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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Have We Come Full Circle on Sexy Fare?

I always assumed that, like clothing, music and home decor, fiction genres functioned under popularity cycles. For example, from what I'm hearing in author circles, many authors who write erotica are creating more and more sensual versus steamy stories these days.  Add to this the fact that some readers have expressed a growing weariness for over-sexualized covers and you might reasonably conclude that the pendulum was swinging toward the sweet and sensual side of romance fiction rather than the hot and sexy side. Anecdotal evidence would seem to support a change in reader's tastes (Don't forget authors are readers too!).

But, au contraire, mon ami! Rather than fizzle out as I'd kind of expected, erotic romance has gone more deeply into the taboo with every passing year. Menages have become orgies of sexy fun featuring one woman with numerous men. Sex play has taken on a BDSM flavor, and storylines are getting more risque by the minute. (Sex with a dinosaur anyone?)

So I think it's safe to say that erotic romance is here to stay for a while. Like the always popular vampire, as immortal in popularity as he is in his fictional life, steamy reads still live.

But I do think the popularity of more sensual fare, like romance fiction of old, is increasing at the same time. And I'm happy for it. Because I believe sweetness and sensuality give romance an extra edge. And, I'm pleased to take part in its reemergence!

This Easter, rather than dying...again...Esther's gonna resurrect some serious feelings in her sexy perdition guide.

Esther Mills is caught in Hell's version of ground hog day. Every year she's resurrected on Easter and relives her death, only to be escorted to Hell again. The one thing that makes her life tolerable is being escorted back to Hell each time by Lucifer, her sexy perdition guide. Esther and Luc share a hot crush. But for some reason he won't act on his feelings. So this Easter, Esther's going to make sure Luc can't ignore her any longer. She's going to take her life back...and when she's done with her sexy devil, he's not gonna know what hit him!



USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.

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Melissa Keir said...

It is sad if people are feeling like they have to keep passion and racy stories a secret. I love both kinds of stories and will continue to read both.

Your story sounds like a fun time! With the new Lucifer show on TV, I wouldn't mind being taken to Hell each year by him! *wink*

All the best!

Sam Cheever said...

I LOVE that show, Melissa! LOL

Janice Seagraves said...

Sounds like a fun Easter ready.


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