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April 23, 2009

Ravenous Romance Blog Tour: Author Jamaica Layne

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Hello, and thank you so much for having me on the blog today. I’m Jamaica Layne, erotica author extraordinaire. I write erotica and erotic romance for Virgin Cheek and Virgin Black Lace in print, and in ebooks/audiobooks for Ravenous Romance (www.ravenousromance.com). My erotic writing styles range from erotic romance (such as my debut novel MARKET FOR LOVE, released August 2008 by Virgin Cheek, and the VITAL SIGNS series for Ravenous Romance); to kinky/BDSM contemporary erotica (like my sex-and-politics novel A CAPITOL AFFAIR for Ravenous, as well as many of my short stories); to scorching-red-hot paranormal erotica (like my bestselling novel KNIGHT MOVES, also for Ravenous). Whether you’re in the market for an erotic romance, a sexy paranormal adventure, or a story so hot it burns the ink right off the page----I’ve got a book for you.

I’ve been writing erotica professionally for a few years now, but before I became a full-time novelist (i.e., in my “other” life), I was a successful journalist/editor, a government policy analyst, and even a playwright (my plays have received productions in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Toronto, even the UK). My experiences out in the working world definitely made an impact on my erotic writing. For example, I got the idea for my super-kinky novel A CAPITOL AFFAIR when I was working among uptight policy wonks in Washington DC and wondered what those tightly-wound stuffed-shirts would be like behind closed doors. My years working as a policy analyst in health care (as well as my lifelong love of medical soap operas) also inspired to write VITAL SIGNS, my young-doctors-in-lust erotica series (think of it as Grey’s Anatomy, except with the sex left in). The first volume in the VITAL SIGNS series (I’ve Been A Naughty Nurse) has been very popular, and the second volume (Sex In A Southern City) picks up where Vol. 1 left off. Vol. 2 releases later this spring, and Vol. 1 continues to be a bestseller for Ravenous----the audiobook version especially. There will be a total of five books in the series----and maybe more if the readers demand it!

In celebration of the next release in the VITAL SIGNS series (Sex In A Southern City releases later this spring---release date TBA), I’m giving away a free copy of VITAL SIGNS Vol. 1: I’ve Been A Naughty Nurse to one lucky commenter here today. I always love to hear from my readers, as well as erotica fans who haven’t discovered my books yet and want to learn more---or maybe just want to talk about what turns them on! Feel free to ask questions; I’ll try to log in and answer as many as I can!

For more information about me and my writing, visit www.jamaicalayne.com. For the latest news on my upcoming releases, visit jamaicalayne.blogspot.com.

Have you ever been turned on while writing a sex scene?

Jamaica Layne: Yes, I have. It happens quite often, in fact. I actually use this as a barometer to determine whether or not my writing is erotic enough. If it doesn't turn me on, then there's a good chance it isn't going to turn anyone else on, either.

Lisa Lane: Many times. It depends upon the specific scene and, interestingly enough, the particular time of the month at which I happen to be writing it.

Isabel Roman: Normally, when writing, I’m too concerned with the positioning and the escalating “hotness” of the scene to get mentally lost in it.
However, reading one...
Neve Black: Um, yeah…and thank God for vibrators!

EM Lynley: Yes, most of the time while playing the scene through my head before actually sitting down to write it. If it's not hot enough to get me going just thinking about it, it's not enough for the reader either.

Inara LaVey: Absolutely. If I don't find what I'm writing sexy, I can't write it.

C. Margery Kempe: If I'm not, no one else will be.

Savannah Chase: I would lie if I said no. I think every author who writes erotica and or romance has gotten turned on while they wrote a sex scene. Sex scenes are steamy and tie in all the senses and emotions between two characters. I think that if the author gets turned on while they write a sex scene then they have done what they set out to do. We are human beings and we are very sexual, it is something we can’t avoid.

Angela Cameron: Uh...yeah. *blushing* I couldn’t write a great sex scene without it being hot to me, too. The best ones are always a turn on. The heroes are in our heads, and they are attractive to us before anyone else sees them. I think it’s only a natural side effect if I’m doing my job right.

