10 Steamy Father Daughter

Lot’s Cave loves publishing boundary pushing stories of naughty daughters and their handsome domineering fathers! The relationship is taboo, but that’s often just the beginning! Readers looking to secretly indulge in their forbidden father daughter incest fantasy will find a wide range of taboo erotica and romance at our bookstore. New to Lot’s Cave? Don’t worry, we’ve complied a diverse list of the hottest father daughter titles in our bookstore!

E.R.O. Scott – Emma’s Desire

emmas-desire-thumbnail-96-dpiAn instant favorite with readers, E.R.O Scott’s Emma’s Desire contains the perfect mixture of lost love and erotic comfort. Focusing on one daughter’s devotion to her heartbroken father, Emma’s Desire explores the passionate yet forbidden fantasies of a blossoming young woman intent on healing her father’s wounds. The solution Emma comes up with is taboo, but how could daddy resist his tempting daughter? Click For More.

Veronica Sloan – Daddy’s Forbidden Desire

daddys-forbidden-desire-complete-collection-thumbnail-96-dpiA collection of steamy stories too hot to resist, Veronica Sloan’s Daddy’s Forbidden Desire is the perfect tale of taboo seduction. Featuring a father with a reputation for his high sex drive and a naughty daughter willing to explore the incestuous fantasies crowding her thoughts, what more could a horny reader want? With a mixture of raw lust and boundary pushing desires, Veronica Sloan’s latest is sure to leave readers demanding another! Click For More.

Peter Magnum – Daddy’s Confession

daddys-confession-thumbnail-96-dpiDirty and depraved, Peter Magnum’s Daddy’s Confession pushes the boundaries of retelling one young woman’s lost innocence.  Exploring society’s standards on masturbation, barely legal sex, and sexual fantasies Peter Magnum is sure to entice and excite readers along the way. Tempting the limits of one father’s control as he secretly spies on his sensual daughter, what incestuous pleasure awaits? Click For More.

Surely Wilder – Papa’s Joy

papas-joy-thumbnail-96-dpiKnown for her explicit tales of incestuous BDSM, Surely Wilder ventures into the forbidden realm of father daughter sex! Deliciously perverse, Papa’s Joy highlights a submissive daughter’s awareness of her dominate father. When these two give in and explore their taboo nature, limitless satisfaction awaits. Pushing each other to the limit, will this father daughter couple get more than they bargained for? Click For More.

Lily Weidner – Daddy’s Advantage

daddys-advantage-thumbnail-96-dpiFocusing on one young woman with cravings too perverse to confess, Lily Weidner’s Daddy Advantage introduces readers to an incestuous love triangle that’s all within the family! Torn between her domineering brother, and a father intent on claiming her for himself, daddy’s little girl is in for some taboo family bonding time. Will the arrangement between these two lustful men leave daddy’s princess more than satisfied? Click For More.

Lady Calandra – Daddy’s Sleeping Partner

daddys-sleeping-partner-thumbnail-96-dpiDiscussing the endless possibilities of denying incestuous urges, Lady Calandra gives us a tale of romantic passion. Featuring a tempting struggle between an independent daughter and a gorgeous father, Daddy’s Sleeping Partner is a refreshing variation from the norm. An erotic taboo romance with a theme of arranged relationships, this tale is sure to have a classic feel to adventurous readers. Will this father and daughter let their passion turning to incestuous cravings thrive? Click For More.

Houston Cei – Nymphette Daughter

nymphette-daughter-thumbnail-96-dpiGiving us a female character that’s both confident and sexy,  Houston Cei’s Nymphette Daughter stands out as an erotic father daughter story written with females in mind. Including female friendly themes, Nymphette Daughter will no doubt delight women daring enough to delve into taboo themes. With incestuous pleasure running deep within a close knit family, how could there be limits? Click For More.

Lisa Smiles – Sex-Ed Daughter

sex-ed-daughter-thumbnail-96-dpiRaunchy and enticing, Sex-Ed Daughter features naughty schoolgirls and a handsome irresistible father! Pushing boundaries with enticing fantasies, public sex, delayed pleasure, and much more readers can’t possibly resist the sweet perverse nature of this erotic short story. Lisa Smiles weaves a delightful tale of taboo father daughter sex while keeping the forbidden innocence of younger women. Click For More.

