And I’m not talking about the weather. I’m in Michigan. Even though it's been in the 90's for three days, we had a frost warning a couple weeks ago and by tomorrow it's supposed to be back down in the 70's.
No, what I’m talking about are books. Have you read the articles? Watched the interviews on television? Hot romances are the latest buzz. Even Geraldo did a story on it. A lot (I’m not going to say all. That would be silly.) of readers want steamy sex in their novels. They want authors to push the limits, to experiment with new and inventive storylines and sex scenes. They want to read a thrilling plot, memorable characters and sex scenes that’ll have them reaching for the nearest bucket of ice. They love vampires, shapeshifters and alpha heroes. And they demand strong heroines who can handle whatever challenges are thrown at them.
The books that were once only published through epublishers no one had heard of are now being published by larger houses. And some are being released within the commercial imprints. It’s a trend I don’t see falling away. I see it shaping the future of romance fiction.
I’d love to hear your opinions on steamy romances. Do you love them? Think they’re awful? Who are your favorite erotic romance authors? I’ll pull a name from those posting to win a download of one of my books--winner’s choice.
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