For those who want a little more detail:
We have several “Lines” in which we can publish your book. If you have something that seems to be a mixture of some of these, or you aren’t quite sure where you fit in, just submit your story anyway. We’ll find where it fits.
In all of our lines we accept both novels (7+ chapters, approximately 4,000 words per chapter) and novellas (5-6 chapters, approximately 4,000 per chapter).
Blushing Books / Blushing Seasons
Blushing Books: Romance novels with explicit sexual and spanking content. These books should meet the requirements of the standard romance genres, with the added edge that the dominant hero views spanking as part of his repertoire in dealing with conflict with the heroine. We are looking for novels that contain all the plot and character development of a traditional romance novel and then include corporal discipline of the heroine. Traditional romance conventions will apply, and like traditional romances, in most cases the heroine will only have sex with (and in our case be spanked by) the hero.
There typically will be a disciplinary aspect to the spanking most of the time - as opposed to it being merely foreplay. Disagreement on the role of spanking in the relationship may be one of the conflicts in the book, but by the end of the novel, in general the couple will be in agreement on the use of discipline in their relationship, or at least the heroine will grudgingly accept it.
Books must have plots separate from the spanking content, and plots must be strong enough that readers have an investment both in the outcome of the relationship AND the outcome of the story. Blushing Books romance novels are about couples who happen to have spanking in their relationship. These are NOT stories which are simply one contrived device after another to get the heroine spanked.
Sexual content may vary from very explicit to almost "PG."
We are particularly interested in spy and adventure stories, mysteries, and historicals, particularly those set in the Old West, Tudor, Victorian, Regency and medieval times. We also accept sci-fi, fantasy, and time travel.
As a sub-line of Blushing Books, we are actively looking for novels in our "Blushing Seasons" line. All requirements for the two lines are identical, except that in the "Seasons" line, the heroine must be over 40. These books can either be "cougar" stories (in which the hero is significantly younger) or the hero can be the same age as or older than the heroine. In this line, the heroine will often be embarking on a second significant life relationship, but this is not required.
Blushing Edge: These novels in general will still be romances but will contain a higher level of sexual explicitness, and will often cross the line into what is considered BDSM. Anal play or punishments, genital punishment, nipple punishment, organized bondage, "power-exchange," master/slave ... all of these things belong in our "Edge" line. We also will consider nonconsensual content here, stories in which the heroine is kidnapped initially. We also publish age-play, stories in which adults take on childhood roles for sexual fantasy activities. All age-play stories must make it explicitly clear that the protagonists are over 18 years of age, and that this is a fantasy activity. For contemporary stories especially, we’d like the age play relationship to be consensual at its core.
In addition, spanking novels that do not have a traditional romance story line will be considered part of this line, for example a classic "guardian and ward" story. We are also actively looking for Gay content for this line.
Sweet Blush: We are aggressively looking for content in this line and are highly likely to pay advances for these books. These stories will be either overtly Christian OR will carry strong "family values" themes without being explicitly Christian. In the "Sweet Blush" line, there is no premarital sex, four letter words or swearing, and no BDSM content whatsoever. The words "traditional" and old-fashioned will apply to these stories.
Plot lines must be exceptionally strong, and will usually focus on families or communities in crisis as opposed to being spy or mystery stories. However, non-family plot lines certainly may be submitted as well. Settings may be either historical or contemporary, and we are extremely interested in any books featuring traditional religious groups: the Amish, the Hutterites, etc.
Sex, between heterosexual married partners, is described more euphemistically than explicitly. We are looking for strong stories and old-fashioned dominant "heads of households" who believe in discipline spanking. Spanking will be portrayed strongly as "for her own good." Spanking content may be quite limited, a part of the natural flow of these stories, and not forced into the plot.
Before marriage, the hero may spank the heroine through jeans , skirts, or panties, but all bare skin is reserved for marriage. These novels will often feature a strong older brother or father character, who may also spank for disciplinary reasons.
Wicked Velvet: For our Wicked Velvet line, we are accepting any erotic romance that does not have a spanking or BDSM theme. While the core of the story continues to be romance, we want to see development of sexual conflicts and sexual attraction within the framework of an additional plot line. Toys and light bondage may play a role here, but any novel that contains more than a single spanking, a touch of bondage or BDSM would likely be more appropriate for one of our other lines.
Blushing Blast: We are actively looking for any published authors who wish to republish books whose rights have returned to them in our Blast line. We are particularly interested in romances from the 1980s and earlier that did contain spankings, and any author who has a novel in which spankings were cut out is encouraged to submit to us with the content restored.
In this line, we will pay rates higher than those for our other lines. Please contact us for specifics about these arrangements.