Temple Rivers Returns to the Lair

Today we have erotica author Temple Rivers returning to the Lair to discuss her latest release, erotic novella, “Improper Seduction.”

Temple:      Hi, Jo, and thanks to the Romance Bandits for having me back.


Jo:       I’m curious, and I’m sure our readers are too, about how and why you came to write erotic stories.

Temple:      That’s a good question.  In one word: money.  Sex sells and modern women seem to like more spiciness in their romance novels.  Witness the popularity of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy by EL James.


Jo:       What distinguishes erotica from plain old smut, though?  Isn’t this just glorified pornography?  By the way, we’re a PG-13 site, so we’ll have to use lots of euphemisms today.

Temple:      In a way, yes, it is.  But at the heart of good erotica is a romantic story to tell. At least that’s the way I look at it.  If I just wanted smut, I’d watch a video.


Jo:       What distinguishes your novellas from the other erotica in the publishing industry today?Kindle

Temple:      Both my novellas are historical erotica, so it plays sexier just because it involves acts and words that have a forbidden quality to them, especially in the Victorian period.  I don’t seek out erotica in general – I know, isn’t that strange?  But I like the kind of ramped up sensuality that can get a women (or man) turned on for her partner.  I don’t write kink or fetishes or perversions, although I realize those are individual tastes.  I write what I think people in a committed relationship might try out in their own bedrooms.


Jo:       So, like classed-up smut?

Temple:      (Laughing).  I guess you could call it that.


Jo:       Tell us about your soon-to-be-released novella, “Improper Seduction.”

Temple:      First, I love the cover design.  The release date is February 1, and it’s a cougar story – younger man, older woman, but since it’s set in 1890 England, the age difference between Baroness Charring and Thomas, the stable master, is less than 10 years. 

Thomas is actually the son of a duke, but born on the wrong side of the sheets, as they say, so he has no money or title.  He’s attracted to Chastity, the married lady of the manor, because she seems lonely and unfulfilled, and he’s drawn to her vulnerability.  He also likes the maturity of “older women.”  They’re like fine wine that’s seasoned with age, he says. 

Of course, when the Baron returns to Charring Manor, there are bound to be fireworks.


Jo:       One reviewer said that you write “sweet erotica.”  Can you comment on that?

Temple:      Well, I try to make the romantic elements as tender as the erotic elements are spicy!


Jo:       Here’s a comment from a reviewer of your already released novella, “Willing Seduction”:

“The book description says it’s an erotica novella, and it really is, hence making this book Rated M for Mature. What the description failed to mention is that it is also a historical romance that actually turned out to be a sweet one.”


Thanks for visitinTEMPLE RIVERSg with us today, Temple.

Readers, you can find Temple Rivers’ books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords in e-book form.  Here’s the link for “Willing Seduction” and watch for the release of “Improper Seduction” on February 1:


Temple is giving away to one lucky commenter a free ebook of “Willing Seduction” or “Improper Seduction,” when it releases.

Temple, do you have a question for our readers?


Temple:      Thanks for having me, Jo.  I’d like to ask your readers how much sensuality they like in their romance novels.  Are you going for a hot, hot read, or do you prefer sweet and closed-door romances?  Do you enjoy reading novellas or are they too short for you?

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  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, everyone! Sorry for the mix-up. Today’s post is my interview with our guest author Temple Rivers, but a later post accidentally posted instead!

    Anyway, someone nab the rooster because it’s still up grabs, and Temple will join us tomorrow.

  • Kaelee says:

    Can I have him?

  • Fedora says:

    Hi, Temple and Jo! Temple, pleased to “meet” you! To be honest, I’ll read all heat levels; the most important part to me is the story and the characters. While I enjoy the heat, I don’t find it absolutely necessary in every read. I do find a good plot and great characters essential 🙂

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Hi, Fedora, great comment. Most readers enjoy the characters and the stories best. Nothing’s more boring than reading lots of sex scenes with no emotional background, in my opinion.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’m the same, Fedora. When I’m reading a Robert Parker, Robert Crais or Michael Connelly mystery, I actually prefer not to have it bogged down with sex scenes.

  • Rhiannon Rowland says:

    I think it depends a lot on the story, if it fits then I love a lot of sensuality. But I’ve read books where it seemed the author was just trying too hard to get it hot and it didn’t work, that’s just disappointing. That being said, I love a lot of sensuality and ‘sweet erotica’ sounds even better. I love historicals, so adding more sensuality sounds wonderful to me. Temple, I’ve not had the pleasure of reading one of your stories, but I am going to download it quick to my kindle!

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Thanks, Rhiannon, and I hope you enjoy my novellas. Wait a few days, you might win one free!

      I agree that some sensual scenes are very mechanical. There’s only so many ways to insert tab a into tab b, but some writers feel like by page 50, they have to have a scene, and then another by page 75 or 100. It gets very predictable and should be led by the emotion of the story, not the page number.

      BTW, beautiful first name. How did you come to get it?

