The Struggle is Real.

Hello, and welcome.

After putting some finality on The Paramedic series with The Never Ending Nightmare, and with a continuation of Born Bent Over still on and off, I took a little time away from the laptop and did some home remodeling and worked in my workshop to try and clear my head and come up for some new ideas for my next cloistered adventure in my office. God bless my understanding, saint of a wife. She suffers my peculiarities with just the occasional shake of her head.

After about six months, plenty of splinters and some unique, permanent paint stains (including a few on our two Dachshunds) a few sparks started firing around in my aged gray matter. Stay tuned for future information on those.

Determination ruling the day, I assembled a new playlist on my media player and made the requisite trip to the office supply store; known as both Mecca and Purgatory to most writers, and filled my cart with the standard office supplies: pens, legal pads, pencils, Twizzlers, spice gumdrops…the standard supplies.

But between the last spinning contest in my desk chair, and the last blue streak of curses spewed after the ever present, poorly aimed hammer injuries, poorly measured cuts and paint spills, I bought a few ebooks from other writers who write in the erotica-love story world to get an idea of what others were doing to advance the growing interest in, and diminish the age old stigma of, the erotica genre.

Let me state here that some of you have some very vivid and far flung imaginations! And, not surprisingly, some of you are truly sick and twisted. And to all of you I say: write on!

It has, unfortunately, been my experience that while diminishing somewhat, erotica writing bought by sane, rational, normal people are still kept in secret files on tablets and laptops in folders named “recipes” or “taxes.” Our puritanical roots still runs deep in much of our society. The stigma of the dark, sleazy, sticky floored movie houses of Pee Wee Herman fame, and the curtained back rooms at the video store where the evil porn flicks were hidden from their unintended audience still seems to keep those petrified by the fear of being a known as an erotica fan behind closed doors.

While even I do have a certain line I don’t cross in my writings, I fully support and defend those who choose to go somewhat beyond that line in their reading and writing tastes. I look forward to the day when the stigma is lifted as more and more readers aren’t afraid of, or could care less if their Alexa is reporting back to the porn police that they’d purchased a racy erotica novel to read in front of the fireplace on a cold winter’s day.

Contrary to what your mom told you, it won’t make you go blind.

From the reading I’ve done, I have determined that there truly are vast, far flung differences in the genre, yet all books with any kind of explicit love scenes are required to carry the dreaded adult content, scarlet letter. From the more graphic parodies of The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the imagined antics of the crew of the Star Ship Enterprise, they’re all still lumped together in the dank bowels of the online book sellers.

On Smashwords, where I initially sell my work for distribution on Amazon, Apple and others, no one who is just perusing the site, looking for a good read, without being a member and signing in, is allowed access to any books with the aforementioned adult content, scarlet letter descriptor. It’s done to keep those under the age of eighteen from purchasing a book or story they’re not legally allowed to purchase. I can understand that to some degree. But come on! Graphically vivid, free porn videos for every taste and fetish are available all over the web for anyone with a mouse to view. The adult content rating limits access to my work and the work of others who write stories involving explicit love scenes between consenting adults to those who bite the bullet, request membership on the site and subject themselves to the constant string of pesky emails from the site and the third party minions they sell your email address to. You know the routine. Sign on to a news feed and you’ll soon be inundated with scads of those sales offers for everything from copper cookware to quirky tee shirts that foul your inbox numerous times daily . As we have all learned, surrendering your email address on any site on the web is a guaranteed prelude to hours spent deleting junk mail. Sadly, just logging on to Facebook these days makes you a target for ads for anything you’ve purchased online since the advent of online sales.

Along with the sites’ ban on things like erotic works containing child porn, bestiality, rape, etc., (a limitation I do support and understand-all of which are far, far over that line I never cross) the behind the curtain, backroom, dank leaky basement placement erotica is relegated to needs to end. The stigma needs to be lifted with, of course, the above referenced limitations being adhered to.

