Tell Me Your Story Tuesday

Today, I am breaking out the virtual champagne and throwing imaginary confetti for my friend, the FABULOUS RONI LOREN!

Roni is awesome. I'm a total fan of her Loving on the Edge series, especially Melt into You (Hmm, Jace and Andre....*insert dreamy stare here* Oh, sorry. Were we talking about something? Oh, right, the blog post.)

Um, as I was saying, her new release
is the first title in Roni's new eserial.
  A new installment will be released every week over the next eight weeks. 

I have been totally looking forward to this because 1. It is about Andre's sister. He is in the very first scene ( *insert fangirl squee) and 2. It will be longer than her regular novels, which I love, but always want to read more!

Here's to a terrific release day. 

From the author of the Loving on the Edge novels comes a story of a good girl who discovers that once you dare to cross some lines, it’s hard to turn back…
On the night of her graduation, innocent veterinary student Cela decides to play a game of Never Have I Ever with the two hot neighbors she’s been quietly crushing on for the last year. Always the prim and proper student, Cela thinks she’s earned a wild night before she has to move back home under the watchful gaze of her family. But what starts out as a simple game is about to take a very sensual turn...
Ian Foster is tired of playing games. With his membership to The Ranch, an exclusive BDSM resort, and a musician roommate who brings home groupies with a taste for ménage, Foster has a life most guys would kill for. But lately, his need for dominance is no longer satisfied via one-night stands. He craves the full surrender a woman—a submissive of his own. 
But when his quiet, sweet-as-sugar neighbor shows up at their door with a bottle of tequila and an invitation, Foster decides he and Pike may have time for one more fling… 

And a few questions for the Roni fans out there.
What book is your favorite? 
What character would you love to spend an evening with? 
What character would you be terrified of spending the evening with?

With a little help from my friends...

Thinking about Thursday

Yes, I know purist appreciate the Beatles version more, but I am 80's kid and this man's voice will forever be linked to the opening of The Wonder Years in my mind.

 This past weekend, I attended the Texas Two Step Conference which was hosted by my RWA chapter. During a workshop on "writer karma",  Candace Havens talked about surrounding yourself with other writers who will "pick you up off the floor" when you need it.

Just a few short years ago, I was a closet writer. A very select few people in my world knew I wrote and none of them were writers. Now, I have an amazing support system.
So, here are some shout outs to the other writers in my life who lift me up and, occasionally, kick me in the butt.

One of my awesome critique partners and Great Expectations Contest Winner~ Genevieve Wilson. 

 The Fabulous Roni Loren and her pretty book, Crash into You. She is giving a workshop on writing sex scenes at DFWCon. I can't wait!

The amazing Lindsay Cummings. This girl is going to be huge. She just announced her sale this week. I am keeping all of the pictures I have of us together so I can say I knew her when. 
Who is going to guest blog for me one day, despite the fact she continually claims to "have nothing to say".

I am blessed and thankful to have these ladies and several more in my life. 

What about you? Do you have a network of people to keep you on track? Do you prefer the sweet, nurturing or the tough love approach? Lucky for me, I have a good mix of both!

Happy Release day to RONI LOREN!

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday
Crash Into You
Go ahead and stare at the cover a little longer. I'll wait.

*Throws confetti*

Happy Release day to my friend,

Roni is just awesome. I have truly enjoyed getting to know her through NTRWA and have been waiting anxiously to be able to throw her a release day virtual party.
Also, you should check out her blog because, well, she puts really hot guys on there! 
Roni has visited us a few times most recently with this post about the craziness of self-promotion.
But, she also weighed in on my struggle with writing sexy scenes. You can check out her advice here

So, celebrate with me! 

Grab some confetti and a virtual glass for the toast.  
Congratulate Roni or hop over to her blog and leave her some love. 

Why my weekend ROCKED!

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday

My weekend ROCKED because 

 I got to meet Sandra Brown!
who was awesome and friendly and someone you just want to go have a drink with and listen to her tell stories.

I hung out with these people. Who are awesome and friendly and going to all sign books for me some day!

I also got to hang with  these people. Who I already knew were awesome and friendly and going to sign their books for me this year!

And we ROCKED the DFWcon shoe grudge!
(My feet are the too-white-to-even-show-up-in-the-flash, but I had pretty toenails!)

So, tell me your story! What was the best part of the weekend for you? Who are your awesome and cool, new friends? How were your shoes?

*I know lots of people are recapping DFWcon today. I will be describing my experience on Thinking about Thursday. *

Let's talk about Sex

Thinking about Thursday
Let's Talk about Sex

Now that I have your attention, excuse me a moment while I make a private comment to my husband.
Honey, if you are reading this: you can go back to watching hockey, it isn't going to be what you hope!

For my writer friends, let's talk about sex. My apologies to all of you who now have a Salt and Peppa Song stuck in your head. Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about you and me...

Anyway, I am  wondering if  writing about sex is not in my skill set. Don't get me wrong, I am far from prude and have no problem reading about it. 
But, when I start writing I can only come up with about three synonyms for moan and even less for particular body parts. Therefore, my scenes are less than...enthralling ( I was going to say climatic, but the pun felt too juvenile). 

As an aspiring romance writer, this is a problem!

To quote Roni Loren, whose erotic novel Exposure Therapy comes out in early 2012 :  
"The best way to learn to write sex is to read a heat level above what you're writing and
then when you get to your own book, what you're writing feels mild compared to the other stuff."

That is great advice and, as of now, finding a heat level about mine shouldn't be difficult.

One of my mother's comments about the first (and only) manuscript I let her read was, 
"There wasn't enough sex to make it a romance novel. You should add more." 

That was creepy in itself. I don't know which is worse, having a mother who would be embarrassed at how erotic your book is or having a mother who doesn't think it is erotic enough....(hmm, guess I will save that question for my next therapy session.)

Honestly, I am not worried about what people think about me writing sex scenes. I am worried about what people will think about me writing bad sex scenes.

Romantic suspense is my niche and there are successful authors who write without it. Wendy Lyn Watson 's mystery a-la-mode series, for example. Warning: The way Wendy describes ice cream is like reading about sex!

So, what do you think? 

Can a romance novel (or in my case, romantic suspense) that is not historical or inspirational be sexy, hot and most importantly, sell without explicit sex? 

What do you prefer in your reading/ writing?

Do more readers want to see the bedroom door swing shut and leave the rest to the imagination? Or  have the entire fantasy played out before them?  

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! I look forward to reading your comments.

Have a great weekend!