When I first started writing, the idea of writing a sex scene was terrifying. OMG! Someone might read it. I blushed just thinking about it. Even though the books I read and loved had sex scenes, that to me, felt integral to the character development in those stories—I didn’t know if I could pull it off. Then the time finally came, my characters needed to get busy. I’d like to say it was easy, that my hero and heroine didn’t come across like horny, multi-limbed, octopus-people, and that I’d managed to successfully add emotion and character growth like a champ—unfortunately, I can’t tell you that. There were arms and legs everywhere, euphemisms being thrown about willy-nilly, and purple prose that was so darn purple it would make your eyes water.
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What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? I’m always drawn to romantic movies that are about love that’s off limits or forbidden.
It ramps up the angst, which I love in movies and books. Movies like Endless Love, Met Joe Black, Dirty Dancing, Brokeback Mountain, Twilight, Titanic…to name just a few!
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
I’ll be here a long time if I describe a scene from each one! But if anyone hasn’t watched all of these movies, then they definitely should. Immediately.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
All of my stories are based around the men being off limits in one way or another. Say it all, doesn’t it?! One scene from The Protector that jumps out at me is the moment Jake and Cami give into their attraction and desire for each other. It’s intense, frantic, and eventually full of acceptance. I love that scene!
Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?
Oh, this is easy. Mr and Mrs Smith. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. I could watch that film over and over. I just love how she handles herself and how crazy she sends him. Brilliant!
Unthinkable, book One in my Beyond Human series, is a mixture of contemporary sci-fi and romance. While it’s heavy on the contemporary and light on the sci-fi, it still manages to contain some of my favorite sci-fi tropes. I won’t go into details as it might give away the story, but here are a few of the sci-fi tropes I love…that may or may not appear in my Beyond Human series.
Time travel. My favorite TV program growing up was Doctor Who. I wanted to be the Doctor’s assistant (actually, I wanted to be the Doctor, but I was trying to keep my dreams attainable). I’ve been obsessed with time travel ever since. And there are so many ways to travel through time, whether it’s by a time machine, like the Doctor, or a genetic mutation as in The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Or through some sort of mystic tear in the fabric of time as in Outlander by Diana Gabalden or Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series. And my particular favorite—wormholes in space.
The idea of telepathy fascinates me. How the human race would be different if we couldn’t hide our motivations, our thoughts, our nefarious plotting and planning. What if there was no need for torture, if the secrets of the mind could be found as easily as looking into someone’s eyes…? Some of my recent telepathy favorites are the TV series, Sense8, which follows a group of eight people from around the world who are all linked telepathically, and In Your Eyes, a film by Joss Whedon, where two seemingly unconnected people form a telepathic bond which allows them to share each other’s experiences.
Space pirates. So if Doctor Who was my favourite TV program growing up, then Firefly is my favourite as an adult. Firefly was my inspiration for my Dark Desires series. I love the idea of a close knit crew having to do some shady things just to survive. I wrote Break Out, book 1, after watching Firefly for the first time. I wanted to write a space opera with space pirates and…vampires (My editor refers to the book as vamps in space)
Genetic Modification. Scary and probably happening right now. Genetically modified heroes pop up in sci-fi romance all the time. I’ve even written a few. It’s an excellent way to get a larger than life, super hero and still be believable. A great example is Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker series.
Alien and human love matches. Who doesn’t want to fall in love with a stunningly gorgeous (usually) larger than life (especially certain parts of their anatomy) alien. And learn their weird mating rituals and strange customs… I love Ruby Dixon’s aliens in her Ice Planet Barbarians series—they are pretty gorgeous and easy to fall in love with. But what if the Aliens are not quite so attractive? I recently read Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith. Absolutely loved it. Her aliens looked a lot like cockroaches, and she still managed to write a totally convincing romance—that is seriously impressive.
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A Fashionable Indulgence: A Society of Gentlemen Novel by K.J. Charles
In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.
When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.
After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.
We’ve had such a blast this last month. There’s nothing quite like great people coming together to celebrate something they’re passionate about. That’s the premise of this blog: Fans and authors alike sharing what they love about Romance, the little things that keep them coming back for more, and the little things that infuriate us—
We even hate things well together.
But EverAfter is overwhelmingly a community of love. So, to mourn the passing of an entire month of fun, we’ve partnered with our big brother, Diversion Books, to offer a small token of our gratitude: A huge sale. We’ve collaborated and gathered some of our favorite titles and, for today, they’ll all be $.99!
So get them while they last and thank you, from the bottom of our snarky hearts, for being a part of this blog and the amazing celebration that was Read aRomance Month.
Millionaires are my guilty pleasure. As you can probably tell since, y’know, I keep writing about them. There are just so many kinds of ‘em! Broody, manwhore, mysterious, cold, rebellious, Your-Wife-is-Hot-I’ll-Pay-You-One-Million-Dollars-for-a-Night-with-Her ones… See? A plethora of millionaires to choose from! But it’s not just me who has a fascination with them. Movies and television shows are full of them. One of the richest and most ruthless men ever to grace day time TV? Victor Newman. We loooove to hate him. The guy from Slum Dog Millionaire… Never seen the movie, but it has “millionaire” in the title. Oliver Queen from Arrow (Ooh. Wait. Didn’t he lose his money?) There’s just something about them that is powerful, captivating and sexy… And if we were honest, more of that has to do with their charisma than their bucks. But like The Highlander, there can be only one…or my case five. Favorites, that is. Aw, cut me some slack. I thought that segue was pretty clever. snicker
Anyhoo, my top five millionaires. I guess you can sum them up with the beginning of a dirty joke: Two superheroes, a vampire, a Dom and a john walk into a bar…
In honor of my friend, Karen Erickson’s new release, Torch, I thought it would be fun to talk about one of my favorite firemen. Played by the incredibly sexy Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Sullivan is an alpha male who is funny, charming and oh, so hot! Haven’t seen The Accidental Husband? Well, let me tell you a little bit about the movie.
