The harmonious union between heat level & plot: One soul does not equal another ~

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 owing to their skills with a pen . . . or, keyboard. 🙂

And I applaud them for this!


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.

In fact, this is so important, I’m going to repeat it:

When I write, 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 themes?

  • lots of foodie-ness?

  • older heroine/younger hero?

  • a feisty, determined heroine?

  • heavy eroticism?

  • hot and steamy love scenes?

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 The very first romance I ever wrote was a ‘sweet’ one (and incidentally, three books – yet unpublished – spun off of that one.)

Remember Me is an ensemble piece (lots of characters) with supernatural, paranormal and heavy romantic elements with steamy love scenes. It’s the HEA that brands it a “romance novel.”

If you like ensemble casts like Harry Potter and LOTR

you will totally be able to get into Remember Me – Angels, demons and Vampires in Victorian England.

Sins of the Flesh, a spin off of Remember Me, is a short, historical, totally naughty erotic romance featuring supernatural elements, with only a handful of characters.

And still, The Art of Temptation, a full-length novel, also related to Remember Me, (due out on Amazon on April 30th) 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.

Happy Reading, all!



This article was pulled from the archives and updated.

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