Guest Post by Laura Kaye, Leia Rice, Stephanie Draven + Giveaway

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Heating Up Your New Year

Three HQN Authors Talk About How Erotic Novels Can Fit Into Your New Plan

While Harlequin is known primarily for romance, they also offer hotter fare. Today, the three fabulous authors Stephanie Draven, Laura Kaye and Leia Rice–all hailing from the great state of Maryland–are here to tell us why women should plan to read a little erotica in the coming year. 


Ladies, what can readers get out of erotic romance that they can’t find in other novels?

Laura: Easy! Erotic novels are hot, and it’s dang cold outside! *winks* But, seriously, erotic romance has a special intensity to it. The stakes are high. The emotions are strong. And the tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Erotic stories are a feast for your senses and can take you on a journey that will leave you breathless in the best possible way. In the Service of the King offers a delicious build-up of sexual tension, one that ends with possibly the sexiest non-sex scene I’ve ever written. You’ll just have to read for yourself to know what I’m talking about!

Stephanie: The thing about an erotic novel is that it aims straight for the primitive brain, that side of ourselves we’re not supposed to talk about or acknowledge except in whispers and giggles. A side of ourselves that women tend to neglect, especially once they become wives and mothers. We don’t stop being sexual creatures just because we have other responsibilities, so isn’t it important, for a balanced life, to acknowledge and fuel our sexual fantasies? In The Fever and The Fury, that’s even one of the underlying themes. My heroine has spent so much time doing her duty to everyone else, she barely has an identity of her own, much less a sexual one. So, in summary, we spend so much time around the New Year talking about how we’re going to eat less or meditate more. Isn’t it just as important that we pamper the sensual woman inside?

Leia: I hate when novels skip over important sex scenes. I want to see that sort of stuff, especially when it is integral to the plot. It’s just not fair. Other novels tend to “water down” the sex, and I say, why not just show it all? It builds character!


Any recommendations as to how to fit erotica reading into a busy new year?

Stephanie: Most people use their Sunday afternoons to renew their spirit in whichever faith they were raised. For me, this includes the whole part of me. Consequently, I’ve decided to make a date with myself every Sunday night to do some reading that’s just for me. Don’t expect me to answer the door, email, or phone calls on Sunday ;P

Laura: E-readers! They’re private, mobile, save your page when you have to stop, and you can sneak in spare minutes while you’re standing in line, waiting in carpool, or cooking dinner–and no one will be the wiser! Mwuhaha!

Leia: Definitely buy it on your e-reader, because then you don’t have to hold a book and have people glaring at you for being a bad, naughty person. With an e-reader, you can read the smuttiest stuff that you want to read, and no one will ever know but you. *WINK*

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 Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of a half-dozen books. Hearts in Darkness is a finalist for the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. 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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Laura, Leia, and Stephanie are generously offering an e-book copy of one of their new releases (winner’s choice) to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the ladies’ post or tell us what you love most about romance and/or erotica.

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email in the form when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.
This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday 28 January 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good luck!

About Alisha

Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • SharonS January 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

    another fun post guys! a few years ago I would never admit to reading “romance” heaven forbid someone know! Then I would admit to reading Urban Fantasy with romantic elements. Now I am proud to say I LOVE ROMANCE! I even want people to see the covers .

    • Stephanie Draven January 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I must say, the Cover Gods blessed Laura with “In the Service of the King”‘s cover, wouldn’t you say?

  • Tracey D January 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I enjoyed the post, Ladies; it was a great read.

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  • Stephanie Draven January 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks Booklover!

  • Andrea I January 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Great post! I look forward to reading your books this year.


  • Laura Kaye January 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! And thanks to Book Lover for hosting us! Keep ’em coming!

  • Gena Robertson January 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I enjoy your interviews so much – ya’all are so much fun =)

    The best thing about erotic romance is that there is fire, heat, passion – things that tend to slip away after being married after a few years. It’s nice to revisit it! And I love the happily ever after at the end! Come on! It’s my escape, ya know…I want it all – hot sex and to feel like it’s going to always going to be that way 😉

  • Tamara Hoffa January 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The Hot factor of course, my husband loves it when I read erotica! lol

  • Karen C January 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Enjoyed reading Stephanie. Laura, and Leia’s thoughts on erotic/erotica. I agree that it’s hotter than regular romance and an e-reader is a great way to read it without having everyone look down their nose at you.

