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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Guest Blog: Nina Pierce: The Spice of Life

It amazes me how many women of all ages are enjoying erotic romance. This genre that began in the back rooms of small internet publishing companies a decade ago has exploded in the digital age and has now gone mainstream with Berkley, Harlequin, and Kensington, just a few of the NY publishing companies that are jumping into bed with this genre.

But what’s the allure? What fascinates women enough to seek out erotic romance books?

Well, for one it’s the quality of the storyline and the writing. Erotic romance is not pornography. Let me repeat that lest you become confused. Erotic romance isn’t about writing a story around one gratuitous sex scene after another (that’s pornography). In erotic romance, the character’s love story, as in all romances, is the primary push of the plot. The conflict of emotion and the tension between the central characters is high even if the relationship is consummated. It’s the journey of the characters to find—if not their happily-ever-after—at least their happy-for-now ending. The plot may be central to the character’s sexual awareness, but having lots of sex is not what’s driving the main characters.

Also, the length of erotic romances varies immensely. Harlequin’s Spice Briefs and EC’s Naughty Nooners can be as short as 5,000 words and all publishers accept erotic romance stories up to a full novel length of 90k and everything in between. This means there is something for every reader from the “quickie” to the satisfying “take-it-slow-lounge-in-bed-for-the-whole-weekend” story.

Secondly, I think women are more in touch with their own sexuality. We know what we like and what gets our juices flowing and we’re not ashamed to seek it out. Our fantasy lives are as diverse as the authors and their stories. Want a vampire to seduce you? That’s out there. How about a little public sex? Oh, yeah available by the truckload. A little seduction with leather bindings and a ball gag? Perhaps the idea of two men finding love through a vigorous sexual experience is what you’re looking for. The m/m erotic romance abounds. And of course the fantasy of multiple men intently focused on satisfying one female is growing exponentially. My newest release, “Maid for Master” (Buy link: http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-9001-50-maid-for-master.aspx ventures into Bondage/Dominance/Submission/Masochism (BDSM) world. Trust me when I say there’s a subgenre to satisfy everyone’s fantasy.

So what is it about erotic romance that draws you or makes you shy away? What component keeps you coming back to the genre as an author and/or a reader?

BLURB:

When lust and deception collide, will her complete submission be enough to bind their hearts?

Treat herself to a carnal weekend at the hedonistic retreat, XTC Resorts? That’s not something Claire Calderwood, a three-time loser in the relationship department would ordinarily do. But at forty-one, having a successful cleaning business is no longer enough. She wants a chance to let go of all responsibility, submit to a stranger’s sexual demands and satisfy her darkest fantasies.

Jonathon Brierton has known his best friend’s sister long enough to recognize her submissive nature. He would like nothing more than to have Claire bound naked and at the mercy of his flogger as he teaches her the sensual art of obeying her Master. At thirty-something, he’s a successful real estate developer, owner of a BDSM resort—and hopelessly in love with the older woman.

When Claire follows him to his resort, Jonathon is certain he can keep his identity secret long enough to convince her that being restrained in his stocks is something that will satisfy them both. But lies, deceit and broken hearts may not be so easy to overcome.

Buy link: http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-9001-50-maid-for-master.aspx

**Giveaway** Nina’s giving away a box full of goodies, including her erotic suspense novel, “Healer’s Garden” to a random commenter from all the blogs she visits during her tour between Jan 17 and Jan 25.

Nina Pierce is an award-winning author of erotic romance. Her stories fall in all genres from contemporary to paranormal. When she’s not sitting at her computer creating stories of lust and love, she’s spending time with her real life hero and husband of twenty-six years, her three adult children and a menagerie of aging pets. You can keep up with all her latest books on:
website http://www.ninapierce.com
blog http://www.ninapierce.com/blog
twitter http://www.twitter.com/ninapierce
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nina.pierce

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Angela Kay Austin said...

Nina, I guess your clarification, erotica is not pornography, is why I don't normally read erotica. Or, at least I didn't.

When I did attempt to read it, it seemed to be just that (to me). Only lately as I've made friends who write erotica have I been exposed to authors who definitely know how to weave a wonderful sex scenes into a great love story.

Now, I can enjoy erotica stories as I can any other well-written story.

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Nina - great post. And you're so right, erotic romance is not porn. W/o the emotional connection between the hero/heroine, the sex wouldn't be hot, it would be boring. And we all know that's not true in today's erotic romances. :)

Nina Pierce said...

