April 14, 2011

Welcome Guest Blogger Rachel Leigh

Why Erotic Romance?

I write both erotic and mainstream (under a different name) romance but inevitably it’s the erotic romance that gets the most interest. And this isn’t just from the hot-blooded males, believe me. Women love erotic romance, I think, because it provides more heated escapism than mainstream romance ever could.

And for the writer of erotic romance? The escapism is amazing…even orgasmic, you could say! ; )

Whenever I mention my erotic romance in a bar or out with friends, people automatically ask about the sex scenes and the graphic language but that is not why erotic romance writers write it and more often than not it is not why erotic romance readers read it.

I love creating sexy, passionate characters to star in my erotic romances. I love giving those characters sexy, passionate conflicts and ultimately sexy, passionate love scenes where they can act out their fantasizes, unleash their pent-up frustration and ride the wave! The motivations of these characters, their hopes and dreams are ultimately what makes the story fiery hot and incredibly sexy.

For me, the secret to great erotic romance is not so much the sex scenes themselves (but obviously they help!), but more the sexual tension beforehand, and the passion inside the characters. What makes them tick? What’s their problem/conflict? What do they ultimately want in their lives? And how is the hero/heroine the one to make them happy?

These are all questions I ask myself when coming up with a new idea for an erotic romance story. Once I have these questions answered, I usually have two passionate individuals who NEED to be together in order to live their best life…happily and erotically.

The heroes and heroines of these stories have a job to do that is even more vital than the heroes and heroines of mainstream romance – they have to have a tangible electricity that is so hot it singes the page. Readers want to be turned on, to be squirming in their seat as they are reading, reaching for their own partners after reading and unleash their frustrations…yummy!

This is what happened to me when I was writing Explicitly English and I hope it does to you when you read it - erotic romance is there to be enjoyed whether that be alone or with someone else… ; )

 Rachel Leigh

Laura Markham needs to forget - just for awhile. Be someone else for change - live as her parents will never have the chance to. And for Laura, that means leaving the City for the English countryside and doing just what the hell she feels like…wherever she feels like doing it…

British stockbroker, Stephen Cambridge knows by going home to his country retreat two days early, he's likely to surprise his contracted interior designer. And when he finds out she's the woman who performed the solo masterbation show for him on the inward bound journey, Stephen will do anything to further convince her to miss the outward bound train and stay with him forever...

I love to hear what makes an erotic romance steaming hot for you…what do you want in an erotic story?

Rachel x

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AJ Nuest said...

Great post Rachel. I've not yet written anything "erotic" although I do enjoy reading it:-), but I think you're right! It is the characters - their internal voice and motivation - that distinguishes the stories, and ultimately makes the story sexier. After reading your post, I must add your book to my TBR list! Oh, and I'll add a pre-read "thanks" here and now. :-)

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Ladies!
I agree even in erotic it's the build-up, the 'romance' if you will, that makes the sex so hot.
Great post! And love your cover, Rachel :)

Emma Lai said...

Hi ladies! Gotta agree about the 'more heated escapism.' :) The hotter the better!

Rachel Leigh - Erotic Romance said...

Great to be here, Sarah!

So happy to share my erotic romance methods and thoughts with you guys because I still feel like I'm learning myself, lol!

My second story has just been contracted and I am so excited!

Rachel x

Anonymous said...

Brilliant post, Rachel! Hot, sexy love making must reflect the hot and passionate way the characters approach life and problems. You said it great. Your new read sounds luscious.

Sarah Grimm said...


So great to have you visit today! Congratulations on the new contract!

Roseanne Dowell said...

Great six.Great build up to the heat