December 22, 2011

Romance in the Snow

Growing up in the Midwestern United States, I have always loved the winter season. Except for driving after a storm, I love all the white snow and sledding and making snow angels and hot cocoa in front of the fire. Some of my favorite memories happened during a snowfall. Maybe that's why this time of year has such a magical feeling for me. And why I loved writing my latest release, Take Me Home. Much of this friends-to-lovers holiday story takes place during a snowstorm.
Weather in fiction can really set the mood for a story and what the characters are going through. The author can utilize the weather in hopes of evoking a specific emotion or reaction in the reader. A thunderstorm can showcase danger, the fog can bring about questions and uncertainty, and a sunny day can illustrate a better, brighter future.
Through the writing of Take Me Home, I've learned that snowy, winter weather can work in an erotic romance for a couple of reasons:
1) The beauty of all that new snow creating a soft, white blanket over everything gives the setting a renewed, fresh feeling that goes along nicely with the newness of falling in love.
2) Snow can often symbolize purity and innocence. This gives a strong contrast to the erotic scenes and helps to increase the sexual intensity.
3) The cold, bleakness of the winter weather can set the stage for some fabulous intimate moments. Maybe the characters need to stay close to share body heat or are trapped inside a cabin and are forced to spend time alone together with nothing else to do but get to know each other in entirely new ways.
The weather, along with the locale, played a part in setting the mood of Take Me Home, and I had a great time writing about winter, even if I did do much of the writing during the hottest part of last summer.

Take Me Home by Sloan Parker
m/m Contemporary Romance
Aspiring television writer Evan Walker has been in love with his best friend since high school, but Kyle doesn't do boyfriends. Never has. Never will. Evan knows it's a bad idea to give in to desire when he wants more than a friend with benefits. He has a new dream job. Now all he needs is the dream partner.
Kyle Bennett is a mystery novelist with a severe case of writer's block. He needs a change. He has three days on their cross-country train trip home for the holidays to figure out how to tell Evan he's staying there for good. He also has to write the overdue pages for his editor. Only, he's a little too distracted by the close quarters in their sleeper compartment—and Evan's ass—to get much done.
The sparks that fly between them are hotter than ever. Good thing they have a real-life mystery to focus on: why people all around them, including Evan's new boss, want to get their hands on a journal that once belonged to Kyle's grandfather.
When a blizzard traps them in the mountains, Kyle and Evan steam up the train's windows and must finally face their true desires.


  1. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Sloan! Your book looks sure to heat up the winter nights. Yum!

  2. Thank you, Kayelle! So glad you think so. And thanks for having me on the blog. Happy holidays to you and all your blog followers!

  3. thanks, Sloan. Happy Holidays to you too. My wedding anniverary is tomorrow, and we have a nice evening planned. We usually end up skipping a celebration because it's close to Christmas, but this year we are doing a nice dinner out. I'm more excited about that than I ever was over Santa, I think. LOL

    Hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends. Thanks for being here today!

  4. Happy anniversary, Kayelle! Hope you guys had a special night out together. Thanks again for having me on the blog.

  5. Hey, Sloan and Kayelle - great idea for a blog and great post, Sloan. This book has to go on the TBR list!

    It's a strange Christmas here with bright blue skies and sunny, 40-something temps. But we'll take it! Makes driving easier for everyone.

    But the snow's coming... I can feel it!


  6. It has felt like snow all day, but only rained. Too warm, but the clouds look right for the white stuff. ^_^

  7. Thanks so much, JM! Appreciate you checking out the post. Sounds like you had lovely weather for Christmas. We have snow covering the ground today.


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