      • Rhiannon Rowland says:

        My mom, she named me after the Fleetwood Mac song. My dad wanted to name me Spring…I am forever thankful that Mom won. 🙂 I love the history behind my name though, it comes from Welsh mythology. When I was younger I always thought I would never meet anyone with the same name. I’ve met so many and now with the internet I have seen how popular a name it is with the Celts, particularly in Wales.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Not that I’ve read much of it , but sweet erotica sounds like there’s a real connection between the hero and heroine, not just some lusty, quick and sweaty sex. Wow, did I just write that?

  • Temple, laughing at your honesty for why you write erotica! Actually I think even mainstream romance has got a lot hotter over recent years. I read things that I wouldn’t have a few years ago! For me, it depends on the story. I like a bit of heat but I like a bit of sweet too. By the way, love the sound of the novella – it’s got a touch of Lady Chatterley’s Lover going on, by the sound of it!

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Unfortunately, my eroticas outsell my romantic suspense by 2 to 1, but I really hope it’s because I offer a strong emotional level to the story.

      I think you’re right about the heat level rising in traditional books too Anna. I was reading one of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane books and I thought, that scene sounds as hot as one of my eroticas!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Yes, very much “Lady Chatterly” and the gameskeeper, was it? I also thought about Madame Bovary and her affair, but that didn’t have a good ending.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Temple and Jo

    I like all types of romance hot and mild LOL and yes I like novellas as well they are just the thing when things are really busy but I need to relax for a bit instead of having to put the book down LOL and I have read erotic novels that I felt were heartwarming as well so nice.

    Congrats on the release
    Have Fun

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Thanks for commenting, Helen. I always enjoy your remarks. I loiter a lot with the Bandits even if I don’t comment.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hi, Helen, we older broads have to get our spice-up somewhere, don’t we?

      I was watching a daytime TV show the other day, something I almost never do, and an 80 yo woman told the doctor that she and her “friend” had sex two times a week, and she wondered if she was killing him.

      I ROTFLOL, because the “friend” is 84. I say, more power to you, sister!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Welcome back to the Lair, Temple. What a lovely compliment for your books to be both hot and sweet! Go you on the cougar story!!

    I must admit, I’m not too fussed by the mechanics of love scenes, but I adore the sexual tension and build-up. It’s a credit to an author if I don’t flip through the mechanics these days ;). That said, I’ll read all levels of heat as long as the story and the characters are well-written. I won’t read heat for heat’s sake. Too many books out there and too little time!

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Thanks, Anna. Without the story, the sensuality is just an annoying part stuck in the book to take me out of the real emotion.

    • Temple Rivers says:

      On the cougar storyline, I was really nervous about it. I see these famous couples in real life breaking up, like Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, and wonder if cougar stories can really have a HEA. But I was tempted by the idea, so I tried it. I hope it works.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Tee hee, Anna, “fussed by” — that’s like bothered by, right?

      I was just doing research on breeches, pants and trousers and was surprised at the varied usage in English-speaking countries.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hi Temple! I’ll add my welcome to the Lair! Love the sound of the novella and the books too!

    I’m with several of the others in saying the “story’s the thing” – or words to that effect. I can do no sex if the story’s good enough, or hot, hot, hot sex (Tawny, Suz!) if the story can carry it.

    I guess what gets me is the books written to capture the erotica market who seem to have a mantra of “insert random sex act here” even when it doesn’t serve the story at all. Then it’s mechanics and, like Anna S, I skip it if I like the story itself, and if I don’t, I put down the book and move on to another. Like Anna also said, too many great books to keep reading one which annoys! Ha!

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Great comments, Jeanne. I find it even harder to write erotica than other genres. It’s a bit uncomfortable because I want to find just the right combination of romance and eroticism.

      I don’t think most women want a story without the romance element. At least, I hope not! And I really write my eroticas for women.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Yes, Jeanne! Like Shakespeare said, “the play’s the thing.” Wasn’t that HAMLET? Anna C?? Ferris??

  • Susan Sey says:

    Welcome to the lair, Temple! I have to admit, I haven’t read much erotica. I have nothing against hot sex, mind you. But I’m a mother of small girls & I have birthed book junkies. Which means any book lying around the house–ereaders includes–may very well be raided when I’m not looking, and by little eyes. I’ve been pretty frank with my girls about sex, & they understand the mechanics, but there are some conversations I’d rather avoid for the present. 🙂 So my reading material tends toward the non-erotic. Occasionally, though, I treat myself & I have been super impressed with the amount of relationship building erotica authors deliver! Can’t wait to give your stuff a try.

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Thanks, Susan, what a lovely compliment. I want to be careful around my children, too. When I was a young married woman, we purchased a kama sutra type book, and one of our babysitters stole it! I still feel guilty about having that book in my house, although it was hidden in the dresser drawer.

      You can’t be too careful. Children and teens are naturally curious.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I agree, Susan. I’m afraid that my regular books will be “found out” by my grown sons and they’d die of embarrassment.

      Not that they don’t know the facts, but still …

      How do you handle this with your grown children and your steamy books, Suzanne?