S.J. Winters – Groomed for Daddy

groomed-for-daddy-thumbnail-96-dpiFor readers who enjoy smooth and silky young women, S.J. Winters’ Groomed for Daddy is a must read! With a talent for the sensual, Groomed for Daddy gives readers an intimate look at shaving and venturing outside ones comfort zone. Foregoing morality, this father daughter pair can’t resist the surge in hormones as they indulge in a boundary pushing trim. Incestuous temptations are sure to thrill and satisfy in S.J. Winter’s latest erotic tale! Click For More.

Tiffany Meat – Daddy, I’m Fertile

daddy-im-fertile-thumbnail-96-dpiFor those that like their stories rough and wild, you can’t go wrong with Tiffany Meat. Known for her erotic short stories of boundary pushing BDSM, dubious consent, and father daughter incest, Tiffany Meat gives us another perverse tale featuring taboo pregnancy! Daddy, I’m Fertile is a fantastic mixture of depravity and pleasure. As this daughter comes to realize her love for her father goes far deeper, will he blur the line between fantasy and reality? Click For More.

Phaedrus T. Wolfe – The Truth

the-truth-thumbnail-96-dpiMaking readers question everything they know, Phaedrus T. Wolfe’s The Truth has been a continual source of pleasure and boundary pushing discomfort with readers. A thrilling tale of father daughter lust and BDSM fantasies, The Truth blurs the line between natural instincts and social norms. As one young woman desperately seeks the answers she’s craved for years, will she discover the answer is far too taboo? Click For More.

 

 

Writing Advice & How To Part 1

Writing Taboo Subjects 101

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Writing naughty boundary pushing stories can seem like a fun venture. Over the recent months, I’ve seen a surge in the number of authors interested in writing controversial themed erotica. The problem is that, in this day and age especially, there’s no official source on how to publish taboo erotica and romance. So, in an effort to help out my fellow author, here’s a quick crash course.

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10 Hot Mother Son Title List

Lot’s Cave knows there is nothing hotter than a loving mother and her doting son. Their relationship might be taboo, but what good romance isn’t? Readers will find a diverse selection of mother son themed erotica and romance at our bookstore, but why wait? We’ve complied a forbidden list of the hottest incestuous mother son titles to ever see publication in our bookstore!

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A Call To Authors Of Incest Erotica

Publishers Are Banning Incest Erotica

Or Why We Need To Embrace Content Guidelines

Recently, many publishing websites have been altering their content policies. As an author specializing in incest erotica, I understand this sudden trend. My titles have previously been distributed and made available on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Google, Smashwords, and other retailers. So, when a select number of publishers decided to no longer accept my catalog’s content, it meant making a difficult choice. Either I unpublished over fifty titles (more than 70% of my entire catalog), or I could try breaking the rules. Ultimately, I decided to embrace the issue and unpublish my catalog where appropriate. Why did I choose to neglect over 88% of the Romance market? Well, here are ten reasons I unpublished where necessary, and why you should too!

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Defining Success

How To Judge Your Achievements

The subject of writing quality is a tough one to discuss, as there are quite a few opinions as to what classifies quality writing. Speaking from the perspective of an author, it’s tempting to use the tools I’m most familiar with: royalties. In my opinion, this would be a huge mistake. Why? Because not every great story or author gets noticed. Judging great writing quality then must be determined some other way, but how? Skill level. If we look at an author’s skill level all else falls into place. Here’s a breakdown of what I’ve found to be the most consistent and telling way to judge your achievements and success.

Level One: Amateur

An amateur is someone brand new, more than likely just starting out. In the writing community, this often means an author without honed skills. What does this look like? Well, many armature level authors start out using websites like StoryWrite, Fanfiction.net, and Literotica. These sites provide budding authors with much needed feedback, while readers enjoy access to free material. For amateur authors, this can be a critical step in jump starting a writing career.

Some authors do choose to remain at an amateur level, but not all. Many authors, however, will naturally progress to the next level, even without knowing the proper steps. Amateurs begin making long term acquaintances, friends that more often than not, encourage a progression into the next level. For those that do advance, an interesting trait develops close to the transition – boredom.

