Keeping in mind I was at my annual "girl's christmas party" where I had some wine - more than I usually drink - I'm not a drinker by nature but once in a while I do cut loose -but what is it about #12?
#12 was where I insist on having books with sex in them these days -but I often skip reading them. It doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense does it? It seems I'm not the only one who feels this way. I suppose it comes down to the fact that while we may not want to read sex scenes, it's nice to know they are there if we want them. And while I am not an author, it seems to me they are rather difficult to do well. There aren't that many I've read that I felt were damn good. It's not that others were not done well, but some were so well written, I just couldn't skip them. Off the top of my head 3 books come to mind that I read almost every word. Passion by Lisa Valdez and the two Crazy books by Tara Janzen.
It occured to me it takes a special talent to write a good, hot believable sex scene. I know for me, I don't want a lot of silly euphamisms. Can we say Betrice Small. Sometimes I just want something earthy and gritty. That's why the Lisa Valdex book worked so well. The sex scenes were well - raw. They offended a lot of readers but I wasn't one of them.
And I can't put my finger on exactly what Tara Janzen did right - but she did it.
I just finished a couple of books by the same author where the sex scenes almost appeared tacked on at the end - as if the author was following romance novel writing 101. I very much enjoyed the rest of the books, but the sex scenes almost appeared to be an add on. That seems to happen quite often. But then - I suppose that's to appeal to people like me. Those who want sex scenes in their novels - whether they read them or not.
Anyway, that's my thoughts for a very late Saturday night.