…or is it Erotic cowboy romance…Doesn’t matter. Time to sit up and pay attention! I have a special treat for you. My guest today is none other than Randi Alexander, author of cowboy studded erotic romances! Randi…
Hi everyone! I want to thank Amie for letting me guest blog today. I’m very excited to be here.
And we’re really excited to have you here. Randi’s got a new release and a special book giveaway. But before we get to that, I have a few questions for the author of the hour.
Are you ready? Here goes–
Do you consider yourself erotic romance or erotica. And what do you feel the difference is between the two of them and say, really spicy romance?
I write erotic romance because I like a happily ever after ending. I like to read erotica to get ideas for love scenes, but I’m not a fan of the “non-H.E.A.” endings. But the s-e-x is descriptive and creative.
Writing super-spicy romance and erotic romance is very similar. In both these genres, the story focuses on the characters’ emotional development as much as it focuses on the bedroom scenes. But in erotic romance, I can be a lot more liberal with my word choices. I can call things what they are, use dialogue that’s more realistic, hotter. In both of these genres, I can really dig deep into the characters’ emotions and physical reactions during love scenes.
Erotica traditionally allows no connection between the characters except sexual. The characters may have multiple partners over the course of the book (or at the same time) but its focus is on sexual journey and exploits.
Interesting…I’m definitely a “Happily Ever After” girl myself. Which do you consider more of a challenge to write, full length or novella?
I’m definitely challenged more by the long story. The last full-length I wrote was 114,000 words. A honker. For me, the tough part of writing long is that I sometimes lose track of things. Plot points, dialogue, backstory. It takes weeks, even months, to get the first draft done, and I spend a lot of time going back and rechecking what I’d written.
But I love to write long, and I enjoy reading long novels. It’s relaxing for me to spend time immersed in a setting and getting to know the characters.
It’s true that long and short alike can be a challenge. Give me 100K words, and I’ll change the world. Give me 25K, and I’ll make my grocery list!
You’ve been writing a long time, what made you try your hand at erotic romance?
I’ve written spicy romances, and I’ve had a lot of comments that they’re just on the edge of erotic romance. So, I made the jump.
Sounds like you made your leap in the right direction.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing such spicy stories? (sorry, I can’t re-word this, it’s just too great of an opportunity to pass up!)
The hardest part, huh? You’re too naughty, Amie! Balancing the story between titillating the reader and a true romance is sometimes tricky. In an erotic romance or spicy romance story, the first time the couple makes love is usually more tender, more emotional than in erotica, where no connection is being made other than physical.
In your opinion, what is the main appeal of cowboy erotica (emphasis on cowboy)?
Cowboys are a breed apart. Whether it’s a young ranch hand, a rich landowner, or a bronc rider, they possess a quiet determination. Raised to be gentlemen, they treat their women right when they’re out on a date, and are protective of them as a matter of course.
Hard work is as ingrained in them as hard loving. Once they decide to give their heart, you can bet they’ll do everything they can to make that commitment last a lifetime. Cowboys make the perfect romantic heroes.
Ahhhh…cowboys. They’ll always have a special place in my heart. <g>
Loved your blog about cowboys, do you have plans to write anything without cowboys?
I started an alien novel at one time, but it was pretty bad. I may give it another try. Someday. I’m deep into cowboys right now, so I’m planning to stick with it for a while.
Good plan. Now, please, please, please, tell us about any future projects we can look forward to.
I’m outlining a book for the Cowboy Kink line about a bull rider and a nanny. I met a man recently who was a bull rider, and he offered to let me interview him and consult with him as I write the book. He told me he has some amazing stories about buckle bunnies (rodeo groupies) and said he nearly married one. Can’t wait to get started!
I have an unpublished novella, One Taste of You, which finaled in the Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight contest, and the results will be announced at the end of June. (Wish me luck!)
I’d love to share a blurb and excerpt from my first book, Chase and Seduction, which was released May 27 from The Wild Rose Press’ Cowboy Kink line.
Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has yet to be denied anything–and he’s never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. So when the film they are working on is finally finished, Chase decides to turn up the volume on seducing Reno.
Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed wedding engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase.
Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?
EXCERPT: Over 18 only
Chase wasn’t there. She looked again, through the sea of cowboy hats and denim, then spotted him by his smile alone. The collar of his jean jacket was turned up, and he wore a pair of aviator sunglasses, but the flash of his grin was unmistakable and so dear to Reno, she could never see it enough. In one hand, he carried a dozen red roses, and his other hand lifted in a wave that looked more like he was reaching for her.
Delight had her breath catching in her lungs as happy tears filled her eyes and threatened to spill over. She stepped out of the secured area into his arms. The warmth of him pressing against her filled her with tenderness she hadn’t experienced with a lover before. Was her heart really beating that fast? Or was it his?
