Guest Post: How Fifty Shades Made My Life Easier – Marie Force + Giveaway!
No Sue, the title was supposed to be: How the Fifty Shades Craze Made My Life As a Writer of Sexy Romance Easier
By: Marie Force — ok, now you’ve got it right, sheesh
I write sexy romance under my real name. No big deal, right? Well, I also live in a small, conservative New England town where everyone knows everyone, and people like to talk. They like to whisper. They like to point. SHE is the one who writes that smutty romance. I hate that word, by the way. Smut. I often ask people who use that word why they consider act of falling in love and making love smut. I ask was it “smut” when you were falling in love with your husband or wife? That usually stops them in their tracks. My husband jumps right in at social gatherings when people use that word. “She doesn’t like that,” he says. I love him for that. When kids at school razz my daughter about what I write, she says, “My mom’s books are paying for my college. What’s your plan?” I love that, too!
Early in my career, it became very clear to me that most of the people in my inner circle of friends and family had never read a romance novel before. Thus, when they got ahold of one of mine, they were scandalized. They had nothing to compare it to, so they thought mine were off-the-chain sexy. Some used the dreaded P word (porn), which I hate more than smut.
And then came the summer of 2012 and what can only be called the furor over Fifty Shades of Grey and the two sequels. Suddenly, people I know—people who used to call my books smut—were reading Fifty Shades and I was hearing, “Wow, your books aren’t so bad.” Gee, really? I tried to tell you that years ago! And no, I haven’t read the Fifty Shades books and don’t plan to as they really don’t appeal to me. I get asked that a lot, too!
I write what I like to read. I don’t read romances that close the door on the love scenes, because I always feel cheated to miss out on that crucial part of the couple’s journey. I’m noticing that as my career proceeds toward book 25, they’re getting sexier all the time. Take Longing for Love, book 7 in my McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, available in Kindle now & other eRetailers 11/2. Readers have long awaited Tiffany and Blaine’s love story, which has been on slow burn for several books now. In Longing for Love, Tiffany’s sister Maddie (heroine of book one, Maid for Love—free on most e-book retail sites) tells Tiffany that she and Blaine having been having “eye sex” for a year now. “What the heck is eye sex?” Tiffany asks. “Tearing each other’s clothes off with your eyes,” Maddie replies.
Tiffany is the owner of the new Gansett Island boutique, Naughty & Nice, where she sells sexy lingerie and “other items” designed to bring ultimate pleasure. It’s those “other items” that get Tiffany into trouble with people in her small conservative New England town, and they get her in “trouble” with Blaine when he discovers she’s a sex toy fraud. Blaine sets out to show Tiffany what’s she’s been missing during her miserable marriage to her ex-husband—and not just in the bedroom. Blaine is a man of few words, and at one point, Tiffany says, “I don’t care if he never says more than ‘spread your legs.’” But as their story unfolds, it becomes clear to her that this relationship is about way more than sex, and that’s when it starts to get really interesting.
As with all the Gansett Island books, you’ll hear from past series favorites, including Mac and Maddie, Joe and Janey, Luke and Sydney, Grant and Stephanie, Evan and Grace, Owen and Laura, Ned and Francine and of course, Big Mac and Linda. New couples Seamus and Carolina and Dan and Kara are back, along with some other potential romances brewing on Gansett Island, the best place to fall in love!
I’m giving e-book copies of Longing for Love to two readers today. To be entered to win a copy, tell me what’s your favorite romance series and what makes it special for you?
CONGRATS TO TRACEY & DOREEN – Marie’s LONGING FOR LOVE WINNERS
Thanks for having me!
About the Author:
Marie Force is the author of the bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series: MAID FOR LOVE, FOOL FOR LOVE, READY FOR LOVE, FALLING FOR LOVE, HOPING FOR LOVE, SEASON FOR LOVE and LONGING FOR LOVE, with more books coming soon in the series. She is the author of the Treading Water Series that consists of TREADING WATER, MARKING TIME and STARTING OVER, with book four, COMING HOME, out Christmas 2012. Marie also wrote the following contemporary romances: GEORGIA ON MY MIND, EVERYONE LOVES A HERO, LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT, TRUE NORTH, THE FALL and THE WRECK. She recently signed with Berkley for a new contemporary series, The Green Mountain Country Store, beginning in late 2013.
Marie is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press. So far, the series includes FATAL AFFAIR, FATAL JUSTICE, FATAL CONSEQUENCES, FATAL DESTINY, FATAL FLAW and FATAL DECEPTION, with more books coming. “This novel is ‘The O.C. does D.C.,’ and you just can’t get enough.” (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars for FATAL AFFAIR). In its July 2010 issue, RT Book Reviews named Marie a “Future Star of Romantic Suspense.”
She is a member of RWA’s New England and Published Author Special Interest Chapters. She is the recipient of the Holt Medallion from the Virginia Romance Writers and a Bean Pot from RWA’s New England Chapter.
While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. Married for twenty years, she is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.