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When not writing fiction, Dr. Seuss-like poetry or song lyrics, Barbara Meyers masquerades behind a green apron as a shift supervisor for a global coffee company. Her latest release is THE FIRST TIME AGAIN from Samhain Publishing, the third in The Braddock Brotherhood series. Watch for her upcoming release NOBODY'S FOOL in early 2015. Some of her pastimes include spending time with her family and friends, reading, bicycling and playing Bejeweled Blitz while watching Sex and the City or Castle reruns. Visit her web site at www.barbmeyers.com or follow her on Twitter @barbmeyers or her fantasy-writing alter ego @ajtillock.

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Author Spotlight: It Isn’t Sex That Sells

By On Jun 25 2014, 9:00 am

Non-romance readers think romance novels are all about the sex. Even if they include descriptive love scenes they are not. They are about romantic love and commitment. For the purpose of this discussion let’s separate out erotica from the romance genre and stick to romance novels.

If they’re not about sex then why include sex scenes? I’ll speak for my own writing and no one else’s. I include them because it seems natural to the story. I like subtle, passionate well-written love scenes that reflect what’s going on both physically and emotionally with the characters.

Often the characters aren’t married to each other the first time they have sex. That’s simply a reflection of the times we live in. I write contemporary romance. My novels don’t necessarily reflect my own moral views. I’d wager most fiction doesn’t reflect the moral views of its readers. Most readers of murder mysteries, for example, aren’t killers in real life. A police procedural, however, shows how a murderer is caught. (Usually with some fictional license taken.) In the same way, a romance novel shows how a romantic relationship develops in a believable but not necessarily realistic situation.

In my novels, sex is the binding element. The characters may have already forged an emotional or psychological bond with each other. Certainly they are attracted to each other both physically and emotionally. There’s usually some reason they resist acting on the physical component of that attraction, a reason they fight it, delay it, refuse to give into it. Is this sounding at all like a real life situation you might have experienced?

There comes a point where they do give in, however. That bond they already had with each other becomes more intimate and meaningful because that’s what sex does. There’s always an emotional component whether any of us want to believe it or not. There’s no such thing as “just sex.” Not in a good romance novel and not in real life.

If we could have “just sex” with someone and walk away and forget about it, there wouldn’t be stalkers or jealous rages; murders by exes or sad songs about love gone wrong; we wouldn’t be popping anti-depressants in record numbers either or wonder why we feel so used up before the age of thirty. Sex, even a one-night stand, leaves an imprint on our hearts and our psyches.

Sex outside of or before marriage always complicates things because emotions are complicated. But if a writer has done the work of building the potential for a lasting relationship between the characters, a sexual relationship will be the glue that holds them together and helps them overcome obstacles together. That’s how they find their happy ending.

A No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day

By On Sep 23 2012, 9:00 am

I am the queen of ordering things that are discontinued, out of stock, backordered or otherwise delayed or unavailable.

(Anti) Bestsellers

By On Aug 15 2012, 8:00 am

I’ve been let down too many times over the years by bestselling novels and the movies “you have to see.” Sometimes I go far in the other direction. I won’t read or see something just because that’s what everyone else is doing and raving about.

Power to the Readers

By On Mar 3 2012, 9:00 am

Readers hold more power than they think they do over what succeeds in the marketplace. I encourage you to use your power for the benefit of readers everywhere.

I Made My Hero Cry

By On Oct 5 2011, 8:20 am

The hot water pouring down on him helped minimally. His head was pounding and his throat was raw. He had a God-awful taste in his mouth that gulping water had no effect on. Truth was he felt shaky and weak as a newborn kitten and he didn’t like the feeling. He also didn’t like knowing [...]

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