Monday, August 27, 2012

Savage: Daughters of the Jaguar

Introducing a new paranormal romance!

Paranormal Romance
Author: Willow Rose

The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up. It is the first in a family saga that covers three decades of the character's lives. The sequel is expected to be published in September 2012.

Author Bio
Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, fantasy and mystery. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.



Twitter   @madamwillowrose 


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Interview with Taylor Dean, author of Lancaster House

Taylor Dean the author of Lancastor House is here today to discuss how she came up with the interesting concept of her paranormal romance! Check out the interivew.

1-    Give me a short summary of the book.

Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.

Note: While Lancaster House includes a heartfelt romance, the scenes that propel the story forward are the conversations between Zoe and her psychiatrist, Doctor Channing. Throughout the novel, the reader wonders, “Is Zoe crazy or isn’t she?”

You be the judge!! Of course, everything will be answered in the sequel.

2-    How did you come up with this unique concept?

I hate to admit this, but I don’t read paranormal. (except Twilight) Perhaps this is why it seems unique; I didn’t have any preconceived notions as to what a paranormal story should include. I didn’t realize it was all that unique till readers began to tell me it was different from anything they’d ever read.

That being said, the thing that inspired my creative juices was an American Idol performance. It was the season 8 finale when Adam Lambert sang his rendition of Mad World, dressed in vampire-like garb on a fog-shrouded stage. This visual made the Lancaster House story come to life in my overactive imagination. That was all it took. One amazing performance and the story was there in my mind! I watched the video umpteen times as I wrote the story. I also found myself looking over my shoulder more times than I care to admit—I scared myself!

3-    Working on an old Victorian mansion sounds like a whole lot of fun. Have you ever restored a house?
I have never restored a house. (I’m just a huge HGTV fan!) However, I have toured the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California several times. (I grew up in San Jose) And I also had the huge privilege of touring the dilapidated Hayes Mansion in San Jose, long before it was ever restored. (it’s now a hotel and conference center and is beautiful) As a matter of fact, my parents were at one time considering becoming the caretakers. My siblings and I even had our rooms picked out! Glad we didn’t do it. I never would’ve slept a wink. It was creepy as heck in there!

Lancaster House contains many things I remember from exploring the nooks and crannies in these amazing houses.

4-    What makes your hero and heroine unique?

My hero is unique because he’s not some scary, totally un-relatable paranormal creature. He is a paranormal being, but in the end, he’s very, very human—therefore easy to connect with emotionally.

As for my heroine—it’s her journey and how she responds to the events in her life that make her interesting. Frankly, I would’ve left Lancaster House screaming for dear life. Her courage and bravery make her unique. I enjoyed writing her because I never could’ve done what she did!

5-    What is your favorite genre and author?

I love ROMANCE. My favorite authors are Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, and Victoria Holt.

6-    What inspired you to write this story?

My daughter! She loves paranormal, it’s her favorite genre. She called me one day and begged me to write a paranormal story. I didn’t want to write anything paranormal, yet I found myself promising to think about it.
 “I’m sorry,” I told my daughter, “My mind just doesn’t think that way.”

Evidently, it does.

7-    Do you have any future projects?

Sure do! I have six completed novels that I am slowly releasing over the next year and a half, to include the sequel to Lancaster House, entitled, The Middle Aisle.

Lancaster House            June 2012
Sierra                            June 2012
I Have People                 Sept. 2012
The Middle Aisle             Dec. 2012
Joshua’s Folly                March 2013
For Nick                         June 2013 
Perhaps you are wondering why I released two books to begin with. Good question. I write ROMANCE in all of its many sub-genres. I didn’t want to be labeled as a paranormal author. Hence, I released a romantic suspense, Sierra, at the same time as Lancaster House. This way, the reading public gets a taste of what they will get from me! I plan to write a military romance and a futuristic romance next.

Thanks Taylor for coming on the Fantasy Floozies blog!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Adult Post: 5 Thing You Don't Put in Erotic Romance

I. . .well my friend reads loads of paranormal erotic romance! People who don't read these novels thinks there are no limits. Anything goes.

They're WRONG!

There are defintly things that should never ever be written in an erotic romance scene. Author Louisa Bacio is here to tell us those five things.

First, check out her hot new novel!

