E.L. James Recognizes ‘Fifty Shades of Grey News’ Fan Page

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We are very touched and grateful that Fifty Shades of Grey News has been recognized by author E.L. James on her Web site, along with many other wonderful and devoted fan sites.

She and her team rounded up their favorite fan sites and social media pages to make them available to fans in one place. Here’s the link: http://www.eljamesauthor.com/community/fan-sites/

Even though she clearly states that she does not “endorse” the sites or fan selections for Christian Grey, we are truly honored to be included.

Fifty Shades of Grey News was started on Facebook at the very beginning of the Fifty Shades phenomenon. We have been trying to cover the unfolding story around the book, movie, and stars, as well as present photos of hot men for your viewing pleasure.

It is a labor of love created, built, nurtured, and maintained by fans for fans.

Here is the link to FIfty Shades of Grey News, which actually says FiftyShadesofGreyFans: https://www.facebook.com/FiftyShadesOfGreyFans

Please tell your friends to visit and like us. Here’s to more Fifty Shades of Grey in 2014!

The amazing artwork of Christian Grey by Tajana was featured by E.L. James on her website. We share the image above.

For more from this artist, and Fifty fan, visit her here.

How I Began Writing Erotic Fiction

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By A. Charlotte Rose

My first job in book publishing was adding sex scenes to existing classic erotic fiction that was in the public domain and could therefore be revised and altered.

At the time I was a freelance journalist looking for some extra work and responded to an ad in the New York Times for a part-time editor of “adult books.”

When I went for an interview I was greeted by this brash, street smart, wheeler-dealer publisher who ran a company that specialized in BDSM books, except they were called S & M books then. He was a character with a huge personality that defies description but he also introduced me to his top editor– a lovely, educated young woman who looked a little like a librarian. She and I hit it off immediately and became fast friends. Her presence there made it seem like a normal office.

This was 20 years before Fifty Shades of Grey. I did not really know what S & M was and I was not terribly familiar with books in which people were whipped, caned, spanked, handcuffed, or otherwise dominated, humiliated, or caused pain, by request, but I had an inkling because somehow in my teens I had read excerpts of a Victorian novel called The Pearl. The publisher told me I was the only one who applied for the job who understood what an “adult book” was.

He hired me on the spot. He gave me a manuscript to take home and edit.

Many of the books I edited were very old, written before there were rules and guidelines for consensual BDSM. Women seemed to be victimized and have no say. I hated those parts of the books. Part of my job was to remove the violence and make it more playful and hot– to “sex it up” and tone down any extreme behaviors. Luckily, I had an editor, who like me, was more feminist than the original editors of these books and allowed me and encouraged me to make them more women-friendly, with more pleasure for the female characters.

Yes, the women received lots of oral sex and had many orgasms by the time I was done editing! Also, the books had female dominants, and I tried to make sure the men were not too beat up, even if they were begging for it.

It was a wild job, and quite a topic of conversation at cocktail parties. And I took the job seriously. To get in the mood to edit, I would put in inspiring music, and a sexy silk robe, and whip out my red pen, and edit these old Victorian whipping novels and other male oriented fiction with a great sense of abandon.

I felt I was making a contribution to sex literature, and I was proud of it, but I longed to write my own erotic fiction.

Finally, after I had proved my sex writing skills on a dozen or so books, my publisher gave me a contract for my first novel. Several would follow. I literally taught myself how to write books by penning saucy novels. I loved writing erotic fiction because it was very freeing and I focused on pleasure for women, which was not the tradition at the time, when most erotica was being penned by men and for men. I called it erotica from a woman’s perspective.

My first was a book of seductive stories. My second was a collection of erotic romance novellas. My third was a book about search for love and great sex with doctors. And my fourth was about a woman who is feeling the need for something more in life and ends up spending a day with dominant (and domineering) movie star. One of my stories, A Cowgirl’s Passion, was selected at the top erotic story for women by Dr. Ruth Westminster in New Woman Magazine back in 1993.

When I began editing erotic books I was single and had not yet become a mommy. By the time I got my first book contract I was in a relationship. I became pregnant somewhere in the middle of writing my first book, and pregnancy hormones were pretty evident in a story called Pregnant Loving. As it happened, the launch date of my first book was the day my son was born–first baby and first book arrived on the same day!

