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How Hot is Too Hot?


I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately, so I thought I’d toss it out on the blog. For those of you who enjoy reading sexy romances, how hot is too hot? (And by the way, since there is no contest involved this week, if you would feel more comfortable about posting without your real name, feel free.)

I have always enjoyed romances with wonderful love scenes. I started reading Lori Foster in Harlequins long before I knew who she was, and I really enjoyed the way she wrote her sex scenes. I started reading Bravas for the same reason.

Now, new publishers and lines are popping up all the time… Kensington’s new Aphrodisia line, for example. And by the way… that line is being marketed as “erotica” and not romance. Do these distinctions make sense to you as a reader? Does it matter?

I’ll admit that there are certain words and situations that turn me off. But since I can’t be anonymous, I won’t write them down here. Ha! But I do have my preferences when it comes to the nature of a sex scene. For one thing (and I will admit this), I hate to see a woman do anything stupid or dangerous in the name of sexual fantasy. I can’t separate my judgment about what is safe and smart from the fantasy aspect.

In other words, you’ll never see me write about a woman having sex with a total stranger she just met in a dark bathroom. See what I mean? The guy could drug her or knife her, or who knows what? Even though I have written (and will still write) super sexy scenes, my mental editor stands by my side making sure my heroines are doing these fun, sexy things in relatively safe scenarios.

And what about language? Are there words that are “too” coarse? Maybe I shouldn’t get into that here… but I do wonder. For example, I never curse in real life, but my characters do. Does that make me a hypocrite? I’m writing fiction, and everyone is not just like me… so that’s my take on it. But everyone may not feel the same.

I guess in a way, romance novels are a lot like TV. When I was a little kid, Lucy and Desi were still sleeping in twin beds. Now, if you’re watching cable, almost anything goes. The world has changed. Books have changed, too, and one thing I love about the romance genre is that there is something out there for everyone… from sweet inspirational romances to fantasy worlds where sexual taboos are ignored.

So tell me what you think. What spoils a sexy romance in your opinion? What makes your heart race in a good way? And if you need to answer under an assumed identity, we promise not to reveal you for the scamp you are. 🙂

Janice

P.S. Don’t forget to stop by my website and enter my February contest. I have two fun prize packages up for grabs. 🙂 www.janicemaynard.com

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Joni’s post on the Scamps, Vamps & Spicy Romance about her gorgeous hot tub got me thinking about the things we dream for. And I thought it would be fun to share some of those things.

What would you like, but you don’t think you’ll ever have?
What would like and you hope to have someday?
What would you like and are willing to sacrifice big time to get in the next year or two?
What would you like and you plan to get soon without the big sacrifice?

Here are my answers:
What would you like, but you don’t think you’ll ever have?
A castle or a villa as a part time residence.
What would like and you hope to have someday?
My children’s happiness.What would you like and are willing to sacrifice big time to get in the next year or two?
A hot tub (the kids aren’t the only ones who want it LOL).
What would you like and you plan to get soon without the big sacrifice?
A toaster oven for my office.
Your answers don’t have to be limited to material things…this is about sharing the desires of our hearts and those aren’t even always measurable.

Hugs,
Lucy

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Joni’s post on the Scamps, Vamps & Spicy Romance about her gorgeous hot tub got me thinking about the things we dream for. And I thought it would be fun to share some of those things.

What would you like, but you don’t think you’ll ever have?
What would like and you hope to have someday?
What would you like and are willing to sacrifice big time to get in the next year or two?
What would you like and you plan to get soon without the big sacrifice?

Here are my answers:
What would you like, but you don’t think you’ll ever have?
A castle or a villa as a part time residence.
What would like and you hope to have someday?
My children’s happiness.What would you like and are willing to sacrifice big time to get in the next year or two?
A hot tub (the kids aren’t the only ones who want it LOL).
What would you like and you plan to get soon without the big sacrifice?
A toaster oven for my office.
Your answers don’t have to be limited to material things…this is about sharing the desires of our hearts and those aren’t even always measurable.

Hugs,
Lucy

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Joni’s post on the Scamps, Vamps & Spicy Romance about her gorgeous hot tub got me thinking about the things we dream for. And I thought it would be fun to share some of those things.

What would you like, but you don’t think you’ll ever have?
What would like and you hope to have someday?
What would you like and are willing to sacrifice big time to get in the next year or two?
What would you like and you plan to get soon without the big sacrifice?

