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Three HQN Authors Dish on What It Means To Them
While Harlequin is known primarily for romance, they also offer hotter fare. Today, authors Stephanie Draven, Laura Kaye and Leia Rice are here to discuss the concept of a sexual journey in their newest naughty novellas.
Ladies, if pure romance is a journey of the heart, what kind of journey are you writing in erotica?
Stephanie Draven: Something special about erotic romance is that it’s about self-discovery. It’s about exploring all those taboo fantasies and desires we’re not supposed to talk about, but which are really integral to a healthy and loving relationship. And perhaps more importantly, sexual self-discovery is important for a woman’s self-esteem, inside or outside of a relationship. When I write an erotic story, my heroine always leaves the experience with a little more than the love of a good man; she leaves with a new appreciation for herself, too.
Laura Kaye: To me, the characters’ journey in erotic romance is to find love and self and meaning through erotic encounters. Sex and eroticism are such primal parts of our beings, and often buried or denied, that they’re great mediums for self-realization and discovery. I tend to write even my straight romance on the erotic side...
Leia Rice: To me, erotic romance is more than just a love story. It’s a story about a woman coming into herself through a sexual journey. She has to discover who she is at her very core, and what primal and natural instincts drive her forward.
What kind of sexual discoveries do your characters make in your newest novellas?
Laura Kaye: In The Service of the King is a paranormal erotic novella about the Night of the Proffering, an ancient ceremony where Kael the Fair, one of seven remaining vampire warrior kings, must feed from a human virgin to maintain his immortality and his humanity. Kael loathes his need for the ceremony in part because it could reveal the Proffered to be his true mate--something he refuses to consider having ever again. But he’s completely unprepared for Shayla McKinnon, whose family has long been allied with the vampires and who yearns for a way to avenge her sister’s death by evil vampires known as Soul Eaters. In the feeding chamber, a battle of wills plays out, one that will change both of their lives forever...
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