My guest for today's Writing the Alphabet is Andrew Jericho, who is discussing Erotica/Erotic Romance. It's great to welcome you back, Andrew.
Here's a little about Andrew Jericho
Bella has invited me to write on the subject of Erotica, or Erotic Romance. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Erotica as, “works of art or literature that deal with sex and are meant to cause sexual feelings.” As a ManLove erotic romance author my writing not only includes sexuality, but is a blend of romance and passion. Romance. Passion. Eroticism. All three words in that order define my definition of erotica.
I write about gay men in real situations of life and love who are intense and sexual. Those who read my books know what to expect. My writing is not for the faint of heart. However, readers also know they will find romance within my stories. I believe erotica is an emotion born from the intense and sexual nature of the human spirit, infused with the need for human affection, or romantic ideals.
When I think of erotica, I return to the summer of 2012, as I wrote my first book, Ripped. The title was published in November of the same year by Siren-BookStrand. Roman and Kyle, the story’s characters, frequent my thoughts today, as the erotica the men shared formed the basis of my future work. My partner, John, is my greatest inspiration and muse. I credit him with the development of my characters. The real-life depiction of ManLove we share has inspired my writing.
In an excerpt from Ripped below, I have attempted to show the romance, passion, and sexuality that ultimately is erotic romance.
A warm glow from a bedside candle revealed two figures lying spooned together, legs entwined. A white cotton sheet was tangled between them, the comforter long discarded on the floor beside the bed. The point where one began and the other ended was difficult to comprehend, as an intimacy permeated the entire room. The intoxicating aromas of cum, coupled with two half-full glasses of Bordeaux lingered.
For Roman Carter, the reality of the last few hours captured his soul more than he dared allow. It had been a long time, too long, since he had felt this complete. While he lay cradled in Kyle’s arms, images of his husband’s dominant caresses returned, igniting a fresh desire.
Alone in their bedroom after the commitment ceremony, Kyle had immediately taken him into his arms. He remembered the slow, sensual kiss and the hand placed on his hip as his husband pulled him close. Kyle’s lips had been moist and sweet on his, their taste still lingering. Even the scent of Kyle’s body seemed to have evaporated into his pores.
Roman barely had time to light a few candles and pour the wine before Kyle grabbed his hand, leading him the short distance to their bed. They had undressed each other slowly, until tender caresses were replaced by unexplored passions.
While erotica does explore sexuality, it also shares the emotions and romance necessary to move my characters towards different levels of intimacy with their male partners. Erotica focuses on many human emotions within us all.
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