I've had two pen names for years: Marianne Stephens and April Ash. I say that MS writes mainstream, sensual romances and AA writes erotic romances.
Now, however, I'm not sure. I think the two names/sides of me have merged.
My sensual romance stories in all the anthologies are pretty hot...scenes are very descriptive and some naughty words are used. Marianne Stephens has been the author for all these. While I don't write extremely graphic scenes nor do I ever use the "F" word, I wonder if some people think I should label them as erotic.
Terminology: Yes, I use some strong, sexual words. But when I compare these stories to what AA has written in the past, I consider my short stories a bit more tame. Not sweet, but right up near that erotic category.
What do you think separates very sensual stories from erotic? Is it how graphic sex scenes are? Sex terms used?
Until I think I've crossed the line into writing an erotic story, I'll keep using my MS pen name for my hot stories!
Two stories out in anthologies/boxed sets this month.
Naughty Heatwave - Turn Up the Heat, is out now: My story is HOT BUNS.
Hot Buns ~ Marianne Stephens
Angela offers to pay Vinnie to use his bakery ovens until hers are delivered. For financial reasons, he agrees. Being near her threatens his determination never to forgive her betrayal. When the truth surfaces, both must share the blame. Can smoldering love between them flame into passion once again?
Buy links found HERE.
Wickedly Wanton releases on 15 June but is available for pre-order.
My story: DANCE FOR ME
On a dare, Carla enters a stripper amateur night contest. Fellow professor Nate catches her practicing in her office. Always intrigued by her, Nate asks to watch again and their mutual attraction leads to a lusty affair. Her secret’s out, but she won’t know his until the amateur contest night.
Buy links found HERE. It's already a Best Seller at ARe!