Guest Post & Giveaway: Jodie Becker & Sidney Bristol

This contest is closed. The winner is PamK.

Contemporary erotic romance writers Jodie Becker and Sidney Bristol are joining us at the blog today. Help me give them a warm welcome!
WHY WE’RE LOVERS…. OF ROMANCE

Sidney: Jodie, I love hanging around readers, especially romance readers. I think they’ve got to be the most well read, accepting group of readers out there. Sadly, I wasn’t always a romance reader. *gasp* I know! I actually didn’t even pick up a true romance book until I was in my mid-20’s. I’d clung to the idea that it was a dirty genre, blahblahblah, I’m sure you can fill in the blanks. I want to eye roll every time I think about how silly I was. When I finally picked up a romance, it was on a dare. It was a book I didn’t really enjoy, but I’d never read something so emotionally honest. In short, I was hooked. I went on to read what would become one of my favorite series of all time, the Darkyn books by Lynn Viehl. I was a little shy to admit at that point that for me, reading romance was more than just the enjoyment of it, it was also a bit of self-therapy. To be able to believe, if even within the pages of a book, that love and acceptance were possible was a huge hurtle for me. And that’s where my story begins… Jodie, what about you?

Jodie: I was always a voracious reader. I started on adult books when I was really young. I’d read a lot of sci-fi fantasy that belonged to my stepdad, but it all changed when I was 9. This pivotal moment happened when second hand bookstore opened across the road.  I would find all the spare change in the house and rush over to buy a book. Back then they were like 0.15-0.50c. Bargain! So, me and my twin sister found all these romance books along the bottom (since we were kids it was a perfect height). I picked up an old bodice-ripper and took it home. It was a historical set during the Normandy invasion of England in the 11th Century. The cover was as you’d expect back then with a muscular man holding a woman who looked like she was in the throes of ecstasy.  I can’t remember the author or title of that book, but I do remember the premise. And no, I haven’t google searched for that book since…Well, okay I have. But alas, to no avail (-_-;) . BUT, upside is that book popped my romance cherry. I was addicted. I devoured Connie Mason’s backlist as well as developing a love for Johanna Lindsey. I was hooked on historicals. Probably surprises you huh, Sid? Considering Dirty Beautiful is a contemporary. In fact, you teethed yourself on paranormal and you also have a contemporary out. So do you read just paranormals or do you delve into the other sub-genres was well?

Sidney: Bodice rippers? I’ll admit, it’s one genre I don’t embrace blindly. A historical has to come highly recommended, with an unusual heroine or plot for me to pick it up. There are a few historical authors I blindly buy though!

In the beginning I read paranormals – only. I was used to reading high action novels, and I didn’t think historicals, contemporary or anything in between would hold my interest. The first romance I ever wrote was a paranormal. And the one after that. And the one after that. They were okay, but not great. There wasn’t anything special about them that hadn’t already been done. The first contemporary author I read was either Rachel Gibson’s hockey series, or Victoria Dahl’s Tumble Creek; one for my hockey obsession and the other because – OMG Victoria Dahl is freaking hysterical! I thought my first contemporary story was going to be a fluke. Though that book, in that incarnation, will never see the light of day, I realized that I enjoyed contemporary. I wrote another. And another. And here I am… A happy contemporary author. That’s not to say I won’t try another subgenre of romance. I’ve been jonesing for a really good sci-fi-rom lately. Something with laser pistols and adventure in far flung galaxies. What other genre could be calling your name, Jodie?

Jodie: Dude! I can’t believe how similar we are. I remember when my sister made the shift into contemporary romances. I would sniff disdainfully at them and refuse to leave my noble ladies and rakes behind. Then… one day… I opened a… Rachel Gibson book. OMG. I was hooked. I actually didn’t find out about paranormals until about 7 years ago when I had my first girl and joined a romance readers community in an effort to connect with REAL adults. LOL I jumped onto ebooks as well about the same time too. I read paranormals like crazy. In fact, you might be surprised to know that my first attempts at writing romance came as historicals. Or well, not so surprised. (>.>) But, I wrote two and then wrote a couple of sci-fi/ futuristic novellas, but then landed in writing urban fantasy/ paranormals. But how did I end up writing a contemporary? I just… had this plot bunny that wouldn’t let me go and here I am. Will I write other subgenres of romance? I hope so. I have a whole virtual folder full of half-fleshed out plots/ ideas. Perhaps you’ll find me writing and erotic historical or a kick-butt urban fantasy. Who knows, only my grumpy bunny does. But you know, I’m a proud romance reader. Out and proud of it. I’ll shamelessly trawl the bookstore in the romance section and carry them to the front counter. I’ll talk to strangers out this fantastic romance I read. I just love it. It’s not the ugly stepchild of the literary world. It’s the swan!


