So excited to introduce our guest today. Not only is Elle an amazing author but she’s also an old friend of mine! Plus, she’s talking about one of our favorite topics: smutty, dirty words. *winks* Take it away, Elle!
Keeping Track of the Smut
First off, I wanted to thank the Smutketeers for letting me stop by today! Karen and I used to be on another group blog before life got in the way (as it always does), so it feels fantastic to reunite with her once again via the blogsphere.
Now, today’s topic: dirty words. I think one of the biggest challenges of writing for more than one publisher is remembering which dirty words can go into which books. I know, that sounds totally bizarre, right? But it’s a problem I’ve been having this entire week, as I attempt to write 3 different stories in 3 different genres for 3 different publishers.
I still remember the first time I used the p-word in a sex scene (hint: I’m not talking about penis here—think the lady equivalent LOL). I was blushing like crazy and giggling like a preteen. Now, I’m dropping p-bombs all over the place, along with all kinds of other bombs. In erotic contemporary, this is perfectly acceptable. In category romantic suspense? No way.
My brain knows which books get to have f-words galore, and which ones need “craps” and “darns”. The p-word in some stories, “aching core” in others. Anything-goes-sex in some, don’t-even-think-of-bringing-a-third party-into-this-sex-scene in others. But see, sometimes I forget—which is why I spent almost three hours yesterday cutting f-words out of one book and sticking them all in the other.
What I learned from this experience? Writing erotic romance is way more fun! Romantic suspense and sexy contemporaries are my genres—they’re what I love to write, and I do enjoy them both. But sometimes it’s nice to let the p- and f-words fly and not worry about the consequences!
So…Born to Be Wild. P-words? Check. F-words? Check. This is my latest red-hot contemporary from Samhain Publishing. It’s the 3rd book in my Welcome to Paradise mini-series, but it can be read as a stand-alone, and it features a bad boy hero who comes home to seduce his former high school fling.
And…Midnight Rescue. Dark suspense? Check. Kickass heroine? Check. This is the first book in my new Killer Instincts series with Signet Eclipse, which features a team of sexy male mercenaries and some kickass heroines. The series launches on May 1.
Contest time!! I’m giving away one copy of each book – one winner gets BTBW, the other gets MR, and all I want to know is: how dirty do you like your books? Are you all about f-bombs and p-words, or do you prefer more conservative language?
(Karen: Ha! You’re with the Smutketeers – we like ALL the dirty words!)
Comments close at the end of the day on Thursday, April 26th and will be announced here. Good luck!
Also, if you want to know more about either of these books, stop by my website (www.ellekennedy.com) to check out some blurbs and excerpts.