Thursday, July 15, 2010

Contemporary Romance - A Test

Hello everyone! Thanks so much to HEA for having me as a guest here today. Seeing as how the genre we’re discussing lately is Contemporary Romance I thought I would talk about my upcoming release, Love Knows No Boundaries.

Having written only erotic romance I wanted to test my writing abilities and see if I could write a contemporary romance piece that wasn’t heavy on the extensive sexual scenes and a little on the sweeter side. So, I sat down to try my hand at it, so to speak. And then *poof* Love Knows No Boundaries was born.

I for one will be curious to see if everyone thinks I can do both with just as much effectiveness. While Love Knows No Boundaries isn’t due to be released until the end of August I thought I would give everyone a peek into what it’s all about. So, here goes and I hope you like it.


Isabelle first fell in love with Sean when she was fifteen years old. Six years her senior he saw her as a gawky teenager. While at college Isabelle has found the perfect boyfriend. Justin is patient, kind and a complete gentleman. Sean’s feelings for her have changed and he is tired of sitting by while she is with another man. Driven by desire and love he does everything within his power to win the woman that he loves.

Justin, the once perfect boyfriend begins to fall apart at the idea of losing Isabelle. In a moment of rage and desperation he does something horrific, effectively changing their future forever.

Will Sean’s love be enough to get them through the pain? Or will Isabelle walk away from Sean forever? And does love truly know no boundaries?


Whap! Sean’s head flew to the side. He rubbed his cheek as his head slowly came back to face her.

“Watch it, Izzy.” It wasn’t a threat, but clearly a warning.

Fire swept though her body, and not the good kind. “You watch it, Sean! You know, I didn’t think you could possibly hurt me anymore. But somehow you never cease to amaze me with your insensitive words. Sister, huh!” She turned to storm away, but he grabbed her before she could.

“It’s true, isn’t it? Your mother married my father. We’re related, honey, whether you want to admit it or not.”

She let out a mocking laugh.

“Admit it? Oh, you’re a fine one to talk about people admitting things, Sean.”

Oh, so the gloves were coming off then, huh? Fine, he could handle it. Could she?

“What exactly is it that you want me to admit?”

Oh no, he wasn’t going to humiliate her anymore. She might have groveled and begged before, but never again. If he wanted her, he would have to do something about it. But it wouldn’t be because she had forced the issue. Never again!

“It doesn’t matter, Sean. It did before, but no longer. I merely thought we could have a few parting words. I didn’t want my last words to you to be that I hated you.” She hung her head for a moment and then looked back up. “Because I don’t. I was angry, but I don’t hate you.”

The look she gave him was killing him. He knew she loved him and he had spent the last week pining over her. God, he wanted her so badly. He ached for her in a way that he didn’t know was possible. If he didn’t do something tonight, she would be leaving tomorrow. He told himself last week that separation would be good for them. But now, even though she was only going to be a few hours away, it was eating him alive that she was going off to school. There would be young, testosterone-ridden men there just waiting for a chance at her. Had she really meant it when she said she was going to turn to someone else? The thought of another man touching her sent chills down his spine.

She waited for him to say something, but of course he just stared at her. It made her so damn angry.

“Fine then, I’m going. Goodbye, Sean.” She said the last words as she turned to go.

She made it to the front door and had barely opened it when a hand reached over her head to slam it shut. She was startled. She could feel his body pressed up against hers and his breath against her ear.

“Don’t go.”

Was it a question or a demand? She wasn’t sure.

“Why?” she asked as she turned her head, making his mouth almost touch hers.

He closed his eyes and dropped his head on her shoulder. Could he do this? Should he do this? He would go to hell for sure. But the idea that she was going off to school with all of those men around was ripping a hole through his heart. He wanted her, but not just her body. He wanted to make her his. He knew it was wrong, he knew he would burn in hell for all eternity for it, but he wanted her love. He wanted to take her until she belonged to only him, until the idea of any other man repulsed her.

“Don’t ask me questions I can’t answer, Izzy. Just stay.” His voice was gentle. “Please.”

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Lindsay Townsend said...

Wow, Nicole, what a super excerpt and the tension between the pair! What happens next?

Celia Yeary said...

Oh, Nicole!! What a good excerpt. I think your book will do well. I love your writing style--it's so natural and flows without so many flowery phrases I'm beginning to hate in so many novels. Just let your characters tell the story, to me that's the very best way to write. You did that! Congratulations and many good wishes for sales. Celia

Savanna Kougar said...

Nicole, welcome. Yep, your excerpt is contemporary in tone and in the excellent fierce tension. Well done.

I hope your book does well!!!

Savanna Kougar said...

ooops... flowery phrases... I'm most likely very guilty...

Bekki Lynn said...

I'm curious to what he was supposed to admit to. Mmmm, guess I'll have to read it to find out. ;)

Thanks for joining us for Contemporary Week, Nicole. I'm glad you decided to the try the genre. I think you're going to do great with it.

Bekki Lynn said...

Your flowery phrases are not a-typical, Savanna, and are weaved in such a manner they add to the story and give a vibrant vision that doesn't distract.

For me to say that, means you're doing terrific. I'm the biggest complainers about over writing descriptions.

Nicole Morgan said...

Sorry for the lateness of this, I had a hectic day of working. Thanks so much to all that stopped by. I appreciate the feedback and well wishes! :)

Savanna Kougar said...

Bekki, blowing a kiss your way!