As I write this blog post, it’s December 7. My Christmas tree is not up and I’m only about 72% done with my shopping. Therefore, it stresses me out to even think about the holidays fast approaching. So I’m going to tackle a different topic today in order to take my mind off the fact that I’m falling very far behind in life.
Today’s topic? S-E-X.
How much is too much?
Settle down, people. I’m not Dr. Phil and I’m not going to examine what you do behind closed doors (or what you do sneakily in public for that matter…I’m not here to judge.). I’m talking about steamy scenes in the books you read. Since I’m pretty sure that 99% of you signed up for my newsletter/blog because you’re readers, I think it’s safe to assume that you all have preferences for your taste in books. (As for the other 1% who subscribe…I don’t know how you found me, but thanks for subscribing!)
The reason the ‘How much nookie should go in books?’ debate is at the forefront of my mind, is because I’m currently 30,000 words into my next book and I have no steam at all. Not even a kiss on the mouth. Are you thinking, “What the royal fuck, Grace? I need your porn!” ??? I sure hope not!
No, I’ve not gone soft on you, it’s just that my current characters have a bit of a “I’m getting on your nerves, but I secretly think you’re hot” vibe to them and it’s more of a slow burn, build-up kind of thing. This story is going to be LONG, so I still have plenty of time to consummate the relationship…but I don’t think the sex is the prime focus of the book.
This leads me to my question of the day, dear reader:
How much sex do you want in your books?
Personally, I’m very nit-picky about the amount of lovin’ that goes into the stories I read. Twilight? Loved the story, but I wanted DETAILS of Edward and Bella’s honeymoon. I didn’t appreciate the fade to black. On the other side of the coin, I’ve read books where entire chapters were devoted to the 7th or 8th time the main couple had wild animal sex and I honestly skimmed them because I didn’t care how flexible she was or how many times he got off in one night. I like REALISTIC sex in my books and I think this is hard to come by.
I guess, basically, I like to read about the sex when the couple gets together for the first time and then maybe once or twice more. Otherwise, I skim the hell out of books with too much sex.
But enough about me. What do YOU think? What do you find most important in the books you read? What makes a good book for you?
Just hit “Comment” on this blog post or “Reply” to this newsletter and let me know how you feel. What makes you weak at the knees and tearing up with emotion? What has you throwing your kindle across the room while you swear a blue streak?
I hate love triangles, cheating, super rich billionaire heroes that aren’t realistic, weak heroines that can’t survive one minute without a man to tell them what to do, stories that don’t have an ounce of humor in them, and plots that make no sense and totally ‘jump the shark.’
Now that my oversharing of opinions is complete, let’s get to the part of the newsletter where I post some books, shall we?
These are all books that are part of my newsletter swap program. You know the drill: these authors were kind enough to put me in their newsletters and now I’m returning the favor. The first story is FREE and the rest are only 99 cents on Amazon!
1) Antonia and Sabrina Struck in Love by Chiquita Dennie…FREE on Instafreebie
When VP Executive Sabrina Washington goes out one night with her girlfriends to get over a breakup, she stumbles upon Antonio De Luca a man who is headstrong, dangerous, intimidating, and sexy. The cautious and by the book Sabrina is shocked by her sudden feelings that this man brings out of her despite his alpha behavior. She is constantly fighting to get away, and he’s fighting to keep her close. Unable to resist Sabrina’s sassy, sexy, and independent spirit, Antonio finally gets her to submit to him and stop running.
Scared and thrilled by Antonio’s erotic tastes, Sabrina learns more about what pleases her and him in the bedroom. Keeping his life as a club owner in the forefront and dealings as a mobster behind the scenes and away from Sabrina. Antonio is a man torn between his family’s lifestyle and the need to live his own life as a business owner. When the couple embarks on a passionate love affair, Sabrina will find all of Antonio’s good and bad sides, while discovering her own.
2) A Very Beary Christmas by Abbie Zanders….99 Cent Pre-order on Amazon
For most people, Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends, but not for Chloe Lewis. She plans to spend it as she does every other day— alone, escaping the harsh realities of the world through her art. Painting mountainous landscapes reminds her of the one brief time in her life when she didn’t feel so alone. The hallmark grizzly bear she incorporates into each and every painting has the same golden-brown eyes as the only friend she’d ever known.
Sam Brown was only eight years old when Chloe moved to the small mountain town he and his family called home, but his bear knew right away that she was the one for him. In a cruel twist of fate, Chloe was taken away, but he’s never forgotten her – or what she is to him.
When Sam’s cousin comes home for the holidays and shows him a painting he’d seen of a very familiar looking bear and signed simply “Chloe”, it might just be the break he’s been hoping for. A winter storm is coming but nothing is going to stop Sam from finding her and bringing her home.
After all, Christmas is the time for miracles…
3) The Misadventures of a Dating Delia by H.C. Bentley….99 Cent Pre-Release on Amazon
Day trader Delia Sinclaire was on a mission: Find Mr. Right. And find him fast.
If she doesn’t, it means she’ll have consider marrying Morty when they reach a certain age…and that age is fast approaching. They’d made a pact in college, and it didn’t matter now that his unemployed butt spent his days playing video games in his mother’s basement. So Delia, with the help of her best friend, sets off to tackle the world of dating, Desperate, she tries every kind of dating she can think of. Blind dates, speed dates, You name it, she’ll try it. Only each date ends up being hysterically worst than the last. Will a single’s cruise be her saving grace, or will she end up being Mrs. Mortimer P. Floyd?
4) Marriage of Convenience by Amy Faye………99 Cents on Amazon
“I just want you,” she said. “However you want. There’ll be plenty of time later.”
Her tongue swirled around him, drawing away his entire concentration. By the time he regained control of himself he was trying to force himself deeper into her throat. He pulled his hand away and she pulled herself off and looked up at him with a raised eyebrow.
“You like that?”
He wanted to be a politician, and that meant getting married. It didn’t matter to him who he married. As long as she was presentable.
Well, I’d hardly call my messed up life presentable.
I just needed a way to keep my twins fed and warm, and away from their scumbag father.
He made me an offer I literally couldn’t refuse. It helped that I wanted to be touched, stroked, pleasured by him in every way possible.
A marriage agreement. We get married, we both benefit. It was smart. It was clean. And it was all going great, until our feelings started making the situation messy. Really messy.
5) A Flare of Power: Book Two by Elodie Colt 99 Cent Pre-Order on Amazon
How would you feel if you could wield nature’s greatest power?
Ever since Haylie found out she was a Natural—the rarest human species in existence—she was determined to find out about the ability she should have.
The problem—she had no clue how to find it.
What made things worse was that Dylan, the man who’d dared her to come anywhere near him, was now her trainer and eager to push her to her limits. When he made her jump over that wall, it resurrected something inside her she deathly feared. She knew she needed to find out about her ability soon and get it under control before someone got killed.
Dylan was still avoiding Haylie as best as he could, but when they came up with a plan on how to find more information about her ability, he jumped at the chance to go with her. In the end, no one could have guessed what kind of ultimate power lay dormant inside of her. He was grateful they still had enough time left before her Awakening.
Little did he know that time was quickly running out..
That’s all I have for you today. I look forward to hearing about your book likes and dislikes! Have a great weekend and I promise to have my act together by the next blog post/newsletter….decorations will be up and presents will be purchased and wrapped!