No Smut Allowed Part 2

This is from the On His Knees sales page editorial reviews section:

“Let’s get a few things out of the way first. This isn’t a romance. There’s desire aplenty between the protagonists, but no romantic love. … It’s not stroke fiction, designed to get the average reader off as quickly and dramatically as possible while they hold the book with one hand.

It is erotica. But not in the sense of the (bad) American Heritage Dictionary definition of “literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire” or the (worse) Webster’s New World Dictionary definition of “pornographic books.” No.

On His Knees is erotica in the most basic sense: “stories written about the sexual journey of the characters and how this impacts them as individuals.”(Thanks for that definition, Sylvia Day!)

And this particular journey is gritty and gut-wrenching.

Dale Cameron Lowry – author, blogger, philanthropist

But here is a more complete quote from Day:

Erotica: stories written about the sexual journey of the characters and how this impacts them as individuals. Emotion and character growth are important facets of a true erotic story. However, erotica is NOT designed to show the development of a romantic relationship, although it’s not prohibited if the author chooses to explore romance. Happily Ever Afters are NOT an intrinsic part of erotica, though they can be included. If they are included, they weren’t the focus. The focus remained on the individual characters’ journeys, not the progression of the romance.

This article is quoted constantly and her definitions have become a standard. This doesn’t mean they are “right,” but this specific paragraph does reflect my own thinking.

“The reader reads a book into existence.” I cannot recall who said that, but it’s true afaic. Some read Knees to get off and consider it smut. They don’t want mysteries or anything else getting in the way. I don’t consider anything I have ever written to be smut. Not Little Favor or A Thing for Feet or anything else no matter how much sex is in it.

Writers explore character through greed or sacrifice or violence or martyrdom. A lot of writers have done it through sex. It’s unfortunate that readers through time have so often brought their own rather unwholesome attitudes to these works and banned them.

I love my readers. I esp love those who see my and other works of erotica as what they are: stories about people.

Heat can still be fun, though. depositphotos_13155709_originalb

The Denver Spiderman Case


I’ve been carrying around a print-out a Denver Post story about the Denver Spiderman for almost 20 years looking for the right project to base on it.

The second I decided to write Hunter Dane Investigations, I knew Hunt would investigate this mystery. It took 5 books to be ready.

Phillip Peters,73, was killed Friday, Oct 17th, 1941. The story in the Post appeared in February of 1960 as an interview with police chief James Childers who was captain of detectives at the time of the slaying.

The killer, Theodore Coneys, was 61 years old when arrested, 6′ tall and weighed 75 pounds. There were gallon cans of human excrement in the attic and the smallest detective was sent up through the 7″x15″ space but was overwhelmed by the  smell and vomited.


Coneys had lived secretly in the attic for a month before Peters came home unexpectedly and found him raiding the fridge. Coneys killed him. Mrs. Peters was in the hospital at the time. So he stayed in the house. She came home and he stayed. He reported that he’d sneak down at night and stand over her in the dark watching her sleep.

Daytime nursing help and neighbors reported strange sounds and sightings. Police would respond and find nothing. The access panels were found and would not open and a deemed too small for a person to pass through.

The nurses quit and widow moved out. The house was closed up, the water turned off. The killer continued to live there. In the attic. The neighborhood did believe the house was haunted. News reports referred to the “Ghost Killer” of Phillip Peters.

After he was finally found by detectives, he was so pale and emaciated, fearing light, the cops said only a spider could have lived the way he did and he was dubbed the Denver Spiderman.

Coneys died in prison about twenty years later, in his eighties. Below is the full story and well-worth the time to listen to.



Secret Men Research Links

As usual, these are not all the links, but are ones that have information you’ll recognize from reading the Secret Men.

Top 5 Most Poisonous and Venomous Fish!

