By Blakely Bennett

I know there is a stigma attached to writing erotica but perhaps less since the 50 Shades Trilogy took the world by storm. Even the definition of erotica is offensive to me—the very same definition of pornography—from my WordWeb dictionary:

Creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire.

I know my stories stimulate sexual desire. I can’t argue with that point however, I would argue that it definitely has literary and artistic value. Sexual desire is not the only feeling that the My Body Trilogy creates in the reader. Read some of the reviews and you will find a vast spectrum of responses.

I’m sure some erotica falls under that very definition but most that I have read, would not. The majority of erotic novels I have read are romance with amped up sex scenes. In the same vain I would say that my trilogy is suspenseful stories with lots of hot, steamy dark sex.

I find Wikipedia’s definition a little more palpable:

Erotica is any artistic work that deals substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing subject matter.

At the very least, they call it artistic. J

Book stores seem less inclined to host erotic writer book signings. I think erotic writers by the very nature of their work get less word of mouth in everyday life, because erotica still implies sexual deviance to many. The “books” that need to remain hidden under the edge of the mattress or placed in the back room.

I think the erotica revolution is still young and I hold out hope that it will become more mainstream. I have been asked if my parents, other family and friends know what I write. The answer is yes. I’m not ashamed of the work I produce but rather proud of it. I find our society to be way too constipated regarding sexuality and I sincerely hope that we expand and become more open about an activity most everyone enjoys. Several times a week considering that, the very act itself adds years to your life. 😉 Check out Could Lack of Sex Be Killing You.

Is there a stigma? Sure, for some, but I’m betting that behind closed doors on the weekend when the kids are sleeping out, some couple is reading My Body-His or My Body-His (Marcello) out loud.  At least through the first sex scene. LOL Have fun!!

Warm Hugs,


My Body-Mine
My Body Trilogy, Book three
Blakely Bennett

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press
Date of Publication: July 15th

ISBN: 978-1-60381-534-5

Number of pages: 324
Word Count: 87,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Book Description: 

Jane has accepted that her relationship with her husband Luke, who drew her into the darker side of BDSM, is over. She has taken refuge at the home of Luke’s powerful friend Marcello and his submissive, Janice. With Marcello’s patience exhausted, Jane must either submit to his demands or move on from his household and his support. Ultimately, she signs a six month contract of sexual servitude but, as Marcello and Jane grow closer, Janice feels neglected and jealous, creating tension in their normally easy daily rhythm.
In an effort to help Jane, her best friend Parker introduces her to Chase, a confident and flirtatious man who lacks the arrogance of either Luke or Marcello. Jane’s rapport with Chase is lighthearted and subtle, allowing her to gain a new perspective on men. She is intensely attracted to Chase but does not feel free to consider him as more than a friend. 
Once Jane gets a real picture of Marcello’s extremes, she knows what she must do. Her feelings about Luke and Marcello and her own sexuality must be resolved before she can find true love with a man who appreciates everything she has to offer. Can she possibly find the kink she has come to desire without the full-time submission?
My Body-Mine is the final book in the My Body Trilogy.
My Body-His (Marcello)
My BodyTrilogy, Book 2
Blakely Bennett
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Publisher: Fanny Press
ISBN: 978-1-60381-525-3
Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 76,000
Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun
Book Description:
Jane Stiles has embarked on an intense odyssey into the world of domination and submission. She no longer recognizes herself. She has quit her job, surrendered her possessions and agreed to a wedding where she is the only one naked, all for the sake of the elusive Luke—a man so compelling, she can deny him nothing. 
Now there is no going back. Her new life will revolve around Luke, his friends and clients. Hovering in the background is Luke’s best friend Marcello, whose ego is as towering as his stature. Marcello has set his sights on Jane. She is drawn to his power, his masculinity, and the challenge he represents, even though she fears and dislikes him. After Luke discovers that Jane has breached one of his many “rules,” he sends her to Marcello for punishment and lessons in Dom/sub culture. What happens there will change her forever. 
Jane and Luke reconcile, and even find a rhythm that includes not only bondage and punishment but genuine love-making. Just when Jane is convinced that the happiness and devotion she has always craved is within reach, Luke pushes her beyond endurance, and she rebels in a way her harsh husband cannot forgive. From there, her life spins out of control. But Jane has a strong spirit, and she will prevail. My Body-His (Marcello) is Book 2 in the My Body Trilogy.
My Body-His
My BodyTrilogy, Book 1
Blakely Bennett
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Publisher: Fanny Press
ISBN: 978-1-60381-523-9
Number of pages: 246
Word Count: 74,000
Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun
Book Description:
Jane Stiles is successful in business but bored with her socially mundane existence. One night at a party, she meets an intense and compelling stranger named Luke. This fateful encounter prompts her predictable life path to veer into uncharted territory, sweeping her along on a frightening erotic journey into the world of bondage, domination and submission. 
Jane had never experienced genuine desire, and now passion consumes her life, robbing her of free will. Her new lifestyle creates an emotional chasm between her and her old friends. Will they understand why she has abandoned her high ideals and long-term plans for a traditional wedding? What society considers right or wrong no longer matters. 
Prepared to surrender everything to Luke, she wonders if her everything will be enough. She now needs his discipline as much as she craves his love and approval. How far down this dark path is she willing to go? Jane’s pilgrimage into domination and discipline has created a war between her mind and her body, and her body is claiming victory.
About the Author:
Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over eight years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery.
Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing—thank you, Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain.
Twitter @BlakelyBennett

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