Boredom may or may not occur, but many bored amateurs do become published authors. Why? Because boredom transitions into a search for opportunity. These amateurs often wonder if they are ‘good enough’ to be published and out of sheer curiosity will start looking for publishers. In time, these same amateurs will seize the opportunity to submit a first manuscript. When these manuscripts get accepted, amateurs are shocked they even progressed into the advanced category.

Level Two: Advanced Amateur

The writing quality of advance armatures will vary greatly from work to work–some works will be extremely artistic and well-crafted while others will be total flops as they experiment with different ideas. Because of this varying quality in skill level, advanced amateurs can be hard to spot or even define. For sake of argument, an advanced amateur is best described as a published author within their first year or so. Authors in this category will start a catalog of their own, trying to get a feel for the industry. But what consistently marks authors in this advanced category? The clue to spotting an advanced author happens to be in their catalog. Advanced amateurs will, more often than not, be experimenting with different ideas. For writers, this means books involving different genres or sub-genres.

Finding the right genre is a personal commitment, one many advanced amateurs struggle with. This is why advanced amateurs can stay locked in this stage for so long. Authors write with varying motivations, not all of which are conducive to gaining professional experience.  The advancement into the professional level isn’t possible accidentally; the transition requires honing skills to a point of obsession and brutality.

Many tools authors want to judge quality writing with are embraced in this stage. The skills aren’t fully developed, but there’s an awareness of them. Authors will start to find their proper writing genre, one they enjoy working in. If an author is willing to keep working hard, there will be an eventual advancement into the professional category. In between the advanced and professional levels, there can be a blurring of quality. The key however, is that the quality is not yet consistent.

Level Three: Professional

Authors, reaching the professional level, will consistently sell well across their entire catalog. Notice, this does not always mean a high sales rate. Professionals though, know how to write a consistently good product, one readers want to buy. Professional writing can be tricky to spot, at least without buying multiple books from the same author. Judging an author’s catalog however, will give a hint to their professionalism. Authors that have reached this level, will possess a narrowed down catalog. This doesn’t mean an author’s catalog must be small in order to be consistent. Realistically, old titles from previous levels will still be sold by the author. What matters, is the consistency of the latest titles.

New titles at the professional level will have a common theme running from book to book. The author has found his or her genre, and knows how to write within that niche. The writing at this level often appears better, mainly due to consistent improvements over time.

I hate admitting this, but any author willing to try hard enough can make it to the professional level. Many writers will say it takes a special kind of talent to become a professional, but this couldn’t be more untrue. Only consistency matters. What many authors and readers see as those talented few are actually writers who have advanced beyond the professional level. Unlike the previous levels, not everyone can transition up to the artist level through hard work alone. Special skills are required for any author to become a real artist.

Level Four: Artist

True artistry not only requires an inherent talent, it requires an investment few writers can make; true commitment. After the time spent going through various levels, artistic authors internally know they’re simply different. They’ve made as many enemies as they’ve made friends. They’ve challenged their genre and tested the edge, trying to push boundaries into the mainstream. The true motivation behind an artist will never be sales, but a passion for what they write. Authors will know instantly if they qualify for the artistic level, whether immediately or in the future.

In today’s market, many authors think they have that special skill to become an artist, or they can somehow learn the trick. Sadly, the number of true artists seems to be shrinking. Self-publishing gives many authors the opportunity to find out if he or she is an artist, which I certainly support. The truth is, authors wanting to reach the artist level must, I repeat must, go through the armature and advanced armature levels, but may or may not actually bypass the professional level. While many artists have the passion to match skill with their experience, many stop short of the final level. The writing industry can be daunting, and it affects authors in long term most. Artistic authors may be forced to perform in the professional realm at times in order to make a living.

Artists are the select few authors we all know by name. Why do we know them by name? Because they have a real skill and love for their readers beyond professional writers. Authors may take a look at their books, wonder why they’ve become so famous, but at the end of the day, it’s the artistry. The use of writing tools like grammar, punctuation, and formatting, will not always be exceptional. Authors of this level though, they know their craft, don’t care one wit about their market, and most importantly, they’ve learned their limitations and strong points.

