Guest blog with Kaily Hart!!
Kaily’s hijacked my blog today and she’s talking about condoms – wheee! This is gonna be one great post!
Take it away, Kaily!
RUBBERS & ROMANCE
Thanks, Tina for having me here today! When I was trying to think about what to write I thought about where I’m at in my current Work In Progress (WIP). I’m at the point where the hero and heroine are about to ‘do it’. Yeah, the fun part! With that comes a whole range of decisions for the writer including…the use of rubbers. Yeah, rubbers. Is this a non-issue or is it really the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to reading romance?
I write contemporary romance. Hot and steamy and okay, sometimes dirty contemporary romance, erotic romance if you will. I try to make it as feasible and realistic as possible while still maintaining the fantasy element and keeping the reader grounded in the story. The last thing I want to do is have a reader pulled out of the story because of an element or the handling of it. It’s why I think a lot about the use of condoms in my books and how I would incorporate it into the story. Seamlessly. It has to be seamless, but I just can’t leave it out. The bottom line is I don’t write dumb heroines. My modern heroines are aware of the risks of being sexually activity in this day and age and they wouldn’t think to have sex with a new guy without using protection. They would at least think about it—before, during or after. Of course, there’s always the spur of the moment, the ‘we’re so into it that we might forget’ moments. It happens, right? I’m not trying to preach anything (far from it) and I want my books to be as hot as possible, but I feel that if I just exclude this whole area completely, I wouldn’t be fair to my characters, that I would be doing them a disservice. Yeah, I know. I probably sound a bit nuts LOL. I don’t spend a lot of time or words on this in the actual story. It needs to be part of the action, it needs to flow and it needs to be done in a way where the reader thinks nothing of it. It can be a quick line of dialogue, a descriptive action, heck…it can even be a sexy element in and of itself and be a feature of the scene! Other sub-genres such as historical, paranormal, futuristic and sci-fi I think can get away with not dealing with this area, but it’s kinda hard with contemporary to leave it out completely. At least I think so.
In light of the blog topic, I thought I’d share an excerpt from my most recent book, POINT BLANK that has a condom reference . ENJOY!
I’m not going to last any time at all.
The realization slammed into him. Rex grabbed a rubber from where he’d stashed them earlier in the bedside table.
“I need to do this now,” he bit out.
She watched wide-eyed as he tore open the packet and rolled it down his length. Her lips parted and the pulse at the bottom of her throat throbbed as he hissed at his own touch. Never had he been so hard, so sensitive and so much at the edge of his control. He wanted her with a force that was primitive and staggering in its intensity and completely removed from anything he’d ever experienced before.
Once he touched her, he knew he was likely to forget everything and anything, even his own f@#%ing name.
So…what do YOU think about the use of rubbers in contemporary romance these days? Yes? No? Depends??
Kaily Hart, a seemingly straight-laced mother of four left corporate America and a high-powered, lucrative career to be a stay at home mom. Ha! That lasted about four weeks, during which time she realized she had a deeply repressed dream —to write. And romance at that! By day, Kaily plays conservative wife and soccer mom, but at night crafts hot and steamy tales of romance and love with gorgeous heroes who wouldn’t dream of leaving the toilet set up. Ever. She’s smart and sassy, at least in her own mind, and is trying her best to bring the alpha male solidly back to contemporary romance, one hot story at a time. Two years ago she never would have thought she’d be doing this, but now that she is? Well, you couldn’t pay her enough to do anything else.
My books, PICTURE THIS, PAY UP, PLAY ME and POINT BLANK are all currently available from Ellora’s Cave and other ebook outlets. PERECTLY UNEXPECTED is available from Ellora’s Cave and other print book sellers.
If anyone would want to contact me (which I would love by the way) or just keep up with what I’m doing, you can find me all over:
Web – www.kailyhart.com
Blog – http://kailyhart.blogspot.com/
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