Today's guest is fellow Samhain author Lisa Whitefern, and she's talking about writing romance with Christmas magic.
Writing Holiday Romance
It seems we never get tired of reading Christmas novels. Readers love holiday romance, and it’s fun to use all those wonderful sights and smells while writing a Christmas themed book. Peppermint canes, gingerbread cookies evergreens, fairy lights and snow fill us all with excitement, and memories of Christmas past.
Writing a Christmas romance you want to invoke a heartwarming feeling, and it’s perfectly possible to do this, and still write at a very steamy heat level. A Christmas romance need not be a sweet romance to be heartwarming. You just need to add that extra emotional punch.
I’m often asked how does tension in an erotic romance work, when there is often little build up before the first sex scene. The emotional difference in an erotic romance compared to a regular romance is that the heroine and hero (or obviously in the case of ménage romance the heroes) may engage in fun casual sex before falling in love. So rather than the more conservative, chaste build up to sex, we have friends agreeing to some light hearted sexual fun, which gradually builds up over time into a deep heartfelt romance. The tension is not “will they have sex” but “will they break down emotional barriers and fall in love?” This works with Christmas stories, many of the old classic Christmas stories are about the ice around someone’s heart finally melting.
Christmas for me also invokes thoughts of fairy tales. In Wicked Wonderland I took the idea of Christmas magic quite literally. It was natural for me to want to write a paranormal/fantasy type romance in relation to Christmas rather than a straight contemporary tale, and the story is a retelling of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, with it’s theme of underdog triumph.
The three goals I had for Wicked Wonderland were to write a magical paranormal Christmas story, an emotional romance between 3 people in a ménage, and an erotic story hot enough to jingle sleigh bells and curl your mistletoe!
Christmas is full of fictional possibilities for a writer because it’s a time of miracles when anything can happen.
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When Nick and Kris, the half-fae sons of human mothers, aren’t using Santa’s sleigh in the off-season to make deliveries for their booming sex toy business, they’re setting off sensual fireworks in the bedroom.
Yet they dream of a feminine third to complete their lives. There’s only one woman they can picture filling that role: Lilly, the girl they both dated in college.
Lilly thought earning extra money stripping was a good plan, until she’s left battered, bruised, and stuffed in a back-alley trash can. He rescuers turn out to be the dark, brooding dom and the golden-haired sub whose faces—and shockingly entwined bodies—are still the stuff of her most searing fantasies.
While she’s more than willing to take them up on their offer of one perfect night of magic, she questions whether anyone can break into Nick and Kris’s powerful bond. But there’s someone who’s been waiting for this moment all Lilly’s life. An evil psychopath who holds the secrets of her past—unless Nick and Kris can unravel them in time to save her from a fate worse than death.
Warning: Explicit ménage a trois, hot m/f/m scenes, hot male/male scenes, a ruthless stalker who torments the heroine, sex toys, sex on roof tops, spankings, BDSM, Dark Fae, birdmen, orphans, strippers, centaurs, a violent battle between good and evil creatures on board a ship, true love, and sex in Santa’s sleigh.
You can purchase Wicked Wonderland at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain Publishing.