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When you write both sweet and sensual romance I guess a reader wonders why a writer would write such contrasts, but my answer to this is that the characters and the situation announce to me whether it will be a sweet romance or a saucy one.
A writer usually knows their characters pretty well. And sometimes they do plan it, like my Brides of the West Series is sweet. My Red River Valley Brides are not. But the circumstances are so different. You see the Red River Valley brides are all ex-saloon girls who had been around, and although they did try to stay on the sweet side, it was their nature to give into more romance. On the other hand, the Brides of the West are all women who become brides and usually with men that they don't know well and so sex is something that comes a little later for them. However, even in a couple of them their marriage was finally after time consummated because it isn't realistic to think you would be married for any length of time before the marriage itself is consummated. And sometimes it is hard not to have sex when they are married.
My sweets have been steamy a few times.
Sex is part of life and to leave it totally out would make a boring book. Now some of my books border on erotic and sensual, but again it is the characters and the situations that cause the tone of the book to be sweet or steamy. In Heart of a Lady, Jo Ella was a saloon girl who wanted to reform. So she tried to be sweet, but the undertones of that is obvious. Once she falls in love, sex is quite natural. However, there is another character besides the hero that insinuates sexual overtones partly because she had sex before as a saloon girl. She had to make a choice on what kind of man she wanted to settle down with, an exciting just above the law kind of guy or a straight guy who could warm her heart.
In romance writing sex is always part of the make-up of the book because in life it plays a big part. But a writer should be true to his characters, love is the other part of the story and we have to weave the words around them to make them fit and make them believable. The situation in a book can have a lot to do with it, in the movie Blue Lagoon, two young people are stranded on an island and it's just the two of them. Naturally, the age of both characters matter a lot, their experiences matter, and their curiosity matters.
So to me writing in many genres about love is natural. Some characters know each other better and their situation demands they act certain ways.
In a sweet romance the kiss is more important sometimes. Many sweets are strangers who have had little or no experience with the opposite sex. Usually the girl has little knowledge the guy has been around but never had a serious relationship. In erotic or sensual their personalities play a huge role in how they conduct themselves.
Also the time in history matters too, if it is contemporary then the couple might have already had sex before and are trying it again. For one thing the morality of society changes with time. There is the scandals of the Regencies, the prim and proper of the western, the hard times of the colonials make this a case either way, as war tends to make love more dramatic.
However, to write only one, sweet, or sensual genre could quickly bore me. Just my way of thinking. I guess I'm too realistic to write just one!
Always Remember was a hot almost erotic kind of book, In the Arms of an Angel coming out the end of this month is a sweet romance was entirely different, and they were married, but their circumstances were very different as you will see if you read them.Thanks so much for reading today's post. Hope you enjoyed it!
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