Monday, 6 June 2016

Special Guest: Aleigha Siron



Sex, sex, sex. Sex sells everything.

I’ll leave it to other experts to ponder whether that’s a bad or good thing. Although, I must admit to standing firmly in the “do not objectify women,” category. After all, I worked with a victim/witness program for ten years, and co-developed a woman’s self-awareness program. However, the entire topic of what does and does not qualify as objectification of women is hotly debated, and a subject deserving greater exploration in a future blog.

We can’t ignore sex, violence, and all aspects of the yearning heart when creating stories. Violence is a part of our world, but isn’t it terrific that we counteract that harsh element of humanity with the greatest and best part of being human; that is, through the romance, love, and sex we all desire! In a romance novel, love will always feature more prominently, or at the very least, overcome violence and hostility. See why I love romance!

So, how explicit should a love scene be? Only the author and her characters can make that decision. I don’t shy away from explicit sexuality in my reading or writing. My recent book, Finding My Highlander, contains a few sexy passages entirely relevant to the story’s progression and the fiery attraction between my key characters. They are the romance story equivalent of what some refer to as the “open-door love scene.”

Don’t complain if you find a story too sexy or not sexy enough for your tastes. Read the story blurb, read reviews, because trust me; you will always know when a book is mildly titillating, moderately steamy, or sizzling hot. There are plenty of stories with sweet love scenes absent graphic display, if that’s your preference search them out and be happy with your literary choices.

For everyone else, savor those romantic love scenes; they profoundly embed you in the poignant, physical connection between lovers. The best-written love scenes always propel narrative and add emotional depth to the story. The romance genre is chock-full of amazing writers writing amazing love scenes. And that includes all types of love scenes, but especially those that illustrate strong visceral attachment through sexual encounters between the characters.

Good sex means good chemistry. Good chemistry means good story. Let’s face facts; the world’s population didn’t jump from just under seven hundred million in 1700 to the staggering number of over seven billion today because we abstain from sex. Sex is and has always been alive and thriving.

We are sexual creatures. We crave human touch and interaction. Whether only suggested, or explicitly detailed, sex in a novel provides a deeper, richer connection with the characters in all their fleshed out, totally naked form. Pun intended!

Happy reading, with the fan blowing!

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Excerpt:

“A stór, you taste sweet and salty.” Kendrick suckled her lower lip, invaded her mouth with his tongue.

She matched him stroke for stroke. His hands traced the line of her neck, across her chest, along her ribs, squeezing at the curve of her waist. She turned into him more fully. He continued his exploration along the full roundness of her hip and tight buttocks. Her hands moved across his arms, shoulders, up his neck and tangled into his hair.

Some part of his thoughts screamed, “This is not right. You should not compromise her in this vulnerable state.” Nevertheless, he wanted her, craved her touch, and needed her passion as much as she needed his. Ignoring the reservations tugging at his conscience, he ravished her mouth and slipped his hand under her shirt to cup her breast.

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Blurb:

On a windswept cliff above San Francisco Bay in 2013, 27 year-old Andra Cameron, the last member of her family, prepares to scatter her family's ashes to the wind. An earthquake catapults her to the Scottish Highlands in 1705. She wakes, aching and bloody, to the sound of horses thundering through the trees. Terrified and with no other options, Andra accompanies these rugged warriors. She can't deny the undeniable attraction that ignites between herself and the handsome but gruff Kendrick. Will she trust him to provide protection in the harsh reality of 18th century Scotland and with her secret, or will she find a way to return home to the 21st century?

Laird Kendrick MacLean and his men, escaping a recent skirmish with their worst nemeses, clan Cameron and their Sassenach allies, are shocked to find an injured, unprotected female in their path. How could she not know her kin and how had she landed in the middle of the wilderness alone? His men suspect she's a spy or a witch. Still, Kendrick will not abandon an injured woman, even if she speaks unusually accented English, and her name is Cameron. Will he ransom her to others or will their closed hearts open to each other? Although he questions her every utterance, this feisty, outspoken woman inflames his desire like no other.

Buy Links

Amazon us: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DFGYURE/

Amazon uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01DFGYURE
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/625227

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/finding-my-highlander

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Author Bio and Media Links

After more than twenty years writing and delivering management and other training programs for modest-sized to Fortune Five Hundred companies, and ten years developing community crisis-intervention training programs, Aleigha turned her writing efforts to her first loves, fiction, and poetry. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and university presses over the past few decades. Following a difficult period in her life, she discovered solace in romance novels that inspired her to write in this genre. As she says, "who doesn't desire a guaranteed happy-ever-after scenario?" Always interested in the concept of time-travel, she knew her first few stories would follow that theme.

When not writing, her trusty four-legged companion/helper, Strider, accompanies her on sunset walks along the shore. During these quiet walks under an expansive sky, with the whoosh of waves across the sand and her gaze drifting over the rolling sea, her best glimmers of inspiration come to mind. Following the recent discovery of distant Scottish ancestors, she embarked on a trip to the Highlands. Although she had already developed the characters for Finding My Highlander, her trip to the Highlands enriched the characters and enhanced the story direction. This is her first full-length romance novel. Aleigha is working on a prequel to Finding My Highlander, and another time-travel novel set in a later period.

WWW (Aleigha’s WebPage): http://aleighasiron.com/

Aleigha Siron’s Book page at Tirgearr Publishing

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Siron_Aleigha/finding-my-highlander.htm

Tirgearr Publishing Home Page: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/index.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Aleigha-Siron/

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