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Friday, September 10, 2010


Sex in the Water
Berengaria Brown

Huge numbers of erotic romance books have a sex scene in the shower. Likely all that steamy heat, scented with yummy shower jells and even yummier naked men, is why such scenes are very popular. Besides vertical sex is just plain hotter than horizontal sex.

Hot tub sex is quite common. Again, near naked or totally naked bodies, plus steamy heat is just crying out for a sex scene.

But what about sex in the ocean or river? Likely if people are swimming it’s a hot day, and there is once again the whole nearly naked aspect bound to crank up the sexual tension. But now we have a logistical problem. Even if it is a private beach with no people around, how do the characters know there isn’t someone out on a boat, or back on the shore, with binoculars—or worse still a camera with a telephoto lens—watching them? Or does the thrill of discovery just make it naughtier and more exciting?

And then there is the problem of friction. Successful orgasms generally require friction, especially for the man, and water prevents friction. Which means pretty much anything below the waterline isn’t going to happen. So we need knee-deep water and the couple standing up. Which brings us back to the onlooker and his camera.
Or we could forget all about physics, sit our characters down in the water, and let our imaginations run wild!

Which is likely why my two books out now at Breathless Press have sex scenes in a bed. Likely they are less innovative, but factually, they are accurate.

Carnal Connections by Berengaria Brown released 27 August form Breathless Press.

Ithiel meets Jason and Toby at a wedding, and a night of hot passion follows. But what will happen the next morning?

Jason is darkly handsome and delicious. Toby is quicksilver lightness and fun—and Ithiel wants them both. But can three men form an ongoing relationship, or is one night all they will ever have?


Taking a Closer Look at Khrin
Janie Franz

“Everybody should have a Khrin in their lives.” That’s what Barbara Ehrentreu said to me after reviewing The Wayfarer’s Road.

I can understand what she means. Khrin, the wandering bard that Jan-nell meets on the Wayfarer’s Road, is a playful, gentle soul. Though he carries his own burden and secrets, his joy is making people laugh and feel comfortable.

He’s an entertainer who has gone from inn to inn, spinning tales and dipping into his never ending supply of songs. One of the skills he has is to come into an inn and visit with the patrons in the tavern room. Soon he weaves them into a song. Sometimes, it’s the funny awkwardness of the local farmers that would apply to anyone or a remark about someone’s features. Sometimes, the words hit the mark, but always Khrin does it with gentleness, wanting to bring people together and not make anyone angry.

In the first scene in the book, Khrin produces a bit of doggerel about the miserly innkeeper that gets Jan-nell’s attention. Later, when he brings hot meat pies to the barn where she and her daughter are spending the night, Jan-nell realizes that he not only has wit but he’s a survivor on the Wayfarer’s Road as she is.

But it is his playfulness that endears him to her and her daughter. That spirit also produces a safety that perhaps another man would not have. Though it is a question who is protecting who on the Wayfarer’s Road, it is soon clear that Khrin would do anything to keep this makeshift family safe.

Even his sexual overtures are colored with play, as if giving Jan-nell a gift rather than taking something from her. As she looks into those brown eyes and plays with his light brown curls, she knows that her life will be forever changed by this man. And perhaps his will be also.

The Bowdancer Saga continues in The Wayfarer’s Road. Healer Jan-nell, now a woman traveling alone with her precocious young daughter on the Wayfarer’s Road, meets a handsome wandering bard. But he is carrying his own secrets along with the priceless chance at hope for her and her child to belong.


Brewing Up Some Passion
Liz Crowe

Beer—It’s one of the oldest known beverages in the world, dating back to Ninkasi, a Mesopotamian Goddess (yeah, she said God-DESS). The Code of Hammurabi even included laws regulating beer and beer parlors (jeez, it started early). It is the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. It is a simple beverage that starts with a combining of water, malted barley, or other cereal grain, with some flavors varying from hops (the most commonly used) to raspberry juice to cinnamon to bourbon (the hottest new craze).

Oh, I know this is a guest blog about erotic fiction..I’m getting there never fear. But you gotta know something about what I do as The Beer Wench to understand where my fiction is coming from. I am part owner of a microbrewery in the mid west. We have been making and selling a lager-style beer for three years and have had amazing success (yes, thanks to me as the marketing director) growing our business to the point that we are on the cusp of opening up our own brewing facility and Tap Room, hopefully within the next month. It’s been a long road. As a woman in this business of craft beer I am an anomaly and I like it that way. I love being able to walk into a room full of alpha males who either make or sell or write about beer and hold my own on all fronts.

All that time amongst these guys has lead to more than a little fantasy action for me and “The Rookie”, the first in a series (Brewing Passion) from Breathless Press is the result. I’m a prolific blogger ( has over 1000 international followers and I’m going to be featured at a Women in Brewing session at the Great American Beer Festival next week in Denver) and constant researcher of my industry but the “boots on the ground” work of sales is the heart and soul of any consumer product company’s success. As sales and marketing director for my company I am dealing with multiple audiences and consumer for my particular product, including “end users” (all you craft beer drinkers out there), bars, restaurants, grocery stores, package stores, event planner, alumni groups and, most importantly, beer distributors.

“The Rookie” is the story of a highly driven and successful sales woman for a beer distribution company –oh darlings, you do NOT want me to get started on the challenges of how I get the stuff sold—send me an email or go back and read some of the Beer Wench’s previous rantings for that!

Part of her job of selling her company’s many products is riding around with representatives from the various suppliers (like a brewery just getting started) and going on sales calls with them. This can be horrifically boring and a waste of everyone’s time OR amazingly exciting and educational for all concerned. On this day, when she meets the guy she thinks is some rookie from her newest account, she gets more than a little surprise.

Let me tell you, the craft beer biz is loaded with interesting characters (my Huge Beer Crush Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head in Delaware being one—and, no, you can’t have him, he’s mine), and is nothing if not a hot bed of sexual innuendo, touchy-feely encounters and opportunities for me to shine. I just took some of that fun and turned it into some seriously hot fiction. And there is more to come. . .

The stories in the Brewing Passion series are the “missing chapters” from a serialized novel you can follow on That Other Wench’s Blog.

Happy reading—and cheers to you all!

Lisa loves her job in the male-dominated beer sales industry and has built a reputation as one of the best. But she dreads the "ride along" days when beer companies sends their least experienced representatives to see how she operates—until her one bad day turns into something more with The Rookie.

Undercover for his own brewery, Trent has heard of Lisa's prestigious sales prominence and sets out to see for himself—to show Lisa what he is capable of—in business and pleasure. Their attraction leads them to an amazing encounter in the most unlikely place, but will Lisa accept Trent's true identity once it's revealed? Or will she finally surrender and reach out for the unexpected?


Tonya Callihan said...

I've just added some great new reads to my list to purchase. Some great ideas for me as a writer, with the sex in water topic...thanks for some weekend fun ahead of me!!

Shiela Stewart said...

Great posts ladies!! Love the inside look into all of your books and creative minds. :)

Janie Franz said...

It's been wonderful to be able to reach out to readers this way. Thanks for having us.

Berengaria Brown said...

Hi Tonya, hi Shiela, hi Janie
I'm glad you enjoyed our posts. Thank you for dropping by, and thank you, Whipped Cream, for inviting us over to play.

Liz said...

this was WAY fun...sorry for the delay. We've been brewing for the first time on our new system and my brewer needed me to hold his, um, hand.

Liz said...

oooooo lookie! It's Sam (sighs). Actually he is going to meet his destiny in Denver this week--A face-to-face has been arranged between us. will keep you posted.