I think you're safe with paranormal romance without sex. If it's romance, people are mainly looking for romance. If it's erotica on the other hand, betta deliver the goods.DDark said:I'm hoping some writers can offer their advice:
My Mageri series is a blend of Urban Fantasy with Paranormal Romance, so I labeled it "Urban Fantasy Romance". I ran into a bit of a snag with my novella, "Closer", because it's paranormal with romance, but no sex. I had to label it paranormal romance. The problem is: Most readers associate PNR with sex. A lot of the series books I've read are basically a hot and heavy love story with graphic scenes. I really don't know how to label the novella without misleading the consumer, and I sure don't want to spell it out for them.
I've been thinking about this because I've written another book which may become a series. It feels like a contemporary romance, but it's set in the paranormal world. It's lighthearted, bittersweet, romantic, and in some parts... sexy. It is not a dark read, and it is not centered around sex anymore than my Mageri series is. I'm concerned about what may happen if I label it paranormal romance. It IS paranormal. It IS romance. Can I get away with contemporary paranormal romance? (Is there such a thing?) But then, what does that suggest?
I may be overthinking this, but how you label your book sets the expectation for the reader. I wouldn't want someone diving into a book thinking it's erotic PNR when it's milder. Does anyone out there write books like these which are romance novels, but are light on the sex? I can rarely find books that deviate from the genre formulas, and I realize they're always going to be subject to criticism because of it.