News & Newsworthy
September 26th, 2007
A few weeks ago I took six copies of my anthology, WILD NIGHTS, to my local public library. My husband had discovered online that authors could donate their books to the library.
I have to admit I felt strange explaining to the librarian that I was the author and wanted to donate the books.
I expected her to ask me to prove it.
I mean, after all, I’m just saying I’m the author. I could be anyone. I could even be an author trying to impersonate a better known author. The possibilities are endless.
Though later I thought, Why would she ask me to prove who I was? I was donating the books. I had six copies of one book. If I’d bought six copies to donate just so I could impersonate an author, why would the library care? And the librarian was certainly appreciative about my donation.
Last night, my hubby checked on my books in my home town’s library system and I was stunned to discover that my library has all four of my books, including the one I donated.
What completely knocked me off my feet?
The online system showed requests for those books. That means that there are people on waiting lists to read my books. Thirty people are on the list for BLOOD ROSE. And thirty for WILD NIGHTS. Each book, actually had a list of 20 – 30 people.
Now of course I had to put it into perspective. So I checked Nora Roberts. 522 people are waiting for High Noon. 50 are waiting for Amanda Quick’s latest. But I was still stunned, and touched, and thrilled, and amazed at my 30!
I adore my local library. I loved taking my kids there for story times and I met other new moms there who are very good friends. I love having the resource so close to hand for non-fiction books. And I love the serendipity of browsing shelves and finding a book I never would have gone searching for. This is how, years ago, I found “The Unruly Queen” by Fiona Fraser. She writes a terrific biography of the Regent’s wife, Princess Caroline. My heart certainly went out to Caroline after reading it. I was fascinated by the fact that if Caroline took an English lover the man would be arrested for treason. Obviously, I realized after. Since any child of hers would be a future king or queen. Caroline was very clever, however. Her lover was reputedly Pergami, an Italian.
What are most intriguing biographies you’ve read lately? Or have you made a surprising find at your local library?
September 10th, 2007
First, I have some thrilling news to announce. Last week, I had two sales to publishers! I will be writing a sequel to BLOOD ROSE, and wrapping up my erotic vampire series by asking the question: Can the most dangerous vampires be redeemed by love?
And I sold on auction to Bantam/Dell in a two book deal for regency historical romance. These will be mass market, which is also really exciting for me.
Last night I saw myself on Canadian National t.v.—back in March, I taped a game show called “Test the Nation—Watch Your Language”. I had a brief sound bite interview. The host asked me, “What makes a romance erotic?” Well, we were talking about language, so I pointed out that the language is frank, we don’t use euphemisms, and the stories are hot. It’s a family network and the show had an airtime of 8:00 p.m. Also, I knew the network wanted schoolchildren to watch the show. So in my answer, I had to walk a fine line. Capturing the “erotic” in erotic romance is far more complicated than blunt language, and here’s why:
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, and our local chapter met yesterday for a wonderful workshop given by USA Today Bestseller Nancy Warren (Kensington Brava and Harlequin). She gave two excellent talks on sexual tension and on using screenwriting tips for dialogue. Nancy also quoted the scriptwriter of the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice who, when reading the book, was amazed by the blazing sexuality on every page. I watched the series on DVD again this weekend, and was impressed with how the writer portrayed that—in the “unspoken dialogue”, as my husband termed it. The facial expressions revealed what the characters did not even quite understand themselves—they “fancied the pants off each other” as Nancy Warren put it. So if a story without explicit sex can be blazingly sexual, there’s obviously a lot more to it!
If the unspoken dialogue is so powerful, what can lovers actually say to each other that is more powerful than that? In my current WIP, my heroine, after years of feeling like a coward in her marriage to an abusive older husband, is widowed and meets the hero, with whom she is angry enough to be blunt. And honest. As my hero puts it—he’s never met a woman who wielded honesty with such brutality. And that’s the power of sexual banter to me—it’s those moments when desire strips away sense, and vulnerability becomes less important than joining and pleasure, and honesty is what comes out of our mouths.
Just for fun, I’ve picked out some of my favorite bits of fun sexual banter from my stories:
From BLOOD ROSE:
“So you wouldn’t spank me in punishment.”
“You are a grown man, Mr. Swift.”