Conclusion

As an erotic author, there are many times I look at the writing industry and wonder what is going on. Today, many authors are likely to hurt another author’s chance just as likely as they are to teach an amateur. I’m not proud of this fact, but I’m proud of those who continue helping other authors to advance. In reality, many authors start out as amateurs because they have a passion for writing. With the growing surplus of authors created by a new and vibrant self-publishing industry, many are quick to blame amateurs as the source of all problems. This opinion couldn’t be more wrong.

Amateurs by definition will lack the refined skills many advanced authors feel they should possess. Sadly, authors need to take an honest look at their own writing. What skill level you’re on has nothing to do with pride, sales, or even time experience. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, even if you get stuck at a particular level. Acknowledging what level you’re at is the best way to advance if that’s what you choose to do. The trick is finding a starting place, and sometimes that’s a task of its own.

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10 Incest Titles We Love

Lot’s Cave knows not every incestuous relationship is the same. When it comes to eBooks like ours, there’s a little something naughty for everyone. If you’re curious about exploring the many intriguing and controversial options within our online bookstore, now’s your chance. We’ve compiled a list of ten incestuous books you absolutely have to try.  Which kink is meant for you?

trophy-mom-thumbnail-96-dpiE.R.O. Scott – Trophy Mom

Ever wonder what would happen if a naughty mother decided to take an aphrodisiac potion designed just for women? In Trophy Mom, E.R.O. Scott explores the limitless boundaries of mother-son sex. With realistic characters, sexy and intelligent mothers, seductively naughty sons, and sex that leads to intense release, this book offers readers a great introduction into the world of consensual and pleasure filled incest. Interested in finding out more? You can find E.R.O. Scott’s author page and catalog here.

family-love-the-complete-collection-thumbnail-96-dpiSteven Michaels – Colleen: Complete Collection

You know those family secrets we all keep hidden? Well, in Steven Michaels’ captivating eleven book series, Family Love Epic, readers can enjoy learning every dirty detail of one Irish-American family. Capturing incestuous relationships through generations, Colleen’s story overwhelms readers with alluring characters and lust inducing sex. This series perfectly depicts the American struggle to overcome the roughest of hardships, stay true to family traditions, and enjoy a little pleasure along the way. Find this one of a kind collection here.

desperate-mothers-thumbnail-96-dpiGerry Maxwell – Desperate Mothers

Tempted by the idea of losing control? Gerry Maxwell’s Desperate Mothers challenges us all to embrace motherhood in a whole new way. Mixing pop culture with gentle femdom, this book is sure to become an instant favorite with readers. While this conflicted mother warms our heart, she also manages to quicken our pulse. Readers will find Gerry Maxwell approaches writing steamy and romantic mother son sex in a brand new way sure to leave them breathless. You can dare to explore this intimate work and others by Gerry Maxwell here.

spying-mom-thumbnail-96-dpiKathy Andrews – Spying Mom

Looking for a raunchy read? Kathy Andrews may have written stories decades ago, but readers will find her vintage titles as hot as they are depraved. Focusing on mother-son sex, Spying Mom showcases a woman in control of her sexual nature. Kathy Andrews’ feminine characters celebrate sex, while likewise showcasing men all too willing to explore immoral boundaries. This story dares to gives readers exactly what they want, whether you’re willing to admit it or not. To satisfy those sexual urges demanding exploration, check out Kathy Andrews’ catalog  here.

daddys-bride-thumbnail-96-dpiLily Weidner – Daddy’s Bride

Curious about what goes through a young woman’s mind? Lily Weidner answers that question and more in Daddy’s Bride. Unique in its approach to a sensitive topic, this book will both intrigue and excite you. While focusing on the perspective of a young woman in pursuit of her father, Lily Weidner will challenge your ideas of love and relationships. With a touch of the romantic, Daddy’s Bride is sure to be an Erotic Romance you just have to have. You find this title and more here.

educating-mom-thumbnail-96-dpiR.M. Dexter – Educating Mom

Do you have a mother-son fantasy? Don’t worry, we won’t tell. If you’ve ever contemplated the idea of mother-son sex, R.M. Dexter’s Educating Mom is a must. The story perfectly highlights those son’s struggling with a mother too beautiful to resist. R.M. Dexter features attractive everyday women, and well-endowed men. Each character seems intent to enjoy the sexual yearnings awakened by their own family. A mix of erotic fantasy and realistic lust, Educating Mom will challenge your own sex driven curiosities. Be sure to find the latest from R.M. here.

