Reader feedback requested

I’m running a workshop called Consent & Condoms in November, and I was hoping to bring some reader feedback with me. Your help would be greatly appreciated! You can answer via reblogs or in my Ask.

  • How do you feel about a story (romance or strong romantic subtext) in which one character fails to gain consent before a sexual encounter? Examples include the “you say no, but you mean yes” situation (also called “forced seduction”), lack of consent because one character’s faculties are compromised (alcohol, drugs, etc.), blackmail or coercion, and so on.
  • How do you feel about a story set in the modern world in which characters don’t practice safe sex? This could mean that they don’t use condoms/barriers or that they have unprotected sex without an exchange of medical histories/disease testing.

More broadly, this could also apply to movies, TV shows, and other media.

Thank you so much!

(Obligatory question mark?)


seancecafe:
We create fantasy because, without it, reality would be unbearable.
Illustration by Kristin Kest

seancecafe:

We create fantasy because, without it, reality would be unbearable.

Illustration by Kristin Kest

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Check it out, guys! I’m on the cover of December’s RT Book Reviews magazine!

Check it out, guys! I’m on the cover of December’s RT Book Reviews magazine!

The RITA Awards

Tomorrow (October 15) entries open for the 2015 Romance Writers of America RITA awards for “excellence in the romance genre”. I’ll be entering both my books — The Longest Night and The Deepest Night. This is kinda terrifying, since it’s a huge thing. Wish me luck, guys!

(And by the way, amazon.com’s Kindle price for preordering The Deepest Night is $5.38, 23% off the cover price!)

So, OMG. Another STARRED review from Publishers Weekly! That little star by the title is a really big deal, and I can’t even find the words to express how thrilled and honored I am!

shadowsfate:

Stumbled upon this on Facebook today and couldn’t stop laughing. 

This is so perfect.

shadowsfate:

Stumbled upon this on Facebook today and couldn’t stop laughing. 

This is so perfect.

(via leavesdancing)

Sourcebooks is giving away five copies of my next book! Have you entered to win your copy?

Upcoming writing workshops!

The Northern Arizona chapter of Romance Writers of America has invited me to give two workshops! My first will be on Natural Dialog, helping writers refine dialog to sound… well, more natural. My second will be on Consent & Condoms, helping writers integrate both into sex scenes without sacrificing spontaneity and heat.

So if you live in Arizona or are insane enough to want to travel here, join us!

Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 11:00-12:00 (first workshop), 12:00-1:00 (lunch), 1:00-2:00 (second workshop)
Location: Prescott Country Club, 1030 Prescott Country Club Blvd., Dewey, AZ 86327 (928.772.8812)
Cost: Free for the first meeting, guests $5 thereafter, according to their website

It’s, uh, about 80 miles north of Phoenix.