Monday, March 4, 2013

Futuristic Sex: How is it Different? with Skhye Moncrief

Well, sex is sex. 

I’m an anthropologist and often just think “gene flow” when I think of sex. That’s what sex is—how genes flow. But that’s far too clinical for a blog post when I’m marketing erotic romance. So, what do I think everyone wants to hear? Sex in the future is crazy! *evil cackle* Well, not really to me. Humans have been having sex on this planet for one or two millennia. We’re still doing it the old way…There’s a hole. Stick it in there. *evil cackle* Mind you, there are some variations on that theme when it comes to the how and it with the old way. But, in erotica and erotic romance, readers want color. They want fireworks. They want to live vicariously through the story. That means authors must embellish on the act. I’m guilty of applying said embellishments. Still, there are various ways to embellish on the sexual act:

  1. writing romance with sensual sex scenes
  2. writing erotic romance with even more details in the sensual sex scene
  3. writing erotica where the sensual aspect might not come into play at all (peg/hole)

Me, well, I write the sensual or sensual detailed sex scene…Who doesn’t like all that sex in her reading material? There was a time about a year ago when I devoured everything in the Ellora’s Cave AEON line. Out of those books, there were only two I couldn’t finish. That shows what I write—romantica (erotic romance) of the futuristic persuasion. I suppose I like all the detailed sex scenes. Or do I?

            Why is all that explicit sex in futuristics? Good question! I move my sex scenes into the realm of the unknown—the paranormal or the future. This is fun. This is exciting because an author can do new things or play with the taboo. And erotica is all about the taboo. But what I tend to do is make my characters human or play on their non-human characteristics in the future. I can’t help myself. I studied anthropology too long. But since I’m writing erotic romance, the focus is on sex where the sex is central to the story. It’s most often the external conflict. That means I have to be creative and think up new situations where sex unfolds differently. The category of unfolding differently can involve many things. All you need to do is subscribe to the SHOCKING SEX SCENES thread on the Kindle discussion boards to see what I mean. I have read many of those books in wrapping my brain around the genre labeled erotica. So, after everyone goes to subscribe to that discussion, come back to see where I go with penises and sex as survival! ;P

            Now, the next facet of futuristic sex is: how does it work? There’s a hole. Stick it in there. *evil cackle* Okay, I already used that one. So, let’s try: Thank God for gravity! Oh, you don’t like that one? How about: He has two whats? There’s a hot market for aliens with two penises. I have yet to go that route but really need to...However, I’ve written fancy schmancy cyborg penises with three settings in FERAL FALLOUT. Yep! It worked! Um, the penises worked, that is. LOL And I’ve written the alien with a penis that glows, has filaments, and the tip expands to lock the hero/heroine together for a while in FERAL FLAW. You can’t miss that torch in a dark cave! It, too, can show the lucky heroine the way…Then, in my WERESCAPE series, I’ve written werewolf penises that are huge and embedded with hard ridges. Well, you can guess why—for the heroine’s enjoyment. You know it’s because the heroine really is the character in the story who gets to have all the fun. Yes, I write for a female audience, and girls just want to have fun…In SLIPSTREAM, well, the alien king needs to collect the heroine’s eggs. So, he has a special use for his penis. I won’t spoil that for readers by explaining the catch.

            Another important aspect of futuristic sex is making it essential for the character’s survival. I love that kind! It makes the hero and heroine trapped with each other like in my Feral Series. The werewolves are psychics who find mates, exchange blood (like vampires), and then must exchange blood through biting every 48 hours or turn into destructive werewolves. That said, sex delays the shape shifting if blood isn’t available to prevent the shifting. I played heavily on that detail in FERAL FEVER when the heroine is given seven Tiger Lord guards as mates even though she only wants one (she is the queen and reigns over her consorts). I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Now in SLIPSTREAM, the heroine is having sex dreams where she sleepwalks reliving the sex memories she had on various alien worlds. The catch here is that she has to have a guard (Space Marine) to tie her body to her bed and keep her safe at night while she’s having these sex memory dreams—with him. Or she sleepwalks. And someone is hunting her. If that isn’t external conflict tied to sex, what is?

