Monday, July 9, 2007

Sweet Reads

Just as great nookie doesn't equal true love, great nookie scenes do not equal true storytelling. We all know that and this is how the Enduring Romance blog and website came into being. We dig through the trash to find the gems and share them with you.

A Great and Terrible Beauty is a Sweet level novel I intend to read soon. I found it at the Clean Reads blog.

{Sweet Level Story: We define this as no sex or it takes place behind closed doors and the story skips ahead.}

Some readers don't want to read novels with any nookie scenes at all. Believe me, I know how they feel. I can handle up to the Sensual level, but after that the graphic descriptions of naked body parts remind me too much of childbirth and I just want to spew breakfast. The trouble is these readers often go unheard because they rarely buy new. At least, the ones I know stick to the used bookstore or the library where they can find books that have been thoroughly sorted out. As a result, publishers believe Sweet novels are no longer in demand and they don't publish them, or at least not as many.

For the Sweet Lovers among us, I have good news. I've just stumbled on a new-to-me blog which reviews novels with no on-the-page nookie. No gore or heavy swearing. Just fantastic storytelling. Pop on over to and check it out! Remember, if you want to see more Sweet level novels published, you need to buy them new. Authors only get paid when we buy their books new. If they don't get paid to write Sweet novels, they don't get their Sweet novels published!

Meanwhile, here at the Enduring Romance blog we will continue to dig through the trash to find the really great stories of every heat level (except Erotica).


Emily said...

Thank you very much for this wonderful post about Clean Reads. I appreciate your site as well. I'll be back many times.
Thanks again!

Kimber An said...

You're welcome, emily, and I'll be visiting your blog a lot too!

Finding the books we'll love can be so frustrating. Anything we can do to help each other out is a good thing. Good books mean a lot to us!

Gwyneth Bolton said...

Cool! Thanks for bringing this new site to my attention. I don't read a whole lot of Sweet Romance. But I'm not adverse to reading them. I like good story telling where ever I can find it.

But I can say that the only way to really have influence over the market is to buy new. If a group of readers really want to be heard and insure that the books they want published are published then they have to show the publishers what they want, green.


Kimber An said...

Heed the words of Gwyneth, Blog Buddies. She's published. She knows.
Repeat after me: "I will always buy my favorite authors' books new."

LadyBronco said...

"I will always buy my favorite authors' books new."

Kimber An said...

Very good, Lady B.

"I, Kimber an, do solemnly swear to always buy my favorite authors' books new."