I was established as a journalist back then and continued to write for major magazines. Because I wasn’t sure how I would feel about revealing that I was a mother who writes steamy books, I took on the pen name Charlotte Rose. It was the girl name I had selected in case I had a daughter and since I had a boy, I took the name for myself.

But back then, women were just not as comfortable talking about sex. Times have changed! That’s why I was so excited when Fifty Shades of Grey came out. It opened the dialog about sexuality and it brought fiction with erotic themes and pleasure for women into the mainstream.

For several years I enjoyed both motherhood and writing steamy romances. I even became an editor and sex reporter for Playgirl Magazine. But as my son got older I moved back into journalism and a surprising new career path.

My husband has encouraged me to slip back into my silky robe and start writing sexy books again.

I’ve started by returning to my roots as a sex reporter and penning some steamy short stories. Readers have been asking me about my books. There are two other authors named Charlotte Rose now, but I hope to share some of my erotic romance writing with you under the byline A. Charlotte Rose in the year to come.

Book Excerpt 1: From the ‘Ever’ Series By Jasinda Wilder

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December 17, 2013: Here’s a preview of The Ever Trilogy from Jasinda Wilder. This excerpt, “Somewhere Out There,” is from Caden’s point of view. Forever & Always and After Forever, the first two books in the series, are due to release 19th at iTunes and Kobo and the 20th everywhere else.

By Jasinda Wilder

It’s always the hands that mess me up. I can never get the fingers right, somehow. It’s something about the proportions between the knuckles, and the way the fingers are supposed to curve when at rest. I had an entire sketchbook full of failed attempts.

Even at that moment, in the passenger seat of Dad’s F-350, I was sketching out another attempt. My tenth so far, and we weren’t even to Grayling yet. This one was the best yet, but the middle knuckles of the last two fingers looked awkward, like they’d been broken.

Which gave me idea. I glanced over at Dad, who was driving with his left hand, the right resting on his thigh, fingers tapping to Montgomery Gentry on the radio.

“Dad?” A sideways glance and a raised eyebrow were the only acknowledgement I got. “You ever broke your fingers?”

“Yeah, broke most of my left hand, matter of fact.” Dad took the wheel with his right and showed me his left hand. The knuckles were bulbous, the fingers crooked. “Didn’t get ’em set right, so they’ve always been kinda f–ked up.”

“How’d you break ’em?”

The fingers in question scratched at a shaved scalp, the stubble of a receding hairline whisking under his nails. “Me and your Uncle Gerry were out in the back forty, riding the fence line, checking for breaks. My horse got spooked by a snake. He threw me, ‘cept my hand was tangled in the reins. Dislocated most of my fingers. Then, when I hit the ground, his hoof landed on the same hand, broke the middle two pretty good. Your Gramps is a hardass, and I knew he’d wallop me good if I came back without the job done. So I set the broke fingers best I could. There was a busted fence post, see, way out at the far corner, and Dad’s prize Thoroughbred kept getting out. Gerry and I fixed the break and went home. I never told Dad about my fingers, just had my mom wrap ’em for me. Never really healed right, and even now when the weather’s shitty my hand aches.”

I’d heard the stories of my father’s childhood growing up on the Wyoming horse ranch that had been in the Monroe family for several generations. Every summer of my entire life had been spent on that ranch, riding and roping and tagging and birthing and breaking. Gramps didn’t accept excuses and didn’t tolerate weakness or mistakes, and I could only begin to imagine what it had been like growing up with Connor Monroe as a father…

Continue reading full excerpt at The Book Avenue.

The Book Avenue is hosting a release party! Find information on how to follow the book tour, join the release party, and win prizes, here.

About Author Jasinda Wilder:

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. ​Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.

Online Book Tour and Release Party and for Jasinda Wilder’s New ‘Ever’ Series Begins Today

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There is so much excitement for the release this week of Jasinda Wilder’s Forever & Always and After Forever, the first two books in The Ever Trilogy. The books are due to release 19th at iTunes and Kobo and the 20th everywhere else.

