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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

GUEST BLOG: MARIANNE STEPHENS

Food and Sex Spice Up Romance Books!


Ever notice that some authors talk about food in their books? Eating meals together can make for a very sensual scene when you read about how food is eaten, what's said while eating, and how certain foods seem to stimulate sex drives.

CHOCOLATE. I don't think there's a woman on this planet that doesn't want chocolate and dreams of the tasty warm feeling it makes as it slowly melts in your mouth and slides down your throat. It's an aphrodisiac, a food that spices up a romantic encounter. Don't lovers give their valentines boxes of chocolates on February 14th?

Yes, it's a comfort food and used in times of stress...or anytime the urge strikes. But mix together candlelight, chocolate, and an adoring hero, and how could a heroine avoid rampaging hormones? Feeding each other chocolate, the taste, smell, of it will send your sex drive into overtime.

One of my books (Gone to the Dogs by Marianne Stephens) has a scene with the heroine and date indulging in an ultimate chocolate fantasy splurge...eating at a fondue restaurant and having chocolate fondue as a dessert. From experience, I can tell you that it's the most wonderful tasting adventure I've had. I poured my own feelings into the heroine's scene and made sure she enjoyed every mouthful.

However, this scene didn't lead to any sexual activity for my heroine...her date turned out to be a jerk and she realized it while at dinner. Didn't stop her from enjoying that wonderful tasty chocolate!

Other books I've written have food scenes...some even involve eating during foreplay or using food on various body parts to stimulate sexual cravings. In Gone to the Dogs by Marianne Stephens, I mention using honey. In Strip Poker for Two by April Ash, cannoli cream plays an important part in leading my hero and heroine to sexual gratification. In Anything You Can Do by Marianne Stephens, my happy couple indulge in luscious strawberries and champagne.

Writers: Do you have your heroes and heroines eat sweet treats to heighten sexual arousal? Any favorite foods you indulge in to advance your romantic encounters?

Readers: Do having heroes and heroines eating sweet treats heighten sexual tension in books? Are there any special foods you think advance the hero and heroine’s journey to satisfy their passion?

Visit www.MarianneStephens.net and www.AprilAsh.net for information about my books.

Marianne Stephens loved reading, and began by obsessing over Shakespeare books. Once she started reading romances, her favorite authors were Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer. Soon she began reading all genres of romance books, and decided to write her own.
Over the past ten years, she’s published eight books: two nonfiction and six romance books.

Romance publishers include Jasmine Jade (both Ellora’s Cave and Blush imprints) for Marianne Stephens and another pen name, April Ash; Breathless Press (Marianne Stephens); and Secret Cravings Publishing (Marianne Stephens).

She lives in the Midwest section of the US, and loves the heartland area where she’s surrounded by lots of family and friends. She’s a member of The Authors Guild, Mid America Romance Authors, Romance Writers of America, Published Authors Network, Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal, Long Island Romance Writers, Dunes & Dreams Romance Writers, and Published Authors Special Interest.

4 comments:

Bobbye Terry said...

Don't want to spoil it, Marianne, but the hero and heroine have two dinner scenes in Walk Right In, debuting in October. Their use of the food might as well be foreplay. I think food can be used well in romance novels. One way to use it is to find out what foods are considered to be aphrodesiacs.

Great blog,

Bobbye aka Daryn

Marianne Stephens said...

Thanks for commenting, Bobbye!
Chocolate has got to be the best aphrodesiac!

LASR - thanks for posting my blog!

Sandy said...

Marianne, I've written eating scenes, but it's almost always been with family around. I'm going to try the the love scenes with food one of these times. lol

Jacquie Rogers said...

Ah, food and sex. Chocolate, smooth and velvety, melting in your mouth. Then there's the whole whipped cream thing. :)

Food for thought.

Jacquie