A Writing Challenge
by W. Lynn Chantale
Writing Erotic Romance happened quite by accident. I thought to challenge myself, just to see if I could write a super steamy romance. So I decided to dust off a manuscript I wrote some ten years ago and turn the first chapter into an erotic. Not knowing what the heck I was doing, I checked out a book on writing erotic fiction. I followed ‘The Blue Rules’, and read as much erotica as I could.
What an eye opener.
First I could write erotic romance, at least that’s what I told myself, and two I LIKED writing erotic romance. It was fun and strangely liberating. LOL. Sounds silly, huh? Writing erotic was like getting in touch with a part me I had forgotten. Anywhoo, I rewrote the first chapter, sent it off to my CPs and anxiously awaited their comments. Since both of my CPs wear editor hats and one writes erotic romance I was really biting my nails.
Both liked the story, to my giddy relief, they gave me great feedback and a wonderful criticism I STILL use. So after much editing and two more passes with my CPs I bravely submitted my first erotic romance. And waited. I wasn’t disappointed. Breathless Press wanted ‘Breaking Delia’s Rules’ if I could lengthen the story.
Easy-peasy. Not really. Twelve thousand and two weeks later, or at least I think it was two weeks I resubmitted and signed the contract. Can you imagine where I would be if I didn’t challenge myself to write something different? Now if I can just figure out how to wield this whip.
Five days, three rules, and one sizzling seduction.
Delia has just three rules for dating. First, a man should never assume he’s the only one. Second, he must stick to his scheduled day and time. Third—and most important—no sex. Enforcing the rules has never been a problem until she meets the hottie from the pool.
Jace has only five days to make every moment count. The more time he spends with Delia, the more he realizes she may be The One. With the clock ticking, he realizes there is only one course of action left to take if he wants Delia’s heart. Can he convince Delia that rules are meant to be broken?
He rested a large hand against her thigh and brushed lazy circles along the sensitive skin near her knee with his thumb. She inhaled sharply at the sparks zigzagging through her veins.
“So how ‘bout it?” Jace smiled. “Commit to one man for the rest of the cruise.”
She laughed, tugging off her glasses and setting them on top of her book. “Did you have someone in mind?” A sigh escaped her lips when he inched his fingers higher up her thigh.
His hand stilled. “Yeah.” Her pulse raced when he slid his gaze down her body a second time, and his continued touch did nothing to alleviate her predicament.
Delia moistened her dry lips. She should leave before she did something stupid, like fling herself into his arms and demand hot, sweaty sex.
“I should go.” She stood, grabbing her book and glasses.
Jace stood as well and clasped her hand. Butterflies took flight in her belly. He tugged hard enough to pull her off balance and she stumbled against him.
“Hot date?” he asked.
Delia stared into his eyes, her heart hammering at his closeness. “I...” She couldn’t push anymore words across her dry tongue.
“You’re just going to run?”
The challenge in his voice pricked her feminine pride and she straightened. She had to let him know she was still in control. “You never said who you had in mind,” she countered. Instead of stepping away, she moved closer. Every time she exhaled, her breasts brushed against his chest. Tingles trickled down her spine, but still she didn’t step away.
He smiled wolfishly. “I can’t believe you haven’t figured out who I have in mind.”
“I want to hear you say it,” she said.
“You do like a challenge.”
She grinned. “Who said I didn’t?”
“Good, ’cause here’s one more.” He dropped a kiss on her upturned mouth.
About the Author
W. Lynn Chantale resides in southeastern Michigan. Married to her high school sweetheart, they’ve been together for the last twenty years. They have three children. She writes African-American and Interracial sensual erotic and erotic romance. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva and Ghiradelli are acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
Great inspirational blog, Lynn - I think we all need to step out of our comfort zones constantly to be the best we can be. Good advice for both our personal and professional lives!