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I hate sex! It’s icky, repetitive, time consuming, sweaty and pointless . . .

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in books.

Unless it’s erotica, and then it’s kinda the main ingredient. So I always cut to the chase, boy meets girl, boy like girl and vice versa, a couple of kisses, and then it’s the next scene. Job done.


I can not make sex sexy. The name of every body part has me giggling. How many times can you say ‘velvet sheath’ or ‘lady garden’ without laughing? 


I blogged about it last year in my post I can’t Perform in the Sexual Department, and even though it made people giggle you’d have hoped I’d have a different story to tell this year, wouldn’t you? But no, I STILL, prefer to miss those scenes out. Maybe it’s because, as a reader, I skip them to get to the main gritty story.


But then, I began getting a few reviews for Eden from people saying the sexual tension was thick but they were disappointed that it didn’t lead to anything. Oh, dear! And even more shocking Eden has a few tags of ‘erotica’. Not my intention! Flattered, that I got the sexual tension right, but the book is about acceptance, love and survival above anything else, and the theme Beauty and the Beast, is so far away from erotic fiction.


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In my latest release, The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am, I wrote two sex scenes. One was so raunchy it involved oral sex, but I cut it. And I’m glad I did. You see, you HAVE to stay true to the genre you’re writing for.


I’m pleased my books are romantic and ‘thick with sexual tension’, but I’ll leave the full blown sex scenes to the experts!


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Contemporary Romance: Fantasy and Reality

by 
Synithia Williams
Contemporary romance doesn’t have the added
drama inherent in other subgenres of romance. There are no sexy shape-shifters
or wizards to tempt a human female. No threat of scandal if you’re caught in an
embrace with the Viscount. And unless it’s a suspense, you’re not solving a
murder or avoiding being murdered. No, straight up contemporary romance
requires taking the mundane of dating and living in present times and make it
exciting, dramatic and romantic.

At first glance it may seem impossible to
make real life romantic. In fact, I had a co-worker say I couldn’t make
engineers sexy in my first novel, You
Can’t Plan Love
. But as a contemporary romance writer, I have to make real
life seem fun and sexy. All it takes is a big imagination and little fantasy.

A fantasy can make environmental engineers
sexy and even water quality conferences—which are usually dry as toast—seem
exciting. Throw in a few what if situations and the boring can become dramatic.
What if an environmental consultant worked for a tall, dark and handsome man?
What if that sexy boss made a play for her heart? And again, because this is
fantasy, she kind of wants it so it’s not creepy and a sexual harassment
lawsuit isn’t imminent.

This can work for the most commonplace of
experiences. A boring family dinner that occurs routinely every week or month
can be re-written in a romance with the added drama of an old love arriving on
the arm of your favorite cousin. This situation can go many ways. Let’s say
your heroine still loves that old flame. Did he show up to see her again? Is
the cousin aware of the relationship and brought him there out of spite? Or, is
the cousin unaware and fancies herself in love? That makes it kinda hard for
your heroine to restart a relationship with someone her favorite cousin loves.
There’s enough drama in that scenario to make a juicy contemporary romance. Sweet
or spicy, big city or small town it’ll fit any modern day location.

Most writers are always finding story
inspiration in everyday events, but contemporary romance writers need just as
vivid an imagination as a fantasy or paranormal writer to make the happenings
in day to day life—or the love life of an environmental engineer—sexy and
interesting enough to capture readers. To take reality, throw in a lot of daydreams
and fantasy and write a page turning contemporary romance is a fun challenge
worth taking.
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After several bad
relationships, Kenyatta Copeland decides to control her love life with the same
discernment she uses in her professional life.

Knowing first hand the
heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion rule a relationship, Kenyatta
assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a stable life. But as much as she
believes she can plan her future, it’s hard to ignore the way her boss, Malcolm
Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look. 

After Malcolm learns of her
engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her that passion between
a man and a woman has its perks … but also its costs. 

When Brad suspects
there’s more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he works harder to keep
Kenyatta by his side. 

Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her
irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her
life in a passionless marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart.
Yet Brad isn’t as perfect as he seems, and by the time Kenyatta realizes this
it may be too late.


Author Synithia Williams
Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances soon after. It wasn’t until 2010 that she began to actively pursue her dream of becoming a published author. 

When she isn’t writing, this Green Queen, as dubbed by the State Newspaper, works to improve air and water quality, while balancing the needs of her husband and two sons. You can learn more about Synithia, and her novel, by visiting her website where she blogs about writing, life and relationships.