the-truth-thumbnail-96-dpiPhaedrus T. Wolfe – The Truth

Why are we putting this book on the list? Because no other author tackles series issues quite this way. The Truth is filled with multilayered subject matter that both registers with readers and makes them incensed. Highlighting the questionable past of one young woman, The Truth deals with topics many are too embarrassed to asked. At its core, this story arouses readers by touching and pulling on nerves many would never admit to having. Those daring enough to explore this title can find it here.

daddys-sleeping-partner-thumbnail-96-dpiLady Calandra – Daddy’s Sleeping Partner

Ever wonder what a incestuous Romance would look like? Daddy’s Sleeping Partner is the perfect answer to that question. Readers expecting all the inner turmoil, relational struggles, and outright drama will enjoy Lady Calandra’s work. With the additional incestuous father-daughter twist, this book provides readers what they’re desperately seeking. Happy endings are possible for those craving a taboo relationship, if only on paper. To find Daddy’s Sleeping Partner check out Lady Calandra’s author page here.

i-is-for-insatiable-thumbnail-96-dpi Surely Wilder – I is for Insatiable

Too hot too handle? I is for Insatiable might overwhelm those unaccustomed to dirty sex. Surely Wilder is an author all too willing to challenge a reader’s concepts of what is actually taboo. His stories often feature entire families thrown into a world of hot and experimental sex. What makes I is for Insatiable a favorite with readers is how well Surely Wilder captures real life situations and realistic characters. You’ll easily lose yourself to an erotic society in which anything can happen, even the taboo! Don’t hesitate to explore this erotic tale here.

indian-family-lust-thumbnail-96-dpiVinod Nair – Indian Family Lust

Wonder what an incestuous culture would be like? Vinod Nair depicts just this in Indian Family Lust. Living in a culture that encourages incestuous relationships, Vinod Nair’s characters find all new ways to show love within their family. Daring to shed light on a culture that is torn between those sharing an incestuous bond and those finding a favorable marriage outside the family, Vinod Nair’s book is more than just an erotic read. Indian Family Lust challenges and introduces us to a whole new way of thinking about love and family. Be sure to discover Vinod Nair’s full catalog here.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Publishing Experience

Lot’s Cave believes in providing our authors and readers with the best experience possible. To do this, we’ve learned a few tricks. Maximizing the potential of each book an author produces is only part of what we do. Over the years we’ve collected feedback from our readers, listened to our authors, and improved with the times. Now, we’d like to share a few secrets along the pathway to success.

Know What You’re Writing

This may seem like a simple step, but Lot’s Cave often receives manuscripts that fail to sell themselves. Before an author submits a manuscript, or even sits down to write their first story, they need to understand the basics. Writing what you enjoy, or even think readers will enjoy, isn’t enough. Basic knowledge of the market is essential. Remember, you can write what you want, but publishers don’t have to accept it. Increase your chances at submission by working smarter not harder.

Know Your Sales Potential

Writing only for enjoyment and think you can skip this step? Think again. Everything boils down to sales. Those writing as a hobby or for the love of writing need to understand the sales dynamics involved. Lot’s Cave wants our authors to succeed along with us. To do this, we want authors to make the most of their time. What we’ve come to learn is that while many authors don’t care about getting rich off their books, they do care about the number of books sold. Because authors often use their sales to judge reader acceptance, it’s important to know the popularity of your book’s theme. While it goes without saying, certain sub-genres sell better than others. Think about whether you’re prepared for your book selling more or less in its competitive niche.

Know Your Sub-genre

Lot’s Cave gets its fair share of manuscripts. We tend to notice when an author or writer knows to pitch their book’s sub-genre. Sure, there are sub-genres within sub-genres, but authors need to know their particular theme. Writing Romance isn’t enough, nor is there a formula. Authors looking to get the most out of each and every book nail down a sub-genre. In an ever growing industry, knowing your book’s niche matters more than ever. If you’re expecting a reader to buy your book, you better tell them what they’re getting ahead of time. Yes, you can still be creative in the process. We promise.

