Descriptions for heat levels in book list

------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Thursday, March 27, 2014

literary heartbreakers


While I'm into what is real or not-- how about this? People like romances for the happy ending (the guy above, handsome though he might be, didn't get one), but how many of those romance heroes, who do, are the kind of guy you'd like to take home to mama?


Going along with this, I came across the following article. It's one that many historical romance writers might want to consider. If you want you want your heroine to fit her time period based on books out during that time period, maybe reconsider as I am not at all sure modern women can relate to a lot of this.


I don't have a link for it but there was another treatise of the 1800s I read some time ago where this pastor wrote about the proper etiquette for sexual relations between married couples. Children should never be conceived in lust was the biggie. Seriously-- and how would a man get it up without a little heat? It appears it's just women who should suppress theirs and just... endure it? lol That is so not how modern women think nor what men of today expect from their ladies.

One thing about writing historical novels is we really do have to understand we are writing them with the insights of today; and to be meaningful to today's readers, they will meet the needs of those readers. For what energy or inspiration are they looking for? Good question and if you have the answer, please let me know ;)

2 comments:

Tabor said...

I think, as Shakespeare proved, universals are still universals. We still face the same problems, fears, and weaknesses, but they are just dressed differently.

Rain Trueax said...

There are definitely universal human needs. Cultures though can make it easier or more difficult to deal with them in ways that lead to a satisfying life. I keep thinking we are moving to making that easier and then see so much that appears to throw us backward. (think the woman politician in one of the southern states that said we'd be better off if women couldn't vote...)

I think in writing, authors try to depict the universal truths in ways that will not only entertain but give readers positive ideas for their own living. Some characters/plots do a better job at that than others IMHO.