Secret Men the Music


It had to be you, it had to be you
I wandered around and finally found, that somebody who
Could make me be true
Could make me feel blue
And even be glad just to be sad, thinking of you

Some others I’ve seen
Might never be mean
Might never be cross, or try to be boss
But they wouldn’t do
For nobody else gave me a thrill
With all your faults, I love you still
It had to be you, wonderful you
It had to be you

You’re My Home
From the Album: Piano Man
Release Date: November 9, 1973


When you look into my eyes
And you see the crazy gypsy in my soul
It always comes as a surprise
When I feel my withered roots begin to grow
Well, I never had a place that I could call my very own
But that’s alright my love,
‘Cause your my home

When you touch my weary head
And you tell me ev’rything will be alright
You say use my body for your bed
And my love will keep you warm throughout the night
Well, I’ll never be a stranger
And I’ll never be alone
Where ever we’re together that’s my home

Home can be the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Indiana early morning dew
High up in the hills of California
Home is just another word for you

If I traveled all my life
And I never get to stop and settle down
Long as I have you by my side
There’s a roof above and good walls all around
You’re my castle, you’re my cabin and my instant pleasure dome
I need you in my house ’cause you’re my home

Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water: 40th Anniversary Edition

Track Number:


When you’re weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all
I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on, silvergirl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
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Secret Men: Hunter Dane Investigation 4/Hunt&Cam4Ever 6

Hunt and Cam face critical changes, multiple cases, new personnel and the dissolution of their professional relationship. And everyone is stressed to the max.

“You can’t Dom me into marrying you, Cam.”

“I don’t see why not. Total Power Exchange is just that.”

Hi. Addi here. I was also stressed to the max. If you’ve been following, you know this book was supposed to be out for Halloween. When I did finally get a first draft—thanks in large part to the staunch support of Suzan Brooking—genius line editor Tanja Ongkiehong was swamped with other projects.

I put it on pre-order, anyway.

Then I got very sick, very fast. Sooo that was a bad idea.

Authors on Amazon who use pre-order have no choices about timing. 72 working hours before launch date, they lock out changes. When that happened, they had a completed but not well-edited draft. Tanja worked very hard as soon as she had the time, as did Suzan, to get the editing done.

Over 1300 notes were made. Notes on commas and words left out and things that just didn’t make a bit of sense. Here’s one, now:

The idea of it, of losing the gun, panicked him when about it asked a week ago.

Did you see it?  Suzan and I did not. We read this line, between us, maybe 20 times. But Ms. Tanja sees it all! (Almost, an eagle-eyed reader found a typo in Hunter’s name.)

I swore after the Dancing Men launch debacle, that would never happen again. So much for good intentions.

Everyone has been patient, no one has openly berated me. Thank you. I think this is why I like writing for the kind of readers who love Hunt and Cam—insightful, intelligent people who know sometimes shit just happens.

Strains of the 1812 Overture filled the kitchen, Hunt’s ringtone for Denver Police dispatch.

“Crap.” Hunter reached for his cell. “Lieutenant Dane. … Yeah. … Yeah, okay. … No, just Twee and Merisi for now.” He clicked off. “We have a case.”

Cam shook his head. “You have a case. It’s October first, remember? I don’t work for you anymore.”

I did put up a corrected draft 9 minutes after Secret was launched and I was allowed to make changes. In a 24-hour almost sleepless marathon, I uploaded three more drafts, and Amazon—which seems to have upgraded their software—got them up within hours.

Before the last of the launches completed (they wait for midnight in every timezone) which includes Hawaii, it was done and I wasn’t ashamed to show it to you. Not that it’s perfect!  I did a correction of Hunter’s name and found a spacing issue in the draft you have now.  When I have the chance to read the book, I’ll find more and put up another corrected version of the text.

This is a book I can’t talk much about. Too many spoilers. But I will put up subpages with my link list and embed the music referenced in the text.

Read it first.

IF you haven’t read the other books – don’t read this. Srsly, just return it. If  you think you might like Hunt and Cam, and if you like MM BDSM you probably will, read this:KNEESshatter600

BOOK ONE IN the Hunt&Cam4Ever series.


Secret Men: The Music It’s the music plus lyrics

The Denver Spiderman Case: The true story of the Denver Ghost Slaying.

Secret Men Research Links  From Huntington’s to fugu to famous hermits