Know How To Pitch Your Book

Don’t like begging readers to buy your book? Then let your book sell itself. In the day of eBooks, there’s one rule above all others: title, cover, blurb. If you don’t know how your cover, title, and blurb work together, start learning. Great books fail to attract readers every day because of lackluster titles, covers, or blurbs. Many authors feel their work ends at a first draft. Don’t fall into this trap. Lot’s Cave is always willing to help our authors maximize their metadata. However, we need a foundation. If you, the author, don’t care enough to lay a foundation to work from, why should we? The first step in selling your book is first not selling it short.

Know What You Don’t Know

Writing is a journey, and you can’t expect to know everything right away. If you’ve laid a basic foundation for your catalog, start writing. Will your first book be perfect? No. The important thing is it’s a start. From that humble beginning, authors have risen to learn a great deal about themselves and readers alike. Starting with your first book, ask what you can do better. Filling in those gaps in your knowledge will be what leads you to success. There are great resources available online, smart and successful authors utilize them!

Unsure of how to start getting the most out of your catalog? Try reading or taking a look at the questions below:

  • Who represents my average reader?
  • What category and sub-genre am I writing?
  • Where do I want my writing career to go?
  • How do my books satisfy readers’ expectations?
  • Why am I writing?

Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

Napoleon Hill wrote his infamous book, Think and Grow Rich in 1937. Ever since, readers have continued to pursue the knowledge within its pages. Standing the test of time Think and Grow Rich captures the knowledge of over 500 people, who have become some of the most successful in America’s history. Focusing on the philosophy of Andrew Carnegie, this book contains truths and business secrets still relevant today despite being written over seventy years ago. These secrets to success are just as relevant to authors as they are entrepreneurs.

Many authors equate success in terms of dollars. In today’s market especially, authors are claiming to make four, five, even six figures a month! While these claims often go unsubstantiated, authors still aim for incomes well above the average. All reputable data sources to date show self-published authors on average making between $1,000 and $5,000 a year!  So, how then can authors expect to make this median income or higher? The philosophy of Andrew Carnegie not only holds the key to success, but also remains easy to understand and execute.

Andrew Carnegie’s philosophy is not unique, but its simplicity can be life changing. Summed up in a single sentence Carnegie’s message is this, believe your goals will come true and they will. While this may sound like wishful thinking, Think and Grow Rich outlines a more in-depth process for attaining ones goals. What’s important to remember though is the core of Carnegie’s philosophy. Without first believing in your goals, without refusing to doubt, there will never be success. No matter the goal, success can only be achieved through channeling your every effort toward success.

How does this translate to authors? Well, the process of Andrew Carnegie is very specific. Unlike other self help books, Think and Grow Rich outlines the following path to success:

  1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount.
  2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.)
  3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
  4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
  5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
  6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning.

These are the steps to attaining your goals no matter how sophisticated they might be. Putting the following philosophy into practice will not always be easy, but the pay off is seen in achieving whatever goal you work toward. For authors Lot’s Cave believes this same process will not only work, but stand the test of any eBook market. As a company we’re dedicated to helping our authors attain their goals, and Lot’s Cave welcomes feedback on their achievements, struggles, and long term goals as authors. Lot’s Cave hopes all authors no matter how small or large the goal, will adopt a similar version of Andrew Carnegie’s philosophy.

  1. Determine both a long term goal and a yearly short term goal in exact income levels and dollar amounts.
  2. Decide how many eBooks you wish to produce per month(s) and what subject matter these titles will share in common.
  3. Establish a stated and exact completion date for your goal.
  4. Start writing while your goals are fresh and in your mind. Don’t wait for the perfect time! Now is when action counts… not tomorrow as tomorrow never comes.
  5. Put all your effort into attaining your goal. Do not stray from the path. Never let doubt set into your thoughts.
  6. Remember and state your goal every day before working. Feel inspired and reaffirm your long term goal until you achieve it.