  • Hi Temple –

    Well, you got my interest with Victorian erotica 🙂 I’ve read hot, hot, tie them up stories and sweet, close the bedroom door stories – and have loved them both. It really comes down to the characters and the believeability for me.

    I do read novellas. It’s nice to be able to start and finish a story in a short period of time. Some are great. Some…not so much. Like all things – it all depends.

    • Temple Rivers says:

      Thanks for commenting, Donna. I enjoy a break from a long novel sometimes by reading something quick. It’s harder to write an emotionally satisfying story when you’re limited to 15-17,000 words, but I like the challenge.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      There does seem to be a glut of bad short stories and novellas on the market right now, so I try to go by recommendation as my guideline. If someone I respect likes the book, then I’m likely to buy it.

      Funny, when I was younger, I only read short stories and novella. I guess I didn’t have as much time for leisure.

  • Temple Rivers says:

    Jeanne’s comment made me giggle, Kaelee. You should put your golden rooster to work with his feathers. But beware of that beak.

    Congrats for being first to get the bird!

  • Deb says:

    Thanks for the interview today, Temple and Jo. I don’t read erotica, but I did enjoy your honest answers. 🙂 I guess I like sweet to semi-hot romances. I like sexy scenes, but not erotica. Like Susan, I have a 12-year-old and wouldn’t want that kind of reading material around in the house. I hope that doesn’t upset you because I think each author does a fab job at what they write. Congratulations on your release.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Not at all, Deb. Thanks for your honesty. Our reading pleasures should be enjoyable and a 12-yo is just looking for something he shouldn’t get into.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      There’s nothing worse than having a certain expectation for a book, and then NOT getting it, is there, Deb.

      I agree with Temple. Reading should be fun, not uncomfortable.

  • Temple Rivers says:

    Not at all, Deb. Thanks for being honest. Our reading pleasures should be enjoyable.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Good morning, everyone. Sorry I’m late to the party. Welcome to the Lair, Temple.

    I woke up with a headache and need a huge caffeine infusion to get me going!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Ugh, I have to jump on the treadmill now, folks, so I’ll talk to you later.

    Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of Temple’s novellas.

  • Cathy P says:

    I have never read any erotica before. I guess the heat level would match the book. I do like heat in them though.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    I guess I tend to go for a sweet, closed door romance and I honestly don’t care for a lot of explicit sex in a romance novel. I prefer just enough to keep it romantic and not like an X-rated movie. Novellas are nice because a reader can pick up and read one in a short period of time which can better fit in with their schedule. Unfortunately, some people don’t have the time to devote to reading and finishing a full length novel. To me, that’s simply a crying shame! 🙂

  • Welcome back to the Lair, Temple!

    Hmm…my sensuality level. I could lie and say sweet, but then the Bandits would fall over themselves laughing and spewing beverages all over their keyboards.

    I love a GOOD sex scene that furthers the story and plot. Not just gratuitous sex for sex sake. I also like sex scenes that fit the story. If it’s a sweet book, I’m okay with more subdued sex and if it’s erotica…I can go most places that they go…although I do have my hard limits!

  • catslady says:

    I don’t really search out hot, hot reads but if they’re there, I’ll read them. I think it’s some books that don’t have much of a plot and depend on the sex scenes that I don’t care for. And on the opposite end, I was reading what was definitely a “sweet” read but it felt like a hot sex scene was added just because it’s expected. I normally like the middle – not too sweet and not too hot lol. I prefer longer books too. Some novellas are just over too soon for me.

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Welcome back, Temple! I’m an equal opportunity reader – I read and enjoy loves scenes that are hot and ones that are more mild. As long as they fit the story and the characters, I’m happy *g*

    I also like novellas and love the sound of yours!

  • temple rivers says:

    Thanks, Beth. It’s good to be back here. Thanks for the compliment. I hope my readers enjoy Chastity and Thomas’s story.

  • Welcome back, Temple, and congrats on your upcoming release!

    I can go with any level of sensuality in a book as long as it fits the story. There are a lot of choices now, which is great, but my my concern with any love scene is that it flow out of the characters and the story.

  • kaelee says:

    Just popping back in. I did get the GR last night. He’s freezing up here today.

    I haven’t read many erotic romances and those I did read didn’t have a lot of background story. I need a story I can believe in first and then you can spice it up.

  • temple rivers says:

    Nancy, I think that’s a concensus and the key to writing good stories of all heat levels. The sensuality has to fit the storyline and the characters.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Hi, Temple and Jo!

    I have read a couple of “eroticas” but I
    find that I seem to prefer heat of the
    singular kind. ( “Hot,” not “Hot, Hot” !
    Or maybe “Warm.” )

    Pat C.

  • Lianne says:

    I read varying heat levels of stories, I like the scenes to be appropiate for the story. I sometime read novellas in between longer length books.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    LOL at the “no double hots,” Pat!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, Liane, thanks for stopping by.

    Everyone, be sure to look for the announcement of the winner of one of Temple’s erotic novellas! ANd thanks for playing with us today, Temple.