Sex-less in the City
Right, so given the genre of books written by authors on this blog, I’m thinking this may be a somewhat riské subject. Never one to shy away from controversy, however (actually, that’s completely untrue…I avoid conflict wherever possible!), I thought I’d bring it up regardless…partly because I have a question for you and I think you’re the perfect audience to ask, and partly because you’ll find out sooner or later anyway, lol.
You see, SINS OF THE ANGELS has no sex in it.
Not a single scene.
Interestingly, it was supposed to. In fact, when I started writing the story I intended it to be a paranormal romance. But the deeper I got into the characters and the more of the plot I uncovered, the more I realized that the world I was building simply wouldn’t allow Alex and Aramael to make love. My intended paranormal romance had morphed into the beginning of a dark urban fantasy series that is rich in character development, gritty action, and non-stop plot—but it has no sex.
That’s not to say that there’s no sexual tension, however, because there is. In spades. The connection between Alex and Aramael is raw, passionate, and in many ways bigger than either of them. Their feelings for one another just aren’t consummated (at least…not in SINS OF THE ANGELS).
And that brings me to my question. I know sex sells, but I’m curious. How important is it to you when choosing a book? Is the physical act of lovemaking an element you absolutely want, or are you more concerned about the emotional satisfaction that (usually) goes hand-in-hand with that act? If you’re an urban fantasy reader, will you not purchase a book if you know it doesn’t have sex in it? (You can be honest…I have thick skin!) Inquiring minds want to know!
Linda Poitevin is the author of a new urban fantasy series, The Grigori Legacy, from Ace Books. Book one, SINS OF THE ANGELS, will be out September 27/11. Book two, SINS OF THE SON, follows in May 2012. In her other life, Linda is wife, mother, friend, gardener, coffee snob, freelance writer, and zookeeper of too many pets.
For more information on Linda, visit her website. Click here to read an excerpt from Sins of the Angels. Click here to purchase her novel in ebook or print form.
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