Elle Amery: I hate to be boring, but I’ve never been turned on while writing a sex scene. There’s a distance for me that occurs as I write. I suppose the best way I can compare how my subconscious approaches writing sex scenes is like how sex therapists don’t (usually!) get turned on while working with their clients. Writing is fun, there’s no doubt about that, but it also is work. For me, I approach writing a sex scene the way I do any other scene, so concentrating on pacing, dialogue, tags, beats, and language all takes a little something out of the visceral experience.

Sèphera Girón: Yes. I think that an author should be turned on writing a sex scene even if it’s something you would never actually do in real life.

EXCERPT FROM VITAL SIGNS Vol. 1: I’VE BEEN A NAUGHTY NURSE

Joanna stepped into the elevator when it arrived on her floor. She pressed the “DOOR CLOSE” button several times, trying in vain to get the elevator moving. But the old contraption, designed in the 1950s for ferrying slow-moving gurneys and wheelchairs, wasn’t cooperating.

“Damn it,” she mumbled under her breath, mashing the “DOOR CLOSE” button again. At last, the squeaky car doors began to shut.

“HOLD THAT GODDAMN THING! HOLD IT!” A booming male voice echoed into the elevator car from somewhere down the hall. A deep, gravelly, slightly hoarse male voice.

A voice that for some unknown reason, gave Joanna pause.

Her finger floated involuntarily to the “DOOR OPEN” button. She almost didn’t notice it happening until the last possible second, when the doors were nearly shut.

“DID YOU HEAR ME?” the voice thundered. “Hold it!”

Joanna pressed the “DOOR OPEN” button without exactly knowing why. She wanted nothing more than to get to the basement for her coffee break, but something in the unseen man’s voice made her waver.

The elevator doors glided open again. A tall, scowling man stood on the other side of them.

A tall, scowling, rumpled, sweaty, and very attractive man. A man that Joanna hadn’t seen before. A man wearing dirty scrubs, a vicious frown, and at least three-days’ growth of stubby beard that did nothing to deter from his natural good looks.

“Are you hard of hearing?” the man growled at her. “I asked you to hold this goddamn elevator.”

Joanna didn’t respond for nearly thirty seconds. She set her jaw and returned the man’s steely, aquamarine-eyed gaze. As a seasoned hospital nurse, she was accustomed to difficult, short-tempered people. She was used to rude, crude, obnoxious behavior by both patients and doctors. What she was not used to was that rude, crude behavior emanating from a man who was so ruggedly handsome that it made the pit of her stomach quaver.

“Sorry, I thought I was holding it for you,” was Joanna’s curt reply.

The scowling man blinked twice. He held the elevator doors open with his hands. Joanna noticed that unlike the rest of his unkempt, rugged self, both his hands were immaculately manicured, the skin moisturized, the fingers long and nimble. She’d seen hands like that often enough to know exactly what they were used for.

They were a surgeon’s hands.

Remember to leave a comment; it automatically enters you to win a free copy of VITAL SIGNS Vol. 1: I’VE BEEN A NAUGHTY NURSE. We’ll also be giving away three $5.00 gift certificates for Ravenous Romance on three random stops. You won’t know which ones until the tour is over, so visit as many as you can! And if you leave a comment on every stop in the RR Ornery Eleven BBT, you’re eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Ravenous Romance!

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you, Countess (Elizabeth Black), for hosting us! Please visit PNR Inklings Blog at ParaNormal Romance for another question of the day and our featured author Sèphera Girón!

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Thanks for inviting us along, Countess. You've got a lovely site.

LOL, Neve -- you are so right! Sometimes lovers just aren't there at your beck and call, but the right tool for the job can be.

;-)

Posted by: C. Margery Kempe at Apr 23, 2009 11:13:39 AM

I probably should add to my comment that in the first draft, I get lost in the lust of the scene. But when I come back to rewrite and edit it, I look at it more mechanically, though I still sometimes get turned on!

Posted by: Sephera Giron at Apr 23, 2009 11:23:04 AM

Sometimes I don't even get a paragraph into my sex scenes when I need a break. And taking it usually does vent the steam enough that I can continue writing....

Today's scenes, fortunately, are chaste. I need a break from myself! LOL!

