Friday, December 5, 2014

Contemporary – yay or nay?


I am a devoted contemporary romance writer. I love to write and read contemporaries. Recently, though, I have had other authors and even some readers tell me that they really don’t like contemporaries. I was honestly shocked! So, I’m here today to pose the question: Contemporary – yay or nay? 

What I love the most about writing contemporaries is that I live in this modern world. I know the pop culture, the technology, the fashions, the slang, etc. It’s easy for me to write a book set in a modern, contemporary world because I don’t have to put forth a lot of research, and things feel authentic to me. As a reader, I love them because I can imagine that the things within the book could actually happen. Again, there’s that level of realism and believability.  

Books are a great form of escape, and when you can add that extra level of truth to it, they become even better. I mean, who wouldn’t love to believe the hero from their favorite book could actually be their next door neighbor or local fireman? Or that the heroine was modeled after you? 

Don’t get me wrong, I like a good paranormal or dystopian on occasion, but I often find it hard to become fully engaged with them because it can be hard to relate to the world. I’m curious… what does everyone else think? Do you prefer contemporaries over other settings? Why? Why not? 

Title: Christmas Confessions
Author: Lexi Lawton
Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: November 6, 2013
Available on Amazon

From the moment Brandon James hired Chelsea St. Claire to work in his bar, he's wanted her in ways that cross every line of the employer - employee relationship. Even though he's always kept things professional, when a snow storm strands Chelsea at the bar, forcing her to spend Christmas with him, he can no longer control his desires. 

Despite being sad about missing out on Christmas with her family, Chelsea's not sorry to be spending time in the home -- and bed -- of a man she's wanted for over a year. But when Chelsea finds a note revealing Brandon's true feelings, she must decide if she wants a Christmas fling, or if she has some Christmas confessions of her own.

EXCERPT 
Chelsea took a moment to really look at Brandon. He was wearing a pair of gym shorts and nothing else. His dark hair was damp, indicative of having just showered. She twisted on the couch to watch him as he walked toward the kitchen. Holy mother of God! That chest should come with a warning: Caution. Deadly weapon. May cause increased heart rate and a spike in libido. Proceed at your own risk. Ugh. She was so bad to be lusting after her boss like this, at a time like this.

When Brandon turned back toward her, pill bottle and a glass of water in hand, she was still staring at him. His shorts hung low on his hips, showcasing a perfectly formed V that pointed to the one part of him she’d fantasized about way more than she should have. A light dusting of chest hair taunted her. Her gaze travelled up the length of his torso until she met his eyes, which, if she wasn’t mistaken, sparkled a bit. It was almost like he knew what she’d been looking at, knew the thoughts that had accompanied her visual perusal.

“Here.” Brandon handed her the bottle of aspirin and the glass of water. Then he sat beside her.

Chelsea cleared her throat, which suddenly felt dry, and then popped two pills into her mouth, chasing them down with the water. Her hands trembled, but she wasn’t positive if it had to do with her fainting accident or Brandon’s closeness to her. They’d been physically close before, but never when he’d been half naked.

She glanced down at her legs… her bare legs! Oh, God! She wasn’t in her clothes anymore. 

About the Author: 
Represented by the fabulous Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Lexi is a romance author who is actively shopping a series of steamy romantic suspense novels. Currently, she's knee deep in a spicy, contemporary New Adult series. Lexi is a member of The Romance Writers of America. With not much else to occupy her during the days, she spends a lot of time reading, writing, revising, and immersing herself in the world of publishing. 

You can connect with Lexi here on her blog, on Twitter and Facebook.

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