Angela - I think the key is finding the genre you enjoy within the erotic romance realm. I love paranormal stories so I tend to lean toward shifter or vampire erotica.

I'm glad you've found some stories you enjoy. I love to write a true love story with a happily-ever-after. That's not the case for all erotic romance. It's just a matter of finding an author or a genre you enjoy.

Nina Pierce said...

Tina - It's the emotions that draw me to the characters. Without that the story won't hold my interest.

Artemis said...

I didn't start reading romance of any type, including erotic, until 4 or 5 years ago. (And this year I will be celebrating my 54th birthday!) Let me explain -- the reason is simple: Time. I was raising a family and working full-time. I quit work to take care of my grandson and found I had time available again and decided to read something different for a change besides the usual I would read.

So, I looked into romance novels. And I haven't stopped since. I read erotic, paranormal, suspense, m/m, contemporary and historical. What draws me to erotic, and others as well, is always the relationship between the H/h and the secondary characters. A good storyline is also essential.

@Nina and Tina: Ladies, I enjoy work work very, very much!

Paris said...

Hi Nina, I loved the post and your definition of erotica. I don't know why some people have so much trouble understanding how an emotional connection can happen during sex...makes you wonder:-)

Nina Pierce said...

Artemis - There is still the preconceived notion that romance has no story. This is magnified when it comes to erotic romancce.

I've had women read my books and been surprised that there's a story involved and that the sex ... was an integral part of it.

*shrugs* I can only write the best books I'm capable of and hope the readers find me. ;)

Thanks for stopping by.

Nina Pierce said...

Paris - Unfortunately we're fighting an uphill battle about people's notion of explicit sex scenes = really bad porn.

I can only hope with new readers discovering that romance comes in all genres with great characterization and wonderful plot lines that it will carry over to erotic romance.

Katalina Leon said...

Wonderful post Nina. I love quality erotic romance because it validates a woman's stronger sexual feelings without insulting her intelligence or integrity.
Erotic romance paints a more complete image of a woman's psyche than a closed-door romance.
Maid for Master looks great. I love the title!
XXOO Kat

jean hart stewart said...

Loved your post Nina. Amazingly the people who most resist reading my sex scenes are my children. I don't quite write erotica but still it really turns them off. Although I never tried some of the stuff my characters do, I love to write sex scenes....and love your writing...Jean

Nina Pierce said...

Kat - There is so much about sex that happens in the brain. It's nice to include that part of the relationship in a romance story.

Nina Pierce said...

Jean - LOL! on the children. I have neices and friends reading my books, but if one of them mentions something to my kids they cover their ears and run into the other room singing la la la la.

I guess I can totally understand their reaction.

Jennifer Mathis said...

I'ma proud erotic reader . I love the hot steamy sex scenes . I really love the paranormal erotica .

Nina Pierce said...

Jennifer - Oh, take a hunky alpha hero who's also a vamp or shifter throw in some hawt monkey sex ... and what's not to LOVE?? *vbg*

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the post.

I enjoy reading erotica which touches all the senses.

Thanks,
Tracey D

Leni said...

I keep reading erotic romance because there are a variety of story lines to read. The characters are interesting and I want to find out what happens to them and that keeps me from putting down the book.
The sub genres have introduced me to stories that I might not have been so eager to read before.
The best way to say it is, the stories, characters and writing are well developed.

lenikaye@yahoo.com

Nina Pierce said...

Booklover - Erotic romance certainly does touch all the senses! Thanks for following me here!

Nina Pierce said...

Leni - I couldn't have said it better myself!

Renee Vincent said...

Hey Nina! Love the post. And I think you are right about women being more in touch with their own sexuality. We know what we want and what we like.

I like scenes that are sensual, but bordering on steamy, especially when the hero is an Alpha male. I prefer bold and brazen heroes, but authors who remain tasteful in their attempt to be erotically tantalizing.

Bring on the heat!

Nina Pierce said...

Renee - I really do think because women are more open about their sexuality that erotic romance has found a place in the publishing world. No more pretending we don't like sex. ;)

Nina Pierce said...

Thank you so much for being one of the stops on my whirlwind blog tour. I had a wonderful time. I've chosen two winners ... Tracey and Fedora. Congratulations ladies, your stuff is in the mail! ;)

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