Those of us who write know what genres work best for us. I write stories set in Texas and they are almost always in a small-town venue. Whether they are erotic contemporaries or paranormal, I tend to stay where I am most comfy and where my voice seems to shine the most. I write shifters rather than vamps and I prefer writing menage to bdsm. In my early days of writing, I fell in love with historicals. They simply took me away to another time and place and satisfied my romantic heart in a way nothing else ever could. It was probably because of that early love that I wrote two erotic regencies.
But what about reading? What makes us choose one book over another? Personally, I love contemporaries these days and straight m/f books with lots of emotion and a good plot do it for me. And if a book can make me laugh, that's a huge plus. Gotta find my happy place, ya know? Menage? Yes, love them but I don't do 'brothers' (especially TWINS) and if there is m/m action, I don't buy. I'm also rather squeamish about more than two men in the bed with the heroine. Paranormals are another big buy for me but my love of vamps wore out several years ago. These days I not only write sexy shifters but read them too. Whether they are wolves, big cats, or bears...color me there. Bronwyn Green has some great bear shifters that were written so beautifully that it was easy to imagine it all and her storytelling carried me away. More, Bron, please? My least faves? BDSM doesn't ring my bells though I know it's a very popular genre and I'm not a fan of m/m or f/f. And maybe I'm simply too old fashioned in a way to enjoy lots and lots of kink. Just not my thing. Now this doesn't mean I don't appreciate the storytelling abilities of a writer. I do. Writing is hard work and it's easy to admire various writing styles without particularly loving the genre. What are some of your faves?
In Other News: Panther Moon, book one of my Savage Sanctuary series, will release at Ellora's Cave on March 4. This book is a shifter/menage and Texas-set. Yesterday I got my cover. What do you think?
Running for her life, Chantrea Morgan, unmated and approaching her time of change, stumbles through the night only to be rescued by a gorgeous yet dangerous male. Blinded by instant recognition of her mate, she clings to him, her only means of salvation. Her body burns for him. Her heart aches with the need to be claimed by this wild Texas panther.
Hudson Cates, warrior of the Turquoise Moon tribe of shifters, saves his grieving mate and brings her home to claim her in the only way he can…with orgasmic pleasure, savage possession and a raw sensuality that is inbred into their species. In a ritual as old as time, only he, aided by another male from their tribe, can help Trea embrace her panther beast.