Monday, March 4, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway - The Couple by Harlie Williams

Please join  me in welcoming Harlie Williams and her book, The Couple to Queen of the Night Reviews.  Harlie has prepared a guest post and I will be awarding 2 ebook copies of The Couple to two (2) randomly drawn commenters.  Winners to be chosen on Wednesday March 6, 2013.  Please make sure to leave a comment to let Harlie know you stopped by and to enter the giveaway.  Open to US/International. 

Guest Post - Erotica by Harlie Williams

What is considered erotic or erotica? When I wrote my story, I considered it borderline erotic. Why you ask? Well, the door is wide open; there is some rope involved, scarves, delayed orgasms, dirty talk and cussing. Well, my publisher considered it spicy. Huh? Okay, so maybe I didn’t use the “words” but it’s not a sweet story by any means. Plus, ARe rated a 3 flame, so I thought cool. Also, Under the Covers Book Blog said that it was a cross between a Naughty Nooner and a 1Night Stand without Madame Eve.

The dictionary (courtesy of defines erotic as the following:

/ɪˈrɒtɪk/ Show Spelled [ih-rot-ik]

adjective Also, e·rot·i·cal.

1. arousing or satisfying sexual desire: an erotic dance.

2. of, pertaining to, or treating of sexual love; amatory: an erotic novel.

3. subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.


4. an erotic poem.

5. an erotic person.


1615–25; < Greek erōtikós of love, caused by love, given to love, equivalent to erōt- (stem of érōs ) Eros + -ikos -ic

Related forms
e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
an·ti·e·rot·ic, adjective
non·e·rot·ic, adjective
non·e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
pseu·do·e·rot·ic, adjective
pseu·do·e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
qua·si-e·rot·ic, adjective
qua·si-e·rot·i·cal·ly, adverb
un·e·rot·ic, adjective

Can be confused: erotic, erratic, exotic.


1. sensuous, sexy, aphrodisiac, erogenous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.
Cite This Source


World English Dictionary
erotic (ɪˈrɒtɪk)
— adj
1. of, concerning, or arousing sexual desire or giving sexual pleasure
2. marked by strong sexual desire or being especially sensitive to sexual stimulation

— n
3. a person who has strong sexual desires or is especially responsive to sexual stimulation

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source


Word Origin & History
1620s (implied in erotical), from Fr. érotique, from Gk. erotikos, from eros (gen. erotos) "sexual love" (see Eros). Eroticize is from 1914. Erotomaniac "one driven mad by passionate love" (sometimes also used in the sense of "nymphomaniac") is from 1858.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Okay, so now that we have the definition of erotic, what do you think defines erotic when reading? When I think erotic books, I think graphic sex in description and abundance. It will also feature taboo subjects, kinks, fetishes, etc. This is not Harlequin Romance. Of course, we do know that some mainstream authors have so called crossed over to the dark side in their writing. I’m honestly torn at what to think of the authors that have done this. In my mind, I like to keep my mainstream and erotic authors separate. If I want to read erotic, I have my go-to authors and if I want mainstream, I have those authors.

So here I sit writing this guest post about erotic books and yes, I’m working on two more books but guess what? They are not erotic in nature. In fact one of them will be a sweet book and the other one more sensual. Shocked you, didn’t I? Well it’s true. Writing something erotic is very hard. You have to be in the mindset to write it and it makes sense. More importantly, that it isn’t coming across as porn. And trust me as a review, I’ve read my fair share of “porn erotic” and I don’t understand that side of erotic. But hey, that’s for another post.


The Couple
by Harlie Williams

Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date: December 26, 2012


Buy Links

Amazon Kindle          B&N Nook          All Romance eBooks

Book Description:

A woman has one thing on her mind tonight…sex. Dirty, sweaty, kinky sex with a cowboy. With her man gone more than he is at home, she needs the release.

After being away for two weeks, a cowboy goes looking for someone to play with for the night. Being away is part of the job but not having someone to come home to is hurting his soul. Feeling disconnected in his love life, the red head will be perfect.

Once they meet, can one night of pure passion led to more than just a one night stand for either of them? Communication is the key to every relationship. Can these two find a way to connect emotionally or are they destined for heartache.

Excerpt (PG-13 for language):

“What’s a girl like you doing at a bar like this?” he asked.

Her voice was a purr, like a cat well satisfied with its stolen pitcher of cream. “I’m looking for someone special.”

Hoping that she meant him he asked, “Did you find him yet?”

“Maybe.” The glint in her eye told him he was definitely in the running. However, I’m not looking to hook up with just any old cowboy. He must be able to go the full eight seconds and come back for more.” She eyed him from head to toe. “Think you can handle that?”

Oh, I can most definitely handle you sweetheart.

Not wanting to seem too eager he replied, “I’m not sure but I’m willing to try.”

“Do or do not. There is no try.” He struggled not to let his grin escape. The fact that she was trying to seduce him made his dick twitch.

“Let’s just say I’m looking to burn off some pent up frustration. A little excess energy. And I’ve got plenty to burn.”

The way she shivered at his words, he knew he almost had her. He winked as she licked her crimson lips and blew out a small breath. Damn what this woman is doing to him.

He pushed her knees apart with his left leg and was rewarded with the amazing scent of her arousal. The knowledge she was wet for him had him close to going off in his jeans.

Houston, we have lift-off!

“Why don’t you have a seat cowboy and we’ll talk about it.”

She gasped when he shocked her with a brush of his lips against hers; fighting with everything he had not to deepen the kiss.

Patience, patience.

He would play her game for the moment but sooner or later, she would be his. Tied up and begging for more.

He asked her, “Now about that eight second ride?”


Author Bio & Links:

Reader of everything and writer of romance. Story must have HEA or I will put it down. HFN can apply but it must make sense.

Grew up in Dallas, TX and now I live in East Texas with my own hero and our son.

I love to hear from my readers.

Author site:


Facebook Page:




P.S. Yes, I’m that Harlie from Harlie’s Books


Don't forget to leave a comment to let Harlie know you stopped by and to enter the giveaway as I will be giving away two (2) ebook copies of The Couple to two (2) randomly drawn commenters.   Open to US/International. 


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today! Off to pimp!


  2. Good follow up to our conversation on what exactly qualifies as Erotic. And I still love the 'dick twitch'. ;) Well done!

  3. Congrats to Harlie on the new release! Sounds very interesting :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Congratulations on your new book, The Couple! Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  6. What a fabulous post thank you. I would love to read THE COUPLE.


  7. Thanks for the giveaway! I've seen this book around on various blogs and it looks really good!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  8. @Booklady, @Victoria, @Mary Preston, @Meghan

    Thanks for coming over!

    @Meghan...are you stalking me? LOL!


  9. Thanks for that informative post. Congrats on your first release. The Couple sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


  10. We just had similar this discussion in the one book club, I am in.
    This is one that is one my TBR list.

    Congrats on the release

    Thanks for sharing the great post