Sidney: Rachel Gibson rocks!

Ehem. I think I’ve come a long way from my early days of being a voracious reader. Gone are the days when you wouldn’t catch me within five feet from the romance section. Oh no. These days I’m standing in the romance section, reading the blurbs – out loud. And you should know, I have issues with staying around anything considered an “inside voice”. Now that I’ve been converted and educated, I recognize just how great the romance genre is. It’s a strange mix of everything across the bookstore, with so much variety and spice! Who wouldn’t want that?

Jodie: LOL Exactly. I feel like romance has more to offer than any other genre. With all the sub-genres out there and the varying levels of steam from the sweet to the all-out raunchy there is pretty much a book out there to suit whatever mood you’re in. And that’s why we love romance.
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Comments

  1. Jodie, I also started reading adult books very early. Actually I can’t remember how old I was but it had to be before age 10. My mom, both grandmothers and several aunts read Harlequin Romances. It wasn’t long before I gravitated to bodice rippers I found at an aunts. I do have my first romance books. All the way back from the 70’s!

  2. I was raised on bodice rippers. I started reading romance back in the 1970’s and one of the first romances I ever read was Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers. Then I stopped reading them for about 20 years and just recently started again. There are so many great romances to choose from these days.
    jen(at)delux(dot)com

  3. Man, I really need to read a bodice ripper one day! What’s wrong with me, huh? 😀

  4. My mom was a librarian and I started reading adult novels at a young age as well. I was hooked on Victoria Holt, Emily Loring and Phyllis Whitney.

    Loved the interview and can’t wait to pick up one of your books.

    Cynthia Woolf Blog

  5. I started reading romances while in junior high, but didn’t graduate to grown-up ones until high school. Been reading avidly ever since! Thanks for your interview–very enjoyable to meet you!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  6. I began reading romances at the tween age. Had stumbled across Harlequin and Loveswept books. I think my first was Pepper’s Way by Kay Hooper.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  7. wow those books look hot 😀 esp Flirting with Rescue 😀
    email: cruz042 at cougars.csusm.edu

  8. Man, I really got started late compared to you guys! Little jealous since now I’m making up for lost time.

  9. Hello ladies, big fan of romance, historical, and especially bodice rippers. I love to read and always looking for something new to check out. Both of the above books look great especially Flirting With Rescue. Thanks for the chance to win.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

  10. Awe, thank you Chrisbails! Hopefully you enjoy it. 😀

  11. I am so backwards. I didn’t start reading romance until I had written my first book. I just didn’t realize there were so many awesome stories out there with happy endings. My favs are historicals and contemps. I haven’t read any of the bodice rippers though. And I haven’t read Rachel Gibson, but now I will!

    Great blog you guys and good luck with the new releases!!

  12. I started reading romances when I was about ten. My grandmother got me hooked. She stayed up late at night reading and giggling over romances. Luckily she lived right behind the public library so we always had books.
    Scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  13. I started reading romances when I was about ten. My grandmother got me hooked. She stayed up late at night reading and giggling over romances. Luckily she lived right behind the public library so we always had books.
    Scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  14. I started reading romance and other adult books early on. I was a very advanced reader for my age and most of the books bored me. I think I picked up an “adult” book by accident and just got hooked. 🙂
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

  15. Oh then a few of you gals might remember Fabio. OMG, I loved it when he recently challenged old-spice man

  16. I was a late bloomer on reading. I spent a lot of my earlier years just trying to stay away from beatings. When I was in high school my teacher gave me a Dean Koontz book. Which lead to more reading and then I picked up a Harlequin romance and have been reading them ever since. I can remember one of my dad’s girlfriends read them and she had stacks and stacks of them at her house and every now and then I would borrow one, read it and put it back before she knew.

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  17. I started out reading only historical romances, kept that up for probably 3 years. Then shifted to contemporary romances, and finally to paranormal romance stories. So much variety out there, that I can always find something to suit my mood.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’ve always loved all stories romance. Time periods and settings have varied but I always pursue that happily ever after. Love the post. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

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