I googled Maggie Robinson Means Romance while I was on vacation and got an ad on the sidebar that said “Women Deserve Orgasms." After I recovered from snorting with laughter, I decided I couldn’t agree more. But I’m thinking it wasn’t my name but the ‘romance’ part that connected with the orgasm ad, and it made me think. Fabulous, earth-shattering orgasms are de rigueur for romance novels, but are a little more difficult to come by in real life. Of course they’re multiple (*g*) in fiction, occurring by my unscientific estimate at least four times per book. And they are way hot---I just read a romance fantasy that had actual thunder, lightning and “electricity [which] raised the hair on her arms…burning through blocked passages into her womb, making her whole.” Ouch.
How important are sex scenes to the enjoyment of your writing/reading? Do you skim or steep yourself in sensation? Do they sometimes make you laugh rather than long? Do you object every time you read ‘pounding,’ ‘hot seed,’ or, heaven forbid, ‘spooge?’ Please share those words none of us should be writing so we won’t be struck down by lightning from the Writing Goddess.