By A P von K’Ory (Guest Blogger)
If you’re wondering what to expect from my books – here’s a list of what I value in erotic romance, as a writer and a reader.
A strong female character who remains ultra-feminine but is no mimosa waiting for a strong someone else to rescue her.
A male character, who elegantly rides that thin line between Gentleman and Rogue, cultured and demanding, but without stooping to that arrogantly stupid “Because that’s who I am” line. He has to be smart enough to say exactly that in a thousand different words but those.
A love that wakes up slowly from deeper foundations than the social ladder and physical bedroom skills.
Protagonists – male or female – who are beautiful / handsome in body as well as intellect.
Sex that takes the lovers to outer space with the dueling of their bodies and minds vocally as well as emotionally.
An Alpha man who, if she is “not to come until I say so” has a better argument to earn that privilege than “because I say so”. If he’s into topping all the way then he’d better be able to top while under her as well, in and out of bed.
Conflicts for my protagonist that battle not only with those of the antagonist to reach his goal, but also with mine as the storyteller fighting for him to do honour to my theme.
A female MC who makes the love of her life go through all the stages of the cross, so to speak, chasing after her before she succumbs – without falling on her knees before him. It’s a weakness of mine and my childhood love of Barbara Cartland. But, although my heroines are chased, they don’t necessarily remain chaste till the wedding night.
“… for those who love selective eroticism with substance. An exciting and sophisticated erotic thriller for the astute romance reader, woman or man.”
Love, a word Roman can hardly spell, hits him when he sees Shana one evening. She’s the first woman not dropping to her knees at his mere presence. Used to getting whatever he wants, he chases her. Only to discovers that she prefers the girls. Roman can’t let that deter him. But is he for once up against his own comeuppance? At any rate, he needs assistance, which comes in the form of Alyssa, Shana’s BFF. Trouble crops up when Alyssa is all too ready and willing to drop on her knees for him.
Roman can't get anywhere near Shana on his own. Would he start anything with Alyssa as long as this finally leads him to meet Shana in person?
Then there’s Marie, his current companion, who has a life-changing surprise for him.
Roman: I never chased after a woman. Then I caught a glimpse of the woman I would kneel for, but didn’t even know her name. Heck, I determined to find her if it took me the rest of my life.
Shana: He stood in the room with her. The frisson in the currents freaking between them knocked her senseless. The mutual force of predator and prey, blasting into her core ... her soul ... Danger. Keep far away from him
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“Are you a bloody dyke or not, Shana?” I was ready to hit the fucking roof.
“It’s really none of your business. But Alyssa is—”
I strode purposefully to her, pulled her to me, raked one hand into her lustrous hair at the back of her neck, grabbed a handful of it firmly, and tilted her chin up with my other hand. I bent and kissed her hard on the eat-me-whole lips. Kissed her savagely, without trying to push my tongue into her mouth. I simply licked and sucked with force. She smelt of manmade scent and sultry womanhood.
She tasted like heaven and hell combined.
My penis announced its needs. I tipped her back further without breaking the kiss and pressed my London Stone against her. Voltages. Frenzied amps. She gave a short high-pitched squeal. Off the charts lust, boiling deep within her. I pressed her harder to my breast while I rubbed my London Stone against her lower belly.
As her lips began to yield, to slightly part, to surrender to me, to let me take full possession of her mouth, I stopped kissing her and pressing against her. I jerked her head away from me by my handful of hair and locked my eyes with hers again.
“Yes?” as imperiously as she had been. I saw her confusion.
She whispered, “Oh heavens,” and closed her eyes.
“Indeed. Look at me,” I ordered in a low dark voice, torn between a million shades of mad and frustrated.
She opened her eyes again in blinks. “Roman. Alyssa has fallen in love with you, one. She’s my best friend since childhood, two. And yes, she’s my lover too.”
My temples worked. But you’re a man’s woman! “Not any more, Shana. From now on, every single bit of you belongs to me. You’re. My. Woman.”
She shook her head, probably denying my statements, probably perplexed.
“You. Are.” I still held that bunch of hair at the back of her head in a firm fist.
“Roman, I don’t mind Alyssa having men in her life. But—”
“Time you had one too. Me.”
“Christ, Roman, men don’t work for me since—”
“One just did perfectly with no more than just a kiss, Dr Lindqvist.”
I released her. Turned away and walked out.
About the Author
A P von K’Ory writes the kind of books she herself would like to read and is passionate about, whether romance, psychological thriller or nonfiction. She is the winner of six awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for Writer of the Year 2013 in the Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, a short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010 and is published in an American anthology Africa 2012. In 2012, she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to Western society in various papers, theses, and lectures. Again in 2012, her book Bound to Tradition: The Dream was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Von K'Ory is married to an aristocrat and politician of Franco-German descent, has a large extended family. She lectures Economics and Sociology in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She’s migratory and – weather willing – lives in Germany, France, Cyprus, and Greece.
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