Prince Daymon is an Evoker—possessor of rare and feared magical powers.
When he is captured by bandits who plan to use his gifts for their own benefit he must depend upon his lover to come to his rescue.
Rhyder is captain of Daymon’s personal guard and the legendary ‘Lion of the West’, but can he reach the man he loves before it’s too late?
Harder Than It Sounds
I once joked to a bunch of friends that I’d write porn for a living. The steamy, trashy kind sold as paperback bodice-rippers, probably involving an awful lot of oiled muscles and heaving bosoms. And now lo and behold, I now really do write… well, if not porn exactly then probably something pretty close to it in a lot of peoples’ minds, albeit of the male/male variety. But while the idea may have started off as little more than a flippant remark, I’ve since come to realise that I do in fact enjoy steamy romances – it’s just that I’m a bit fussy about what precisely I like them to contain other than men having sex.
For example, I prefer heroes that aren’t depicted as devastatingly handsome because a) I’ve never once met a man that I’d consider physically flawless and b) if I ever did then I’d probably be more intimidated than attracted, and I’d rather not be intimidated by my own characters. I like men who aren’t overtly described as either ultra-masculine or ultra-feminine because as with physical appearance, I’d rather try to write real people rather than caricatures of them. I love sex scenes that bring a little subtlety to the table or leave a bit to the imagination, even when it gets graphic. Maybe especially then, because nothing jolts me out of the moment more than going into way too much detail about Character A’s chest hair or what specifically Character B did with his throbbing manhood.
Which is basically a long-winded way of saying that I now have a lot more respect for people who write porn for a living. It’s all very well to say what you like, it’s another thing completely to actually write it. I’ve genuinely come to feel that creating this kind of story – no matter how spicy – takes just as much work and skill as any other genre. If anything, constructing a sex scene that appeals to the writer as well as a potential audience is one of the more challenging parts of it; but, at least to my mind, it’s also the key to writing a compelling adult romance.
About the Author:
DIANA WATERS is a New Zealander currently living in rural Japan. She has no idea where in the world she’ll be this time next year and is pretty okay with that. Other than reading and writing, her main passions include travel, Japanese pop culture, and competitive swimming.
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