The Novel Approach welcomes author Sue Brown today on the Ed & Marchant blog tour. Sue talks a little bit about reading and writing sex, and she’s also offering the chance to win some prizes, including a $20 Amazon Gift Card and e-copies of Frankie & Al and Ed & Marchant. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.
Sue Brown: On the M/M Romance group on Facebook there is an extended thread about male and female/LGBT and straight authors. On the whole it’s a very positive thread and a great one to be involved in. I enjoyed talking to people I don’t normally connect with.
One of the topics was the difference between male and female authors in their style of writing sex. It’s impossible to generalise because there are always exceptions. For instance there are many guys who write sweet romance or romance stories with no sex at all. But I do see a difference in the way men and women write sex/lovemaking – whatever you care to call it.
I admit that as time has gone on I write less sex and more headspace. I’m interested in what makes people tick. A while ago an author in our genre took me to task over this. Men are interested in physical, not mental needs. I understand where they were coming from. However, I’ve read women authors’ sex scenes that make me wriggle and male authors’ sex scenes that were beautifully sweet. The terminology didn’t matter. It was the skill of the author writing the scene that mattered.
And that’s what it boils down to. I’ve read so many different brilliant authors, and I don’t care how they write the sex scenes. If they write it well, I’m hooked.
Ed Winters despises his job and hates everyone he works with—especially out and proud, happily in love Frankie Mason. He spends his days wishing he could dance, rather than work.
Late to go shopping one day, Ed ends up soaked in Marchant Belarus’s spilled Coke. Ed’s humiliation increases when Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a sub, albeit a very closeted one. Marchant’s attempts to draw Ed out of his shell release years of pent-up anger and hurt over the abuse Ed’s mother and grandmother heaped on him.
Marchant is patient, but nothing he does seems to help until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing—a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.
Excerpt: As they got to the door, Marchant stopped. “You know, we did this the wrong way round.” When Ed gave him a blank stare, Marchant said, “We should have gone for coffee first. Now we can’t let the frozen food melt.”
Ed hadn’t contemplated going for coffee, so he wasn’t sure what Marchant was talking about. “I need to get this back home.”
“Of course you do. I tell you what, you take your food home and drive to my place. There’s a very good place for coffee near me.”
What Ed wanted to say was he was going home to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing. What he actually said was “I don’t drink coffee.”
“Oh, yes. I should have remembered. Still, you can watch me drink coffee.”
“Why are you doing this?” Ed asked, bewildered.
“Telling me what to do all the time. Giving me orders.”
Marchant smiled. “Because you like it. You respond so well when I give you an order.”
“I’m a grown man. A manager. I give the orders, not take them.”
“And it hurts your soul. Anyone can see that. You are born to serve.”
Ed shook his head so hard he felt it was in danger of toppling off. “I’m not a child, and I’m not a servant.”
“I don’t play with children, Ed. I play with men.”
About the Author: Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Coming on March 25, 2015 from Dreamspinner Press, a novella in Frankie’s Series: Anthony & Leo
Blurb: Watching Marchant train his new sub leaves Tony unhappy at not having found a Dom of his own. Running Marchant’s BDSM club, Tony sees who the Doms prefer and it isn’t him—too big, too old, and too hairy. When his friend Jordan suggests he look outside the club, Tony’s mind turns to Leo, a man he met in a traffic jam. Tony manages to arrange a date and happily learns Leo is funny, very toppy, and not averse to Tony’s lifestyle. As a bonus, Leo sells sex toys.
When tragedy strikes the club, Tony fears he can’t help the mourning club members, but Leo offers his unwavering support. After such a tough start, Tony believes Leo is the Dom he’s been looking for… until he catches him kissing another man.