You can join the online book party hosted by The Book Avenue, here. They have information on how to follow the tour and on prizes related to the release of the new books!

https://www.facebook.com/events/240727762753644/

Here is a preview of The Ever Series from Jasinda Wilder:

Ever,

These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone. I had a crush on you, when we first met. I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful. It was hard to think of anything else. Then camp ended and we never got together, and now all I have of you is these letters. S**t. I just told you I have a crush on you. HAD. Had a crush. Not sure what is anymore. A letter-crush? A literary love? That’s stupid. Sorry. I just have this rule with myself that I never throw away what I write and I always send it, so hopefully this doesn’t weird you out too much. I had a dream about you too. Same kind of thing. Us, in the darkness, together. Just us. And it was like you said, a memory turned into a dream, but a memory of something that’s never happened, but in the dream it felt so real, and it was more, I don’t even know, more RIGHT than anything I’ve ever felt, in life or in dreams. I wonder what it means that we both had the same dream about each other. Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You tell me.

Cade

~ ~ ~ ~

Cade,

We’re pen pals. Maybe that’s all we’ll ever be. I don’t know. If we met IRL (in real life, in case you’re not familiar with the term) what would happen? And just FYI, the term you used, a literary love? It was beautiful. So beautiful. That term means something, between us now. We are literary loves. Lovers? I do love you, in some strange way. Knowing about you, in these letters, knowing your hurt and your joys, it means something so important to me, that I just can’t describe. I need your art, and your letters, and your literary love. If we never have anything else between us, I need this. I do. Maybe this letter will only complicate things, but like you I have a rule that I never erase or throw away what I’ve written and I always send it, no matter what I write in the letter.

Your literary love,

Ever

Forever & Always and After Forever

(The Ever Trilogy)

Jasinda Wilder

Expected Release: Dec. 20th, 2013

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Do You Think Christian Grey is Circumcised?

Ok, this is a really hard post to write, because it is about Jamie Dornan’s penis.

I am sure it is a lovely penis, but wonder if fans will feel it is the penis of Christian Grey.

Look, they have gone over every other part of his body with a microscopic lens–hair, eyes, chest, beard, clean shaven chin, chest, butt, etc–so I do not think I am that far off to think that fans might also be, um, interested, in his penis as well. After-all, Christian did tell Ana that it was, in fact, a very important asset.

There is a lot of talk about Jamie Dornan going full frontal nude in Fifty Shades of Grey. To that, we say yay!

And by all rights, he should be naked. Completely. And a lot. Christian was butt naked often in the books. Dakota Johnson signed up for full nudity and viewers will want equal time for the male lead of Fifty Shades of Grey.

There are supposedly two version of the film being made, one that has less explicit stuff and one version that will be more of an uncut, NC-17 version.

Um, there is a question of something else that might be uncut.

There is a naked photo of Jamie Dornan floating around the internet. We are not going to post is, or link, because that seems so rude. Yet, it seems to be a photo he posed for and was aware of. And in the photo, we noticed that his penis looks, well, uncircumcised.

Could be the camera angle. Could be photo shop. Maybe it’s not really his organ. Who knows.

It just begs the question: Do readers imagine that Christian Grey is circumcised or uncircumcised, and does it matter anyway. It is common for men of all faiths to be circumcised before leaving the hospital in America; certainly common for a man in Christian Grey’s age range of 27. It is not as common a practice in Europe. Then again, Christian had a wacked out mother and maybe it never happened.

Jamie is hot man, and a good actor, and we believe he will rock the part of Christian Grey. But will this little issue be another bone of contention for fans?

We don’t mean to be offensive at all but this a role under scrutiny and this is an organ that carries a lot of interest for fans due to the nature of the book.

And it’s not like Jamie has been shy about showing his body. He is practically naked in many photos on the internet, in addition to those he is actually naked in. In fact he has been quoted as saying nudity is very comfortable for him.

For anyone who needs information on the difference between circumcised and uncircumcised penis, check here.

In the spectrum of things, the world has much bigger things to worry about, and we are sure that Jamie will make the scenes so hot that women around the world will fantasize about that part of his body.

But we realize this is a question that we never really knew the answer to:

Do you think Christian Grey is circumcised?

Callum Keith Rennie is Cast as Anastasia Steele’s Father Ray Steele in Fifty Shades

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Actor Callum Keith Rennie has been cast as Ray Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Although Ray Steele is technically Anastasia Steele’s step-father — she was hubby number two of her mother’s four husbands — she considers him her father.

Rennie is an experience character actor best known for his roles in TV shows like The Firm and Californication.

According to his IMDb page he was born September 14, 1960 in Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK.

See more about his career at IMDb.

In the book, Ray Steel is a retired law enforcement profressional who is “taciturn” and hates talking on the phone. He taught Ana about guns and self-defense.

Read more about his character at Fifty Shades of Wiki.