Author Guest Post
By: Gianna Day
Both readers and writers sometimes fear that the added element of humor will detract from the eroticism of a scene, but I find the opposite to be true. Readers of romance and erotica don’t begin a book with the expectation that every word will turn them on. By contrast, you can heighten the emotion of any scene by taking your reader on a bit of a roller coaster ride. Think about that effect in other genres. A thriller writer doesn’t create fear by striving for anxiety on every page. She intensifies scenes by first taking the reader through periods of calm. It’s the false sense of security that really makes the reader jump when the killer emerges. The same ups and downs can be used in fiction, and in that realm I find that humor pairs well with erotic material. The result is a romantic comedy, but with less clothes on.
Incorporating humor into the overall story doesn’t necessitate bringing it into the bedroom. I rely heavily on the comic relief of characters with whom my protagonist interacts in a strictly platonic way. But I also think that it’s okay to bring that humor into the bedroom on occasion. Sex doesn’t have to be serious, and the most effective writers of romance and erotica will balance a heavy (or lusty) plot with a bit of comedy thrown into the mix.
There’s another argument for adding humor to fiction: Humor occurs naturally in the world around us, every day and in a million ways. If you write truthfully about life, don’t forget the humor.
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Sylvie And The Spark by Gianna Day
Book 1: The Sylvie Series
Publisher: AKA Press
Publication Date: October 16, 2013
Format: e-Book - 81 pages / Kindle - 223 KB / Nook - 237 KB
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Book 1: Sylvie And The Spark
Book 2: Sylvie Says Yes
Book 3: Sylvie on Strike
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Are you looking for a sassy erotica novella that has a great mix of passion, romance, and humor? Well then Sylvie And The Spark by author Gianna Day is the book for you!
Sylvie is a waitress at a local diner, who has been in a longtime relationship with her boyfriend Dave. Even though their sex life has been good, Sylvie feels like their relationship is stuck in a rut and she can't take it anymore, so she breaks up with Dave. Life gets interesting for Sylvie when she adopts Doctor Love, a female dog from the Humane Society, who likes to hump everyone and everything! And if that isn't enough, Sylvie's sex life is an ongoing topic of conversation and entertainment at the diner thanks to her co-workers: a pair of sassy Southern twins named Charlene and Darlene, and their Russian boss Lenny. Add in her crazy mama Janice, who tries to help Sylvie find her "spark" by cruising an online dating site, and you'd think Sylvie can't win ... that is until two sexy twin brothers named Brent and Jonathan move into the apartment across the hall. Can Sylvie find her spark from one of the twin brothers, or will she go back to Dave?
In Sylvie And The Spark, the first book of The Sylvie Series, author Gianna Day weaves an entertaining erotic romantic comedy novella that is just plain fun to read. Written in the first person narrative, the reader follows Sylvie on her crazy adventure to find a guy who is "the one" that will give her the spark that her mama Janice says she needs.
This is not your typical erotic novella, it is so much more because the author keeps you laughing with the crazy antics and dialogues from a quirky cast of characters; steamy sex scenes that will make you blush; and a thoroughly entertaining plot that is wittily crafted and reads more like a saucy romantic comedy sitcom.
The author easily draws the reader into Sylvie's world, you can't help but like her and relate to her dilemma of finding the right guy. Added in the mix are her mama Janice, the perky co-worker twins Charlene and Darlene, and boss Lenny, who all provide Sylvie with a lot of support and some chuckles along the way. When it comes to men in Sylvie's life: Dave, Brent, and Jonathan: the reader will see the differences in all three, and they will be surprised by which one provides the spark Sylvie seeks. There are steamy sex scenes that provide excitement, but the comedy and subtle romance that runs throughout the story provides a nice balance that will leave the reader with a smile. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the lovable mutt Doctor, who has a healthy habit of humping everyone and everything in sight, that horny pooch kept me in stitches.
Sylvie And The Spark is a sassy and humorous erotic novella that is a perfect weekend afternoon read!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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