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Has anybody else noticed that EC’s authors seem to have become One-Book-Wonder specialists?

When I first discovered EC, authors like Lora Leigh, Jaci Burton, Shiloh Walker used to have books out constantly. But for some reason that’s changed. As far as I can gather, the only ‘original’ EC author who seems to churn out lots of books for them still is Lorie O’Clare.

The new authors seem to write one book, then we never hear from them again. I wonder why this is? I wonder if like me, many previous EC faithfuls aren’t buying them?

I’ll read anybody as long as the blurb sounds interesting, but for some reason, the blurbs at EC just do not inspire me to go buy. It never used to be like that.

On the other hand, I’m buying more books from Liquid Silver Books, and Samhain. At least they’re not over-egging the whole BDSM thing. Have I told anybody lately how much I hate BDSM books? Well I do. They suck in the worst way.

It would be interesting to know if the profits at EC have been in decline this past year. With so many new authors who only seem to write one book before disappearing into EC’s Great Hole, surely that must tell its own story? After all, if they were selling, then surely they’d be writing more books for them?

I have tried the new authors, but most of the newbies that I’ve read, have sucked in a big way, so I’m less eager to try them in the future.

It seems to me that the NY publishers have lured away the cream of crop, and just left the dross.

By the way EC, the website needs a major facelift. I’ve always hated that shitty mustard colour anyway, but three years of looking at the same ‘ole crappy design is just a bit much.

Samhain’s website looks better in comparison, as does LSB’s.

It’s about time you guys made some improvements. Seriously.

Oh yeah, and stop accepting so many BDSM books for fuck’s sake.


  • Karen Scott
    February 20
    7:26 pm

    Barabara, that’s cuz we’re a lazy lot!


  • Barbara B.
    February 20
    7:43 pm

    Karen, I meant that I was surprised that the H is capitalized for hero and the lower case h is used for heroine. It strikes me as odd that women would do that.


  • Anonymous
    May 1
    4:14 pm

    Dear Disgruntled, Unhappy, Negative, contributors of this ridiculous posting – which obviously isn’t everyone:


    Don’t you have something better to do with today than write such immature postings! It’s so sad that you are creating and attracting such negativity. Why are you bashing companies when you’re REALLY angry and jealous of the industry you should be supporting – and —you are totally unfamiliar with the process of publishing in today’s market. Nothing in this world is perfect, but I believe that everyone is in these difficult publishing times is doing their best. Reviewers are doing their best to provide enough good books for readers. No one likes every book, because we readers are individuals with our own tastes. Instead of bashing as if you know ALL, why not allow for the readers to believe that the representatives of this genre are giving many new readers an opportunity to grow.

    Until EC came along, there were few opportunities for new writers to share their voice. I’m proud that they provide opportunities for new people. Why not try to understand what it takes to run a company and distribute books in a very difficult markertplace.

    I work in the book business and bookstores are struggling. You are not helping your fellow authors by causing misery on line. You are causing pain when you should be promoting good feelings and hope.

    Isn’t the world and publishing in enough turmoil without romance readers and writers going completely against the grain – our books aren’t about jealousy, pettiness, resentment, why are we?

    Don’t condone or respond to negativity about romance writers and publishers, because you are pounding a nail in the coffin and if people walk away because all you can say is mean spiritied, then you will be held accountable for destroying not building a healthy industry for yourself and others.

    Greatness comes from everyone being enthusiastic and understanding, and nurturing. If you don’t care then please have the heart to not spread your unhappiness and dissatisfaction with your life and career to others.

    I’m happy we have so many readers. I’m happy when someone gets published. I may not like everyone’s books because of its genre or style, but I don’t find it threatening or a target for slander.

    Some of the books mentioned in this blog did not sell well, but that doesn’t make me put it down In Public. What we feel is what we make happen. Wish everyone well who does their best and be nurturing not nasty. You’ll sleep better as a result and you’ll write better, plus, you’ll be a better advocate of the romance industry.

    Bookseller (Print) and author


  • Myra Luz
    June 15
    4:34 pm

    I am a huge fan of Charlotte Boyette-Compo and have been since I reviewed her novel BloodWind. There is nothing boring about her books. If you’re looking for sex with no story, she’s definitely not the writer for you. If you want hot sex with more story than cock, she’s your girl. She is known all over the web and reviewers adore her else they wouldn’t be giving her five star reviews left and right. I just got a copy of her latest EC book and I can’t wait to dive into it. Last I heard she had over 500 reviews of her books on her website. That should tell you there are other readers like me who love her work. Make fun of her wind titles all you want. I’m sure she’s laughing all the way to the bank.


  • Myra, are you suggesting that people should like CBC’s books just because she has over 500 reviews on the net? Seriously?

    Also, is it just possible that some people think her books are boring? Would you say that they were wrong to feel that way?

    By the way, seeing as you’re a fan of CBC, can you list me the places where she has reviews of her books please?

    Thanks in advance.


  • What I find interesting is the impulse to revive a comment thread that has been dead, quiet, and done with for over a year.

    Wonder whether there’s something else behind defending a favorite author…

    But then, I’m a cynical so-and-so 😀


  • Karen, I can say, without mockery or any cruelty intended, that having read a handful of CBC’s books I am no fan of her very distinctive way of handling the English language. Obviously many reviewers feel differently, and perhaps I’m just missing out on something.


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