Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Doing The Naughty: Welcome Guest Author Dee Tenorio

A huge welcome to today's guest blogger Dee Tenorio!

Dee is the author of numerous books from Samhain Publishing and her newest novella, Love Me Knots, releases today. Big congratulations to Dee and I'm so pleased to have her here at Cheeky Reads!

Check out Dee's guest blog below and enter for a chance to win a ecopy of Love Me Knots!

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Check out Love Me Knots at Samhain

Doing The Naughty

When I first started writing, I thought I was being oh so titillating by having my characters make out.

I was like, seven.

By the time I was ten and had discovered romance---particularly historicals! WOWSA!---I quickly learned the error of my thinking. Still, it was a long time before I got comfy enough to actually write a frisky love scene. I remember when I started writing "Test Me" as an erotic romance. I was sitting on my bed, my husband innocently working on his computer across the room and my face was absolutely on fire while I typed like mad. (Incidentally, I was in this same condition while doing research on Vetta's waterproof sex toy in that same book, for much the same reason. Believe me, gang, you do not want to get researching sex toys by hubby who is pretty sure he's taking care of business. Well...not without taking your vitamins first.)

Where was I?

Oh yeah, doing the naughty. So, anyway, at first, it was really difficult to allow myself to write erotic. I was so sure my mother was going to find out and I'd wake up in the night with her standing over my bed with that look on her face she'd get when I forgot to do the dishes. The "Girl, I'm gonna beat you so hard, you're going back in time and you done better do the dishes when you get there" Look. (Note: Mom never actually beat me, but she sure looked like she would.)

But after that first scene got written of Travis getting a hell of an eyeful of his nekkid heroine, Mom didn't show up. Mom didn't have a clue. So I kept going, and "Test Me!" got naughtier and naughtier. And you know what? It was fun! No holds barred, as descriptive as I wanted to be. I totally relaxed about the content I was writing. And with that freedom, I was able to write several more books with characters that had complete sexuality, which I think was part of making them more realistic. I didn't flinch when things got hot. I didn't blush and worry about Mom acting like the end of the movie "Carrie". And when a story idea came along about a couple that has great sex but bad communication... Well, who was I to say no? And there you have it, "Love Me Knots" was born.

I look at writing more explicitly as a different kind of honesty. I'm not going to get all preachy about how it's empowering to write the naughty. But the way a couple expresses themselves physically is as much a language as what they say. And if it means taking a few more vitamins, why not? :)

Of course, there are certain caveats are required for doing the naughty regularly on paper, particularly if you've never done it before.

1) After describing a man's appreciation for the feminine privates, keep in mind that your CPs just might wonder if YOU have an appreciation for feminine privates...

2) Mom's DO smack you in the back of the head when they find out you've been writing.

3) You really need to stock up on vitamins and Wheaties.

So, how about you? Have you ever worried about doing something, only to find out that it's the right thing for you? Share a comment and win a free ecopy of my new erotic novella, "Love Me Knots"!

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  1. Welcome Dee! I'll be checking in from Ireland later today, and I can't wait to read the comments!

    Congrats to Dee on her new release!

  2. I love this post! LOL @ "I was like seven" :)

    First of all, naughty is one of my favorite words. I have no idea why, but I love to say/write it. Anyway, back to your question - I think most recently what worried me most was starting my own blog, but it has been the one of the most fun things I have ever done.

    Thanks for the post, and keep writing naughty stories;)

  3. Hi, Dee! LOL--loved your post today! I worried about my first job out of college--I applied for an entry-level editing job when what I'd studied in college was engineering. Turns out it was a pretty good fit--that nitpicking is useful somewhere! ;)

    Congrats on finding the right niche for you, too!
    Looking forward to reading your latest, Love Me Knots!

  4. Morning Everyone!

    Woohoo, woke up and Love Me Knots was out! LOL! Incidentally, it's also my Dad's b-day today, and he KNOWS this book is out, lol. He's pretending it's a naval instruction manual. :)

  5. Awesome post =D! I really want to read this book.
    I was worried about trying out for Lacrosse since I didn't know if I would like it, but I made the team and it turned out to be really fun.

  6. Hi Dee,
    I've never read one of your books, but I do like them hot, so I for one am glad that you didn't listen to the voice of your Mom in your head and stop writing what you are so obviously enjoying.

    I used to worry what people thought about me reading romance novels, let alone anything on the steamier side. Now I don't really care that they know I read romance, since that is pretty much all that I read (they just don't know about which genres...I like to keep it in general terms). It makes me happy and is harmless...and btw I take my vitamins every day :)

    I would love to win Love Me Knots and find a great new to me author. Congrats on your new release, and thanks Cheeky Girl for having Dee as a guest!

  7. Your post is great! Had me laughing right out loud. I worry about my family and friends finding out what I read, the erotic fiction. My husband knows and he doesn't care at all. Good guy, he will even stop at the bookstore or library on his way home when I need him to get me some new ones! Kind of silly I guess, but that is my worry.

    Amy M

  8. Maybe it's more of a navel instruction manual (although you probably also move up and down from there)... ;)

    Happy birthday to your dad, Dee!!

  9. ROFL!! Navel indeed! Up and down happens quite a bit. ;)

  10. These are great comments! I'm so glad you all visited with Dee today. It's my last night in Dublin, so I'll be back in the USA late tomorrow.

    Talk to you all soon and thanks Dee!

  11. I am so jealous you are in Dublin! Have a drink at the Temple Bar (in Temple bar) for me!

    Safe flight home and all...

    Hmmmm...I worried about starting my own theatre company...I'm still worried (it just started this summer) but things are ok so far!

  12. This was hilarious, Dee. I write ER too and wonder what my mom would say also. ;) And the vitamins and Wheaties...LOL

    Happy birthday to your dad!

  13. HA! Please don't count me in on the contest, but just wanted to laugh with everyone. LOVED the post today!

    I worried for a while that doign my own thing and not being attached to a guy was bad...out of my HS class I'm the only girl NOT married! But, it's worked for me because I'm still in my 20's and feel I have so much more freedom. Not that their bad, but it's a good decision for me. :) Happy so far! :D

  14. Sorry I didn't get back here last night as planned, kids ran me over and hubby came down sick. (Guess I hogged the Wheaties.)

    But I wanted to pick a winner!

    So today's winner is....Booklover1335!

    Email me at laideebug @ gmail.com (no spaces) with your preferred reading format and I'll get Love Me Knots right out to you.

    Hugs & thanks everyone!!



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