While I consider myself a writer and teller of love stories with plausible plots and, yes, some steamy love scenes, I don’t believe I’m destined to eternity in asbestos underwear, dodging the piercings of Satan’s pitchfork. Nor do I believe those who read erotica will suffer that fate. While discussions regarding sex still bring about blushes and giggles from the immature, (and lawsuits or professional ruination for injured sensitivities in certain circles) in my many years on this earth, in many, many varied social situations, I have never met anyone who didn’t look forward to participating in the sweaty, mood altering, mind blowing, adrenaline filled , toe curling act of coitus. If they don’t, they’re obviously not doing it right!

As a disclaimer here, I fully admit to choking up during Hallmark Christmas movies and any other cinematic marvel that has a happy ending. Wherever the underdog prevails, (of if there’s a dog involved) I’ll be reaching for the tissue box.

On that same note, I have sadly accepted the fact that I’m not the premiere writing sensation of our time. However, I’d like to think the sentiment and feelings I try to put into words does manage to shine through for many. The intimacy I write into my stories, in my humble opinion, is intended to deepen the emotion of the scene and spark a certain something in the reader; drawing them intimately closer to the character I’m trying to depict. It’s never done to shock and awe. My days of spewing the dirty word in the classroom to gain admiration from my classmates never ended well for me. As a matter of fact, my name was mentioned across many dinner tables back in my blue word phase, followed by parental edicts to steer clear of that kid! I was a highly misunderstood child.

More to the point, writing and reading erotica is not a crime. And while I realize that it is often depicted as the cause of depravity, lewd acts and the ruination of society from many Sunday morning pulpits, I think it’s fair to say the occasional voyeuristic readings into the sex lives of characters conjured up in the minds of erotica writers will not buy you a ticket on the express train to eternal damnation.

And it may even spice up those snowy afternoons when you’d just planned on reading a book. (wink wink)

Whip out those debt cards, read the latest terms of agreement on PayPal, visit Smashwords and take that final step into what the puritans call our seedy underbelly and proudly take advantage of your right to buy and read a steamy piece of erotica. It might even give you a few new ideas on spicing up your love life.

Until next time, and as always, I wish you peace, happiness and fair winds.

The Never Ending Nightmare is here!

It feels like I just gave birth after a three year gestation period. Thankfully, the end result was worth the long and agonizing labor.

The Never Ending Nightmare, book three in The Paramedic series is finally available in ebook format here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/956203

The saga continues and the plot thickens as Doc and Nancy are cast unwittingly on a perilous path they’ve been unknowingly drawn onto due to the dubious, despicable acts of someone they thought they knew.

Just to whet your appetite for The Paramedic series, I’m offering book one, The Paramedic, free until October 30th, 2019. Follow this link to Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/360394 and enter the coupon code, LG37D at checkout.

Book two in the series, Cast Adrift, is available here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/364678

From the first page in The Paramedic, the heartbreak, trials and tribulations our friends experience in their day to day existence is sure to draw you into the lives of our motley crew and endear you to each and every one. Strong bonds, deep love and passion keep the story flowing as the perils and pratfalls bring you to the edge of your seat.

I hope you’ll read and enjoy The Paramedic series half as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing them to life.

All three books in the series contain explicit love scenes so the series is not recommended for those under the age of eighteen. However, while explicit, all the scenes are consensual, heartfelt scenes meant to further endear the reader to the characters.

Try the series and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, and as always, I wish you much love, peace and happiness.

A New Day Dawning

For those of you who’ve stuck by me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I’ve been doing 120 in the fast lane for the last few years, in a good way, but that has curtailed my writing passion considerably.

For you fans of The Paramedic series, the final book will be coming out within the next couple of weeks. I’m sorry it’s taken so long to bring to press, but, well, see the above. However, I promise it’ll be worth the wait. Follow Doc, Nancy, Butch, Mike and the….well, I’ll let the book fill in the details.

Also on the horizon, two new, totally different books will be rolling off the presses at Danby Mountain Press. Both of which I’m extremely proud of and I believe you will enjoy. More on those soon.

I was asked a funny question the other day that took me aback for a moment. A dear friend asked me, first, why I wrote erotica. With the exception of The Tenderfoot’s Guide and Born Bent Over, The Paramedic series, as well as the new books coming out are erotica.

