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As a writer of erotica and erotic romance (which is erotica with a central romance and HEA), I'd like to clarify the fact that there IS a difference between porn and erotica. Porn Sex, sex and moresex. Not much of a plot and not much characterization. Erotica, OTOH, is more than a story about two (or three, or more) people having sex. It's about how they--and their relationships with others--change because of the sex.

It's simpler than that- erotic is using a feather, porn is using the whole damn chicken.

The Book Corner / Re: Read an eBook Week 2011
« on: March 06, 2011, 07:32:07 PM »

--- edited... no self-promotion outside the Book Bazaar forum. please read our Forum Decorum thread.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Borders (and others) in Aus/NZ gone bust :(
« on: February 16, 2011, 10:28:39 PM »

Sorry, but what's the loss with Borders leaving town?
To me it's like lamenting the loss of McDonald's (perhaps with slightly better coffee).  In my city it waltzed in, displaced many a smaller, truly local outlet in the malls, went into price wars with the older Aussie outlets and now they've p*ssed off. Your concern?

The Book Bazaar / Re: Memoir writers here.
« on: February 08, 2011, 04:56:01 PM »

I wrote a pretty wild memoir from a journal I kept during the course of a 'lost year' under the influence of that estranged mistress, the Moon. It was a year of the flesh and the soul, a time-out, living alone by the sea in which I re-discovered my personal religion, an active inner life and the power of dreams.

The resulting book is called Child Of The Moon. More details and reviews are on  but here's an edited, unsolicited review from a reader:

“His story resonates at a universal pitch. It’s a sojourn in recapturing a man’s emotional soul—an expose into healing, or regenerating, the outer layer of tissue torn from the heart, a profound inner journey into the approximation of wholeness.  It’s no surprise that Charles is a poet; “Child” is an introspective stream of consciousness; an atmospheric, though oddly calming, metaphor. Superb writing of the first magnitude. "

In talking to people about it afterward I realize that others have also had similar, transcendent experiences in times of grief and need- experiences often brought into their lives by a stranger who entered their lives briefly, had a major impact and left them to re-explore and re-invent invent the landscape of their spirit.

Beware – Child Of The Moon pulls no punches. I'm not ashamed of what happened, and so grateful for the legacy it has left me every day but it was a time of immersion and outpouring, of grasping and grief and sleepless raves. Now I'm bemused to find that within a month of release Child Of The Moon made it onto the Men's Health (Diesel E-Books) and Religion and Spirituality (Smashwords) Best Sellers lists. It was never the intent- I just wanted to have a little touch in my life. I hope you can find something in it to touch yours.
    All the best,   DN Charles.   (Sydney, Australia)

Writers' Cafe / Re: I just sold a book on Smashwords!
« on: January 12, 2011, 04:22:13 PM »
Me too. Okay -  most of the early 'sale' downloads are freebies at the moment due to the use of coupons to claw my way up the best seller list and get exposure but it's all part of the system. Too may see Smashwords as a stepping stone- as that buddy who gets you started who you can drop later on.

Work the site. Read what Mark says, do a little hustling every day (new site, new comment, new outlet, new format maybe) and keep your work alive. And take the advice offered on Smashwords- on every part of the site, blogs, whatever. It takes time. Yep- there's only $4.42 in my SW account, but currently (after less than a month in) I'm enjoying Best Seller status because of the hustle.

And check out Cory Doctorow- the right attitude to readership versus immediate reward. Not bad when a man who gives most of his work away free ends up selling limited editions for $745 a hit (and they're sold out!). I know- we're not all Cory Doctorow but neither was he once.

The Book Corner / Re: Do men read books written by women?
« on: January 11, 2011, 02:53:19 PM »
I do. There's no barrier- good writing is good writing. My first real insights into great women writers came with the likes of Bobby Ann Mason (who I met in Australia) and the knockout voice of Lisa Alther in the 70s and since, and I'm still blown away by good women's writing. Two recently read examples: Fault Lines (Nancy Huston) and The Visitor (Maeve Brennan)- the latter rare now but worth chasing up.

The Book Bazaar / Free e-book: January only.
« on: January 05, 2011, 05:08:15 PM »
Hi Kindlers and kin,

I'm offering up my novel Child of The Moon for free download for the month of January only. It's on, available in several e-book formats.

Here's the blurb:
Balanced between relationships, a man calls out to the flesh for comfort, for a few nights of pleasure. Instead, his heart and soul are touched by a stranger dropped into his life in the middle of the night, a stranger who stayed inside for far too long.
Child Of The Moon is year long journal written in the moment, a gonzo work of sex, love, loss and Rumi. It's an honest example of what happened to a man with a little money and no strings attached, a man who sought the dark side and found a little enlightenment.

Full synopsis and brief reviews are available at

For a free download simply go to and enter coupon AK87Z on the purchase page.

All the best for the new year! DN Charles

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: free download- limited time...
« on: January 04, 2011, 02:35:18 PM »
Thanks for all your best wishes. Such a long journey into the ether -  now for the hard copy...

All the best with your books- write on!


Introductions & Welcomes / free download- limited time...
« on: January 03, 2011, 02:58:58 PM »
Hi Kindleers,
Just a quick intro- and a free offer...
Download my ebook Child Of The Moon from for free for the month of January only.
Simply quote coupon code AK87Z to waive the purchase price.
All the best for the new year!    DN Charles.

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