Posted by: Debra Hyde at Apr 23, 2009 11:23:32 AM

Ah, Countess and Jamaica, lovely to see the stop up and running! I just got my mocha and am curling up with the tour for the rest of the day... in between work, of course!

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 11:34:38 AM

Welcome to my blog, everyone! Feel free to check out my other posts.

I'm glad to be part of the Ravenous Romance Ornery 11 tour. I'm working on a story now for Ravenous' GLBT fairy tales anthology. It's a clever scorcher based on a Japanese fairy tale.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 11:44:24 AM

"Chaste" is a good way to describe today's excerpt. Love the question, too, although took me second to realize "turned out" ought to be "turned on." I was thinking, "Turned out of what?" and imagining writers being kicked out of coffee shops for writing steamy sex scenes.

Posted by: Bryn Greenwood at Apr 23, 2009 11:57:56 AM

Loved reading the post. The excerpt was really good. I will have to say reading the sex scenes in the stories turn me on.
Jamaica, you are a new author to me, so I am going to check out your other books too.

Posted by: Becky Ward at Apr 23, 2009 12:02:17 PM

HAH! Okay, Bryn, good catch on that boo boo. I snorted mocha (very attractive) when I read your comment. Countess, would you be a love and change the 'out' to 'on' in the question of the day?

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 12:03:07 PM

When Jamaica joins us, I have a question for her about her playwriting -
what genres do you write? And do you find working in script format easier or more difficult than writing prose?

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 12:06:13 PM

Hi, Dana. Change is made. :)

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 12:11:53 PM

Heee...thank you!

And welcome, Becky! I don't believe this is the first time you've joined us, eh? :-)

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 12:14:50 PM

Bzzzzzz....sorry, turning off the vibrator. LOL! I'd forgotten that I wrote that. It appears I forget to edit my thoughts sometimes too.

Great site, Countess. Why do I feel like I should be tied up when I say that? Madam, Coun-tesssss. It sounds so naughty and regal to me. I love it! Your book coming out with RR sounds very interesting. I bet the research was fascinating, eh?

Nice excerpt Jamaica. You're hospital soap addict? That's comical to me. I immediately think of the song, Jesse's girl...Noah Drake from General Hospital. I know I just dated myself with that one too. Learning that little slice of information about you today is why I love writing and being around other writers - each person's life experiences create these incredible journeys for each of us to experience. We get to put on our napsacks and go for a long walk. It's great isn't? It was W. Shakespeare that said there are only seven plot lines. I struggled with Mr. Shakespeare's theory for a long time when I was in college, but I finally acquiesced because, well, hello he's Shakespeare for heaven's sake! I also realized all the different ways each writer adds their extra ingredients, through their own personal life experiences into those seven plots; making each story different and unique. Anyway, I didn't mean to write so much here. Great idea to use your experiences in the medical field and your love of soaps into a series of books for RR.

BTW: I noticed the "turned out" instead of "turned on" too, and thought, that's kinda cool to say, "ooooh, baby, I'm so turned out right now!" Maybe we should all try it in the safety of our own homes and see what happens. ;-)

Posted by: neve black at Apr 23, 2009 12:48:13 PM

I thought "turned out" was just a Brit slang term for "turned on". I changed it though at Dana's request.

I really am a Countess. My husband actually is one of those eastern European Counts who has the title but not two dimes to rub together. So I inherited the Countess title when I married him. The family story may be a complete sham, but I like it enough to go by the name. :)

I wanted to find a fairy tale that was non-European and a bit off the beaten track, and when I found the one I chose I was very happy. I'm working on the story now. Four pages into it. I based it on the original fairy tale, but it has a very sexy and intriguing twist.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 1:03:46 PM

Hi, Neve! I love your comment - it's almost as fun as the post itself! I know what yo mean about THe Countess just sounding naughty. I also think of COuntess Elizabeth Bathory, that lovely Hungarian royal who supposeddly bathed in the blood of several hundred virgins maintain her youth and beauty. Er... Countess? I don't think we have any virgins here... :-) Just in case you had any ideas...

