I'd like to welcome back Tina. It's always such a pleasure to have her on my blog.
We hear it all the time. We see it constantly in ads, TV programs, magazine and news stories. Sex sells. Big time. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be such a big presence in popular culture.
So why then is it a source of contention for some when it comes to erotic romances? I read a post recently where another author asked the same question and some readers responded by saying they skipped love scenes in books. They just couldn’t read them.
I had to wonder – was it because the scenes weren’t written well? The characters hadn’t been portrayed with enough emotional depth? Or could it be that the scenes were gratuitous rather than stemming from the characters’ hearts and what was happening in the plot?
Trust me, as a writer of erotic romance nothing is more challenging to write than a great sex scene. And it’s not because I have to describe body parts or whether the characters are sighing, groaning, moaning or bellowing in satisfaction.
It’s the emotional build that’s difficult. During love scenes writers have to convey what’s in the characters’ minds and hearts. That—not what they’re doing—is what makes the story exciting and satisfying.
In the hands of a great erotic author like Emma Holly the scenes are magic. You’re with the heroine every step of the way. Hell, you want to be the heroine! Skipping that would be tragic.
With each new book I write, I push the envelope a bit more to give my fans the stories they deserve. Ones filled with desire, romance, love, conflict and an HEA that has them sighing and crying.
I pushed my own boundaries with my last book SiNN, my first ménage. And now my newest contemporary ménage Sinfully Wicked is available, also from Ellora’s Cave.
The story of Nikki, Connor and Mitch is even hotter than what I penned in SiNN, and like all of my other erotic romances, the love story, the emotional connection between the characters is to die for.
Here’s the blurb. Enjoy. :o)
Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion…
Years before Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, betraying them as only a high school girl could. Now, she’s back and needs their help.
Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition by stripping for them.
Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, unless he and Connor are the ones mounting and enjoying her.
On a sultry weekend, Nikki surrenders to their lust, dominance and exquisite discipline, reawakening their timeless bond and the beginning of forgiveness.
Buy Link (with excerpt): http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9983-sinfully-wicked.aspx
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
*** CONTEST ***
To celebrate the release of Sinfully Wicked, I’m offering a contest. One lucky commenter on this blog will have her choice of one of my following ebooks**:
1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7. Take Me Away - #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
** Winner chosen at random. Winner chosen April 10.