Taking the Leap Into The Romance Genre: Nancy S. Thompson's STIRRED
I am thrilled to welcome Nancy back to my blog as part of her blog tour. Today she'll be discussing transitioning from the thriller genre to the romance genre with her new book, STIRRED. I really loved her new one. I think it has a little bit for everyone and I hope you'll check it out. You can read my review of it on Goodreads here.
And now, Nancy:
I’m so excited to be here to chat with you all about my newest book, Stirred, a contemporary erotic suspense and my first foray into real romance. My first two novels, The Mistaken and Leverage (books 1 and 2 of The Mistaken Series) are dark romantic thrillers, and although they revolve around the romance between the male and female protagonists, both books are thrillers at their core.
While chock full of suspense, Stirred is definitely a romance at heart. The plot is centered around the relationship between Eden MacLaird—a wealthy, forty-one-year-old owner of an elite Montessori school, as well as a newly-minted best-selling author of dark erotica—and Sean Bennett—a whip-smart, twenty-four-year-old grad student on the cusp of finishing law school.
Though Eden is sent reeling after discovering her husband’s lurid affair, she balks at getting even by equal measure. Sean’s persistent though, and shows her what she’s been missing for the last twenty years while married to a controlling sociopath. What starts out as an impulsive, one-time hook-up soon evolves into a full-fledged affair of the heart, until the unthinkable happens. Then, not only is Sean and Eden’s affair exposed, their lives and freedom are at stake. With so much on the line, can either of them be sure the other hasn’t set them up to take the fall?
With two dark romantic thrillers under my belt, I was nervous about changing genres, but the heat level in Leverage was considerably high and well-received, so I thought, why the hell not? I will admit, I was a bit uncomfortable at first as some of the language often seen in erotic romance is a little on the vulgar side for me, but I adapted. And while Stirred is erotic, it’s not erotica, where typically, the only plot is for the characters to have sex—not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just prefer more substance.
I think readers will appreciate how the progression of the relationship between Sean and Eden drives the suspense and plot forward, that although the love scenes are explicit, they are also tasteful, and, most importantly, directly affect the story and overall theme of trust. So I feel pretty comfortable with my shift from thriller chick to romance debutante, and I hope you do, too!
Nancy is a California transplant currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband of 23 years, their son, a student at Seattle University, their giant snow dog, Jack, and his kitty, Skye. She works as a freelance editor for her publisher and writer friends and also has her own interior design business within the model home merchandising industry. When she's not writing or editing, Nancy keeps herself busy by cooking and baking.
Get it here:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Stirred-Nancy-S-Thompson-ebook/dp/B017E7HU54/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1448945467&sr=1-1&keywords=stirred+nancy+thompson
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B017E7HU54/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017E7HU54
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B017E7HU54
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1517469430
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1517469430
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1517469430
Find out more about Nancy here and check out STIRRED on Goodreads:
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6153571.Nancy_S_Thompson
Stirred Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25652454-stirred?from_search=true&search_version=service