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Guest blogger: Cate Ellink

19 May 2019

What’s the difference between erotic romance and erotica?

I write both erotic romance and erotica, and my distinction between the two is all about the ending—not with the sex, but with the relationship!

Erotic romance is primarily romance. The components of a romance must be met—a developing relationship between the main characters, and a happy-ever-after or happy-for-now ending. The erotic part means that sex drives the relationship—if the sex wasn’t in the story, the couple wouldn’t be together. The sex scenes are explicit, detailed, and a good proportion of the story. I believe that the orgasm can’t be skimped on—it’s the payoff for surviving the sexual tension and reading the scene.

Erotica does not have to be a romance—which means there is no guarantee of a happy ending, nor a relationship between the characters. For me, erotica can play with words to produce the feeling, as well as there being the presence of explicitly depicted scenes.

Erotica and erotic romance can be contemporary (i.e. man and woman having ‘normal’ sex). It does not have to be dark or hit trigger issues. It does not have to include BDSM or BDSM themes. It does not have to have kinky sex. It does not have to contain a billionaire (or any other hero or heroine). It doesn’t have to be serious; it can be fun and/or funny.

I’ve recently self-published a story for which I have the rights back. I’ve added to the story. A Real Online Fantasy Parts 1 and 2 now contains the story of her erotic fantasy (part 1, which was previously published) and his erotic fantasy (part 2, which is new). This is an erotic romance with a happy-for-now ending, explicit sex scenes, and a developing relationship between the heroine and hero.

I’ve included bonus content of three short stories that have been published in themed anthologies. These are erotica:

Pain Surfer is about sudden sex. There is no relationship between the two people—erotica. They have sex and leave. I tried to play with words to get the feel of the ocean and movement.

Control is about submission, with a BDSM theme. There is a Dominant/submissive relationship between a couple but there is also another person involved, so not exactly a happy ending—again erotica.

Michael’s Moment was written for a cuckold-themed anthology, and is erotica, although this one has a rather happy ending and a relationship, so it could be erotic romance if cuckolding isn’t too taboo!

A Real Online Fantasy Parts 1 and 2 is free for a short time. If you’d like to sample some erotic romance and erotica, Cate Ellink style, then please grab a copy from your favourite ebook seller. You can find buy links here. (If you can’t get it, please give me a yell and I’d be happy to email you a copy.)

Cate Ellink became intrigued by the erotic when her grandfather used to pass books to her father saying, “Don’t let the girls read page X.” Although her mother and sisters never bothered to chase those pages, Cate always did. Invariably, her imagination was better than what she read. While pursuing a career in science, Cate amused herself by writing about ordinary events and giving them an erotic twist. While the events in her stories may have occurred, it’s highly likely that her imagination is far more exciting than the reality. Cate lives near the beach in NSW with a long-suffering husband.

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