by Genie Gabriel
Yes, two blogs from me back to back! I'm obviously between stories and have too much time on my hands--and have been doing too much thinking. LOL!
This week has been a series of epiphanies for me. One of those epiphanies is around how I have struggled to "label" what I write.
I finally realized why struggle? Just tell is like it is--I mean, like they are.
My books are more story than sex.
If you want hot sex in what you're reading, I know many wonderful writers who can deliver that. If you want sweet romances, those also abound.
While my books may not be scorch-your-eyeballs hot, neither are they sweet romances. I was scanning back through LEGACY OF ANGELS, book #2 of my Halo Legacy Series, for a PG excerpt between the two main characters--a former priest and a former prostitute. That was a challenge!
Yet there was no consummated love scene in that book. The story ends shortly after their first kiss.
On the other hand, the first love scene in LIVING THE LEGACY comes less than halfway through the book, when the two main characters are on their honeymoon. Their physical attraction for each other is part of what binds them together when they realize how different they are after they marry. Yet the second half of the book isn't one sex scene after another. They resolve their conflicts AND continue to appreciate each other through love-making.
So my epiphany was the realization I didn't need to struggle to "label" my stories. The ground between sweet, chaste romances and fiery, burn-up-the-pages sex offers an incredible world of sensual, emotional stories exploring real life issues--and a few fantasies. Oh, and sometimes mystery and humor. :)
Do you struggle to label the stories you write or read? Or are you smarter than me and simply enjoy the story?