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Zane is an African-American author of erotic fiction, who, after starting in the obscurity of self-publishing, has managed to achieve tremendous success in the field of mainstream erotic romance publishing. Her greatest strengths as a writer are her straight-forward and frank treatments of sex -- each and every one of her works features at least one (and often more than one) steamy sex scene. The relationships between her characters can be complicated, and her heroines range in age from their teens to middle-age. The characters are always well-defined, and memorable -- usually black, urban professional women, frequently in the Washington D.C. area. They're not always likeable, but they usually have a character growth arc to experience, in their (often raucous and bawdy) search for love. Zane's novels deal almost exclusively with the African-American community, and usually have strong subtexts of black culture and history. You will often find social issues addressed in the context of the characters' lives -- abuse, unexpected pregnancy, infidelity, racism. However, Zane isn't particularly preachy, and most of her novels feature upbeat or happy endings.

Zane's success in both the self-publishing and maintream publishing fields has caused a literal explosion of African-American themed erotic romances. Mainstream publishers have launched regular series, such as the Arabesque and Kimani "series romance" lines, although these are generally less "steamy" than the average Zane tale. Zane's success has also contributed to the proliferation of Urban Fiction, characterized by the works of E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey and Omar Tyree -- all male authors with the male perspective on the same types of relationships that Zane explores from the female perspective.

Not all of the authors listed here will have the same erotic "steaminess" factor as Zane, however for readers seeking more of Zane's style of writing, these are all worth trying. The author names (and titles) in the list below are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of their titles in print, audio or downloadable formats.

book cover Home Sweet Home
or other titles by Rochelle Alers

book cover God's Gift to Women
or other titles by Michael Baisden

book cover Make You Mine
or other titles by Niobia Bryant

book cover Before I Let You Go
or other titles by Angie Daniels

book cover Pleasure
or other titles by Eric Jerome Dickey

book cover Sex, Lies, Murder, Fame
or other titles by Lolita Files

book cover Can't Get Enough of You
or other titles by Bette Ford

book cover Words of Seduction
or other titles by Dara Girard

book cover Mirror Image
or other titles by Shirley Hailstock

book cover A Love of My Own
or other titles by E. Lynn Harris

book cover Heart's Reward
or other titles by Donna Hill

book cover Unfinished Business
or other titles by Brenda Jackson

book cover Midnight
or other titles by Beverly Jenkins

book cover Come Fall
or other titles by Marcia King-Gamble

book cover Distant Lover
or other titles by Gloria Mallette

book cover Sweeter Than Honey
or other titles by Mary B. Morrison

book cover Show & Tell
or other titles by George Nelson

book cover Candy Licker: An Urban Erotic Tale
or other titles by Noire

book cover Freefall to Desire
or other titles by Kayla Perrin

book cover Only You
or other titles by Francis Ray

book cover Sin No More
or other titles by Kimberla Lawson Roby

book cover Midnight
or other titles by Sister Souljah

book cover Dirty Red
or other titles by Vickie Stringer

book cover Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction
or other titles edited by Carol Taylor

book cover What They Want
or other titles by Omar Tyree

book cover As Good As the First Time
or other titles by AlTonya Washington

book cover Player Haters
or other titles by Carl Weber

book cover Caramel Flava: The Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

book cover Chocolate Flava: The Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

book cover Purple Panties: An Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

book cover Succulent: Chocolate Flava II: An Anthology
or other titles edited by Zane

last updated Jan 2011 sdc

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