Update – Congratulations to Kristine who won the copy of Unbound!
This is an interesting question for me as I found myself trying to research the question of what defines romance and sex in a romance novel. As much as the research was fun 🙂 it wasn’t all that easy to come to a clear idea of what makes a novel romance, sexy romance, erotic romance, erotic or even porn.
Most of us can easily separate off the first and the last. But what about the middle three? See, it only became an issue when I decided to rewrite and publish books that have…shall we say…a little more heat in them than the ones I have already published. My thriller books, like Touched by Death are heavy on the suspense. There is still romance and sex in the book, but the story is driven by the plot. In my Psychic Visions series, there is definitely love and romance and of course sex, but the stories are heavily intertwined with the character’s psychic abilities. Then comes my New Release -Unbound.
The heat level in this book is…hotter! 🙂 It’s also driven by the relationship of the two main characters not the plot or the villain.
But what did that mean? I don’t write to fit a genre. I write the stories, then try to figure out the genre that fits. Normally that’s not an issue as I write romantic suspense naturally – and don’t get me wrong – this book IS romantic suspense, just hotter.
So I had to figure out how hot. And for that, thankfully Silvia Day has a wonderful article defining – in her words and thoughts – the different levels. From her website www.Sylviaday.com I could see where my work fit in. As per her definition:
- Erotica: stories written about the sexual journey of the characters and how this impacts them as individuals. Emotion and character growth are important facets of a true erotic story. However, erotica is NOT designed to show the development of a romantic relationship, although it’s not prohibited if the author chooses to explore romance. Happily Ever Afters are NOT an intrinsic part of erotica, though they can be included. If they are included, they weren’t the focus. The focus remained on the individual characters’ journeys, not the progression of the romance.
- Erotic Romance: stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT to be an erotic romance.
- Sexy Romance: stories written about the development of a romantic relationship that just happen to have more explicit sex. The sex is not an inherent part of the story, character growth, or relationship development, and could easily be removed or “toned down” without damaging the storyline. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT as this is basically a standard romance with hotter sex.
So now I know – Unbound is a Sexy Romantic Suspense! Yay! And for the first time, I’m offering this book at a discount for the first week. It’s available at B&N, Amazon, and coming to Kobo and iTunes – and all for only 99 cents! 🙂
Changing her future means letting go of her past. Karina heads to a weekend seminar run by the same person she needs to move on from. But she soon realizes bigger issues are facing her…
Brian has moved on, at least he’d believed he had… until he sees Karina in his audience…and realizes he’s been lying to himself.
Passion pulls them together, love binds them together, but a revengeful enemy determines to keep the two apart…and destroy them both.
So how do you like your romance? Vanilla style or hot, hot or HOT! I have a free digital copy of Unbound for one lucky commenter!