I first explained the difference between erotica and smut. Not that I begrudge those who write smut. If that’s what you feel inside, have a ball. We do still have a first amendment in this country and there are a whole lot of readers who read and enjoy smut and will admit it. There are scores more who read it and prefer to keep that little tidbit to themselves. Frankly, if it doesn’t involve minors or barnyard animals, write and read away.

All of my erotica revolves around loving relationships, caring people and, at least in my humble opinion, has a plot. I have always been of the opinion that adding explicit love scenes between consenting adults just adds a higher level of intimacy to the story and makes the reader that much more familiar with the character. Again, just my humble opinion. I’ve been called sappy at times. I guess I am. I cry at old movies, certain songs, weddings and whenever the mortgage bill comes in the mail.

I believe I’m a kindred spirit with a lover’s soul. Must be my Italian heritage. Nothing has me grabbing for a tissue faster than a mushy love story.

Please bear with me for just a short time more. I believe you’ll be pleased with the upcoming additions to our book catalog.

And for those of you who read and commented on But for Lisa’s Voice, I want to thank you. While I did respond to your wonderful comments, I’d like to thank you again. That was one of those that has a special place in my heart for numerous reasons.

Until next time, I wish you all much peace and happiness.

God Bless!

“Cast Adrift,” the sequel to “The Paramedic,” will be available soon!

Hello all!  Welcome back!

Cast Adrift coverI know, I’ve been very naughty regarding blogs lately, but I do have an excuse.  I haven’t been just sitting back on my duff; contrary to popular belief.  I have been banging away at the keyboard, pulling forth the much anticipated sequel to The Paramedic: *trumpets blaring* Cast Adrift!

I’d like to thank all of you who have been sending those emails, asking about the book and encouraging me to get it done and out there for you to read.  It has gone way beyond its initial planned publication date, for which I humbly apologize, but I honestly feel that once you’ve read it, you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.

To be honest, there have been more deletes, rewrites, plot changes and start overs than I care to admit to, but I believe all of that scrutiny has given birth to a real winner.  To date, I’ve read it at least 500 times and I still find myself holding my breath at certain points, waiting for the next giggle, tear or finger nail to bite.

You’ll also find that Cast Adrift bypasses a great many of the steamier love scenes you read in The Paramedic, (although there are quite a few) but I really pressed to keep tight to the plot and worked harder on the twists and turns you’ll find throughout the book…OK, I didn’t take out all the naughty stuff.  Don’t get your panties in a twist.  And for you medical fetishists, here’s your sign!

Due to the fact that Cast Adrift picks up exactly where The Paramedic left the reader, (hanging by two fingers over a cliff was how one of my readers put it) I am working with the publisher to offer a special price coupon for the purchase of The Paramedic so anyone who hasn’t read it (shame on you!) can do so, then go right into Cast Adrift-not only with the satisfaction that reading a good book gives you, but with a full feel for all the characters and the events that lead up to where Cast Adrift starts.

Of all the books I’ve written, I consider this to be my best.  A lot of me, heart and soul, went into writing of this book over the last couple of years and the incentive and opening for the third book in the series has also appeared on my horizon.  I can promise you that it won’t be nearly as long between Cast Adrift and book three as it was between The Paramedic and Cast Adrift.  I’ll have more information within the next couple of weeks as we get nearer to Cast Adrift’s publication date that I’ll share here and on my website, so stay tuned.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special thank you to my muse, Brenda.  Her addiction to Sudoku puzzles and Face Book has allowed me untold Sundays, all day, to write in peace with her support and encouragement.  Thank you, Bella Donna.

And I do thank her in the book, but I’d also like to publically thank my sister, Michelle Greenleaf, for the cover photo for Cast Adrift.  I humbly admit to being the most talented among my siblings, but Michelle is a savant’ with a camera and does some beautiful work.  You can see more of her work here: Michelle Greenleaf.  Thanks, Shell!

It’s short and sweet this week because I’ve got to get back on the ball, insuring that our early October publication date comes to fruition.  I will post a few excerpts from the book in the coming weeks to whet your appetite.

In the meantime, check out the short stories and information on all my books on my website: bgreenleaf.com

All of my books are available through Barnes and NobleAmazon and many other fine paperback and ebook retailers.

Until next time, I wish you peace, love and happiness throughout all your days.

Ciao!

Brian