Sunday, March 15, 2015

SilkWords To Offer Gaming Features

SilkWords, a "Pick Your Path to Romance" site featuring interactive erotic stories, is rolling out some new, fun features and I have a press release with more details (full disclosure: I have a story with SilkWords):

SilkWords Introduces Gaming Features
to Boost Interactivity and Social Sharing

Bellevue, WA (March 15, 2015)SilkWords LLC, a woman-owned and operated publisher that offers high quality interactive romance and erotica, this week launched a suite of gaming features to boost interactivity and social sharing.

“Almost exactly a year ago we launched the first version of, which grew very much from our gaming roots,” said Keri Multerer, SilkWords partner and publisher. Multerer’s husband, Boyd Multerer — the design and development muscle behind the brand — founded Microsoft Xbox Live and is the former development director for Xbox One.

“At launch,” Keri continued, “our brand of branched fiction blended romance and erotica with light gaming functionality. With this launch, we’re taking that game feel to the next level, while continuing to offer the same high-quality content our readers expect.”

The new features include a game currency (heart tokens) for purchasing stories, and badges to reward readers for engaging with the site and interacting with other readers. Heart tokens can be purchased, or they can be earned for actions like becoming a member, signing up for the SilkWords newsletter, and promoting stories on social media. Badges are status rewards, given to readers who reach thresholds of reading and sharing. (The Social Butterfly and Top Reader badges, for example.)

"Our goal with these updates is two-fold,” said Sharon Fisher, SilkWords editorial director and partner (also a Tor Books sci-fi romance author). “We want to boost the level of interaction on the site, and we want to incentivize our readers to share the content they love. It’s part of our phased approach to expanding our SilkWords reader community.”

SilkWords timed the launch to follow soon after its first anniversary, as well as the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey major motion picture. Erotic fiction continues to thrive as a genre, with popular authors struggling to release stories fast enough to satisfy reader appetites. (See  

“Erotica and branched fiction really are a match made in heaven,” said Keri. “We like to think of SilkWords as ‘fifty shades your way.’ By making choices throughout each story, our readers can choose to experience this popular form of fiction at the level most appealing and most comfortable for them. It’s a great way to experiment with reading different heat levels.”

In addition to Pick Your Path stories, SilkWords offers Reader Vote stories, which allow readers to collaborate with authors during story creation. SilkWords will also soon be introducing its first Shared World stories, where authors will create traditional, linear stories set in a story world developed specifically for SilkWords.

SilkWords LLC ( is the go-to source for interactive romance and erotic fiction. With gorgeous custom covers and a clean, sophisticated design, our site offers a secure, upscale reading environment and an enthusiastic reader community.

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If you’d like more information about SilkWords, email Keri Multerer (keri "at" silkwords DOT com).