Authors that put this philosophy into practice will notice the process works. No longer will authors face unattainable and unrealistic goals. All authors really struggle against is doubt, lack of effort, and managing to put pen to paper. For those who haven’t already read Think and Grow Rich the book is certainly worth the time, and it’s available free (as it is in public domain). Any author wishing to achieve their goals should give their prior efforts thought, and focus on the future. Most importantly though, Lot’s Cave invites authors to use every resource available to them– including us!

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Relatively Complicated: Examining The Story of Esther

” And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.” 

-Esther 2:7-

The Bible has plenty of incestuous relationships within its pages. Indeed, the Bible is a veritable anthology of incest according to some. Blatant accounts of such relationships span all the way from Abraham to Jesus. In an effort to understand if the bible condones incest in today’s society, people are digging deeper into the historical accounts of these often familiar stories. At times, these brief new looks into biblical stories provides new historical context, cultural insights, and occasionally includes new theories into the moral lessons and religious laws. Today, the biblical account of Esther has become perhaps the greatest example of this.

Much of what people have come to understand about the story of Esther is taken from biblical accounts. Many readers would be surprised to find the biblical translations can vary immensely. Making matters more complicated, the Jewish version of the story has seen errors in translation. Additionally, the “gaps” in plot or historical accounts have various explanations accounted for in different midrash. This means that Christians can walk away with a different understanding of Esther’s story depending on how in-depth they wish to research or even the various accounts they chose to read. Surprisingly, one of these varying accounts puts an incestuous spin to Esther’s story making the context vastly different.

One version of Esther’s story suggests that Mordecai was not only Esther’s first cousin, but also her husband. This idea seems to stem even into Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible as they can be found in the Septuagint. According to this version, Mordecai took Esther to live  with him as his wife instead of an adopted daughter. Some historical sources indicate Esther would have been around the age of fourteen and therefore of marital age. Because other traditions see Mordecai only as an adoptive father however, Esther’s age is popularly stated to be around forty making her even more likely to be married. This idea makes Esther’s story vastly different and complicates the idea of her later being married off to the King of Persia.

If Esther was already married to Mordecai, then her relationship with the King could be seen as adulterous. This view though fails to take into account the Jewish laws of the time. Since Esther would have had no choice but to accept the King’s sexual advances and expectations, her actions would not have been considered adulterous. Mordecai was well within his right to view Esther as a loyal and respectable wife. In some Jewish traditions not only did Mordecai view Esther as such, but he continued to live with her despite the marriage to the King of Persia.

What changes Esther’s story, remains rooted in the concept of choice. Esther could only remain Mordecai’s wife if her sexual relationship with the King was viewed as forced. The moment Esther chose to go before the King herself, the dynamics of their relationship changed. Not only would Esther lose Mordecai as her husband, but she would be seen as adulterous. Supporting this version of the story, midrash states Esther lost the spirit of divine inspiration the moment she went to the King’s palace. This additional element to Esther’s story highlights yet another obstacle Esther must overcome to save her people.

Interestingly, Esther and Mordecai’s relationship to each other doesn’t seem to disappear after Esther does indeed save her people. In fact, Esther sees to it that Mordecai is given a high position within the King’s palace. This position is given to Mordecai after the King learned how Mordecai is related to Esther, and the new position allows Mordecai to enter the palace at his leisure. The not so subtle gesture continues to permit Mordecai to visit Esther, while maintaining a sense of propriety and sensibility. Whether or not Esther and Mordecai continue their relationship, or even how Esther handles the implications of her actions, remains unwritten.

What can be known from Esther’s story remains written down for all to read into the text. Suddenly the strange focus on Mordecai despite the book being Esther’s story makes more sense. The conflicting emotions Esther’s feels about going before the King are only added to making Esther all the more bold and daring. Esther’s story is not only about saving her people, but also about preserving her biblical marriage as long as possible. Whether this version of the story is accurate or not, it certainly has compelling implications.

Incestuous relationships may not be anything new to the bible, but viewing them as sanctified or divinely inspired is often  difficult. Many readers and Christians scoff at the idea of incest being permissible. When we take a closer look at the biblical stories however, incest continues to be a common theme. Not only are the incestuous relationships of the Old Testament almost too numerous to count, but we’re starting to see positive relationships carrying over to Christ and His message within the New Testament as well. If the bible portrays incest in a positive light, what implications does that present to society today?