Friday, February 27, 2009


Forbidden Passion Press is excited to announce that they have signed their first two authors!

Conquering India by veteran author
Melissa Schroeder is a menage with an older woman and two younger men, slated to release late this summer.

Caterer India Singer is getting her life on track, hoping to make a big splash with her new company. She doesn’t need any distractions…especially a younger man. After being left for a younger woman, she won't get involved with another man destined to leave her. But for some reason security expert Wade Thompson won’t take no for an answer.

Wade knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it. He’s pulling out the stops because he is sure that India is the woman for him…and his best friend and business partner, Marc Jasper. Marc’s divorce has left him bitter, and he isn’t too sold on the idea. Still, he wants India as much as Wade, and resisting her is becoming a full time job.

When a threat to India has her in constant contact with Marc, the lure of the curvy older woman is too much to ignore. But when both men raise the stakes and ask for more than just a fling, will India take another chance on love?

Men of Blade: His Secret Seduction is the start of an exciting new M/M series by new author Kris Cook and is also slated to release late this summer.

Project Blade. Selected from the best at the CIA, the men of Blade possess the intelligence, training, experience, skill—and sexual preference—necessary to handle the most sensitive missions.

With every lead going cold, Craig Elder, commander of Blade, heads to Texas to catch the assassin of his mentor and friend. Craig will stop at nothing to get justice—even using the killer’s ex-lover, Derek Forrester, regardless of the man’s wealth, connections, or innocence. Craig suspects the killer still has feelings for Derek and that getting close to the sexy cowboy will flush him out.

Derek Forrester, a successful Dallas businessman during the week, escapes every weekend to his West Texas ranch. With the arrival of the gorgeous IRS auditor, Craig Elder, Derek’s days of self-imposed isolation morph into nights of sensual pleasures. Soon, Derek realizes Craig is hiding something dark and dangerous. Derek’s been down that painful path before with one ex.

But to escape the killer stalking them, will he be forced to heed his heart…or will trusting Craig's love be a fatal mistake?

Forbidden Passion Press is excited to have both of these authors on board!

Mona Peters
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Call for Submissions

Submission Guidelines

Send submissions to and attach:

· A detailed synopsis (2 to 5 pages describing setting and main characters and outlining full plot, including resolution).

· Your complete manuscript (doc or rtf format).

· The subject line of the email should say SUBMISSION: your name and the title of your book.

We are an electronic publisher, so we accept only electronic submissions. Please do not attempt to send us submissions on paper via snail mail. They will not be considered.

Thoroughly self-edit your submission. Clean type and grammatically error-free manuscripts receive more consideration. We have no required format for your manuscript, but suggest using one-inch margins and a variable-space, easy to read font (such as Times Roman, Arial, Book Antigua).

Previously published authors: We will consider your out-of-print books if you hold exclusive rights.

No manuscript will be considered that is in any way demeaning to an individual or group of people.

Here are elements that cross the line from “forbidden” to distasteful:

• NO pedophilia.

• NO incest.

• NO sex with a minor.

• NO violent rape as titillation. Rape may be used as part of the plot, especially as backstory supporting character development. Actual violence against a character should not be graphically depicted. Scenes with dubious consent may be considered if it’s clear that all parties are enjoying the experience.

• NO bodily functions (e.g., “golden showers”).

• NO necrophilia.

• NO weapons used for sexual purposes and/or shoved into orifices.

• NO bestiality. This rule refers to actual animals; this does not apply to shape-shifting protagonists and “otherworldly” beings in animal form.

• NO books with multiple females in the same sexual relationship. These books do not typically sell well to female readers.

Submission Tips

• Professional cover email, clean from errors or awkward writing.

• Clear synopsis. Thoroughly explain the story in a straightforward manner, from beginning to end. Do not indicate that if we want to know the ending of the book, we must acquire it first. We won’t.

We strongly encourage:

• Books you would actually read and buy to read for yourself.

• Believable and likeable characters that evoke the reader's emotions.

• An emotional connection between characters, and the sensuality worked into the development of the romantic relationship.

• Goal, motivations and conflicts strong enough to carry the length of the story. We like to see well developed internal AND external conflict. There should be a reason for the protagonists can’t be together that has everything to do with their personalities and/or their dreams, hopes, or deeply held beliefs, as well as a reason they can’t be together that pertains to forces outside their relationship.

• Good blend of dialogue, narrative and action.

• Intriguing, believable plot, no major holes, no “miracle” resolutions.

• Originality: not the same plot elements and character types everyone has already read a hundred times.

• Clear point of view, no head hopping. Keep POV changes within a scene minimal.

• Avoiding first person. We will consider it on a limited basis, but it must be VERY compelling.

• World building (for paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi) that doesn’t overshadow the characters and/or relationship.

• Character or other proper names that aren’t difficult to pronounce.

Miscellaneous Facts

• You do not need a literary agent. However, if you have one, we will happily work with him/her.

• A copy of our standard boilerplate contract will be available soon.

• Royalties are paid quarterly.

• Payments for authors living in the U.S. will be sent via PayPal or check through U.S. Mail. For authors living outside the U.S., payments will be PayPal only.

Introducing Forbidden Passion Press!

COMING SOON! Forbidden Passion Press, an erotic romance eBook publisher, run by readers who love a great erotic romance with rich characters and engaging plots, produced for readers who want the same.

Who are we?

Roy Swift – Managing partner. Both an avid reader and a playwright once upon a time, Roy is now devoted to Forbidden Passion Press. With project management experience in a Fortune 10 company, Roy will be responsible for running the nuts and bolts of the business, including accounting, accounts receivable and accounts payable, obtaining ISBNs—and general smooth running of the business.

Shelby Burns – Editor-in-chief. With nearly 25 years as an avid romance reader, Shelby has read it all from the great, to the “eh”, to the really terrible. Having worked as both a fiction writing teacher and freelance editor in the past, Shelby is well qualified to edit contracted manuscripts into the best reads possible.

Mona Peters – Submissions Coordinator/Marketing Director. Also an avid romance reader and former reviewer, Mona will help Shelby and other copyeditors procure the best submissions possible. Once contracted, all books will be given a standard online promotional package to help spread the word among readers and augment any promotion the author provides. She will also be spreading the love for Forbidden Passion Press across the Internet.

Daniela Morgan – Copyeditor Coordinator. A voracious bibliophile for the last 30 years, Daniela is excited to channel her love of the written word into Forbidden Passion Press. With experience as a book reviewer and editor, along with a great eye for detail, Daniela is a valuable addition to the staff and will endeavor to produce clean, error-free reads.

Eve Miller - Line Copyeditor. Having taught English for years and edited extensively, Eve is an avid book lover who naturally reads with a critical eye. A wordsmith herself, she is pleased to be a part of the Fobidden Passion Press family and looks forward to making these books the best they can be.

We’re thrilled! We hope you will consider joining us for this fun, exciting venture!

We are currently accepting submissions!

General Submission Statement

We are open for submissions in “forbidden” romance genres, particularly ménage, BDSM, homoerotic and capture/abduction stories from authors who are passionate about erotic romance. Sex scenes must sizzle. Be explicit, use adult language and leaving nothing to the imagination. Books can be set in contemporary, historical, paranormal/fantasy worlds, etc.

All books MUST possess a strong, romance-oriented plot and end with a happily-ever-after. We are NOT interested in books that are strictly sexfests. Our goal is to cultivate authors with vivid, passionate voices and the ability to deliver well-crafted characters and relationships. We’re most interested in books of 40,000 to 60,000 words, but will consider works as short as 20,000 and as long as 80,000. Nothing under 20,000 words will be considered at this time.