Pushing the Boundaries of Erotic Romance
Readers and reviewers frequently say that I push the boundaries of conventional romance. To that I say, “hell yeah.” Does this mean that I write extreme kink? I don’t think so. It means I write romances that buck the conventional norms. The last thing I ever want a reader to say is, “I saw that coming a mile away.” I never want somebody to say one of my books was predictable or boring.
I’ve gotten rejections by publishers and taken hits by readers and reviewers for the way I write my plots. Believe it or not, my characters have extramarital affairs, they are confused about their sexual identities, they don’t want to be turned into vampires, they make huge mistakes, and they have trouble trusting. And they are the hero/heroine in the stories. I think most of you probably don’t have an inkling about who I am, but I will say this, my characters’ behaviors resemble people you know.
I cringe when I go through Goodreads (a huge reader site) and see one of my books tagged with something like: stay away, cheater or gay for you. Why are some people so judgmental when it comes to romances? I understand there’s a huge element of escapism that readers want in fiction, but I’m not a reader who appreciates being fed pabulum. Give me a textured plot with complex, bulletproof characters and I’ll be cheering them on. I believe in redemption, so a damn good explanation for bad behavior and actions to back up the explanation usually rights the wrong.
So, without further adieu, I’d like to share my two newest erotic romances. The first, Hard as Teak, is a gay romance. If you have a heart for coming out stories and appreciate that some people aren’t always honest with themselves about their sexual identity, this is a fantastic book. It’s been on Amazon’s top 100 erotic gay/lesbian romances for over 100 days.
The 18th Floor is a solid plot all stitched in BDSM kink. The lifestyle is built on trust. This book emulates what is required of both partners in a D/s relationship. The biggest complaint I get about this book is it’s too short.
Hard as Teak
Kevin Marks escapes to the north woods to reignite his passion for photography and women. But the only flame he seems able to spark is for his latest photography subject, Teak Hildalgo. Kevin’s never been in a man’s arms before.
Teak, the raven-haired, photographer’s dream come true, is hell bent on capturing Kevin’s heart. He takes Kevin, body and soul, on a romantic, sexual journey previously lived only in Kevin’s fantasies. And no dream was ever this good, no truth this undeniable.
Will Kevin ever be the same? When the camera’s put away, will Teak live up to his name?
Content advisory: m/m graphic sex and language
The 18th Floor
Alexa Robbins is so consumed by her career, the only sex she has is listening to her nymphomaniac neighbors go at it. When Sebastian Law discovers her in the eighteenth floor conference room early one morning, the table becomes a pallet for making one of her fantasies come true. Will he enjoy her extensive repertoire?
On the outside, Sebastian appears a buttoned-up, well-dressed, techno geek. Inside, he’s a Dom with a hearty appetite for all types of carnal pleasures. He risks alienating Alexa by revealing his true nature, but he won’t keep the secret for long.
Together, they explore all the things that turn them on. And discover whether they’re a perfect match for life beyond the 18th Floor.
Content advisories: bi-racial m/f, m/m, BDSM, ménage, spanking, flogging, oral sex, anal sex, voyeurism, exhibitionism, sex in public places, phone sex.
Margie Church writes erotic romance novels with a strong suspense element, in keeping with her moniker: Romance with SASS (Suspense Angst Seductive Sizzle). She has a degree in writing and editing and has been a professional writer, editor, and journalist for over 25 years. If you enjoy books you can’t put down, read one of hers.
Margie lives in Minnesota (U.S.), is married, and has two children. Some of her passions are music, flower gardening, biking, walking her dog on moonlit nights, nature, and making people laugh. She also writes children’s books under the pen name, Margaret Rose.
Keep up with Margie:
Margie’s website: Romance with SASS
Margie’s blog: http://blog.RomanceWithSASS.com
Margie’s Amazon UK page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Margie%20Church
COMMENT TO WIN: Tell Margie what are turn-offs for you in a romance and you could win either Hard as Teak or The 18th Floor. Winner will be drawn on 1st November.