5 Things You Don't Put in Erotic Romance

by Louisa Bacio

Sad when given this topic, how quickly these five items flew out of my brain. Well, all except for #5, which comes courtesy of the man in my life.

1) Passing Gas –

We call them “fluffies” in our household, and never the crude other F word. Maybe in a romantic comedy, but when the hero’s straining from pumping exertion, ummm … no. Not sexy.

2) Douching after Sex –

I haven’t seen feminine deodorant products since the olfactory-offending companies used to give away free samples when I was in junior high and high school. Why do they gotta teach girls that your private area is stinky?

3) The hero/heroine’s parents having sex –

I’m all for more mature, mom lit. I appreciate realistic fiction but do I want to see a sex scene from the point of view of the hero’s mom? No-no.

4) Sex in Animal Form –

Do you want to be taken by a were-dragon while in animal form. Ouch! This one’s more of a general no-no included in most writer’s guidelines, and it falls under “bestiality.”

5) “Sweet Tits” –

We all know that men can be crude, but we want a little bit of the softer side. A guy recently hit on a friend at a bar, and his pick-up line was “I want to fuck the shit out of you.” I’m sorry, but I think a bit too literally. Give me the fantasy dialogue, and yeah, he didn’t get any.

Thanks so much for hosting me today, and for the bodacious topic. Hopefully, it’s not too much to handle!

SAVE ME SINFULLY Book Review by Kenya

4 Stars Baby!

We have a different mix happening in Save Me Sinfully! Both characters are Angel/Demon hybrids fighting the bad within themselves!

Deacon: Hot, funny, and powerful! He's not letting anyone mess with him. . .and let's face it, he's pretty much an Anti-hero that would mess with the person first. He's been tasked to protect Angela, a sweet, church-going-librarian that will soon meet her demon side.

The book begins with a lot of action and maintains a steady pace the whole book.

Why not 5 stars?

I found the heroine to be a little too. . .how do we say? Nice, clean, and precious in the beginning. I like my heroines raw, cursing, floozies! So I took one star away!

Regardless, this really is a fun romp! Check out the excerpt below:

The sound of running water overtook cruel laughter. Heat and steam drifted from the open shower across the room. All thoughts of demons and evil reflections puffed away like smoke, leaving her entire focus on the magnificent sight before her; the tempting, delicious sight of Deacon, naked under the shower-head.
His broad tanned back faced her, granting the perfect view of that sexy, tight backside now in the flesh. Large hands rubbed his face. A steamy stream slid down the line of his spine. The peculiar hum she experienced earlier ran up her neck.
Yes, Angela…go to him. Not the demon from the mirror, without doubt this voice was different. It was the same soft humble voice that whispered to her this morning. Did the voice belong to her apparent other half? She did not know, and at that moment, didn’t care. Every thought centred on the glorious nude man so close. Not close enough. Heat infused her body, the invasion strange and new, as though an enigmatic thrill mixed with a crazed passion sexually awakened her for the first time in twenty-one years.
Deacon turned around, stunned to see her there. Yet, he did not cover himself, did not shy away. He was all male and proud. Her eyes fell to the large black phoenix tattoo that began near his neck and stopped just past his chest. The stretched out wings covered the front of his upper body, its feathers looked like flames, each tip designed into sharp points. Even on his skin, the image appeared lethal. Beautiful. Her mouth watered in need of touching it, tasting it. Her gaze rose to half-mast eyelids, taut jaw and slightly parted lips. No mistaking the intensity his expression held; deep hunger.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hero Breakdown: Alpha, Beta, Gamma. . .Delta?

Lately, I've been obsessed with wanting to create a new type of Hero category in paranormal romance. . .Delta.

I know. I know.

WTF is a Delta?

Well, I don't quite know, so I'm hoping all of you will help me!

If you can, comment & give me five great qualities that a Delta Hero should have! (I'll give you a cookie. . .seriously I will send a cookie to your house if I love your five qualities!)

NOTE: Don't forget the Bad Boy Love ebook giveaway is still happening. Enter below! 5 books for one winner....including the The Burning Bush (ARC).

Okay, back to the Delta.
To be fair, I'll do a breakdown of how I define the other Hero categories (if you disagree. . .Good. . . then give me your definitions and list).


This should be easy to understand if you are a big urban fantasy and/or paranormal romance reader.

