Authors bringing sexy back and creating false expectation of men
I believe we as romance writers are making, *whispers* sex no longer a forbidden topic. Each one of us through our writing engage reader’s triggers, which are endless. They can be about domination (either by her or him; sex with a stranger; a threesome with another woman or two men; voyeurism or exhibitionism).
Regardless of the topic (trigger) sex is now being discussed, openly. We as women are no longer afraid to openly discuss books we are reading and the sex they contain. Think a´ la Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James; Passion for the Game by Sylvia Day and hopefully, Fallen Angel by yours truly and Alisa Anderson.
While we have fans, we also have naysayers. Some arguing we are creating false expectations of men. By false men, I mean we create male specimens who are strong, virile and in control of his world. Men who make women feel at ease and protected. Men who often have to save women from some vicarious situation they dumbly got themselves into.
So, do we at times create false expectations on men? Mmm….perhaps. But, no more than Disney does in each and every one of their fairy tales. And, no more than the writers of My Fair Lady or Pretty Woman.
What I’d love to say to those who openly criticize is this…women who read romance (erotic) novels are actually very smart women. They are fully aware they are works of fiction. They aren’t expecting, these fictional men to be real.
One could hope though and in my case Nick Roman is very much real.
They see our books for what they are - wonderful sexually stimulating tools for fun and fantasy.
An aphrodisiacs…ah yes...aphrodisiac.
I believe most people would agree. As long as no one's hurt and the relationship as a whole reflects healthy adult values, fantasy sex can be a part of variety in a relationship, and who doesn’t like variety!
It all boils down to knowing oneself and our partner. Being truly accepting, feeling safe, and letting go in trust – like a child at play.
So I stand and say bravo, romance (erotic) romance writers! For bringing sex back from the dark shadows. For making it no longer something women are ashamed to discuss and claim. For actually making men step up to be the perceived images of the ideal men in our works.
Here’s my ideal man
Fallen Angel: A Mafia Romance
(Roman Crime Family)
Alisa Anderson & Cameron Skye
"Fallen Angel is a dark, tasty appetizer with echoes of "The Sopranos." It's like picking up a Lindt truffle on your way out of the store. There's just enough to wake up your taste buds, or in this case, other parts due South." - Margo's Red Light District
"Gritty,sexy and with a strong but vulnerable female lead. Fallen Angel is a surprisingly good read." - Ingrid Hall
"Is Jess going to get sucked into a world with Nick that will destroy her or will she bring Nick to the other side and they find happy ever after? I will be grabbing the next book soon. I need to know more about this story and what the future holds." - TBird, Crystals Many Reviews
"Fallen Angel is a quick and sexy read. I hope to get the chance to read the next installment. I want to know more about Nick and the dangerous games he's playing. - Angela, Crystals Many Reviews."
Based on events from author, Cameron Skye’s life. Where does fiction meet reality? You decide.
Fallen Angel is a mafia romance serial novel released every 4 to 6 weeks, at approximately 8000 to 11000 words each. Due to sexual content, implied and actual scenes of abuse, violence, organized crime, language and frequent illegal drug use, we recommend this to mature audiences, ages 18 and over, who are comfortable with this subject matter.
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well...alisa did stuff and is still doing stuff. only now she has two boys crazy enuff to want her as their mommy. hey, at least she tried to warn them, so her job is done. she doesn’t like to capitalize, partially because she likes how lower case letters look visually, but mostly out of laziness. please don't judge. it could be you. and she would say, hey. you're alright, buddy. you're ok in my book. now c'mere for a hug. the hug might be pushing it. air kiss? you are strangers, after all, with only a mutual love of poor grammar.
she lives for a world full of controllable anatomically correct, android men programmed to meet her specific feminine needs (wink, wink, nudge, nudge with a big waggle of the eyebrows). who look like the rock. and ian somerhalder. and idris elba. and that's it she promises. variety. gotta have variety, right?
but alas...apparently that exists only in johanna lindsey's genius mind. so until then, she enjoys her incredibly warped sense of humor. she reads tons of erotica and romantic, drippy goo that makes her heart go pitter patter. then she thought, hey. what, she said to herself. (softly, of course, so no one finds out she is indeed, 2 nuts short of a fruitcake) maybe you should write this stuff too. maybe someone will like it and maybe buy it. so she said, huh, you think? then she said, well...yeah, i wouldn't have suggested it...(inserts sarcastic tone) and then she was like lose the attitude, ok? then she was all, would you just shut up and write, already? sheesh! and she did. :)
When Cameron is not in the lab working toward a Ph.D., in Neuropsychopharmacology, which in laymen's terms is basically finding the effects drugs have on mood and behavior, she is writing stories, crating vivid, intense characters you will never forget.
She believes while life can take you down every path but the right one, eventually everyone will find their happily ever after.