Take it away Nicky...........
Just the right side of hot and steamy!
As I’m visiting my fellow Sapphire Star Publishing author, the amazing Amy Gregory, today, I thought I’d come out of the closet on the subject of romance and sex.
You see, Amy here writes sweet romance. And I adore sweet romance. Of course, there’s nothing at all wrong with hot and steamy. However, mummy porn (you know what I mean, and if you don’t… where have you been??) isn’t for me. I don’t need that level of explicitness.
Why not, you want to know. I couldn’t really say. I’m not a prude, by a long shot. I’m not above a crude joke here or there. I don’t blush or cringe when I have to have rudimentary birds-and-bees conversation with my young kids. I’m quite matter of fact about these matters.
But they don’t belong in a book in that level of detail, as far as I’m concerned. I know people go crazy for it, but it’s just not my cuppa. If I read romance, I’d like the sex to be in my head. I’d like to paint my own pictures, please. A friend of mine used to say, books have the better pictures but that works only if there’s something left for the imagination.
Incidentally, the same goes for crime. I love reading crime, but I skip the bloody bits. I adore writers who give just enough of gore to keep the story and the plot moving along, but who don’t spend pages and pages describing in every last blood-curdling detail the injuries and torture inflicted on the poor victim. Too much information, as they say. I don’t need to know that much.
And to me, that goes for almost every book. Yes, I want the author to paint a picture, and yes, I want to know what he or she has in mind. But please, leave me some room to connect the dots, fill in the gaps and make the book mine, in my head. Give me sweet romance and innocent crime any day, I say.
What was that? You write romance, you say, you must write a few of those scenes? Well, of course I do. I write romance that rocks your world. Quite literally! There’s a rock star in play here. And where there’s a rock star, there is sex. Of course there is! I haven’t led that sheltered a life.
Do I write hot, steamy sex scene? Absolutely. I’m told there are scenes in Sophie’s Turn where you can feel the attraction sizzling between the characters. Do I go explicit? I go only so far. Do I use crude language? Absolutely not (I think…. Hastily reviewing the manuscript one more time… no, nothing crude). Do I describe the coupling in every last minute detail? Categorically, no. I try to strike my very own perfect balance, as far as I’m concerned. And I realise that for some that might be too little, for some already too much. For me, it’s just the right side of sweet. And now you’ll have to go and read for yourself, and don’t forget to come back and tell me what you think!
Thanks, Amy, for hosting me here today as part of my launch tour!
More about Nicky and Sophie's Turn............
About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!
Rock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door. She recently signed her work with U.S. publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing. Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.
Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C.
Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an ongoing update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy. You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook. Nicky is a featured author on the innovative reader/author project, loveahappyending.com and has joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing and, of course, Goodreads.
About Sophie’s Turn
Slapper. Slut. Adulteress. These are hardly words that Sophie Penhalligan would normally use to describe herself. Yet this is exactly how she is behaving, all things considered, even if she isn’t quite married to Tim yet. And it’s all happening because her past is coming to tempt her! Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan, up close and personal. Well, almost. Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life. How could Tim ever stand a chance against the charming, handsome singer? How could she?
Sophie, now twenty-eight and a budding newspaper journalist, is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident that Tim would eventually propose—probably as soon as he could get his act together. But just as Tim’s persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan’s sudden reappearance turns Sophie’s world upside down. Thus unfolds a roller-coaster of events including an ill-fated trip to Paris with Tim, a night of unfulfilled romance with Dan, Sophie and Tim’s engagement party gate-crashed by Dan, and Sophie’s professional secondment to accompany Dan’s band on their revival tour—at Dan’s special request and very much against her will.
And then, one fine day in Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is... well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. What is she to do now? Who wouldn’t give anything to meet their favorite star, let alone marry him?
Find out how Sophie gets into this impossible situation, and how she turns it around, in Sophie’s Turn, the honest, funny and sometimes bittersweet story of one woman’s entanglement with a rock star.