This guy is dominant! He rips and tears his enemies into tiny pieces. When he loves, he consumes and possesses his woman. He's also guaranteed to have a huge one (I have not seen an alpha have a little one yet. . .).

He tends to have the urge to say things like Mine! Mate!

Watch out. . .Alpha's tend to mark their woman--biting, draping them in their scent, etc

  • Think pretty much any character from J.R. Ward's series!

  • Barrons from Karen Moning's fever series!

  • Bones from Jeanine Frost's The Night Huntress!

  • MeShack and Zulu from my Habitat series!

My favorite Alpha?

CURRAN aka The Beast Lord!


The Beta is a great, lovable, and dependable guy! Mom's love him! He'll help the heroine fight or find the murder as well as open the door for her. He's perfectly okay with standing in the background as the heroine beats the hell out of people! Shoot, he may even need to be saved by the heroine a couple times.

  • Think Edward from Stephanie Meyers Twilight Series! (yeah I said it! Deal with it. . .he's a freaking Beta not an Alpha.)

My Favorite Beta?

Its a big TIE between Seth and Micah

SETH aka Sexy Writer!
(Come on writers need love too!)

MICAH aka Alpha of St. Louis's Were-leopards


NO I did not make this up!! I swear its real! People call some heroes Gamma!

So this one is a tough one to define, but in my research I've found the Gamma to have some qualities of the Alpha and Beta, BUT also some really undesirable qualities.

It seems that a Gamma hero can be:
  • disfigured, maimed, blind, etc

  • not immediately Sexy like the Alpha. . .it takes some time for the heroine to see his sexy qualities.

  •  has some sort of social or mental disorder

  • may turn many readers off, but in the end was just really misunderstood.

  • has a boat load of baggage

Think "Sick-in-the-head-millionaire" Christian from E.L. James' Fifty Shades series.

Think "Scarred and Eye-patch-wearing" Declan from the Nightshade series. 

Think "Full-body-Tattooed and Guilt-ridden-depressive" Malkolm from Kristen Painter's House of Comarre series.

My favorite Gamma?

Terrible aka My-Simply-Not-To-Be-Fucked-With-Book-Baby-Daddy.

So what is a DELTA???

I would love to create a new hero for the genre. A guy that has never been seen before. . .a breath of fresh air for heroes.

Give me some qualities people!!!!


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Biggest and Baddest Boys of Fiction!

Well, my goofy friend and author Lauren has stopped by with the claim that she has the top Biggest and Baddest Boys of Fiction. . .hmmmmm you be the judge? Is she correct? Do you know some more?

I'm not sure if she's right, but three out of the list I've done naughty things to in my mind, which is big because I'm a very refrained un-humping-books-individual!

NOTE: Don't forget the Bad Boy Love ebook Giveaway begins today! Enter to win several ebooks BELOW!
Lauren's book Hyde will actually be in the mix! Woop Woop!

by Lauren Stewart
The beloved Floozies invited me to their blog to talk about, Mitch, the bad boy of my new novel Hyde, an Urban Fantasy. I thought I’d include a few other boys because I can’t get enough of in fiction.

JR Ward’s Vischous, Black Dagger Brotherhood series

 Not only does the guy have a magic hand and only one ball, he’s into the hard stuff—liquor and sex. Being tortured emotionally somehow makes him want to be tortured physically. Go figure. But OMG is he hot. Would I want to see him with a ball-gag in his mouth? Hmm…not sure about that one. But at least then he’d have two balls.

Karen Marie Moning’s Jerico Barrons, the Fever series

 Geez, even his name is hot. This guy is cold and intimidating, but we all know it’s just a defense. How many times does he say things that would leave most of us on our knees in a puddle of insecurity? But, then again, how many of us would kill to be in front of him on our knees, if you know what I mean? And then, when he finally shows himself, who he truly is, all of our suspicions are proven correct—he does feel, he wants, he loves. And we love him all the more for it.

EL James’ Christian, Fifty Shades trilogy

Though he’s not a paranormal bad boy (unless you consider his abnormally long fingers and superhuman ability to give a woman multiple orgasm with little effort paranormal traits *giggle*), I felt like he had to be included in the line-up. As of today, FSoG is still in the top spot on the bestseller’s list, so in terms of current popularity, he beats everybody else, hands (and fingers) down. Opinions on this guy and this book vary widely, but one thing is for sure—Christian is one messed up MoFo. Like Barrons, he’s cold and inflexible. And like Vischous, he’s into bondage and control. James never mentions how many balls he has, but his formative years were similarly horrific to V’s.

