Thursday, October 20, 2011

Interracial Romances—can be the steamiest romances!

by Rita Hestand

I have found as a historical western romance writer that all of my interracial romances are quite steamy and naturally so.  Maybe because of the desperate times, and the knowledge that there might not be a tomorrow.Or maybe just because love is more romantic in the old west. Love Rules just came out in September and is doing well.  What makes them different, I’m not sure.  But every western I have written is classically steamy.

Jesse Coleman, a confederate officer is asked to bring the “Black Widow” spy into custody. Jesse’s already gotten an elaborate view of Maggie in the spyglass, without her clothes. She is such a young beauty, he can’t imagine why his superior officer would chose him to bring her in.  Two reasons really, he’s the best looking officer they have and he knows how to keep his mouth shut.

From the moment they meet, Maggie and Jesse are attracted.  Even knowing the relationship is doomed, Jesse can’t keep his hands off of her. Lust or love, he isn’t sure, but he knows he has to have Maggie. But even after makingglorious  love, Maggie returns to the Federals to inform them. Jesse is faced with her betrayal and his own duty to take her in.
Maggie is sentenced to hang, but circumstances forces the commanding officer to prolong it.
When the war’s over, Maggie’s problems aren’t. She’s in more danger now. The prison guards have sworn to find her and kill her. According to them she has to be punished for all the deaths she caused.

Maggie has one recourse, find Jesse and ask for his protection.

Knowing she fell too hard too fast for Jesse the first time, she’s determined not to make the same mistake. And even though Jesse swears he’ll defend her, he isn’t sure he can live with her new Love Rules.

Can Jesse and Maggie find true happiness through all the dangers they face, and even if they can, will the love rules destroy the love they once shared?
Other steamy interracial books are:  Beyond the Dream Catcher, and Always Remember.  I have a new trailer for Love Rules, you can watch it here:

Su Halfwerk did the trailer and she is fantastic, she did it with so much class. 
Beyond the Dream Catcher is about two half breeds, one raised as a white, the other living with the Shawnee. When Katherine Hightower finds out she is really part Shawnee her entire life changes, but will she follow Chase Rivers to the Shawnee camp and learn to heal the people with her new powers? Find this book at:      Along with Love Rules.

Always Remember centers around two sisters, very opposite, one who loves everyone on the farm, and the other who loves her sister’s sweetheart. When Rose Anderson becomes pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is, she suspects the black slave she loves might be the father. But do they have a chance? to make a life in a world torn with war? You won’t soon forget the Anderson sisters. Find this book at:


Barbara Elsborg said...

I'd love to know what drove you to write a IR story. I wonder if the books are more popular in the States than the UK, because I rarely see any over here. I notice in the book stores in the US there's a section for African American books - those people in the UK who are anything other than white - don't get that luxury. All the books are lumped together.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it isn't taking my Google id, so I'm signing in as a guest. But interracial couples have intrigued me since I was little. It was the forbidden fruit, and yet today, it is commonplace.

Jesse saw no color when he saw her through the spyglass. He saw a beautiful woman, he lusted after her. But it wasn't until he got to know her that he realized he was truly falling in love with her.

Maggie on the other hand was the realistic of the two. She saw the hardships of the relationship, and the doubts. She loved Jesse enough to take a chance on the love they shared. It was a huge growing up step for her.

This was a complete challenge and so much fun. One of the stories that was no hard to write except for the action scenes.

I hope you enjoy Love Rules.

Love and blessings

Anonymous said...

I do think interracial romances are climbing the charts these days. It's forbidden love, and who doesn't want to explore it. You know the reasons you think it won't work, but the reason it will are ten times more powerful. It takes guts to make it work.

But I think too, that the love has to be real and not just lust to make the relationship last.

I know for a fact that in the high schools a lot of the kids are heating up about interracial dating, and what it comes to is this: If a boy treats a girl right, that girl is gonna fall for him and hard. It doesn't matter what color you are.

In Love Rules, Jesse sees no color.
He loves Maggie with all his heart.
True he isn't a complete dreamer, he knows there will be problems and you put a relationship like this in the middle of the civil war times you are asking for some explosive reading. I think more and more writers will try it.

I'm one of those writers who needs to explore it though. I need to spread my wings, and making it work between them is so much fun.

Love and blessings

Barbara Elsborg said...

I really admire you for it too!! Not easy! But I can see the challenge appeals!!