I recently signed a contract with Loose Id for Reckless in Moonlight, a cougar romance, involving a 45-year-old divorcee who gets “involved” with her neighbor’s 28-year-old son. As I originally had envisioned it, it was more of a sensual, tender story about woman finally able to express herself sexually.
But Loose Id wanted it hotter, raunchier. In their words – a “one-handed read.”
Now, if you’ve read Intimate Submission or Secret Desires, my first two erotic romances published by Black Velvet Seductions, you know I don’t have any qualms about writing raunchy romance. Spanking, ménage, the use of sex toys, anal sex – the two books contain a cornucopia of sexual taboos. And while the graphic sex scenes are a bit more conventional in my Loose Id release, Unexpected Consequences (no anal, no ménage), the domestic discipline theme of the story makes it edgy.
But did I want to make Reckless in Moonlight, well, more reckless?
I decided to go for it.
I scrapped and completely rewrote two of four sex scenes, tweaked the other two and added two complete new ones. I allowed my characters to express their wild fantasies instead of just thinking about them. I included a little exhibitionism (well, okay, quite a bit), brought in some sex toys and expanded the characters’ sexual repertoire. I wrote one outrageous sex scene that still makes me smile when I read it. I also coarsened the language throughout the book.
Revising the manuscript was fun – but a lot of work. More work than I originally anticipated. Sex scenes take much longer to write than regular scenes. But the end result was worth it.
It’s hot. It’s raunchy. It’s Reckless in Moonlight.