How do you like your romance? With giveaway!

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 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! 🙂

Unbound R9Go ahead. Take Charge of your life. Move forward…if you can…

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!

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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15 Responses to How do you like your romance? With giveaway!

  1. Amy R says:

    Hi, Dale! I like my stories all sorts of ways. They do have to have a good story and plot, though. Not just sex. Your book sounds great and I have already downloaded it! I can’t wait to read it! Congrats on the release!
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review: MO’S HEART by Edie Ramer

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Amy!
      Thanks for downloading the book! I hope you enjoy it. It’s a bit more romancy than my other stuff, so it might be perfect for you. Of course…there is that suspense aspect I can’t quite get rid of. 🙂
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …New Release! – UNBOUND

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    I would definitely say that Unbound is sexy romantic suspense! I don’t care for erotica (now that I know the definitions, lol). Otherwise, I’m pretty open. But if the sex scene just seems to be there in order to have a sex scene, I find myself skimming them. They have to matter.

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Edie,

      I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find definitions of heat levels in books. I’m so glad I found Slyvia’s page and could relate to her view.

      I’m the same on the sex – it needs to further the relationship or why is it there?

      Glad you enjoyed the book!
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …New Release! – UNBOUND

  3. Kristine Radgman says:

    I like my stories hawt. Erotic Romances are fun to read. I also like sexy romances they seem more meaningful to the character development. I really don’t like when sex is the plot in the books and there are alot of books like that.

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Kristine,
      Glad you like your books hot! Unbound is definitely hotter than my other books – could be the beginning of something great! 🙂

      I actually have two other books written and in revision on this series with two more potentially planned.

      I can’t see EVER writing a book where the sex is the plot!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …New Release! – UNBOUND

      • Kristine Radgman says:

        Dale I will have to check out your book Unbound. I think it is a great idea to write hot books. *hugs*

  4. Dale,
    I loved reading your breakdown of the different genre definitions, and your newest book really sounds like a fabulous sexy romantic suspense!!
    Congratulations on its release! 🙂
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Release Day for MO’S HEART by Edie Ramer

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Marilyn!
    I found it really difficult to get a clear idea of what was and wasn’t within the parameters of a Sexy romantic suspense. I had to try and figure it out because although this book is similar to many of my others – in many ways – it’s so not! 🙂

    Thanks for the congrats!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …New Release! – UNBOUND

  6. Liz Kreger says:

    Hey Dale: Geez, I think this is the first time I got a chance to post a comment all week … although I have been reading the MM blogs. Just too busy and then too tired. What a mix.

    Anyway, I like my stories that are character and plot driven. As far as the amount of sex in it — doesn’t really matter to me. I’m definitely not into the erotica. To me, that’s just way too much sex and not enough story. I like the sex scenes steamy but it has to be necessary to the story/scene. I’ve read a lot of books where it seems like the sex scene is thrown in there just because the author has gone on long enough without one. Sort of an after-thought. In cases like that, I tend to skim over the sex scenes.

  7. donnas says:

    Its really all of the above. depending on what I am in the mood for, but it has to fit the story, not just be thrown in there to be there.

  8. Tory says:

    I read all levels of steaminess – as long as the story is good 🙂

    I had not read any of your stories before today. I read Tuesday’s Child, and loved it! So I had to follow up with Hide ‘N Go Seek, which I also greatly enjoyed!

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