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 Lyndell Williams in the interview chair. We’re discussing her erotic romance Building on Broken Dreams. Be sure to check out the excerpt.
Lyndell: Erotic romance allows me to heighten the connections between the sensual and eros. Romance books center the way the characters form and maintain emotional and intimate connections. In erotic romance, tantalizing sexual elements feed character development and the plot, showing the essence of sexual beings falling in love.
2. What do you like most about writing erotic romance?
Lyndell: I like showing the deep, intrinsic links between the sensual and spiritual. Many people hold the misconception that to attain piety, one has to dissociate from carnal desires. Nothing can be further from the truth. One can gain a level of emotional and spiritual fulfillment by satisfying their passions in a way that aligns with their beliefs. I try to show that in some of my stories.
3. What do you like least about writing erotic romance?
Lyndell: Rampant derision of erotic romance plagues the genre, as it does romance in general. Often, people uncomfortable with depictions of sex will lash out against erotic romance books. They fail to appreciate genre standards and reader expectations. Instead, they often use their hang ups to malign books and authors, lumping it as all “dirty,” or trying to degenerate the writing. It is understandable if erotic romance is not someone’s thing, but all of the hate is unnecessary.
4. Why did you write this book you are featuring?
Lyndell: I wrote Building on Broken Dreams for readers to connect with the desire to keep the past from affecting the present but being unable to stop it. I highlight Maryam’s survival and the need for Adam to learn how to understand the ways trauma impacts her. We all have issues that impact us and must address the ones the people we love have too. It takes more than affection. Hard work and gathering enough empathy to provide support is essential. I try to show that through Adam and Maryam’s love.
5. Why do you think readers should invest their time in reading erotic romance?
Lyndell: Erotic romance is a niche that bridges the erotic to the romantic. Readers can potentially enjoy stories with leveled depictions of how people fall in love, stay in love and the important role of mutually-fulfilling sensual interactions to develop emotional connections. Love and intimacy remain integral to each other in many people’s lives. Erotic romance draws on fiction to offer vicarious reading with characters navigating in engaging in the fusion between what bodies and hearts desire. That’s some good reading.
Title: Building on Broken Dreams
Series: Brothers in Law, book two
Author: Lyndell Williams
Erotic Elements: N/A
Book Length: 284 pages
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Publisher: Deen Love Books
He will never hurt her. But can he protect her from the man who wants to?
Blurb: From award-winning writer and bestselling author Lyndell Williams, a steamy romance that tests the boundaries of faith and yearning.
If Maryam Avery stays in New York for one more day, she will die. Trapped in an abusive relationship with the manipulative and cruel Raad, she can feel her life closing in around her. After he chases her from her home and family, Maryam flees to Philadelphia, searching desperately for a new beginning, something to help rebuild her spiritually and physically.
When she meets the mysterious Adam, things are thrown off-kilter. A successful businessperson with his own past that he is fleeing from, he is everything that Maryam wants. But can she trust another man? Doubt gives way to desire. They find themselves in a whirlwind romance, and for once, it seems like everything will work out. Until Raad turns up.
Maryam finished cooking and stood in the hall, holding a thermos of hot coffee in one hand and an egg sandwich half-wrapped in aluminum foil in the other. How angry was he? What is he going to do to her?
Adam strode toward her, grumbling and fumbling with his belt buckle. “Eight months of work shot to hell.” He stopped. His glower transformed into a grin that reached his hazel eyes. “What’s this?”
She plastered on a smile and batted her lashes at a speed almost matching the cadence of her heart. “I thought you could take it with you.”
His shoulders relaxed. He held her face in his hands. “You’re something else, Mary. You know—” he sprayed her lips with kisses “—I owe you a honeymoon. How about I arrange one?”
“I’d like that.”
He pressed her backward, pinning her between his body and the wall. The heat reignited and waved through her, burning away any fear or anxiety. He might have been angry, but not with her, and he would not take it out on her. She balanced the sandwich and mug in her hands. Her breathing got heavier with each nip to her neck. “Adam.”
He stepped back and reached into her robe. “Mary,” he groaned and yanked her panties from her hips while uttering a dua. Already moist white lace and satin fell to her feet. He propped against the wall across from her and ripped open his pants snap and zipper. “When you say my name like that, I gotta have you.”
“But your friend.”
“Will wait.” His rough hands spanned up her thighs and clenched her rear, lifting her. His breath rushed into her ear. “I want you now. Do you want this D or not?”
His throbbing stiffness titillated her fiery folds. “Yes.” She locked her legs around his hips at her ankles and squeezed his broad shoulders as he stretched and filled her. “Adam, please.” She slowly blinked at the bobbing picture of Mecca hanging on the opposite as he bounced her on his stiffness. The movement of their bodies fed a mounting desire. Their first time together had been so tender. He had eased her fears and brought her to ecstasy. Now, the raw lust surging between them infused every inch of her in a way she had never felt before. It was all so glorious. She tucked her heels under his tense bottom, stilling his thrusts and unleashing a carnal shriek from deep inside. He soon roared in release and set her down. She panted, leaning against the wall and letting her legs drop.
He trailed pecks up her neck before stealing her air with a lingering kiss on her lips. He pinned her gaze while adjusting and closing his pants. “You don’t know what you do to me, Mary. I’ve never wanted someone so much.” He disappeared into the kitchen. Water ran for a moment before he came back, taking the thermos and crushed sandwich from her hands. “I’ll be back in time for the next prayer.” He offered salams and bit into it, strutting away and disappearing into the morning light, flooding the opened door.
Lyndell Williams is an award-winning writer and bestselling author. She is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She is an editor, writing coach and mentor. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and writes for multiple online publications.