My very own, ultra hot, Mitch Turner, the Hyde series

Thankfully, I am not the only one who finds his bad behavior enticing. To control the monster inside him, Mitch uses biting sarcasm and cruel wit.  He pushes people away for their own safety, and he thinks that’s the way he likes it. His childhood was no picnic—killing your own father and being caged on a regular basis will do that to a guy. Oh, and just so you know—he still has both of his balls.

So many bad boys, so little time. We’d be here all day if I named them all. What is it about them that is so fascinating? That makes us sad to say goodbye to them at the end of each book? I’m sure your mother told you to stay away from men like these. So why do they begin to creep into our fantasies as teenagers and stay put as we become smart, independent adults?

While each of them have different amounts of damage in their pasts that make them who they are, and each has his own way of coping with that damage, they all share the same two enemies—themselves and the right woman. Doc Jane, Mac, Ana, and Eden.

One woman for each who brings these bad boys to their knees, breaks down who they always thought they were, and forces them to rebuild themselves. To be better men.

So, is there a part inside each of us that longs to be that woman for someone?
 To be able to control or exorcise the demons that haunt him?
To be the one, out of all the women on the planet, to make the bad boy realize he still has good inside of him?
I’ve dated a bad boy or two in my day. And it never ended well, or certainly not how it does in books.
But the dream is always there, isn’t it? The fantasy?
Have you ever tamed a bad boy? I’d love to hear about it.
What’s your take on why we love them so much?
Who is your favorite fictional bad boy?


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Five Alpha Books with Angels or Demons!

Floozie Kenya here to present a really great friend and author, Marianne Willis! I'm always searching for a good book to HUMP with some romance and Alphas lurking between the covers!
Marianne is here to help me Hump another day! She's done the dirty work for us, trudged through the crap pile of books out there, and identified her top five!

NOTE: Don't forget Wed-Friday will be the big Bad Boy Love Giveaway! We'll be slinging a bunch of Alpha ebooks to a lucky winner!

Marianne's book Save Me Sinfully will be included:

And now with no further delay, Marianne's books that will inspire all of you to hump!

TOP FIVE Alpha Books with Angels or Demons!  
by Marianne Willis

Book 1 Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles; I simply couldn’t put it down. This was the best romance novel I have ever read. I empathized with both characters and their troubled lives, cared for both of them and really hoped they would work as a couple.

Book 2 Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles; this was funnier than Perfect Chemistry and hooked me just as good as the first book.

Book 3Claimed by Evangeline Anderson: Fantastic read. Evangeline really knows how to throw her readers into a new world. Her descriptions are wonderful and intriguing. Caution: The love scenes should be read with a fan or glass of iced water.

Book 4 Hunted by Evangeline Anderson; an interesting spin on an alien with vampire traits. The Kindred men will do anything to protect their women, and this book really made me crave for a Kindred male of my own.  

Book 5Found by Evangeline Anderson: I’ve been dying to read this story since book 3 of the series. There’s nothing sexier than falling for the bad guy, even though the hero isn’t exactly bad…he just has dark urges. I’ve just started reading this book and love it so far.

 Check out Marianne here:


Monday, August 13, 2012

Tall, Dark, and Deadly! 1st Post for ALPHA WEEK

This week at Fantasy Floozies is all about Alphas! Everyday we will discuss the phenomena of the Alpha in paranormal romance/urban fantasy! Here's our first guest post on this topic! 

NOTE: There will be a four ebook Bad Boy Love Giveaway starting Wednesday and ending Friday! Make sure you enter! The author below, Tamelia's book A Dragon's Seduction will be part of the giveaway! Woop Woop!

 Guest Post by Tamelia Tumlin

Thank you, Kenya for having me as a guest today. It is an honor to be here and discuss paranormal heroes with your readers.  

What is it about tall, dark, and deadly men that give women a thrill?  Is it simply because they are so deliciously sexy? Or maybe it is because they offer something a little on the taboo side? Perhaps, it is the fact they are powerful beyond anything imaginable and so very Alpha.

