Good morning lovelies! I would like to welcome the fabulous Stephanie Draven today who is joining us with her newest, In Bed with the Opposition!
(An Author’s Confession)
by Stephanie Draven
I’ll admit it. I’m a cheater. It’s not that I don’t want to commit to my first love, but for some reason, I find myself having flings and ongoing affairs of the heart. So it’s time to come clean and talk about just how it is that I started down the road to unfaithfulness.
My first steady relationship started a few years ago with historical fiction, my first love. Historical fiction’s maturity and insight attracted me straight away. And historical fiction really valued my brainy side and never let me get away with sloppy thinking or language that was less than ladylike. I have to admit, I was more than a little turned on by the discipline. But something inside me just wasn’t satisfied.
Over time, historical fiction demanded all my attention, expecting more detailed research about the ancient world and insisting that I engage in philosophical discussions. Frankly, it was all just a little bit exhausting. I need to be appreciated for more than just my mind. After all, I’m a hot-blooded girl with a heart that wants to go pitter pat.
And that’s why I started my torrid affair with the romance genre.
It started out as a flirtation--a little novella about a modern day gorgon in love. Nothing serious. Just a one time thing. But you know how encounters with paranormal romance can be. A little dark.A little edgy.A little anonymous. I didn’t want to get caught, so I used a pen name, which only added to the thrill. Soon, I was doing a whole series of paranormal romances, each one sexier than the last!
Given the accolades and awards, I started getting a reputation around town. I probably should have been ashamed of myself, but I couldn’t stop! Historical fiction with its beheadings and drama queens can really drain my emotional reserves, but even the most dangerous romance always gives me a happy ending.
Besides, I’m convinced my extracurricular activities brought a little spice back into my love life. So what’s wrong with that? Every girl needs a reminder that she can be smart and sexy all at the same time. Paranormal romance gave me that and kept giving it to me, hard.
But it still wasn’t enough.
There is something so angsty, so emo, about paranormal romance. I started wondering why all my fictional relationships had to be so dark. Not every book has to be about the end of the world as we know it. Sometimes it’s fun to laugh a little. And that’s why I’ve started stepping out both my Respectable Historical Fiction and my Bad Boy, Paranormal Romance.
My latest fling is IN BED WITH THE OPPOSITION. This is a Contemporary Romance--a genre that really knows how to bring the laughs and turn up the heat. I told myself that this was a one-time thing, but it was such a delicious experience that I know it won’t be my last.
This enemy-to-lovers novel about two rival campaign managers who fall in love helped me to discover a whole new kind of political sex scandal. This affair explored some new and sexy territory, including some encounters in a series of very public locations around the nation’s capital. There were even a few superhero costumes. Throw in a cranky geriatric senator with a penchant for gaffes and a reporter with pornographic blackmail photos...and what could go wrong?
I laughed my way through every wacky moment of this book and sniffled a little when all the damage was done. But at the end, the book left me so satisfied that I’m now crushing hard on the contemporary romance genre.
I won’t give it up. My other genres are just going to have to accept that I’m not ready to settle down. I’m still playing the field and loving every minute of it.
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