A Republican conservative Senate candidate in Colorado is having to answer for something she's done in her past.

Jaxine Bubis' offense? Writing erotic fiction. Bubis, who hopes to win the Senate seat held by Democrat John Morse in a fall recall election, has come under fire for writing romance novels under the pseudonym "Jaxine Daniels" 10 years ago, the Denver Post reported.

Her steamy repertoire has included titles such as "Beantown Heat," "Thin Ice" and "A Good Place to Land," revolving around hockey and the military. (Bubis actually led the effort to recall Morse because she disagreed with the Democrat's hard stance supporting gun laws in Colorado.)


Some say that raising the issue of her romance-novel writing (or porn, depending on who's doing the saying) just distracts from the election's importance. For her part, Bubis released a statement explaining that writing the books were how she supported her family as a stay-at-home mom after working as an EMT. While her (pen name) author's page is still up on Amazon, her books and name are nowhere to be found on eXtasy Books, which published "Heat" in 2004, according to the Denver Post, and her pen name's website has been emptied.

But is Bubis' romantic fiction writing really even all that sensational? Seems to us she's joining the swelling (we had to) ranks of older women writing and reading erotic romance novels, as the Daily Beast pointed out. In 2011, the average age of a print romance novel reader was 49 (e-book readers, 42), according to the Romance Writers Association, and those writing stand to get a payday from the more than $1.4 billion romance novel industry.

So why are women over 50 drawn to romance novels? Jaxine Bubis -- as Jaxine Daniels -- says she started writing them because she "really likes a happy ending." Susan Edwards, chief operating officer at erotica publisher Ellora's Cave, had a different answer:

"Women over 50 were on the front lines of the sexual revolution," Edwards said to the Huffington Post. "But women's sexual pleasure was still very much in the closet until erotic romance gave them sexually titillating books that were created specifically for women, by women... We hear from older women who had never had an orgasm until they read one of our books."

"Jaxine Daniels" is in good company. We gathered a few well-known erotica writers' work for readers to consider. What do you think of older women reading erotica-tinged romantic novels? Let us know in the comments.

Eloisa James

A New York Times best-selling author, James' newest novel, "Once Upon A Tower," is sure to please.

"As he moved across the room, his eyes fixed on his bethroed, his kilt brushed against his legs, reminding him of other body parts that were hardening as he walked."

Cris Anson

Anson shares why she writes erotica on her Amazon fan page: "I firmly believe that life doesn't stop at the bedroom door. I had a deeply romantic relationship with my husband of 22 years, and I want to celebrate his memory in my writing. I write erotic romance because I feel you're never too old to give or receive love." Or punishment, as this excerpt from her novel, "Punishment and Mercy," shows.

"'First twenty lashes on the back,' Mr. Williams ordered as he reached for the closure at the top of her bodice.

Heat suffused me. Was he actually going to...?

My tongue cleaved to the roof of my mouth as the reverend did indeed slip one toggle after another from its loop until I could see creamy porcelain skin down the swells and valley thus exposed."

Tara Nina

The writer, who turns 50 this month, has a flair for the paranormal as this excerpt from her novel, "Arian's Angel," shows.

"It jumped, arching its back and brushing a tight derriere against the front of his boxer shorts, sending an instant spark to his groin, igniting the immediate interest of the suddenly semi-hard c*ck in his shorts. Pure feminine essence washed over him, making him smile."

E.L. James

What's a list on erotica writers without the grand doyenne, E.L. James? Her "Fifty Shades Of Grey" trilogy brought "mommy porn" to the spotlight and supposedly brings James $1.34 million a week. That can buy a whole lot of handcuffs and beng wei balls.

"“He leans down and kisses me, his fingers still moving rhythmically inside me, his thumb circling and pressing. His other hand scoops my hair off my head and holds my head in place. His tongue mirrors the actions of his fingers, claiming me."

(h/t The Daily Beast)

Earlier on Huff/Post50:

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  • 'A Moment In Time'

  • 'Lovestorm'

  • 'Love A Rogue'

  • 'Highland Rogue'

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  • 'The Betrothal'

  • 'Renegade Bride'

  • 'Sunlight'

  • 'The Shadow And The Star'

  • 'Hearts Aflame'

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  • 'Apache Heartbeat'

  • 'Captive Rose'

  • 'Dark Whispers'

  • 'My Gallant Enemy'

  • 'Passions Of The Realm'

  • 'Passion's Treasure'

  • 'Scarlet Ribbons'

  • 'The Valiant Heart'

  • 'A Breath Of Paradise'

  • 'Savage Betrayal'

  • 'Pirate'

  • 'Champion'

  • 'Comanche'

  • 'Wild'

  • 'Viking'

  • 'Rogue'

  • 'Scoundrel's Captive'

  • 'Savage Promise'

  • 'Game Of Hearts'

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  • 'Mystic Rebel V'

  • 'Mystic Rebel IV'

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  • 'Mysterious'

  • 'The Beasts Of Tarzan'