The thing is, no teacher ever bothered to connect the dots for us.
“And today,” the teacher would say, “we are going to learn about the romances of King Arthur!”
“So,” we would reply, “like my mother’s romances in the cupboard—hooray! We’re going to learn about sex and happiness!”
“No!” The teacher was always scandalized at this point. “You are going to learn how sex makes people deeply unhappy and all of the life choices made under the guise of true love will ruin your existence forever.”
“Well shit,” we’d think. “King Arthur was a weenie who spoiled it for everybody.” And then we’d get a big salacious thrill out of watching Arthur, Gwenevere, Lancelot, Tristan, and Gawain completely screw up their lives.
But we didn’t see how it was romance.
But there was still hope somebody would teach us later.
“And today,” the teacher would say, “we are going to learn about the American Romantics!”
I’m a sucker for the forbidden love trope, especially when it’s tossed in with a little unrequited love. In Knocked Out By Love, my hero Brody “The Iron” Minton has been in love with his best friend’s wife for years. He hates the feelings he has for her, but he can’t control the feelings either. So he keeps his distance, only hanging out with his friend and shutting Scarlett from his life. Until a chance meeting brings them together again and he learns her marriage is over, then he faces the struggle between keeping to the bro code and what the heart wants.
Some of my favorite forbidden love storylines are:
1.Damon & Elena (The Vampire Diaries)—If anyone has been following me for any length of time, you already know that I am ga-ga over Damon Salvatore. His love for Elena is one of my all-time favorite love stories. It was the one thing that softened him. The catch? Elena was in love with Damon’s brother, Stefan. Here is a clip of one of my favorite scenes from the early seasons.
2. Robbie & Ceclilia (Atonement)—If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s a real tearjerker, so just warning you.
3. Johnny & Baby (Dirty Dancing)—Gosh, I loved this movie! Here we have the rich, innocent heroine and the experienced bad boy hero from the wrong side of the tracks. Baby’s parents didn’t approve, but to hell with them. No body puts Baby in a corner.
4. Josie & Sam (Never Been Kissed)—Now the only reason this one was an okay forbidden love story was because we knew that Josie was an adult playing an student while trying to get a story for her newspaper.
5. Marlena & Jacob (Water for Elephants)—Another tearjerker movie for me, but I loved this story. Marlena is married to the abusive circus master when Jacob, a vet, joins the group to help care for Rosie, Marlena’s elephant. While the two of them care for Rosie, they develop feelings for each other, which creates a whole slew of new problems with her abusive husband.
What is your favorite forbidden love story?
I want to thank EverAfter Romance for hosting me today! It’s been great fun!
Abby Niles is the author of the contemporary MMA series, Love to the Extreme, and the paranormal series, The Awakening. She is also the author to the geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, where Live Action Role Players (LARPers) set out to teach their favorite author a lesson, but end up playing matchmaker instead.
Abby lives in North Carolina with the love of her life and their combined gaggle of kids. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to catch up on an endless pile of laundry and find time to get some much needed reading in.
Have you ever heard rumors of ERMAGERD sex in unusual or oddly cliché places and wondered if it could POSSIBLY be that great? I mean, how do these people not end up in the emergency room? (Spoiler: I’m pretty sure some do, LOL.) In honor of Jagger’s and Kennedy’s near miss (or maybe not) with the Mile High Club in The Millionaire’s Gamble, here’s a look at some of the most popular places for “wild” sexual encounters…and why they actually suck.
The Beach. Seriously, is anything more romantic than the surf tumbling around you, your sexual rhythm at one with the sun, surf, and tide? Maybe not in theory but OMG HAVE YOU ACTUALLY TRIED THIS? First, sand is abrasive, and abrasion is no way to kick off sex. Second, there’s almost zero chance you won’t drown. Anyone who has spent more than ten minutes by the ocean has probably noticed the amount of water that churns from crested surf is inconsistent at best. Sure, there will be a couple of waves that delightfully tickle the naughty bits, but then one will come along that will want you dead. A six-inch surge of water driven straight up your nostrils will suck if you’re on the bottom, but it’s not so great on top, either. Mainly because when you start laughing at your drowning partner, he or she will not be amused. (You can file that under Mood Killers.)
First of all, the lavatories are notoriously disgusting. But let’s pretend you found a clean one without questionable wet spots on the floor or dubious streaks anywhere else. We still have two problems. One, no matter how clean it looks, it’s not. Two, you’re fornicating in the same canned air where countless people have taken care of business. Not exactly a venue for heavy breathing. And if you pull this encounter off elsewhere in the plane, remember it’s probably not much cleaner. That said, if you manage to rock it out in first class, carry on. *fist bump*