going to try to tell us. This is something that might even be able to help you in your own life. Even though not every story is going to have a theme, but it is usually a good idea if it does. It is best for the theme to grow out of the story so that the readers can feel like they have learned about the theme themselves. 


The second element of the book is the plot. This is usually the struggle or the conflict that the main character is going to be going through in the book. Sometimes the conflict will be with another character is the book, something that is inside of the character, or with the way that things on going on in the book. Most of the time, as the character begins to grow in the book, then they are going to be able to solve the problem that they have. Therefore, the conflict is going to get more exciting throughout the book. 

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In today's increasingly hectic world, most people find it hard to fit in an ample amount of rest and relaxation in their day-to-day lives. Whether it's spending more time with family and friends, watching a favorite movie, catching up with a special hobby, or just snuggling in bed with a journal- we all need some "me-time" every now and then in order to feel happier in life. And one of the best and healthiest ways an individual can unwind after a hard day is to enjoy reading a good book. Research states that reading exercises the brain, which is good for your mental health. Active reading improves cognitive function, memory, and analytical skills- plus it's a great stress reducer! 

If you're anything like me, you enjoy reading a variety of books. From steamy erotic novels to inspirational self-help's nice to just get alone and lose yourself in a thought-provoking book. And it's interesting that the most popular and best selling book genres are Romance, Crime/Mystery, Inspirational, Horror, and Suspense/ Thrillers Fiction. Lots of pocket change is spent on those kind of books globally and yet there are still quite a few books around that do not see a worldly fanfare and relatively sit on the shelves. 

Top Five Worse Genres by Sales (Updated with Stats)

1. Action/Adventure

The Action/Adventure category is the worst for sales, with an estimated .74 million copies sold each year. Action Adventure books feature danger and crazy adventures for their heroes, which differs extremely from their ordinary day-to-day lives. They hit their peak in the 1950s. Today, action-adventure books are most often found in other genres, like crime novels, thrillers, murder mysteries and war novels.

2. Westerns

Westerns sell an estimated .96 million copies each year. This is only slightly better than the Action/Adventure category. Westerns had their heyday during the late 1940s to about 1967. To exemplify this, John Wayne made movies from 1930 to 1962. Clint Eastwood was very popular from 1960 to the early 1980s for his spaghetti westerns. Of course, he's gone on to do more acting and directing in Westerns and other genres. The western soap opera Gunsmoke ran from 1955 to 1975. The slowdown of the genre occurred in the late 1970s with most Western comic books going into reprint rather than new stories being published, and the book genre has seen a slow decline since the late 1970s. What I suspect is that this genre can now be found in other categories, like historical novels and romance novels, where the western theme is more of a subgenre than the main genre and reason for the story.

3. Occult/Horror

Occult and horror books sell roughly 1.05 million books a year. This genre was extremely popular in the 1970s and 80 and has since hit its peak and fallen almost off the charts. However, like action/adventure books and westerns, horrors or horror-like books can be found in other categories. I find them most often in the thriller and paranormal categories, but they can also be found in fantasy and science fiction.

4. Religious Books

Religious books sell roughly 1.33 million copies a year. There's no distinction here between different categories of religious books, such as reference, self-help and fiction. The exception here is the Holy Bible, which last time I checked was the most popular book ever and remains that way. For individuals who read religious fiction and seek out religious books, they are very dedicated to this category, but it's certainly not growing.

5. Science Fiction

Science fiction sells roughly 2.68 million copies a year. These are your space adventures, your weird technology adventures and futuristic-type novels. Like most of these genres, science fiction's heyday was in the 1960s and 70s. Star Trek anyone? Star Wars? While Star Trek and Star Wars and spinoffs are very popular, this category as a whole is not. Could science fiction be showing up in other genres? Certainly, which may be the reason for the dramatic decline of the category but why there are still millions of fans.


Where were the stats found? Statista, but good luck getting this link to work. Most of the time the informtion is behind a $60 pay wall.


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Here is a list of some of the least popular Adult Fiction book genres: 

Western type genre- These are fictional books set in the Old West or in the historical frontier days of the late 18th to late 19th Century. These kind of books are less interesting to today's more tech-savvy everyday readers and seem to be only favored by a marginalized group of people who enjoy reading about fictionalized Cowboys, Indians, and dusty trails. 

Fantasy theme fiction- Although, this type of fiction you'd think would excite reader's imaginations, the opposite is true. In fact, most readers who used to run into bookstores to find those brain-curdling imaginative stories now find them boring and lacking in prose.  When it comes to the book charts, fantasy is fourth from the bottom.

Graphic novels- You know these are the kind of books that feature wild at heart stories told with comic-strip imagery. In 2017, this type of fictional genre saw record low sales in compared to mysteries and the ever best-selling Romance novels. 

The Classics - This brand of fiction has always been slated for school usage as well as considered to be culturally rich, yet many readers today find this type of fiction stale and lucid. Perhaps the availability of this type of fiction sparks people's disinterest in our more sophisticated culture today.
What's your least favorite genre?  Let's talk about it in the comments!
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Understanding Erotic Literature


Erotica literature is composed of both factual and fictional based stories and memories of human sexual relations that could possibly have enough power to or are very much intended to sexually heighten a persons sexual interest while reading. These erotic reads as such, take on the form of novels, poetry, short stories, memoirs of true life, and sex how- to’s.

