C’mon, admit it. Sometimes you just want to dive into a sexy book. Sadira Stone is a master at developing a hot romance, and she doesn’t leave anything out. Here, she writes a guest post about why she enjoys writing in this genre. Take it away, Sadira!
My favorite genre to write is steamy contemporary romance, which means the love scenes are explicit. I don’t call it erotic romance because most readers of that genre expect BDSM, threesomes, etc. No shade on writers and readers who enjoy kink in their love stories—it’s just not my cup of tea.
Why not just have my characters smooch, then close the bedroom door? Again, that’s a question of personal preference. Sexual attraction and connection is an important facet of the falling in love process for most people, and can be a beautiful, almost spiritual experience. I do my best to convey that richness of experience in my writing. Besides—my characters have a say in how the story develops, and it turns out they’re all fiercely amorous!
As a reader, I’m disappointed if the author builds a tasty, smoking-hot slow burn, and then the actual love scene is over in the blink of an eye. I want details, y’all! Pour some hot sauce on that scene!
Here’s a little about Sadira’s new release called Love, Art, and Other Obstacles, now on sale for $2.99 until May 29.
Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend, much less a flirtation with her competitor.
Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing…until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.
Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist’s career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.
And an excerpt (PG rated):
“Tell you what,” he said. “How about if we have drinks and talk about anything but the competition?”
“You’re a real hard-ass, aren’t you?” He rolled his eyes. “Because I like you, Margot.”
He leaned so close their foreheads almost touched, a challenge simmering in his smile. “Have a drink with me and find out.”
If there was one thing she couldn’t resist, it was a challenge. On the other hand, he might not like her so much if he knew about Darcy. Let that be the test, then. Let him prove he wasn’t one of those possessive, controlling guys Darcy warned her about.
“Okay. I will.” She stepped back. “But you should know, I’m sort of seeing someone.”
His thick auburn brows contracted. “Sort of?”
His nostrils flared on a deep inhalation, but he held her gaze. “Is it serious?”
“Not really.” Might as well serve up the truth, raw and ungarnished. Might as well be honest with herself too. “She lives in Berkeley. I only see her every month or two.”
Holding her gaze, he nodded. “Okay then. Thanks for telling me.” The tense lines of his mouth relaxed into a casual grin. “So, drinks?”
Well I’ll be damned.
About the author:
Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance from her new home in Washington State, U.S.A. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays darts (pretty well), plays guitar (badly), and gobbles all the books. Visit Sadira at www.sadirastone.com .
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