Thu
Oct 18 2012 9:17am

Addicted to “Contemporary Crack?”

Angela James, the Executive Editor at Carina Press, recently posted a call for submissions for the genre she's dubbed “contemporary crack.” According to Angela, the story elements have:

“High drama, high intensity, often multiple conflicts (relationship conflict and another external conflict, along w/hero and heroine internal conflicts), loving relationships between hero and heroine, sensual sex scenes, frank language...Give yourself permission to write things you might not otherwise write, just to see what happens, but even while making it over the top, wrap it in elements of believability.”

Angela gives examples of what authors write contemporary crack, including Kristen Ashley, Lora Leigh, Maya Banks, Julie Garwood’s old historicals,  JR Ward’s paranormals and some books from the Harlequin Presents line.

What books are your contemporary crack?

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7 comments
Vi Dao
1. Vi Dao
Anne Stuart, Elizabeth Jennings/ Lisa Marie Rice and Lorelei James are some of my crack. I know I am basically reading the same book over and over, but I can't get enough.
Jamie Brenner
2. jamieloganbrenner
Just took my first hit of Tiffany Reisz The Siren. I anticipate complete addiction.
Wendy Lewis
3. wsl0612
Some of my favorite dealers are : Kelley Armstrong, Ilona Andrews, Larissa Ione, J R Ward, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Jeannine Frost, Thea Harrison, to name a few. Hmm, I wonder if we should be outing them on a public forum like this? Wouldn't want any of them to get visits from the Feebs!
Jena Briars
4. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
aCK!! I'm reading Lover Avenged RIGHT NOW and this post makes me want to stop what I'm doing and get another fix! DAAAAMMIT! :P
Vi Dao
5. KathleenC
You really want to know? Ok, here goes...

Series:
Dark Hunter series (PNR romance) by Sherilynn Kenyon
Riley Jensen Guardian series (PNR romance) by Keri Arthur
Black Dagger Brotherhood series (PNR romance) by JR Ward
Immortals After Dark series (PNR romance) by Kresley Cole
Demonica series (PNR romance) by Larissa Ione
The Breeds series (humans and genetically-altered/enhanced humans) by Lora Leigh
The Nauti series (contemporary) by Lora Leigh
Men of August series (contemporary) by Lora Leigh
Bound Hearts series (contemp) by Lora Leigh
Psy-Changling series (PNR romance) by Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter series (PNR romance) By Nalini Singh
Midnight Breed series (PNR romance) by Lara Adrian
The ACRO series (PNR romance) by Sydney Croft
Rough Riders series (contemporary/western romance) by Lorelei James
Princes Trilogy: (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and the Serpent Prince) (Historical) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Legend of the Four Soldiers: (To Beguile A Beast, To Desire a Devil, To Taste Temptation, and To Seduce a Sinner (Historical) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Vampires in America (PNR romance) by D.B. Reynolds
Texas Siren series (contemporary romance) by Sophie Oak
Interstellar Service and Discipline (rom sci-fi) by Morgan Hawke
Daughters of Arianne series (fantasy romance) by Joey Hill
The Vampire Queen series (PNR romance) by Joey Hill
Masters of the Shadowlands (BDSM) by Cherise Sinclair
Lucky Harbor (contemp rom) by Jill Shalvis
Fifty Shades (contemp rom) by EL James
Daytime Divas (contemp rom) by Sarah Mayberry
Sinners on Tour (contemp rom) by Olivia Cunning
Magnus Pack series and Pride Stories series (contemp erotic rom) by Shelley Laurenston
Dragon Kin series (erotic fantasy) by G.A. Aiken
Cut and Run series (contemp m/m) by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
A Matter of Time series (m/m contemp) by Mary Calmes
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Favorites: 5 stars (read again)
*Big Temptation by Robin Rotham
*Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter series)
*Into His Keeping by Gail Faulkner
*Major Pleasure by Denise Agnew
*Vampire Trinity by Joey Hill
*Lost Star by Morgan Hawke
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Other 5 star recommendations:
*The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton
*Afterlife by Joey Hill
*Virtual Reality by Joey Hill
*Rough Canvas by Joey Hill
*According to Plan by Madison J Edwards
*Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell
*Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell
*Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
*Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan
*Cut and Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
*A Matter of Time, Vol 1, by Mary Calmes
*Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Vi Dao
7. AmberL
Yeah what KathleenC said!!! I've read a good majority of those. My current crack is the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
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