I’m pleased to have author Cari Quinn on the blog today. Take it away Cari.
Big thanks to Sophia for allowing me to guest blog here today. I love her reviews and her blog!
When I tried to come up with a topic for my guest blog, I wasn’t sure what to talk about. The first thing that popped into my mind was the heat level in books. Not too surprising, since I write erotic romance, right? But I did an interesting, unintentional comparison recently about what works for me as a reader, one that will inform my choices going forward as a writer.
Some authors jump right into the hot stuff as soon as possible. Makes sense, since when a reader opens a thriller, they expect heart-pounding suspense right off. I’ve done that before too though I usually try to give a bit of a set-up first. I know my preference is to get to know the characters a little bit first before watching them drop their drawers. In the two stories I read back-to-back, the first gave us a bit of that setup. This is an author I’ve read before and her style of telling a story really resonates with me. I had an idea who we were dealing with, then learned a lot more about them as they explored themselves and their growing relationship through sex. In the second story, we were thrust, quite literally, into discussions of a threesome right off the bat. The writing was crisp, pulled you right in, and I…didn’t care. This book’s gotten great reviews so I kept going. I read through the first chapter, which was hot, and yep, still didn’t care. I have a long ways to go in the story yet and I’m going to keep reading, because ultimately the author did everything they were supposed to do. Great opening hook, sharp writing…and it just didn’t work for me. And that’s because I didn’t know who these people were before they decided to do the nakey tango.
I’ve fallen into the trap too. If I’m being honest, it took my awesome CP Taryn Elliott (who’s going to have books filling the shelves soon) to remind me that hot sex does not a good erotic romance make. I’ve written several books and several novellas and I sorta thought I had a handle on what ingredients were necessary. But I forgot. It’s not just enough to have perky breasts and quivering ripped abs. It’s not enough to have your characters performing tantric sex acts explicit enough to make someone’s eyes cross. It’s also not enough to TELL us these people are close, are in love, are – fill in your adjective here. The reader needs to see it, be part of the journey. Not just a witness to an inventive show that would earn a spot on middle of the night cable.
So what about you? Do you like your erotic romance to be full of emotion or do you like it heavier on the action, less on the feelings? I’m curious about others’ opinions.
I’m giving away an e-book copy of my first erotic romance with Ellora’s Cave, Personal Research, to a random commenter. To enter simply answer the question from above: Do you like your erotic romance to be full of emotion or do you like it heavier on the action, less on the feelings?
Briefs are Elena Thomas’s life, whether they’re legal at her day job or on the men in the erotic novels she writes. She’s just fine with saving her imagination for her books until temptation appears in the form of Nunzio, the smokin’-hot office IT guy. When he discovers one of her scorching books shooting out of the printer, Elena’s not sure if he wants her because she’s inventive or because he thinks she’s desperate. That doesn’t stop her from taking advantage of his “services”.
On her desk. On the copier. And, oh yeah—in her boss’s chair.
Nunzio’s shocked to learn Elena’s wall-hugging persona hides a wildcat of a woman with delicious fantasies and an enticing wit. She’s exactly what he’s been looking for in an adventurous lover—and girlfriend. He knows she enjoys their sexual research. Now he just has to convince her that sizzling sex is only the first chapter of their blazing-hot romance.
Read an excerpt of Personal Research
Purchase link: Ellora’s Cave