There are some authors who are brilliant enough to be able to, no matter the length of the book, keep their heat levels all the same. Hot hot hot, contemp or historical or fantasy, they keep a loyal fan base because of their skills with a pen . . . or, keyboard. 🙂
Here is my dilemma: When I write (and I’m not pantsing) the characters come to me first, the plot usually arrives next, then the plot determines the heat level.
I love a good plot. If the heat level of a book I’m reading isn’t high, it better dang-well have an awesome plot! 😀
You will also find that I don’t just write a single sub-genre. I write absolute historical first and foremost, but where it goes from there is up for grabs by the Universe. Does it have a sci-fi twist? Supernatural? Foodie? Older heroine/younger hero? Erotic or hot and steamy? My stories are all over the place. The very first romance I ever wrote was a ‘sweet’ one (and incidentally, three books – yet unpublished – spun off that one.)
Remember Me (the re-release coming soon to Amazon) is an ensemble piece (lots of characters) with supernatural, paranormal and heavy romantic elements. It’s the HEA that brands it a romance novel. If you like ensembles like Harry Potter
you will be able to get into Remember Me – Angels, demons and Vampires in Victorian England.
Now, Sins of the Flesh, a spin off of Remember Me, is a short, historical, totally naughty erotic romance with supernatural elements, with only a handful of characters.
And still, The Art of Temptation, a full-length novel, also related to Remember Me, (which should be out on Amazon by the end of the year) is a straight super-sexy historical romance – also, not so large an ensemble cast.
Two things my books have in common: Historical and great plots.