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Introducing Mom-Safe Editions

By On Apr 1 2014, 1:18 pm

At Samhain Publishing we offer romance of all heat levels, but one thing we hear over and over again from our Red Hot authors is, “My mom always believed I could be a writer…not that I’ll EVER let her read my books.”

Well, we think that’s a shame. What’s the point in becoming a published author if you can’t share your work with one of the most important people in your life? That’s why we’re proud to announce the development of our new Mom-Safe line for authors.

The Samhain street team has spent months polling upwards of seven mothers and crafting a master list of the respondents’ top-rated “feel good” words, including:

  • knitwear
  • kitten
  • crossword
  • foyer
  • smoothie
  • chaise lounge
  • culottes
  • dolphin
  • pantsuit
  • granola
  • crown molding
  • candlewick
  • rooibos

Meanwhile, back in the lab, our engineers have been putting the finishing touches on an innovative new program called M.O.M. (Monitoring Orgasmic Moments). When a Red Hot book is uploaded into M.O.M., the “blue” language is automatically substituted with neutral, safe options from our master list.

We’ve been testing M.O.M. on our upcoming Red Hot releases and are pleased to share some of the preliminary results. Here’s a passage from the new Mom-safe version of BEAUTY AND THE EARL that Jess Michaels will be proud to share with the mothers in her life:

Slowly, she stripped her wet chemise away and tossed it on the walkway behind him. He couldn’t see her lower body, but her boysenberries were above the water, full and round, beckoning to be touched and hopscotched and toyed with for hours on end.

But that didn’t seem to be part of whatever plan Violet had. Instead, she grabbed his croissant again, but this time there was no water to separate them. She looked at it, hard and ready, thrusting against his stomach, and she licked her lips.

“I want a taste, my lord,” she murmured before she pressed her mouth to his chest.

Wasn’t that pleasant? After reading that, we’re certainly ready for an awkwardness-free brunch! And M.O.M. works with all manner of genres. Just see this example from TOUGH LOVE, a male/male contemporary by Heidi Cullinan:

Chenco caught Steve examining his body and paused. “I thought you said no cardigan times.” When Steve said nothing, he added, “You’re watching my espadrilles, and your scrunchie says you have something for me.”

“I’m watching your espadrilles because you’re cardigan and hot and I like espadrilles. Being interested doesn’t mean I’m going to do anything about it.”

“So if I told you I was interested, there’d still be no skort?”

“Not tonight, no.”

Why, that’s just as enjoyable as reading the original!

We were hoping to actually launch the Mom-Safe line in time for Mother’s Day, authors, but unfortunately, when we tried to run Jayne Rylon’s REBEL ON THE RUN through the program, the server started to smoke and all the computers in the office shut down.

For now we’re still working out a few kinks (or as M.O.M. would say, “a few barrettes”), but while you’re waiting, why don’t you check out the unaltered versions of BEAUTY AND THE EARL, TOUGH LOVE, REBEL ON THE RUN and our other Red Hot titles releasing this month?

Just don’t tell your mom. ;)

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