Her first novel, You Can’t Plan Love, was published by Crimson Romance in August 2012. 

When writing romantic scenes where does one draw the line?

by
Cindy McDonald

E.L. James certainly took boundaries to another level but even the most timid romance readers were picking up her books and diving in. The critics went nuts, but hey ya know what? Everyone, yes, everyone, was reading the Fifty Shades trilogy.

I love a well written love scene, and I make a concerted effort to read a lot of them. Why? Because when I write a hot scene I want it to be hot. I don’t want it to fall flat, and for the reader to roll their eyes with a grumbling “Eh…” tumbling from their lips. But not everyone is comfortable writing the kind of scenes like that of Christian Grey’s “playroom”. As for me, I find myself walking a very vigilant line. Let me explain…



When I published my first book, Deadly.Com, I informed my husband over dinner one evening that there were a few “suggestive” scenes within the pages. He stopped with his fork almost to his mouth, looked at me over his glasses, and said, “What do you mean by suggestive?” Uh, oh, I could see this was going to be a problem. You see my husband and his family are an extremely conservative group of people, and I could see in my husband’s face that he didn’t want to have to explain to his family that his wife was writing dirty books. In fact, after Deadly.Com was published and the family read my book, they have never mentioned my writing or my books again. It is sort of a taboo subject at family gatherings. Hmmmm.


Okay, so while I was writing my second book, Hot Coco, my husband decided to broach the very sensitive subject over breakfast on the deck one morning. He very casually said, “I hope you’re keeping those suggestive scenes in check. I mean you spent twenty-six years as Miss Cindy, the dance teacher in this community. People entrusted their children to you. What would they think?”

Wow! That put a whole new spin on writing romance—which is exactly what Hot Coco is, a romantic comedy. And yes, there are suggestive scenes in the book. I was taken aback. Should I concern myself as to the position that I used to hold in the community? Is this a problem for romance writers in general? Are their reputations in the community tarnished because they write books with sex or suggestive moments? I had never thought about it before. When E.L. James’s neighbors see her in the grocery store, are they wondering if her playroom is red? Are they speculating as to how many different kinds of whips she might own? Yikes!

You may be asking yourself, what is this writer going to do? Is she going to allow her in-laws and her former occupation to dictate what she writes? Nope.

When I posted the excerpt from the third book of my series, Dangerous Deception, on my website I featured a very sensual scene between Ava and Lugowski. As a matter of fact, it is also the featured excerpt announcing the book at the end of Hot Coco as well. That said my scenes are of a sultry suggestive nature. I have never written an in-your-face sex scene naming body parts or taking the reader into the steamy tangle of desire between the sheets with the characters—yet.

My Unbridled series has been mainly murder/suspense storylines with one romantic comedy thrown into the mix for fun; however I have an ardent desire to write a romantic suspense series, and have decided to do so in 2013. I have some decisions to make as I write my new series. Will I cross that line to pen those hot sex scenes? Or shall I protect my sweet Miss Cindy dance teacher reputation and remain steadfast on this side of the line: very sensual yet strictly suggestive scenes?

I think through it all an author has to find his/her own comfort level, without becoming too comfortable, too complacent in one’s creativity. I truly admire writers like E.L. James, Cindy Gerard, and Maya Banks. They are able to toss all inhibitions aside and write smokin’ hot romance. I am toeing the line. My eyes are fixated on it like I am waiting for someone to shoot a pistol into the air so that I can leap forward. Can I cross it? Do I want to cross it?

Dangerous Deception

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Old Age Ain’t for Sissies! 

Vic Deveaux’s glory days as a winning jockey have ended, but he refuses to accept that pile of horse hockey!

When the West family asks Vic to take an easier position at their Thoroughbred farm, Westwood, he becomes enraged and teams up with two greedy stable hands in a scheme to kidnap the youngest son, Shane.

Things turn ugly when Vic discovers that his new-found friends have murder on their minds. Suddenly Vic finds himself between a rock and a hard place. He has betrayed his good friend, Eric West, but will he participate in his son’s murder as well?

Not content to sit at home and wait for her men to bring her brother home, Kate West convinces homicide detective, Carl Lugowski, to check out a hunch at an old abandoned mansion. Soon they’re trapped in a hornet’s nest of a notorious biker gang.

Oh yeah, Vic’s deception has placed the West family in more danger than they know what to do with!

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