Earlier this morning, my editor sent me an email letting me know the final line edits for TORMENTED are on the way. She also mentioned I should select an excerpt from this erotic historical romance for inclusion on Ellora’s Cave’s website.

I’ve since scanned the story from beginning to end and chosen several passages for further consideration. And to think finding the perfect shade of “red” lipstick for one’s skin tone or heel height for a party outfit can prove difficult. The excerpts I’m pondering run the gamut. One speaks to the sexual tension between Eve and Charles. Another puts them in a perilous situation and ratchets up the suspense with a cliffhanger ending. Yet another is one pairing them in a heart-stopping romantic encounter.

As an avid reader of romance for many years, I would enjoy each of these tones in a featured excerpt. Drama and suspense keep folks turning the pages. Amorous moments find us eager to vicariously live the fictional moment captured. Sexual tension piques a person’s interest in finding out what happens next in the characters’ romantic journey. So many possibilities. So many reading rewards. ROMEO AND JULIET. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. REBECCA. SEX AND THE CITY. Different situations and different tones. These examples and so many others are why romance makes any story a better reading experience.

Romance readers, which of the above types of excerpt passages would you prefer and why? In next week’s blog, I’ll reveal my choice.

Wishing you many happy reading moments,

Shawna Moore
TORMENTED -- Coming October 8 to Ellora's Cave
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Carol Ericson said...


I vote for the sexual tension. I think that would whet my appetite the most...

ShawnaMoore said...

Hi, Carol!

Thanks for casting your vote for the excerpt. I'll let you know next week whether or not your choice has been mine :) Hope you have a terrific week!

Blessings and all the best,


Vonda Sinclair said...

I also prefer sexual tension! It's my favorite element in romance!

ShawnaMoore said...

Hi, Vonda!

Thanks for casting your vote for the excerpt preference. I'm really excited about Tormented's upcoming release on October 8 :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week!