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 The very first romance I ever wrote was a ‘sweet’ one (and incidentally, three books – yet unpublished – spun off of that one.)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

XOXO

G.

This article was pulled from the archives and updated.

An in-depth interview with Genella

Spirit of the Past in a Present Life

…is the title of my latest interview. Here is where you can learn about the foundations of what inspired me to write my Victorian historical romance novel, REMEMBER ME.
Please click on the picture below to proceed:

Interview

The marriage between heat level and 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 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

and LOTR

 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.

Happy Reading, all!

XOXO

G.

HALLOWEEN Post – Count Vlad Tepes in “Remember Me.”

The following scene was removed from the story because it was originally  in Vald’s point of view. 
I thought I’d resurrect it for Halloween:

 

     “Remove your hands from around my throat, Vlad. I will answer the summons to attend the countess when I see fit and not before.”

 

     Count Vlad Tepes was one of the Lords on the High Council of vampires and their queen, Countess Erzebet Batheroy, had been his obsession for hundreds of years. He would do anything for her, even go as far as allowing the queen’s many lovers access to her bed.

     “She wants more than a word with you, Pup. It would be considered wise if you were to bow to her wishes,” Vlad hissed in Dacious’s ear.

     Dacious seized the count’s wrist and freed himself from Vlad’s grip. “I bow to no creation,” he growled.

     Vlad laughed insincerely. “Perhaps not, but were you to lay yourself at the feet of Erzebet, you would find more pleasure at the mercy of her hands than any highly-skilled whore could ever give you.”

     “You heard what I have to say on the subject,” Dacious pronounced. He turned from Count Vlad Tepes and walked away.

      At once, Vlad materialized from a mist in front of Dacious in order to hamper his steps. “Do not turn your back on me, Pup!” he ground out, his fangs emerging beneath his parted lips.

     Without batting an eyelash, Dacious turned invisible and walked through the infuriated vampire.

     Vlad froze. No mist. No other form had the Pup chosen for his transition, as was the way of the brethren. He turned away casually, pretending the nonexistent mode of transformation hadn’t ruffled his feathers in the least. However, his mind raced.

      Silent suspicion pierced the night air around him.

     His queen had wanted the pup for a bedmate since the first night Dacious came to court. Vlad scoffed, good taste can be so subjective.

 

     Erzebet was his, damn it. His hands flexed into fists. Was it not himself who’d rescued her from that horrid little walled-up room and made her immortal? A deep primal growl threatened to escape from him, but he forced a breath through his nostrils instead.

     Something was odd about the Pup. He’d always known it, but now he could smell it.

The 2009 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention –

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Known as “RT” to those of us who are addicted to the yearly event,
The Romantic Times Booklovers Convention is the ultimate gathering
of romance readers, authors and yes, male cover models –
adding to the visual ambiance of the week. 😉 Also in attendance
at RT: Literary agents, publishers (both print and ebook) and booksellers.

As most of you know, “Remember Me” is going to be released on April 21st.

I have my very first book signing (ebook signing, to be exact)
at the Expo (April 22nd – 4:30 to 6:30 PM) there in Orlando, FL, and I’ll have a cool healing stone give-a-way for the event.  I’m so excited – everything is so surreal right now.

I can’t wait for RT – I will be in the air for most of the day on
the 21st, so no release day party for me! Ah, the irony.

I hope to see you there!
Blessings!
🙂
G.