What is a regular feature of this type of genre is fantasies that are sexual, that talk about the not so normal subjects of gang bangs, prostitutes, orgy parties, homosexuality, sodomy, bestiality and many more taboo fetishes and subjects, where some authors may or may not express their thoughts in such an explicit tone. There are other common reasons, such as social criticism that authors are afraid to voice certain wants or thoughts because of this.

Erotic Literature in History


Despite the cultural differences on such things, the circulation of erotica books was not viewed as a major thing before the invention of actually printing out the material, the costs of printing individual manuscripts put a limit on distribution, meaning only a very small select group of readers could enjoy. When printing was invented in the 15th century, it brought along with it both a bigger market and way more restrictions than one can imagine. The invention of censoring and legal restraints on books being published on the grounds of being to obscene. Due to this, many of the productions of any of these type themed material became feared and kept a secret. 


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Top 5 Most Popular Adult Genres

Over the years we have all no doubt become acquainted with the various genres that exist in adult fiction novels. From romance to mystery, to science fiction, we know all about these. But have we ever taken the time to wonder which ones are the most popular with the public, this might be information that an aspiring writer would most definitely be interested in knowing. Well, before going into the tops five it might be surprising to know that the genre that is most popular when polling individuals about which genre they like to read the most, and the one that makes the most profit per year isn't the same. That answer is a bit different, so when going over the list ranking by popularity we will also give a projection of annual profit. 

1. Fantasy 

Whether it be a story of sorcery or taking place in a mystical land where creatures such as dragons, and unicorns actually exist this genre has captured the imagination of people of all ages. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that we can all escape from our day to day struggles to be transported to another realm where the impossible is possible. So, the genre is definitely number one however profit wise it ties at number 4 grossing around 590.2 million in 2018. 

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It may surprise some people to learn that erotica books are a billion dollar industry. But, it turns out that there are plenty of people who are more than happy to purchase many stories that relate imaginary sexual encounters. In fact, some say this is the top genre in fiction, even when compared with thrillers. 

Don’t Confuse Erotica with Erotic Romance

Erotica and Erotic Romance are only vaguely related. Erotic Romance is essentially a regular romance story but with more explicit sex scenes. Erotica is all about the sex, and it doesn’t always have a plot, although it can. The more addicting erotica stories will usually have a good plot. In fact, they need to in order to hold interest. The hotter the better when it comes to characters in erotica. Though, what’s hot varies by the reader. So this part can actually be pretty subjective, though there are certain types of characters that do better than others. 

Erotica Has More Regular Releases

Because erotica is usually less plot driven than erotic romance, erotica authors often publish a new story every month or so. Erotic romance tends to be like regular novels and these stories are usually released less often. So, since erotica stories are released more often, there are more sales than the erotic romance books, which aren’t released as often. Also, with erotica being very fantasy-driven, this type of reader will be looking for something new pretty often.

People are Sexual by Nature

Because erotica is mostly about the sex, this caters to the natural human tendencies to fantasize. Humans are sexual creatures by nature. So it makes sense that people would want to read about it. People also often have fantasies they may not act upon in their waking lives. The erotica genre allows them a way to experience these fantasies without having to physically act upon them. For some people, the fantasy itself is hotter than actually participating in the act. 

Hottest Topics in Erotica

While there are many different topics of erotica, there are a particular dozen hot subgenres of erotica that perform the best. These include:

  • Billionaires
  • Other “modern alpha males”
  • Incest & Pseudo-Incest
  • Shapeshifters
  • Monsters
  • Students and Teachers
  • Gangbanging
  • Cuckolding
  • Gender Swapping
  • Sleeping or unconscious sex
  • Ménage à trois
  • Cowboys

The bottom line is that erotica is most definitely a hot genre and isn’t going anywhere but up anytime soon. Whether you’re a writer deciding whether to pursue this genre or a reader who’s curious, this is a great time to jump into the erotica industry. 




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Blooddoll1FullCoverADTHE BLOODDOLL FACTORY Kindle Edition

An unemployed male nurse lands a job at a reproductive clinic only to learn the babies he is helping to create are being sold to the local vampire population.​

After being unemployed for a year, William finally receives a call to come into Elite Surrogates and Adoption (ESA) for an interview. The sterile white interior does nothing for his confidence as he’s led to Sadie Jones' (HR manager’s) office where she proceeds to question him about his job experience and reproductive knowledge. 

It all goes well in this paranormal medical erotic romance until William realizes that he’s going to have to “perform” for the job. Fifty dollars an hour would help him catch up on his mortgage and get his wife to stop nagging him about the bills. However, using his own semen to propagate the reproductive cycle is more than a little weird. After considering the job and the busty HR manager, he agrees to continue the interview.


Blooddoll2FrontCover01THE BLOODDOLL FACTORY II Kindle Edition


William Wilson is torn as a new clinic director (Kane Devonshire) takes over ESA and continues to sell babies as vampire food. While William doesn’t believe the vampire is worse than Blackwell, his Bonded just might be. The violent redhead has been known to attack every human she encounters. She’s unpredictable, dangerous and might just have to be put down along with Kane. 









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