Personally, I say all of this contributes to the lure of paranormal heroes, but the main draw for most women is their undeniable strength and integrity.  Paranormal heroes may possess a sensuous charisma that no woman can resist, but he will also have a dark side that could very well be deadly to the heroine if he’s not careful.

For example, in my novella, A Dragon’s Seduction, the hero is a dragonshifter who falls in love with his mortal enemy, a sorceress. This wouldn’t be too bad, except his inner dragon knows she could destroy him and it fights the hero every step of the way. Even to the point of turning on the heroine when it felt threatened. But, as with most paranormal heroes, the hero in my book chooses to protect the heroine at all cost. Even if it means possible self-destruction.

Paranormal heroes have flaws just like any other hero, but they are also confident, sexy and downright irresistible. What makes a paranormal hero so alluring is the fact he has power to do anything he wants, yet he is willing to give it all up to protect the woman he loves.  This is the ultimate rush for most readers.  Women love a powerful, sexy and yes, even dangerous man, but she also wants one who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect and cherish her no matter what. 

My favorite paranormal characters are vampires. Ever since I watched Love at First Bite starring George Hamilton many, many years ago I was hooked. But, this humorous fascination with the undead sexy heroes turned to an attraction for the darker, dangerous brooding types found in Amanda Ashley’s books during my teen years which spilled over into my adult life.

Vampires are a staple of the paranormal heroes, but there are many others that are equally compelling. Werewolves, shifters, even demons as long as they have two very important qualities: honor and integrity.  Not to mention, of  course, an undying (pardon the pun) love for the heroine. So, who are your favorite paranormal characters? Which tall, dark, and deadly hero do you like to read about the most?

Some of Tamelia's Other Books

Tamelia Tumlin sold her first story to Dogwood Tales Magazine many years ago while taking a creative writing course in college. The short story titled "The Traveler" was the feature story for that edition. After graduating college in elementary education, life, a teaching career and a wonderful son consumed most of her time. However, in the past couple of years, the yearning to pen fabulous romantic tales of to-die-for heroes and spirited heroines has taken over. Ms. Tumlin has worked with several online publishers, but she is now writing for Steel Magnolia Press. Juggling motherhood, teaching and writing is a challenge, but one she welcomes to pursue her passion. Her novels range from sweet and sassy to dark and dangerous.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Erotic Fiction & The Christian Bible!

Guest Post by Candi Delshamagus

I tend to be a bit of a troublemaker at the best of times. Playing “devil’s advocate” is one of my favorite games, and “sexual innuendo” is my favorite sport. I’m going to step out of character for a moment, and try to show you a little of the thinker behind the stinker.

While browsing through book reviews on Amazon, I came across a review that was not a review. Though it had every appearance of being a book review, it soon became apparent that the person who’d written it hadn’t read the book at all, and was basing her rating on the cover, title, and assumption of the contents. The posting has obviously been taken down by Amazon since, as I can no longer find it.

In general, the ‘reviewer’ was complaining that she was insulted and annoyed by the use of biblical stories as a basis for fiction, particularly fiction involving sexual content. She claimed that such use was disrespectful to Christians, the bible itself, and God.

Now, I’m a firm believer in everyone having a right to state their opinion, and I normally don’t engage in the discussion of religion, but I’m about to make an exception and state my opinion. For the record, this article is strictly my opinion, with examples of some of the information that brought me to my conclusions. This is not necessarily the opinion or belief of anyone at Two Fantasy Floosies, Hot Ink Press or Sizzling Book Reviews. They should not be held responsible, in any way, for what I believe.

Also for the record; although I no longer participate in the traditions of any given church, I was raised in one of the Christian religions, and even went so far as to take a training course and teach Sunday School.

If fiction writers around the world were to strike the bible from their list of possible story sources, we would also be obliged to remove every text of every other recognized religion existent. To go a step further, every book of mythology would become a questionable resource, since what we now refer to as mythology was, at one time, the religious belief of another culture.

I want to address the Christian bible(s) directly, here.

I first began to question the validity of the bible as a book of historical fact when, as a child, I was gifted with two different editions of the book. Since I was baptized an Anglican, the King James Version was the first bible I owned, and long before I could read. When I began Sunday School in the United Church, I became a student of The Good News Bible.

