Jeffe Kennedy Guest Post

Posted July 11, 2015 by Kate in Guest post / 2 Comments

Jeffe Kennedy Guest PostUnder Contract by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: Falling Under #3
Published by Carina Buy on Amazon

The kinkier the sex, the higher the price tag...

Ryan Black has admired Celestina Sala from afar for years, her lush body and sensual nature calling to the dominant in him. For just as many years, Celestina was off-limits—married, proud and self-sufficient. But all that has changed, and now Celestina is in debt and in need…and available. Ryan proposes a contract: he'll pay off her debt if she gives herself to him in bed, yielding control in exchange for the pain and pleasure he'll bring them both.

There are words for women who take money for sex, and none of them are nice ones. Celestina never thought she'd have to sink this low, but giving up control sounds more enticing than ever before. And suddenly it's not about having to give in to Ryan. It's about wanting to.

But when Ryan's dark past comes to light, they may both be in over their heads. The terms of his contract say her body is his…but her heart may be another story.

One thing is for sure—now that Ryan has Celestina, he can never let her go.

Hey guys, today I am so happy to announce we have guest post from Jeffe Kennedy. I love her writing style, and some of the scenes in her books just pull me in and never let me go! And she is here today talking about putting real life challenges in her erotic romances, I think this is an awesome topic, because I don’t know about you guys but if a character’s life is too easy and they don’t have some of the real life challenges that we all have (kids, dogs, family, health, crappy neighbors, the list goes on) they just stop being interesting. I think Jeffe does a fantastic job at bringing reality into her books and really bringing her characters to life, so without further ado, check out her guest post!

Children in Kinky Romances

NOT like that!

But, it’s true that my newest contemporary BDSM erotic romance, UNDER CONTRACT, has two adolescent girls in it. NOT like that though!

See, my heroine is raising her nieces in the wake of her twin sister’s tragic death. Tina’s nieces are also twins – and at twelve years old, not easy to handle under the best of circumstances. Compound that with their lingering grief over being orphaned and Tina’s truly disastrous financial straits, the twins add a crushing burden to her life.

Then, when Tina begins a very kinky love affair with the absurdly wealthy and domineering Ryan Black, it becomes even more difficult for her to make sure she’s making good decisions for her nieces—especially protecting them from her own dubious moral choices. Planning her trysts around the girls’ school and activity schedules gave both Tina and me headaches!

I almost didn’t put the nieces in the story.

I almost took them out several times.

One of critique partners (CPs) who also writes erotic romance thought I should take them out.

My editor and other CPs were 100 percent that the nieces were a huge part of the story. So I dealt with the logistical and moral headaches, kept the characters and now I’m glad I did.

The presence of Josie and Carly in the story is important for a number of reasons.

  • They make Tina’s decisions about more than just herself,
  • They reflect Tina’s relationship with her own lost twin and complicate her grief, and most important,
  • Real life couples who like kink also have children and raise them. It’s a reality they deal with.

So, was it a challenge to write girls that age? Yes! Though I remember my stepdaughter when she was twelve and how I was at that age. I used those experiences to inform Carly and Josie as characters. Fortunately one of my CPs is also a local friend who has a twelve-year-old daughter, so I had some sense of how she is in the modern world. That CP had a few tweaks, but overall she said I nailed it!

Writers often talk about how difficult it is to include children and pets in stories, because those logistics must be constantly in mind. The dog has to be walked. The kids have to be picked up from school and not left alone overnight. But then—that’s life, right? And I like my books to be as close to what real people deal with every day, if I can.

Well, except for the absurdly wealthy, domineering and kinky hero part. A girl needs some fantasy, too!

What do you all think—kids and teens in these kinds of stories, yay or nay?

About Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.

2 responses to “Jeffe Kennedy Guest Post

  1. Kate! Thank you so much for the kind words. It IS important to me that characters feel real, with some of the same conflicts we all face. (Nasty neighbors? Ugh!)

    Thanks for hosting me today!

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