Tidbits from LERA at the SW Book Fiesta

Darynda Jones dished on her NYT best-selling Charley Davidson series, and LERA authors talked love and sex at the romance panel.

The Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA) participated in the Southwest Book Fiesta on May 10- 12, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. It was a great opportunity to get the scoop on some of my favorite topics, including Charley Davidson, Reyes Farrow, romance, and sex. Sweet sex, spicy sex, you name it.

Audio book star Clifton Chadwick interviewed Darynda Jones, author of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet and Death, Doom, and Detention.

Clifton and Darynda

I am happy to announce that Darynda announced that books six through eight in the Charley Davidson series have sold. Woot! Fifth Grave Past the Light will be released July 9, 2013. Cannot wait!

Clifton asked how Darynda came up with the character of Charley: “I wanted a smart-aleck, sarcastic, tough female detective living in a paranormal realm. Then one morning I woke up and there she was, in all her glory.”

Guys will also like this paranormal romance series, Clifton said. “They’re funny. They’re fast-paced. They have a lot of action. And they have a lot of action.

Now that Darynda is a full time author of two popular series, both the adult Charley Davidson series and the young adult Darklight series, she has to handle the business side of being an author, and it is often a challenge to actually get the writing done. She has a new incentive program, a pact she made with her husband. If she doesn’t write 5,000 words in a day, he will administer some sort of punishment. “And that’s as much as I’m going to say.”

“Well,” said Clifton, “we’ve read your books.”

Darynda SW Book Fiesta

In answer to a fan’s question on whether we will see more of Reyes, Darynda said: “Yes. Yes. In Fifth Grave, you’re going to love me. You’re going to email me how much you love me, and I will know why.”

Let me just say, Hallelujah!

Authors from LERA  answered questions at the Romance Writers panel.

Samantha Ann King’s debut erotic romance Sharing Hailey was nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice award in the category of E-Book Erotic Romance.

“I’ve had people say my book was sweet. I’ve had people be offended by it, too.”

Parks, Berkley, King SW Book Fiesta
(l-r) Lydia Parks, Shea Berkley, Samantha Ann King

Jeffe Kennedy, author of the Facets of Passion series, got started writing erotica with Petals and Thorns after seeing a call for erotic fairy tales. “So I came up with the idea of a kinky Beauty and the Beast. Because, come on, what really happens in the castle at night?”

(l-r) Jeffe Kennedy, Darynda Jones, and Barrett.
(l-r) Jeffe Kennedy, Darynda Jones, and Barrett.

Lydia Parks had to rewrite her first erotic book a couple of times after her editor said “no, this is just spicy sex, not erotica.” She eventually got it right. The publisher’s note on the back of her book Devour Me reads: “Warning. This is really hot.”

So what is the difference between erotic romance (romance with hot sex) and erotica?

Lydia Parks: “Spicy romance is focused on the romantic connection, on how the couple is coming together sexually. Erotica is just about the excitement of sex. With erotic romance, you have to have an HEA [happily ever after]. With erotica, you just have to have happy sex.”

Jeffe Kennedy: “In erotica, the heroine’s journey is about her sexual journey.”

Toward the end of the panel, the topic turned to how hormone levels can help or hinder the joy of writing sex scenes. Darynda said a writer friend of hers recently had to start taking physician-prescribed hormones, and suddenly she “can’t stop writing sex scenes!”

Which left a lot of us wondering, “How do we get some of her hormones?”

Land of Enchantment Romance Authors at the LERA booth.
Land of Enchantment Romance Authors at the LERA booth.
(l-r) Jeffe Kennedy, Samantha Ann King, L.M. May, Robin Perini, Barrett, Shea Berkley,           Shelly Alexander, Shannon Yvonne Moreau, Lydia Parks.

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