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 1:16:50 PM

My Countess title is Hungarian, but I'm no relation to Elizabeth Bathory. I don't really think she bathed in the blood of virgins. I think those stories were made up by a rival who wanted her land. Still, I love the Bathory bloodletting stories. I own the Hammer film "Countess Dracula", based on that myth.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 1:31:22 PM

This tour is so much fun.....were else could you find a great group of authors admiting that the same scene's from their books that turn us on affect them in the same way when they write them..... So they aren't sex scene gods after all, only humans......Or maybe half and half ;-)

Jamaica great excerpt! I wonder what else his hands could be used for...

~Afshan
Afshan522@aol.com

Posted by: Afshan N at Apr 23, 2009 1:35:09 PM

I knew I liked you, Countess! I grew up on those Hammer films - that's the one with Ingrid PItt in the title role, yes? I wrote a VERY bad movie based on the premise that Elizabeth Bathroy was alive and well and running a film company in Hollywood. The script was better than the resulting movie...but still...

I like the idea of a fairy tale off the beaten path - I'm looking at Bluebeard, but havne't developed it yet. As with all things, after the tour is done...

*curtsies*

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 1:36:29 PM

Hi all! Sorry I'm a little late to this party. I was having trouble getting the site to come up, and then I had to get my one-year-old his lunch. Mommy duty calls!

Thanks so much to The Countess for hosting me today! I'll try to address the questions that have been posted so far.

First for Dana/Inara---There really aren't genres in playwriting the way there are in fiction, unless you count drama versus comedy. And I write both. Comedy especially. Even my dark dramas always have a lot of comic relief. As far as fiction vs. script writing, both types of writing are difficult in their own way. I wouldn't say one is easier than the other. But it's definitely much harder to make a living writing plays!

Second, Bryn, great to hear from you! I hope you'll become one of my loyal readers.

Afshan, I've spent a lot of time around surgeons, and one thing is universally true about all of them----they are obsessed with their hands. A surgeon's hands are his livlihood, his ability to save lives, too. So they're very important, especially in the bedroom!

I'll try to stop back over at least a couple more times today to answer more questions!

Posted by: Jamaica Layne at Apr 23, 2009 1:48:42 PM

Oh, but Dana, you forgot to mention the best part of Hammer Horro: launching the career of Oliver Reed. What a yummy werewolf he made, eh? And yes, yes -- the lovely Christopher Lee. What a voice! But not as sexy as Ollie -- yum!

Posted by: C. Margery Kempe at Apr 23, 2009 1:48:45 PM

Hi, Afshan! So nice to see you again! It's really a great feeling to have you all coming to every stop!

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 1:48:55 PM

oooh, yes, Oliver Reed...I do loves me the Oliver! But I LUSTS me the Christopher Lee. I was 13, he was 53... It would have worked, I tells ya!

Hi, Jamaica, and thanks for answering the playwrite question. I wasn't sure if 'genre' ws the right word, but years of screenwriting have taken their toll on my vocabulary. It's excelelnt that you've had your plays produced - that's a huge thing (a friend of mine was a playwrite in San DIego and I heard a lot about the whole process from her) and even if you can't make a living from it (yet), sounds like you're on your way.

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 2:01:55 PM

Okay, posting this comment a second time as the first one appears to have been eaten!

Margery, I LOVE the Oliver, but I LUST after the Lee... At least I did when I was 13 and he was 53. It would have worked! My family used to tease me all the time about it...

Jamaica! Thanks for answering the playwrite question - I wasn't sure if 'genre' was the appropriate word, but years of screenwriting have taken their toll on my vocabulary.
It's great that you've had plays produced - a friend of mine who was a playwrite in
San Diego told me a lot about the process and I know it's a hard thing to do. Kudos!

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 2:05:12 PM

Yes, "Countess Dracula" has Ingrid Pitt in the title role. I saw her at a convention about ten years ago. She was still gorgeous. My favorite actor is Peter Cushing, and in no small part it's because of Hammer. He had such class and everyone liked him. No one ever had a bad thing to say about him. Having a mad crush on such a distinguished, elegant man definitely influenced my taste in men as I got older. :)

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 2:07:08 PM

I love Peter Cushing, but...well, as stated above, Christopher Lee was my favorite of the Hammer actors. I adored him in the Three/Four Musketeers and that really was what skewed my taste in men to swashbucklers, which can be a good or a bad thing. They're not, unfortunately, distinguished and elegant. Amazing how these things really do influence our tastes as we get older, eh?