He hugged her tight, the roses batting her on the arm. “Baby, I was lonely without you.”
His admission set butterflies flapping in her stomach. “Oh, Ch—”
“No,” he said, then whispered in her ear. “Don’t use my name. There are always people watching for me here.”
She tamped down the urge to look around for paparazzi, and smiled up at him. “Billy Joe, I sure did miss you, too.”
He shook his head and grinned. “I look like a Billy Joe?”
Reno slid her fingers along the nape of his neck, feeling the soft hair hidden under his jacket collar. “You look like heaven to me.”
His brow furrowed. “Reno. There’s so much I want to tell you.” He took a breath and broke the spell by stepping back. “Here.” Handing her the flowers, he turned them toward the baggage claim. “Let’s get your suitcase and go home.”
Home. She craved the comfort of being alone with him on his ranch. Staying there…indefinitely?
To celebrate the release of Chase and Seduction, I’m giving away, to one lucky *commenter, an e-copy of my novella Her Cowboy Stud. Just leave a comment today and we’ll choose a winner tomorrow. *Commenter must be 18 years of age or older to win.
I’m also giving away a cowgirl hat to one subscriber to my newsletter. For more details, and to sign up for this contest, please go to my website, RandiAlexander.com And while you’re there, you can read the first chapter of Chase and Seduction.
Good luck, and thank you!
Buy Chase and Seduction at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses
Thanks again, Randi! Congratulations on your contest placement and lots of luck with that project. For those who want to read the blog about cowboys, you passed the link, so go back up and start over! Then do it all again and enter to win that awesome hat.
And don’t forget to leave a comment (but only if you’re 18 or better). You gotta read this book! It’s definitely hot–jammed pack with clever dialogue, real characters, and great conflict– and really, really HOT! <3
16 thoughts on “Randi Alexander~on Cowboy Erotic Romance”
congratulations on the contest Randi ! i hope you win, i love cowboys too. i grew up in Wyoming and Montana and now that i live in the city i miss the cowboy lifestyle more than i can say. i miss it enough that i am moving back next spring, i am looking forward to reading this book and i hope that you’ll have more out soon.
Hi Wyndshisper, I’m excited for you, moving back to cowboy country. I’m in a city, too, and urban cowboys just aren’t the same. But I gotta love ’em anyway.
sorry about the double post but i forgot to leave my email: trvlagnt1t(at)yahoo(dot)com
Cowboys. Big buckles. Hats. What’s not to like? I love me some cowboys especially since I grew up around rodeos. Mix that with country music? Yummy! Congrats on your first book Randi! I’d love to have a copy.
Hi Calisa, I like the combo of a real cowboy and a country singer, too. And boy was it fun to reasearch! Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoyed your interview, I popped over to your website and read the chapter, wow! It is moving closer to the top of my list to buy.
Jean, I know what you mean about the to-buy list. Mine gets longer and longer every day. Glad you liked the first chapter!
Your book sounds wonderful! I’m definitely placing it on my TBR list. Last cowboy I met is a retired Army Ranger who now owns a ranch in Arizona. A breed apart indeed.
Hi Sarah, thanks for the kind words. Wow, he’s a military man AND a cowboy. That’s got to be a whole new romance genre! Thanks for stopping by.
Whew! What a day! Unexpectedly called into work. Unable to take a lunch break, phone died (no, not the battery–the *phone*). And then life called–guitar lessons, dinner, baseball at the batting cages before the city tourney starts tomorrow! But it looks like everyone’s been keeping Randi busy! That’s some story huh? I hope everyone went over to her website and read the first chapter. It’s awesome. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Now I’m going over to twitter and facebook to see if I can stir up some more competition for this copy of Her Cowboy Stud! Ciao!
I love cowboys and hot romance, this sounds just perfect for me! Thanks for the interview! Maria
Hey, Maria, I read a blog somewhere recently that said “cowboys are the new vampires” meaning vampires are ‘out’ and cowboys are ‘in’. Interesting how the market works!
Randi, you’re stories sound amazing. I’m all for the cowboy hero. Bring it on! Yee-Haw!! Great interview, Amie! You’re a class act!
Hi Amie And Randi,
Congrats on all the success–both of you. Randi, love the title of your book and this sounds like a terrific story. Love cowboys and love happily ever afters. Best wishes for continued success.
Thanks for stopping by and giving me a Yee-Haw!! Much appreciated! And I agree, AJ, Amie’s a great interviewer, and a wonderful host.
Congratulations Maria Yerton – you were chosen by Random.com as the winner of my e-book, Her Cowboy Stud. Contact me at Randi@RandiAlexander.com to claim your prize.
Thanks to Amie for letting me blog, and thanks, readers, for coming by and checking out my blog post.