Even at that age, (seven years old), I had trouble understanding how a book could be God’s direct word, but exist in more than one form.  Always a curious child, I asked several adults to explain this to me, but none could come up with a satisfying explanation.

In the years since, I’ve come to believe that the bible is simply a book. In fact, I believe the bible could be the single greatest fiction anthology ever compiled.

Now, before anyone goes getting their panties in a bunch, give me the courtesy of an explanation. I’ll tell you some of the information I’ve found, over the years that led me to my belief.

 Various theories exist as to when creation, as detailed by the bible, occurred. Most biblical scholars agree upon one of two dates, either 5500 BC or 4000 BC (

Scientists recently discovered symbols carved into a tortoise shell in Western China possibly dating back to 6597 B.C. (  If this date can be proven, that would make it the earliest known form of written language.

Even if we could reconcile the date of Genesis to match the date of the earliest writing, this only makes it possible that the story of creation could have been recorded, in perfect detail, close to when it occurred, but not very probable. Most people, at that time, would not be literate. What is far more likely is that the stories of Genesis were passed down, generation to generation, orally. Like a colossal game of telephone, facts would have been colored by the perspective of the storyteller, some left out as inconsequential, and some embellished to make the story more interesting or memorable.

By the time the oldest book, (some believe Job approx. 1500 BC, others believe it was the first five books included in the bible, called the Pentateuch and written approx. 1446-1406 BC) Still others believe it was 1 Thessalonians approx... 50 AD., the story would be so skewed and twisted, nothing in the story could be considered fact.

Even going with the oldest date of 1500 BC, and the latest agreed upon date of creation, 4000 BC, there is a 2500 year gap between the events recorded and the earliest date they were recorded. It seems likely to me, that the “history” in the early books of the bible is more akin to mythology than fact. Again, that is simply my opinion.

 The first complete old testament is believed to have been assembled in 100 AD. The first known listing of the new testament was 367 AD. The first complete English bible didn’t appear until 1382 AD

Between the writing of the first book of the bible and the Christian bible we see in our churches today, there have been additions, deletions, revisions and edits to further corrupt the original texts. Kings, politicians and religious leaders, each with their own agenda, have “polished” the bible to suit the needs of their times. The book so many rely on as “The Word of God” has been changed so much from the original texts — who is to say they can truly know God’s will, by reading “His” word?

 Then, there is the argument that the words were delivered directly to the authors of the various books of the bible. Even if we completely disregard all the alterations made to those books, we could look at these authors with skepticism. If someone stood up tomorrow and said God had given them the newest book of the bible, most people would nod politely and call the nearest psychiatric hospital.

“But God spoke to me!” they’d say.

They’d likely be diagnosed with something like Narcissistic Personality Disorder with psychotic features. Schizophrenic with delusions of persecution schizophrenic with delusions of persecution schizophrenic with delusions of persecution as little as fifty years ago we probably would’ve had them lobotomized.

Based on these points, and so many more, I’ve come to the personal decision that the bible is a book of parables. An excellent tool, (written and edited by powerful men), for instilling moral values in a literate populace, but still a work of fiction. Is it wrong to use as a research tool for fictional writing? Well, obviously I don’t think so, since I’ve based my debut, in part, on biblical stories.  Many might disagree with me and that is their right, their opinion. It is not the place of another man or woman to condemn me for it, but the place of God, or whichever deity a person chooses to believe in, or eschew.

As far as sexual content — there are more stories of sex, incest, and debauchery in the pages of the bible, than I’ve ever seen in a single book before. Granted, couched in archaic language as it is, it’s far less explicit, but that doesn’t make it any less sexual. Angels appear to women, in the form of men, and impregnate them. Men lay with their wives handmaidens at their wives’ command. One man is even tricked, by his own daughters, into sleeping with each of them. In the days the bible was assembled, even in the subtle language we find it now, these segments.

Another book, not sanctioned by the church, with identical references to carnal relations, would be vilified, banned and destroyed. To me, that makes the bible one of the oldest, most widely revered books containing erotic tales, ever known to man.

Perhaps I will learn differently, after I leave the mortal plane, but until then I will live and continue to write what I know, and what I’ve learned. Or perhaps I’ll write what I don’t know. It is, after all, only fiction.