Erotic Fiction Publisher Adds New Definition of 'Graphic'

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Erotic fiction/romance publisher adds graphic Manga-style novels.

One erotic fiction ebook publisher has traded ten thousand pictures for words with the release of a new Yaoi-style story by award-winning bestseller Morgan Hawke.

“With the timely submission of popular author Morgan Hawke’s Yaoi novella, a new door was opened, and a market discovered,” said Stefani V. Kelsey, Editor-in-Chief for eXtasy Books(http://www.extasybooks.com). “The popularity of the Manga medium led to the conclusion that erotic novels in that vein would be well-received, and initial sales are proving that theory.”

Although the novels follow the narrative style of manga and its offshoots, the eXtasy line is written in tight, fast-paced prose. Even without the pictures, though, TORRID and its successors are certain to entertain fans of graphic novels. That was proven by the popularity of Hawke's Hungry Spirits, a romantic ménage written in the Manga style, and D.J. Manly's Vampire Lust and Brennus' Witch. Snagged, by dark fantasy author and 3D artist Jet Mykles, has recently released to excellent sales as well, and the latest addition is another by Morgan Hawke, Tempestuous.

More titles are in progress, including a paranormal, The Dragon's Disciple, from Golden Leaf Winner and PEARL finalist Barbara Sheridan and author/artist Anne Cain, and Books Two and Three of the Eternal Souls Series. Jet Mykles also has upcoming titles. The novels are released simultaneously in both print and ebook formats so they can be made available immediately to the broadest range of readers. They are also printed in mass-market paperback trim rather than standard trade paperback.

The eXtasy Books imprint of Zumaya Publications of Garibaldi Highlands, British Columbia, was launched in January 2003. EXtasy's goal is to raise the bar on erotica, putting out quality books with sexual content rather than sexual content with a story around it. They specialize in books that eschew formula and break new ground, unlike many of their genre, and are proving a strong presence in an increasingly crowded field.

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