Email This Post HomeFictionSexy Poll Questions & A Cover Reveal & Free Stuff Amy Vansant November 1, 2016 Fiction, Humor 25 Comments Psst!…Between you and me…How do you feel about sex? Here’s why I ask. The new series I’m writing I started because I like writing thrillers/mysteries but I wanted to be a tad naughtier than I can be in my cozy mysteries. Wanted to make things a little more sexy, more dangerous —everything a tad edgier — but as I’m wrapping up this first book I find myself wondering about sex. My hero and heroine don’t have time to get married in this book. I don’t want to pull an Outlander and trick them into it. I just want them to get their groove on! But I also don’t want to alienate even my most broadminded cozy readers… Or forever be unable to look my mother in the eye. I know some of you are good if my characters have a foursome with a randy otter and an alien an hour after they meet. Other readers won’t want anyone getting naked until rings are on fingers and somebody has a case of baby-fever. I’m afraid I can’t make either of those extremes happy. But for all you people in the middle somewhere – I have two polls! What do you think is the appropriate level of heat for Kilty as Charged? To help you decide, here’s the cover so you can compare what you expect upon seeing that and what you get. First, Heat Level: Sex Poll: Heat Level Give me sexy sex! Body parts! Moisture levels! You name it! It can be HOT, but don't use really grossly graphic words. Sex to completion but sweet as possible. Sex more implied than described and always fade to black. Everyone should wear turtlenecks at all times. View Results Loading ... Then, Relationship Status: Sex Poll: Relationship Level Get these hotties naked ASAP! Doesn't have to take long, but I need to believe they really like each other. They should be pretty darn smitten and months have passed. Let's wait for book two or three so they've been dating for a year or more. Find a way to take the curse off pre-marital sex no matter how flimsy the excuse. Married. Period. View Results Loading ... Finally – what do you think of the cover? PLEASE feel free to comment in the comments below about the cover or sex or sex with alien otters or anything! Your opinions matter to me! What do you think of my Kilty cover? Awesome! Looks good! Can't wait to read it! Pretty cool. Like the idea of this novel, not so much the cover. Can't say - Not my kind of book! View Results Loading ... In other news… Dianne Harman has another new book out! The woman is a machine. Murder at the Polo Club by Dianne Harman – 99c and FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Antiques, polo, and relationships. What do they have in common? Murder! Why was the Palm Springs polo club owner’s fiancée, Pia, murdered? Things like old relationships, Mafia vendettas, and fighting over inheritances play a part in this cozy mystery. Jack Rutledge, the owner of a world class polo club in Palm Springs hires Marty Combs, an antique appraiser, to evaluate Jack’s collection of art pottery and Pia’s recently inherited collection of art glass. When Marty and her husband Jeff, a Palm Springs Police Detective, attend a cocktail party at the Rutledge Polo Club, they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery…Get it on Amazon! And my friend Jackie Weger is having some sweet romance sales, too! Count the Roses FREE Nov 1-5! Betrayed and jilted, Jennifer Dewitt finds solace in a new job and new city. Men and marriage are not on her radar. Adrien Merrill’s divorce leaves him bitter and jaded. In Cajun custom, pride rules. Yet Adrien aches for a woman to fill his days with laughter, his nights with passion, and his house with children. He sets his sights on Jennifer and runs right into stubborn, mouthy and independent. He soon discovers the line between pride and love is as whisper thin as a fine silk thread. Get it on Amazon! Almost Perfect: Three Volume Collection 99c now through Dec 31! Three romances with a touch of intrigue for only 99 cents!! Three men, seductive as sin and living single meet three strong women passionate about life, love, and family who will change their lives forever. Get it on Amazon! Also the VERY funny ladies at Reductress.com have a new book out that would make a great holiday gift! (if you’re on twitter, follow reductress – awesome tweets!) How to Win at Feminism: The Definitive Guide to Having It All—And Then Some! Feminism is all about demanding equality and learning to love