TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH?
Everybody knows that an erotic romance has to consist, at its most basic level, of Him meeting Her – or, depending on your category and preferences, Him meeting Him, Her meeting Her or Couple meeting Single and… OK, enough – and progressing through various challenges to some sort of happy ending. So the author’s big challenge is how to create a story that’s fresh enough and new enough to hold the interest of a reader who’s probably devoured three other erotic romances this week alone. Some writers go for exotic locations, some go for luxurious lifestyles way beyond the experience of most readers, some go for unusual jobs and some go for subcultures. And some like to pick a situation or setting that means a lot of research (not just a tax-deductible justification for a lovely holiday somewhere fascinating. Oh no. Course not.) while others have a convenient interesting job or relatively obscure hobby to draw on. Either way, the tricky balancing act is to put in enough background detail not to infuriate someone who knows the destination/workplace/social scene well enough to spot all your factual errors and serious implausibilities, but also not so much that it bores the arse off the general reader with stuff that isn’t actually relevant to the story but was so fascinating when you were asking the cute lighthouse keeper all those questions about his big bulb and tidal surges.
You also can’t assume prior knowledge about stuff that’s second nature to you, on the part of the reader. If you’re writing about football, you probably have to have at least one character whose function is purely to have the offside rule explained to him/her so that people who like hot love stories but don’t care for sport don’t get put off by wondering just WHY it’s such a big deal that someone was or wasn’t in front of someone else at a crucial moment. If the heroine is a dressmaker, the author may need to make it clear how many fittings would be reasonable for a wedding gown, without depicting every stitch and hissy fit about the colour of a pearl button and going into the history of wedding dresses and their colour schemes for several pages while readers are waiting for one main character to rip the wedding dress from the other one and declare unbearable lust, at least.
My new book’s about sex and Morris dancing. I’ll leave it to all of you to judge whether the balance between the two was right.
The flat was gloriously warm, which might have made me sleepy if I hadn’t been feeling so incredibly aroused. It seemed like every nerve ending I possessed was throbbing with anticipation, yet at the same time I wanted to draw out every second, stay right there in the moment. Robbie put his drink on the low wooden table and lay back on the sofa, pressing his leg against mine.
‘Do you want to come here?’ he said, and there were several ways I could have taken that remark. As it was, I put my own drink down and leant languidly over him, very slowly bringing my body closer to his. I kissed him, a bit carefully at first, but he brought a hand up to cup the back of my head, his fingers gently caressing the very short, spiky hairs at the back of my neck. We both opened our mouths a little as our lips met, and our tongues made contact. He put his other arm round me, pulling me down to lie on top of him, and I could feel how hard he was. I had one leg draped over his, the other drawn up on the sofa so my still-clothed crotch was resting against his covered shaft. I began to wriggle my hips, slowly and rhythmically, rubbing myself against him and he held me tighter, beginning to push upward, and all the time kissing me, the kisses getting deeper and more
intense. The seam of my tight pink trousers pressed against my swollen clit through my sheer little knickers, and I was aware of getting wetter and wetter from the friction.
When Cath meets Robbie for the first time, she decides to hold back on telling him she’s a Morris dancer who’s about to be featured in a TV programme about contemporary British culture. She’s not expecting more than a one-night stand in the first place, so there’s no need to complicate things. However, what started out as a bit of fun looks like it could turn into something more, as the two of them find their mutual attraction too strong to resist.The documentary crew are on the hunt for juicy controversies in the run up to the May Day festival at Waterleigh Bridge, and it seems that Robbie has a secret of his own. If he and Cath find out the truth about one another, will it bring them closer or tear them apart?
Sallyanne Rogers has written articles for adult magazines including Forum in the past, and has previously worked on market stalls selling vintage clothes and magazines. This inspired her first novella for Xcite, Midwinter Heat. She has also been a morris dancer for about 15 years.
Her website is sallyannerogers0112.wordpress.com and she is on Twitter @dswsallyanne and on Facebook as Sallyanne Rogers (there is more than one person by that name, though)