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  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592575463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592575466
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alison Kent is the pseudonym known to the tens of thousands of readers who enjoy her erotic romances. Some of her titles include The Beach Alibi, Larger Than Life, and The Bane Affair.

Customer Reviews

Alison Kent teaches you about writing erotic romance as well as about good writing in general.
Casey O
She's utterly comfortable with her subject matter, which makes her the perfect author to write about such a potentially sensitive topic.
H. Grove (errantdreams)
Most of the topics worth thinking about even if your stories never gets beyond the bedroom door.
M.K.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
My understanding of the romance genre is so old that I had no idea that the romance genre had even sprouted an erotic subgenre that allowed for explicit sexual content. I still thought of romance books as teases--something that got you all hot and bothered and then shut you out of the "good stuff". While there's still plenty of romance to be found that follows that set of expectations, now you can find erotic romance as well.

However, lest you think it's about gratuitous sex, it's part of the definition of the genre that the sex has to further the plot and the character arc. It can't be tacked on. Sex is part of how the characters change, fall in love, explore themselves, and so on. But because it's an erotic romance rather than erotica, it's still about falling in love.

Warning: This should be obvious, but I'm going to make it very clear just in case. This book is about writing in a genre that includes explicit sex scenes. That means that this book contains material about writing explicit sex scenes. It isn't meant to be titillating in its own right, but it is frank and blunt and doesn't shy away from necessary detail and discussion.

Alison Kent has a knack for writing; that much is obvious (in fact, I think I'm going to have to get my hands on some of her fiction!). She's thorough, informative, blunt, frank, and above all, entertaining; I never felt that she sacrificed one aspect for another. She's utterly comfortable with her subject matter, which makes her the perfect author to write about such a potentially sensitive topic.

She discusses all sorts of writing topics, applying them to the erotic romance genre quite handily.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2006
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Alison Kent (the pseudonym of an experience author in the genre of erotic romance) draws upon her considerable expertise in "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing Erotic Romance" to help aspiring authors master the specialized genre of the erotic romance. All too often writers veer into crude pornography while trying to avoid prudish conventions in storytelling. "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing Erotic Romance" will take the novice writer through a series of practical and effective techniques for creating compelling characters, interesting plots, and engaging dialogue laced with sexually provocative eroticism. Enhanced with advice and examples drawn from successful romance writers and editors, "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing Erotic Romance" will also prove an invaluable resource that includes lists of available publishers in this select genre. If you want your writing to be hallmarked with chemistry, spice, plot twists, complete characters, and "page turning romance", then add "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing Erotic Romance" to your instructional reference bookshelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2011
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I tend to take notes when I'm reading a book like this, on the craft of writing. I can refer back to my notes quickly when I need reminding or have a question. Because of this I tend to read these "How To" books a little differently than a casual reader. During this process (the reading and note taking) I have fought the urge to hit my head on a wall repeatedly. The author repeats the same assertions again and again in six different ways without shining any new light on the subjects. What's worse, the subjects are repeated in six different chapters, and again, nothing new is said. There's a section on the basics of how to write fiction. Which should have been left to a book on beginners fiction writing and not something I feel is beyond the basics. This is a book on how to think about having your characters think of safe sex. I was disappointed that there are no discussions on the stages of romance, or how a couple can get from first sight to intimacy. Nothing along those lines, except a referral to another book. Grrr. I realize its an entry level book to the topic. All "Complete Idiot..." books are. But this entry level is to the level of banality. I would not buy this book again. I'd rent it from a library, borrow it from a friend, or more realistically I'd skip it all together. There's nothing here that you couldn't find online or figure out yourself using common sense. Unfortunate really.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M.K. on October 5, 2006
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This book goes beyond erotic romance and is, I think, a gem for anyone who wants to write romance of any sort. The exercises are great. Most of the topics worth thinking about even if your stories never gets beyond the bedroom door. It's all about the TENSION.

I got a lot out of it, but I wish this book had been around a few years ago when I was a newbie writer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Believer in the Redeemer on September 18, 2006
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Well, okay, so it's the only one on Erotic Romance. That changes nothing, however, for this book delivers. I bought it as soon as it released and am a little more than halfway through the book, but I can tell you from what I've read so far that it is a VERY good reference book. It has the most information I've come across for writing romance AND erotic romance. I've read books before on writing erotica and they just didn't help me one iota in learning what I needed to know. If you write erotic romance or just plain romance, this is an invaluable tool to the published and unpublished alike. I am very exited about this book and believe me, I've read enough to know when one is good and not simply repeating what other books say. Buy this one, you won't regret spending the money. Very good info for those needing to know how to combine romance and erotica, as well as how to write those steamy scenes!!
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A native Texan, Alison sold one of the first of her over fifty published works live on the "Isn't It Romantic?" episode of CBS 48 Hours. The resulting book, CALL ME, was a Romantic Times finalist for Best First Series Book. Alison's book, A LONG, HARD RIDE, part of Harlequin's 60th Anniversary celebration, was nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Harlequin Blaze of 2009. STRIPTEASE, a 2003 release from Harlequin Blaze and part of her popular gIRL-gEAR series, was also an RT Reviewer's Choice Award nominee.

Her 2005 Kensington Brava release, THE BEACH ALIBI, was a nominee for the national Quill Awards, sponsored by Reed Business Information. Alison is also the author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE, and her 2009 novel, NO LIMITS, was a Cosmopolitan Magazine Red Hot Read. THE SECOND CHANCE CAFE, the first in her Hope Springs series from Amazon Montlake, was a 2014 RITA finalist in contemporary romance.

If there's a better career out there than writing, she doesn't want to know about it, as she's quite happy putting pen to paper in the backyard of her Texas home. That's where she lives with her petroleum geologist husband, three rescue dogs, and a colony of not-quite-feral cats, battling the heat each year to raise a bumper crop of tomatoes and jalapeno peppers.

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