June is I :::Heart::: Erotic Romance month at my blog. During these next thirty days, I’ll be featuring authors who write erotic romance, besides the usual blog posts. Today, I have Tim Smith in the interview chair. We’re discussing his erotic romance Beauty and the Beach. Be sure to check out the excerpt.
Tim: I had read erotic romances by other authors, all of whom were women, and I thought it would be interesting to write one told primarily from the man’s perspective. When I released my first one, it was received well enough that I was encouraged to continue. I knew it would be difficult to get my books accepted, because a man writing a straight erotic romance isn’t the norm. I think that has encouraged me to keep going.
2. What do you like most about writing erotic romance?
Tim: The challenge of creating something erotic yet sensual and romantic, without being crude. Each scene presents a new hurdle to overcome, because I make them a natural progression in the story. It’s also a challenge to come up with something original. I don’t use erotic scenes gratuitously, and I strive to be realistic. I’ve read some that made me think “Where did the author do their research?”
3. What do you like least about writing erotic romance?
Tim: At times, it’s difficult to come up with original concepts and situations. I can devise a good romantic story, but sometimes it’s tough to find the right place to include an erotic encounter that’s a natural part of the relationship, and unique. Another rabbit hole I’m careful to avoid is writing something that’s steamy without being crude or offensive.
4. Why did you write this book you are featuring?
Tim: I’ve worked as a freelance photographer for many years, and have done a lot of model shoots. During a vacation in the Florida Keys, I had one of my “What if…” moments, as in “What if a fashion photographer and a model were doing a photo shoot in the Keys, and romance developed between them?” My imagination took over from there. I have fun writing these kinds of stories, showing how a romantic relationship can develop between two people who start out as friends.
5. Why do you think readers should invest their time in reading erotic romance?
Tim: It’s escapist entertainment, in its purest form. The erotic element adds a touch of realism to a basic romance. If done correctly, it can enhance a good story.
Title: Beauty and the Beach
Series: Key West Heat, Book Two
Author: Tim Smith
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Interracial
Erotic Elements: N/A
Book Length: 44 pages
Release Date: July 15, 2018
Publisher: eXtasy Books
A supermodel and a fashion photographer find love among the palms near Key West, but will it last beyond sunset?
Blurb: When supermodel Brandi Knox is hired for a tropical-themed magazine spread, she insists on having her favorite photographer, Justin Malone, do the job. He arranges the shoot on Sunset Key, near Key West. The two have been involved on and off for several years, in a friends-with-benefits situation. This time, their feelings for each other seem to have developed into something deeper. When the sun finally sets on their latest assignment, will they still be just friends, or something more?
They turned their attention back to the sunset. When it crested, then disappeared over the Gulf, they heard the loud cheering of the crowd on Key West. Justin looked in that direction and saw the hoard of people dispersing on Mallory Square in search of more liquid refreshment.
Brandi sipped her wine, then cradled her glass. “Our very own private paradise. Sometimes I think I wouldn’t mind living like this.”
“I had you figured for a cabin in the mountains type of girl.”
“That would be nice, too. You should come visit me sometime. My place has a great view of the Smoky Mountains.”
She reached over and traced a pattern along his forearm with her fingernail. “Ever made love in the mountains?”
“Uh-huh. The higher altitude adds an extra rush.”
She laughed. “And all this time I thought it was just lusty euphoria.”
Brandi moved over to sit on Justin’s lap, facing him. She straddled her long legs over his, then rested her arms on his shoulders.
Justin pulled her face to his and kissed her deeply, probing her mouth with his tongue while his fingers massaged the back of her neck. He inhaled her freshly-bathed scent and musky perfume, and the aromas increased his arousal.
Brandi ran her fingers through his hair and kissed him with growing passion while grinding her crotch against him. After a few minutes of tongue dancing, Brandi pulled her face back and caressed his cheek. “You’ve got me feeling frisky tonight. Did you know you have that effect on me?”
“And do you not feel the tent pole poking you from underneath?”
She gave a soft, wicked laugh. “Oh, yeah, I feel it.” She gyrated her pelvis against him. “Dry humping you in public is fun.”
Justin placed his hands on her ass and fondled her. “Real humping is more fun.”
Brandi continued moving on him. “What is this fascination you have with my booty?”
“Can’t explain it. It just is what it is.”
She kissed him. “You like to photograph it, play with it, make love to it…”
“I’ve never heard you complain.”
“Not since you broke it in. You made me weak in the knees the first time you slid that pole of yours between my cheeks. Made me come buckets.”
Justin pulled her face in and hungrily kissed her. “Now you see what effect you’re having on me.”
“Then let’s do something about it, before I slide off your lap.”
Tim Smith is an award-winning author of numerous books, from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He is also a freelance photographer. When he isn’t pursuing these two passions, he can often be found in The Florida Keys, doing research in between parasailing and seeking out the perfect Pina Colada.