Art imitating life: my moment of fame!

I’m used to seeing my name on the cover of my books. I’m just not used to seeing it INSIDE someone’s else novel.

Waiting at the optometrist’s office, I was reading The Seduction of Kinley Foster by Lisa Wells. It’s an erotic romance (with spanking!) about a librarian who runs into a man from her past at a writers’ conference. The heroine wants to be an erotic romance author. The hero is an agent. He thinks she doesn’t have enough sexual experience to write erotic romance and offers to tutor her to improve her writing.

Midway through the novel, I ran into this passage:

“Ian stepped into the session on Naughty Words for Nice Writers being presented by author Cara Bristol, a writer of erotic romances….’Some men have nicknames for their penises. I once knew a guy who referred to his as “Fred”‘ the speaker said. She was best known for her Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series.”

Oh my gosh. Starring as myself, I’m a minor character in an erotic romance novel! In the Seduction of Kinley Foster,  Cara Bristol is a guest speaker at the conference the heroine attends, and her topic, “Naughty Words for Nice Writer,” comes from the title of the thesaurus I wrote (in real life). The Rod and Cane Society is my spanking romance series.

Life imitates art, or art imitates life. Something like that. Anyway, I was flattered. And now I’m famous! LOL.

(BTW, Lisa used other real life people as characters in her romance novel. Check it out and see how many you recognize!).

Here’s the book Lisa Wells wrote:

TSoKF_1600Librarian Kinley Foster wants to write erotic romance—the steamy, sexy, curl-your-toes kind of stuff. The problem? She desperately needs a little erotic inspiration. And at a romance convention in Vegas, she finds it…or rather him. The sizzlingly sexy guy who refused Kinley—and her virginity—when she was sixteen.

Now it’s time for a little payback.

Literary agent Ian Thompson is a professional. Mentoring an aspiring author is one thing. Giving her a thorough and thoroughly satisfying sexy education is quite another. Especially when she’s as stunning and deliciously curvaceous as Kinley. Yet Ian can’t help himself when Kinley makes him a wager he can’t resist. A wager that will tempt Ian to cross every professional—and every sensual—boundary in the book…

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Here’s my book mentioned in her story:


If you’ve struggled to find the right tone for your romantic sex scene, stared at the computer for 15 minutes trying to come up with the perfect verb, become stymied because some terms are too crude while others are too flowery, or found yourself reusing the same words over and over, Naughty Words for Nice Writers, A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus can help you break through those barriers. Cara Bristol, the author of 17 erotic romances, has written a guide to help you find the erotic words to write a sex scene that sizzles.

Naughty Words for Nice Writers is packed with more than 1,200 usable, functional synonyms geared for romance, erotic romance, and erotica. Included are 28 different “erotic word lists” such as male and female anatomy, foreplay, orgasm, specific sexual acts and kink, sexual noises, spanking terminology, and much more. The guide offers suggestions on how to write a sex scene and how to tighten your writing so it sings.

With an emphasis on verbs, this guide will help you “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you’re writing a “fade to black” scene or a graphic and explicit one, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will give you the words.

Available in a handy paperback version and take-it-on-go ebook

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12 Responses to Art imitating life: my moment of fame!

  1. Haha! That is too funny!!!! Enjoy the high!!

  2. Lisa Medley says:

    This is so fun in every way! What a cool surprise 🙂

  3. S.J. Maylee says:

    This is really cool. You are totally famous, Cara. 😀

  4. Cara Bristol says:

    My 15 minutes!

  5. Leigh Smith says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I refer to my copy. I’m surprised you don’t hear my thanks every time.

  6. How much of your Warholian fifteen minutes of fame do you think this used up? 😉

    I’m curious. Did Lisa contact you about being in her book, or did you find out on your own?

    • Cara Bristol says:

      No, I found out about it on my own. I know Lisa. We belong to the same romance writer’s group, and she had asked for a guest slot on my blog. I bought her book because I liked the title, and I wanted to support an author I know. Finding myself in the book was a big surprise.

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