  • Stephanie Draven January 17, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Tamara, I think more husbands would buy erotica for their wives if they knew what it was to blame for … 😉

    Thanks Karen! I read mine on a Nook 😉

  • Jan January 17, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I like reading romance as you- usually – have a

  • Jan January 17, 2012 at 12:47 am

    HEA (posted too soon)

  • Aliyah January 17, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I think erotica especially let’s us test out possibilities without having to physically attempt some of these things. I mean it is a good idea to have thought this stuff out long before trying it out so you can decide, without pressure, what you are okay with.

    • Alisha January 17, 2012 at 4:30 am

      What a great point, Aliyah. I agree… I’ll bet there are many that may not be ready to test the boundaries of their sexual preferences, but might be willing to explore the possibilities in the written word.

    • Laura Kaye January 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Aliyah – I like this point a lot! Well done, you! 🙂

  • aurian January 17, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Great post ladies, thank you. But I have to admit, I don’t like erotica. I love reading books, and most historical romances, paranormal romances and contemporary romances have enough hot love scenes in them already. I am just not comfortable with reading about BDSM, Dom/Sub, menages and the likes. I read more for the story itself, the romance. The sexscenes are not all that interesting to me, and after reading one or two, I tend to skip the others, wanting to get on with the story, the plot. So far, the only authors who can get past my boundaries are Laurell K. Hamilton and Yasmine Galenorn (where I do skip the lesbian scenes).

  • erinf1 January 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for a wonderful post! Gotta say… love the covers 😉 I’m open to reading just about any book that has engaging characters and a good story. I do like erotica but sometimes I wish there were more story instead of just a string of sex scenes in some books.

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

  • Tamsyn January 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Great post. I love both romance and erotica romance. I have lots of Harlequin books on my shelf together with my other books. I prefer romances with a story line and preferably with a HEA.

  • Laura Kaye January 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for all the great comments everyone! I agree with the comments on needing a story line/plot to enjoy. To me, that’s the difference between erotic romance and erotica. Erotic romance, like all romance, needs a plot line and a happy ending of some sort. I usually find that more compelling. Appreciate the thoughtful comments!

  • lori January 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Hi again Ladies,
    I agree with you whole heartedly Stephanie about more hubby’s purchasing their wives more erotica if they only knew *big grin* 😉 my hubby figured it out and is always willing to buy me books when I want them!
    And as for not wanting ppl to know what you are reading there are also book covers for paperback & tradebook sizes. They are great. Our local bookstore sells them and she has hard time keeping them in stock. Ereaders have their pros but nothing beats the feel of a great book nor the smell of a new book. And YES I’m weird like that!

  • books4me January 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Don’t forget that erotica can lead to more fun in the bedroom! *wink.wink*

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  • Jen B. January 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    What I love most about romance is the HEA. Interestingly enough, I don’t have to have a HEA or HFN if I know that there is more to come in the story. I loved the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning BECAUSE she didn’t go for the obvious HEA. As far as erotica, I enjoy the physical aspects of the relationships. I don’t always expect there to be a “what happens next” epilouge telling the reader that the couple was forever happy. What I like is that the characters fullfill each others intimate needs in the here and now and MAYBE there might be a long term relationship that develops or thrives.

  • Victoria Zumbrum January 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Great post. I love romance the most because I think it is the way it should be between a couple. It should be true love and they should be your soul mate and there should be alot of chemistry between you and it should be hot and heavy passion. I haven’t read much erotica but I would really like to. Please enter me in contest.

  • Barbara January 18, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Fun post, ladies! And I agree with your ereader comments…it does let you be naughty without guilt ’cause no one knows what you’re reading! LOL! 😉

  • Laura Kaye January 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Really enjoying all your comments, guys! Keep ’em coming!

  • Anne R January 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Awesome post. First, all the books sound simply wonderful. Second, I like reading romance and erotica. I like the HEA at the end of each story and the steamy scenes in between beat my day to day life anyday. I think that is really why I enjoy reading this genre, my life is crazy & hectic so to escape to a book is one way I deal with it.

  • Filia Oktarina January 22, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Great post. I love romance the most because more story instead of just a sex scenes. Love when heroine make way to hero, sometime funny, sometime angry, but sometime make me want to kick hero.
    Thanks for giveaway.

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