Erotic Christian Romance

Pearl's a Sinner Pic with Title for Cover

I referred here to erotic Christian romance and I offered here entry to a draw for free audiobooks of Pearl’s a Sinner (there’s still – just – time to enter) for which I used the same term. On Goodreads, Laura says, “Christian…erotica? Okay, that’s a new one for me.”
Well, good. It’s time we had a new genre on the block. But is it really so strange? I’m a Christian. Am I not supposed to have erotic thoughts? Because I do – as Pearl’s a Sinner will make very clear.
By the end of next week, the audiobook version of Winging It should also be available. I think you’d also have to call Winging It Christian erotica, though perhaps it deserves its own sub-genre: Christian bisexual erotica, since the protagonist, Jimmy, seems unable for much of his life to decide whether he’d rather be dressed as a boy or a girl and whether he’d rather be in bed with a man or a woman.
There’s a serious point here. Someone – it might have been Salvation Army General William Booth, might not – said, “Why should the Devil have all the good music?” To which I would add, “…or the rude thoughts?”
Chapter 5 of Winging It gives us the thoughts of Jimmy’s sister, recalling their youth in England as the 1950s became the 1960s. It begins like this:
Young people at that time were required to lead completely unnatural lives, and that was especially true of the ones clever enough to have passed the 11Plus. They were grammar school boy and high school girl; the world was their oyster. What was expected was that they would study hard, gain qualifications and—the boys at least, and some of the girls—get good jobs as a result. In their twenties, they would marry a suitable person and raise a family. Until then they must put all thoughts of the opposite sex out of their minds.
But at eighteen you are a sexual animal. Shakespeare knew that; he got Anne Hathaway pregnant when he was that age which suggests they were probably fucking when he was younger than Margaret and Jimmy when they got together. When Romeo and Juliet were their age, they were already dead. What was expected was not reasonable.
Margaret was very highly sexed, and she was one of those who had watched Jimmy on the cricket field, or when he passed by on his bike. Boys and girls from the two schools met outside at lunch time to chat about things that, looking back, would seem puerile. Jimmy was never one of them. He spent his lunchtimes throwing a ball around, running, or in the school library. I picture Margaret joining the others and wondering whether Jimmy would ever turn up to be flirted with. I imagine the lust growing inside her. Boys were supposed to feel horny and girls were not; I can tell you, speaking from the heart, that that is not real life.
The point I’m making here is: God made us the sexual beings we are and God made sex between people who love each other a joy so great that nothing exceeds it; it was humans and the society they created that told us that God didn’t really want us to be that way. That, really, sex was temptation and God wanted us to avoid it. See if you can find where in the Bible God expresses that wish – because I can’t.
Laura, your name will be in the hat when we draw the winners of Pearl’s a Sinner. If you’re one of them, I hope you enjoy the book. And the genre.

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