Friday, May 25, 2012

Taboo List by Lily Harlem


As an author I’m familiar with the taboo list publishers flash up on their websites. There's just some things that don’t yank their chains and they don’t and won’t go there. Of course it's not just the publishers who don’t want this content, their distributors don’t either! It all makes for pretty good reasons not to write the stuff.

Haven't seen a taboo list? Here is an example taken from the Total-E-Bound submission page.

NO paedophilia - Don't even dare go there!
NO rape as titillation - We accept that it may sometimes be used as part of a plotline, especially supporting character development, but definitely not for the use of getting your rocks off!
NO bodily functions - i.e. watersports, toilet play - eeeew!
NO necrophilia - The dead definitely don't do it for us - of course, we don't count the bloodsucking undead variety!
NO bestiality - This does not apply to shape-shifters and might not apply to certain breeds from a sci-fi perspective.

I should point out that I don’t have a problem with this list and although That Filthy Book pushes the boundaries of the second taboo subject (It does come with a reader warning) I steer clear. 



However today I’m going to pick on one of these subjects - watersports. 

I’m not into it, never tried it, can’t imagine I ever will but, recently I was playing around with a manuscript and it came very near to being part of a scene. It was a dirty degrading scene about a girl living out a slut fantasy. She was having a great time being used and abused and having orgasm after orgasm, but when she was about to be pee’d on it was just a step too far. She called a halt to the whole thing with her safeword – which is of course what they are for.



It left me thinking though, what if instead of it being a dirty scene, the watersport was part of the fun. Clearly some people enjoy it otherwise we wouldn’t be talking about it. I’m an author, I make stuff up all the time, fiction is my world as is empathizing and figuring out the emotions of my characters. So what is it that gets people off about peeing on each other?

There is clearly much more involved than the physical act of urinating. There must be so much tension and anticipation in the build up. Perhaps it could be a treat or reward for a Dom or sub. The span of plot lines are wide. The pee-scene could be humiliating and degrading or a gratefully received anniversary surprise. Depending on the context and the characters the watery moment could be great fun or dark and edgy. It gets right to the very core of a relationship, playing with psychological, emotional and of course physical aspects.

I’m not saying I’m about to add a golden shower scene into every book I write, and its true you have to delve deep to find watersport fiction out there. But as a writer I can’t help the way my mind wanders into these complex corners of human behavior and ponders the 'what-if's' for a little while.

Do share your thoughts on any of the taboo subjects, I’d love to hear them.

Lily x



PS - Out now on Amazon Kindle is my latest erotic romance novel, Scored. (Nothing to do with the above post I hasten to add!)





Scored is a sexy sport story all about the England football team (soccer team to you US guys!). With the European Tournament just about to start the nation is working up to a frenzy of excitement and hopes are being pinned on the star players to lead us to victory.


So with so many gorgeous guys to choose from I decided to write a steamy tale that included their antics off the pitch as well as on it. Watch out Beckham, Lewis Tate might just tip the balance here in the hotness stakes not to mention sheer determination when he decides there is something, or someone, he wants!!


Blurb for Scored


Okay, so I eat, sleep and breathe football and reporting the beautiful game is my dream career. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have time for a major crush on the England captain, Lewis Tate. The bloke is sex on legs, hot with a capital H. Add in his awe-inspiring talent, his brooding good looks and what’s not to lust after?


So my excitement is sky-high as I set off with the official press team to cover England’s battle for the European Cup. But when a series of unfortunate, or as it turns out fortunate events, attracts Tate’s attention my way, who am I to say no?


Add in a misogynistic manager, an over-zealous colleague, two blue silk ties and some incredible ball-handling skills and it becomes clear the road to victory, for me, will be an intensely erotic journey. Determined to savor every moment, I hang onto my sanity as best I can while living the fantasy and wondering if it can ever become reality. Because once Lewis Tate has taken me to heaven and back, its clear no one else will ever compare.


Great review for Scored just in and it has also won The Golden Nib Award!






Scored is a fantastic read—especially, and pardon the pun, if you’re a fan of football/soccer. Ms Harlem’s voice is a delight—very fresh and lively—and she has the ability to put me right there amongst the characters. Her style is always a pleasure too, and Scored—here comes a pun again!—is one of the top scorers out of the books I’ve read so far this year.

1 comment:

SusieJ said...

I would have to agree with the list of taboo subjects... "golden showers" are a step too far for me and the others... for titillation?...no way.
Loving the sound of your new book...perfect timing for the friendly against Norway..:)
Hugs xx