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 (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 or other power exchange elements 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. Traditional romance conventions will apply, and like traditional romances, in most cases the heroine will only have sex with the hero.
Books must have plots separate from the erotic 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/power exchange elements in their relationship. These are NOT stories which are simply one contrived device after another to get the heroine into bed or spanked.
Borrowing from the MPAA rating system, Blushing Books sexual content will range from PG-13 to X. We have an affliliate publisher, Lazy Day, where we publish non-erotic content, inspirational, Christian, and young adult novels.
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.
Blushing formerly published a "Sweet Blush line. However, this line has been moved completely to our Lazy Day affliliate. 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." Spanking content will be quite limited, a part of the natural flow of these stories, and not forced into the plot.
If you are interested in submitting to Lazy Day, use this form.