            So what is it about futuristic sex that gets the reader all crazed to reach the end of a story? I can ramble on and on about that but won’t. I write the bonding of consenting adult characters in the throes of making love. I attempt to show their emotions, goals, motivations, and conflicts with everything in a story through their thoughts. It’s my writing style. So, don’t expect a narrator to tell you anything about the characters/story. However, you will live said story with the POV characters. And you will be on the table, against the wall, in the Mess Hall during the evening meal on the table, knees parted and squirming, tied or chained, blissfully losing your eggs, legs wrapped around a male’s hard body inside a moon, begging to be bitten, or trying to encourage two Space Marines to work together by ordering them into a ménage all the while trying to keep their bodies from touching because they aren’t really happy with the situation. That’s the kind of futuristic sex I write. Just long emotional sex scenes studding a complex plot. No peg/hole in my tales! It’s the setting and the parts that make futuristic sex different.


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Cyber Ops Book One
Skhye Moncrief

Genre: erotic futuristic romance


Number of pages: 312 pages
Word Count: 79,000 words

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill

Kindle   Nook

Book Description:

Congratulations, Dr. Charlotte Barley! You won a one-way ticket to Diablo's Shithole!

Yes, Dr. Barley, you saved earth from humanity's extinction brought on by overpopulation, discovered wormholes, and gave humanity a new lease on life. But, you're being hunted by someone using a wormhole device you can't fathom, plagued by a type of sleepwalking that involves reliving your alien sexual experiences gleaned from wormhole journeys, and, yes, we see that you can't deal with your murdered bodyguards--mercenary Space Marines forced to anchor your body to a bed at night by acting out the sex memories haunting your REM cycle. Get over it already because there's nowhere left to hide except Diablo's Shithole...And the shit is about to hit Diablo's fan more than you could ever imagine...Because, deep down inside, you know you're into all that kinky sex.

So, who will the next victim be? Is tall, long, and corded astrophysicist Major Fitzroy capable of dancing with death to save your ass, or are you willing to sacrifice hotter-than-sin muscle-bound explosives fanatic Corporal Laurel? Just don't let their nuts rub together. And you know your alien-infested sexual dreams are a huge turn on for you. Just face the music, honey. Can your bodyguards fulfill the sexual fantasy of the king of all alien kings and his troop of humping brothers until the truth is exposed to save your ass?

So, Dr. Barley, you slut, ready for another slide down a slippery wormhole to Diablo's Shithole? It looks like a lot of fun. And more than those feet are going to get wet in the SLIPSTREAM.

Warning: Reader should be prepared for a heroine who curses like a sailor and knows she's a slut, Space Marines with sex on the brain, a Corporal with a clit fetish, aliens who bite and harvest things best left hush hush, as well as a little human m/f/m, even more alien m/f/m/m/m/m, and a plenty m/f in a plot heavily laden with reproduction and sexual gratification. Finally, this story proves one universal constant: it never hurts to drop the soap. 
About the Author:

Educated in geology and anthropology, writing lured Skhye away from finishing her thesis in (bio-archaeology) anthropology. Aside from muscled men in fur, leather, denim, and kilts, Skhye loves cultural ecology, cultural evolution, cultural relativism, and natural processes…Big ideas…Simple concepts that manifest in world building to crazy people like Skhye who studied anthropology and geology ad nauseum before turning to writing romantic fiction. Her rule of thumb is to love the good, the bad, and the ugly of every culture in her tales so that every culture in her tales and every aspect of her stories resonates as real as possible. And yes, she's "certifiably" geek.

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Skhye Moncrief said...

Thanks for having me over, Wenona. That's a cute flower girl basket. Funny story... I looked for an Easter basket here in Australia. We couldn't bring everything with us for our 18-month expat stint. So, they don't sell Easter baskets in this country! I stumbled upon a novelty shop with a few yellow cheapie baskets though--probably geared toward expats. They also had 4 bags of that translucent green grass--$5/each! So, AHH! I bought a bag of grass anyway. Crazy! Crazy! I would have just run paper through the shredder for basket filler, but my husband bought a machine that makes confetti!!! Wish I had one of those flower girl baskets... ;P

Krysta B. said...

Interesting, I loved how futuristic sex is different with Skhye!

Skhye Moncrief said...

Thanks, Krysta!

Elf2060 said...

Definitely fun to get a glimpse into your thought processes...not to mention a little scary, lol. Those sound like very interesting twists on traditional themes and like something I MIGHT want to explore further...if only to stretch my imagination!

Skhye Moncrief said...

Elf...definitely a little scary! ;P I won't lie about that one! Go for it. Jump off the cliff. Stretch that imagination...*evil cackle* Thanks for the chuckle. (I even scare myself!)