I'm honored to have Tina Donahue in my crib today introducing her latest release, Sinfully Wicked. To make things around here really exciting, she's doing a contest! Details at the end of the post. I'm looking forward to reading more from this talented author, so take it away Tina. . .
It’s All About Passion…
For those of you new to erotic romance – one of the subgenres I write – allow me to state one thing from the start. Erotic romance isn’t about the sex. It really shouldn’t be just about the sex. Sex scenes in this subgenre are the icing on the cake, the cherry on top of the sundae, the period after a sentence. In other words, it’s what’s beneath and what came first that’s the most important in these stories. The thing that matters is the romance, passion, the emotional build between the hero/heroine or in a ménage the heroes/heroine.
Without it, you simply have sex scenes strung together, and trust me that gets boring quickly.
I’ve always worked hard for a rich back story and compelling conflict in my erotic romances. Sensual Stranger, which won the Best Book of 2010 – erotic category – at Blue Moon Reviews is a case in point. The reviewer stated (paraphrasing here) that in some erotic romances if you take away the sex there isn’t any story at all. In Sensual Stranger, the story enhanced the sex.
That’s the way I like it.
For my newest release Sinfully Wicked (available now), I wanted to explore the themes of betrayal and forgiveness for two brothers and the women they both fell in love with in high school. When she comes back into their lives after a fifteen year absence, it’s as if the years have fallen away. The love is still there, but there’s also caution and lingering hurt.
This background provided me with many instances to enrich the plot and the love story between Mitch, Connor and Nikki. It’s what makes it a romance and oh so delicious.
Here’s the blurb:
Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion…
Years before Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, betraying them as only a high school girl could. Now, she’s back and needs their help.
Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition by stripping for them.
Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, unless he and Connor are the ones mounting and enjoying her.
On a sultry weekend, Nikki surrenders to their lust, dominance and exquisite discipline, reawakening their timeless bond and the beginning of forgiveness.
Buy Link (with excerpt): http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9983-sinfully-wicked.aspx
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
*** CONTEST ***
To celebrate the release of Sinfully Wicked, I’m offering a contest. One lucky commenter on this blog will have her choice of one of my following ebooks**:
1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist;
4 Stars RT
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt
Medallion Award of Merit
3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden
4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic);
4 Stars RT
6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7. Take Me Away - #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
** Winner chosen at random. Winner chosen April 7.
Thanks for honoring me as a guest blogger on Romantic Words by Cynthia, Tina. Come back anytime.