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 2:10:29 PM

Baby, I'm back, and I know I done ya' wrong. Sorry. I'm giddy today. I have hot water in my house again. Talk about a trajedy.

Countess, you really are a countess? I think I would sign my name that way (at least for a year), and have checks printed that mentioned that little detail too. That's cool.

*Waving to everyone*

Posted by: neve black at Apr 23, 2009 2:17:42 PM

Christopher Lee is definitely sexy, even as Sarumon in LOTR. He's also EVERYWHERE!!! That man has made lots of movies and TV shows. I think there is a Six Degrees Of Christopher Lee to go with the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. :)

And yup, Neve, I really am a Countess, although the title isn't worth a bucket of warm spit to me. No money, no land, just airs. LOL!

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 2:26:40 PM

Oh, in case y'all don't know, I write with the name Elizabeth Black. You've probably seen me out and about on Yahoo groups and such. My blog's name is The Countess, but it's all me.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 2:27:30 PM

Hi all!
As always, I find everyone's comments delightful and stimulating. Great author questions, Dana!

Personally, I'm kind of like Elle - I work on the structure of the story first, but like Jamaica et al, I have a sexy barometer in my head to gauge if the scene works or not. Elle, I wonder how much of an occupational hazard getting turned on is for
sex therapists...

Jamaica, BTW, have you ever seen "Young Doctors in Love"? Your excerpt reminded me of a scene where a nurse encounters a rude Doctor, sputters about what an insufferable man he is, and the intern next to her says "I think you're in love with him." Okay, it was funnier when they did it, but still, I really think you'd appreciate the movie.

Thanks for hosting us on your lovely site, Countess; I'm very impressed that you're a REAL Countess! Have you ever been over to Hungary to see where the family estates were? Beszél magyarul?

-D

Posted by: David at Apr 23, 2009 2:30:14 PM

I've never been to Hungary, David. Haven't thought about going there. I really want to move to Wales or the Dover coast of England. Right now I live on the Massachusetts coast next to the ocean. Very romantic area. I set many of my erotic stories on where I live. There's nothing as pleasant as the smell of the ocean surf through the open windows on a warm day. :)

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 2:46:07 PM

Wow, what fun answers to today's question. We're definitely turning the heat up here on the tour!

Posted by: EM Lynley at Apr 23, 2009 2:53:30 PM

I was here a while ago and my post seem to have disappeared, so I guess it wasn't meant to be seen. I have been enjoying the "ride" on this tour, and I look forward to the rest of it. I love to read, and some days I like it HOT. I'm so glad there are so many great authors to choose from, and y'all are just the best.
Nancy G, aka joshgranny

Posted by: Nancy Gilliland at Apr 23, 2009 3:04:51 PM

Neve -- congratulations on the hot water! or losing the hot water?!

Giddy is good, LOL.

Posted by: C. Margery Kempe at Apr 23, 2009 3:06:23 PM

Your post didn't disappear, Nancy. It moved with newer posts to the second page. You're just fine!

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 3:12:34 PM

I saw the question of the day and thought, "Oh, my goodness! What will they say?" and then proceeded to blush fiercely, of course. I know this is different for everyone, ladies, but I must say that my husband doesn't encourage me to write erotic romance for the money! ;-)

Posted by: Lexi Ryan at Apr 23, 2009 3:14:56 PM

Hmmm, my comment got eaten too from the looks of things.
What a fun question today and we are really heating up the tour now! I loved reading everyone's answers!

Posted by: EM Lynley at Apr 23, 2009 3:19:56 PM

I reconfigured the comments so up to 100 comments will show on one page instead of dividing into two page. So all comments should be right here on one page now. 35 comments so far. Pretty cool!

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 3:30:47 PM

Hello All! Lovely site, Countess! Great post, Jamaica! It's so neat to learn new tidbits about other Ravenous Romance authors.

