05 January 2015

Beyond: TM Smith

How much sex is too much?
Hello all, and thank you to Crystal and the gang for hosting me today. I couldn’t help but hover toward this particular topic when I was perusing the list of possible posts. How much sex is too much? Is there such a thing? YES! If you are familiar with my series, Opposites, then you already know that The Library and The Cellar are compiled of deleted or cut short scenes from their companion novels, why is that you ask? Because I didn’t want to write fifty shades of gay. While I am all about the sexy, passionate, knock your socks off as I’m tripping over your cock on our way to the bed type of stories, there is a line you don’t want to cross.

If your characters are having sex on every other page, if the sexual aspect of the story or their relationship doesn’t add too or advance said story or if you have to strain your writers brain to come up with a valid sex scene/chapter… it is probably too much. Let’s take the highly controversial afore mentioned Fifty Shades of Grey. I have a love hate relationship with that series. I absolutely love Christian’s back story, why he is the way he is, what he suffered through and how “Mrs. Robinson” helped him find a way to heal. Alas, it got to a point while I was reading where I considering skimming some of the sex scenes. That would be clue number one that James might have gone overboard in the lovey dovey department.

While I do want an obvious chemistry and passion between my fictional characters, I want some content as well. Mystery, suspense, a nifty serial killer running amuck and leaving a trail of bodies in his/her wake, take your pick, but don’t sell me an unsavory script that you picked up off Jake Jackson’s bedroom floor after a night of brainstorming that you slapped between a spine and are trying to market as a “book”. 

On the other end of this double edged sword, there are times when an author is on the fence with how far to take the sexual aspect of their story. In this instance, my suggestion is to choose one or the other. I do love a good YA story with some grit and decent storyline, but almost as aggravating as rabbits hopping through every chapter of a book are two characters that cannot decide if they are seventeen or twenty seven.

You have to find the balance that is right for your story without adding unnecessary frottage to your book. Speaking of frottage, have you read my book, Opposites, yet?

In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples.
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!
At 42 years young, she's decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of "author" to her list of accomplishments that includes single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Smith is and outspoken advocate for Autism and equal rights for the LGBTQ community.
Her Opposites series is based outside the normal parameters of social acceptability, examining a 'what if'... What If to be gay or lesbian were the norm? What if to be straight labeled you as an Opposite and made YOU the Outkast?


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