yourself. But not too much – men hate that! From the writers of Reductress, the subversive, satirical women’s magazine read by over 2.5 million visitors a month This ultimate guide to winning feminism How to Do More with 33 Cents Less How to Love Your Body Even Though Hers Is Better The 9 Circles of Hell for Women Who Don’t Help Other Women Designer Handbags to Hold All Your Feminism How to Get Catcalled For Your Personality Get it on Amazon And as always, there’s a giveaway contest this week – HUMOR! About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Upgrading from turtles to panthers…Giveaway and deals - July 16, 2019 I am the turtle whisperer, pet lover giveaway and steals & deals - July 10, 2019 I’m writing Kilty, but Pineapple is stalking me…Beach Read Giveaway & Deals - July 1, 2019 25 Responses Veronica Collins November 1, 2016 Would love to win 0 likes Reply Carolynn Padgett November 8, 2016 OMG! Funny books! Oh, wow! Now, that’s something worth entering a contest for! Almost ANY genre goes better with humor. As far as sex in books goes, don’t the editors realize most of us know the mechanics of arousal and sex and it’s the ROMANCE we’re after! Give us the feelings, the emotions, the caresses, etc. We’re not looking for an animated sex manual–we want an interesting story with ROMANCE (I didn’t say graphic or explicit sex!). 0 likes Reply Dianna Thomas November 1, 2016 I don’t mind sex, however I dislike blow by blow descriptions. My imagination does a good job of supplying the sex I want, instead of the author using 5 paragraphs to describe sex they think I want. Does that make sense? Now if you want to write erotica that’s okay, readers can choose to read it or not. If the story is great I don’t mind skipping the sex description part, as long as I don’t have to do it 5-6 times. Please don’t use fruit to compare any body parts!😂 Seriously. 3 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 1, 2016 LOL! No fruit, I promise!! 2 likes Reply Tanya November 1, 2016 If I want erotica, which I don’t, then I’ll seek it out. I find authors use it as a filler and it’s distruptive to the story. I don’t know my friends sex lives and I don’t need to nor want to know those of the characters. Especially not in detail. How many times can it be described? As for the cover, I love the plaid in the title font. Not sure why the graphic artist put a white blurred shadow around it though. If they add another black title under the title without any blur and offset it, it’ll pop. And I’m not crazy about the shirtless guy. Seems to be done to death. But at least his pants or kilt is all the way up ☺ I hope this book ends up being PG, I’d love to read it. Otherwise I’ll just wait for another Pineapple book. 2 likes Reply Kitra Shiflett November 1, 2016 Count the Roses is not free on Nov. 1. 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 1, 2016 Turns out there was a delay – it will be free tomorrow through the 5th! 0 likes Reply Elsa November 1, 2016 Sometimes sex and romance spoil a thriller or a mystery. I think it depends on the way the book moves, but for me, the concept of more than best friends implied, does the trick. It creates sexual tension that does not need graphic description. It’s just there and you can almost feel it. I’ve read books that were excellent and sex spoiled the whole thing. I mean in the middle of a war zone they are so frisky it’s amazing no one gets a bullet where it shouldn’t go lol. 2 likes Reply Jenni C November 1, 2016 I like sex scenes, but not with crude terminology or lack of caring. I was glad to see this poll as I am wrestling with whether to keep my sex scenes or try to publish cozy without! 3 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 1, 2016 Ha! Hope it comes in handy for you! 0 likes Reply Paula Hambrick November 1, 2016 It looks like a really good book and I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for having such a nice giveaway and a chance to win! I love reading smutty books with comedy in it too 🙂 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 1, 2016 That’s one of the problem with this cover… the book has a ton of humor in it. It’s James Bond, Outlander and When Harry Met Sally had a baby and I’m not sure the cover conveys that.. though I can’t imagine what would! 