Here are my answers:
What would you like, but you don’t think you’ll ever have?
A castle or a villa as a part time residence.
What would like and you hope to have someday?
My children’s happiness.What would you like and are willing to sacrifice big time to get in the next year or two?
A hot tub (the kids aren’t the only ones who want it LOL).
What would you like and you plan to get soon without the big sacrifice?
A toaster oven for my office.
Your answers don’t have to be limited to material things…this is about sharing the desires of our hearts and those aren’t even always measurable.

Hugs,
Lucy

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I need a hero…


Well, not really… but the kids have been on a Shrek binge and I’ve been forced to listen to the soundtrack for Shrek 2 like ten times in the past two days. Fortunately, it’s a pretty decent soundtrack, but now I have that song stuck in my head…

So what’s your favorite kind of hero? Funny, charming, upbeat… the kind who’s drawn to protecting people…or maybe the dark, tortured one?

Me… it’s not so much the tortured hero, although I do like them a little dark and broody. But I like them best when they are misunderstood.
Like Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dance With the Devil. Or Dash from Lora Leigh’s Elizabeth’s Wolf. Granted, Dash had more of a problem misunderstanding himself than a lot of others did, but still… makes for a great ‘angsty’ plot.

Or… *G* one a lot of readers are looking forward to…. Rhage, from JR Ward’s Lover Eternal. I got to read it early and Rhage is definitely one of my fave heroes. Even many of his brothers don’t understand him completely and when your best friends don’t see you clearly, well… again, more for a great plot with a lot of emotion.

Of course, my all time favorite hero isn’t from a romance book~Duncan Reever from the Stardoc series by SL Viehl, also writes as Lynn Viehl. I couldn’t make up my mind, even from book one, whether I hated him or loved him.

Of the characters I’ve written, I think some of my personal faves are Blue…from Once Upon A Midnight Blue. He turned out to be a more complex character than I expected, and he ended up taking over the story, even though techinically… he wasn’t the hero. I like complex. And Joel, from His Every Desire, oh yeah, I think he was definitely a little misunderstood. A crook, a con artist…even a killer, but all for reasons.
So who are some of your fave heroes and why?

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The Sexiest Man in 2005

Besides the men we have to list: husband, lover….Who is the sexiest man from 2005. I have to say thet Johnny Depp still rocks my world. Oh, yeah! All he has to to do is crook his little finger and I’d do the Depp. There’s something about him. Dark, mysterious—okay, forget the Chocolate Factory. The only thing that looked good in that movie was the chocolate!

Johnny Baby, you got to listen to me here, don’t do a movie like that again. You went from Sex Symbol to—dare I say it—GEEK!!!! Thank goodness you have your next Pirate movie coming out. Definitely a Bad Boy there!

So, who rocks your world?

If you give it up and tell me who you secretly drool over I’ll put your name in a hat for a drawing. Three winners will receive a copy of their choice of either Southern Comfort, Southern Exposure or Bad Boys With Expensive Toys! How cool is that???
Karen Kelley
http://www.authorkarenkelley.com

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The Diet Blues

I love food. A mudslide frappuccino (introduced to me by Shiloh Walker) is God’s little gift to the word via Starbucks. (God works in mysterious ways). And then there’s the pastry issue…like cake. There is nothing like double-chocolate cake and butter icing. And what about a cheeseburger? Barbecue rib…I love ribs! Chips…are chips not the best thing ever. Potato, grease, salt…what more could a girl ask for?

Summer’s coming and RT is in Daytona and there’s the get-together in June and there will be no more sweaters to stretch over my fat. So, I have to diet and worst of all…exercise and not just my fingers on the keyboard. I have to tread on the mill. I hate treading. I like sitting.

Last year I joined Curves…great idea…then I realized you actually had to go, not just fork over the money, to lose weight. Awk! I paid them, what more do they want? It’s good enough to get results from the electric company…I pay them and they give me light. I pay the telephone company and I get to talk. I pay Curves, I lose weight. Right?

Not exactly. So, I am now on Weight Watchers and counting points…like an apple is one point and an apple pie is a gazillion. A rice cake is one, fried rice uses all my points for a year.

Anyone else out there ever diet? What has worked for you? What doesn’t! What was your worse diet? I did the cabbage soup diet once and drove my dh right out of the house with the stench. We had to Fabreeze the house.

I need inspiration, guys! Anyone got any inspiration to share? A trick to shedding flab? I have a lot to shed between now and May!

Dianne-the-plump

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