I’m thrilled to welcome author Larissa Ione here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Ms. Ione is the fabulous author behind the wonderful Demonica series. I’ll finish telling you my thoughts on the rest of the series this week. Apologies, my work schedule was a bit of a nightmare last week. Please join me in welcoming Larissa here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read excerpts from her books by clicking on the links below:
3.5. Eternity Embraced
5. Sin Undone
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Demonica tote bag filled with goodies, a signed copy of Pleasure Unbound, and an ebook copy of Eternity Embraced! As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
It’s great to be here, and I want to throw out a big thank you to Angela and the Dark Faerie Tales blog for having me!
So…what am I going to talk about today?
Sex. Yes, S.E.X.
See, one of the questions I’ve seen lately around the internet, and one I’ve been asked several times now is: Can you write a good romance novel without sex?
My answer: Absolutely. But why would I?
I write what I like to read — and I like some steam in my romance. I see sex scenes as a way to explore the characters, and in my books, no scene is gratuitous, no matter what critics might say. I had a reason to write them, and if that reason isn’t clear, well, I failed somewhere. But I definitely don’t stick sex scenes in my books for the sake of adding erotic content or because it’s an easy way to fill pages.
Easy? No way. Sex scenes are the hardest ones for me to write, and sometimes I actually try to come up with reasons to not write one. But ultimately, if the characters and plot call for it, I add it.
Sex is something we all do — heck, it’s one of our most basic, natural instincts. Like food and water, we must do it to survive. Oh, sure, as individuals we don’t need it, as in, we won’t die if we don’t get it (unlike my Seminus demons in the Demonica books!) but as a species, it’s crucial as a means for reproduction.
Our responses to sex, our deep-down feelings, are part of us, and how we approach it with a partner says as much about us as our work ethics, our habits, our manners. Do we do it with all the lights off, or do we like to see everything? Do we do it only in bed, or are we open to other locations? Are we spontaneous, or is intimate time planned? Do we enjoy multiple positions and techniques, or are we missionary only? Are we adventurous or more apt to stick with the tried-and-true? Are we silent or loud, playful or intense?
With so much variation and so many possibilities, sex is one way I can dig deep into my characters and explore their relationships with each other.
So yes, I could write a romance with no sexual content. But I would always wonder how those characters relate to each other when they’re wearing nothing but skin, when they’re as exposed and as vulnerable as they will ever be.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with romances that close the bedroom door to a reader’s eyes, and I’ve read some outstanding ones. But ultimately, I write what my characters want and need, and so far, they’ve wanted and needed that one hot-button word: sex.
So, readers, since I talked about sex in my post, I figure it’s only fitting to keep the theme in the comments. At least, we’ll talk sexy. What attributes do you find sexy in a person? It can be physical or not; for example, I love hands…watching a skilled set of male hands perform surgery or fire a gun just makes me sigh. I also find it incredibly sexy when a big, strong man cuddles a baby or a kitten. Sexy can be physical or a state of mind, and to me, kindness is always sexy.
So tell me what you find to be sexy and you’ll be eligible to win a Demonica tote bag filled with goodies, a signed copy of Pleasure Unbound, and an ebook copy of Eternity Embraced!
New York Times best-selling author Larissa Ione grew up reading Stephen King, Jack London, and Dean Koontz. She began writing horror and fantasy, but during her enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, she learned to love romance.
She now writes sexy, gritty paranormal romance for Grand Central Publishing and Kensington Books, steamy contemporary romance for Red Sage and Samhain, and erotic fantasy romance under the name Sydney Croft (with Stephanie Tyler), for Random House
She is also lucky enough to write full time, which is a blessing given her husband’s very mobile military career. Though she considers the Pacific Northwest to be her home, she has lived all over the world and currently resides in Wisconsin.
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What attributes do you find sexy in a person? It can be physical or not; for example, I love hands…watching a skilled set of male hands perform surgery or fire a gun just makes me sigh. I also find it incredibly sexy when a big, strong man cuddles a baby or a kitten. Sexy can be physical or a state of mind, and to me, kindness is always sexy.
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