I love the topic for the day! Too much fun! ;-)

Posted by: Lisa Lane at Apr 23, 2009 3:35:19 PM

It's hard to write something if you don't feel it. (I'd say it's impossible.) If you can't stir your readers, you won't have 'em for long.
Dana/Inara, Who among us did'nt cut their teeth on Hammer films? Lee and Cushing WERE the
best. It was great to see Christopher Lee as Saruman the Many-Colored. He's still the top
of his class.

Posted by: Jack C. Young at Apr 23, 2009 3:39:59 PM

I agree with you, Jack. It's hard to write hot sex when you just aren't in the mood. I'm trying to write a m/m sex scene right now, and I think I need to read a little Yaoi to get in the proper mood. It's for the GLBT fairy tale book being published by Ravenous Romance. I like Yaoi, and my fairy tale is Japanese. :)

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 3:45:23 PM

Wow, I leave the room for a half hour and things start hopping. Yay!!!

Elizabeth, thanks for being so on top of this with the posts et al!

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 4:12:14 PM

Oooo. I'm so jealous! I wish I had a cool title. Does Mutant count? hmmm. Doesn't have the same dark and gothic ring to it. Lovely blog, Countess. It suits the topic perfectly!

Neve-Love your answer! I was surprised that some of us don't. I don't get technical until the read through. The first draft is all about seeing the sights, smelling the scents, feeling the feelings, tasting the--uh...nevermind.

Glad to see everyone chatting it up. I've been writing all morning to catch up.

Posted by: Angela Cameron at Apr 23, 2009 4:34:38 PM

I agree that a writer needs to "feel" what s/he is writing, at least to a certain degree. I'm sure I'm not the only writer who has been reduced to tears with the death of a beloved character, or overwhelmed with joy when writing about a particularly important triumph. If the writer feels it, then hopefully the readers will, too.

Posted by: Lisa Lane at Apr 23, 2009 4:40:33 PM

Oh, Lexi. That's hilarious.

Love the Hammer films. It's been a long time since I watched any. My dad was a fan of them, and they started my fascination with vampires, zombies, Frankenstein, etc. Oh, did you see that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is going to be in "The Resident"? He's yummy! I'm a fool for accents!

Posted by: Angela Cameron at Apr 23, 2009 4:41:15 PM

If I try and write a sex scene without being interested in it, I get bored really quickly and it shows in the writing. If I feel at least a bit...er...tingly when I'm writing or thinking about it, I figure I'm on the right track. But yeah, the technical stuff has to be in there too or you end up with 'she put her what in his...what?!!!'

Posted by: Dana/Inara at Apr 23, 2009 4:48:05 PM

Oh this cover is so hot and the series sounds so good....Who does not like a hottie medical staff bringing some hotness....I look forward to reading the future books....

Posted by: Savannah Chase at Apr 23, 2009 4:50:38 PM

I had to chime in on the "what goes on behind closed doors in Washington" topic. There was a book out years ago that I read when I was a Hollywood researcher. I can't remember the exact title, but it was something like "Sex Lives of Powerful Men." The takeaway was, powerful men are mega-kinky! Because they kept needing to escalate the sexual "stakes."

Posted by: otherlisa at Apr 23, 2009 5:08:10 PM

Okay, speaking of Oliver Reed...does anyone remember the movie The Trap? Reed as a fur trapper who buys a wife. Great movie, very intense, particularly for the aura of emotional and sexual tension between the two characters. Sadly, you can't find on DVD. :o(

Posted by: Bryn Greenwood at Apr 23, 2009 5:34:49 PM

I have seen the movie "Young Doctors In Love." I remember when my parents went to see it when it first came out in the early 80s. It's a terrible movie, but yet it's entertaining----sort of a so-bad-it's-good kind of film.

Posted by: Jamaica Layne at Apr 23, 2009 5:40:33 PM

Countess -- good to see a fan of Yaoi! Nothing like some hot boys, eh?

I'm so pleased to find so many Hammer fans! Great stuff and so much fun.

Posted by: C. Margery Kempe at Apr 23, 2009 6:51:16 PM

Margery, I take it you chose your name based on writer Margery Kempe?