“Would you spank me in fun?”
A blush. He’d expected her to blush, to be a little embarrassed. Instead, Serena walked calmly to the edge of the bed and picked up the whip. She curled her fingers around the grip, weighing it. “If I were to spank your bottom, Mr. Swift, I would be tempted to do it with the flat of my hand.”
“You plan to walk in public completely bare beneath your cloak?”
“No one would know but you,” she protested.
Agony flashed across his handsome features, twisting his sensual mouth. “God, and that’s the bloody magic of it, isn’t it?”
The opening line of BLACK SILK (Coming April 2008):
“You spend a night allowing a woman to drip molten wax on your chest, and afterward everyone casts you as the villain.”
Would other Crumpets like to share some of their favorite banter? Or if you have a favorite snippet from a beloved book, please share!
September 4th, 2007
Sharon Page will be appearing on national t.v. in Canada. She’s part of the Romance Authors team in a game show called “Test the Nation”. Six teams compete to show how well they know their language—and Sharon was briefly interviewed about what erotic romance is all about (much to the interest of the Fraternity Team). Check out the photos for the show and a fun interview with Sharon’s fellow contestant, bestselling author Kayla Perrin. And if you are in Canada, check out the show on CBC on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at 8:00 p.m.
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And info on the show:
August 22nd, 2007
Congrats Lacy, on the gorgeous cover for your book. That is going to fly off the shelves—he’s irresistible.
As for me, I’ve been struggling to think of a post for today. I’m knee deep in plotting a paranormal romantic suspense. I’m in the storyboarding phase—my term for writing bits and pieces of scenes and then rearranging them until I have a story. While doing this I realize what I’m missing and fill the page with notes in caps such as “WHY IS HE DOING THIS?” “MAKE HIM A THREAT” and “NO! NO! NO!” Ah, the smooth, orderly process of writing is such a treat.
My current struggle is that I wanted to build a very hot, intense, erotic relationship between my hero and heroine. However, there is now a child in jeopardy in my story and the hero’s younger brother is a suspect. And I just can’t picture bringing the couple together for hot sex while they are under so much pain and stress. So I may have to do some replotting. I always admire writers who can elegantly combine suspense and sex, because it is such an art of defining character motivation. I do see how a writer can make it believable that a character can feel passion when he or she is surrounded by danger. In some ways, it might be a survival instinct along the lines of “mate while you still can”, or maybe even “bond with an ally.” But making characters feel desire when someone else is in danger? I can’t do it.
My first book SIN (Aphrodisia, Sept 06) blended my love of erotic romance with Agatha Christie “who-dunnit” mysteries. My elegant houseparty is actually an orgy. In SIN, I felt I got just the balance I wanted between suspense, fear, and hot sex.
So I’m back to the “storyboarding board” (my computer) to see if I can figure this one out. For those of you reading and writing out there, have you read many erotic romantic suspense stories? Any favorites?
August 7th, 2007
Apologies on being late with my post. My excuse is the usual summer one—the kids at are home and no possible way to get on a computer while potty-training my son. When he says he has to go, he simply is not kidding.
I’m in an odd place right now, where I haven’t written an erotic scene for over 4 weeks. I almost feel like I should be making some sort of confession. And I’m definitely suffering withdrawal. Right now, all the “accountant like” part of writing takes precedent, such as preparing an outline/synopsis of my next story. Researching. Thinking out logistics—timing, setting, how far it takes to travel, should my hero and heroine start in the same town, etc., etc.
And I’ve wondered why I wish I could just push all that aside and indulge myself by writing an erotic scene. Other than the fun factor, of course. And I think it’s because, as has been mentioned before here, that those scenes are the ones that best reveal characters. And I really, really want to start getting to know my characters.
When I wrote my first published historical erotic romance, A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED, I would think up the scenes in the morning before I got out of bed. So then I would be very excited to get to the computer and get to work. This way, the scenes came out of order. I just knew what my hero Lucien would do, and what his emotional reactions would be. His playful bondage scene from near the end of the book was written somewhere during the middle, and chapter four required seven re-writes…that sort of thing.
So I have a question for other writers out there—do you write your scenes in order, or do certain scenes, sex scenes or others, just leap into your mind and beg to be put down on paper, even if they are completely out of order?