Jul 232011
Today I have LK Rigel here with a guest post as part of her book tour for Bleeders (Apocalypto #3) with The Bookish Snob Promtions.

Thank you, Sarah, for hosting Bleeder today at Workaday Reads and inviting me to post on your blog as a guest. I’m so glad to be here!

Today I’d like to talk about sexual content. In today’s novels, sex isn’t merely implied. In fact, many readers are disappointed when the doors close on a romantic scene. On the other hand, so much “insert this into that” can get … boring.

I tend to write more about the emotions the characters are feeling in a scene rather than the actual physical acts. I hope every sex scene I write means something.

In Space Junque Char jumps on Jake in a desperate attempt to prove she’s still alive after they escape an attack by the DOGs. She just met him. In our culture it seems too abrupt, too soon for the h/h to get together. I hope the scene shows how, in a world where women can’t get pregnant, sex doesn’t have the taboos we place on it.

In Bleeder, there was always bound to be sex scenes. After all, the main characters are pretty much glorified sex workers! Of course some scenes are for fun and pleasure, but I also wanted to use sex to reveal personality – especially contrasting the two kings, Garrick and Edmund. I hope the reader understands those guys better from the way they approach sex and lovemaking.

There are two particular sex scenes in Bleeder that were difficult for me to write. I often wanted to delete them – if you’ve read the book, you know why! And yet the scenes do help to reveal the true nature of the character in both of them.

How about you? Is there a level or flavor of sexual content you want or don’t want to read in stories?

Thanks so much for explaining your stance on sexual scenes.

L.K. Rigel is giving away a $100 gift certificate for Barnes & Noble or Amazon to one lucky winner. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is fill out the form below. (Hint: the answer can be found in the Lexicon Apocalyto on LK Rigel’s website). Every blog stop on the Bleeder tour has a separate question so you can receive multiple entries by following the tour.

Next tour stop:
Tantalizing Tidbits

Want to win a copy of the book?

I have one ebook copy to give to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment answering LK’s question about sexual content. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

The winner will be select using Random.org and will be contacted by email. Open worldwide until midnight July 29, 2011.

  10 Responses to “Guest Post: LK Rigel + Giveaway”

  1. I like Christine Feehan novels if that tells you anything. I am not likely to mind a fair amounf of sexual content in the slightest. edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom …of course, there IS a limit-shouldn't be an overwhelming amount in a YA novel.

  2. Hi
    I don't mind about the amount of sexual content as long as there is an actual story in the book.


  3. I don't consider myself a prude, but I prefer to let my imagination provide the details. I don't need, or want, to know every nitty-gritty detail. I pretty much know what happens.

  4. Linda, I feel that way too! As a reader, sometimes I skip over the sex scenes. And yet, I do love to feel the heat between the heroine and her hero!


  5. Sometimes reading sex scenes makes things less taboo to me 🙂


  6. I love J.R. Ward, and I just read my first Harlequin Nocturne novel. I am not bothered by explicit sex scenes as long as they are relevant to the story. I suppose I might be bothered if the gratuitous sex was with many different partners, but I haven't encountered that in the types of books that I read.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I enjoy reading a good story. If a sex scene will add to the story and it is well written I will likely enjoy it, but just graphics for the sake of graphics is not a pleasure to me and I will often skim those parts of the story. I would love to read Bleeder and I thank you for this wonderful sharing and giveaway opportunity today.


  8. I like a good sex scene, but yes, I do get uncomfortable if it goes on and on and gets more and more detailed. But that's just me! I know others like that in a book, and it doesn't bother me too much because I just skim over it or skip it altogether if it starts to make me uncomfortable.

    Thanks for the giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  9. I don't have a problem with sex scenes except when they're scenes of violent sex. I'd rather not have the horrors of a rape described in detail. I also tend to shy away from scenes involving sex between more than two people and I prefer reading about meaningful sex between two individuals. It really depresses me to read about two people having sex for the sake of it.

    Thanks for the giveaway:)


  10. This sounds very good thanks for sharing look forward to reading more! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

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