Local writer Tim Smith scores online with his sexy stories

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By Tim Walker

Remember the plain brown wrapper? There’s no denying that the digital revolution has changed the way the average person consumes his or her entertainment, and adult entertainment is no exception, especially when it comes to the written word. Readers who once had to seek out titillating literature in their local “dirty bookstore” – always risking the embarrassment of running into someone you know while browsing the racks — are now free to digitally purchase and download erotica of all kinds, anonymously, in the privacy of their own homes. It’s easy, it’s clean, and it’s private… and no one has any idea which titles you’re breathlessly reading on that dirty little Kindle of yours.

The rise of Amazon.com and massive sales of ebook readers caused major changes in the mainstream publishing world, with book lovers embracing their newfound freedom to discreetly purchase and read digital ebooks of all kinds while avoiding “paper bag shame”. Sales of “mommy porn” books exploded, along with every other kind of erotic ebook, and writers from all walks of life took advantage of the new markets and new distribution channels. The release of E.L. James’ 2011 novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” forced mainstream publishers to finally sit up and take notice as well – the bawdy BDSM-themed series, since translated into a mediocre film series, had sold over 125 million copies worldwide by June 2015 and has now been translated into 52 languages.

Local author Tim Smith published his own first novel in 2002, and has 16 erotic romance books to his credit at this point with more on the way. Tim’s publisher, Extasy Books, is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the majority of his work is part of two different popular series he writes. The Nick Seven series focuses on a former CIA spook who lives in the Florida Keys with his Barbadian lover, a former co-worker (three of Smith’s Nick Seven books have become best sellers on All Romance EBooks), and his other major series features Vic Fallon, a former cop turned private eye who lives in Sandusky, Ohio and is a throwback to the hard-boiled protagonist of the ‘50s-style noir detective novels.

“My career is going very well,” Tim Smith says when speaking recently to the Dayton City Paper. “I just released a new book on the 15th of July, and it’s called “The Last Sunset”. This is a new series – my publisher does something in the summer and at Christmas they do short novels. They’re each about 10,000 words, and they call these “Summer Shorts”, and then the Christmas ones are called “Stocking Stuffers”, and they sell all of them at a reduced price.”

When asked to talk a bit about the new book, Smith says “It’s available now on Amazon. I did something a little different with this one. It’s a contemporary erotic romance, and I told it strictly from a woman’s point of view. It’s about a woman who goes to Key West after being dumped at the altar – she intends to let herself be washed out to sea, but there’s this rugged beachcomber who talks her out of it. He’s kind of a colorful bartender-type character, and he has a unique outlook on life.”

“It’s pretty light-hearted,” Smith continues. “There are certainly some laughs in there.”

Smith’s erotically-charged books are well worth your time. “The Last Sunset”, which I purchased and read while researching this story, is a fun, sexy exercise in escapism, with believable characters and situations that every reader can relate to.

Another local writer, one who is intimately connected to the world of adult entertainment, is D.B., chairman of the X-Rated Critics Organization, and longtime writer for Adult Video News magazine, the adult film world’s trade publication. D.B., a lifelong Dayton resident, has more published adult film reviews to his credit than any other living writer and says that although he has seen the industry change over the years, some things still remain the same.

“I think it’s increased the availability,” the reviewer says when asked about the current state of erotic writing. ”But I’m not sold on the fact that it may have increased the audience, because I think the audience, if they want it, is there regardless of whether it’s in paperback or online. I think the number of the people in the audience who are looking for this type of material really hasn’t changed over the years.”

With an Amazon or Smashwords account all set up, finding erotic literature online and downloading it to one’s favorite e-book reader is simple, efficient, and discreet, and searching for books that will satisfy individual needs couldn’t be easier. Just make sure no one is reading over your shoulder.

Unless you want them to, of course.

To order writer Tim Smith’s books and learn more about his erotic romance novels, go to www.timsmithauthor.com

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Tim Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author. Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Smith at TimSmith@DaytonCityPaper.com

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