I grew up watching Hammer Films and they were the BEST! I never get enough of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I own a lot of the movies, especially the Dracula movies. My current favorite is "Horror Express", with Lee and Cushing on a train with a demon aboard. Very cheesy and fun movie - with Telly Savalas as a cossack!!

I'm having a great time here today. So many comments and lots of attention!

I found Yaoi about a year ago, and I've read some of it. My characters in my GLBT fairy tale are young enough for Yaoi, which is what I'm patterning my story after. Very sexy and supple gorgeous young men. :)

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 7:01:51 PM

Jamaica, I loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the rest of your stories now This tour is great because we get to meet so many Authors and read about their books etc.
Carol L.

Posted by: Carol at Apr 23, 2009 8:03:30 PM

Jamaica, still love the cover. And it is a great excerpt!

Posted by: Angela Cameron at Apr 23, 2009 9:07:47 PM

Home again, cats fed, boyfriend fed, me fed... Stopping back to see what's up at the Countess's abode...

Posted by: inara/Dana at Apr 23, 2009 9:20:50 PM

I'm tuning in way late--but I'm having fun catching up with y'all. A real Countess, wow. I'm impressed. Cool site, great conversation. BTW, Countess, where on the coast of Mass. do you live now? I lived in Boston for six years, Salem for eight, and Gloucester for seventeen. Now I'm in the heart of Texas, which has its joys (including cute cowboys), but I sure miss the ocean and New England!

To respond to your initial question, writing sex scenes always turns me on. One of the things I love about writing is you can create any characters, any environment, and any action you choose. Total control! What's not to love? In my writer's mind, I can make whatever I want happen. And as they say, the mind is the most sensitive erogenous zone... I want my readers to feel what I'm feeling, so if I'm not into it at any give time, I set the writing aside and wait until I warm up a bit, then come back to the sex scenes. If I can't make it steamy, I'm not doing my job (or having fun either).

Great tour--see you 11 wonderful colleagues tomorrow. Cheers, Amber

Posted by: Amber Austin at Apr 23, 2009 9:30:04 PM

Well, folks, it's late and I'm turning in for the night. I was very glad to host Ravenous Romance here on this leg of the blog tour, and I enjoyed Jamaica's excerpt. I'm working on a story for Ravenous' GLBT fairy tale anthology, and I hope to have it finished tomorrow or sometime this weekend. It's a real scorcher, too!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone, and good night!

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 23, 2009 9:30:06 PM

Countess/Elizabeth, thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and your contributions to our tour! I can't wait to read your story!!

Amber!!! Lovely to see you, my angel! The mind is absolutely the best erogenous zone...remind me to tell you about the day I came home from work and my BF had set up this whole elaborate spy fantasy... (fans herself). Amazing.

Posted by: inara/Dana at Apr 23, 2009 9:34:07 PM

Countess, you are exactly correct. I'm a medievalist and how could I resist? Margery is such a character, so passionate and stubborn -- and she lives by her own rules and makes the system work for her (quite a feat in the 14 & 15th C).

Yaoi is an interesting phenomenon. I'm a comics geek (and comics writer) and have lots of friends who write and write about manga in many forms.

Dana, you can't possibly leave us with just that tantalising hint about the spy scenario! Spill!

Posted by: C. Margery Kempe at Apr 23, 2009 10:16:50 PM

Off list, Margery... heheheheh... I figure you'll especially appreciate it. It also sparked one of my RR ideas that I now have a contract for...

Posted by: inara/Dana at Apr 23, 2009 11:31:47 PM

Stopped by around 9 yesterday morning and didn't see anything up. I forgot to check back later and I see I missed out on a very excited conversation.

Posted by: Phoebe Jordan at Apr 24, 2009 10:00:25 AM

I'm enjoying the blog tour. You have a fantastic site. I've added this one to my list of blogs to visit daily.

Posted by: PhyllisC at Apr 25, 2009 11:09:01 AM

I’ve Been a Naughty Nurse sounds great!

Posted by: Amy S. at May 2, 2009 9:10:11 PM

I’ve Been a Naughty Nurse sounds great!

Posted by: Amy S. at May 2, 2009 9:13:08 PM