All my books are novels for adults with romance as their primary theme but exploring other aspects of life from history to fantasy with people sometimes caught in dangerous situations who must find their way to a safe landing. Some are connected books, with continuing characters-- where a secondary character might show up in a new book as a hero/heroine. Each book stands alone with no cliff hangers.

Because mine vary for the 'heat' level, I devised this chart. If you find a book that interests you, look for the hearts. Some books with strong language or mild profanity.

♥ ------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sexuality and the romance novel

Are romance novels pornographic? They don't have to but many do describe sexuality between a man and woman (romances today are sometimes between same sex couples). Whenever one describes sexuality does it become pornography?
 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

I sat under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

My beloved is mine, and I am his; he feedeth among the lilies.
 I could go on but won't. Obviously most know those words as from the Bible and no romance novel is any flowerier nor more sexual. Some have tried to desexualize the words by saying it's about humans and god... except clearly if you read them, there is no way that's a possible interpretation. It's a man and woman and makes very clear that sex is about pleasure-- although there is more to it and that more to it is what makes a romance novel work. 

Romance novels vary as to how sexual they are with some very explicit and others suggesting more than doing. Generally, today, they make the point that sexuality between a man and woman is not only natural and beautiful but a good thing. The days of bodice rippers and where rape can be okayed, those are gone unless they show up in erotica. Romance novels are about healthy sex and can even improve sexual relationships between couples as guilt is taken away and pleasure is left.

These stories are mythic, although often in modern times. They are imaginary and meant to depict the powerful energy there can be between a male and a female. 

She looks at him across the room and the way he carries himself, the words he's saying maybe to a shopkeeper, they all stir her juices. That is the nature of romantic love. It inspires. It encourages. It dreams.

In the film
Magic of Belle Isle, Morgan Freeman's character is crippled. His beautiful neighbor, a single mom,Virginia Madsen, isn't really possible for him to have nor could he possibly dance with her and yet one night he dreams of the dance. It is so real that she talks later of her wish for that dance. She feels the energy. That is what a romance novel does when it's at the top of its game.

Romance novels don't encourage most people to run off in search of that dream. It gives them the energy to make the most of what they have right where they are.


All key ingredients in romance novels that can make someone's life better right where it is when they are applied.