Spotlight & Giveaway: Sweetly Bad by Anya Breton

Posted October 20th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 34 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Spotlight  Curve Appeal, a new series by Ellora’s Cave that celebrates big, beautiful women and the partners who love them.

Sweetly Bad by Anya Breton


Drew couldn’t imagine anything worse than being stranded in a two-cellular-bar town with a broken-down Ferrari…until his mother—his own mother!—marked him as a rogue Air witch and canceled all his credit cards. Now he’s kill-on-sight in the Underground, and the only person willing to help him is the curvy human mechanic who towed his car. A strangely delectable curvy human mechanic…The last thing Erica needs is a yuppie playboy freeloading in her garage. Still, she can’t bring herself to turn Drew out into the sultry heat, even if he is a bit of an ass.

A gorgeous, incorrigible, everything-your-mother-warned-you-against ass. Soon the heat isn’t the only thing sultry in the garage and self-control is the last thing on her mind. They agree to a one-night stand, but Drew’s magical secrets are dangerous—and catching up to him fast.

The Conception of Curve Appeal – Raelene Gorlinsky, Publisher, Ellora’s Cave Publishing

Once or twice a year, the editorial/publishing staff at Ellora’s Cave have a brainstorming session to come up with our special theme calls for story submissions for the next year. We, of course, accept all categories of stories all year ‘round. But we will pick a few themes we’d like to do a set of focused stories about. We look for ideas that we think would be popular with readers, perhaps book categories where we want to beef up our catalog with more books, topics that would create enthusiasm and energy with authors.

Last year a small group of us were sitting in the meeting, throwing out ideas. I don’t remember who suggested more stories with Rubenesque heroines. But I recall looking around the room then—a group of intelligent, competent, energetic, enthusiastic women, all of whom wear double-digit-sized dresses. EC’s CEO and our founder were not present, but both of them fall into that category too.And yet we’ve all experienced situations where some people think we must be lazy or weak-willed or stupid because we are “fat”. Hell yes, let’s encourage more stories that show women like us as being perfectly normal (well, I think above-normal), worthy of love and capable of giving and receiving sexual pleasure!

We were also pretty clear on stories we did not want. No stereotypical funny fat friend sidekick, the one who gets described as “She has such a pretty face; if only she’d lose weight she could get a guy.” And no stories where the overweight heroine has a miserable life that becomes perfect as soon as—and just because—she becomes Miss Size-Zero: her boss notices her and gives her a promotion; the hunky guy who has always treated her as a sister suddenly is drooling over her; her shyness and self-esteem issues go away because she knows she’s beautiful now that she’s skinny.

Really, the stories didn’t even need to focus on the woman’s size or make that an issue for her. They just had to present a plus-size heroine in a positive way, where she was judged by what she is rather than what she looks like.

And then, after selecting this special theme call for story submissions, we of course had to come up with a clever title. That actually is the hardest part. Something that will grab the attention of readers, that authors will feel represents their stories, that we can use effectively in promotions. That meant finding the word we felt appropriate to represent the concept. Curvy/curves/curvaceous was the top choice for positive image. I think it was Kelli who came up with Curve Appeal. (She’s great with the puns. She’s already suggested a cops-and-firefighters theme call for next year, which she’s labeled Guns ‘n’ Hoses!)

Ellora’s Cave has always published and encouraged romances with larger-sized heroines. There is a “Rubenesque” category on our own webstore—interested readers can click on that for a list. I think it currently has over fifty books, including evocative titles like Full Bodied Charmer, Voluptuous, Extra Love. The Curve Appeal special theme set—six stories released in September—has focused more attention on that type of story and has been a big hit with readers.

We’re always open to suggestions of types of stories to feature, ideas for special theme calls. And of course we’d love to hear your opinions on any of our stories! Feel free to email your ideas

Raelene Gorlinsky is lead publisher at Ellora’s Cave. Strangers know her for those fabulous hats. Editors, authors, agents and staffers know her for her maniacal attention to detail, her prodigious organizational skills and capacity for work, and her knowledge of and leadership in the romance and epublishing industries. For more information about Raelene or EC, visit


Giveaway: SWEETLY BAD (ebook)

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34 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Sweetly Bad by Anya Breton”

  1. Jenn McElroy

    My heroine would be strong, self-sufficient and she would regularly speak her mind. Meek heroines drive me nuts! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  2. Jana Leah

    Intelligent, independent & witty to help her handle everyone & everything. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Inga

    She would be trusting, hard working, good sense of humor and living to please herself. And that’s because those are some of the traits I like characters to have.

  4. Kai W.

    She would need to be strong, smart, and with a sense of humor. She would also have her fault such as trying to do it all instead of depending on someone for help.

  5. Winnie Lim

    My heroine will be one who does not conform to rules. She will have her own mind and speak her own mind. She will be sassy and smart and beautiful. But she will also be kind-hearted.

  6. belindaegreen

    You asked: If you were writing a romance novel, what would be the defining characters of your heroine? Why?

    She would indeed be a plus size lady who is smart, funny, confident in herself, self reliant, independent, has a good heart, and cares about others. However, she is a little lonely and wants someone who will be her partner in life.

    I love this new series from Ellora’s Cave! This first offering looks yummy. I’ll be looking for the rest of the Curve Appeal books.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Belinda G
    belgre at comcast dot net

  7. Josette Schaber

    The characteristics depend on the story really. I enjoy characters that are unique and more realistic than they “he/she was drop dead gorgeous”. My characters may not start out confident and ready to take on the world, but by the end of the story they will know their true selves and be strong enough to take on the world. A story is all about the growth of the character in my opinion.

  8. Autumn Kelley

    Quirky, Compassionate, and Silly. She would be endearing and you would want her to be your best friend.

  9. Amy Rickman

    If I was a novelist my heroine would be strong, self-sufficient and sassy because I dislike reading about weak wishy-washy heroines.

  10. ssmommie75

    Confident, funny/witty, butt kicker, and sarcastic to the bone. I have to throw something of myself into the character and with sarcasm I’m a pro. A big heart, but it has brick wall a man has to care enough not to just climb over but to knock down.

  11. Denise Van Plew

    passion having a good head on shoulders and take care and take charge sort of girl

  12. Cindy Hamilton

    A normal size woman, confident in her own skin, doesn’t take any crap from people!

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