0 likes Reply Vicky November 2, 2016 I dislike the curve on his body. Looks painful. He needs a plaid on the shoulder. Her black top looks tacky, but your description of the story sounds nice. Hope to read it. 0 likes Pamela November 1, 2016 I love good dirty raunchy sexy books. I don’t want those in my mysteries and I don’t read traditional romance novels. Therefore, I don’t want them mixed together. I want my Erotic “Romance” but I absolutely don’t want it mixed with other genres. I agree that I absolutely do not want genitalia described with fruit. I’d rather they use the old fashioned legitimate terms than stupid fruit. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 1, 2016 That’s a good point. It would probably be jarring to have a really raunchy sex scene show up in the middle of an adventure! 0 likes Reply Christine Lowe November 1, 2016 I have nothing against shirtless, muscled men but if I see one on a book cover, I treat the book like a hot potato. You know what I mean, right? I prefer to see shirtless men in person. Do you remember the term bodice ripper? For some unknown reason that is an automatic turn off. Now if the cover featured an otter, that’s a whole another story. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 1, 2016 I’m much the same way… But when you see how WELL shirtless men sell books, it makes me think… hmmm… I’m wrestling with it though! I think I will tweak that tagline a bit…I…er… *screams with frustration* I’ll figure it out! 🙂 0 likes Reply Teri November 1, 2016 Thank you for everything you do for us readers-great books, great contests and lots of fun. 0 likes Reply Charlene Fraley November 1, 2016 I love the idea, sounds like it would be a great book! 0 likes Reply caa November 2, 2016 I find that it is getting hard to find a book with a story line that is involved, not just topical. And like others said, the sex scenes are lots of times too much or innapropriate(I lose the spelling bee for this word) for where they are put. 0 likes Reply Annette Naish November 2, 2016 I like sex – and sex scenes are OK with me. But, I prefer to leave at least some things to my imagination. (I am a fiction reader so I have a great imagination) It generally bothers me if the author seems to want to do everything but draw diagrams and have a professor with a pointer. If I remember correctly, the genre I read – romance novels – are supposed to constitute romantce. Yes, romance includes sex – if you do it right – for me it does not have to be graphic. But, I love scenes of seduction where things grow warm – and both parties are enjoying every minute. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 2, 2016 Damn, there goes my “sex professor with a pointer” character! *scribble scribble* 🙂 0 likes Reply Val November 2, 2016 I’m a realist in that I know few people wait for the wedding ring before engaging in sex but that doesn’t mean I want to see it, hear about it or read about it. I quit reading romance when the books started being more about sex than romance. I always believed romance was all the sweet little things that lead to people falling in love and wanting to have sex with that person, not just the sex. Sex scenes just make me feel like I’m watching porno. I love a good romance but leave the sex behind the close door, please! 0 likes Reply Meredith Hillenbrand November 2, 2016 A little bit of sex that is slightly descriptive is okay, but I’m not really a fan. Thanks for the chance! 0 likes Reply Diana November 3, 2016 When it comes to sex scenes, I prefer hot and sweet at the same time. I’ve read some that use euphemisms that are hysterical and others that are so graphic, I never want to have sex again! For the hot and bothered, I figure that’s what LKH is for, she can get 6 people in bed and have it make sense. But, for instance, Lisa Lace, makes the sex between two people gentle and sweet, while still making the reader tingle all over. It matters what you, as a writer, feels comfortable with, because in the end we will know it. I read a book so bad, because the writer had no comfort level with what she was writing and used “suction” over and over when referring to kissing. I had to read it to the end as I was reviewing it, but I kept saying, out loud, this is awful. Also, keep in mind what is physically possible. Not to be graphic, but this same writer had a man performing oral sex who could hit the G-spot at the same time he hit the clitoris, with the tip of his tongue. What level fits you and your characters? People who haven’t been married have been having sex since time began, even Scotsmen. But that’s just my view. 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!