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Erotica and the Sexual Journey
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?

Stephanie Draven:
The Fever and the Fury is a paranormal erotica novella about a modern day fury who has been sent to torment a man who cannot die. In all the centuries of her existence, she’s never touched anyone except to inflict pain and she’s never been touched except by someone trying to fend her off. The moment our hero kisses her hand, she shatters, and through their seduction she learns that in order to give or receive the blessing of pleasure, she has to let someone past all her defenses...and forgive human foibles.

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...

Leia Rice:
In The Revolutionary Mistress, Mariette has to get by through the French Revolution by selling favors in the back room of a lonely bar. She becomes involved with a patron, Rene, and finds herself actually enjoying his company, and not just for the money. Rene gives her a task that plunges her deeper into the throes of the Revolution and consequentially gets her wrapped up in an affair with both Rene and a nobleman.

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About the Authors:
Stephanie Draven is a multi-published award-nominated author of myth-inspired paranormal romance. Writing for HQN Nocturne, Stephanie’s Mythica series asks the question: What if the monsters of ancient mythology still walked the earth...and what if you found out that you were one of them? Currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies, Stephanie lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

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Laura Kaye is a multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Three of her four current books have hit bestseller lists, and two have been nominated for or won awards. Available books include: HEARTS IN DARKNESS (contemporary romance), FOREVER FREED (NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011), JUST GOTTA SAY (erotic romance), and NORTH OF NEED (Book 1 in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, contemporary fantasy romance). IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING is the first in a mini-series of novellas featuring the Vampire Warrior Kings. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Leia Rice is an avid lover of everything Parisian, Ancient Grecian and Ancient Roman. She wishes that women would still wear the pretty dresses and petticoats that they did back in the 18th century, but she’s well aware how much of a pain they must have been. Leia writes historical fiction, romance and erotica in these areas, because she cannot get enough of each respective time period.

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12 comments:

Tamara Hoffa said...

I have to admit I stopped reading Harlequin romances many years ago. This past year some of my favorite authors some out with books in the Harlequin Nocturne line and I was blown away! Not your mothers Harlequin!

Debby said...

Harlequin knows if they want to survive they have to go with the flow. They seem to be pretty clever and they offer amazing talent in thier new lines.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Laura Kaye said...

LOL Tamara and Debby--I think you're very right! Thanks for kicking off the comments!

Sharon said...

great post. I have never been an erotica fan for the sake of the sex. But the genre has been changing and some of the stories are reaching the level of romance and depth I need in my books.

booklover0226 said...

In my teens, I read Harlequin books all the time. My tastes changed and I moved in. About a year ago, I discovered all the genres under Harlequin and was excited about all the selections; there a something for every genre!

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Stephanie Dray said...

Tamora, thanks for giving HQN Nocturnes another chance! We aim to impress.

Stephanie Draven said...

Sharon, I started reading erotica because it's the place in the genre that authors were really stretching themselves and breaking rules. I became a big fan of Megan Hart and came to appreciate some of the more emotional things that could be done in the genre. Do you have a favorite erotica author?

Laura Kaye said...

I agree with you Sharon, I'm less a fan of straight erotica and more a fan of erotic romance, which I feel has more emotional depth and plot development. Enjoying your comments everyone!

Unknown said...

I fell out of my chair when I realized these books were from a line of Harlequin - DEFINITELY not my momma's Harlequin anymore *cough, sputter, cough.* Thank gawd *evil grin*

I love you gals and your books, all three of yas!! You give me the best fictional boyfriends...YUMMINESS!!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Beautiful Disaster said...

Ladies,
Y'all are totally rockin Harlequin. Giving it a whole new look that is HAWT (one of Laura's words);) I do agree that a romance novel especially erotica needs to have plot because so many I've read do not. Keep em coming! I will be adding the new releases to my Goodreads TBR pile which is growing by the minute. Thanks for the interviews.
Lori

Stephanie Dray said...

Gena, sorry we made you fall out of your chair! Hahaha.

As for you, Lori/Beautiful Disaster, thank you for the wonderful compliments. I can't wait to hear what you think of our stories.

Laura Kaye said...

LOL Gena--love that!

:) Lori--loved your comment, too!

Thanks for coming out and chatting with us guys!