We have a special guest on the blog today. The dazzlingly lovely Karen Booth is here, promoting her new book For Keeps ! Karen is, aside from a very cool lady, one of my fellow Felt Tips contributors. She’s been featured in Foreign Affairs, a romance anthology from Turquoise Morning press. She is also the author of Love My Way and co-author of Long Distance Lovers, along with Karen Stivali.
Without further ado, I give you Ms Booth!
In Praise of the Older Woman
My latest Ellora’s Cave book, For Keeps, is a story about an older woman and a younger man. It’s our tendency when it comes to this sort of tale to focus on the allure of the younger guy. It’s only natural—what woman doesn’t want to think about snagging a hopelessly hot and nubile young stud? If only for a fling, right? Assuming, of course, that you are unattached and free to engage in such activities. If not, you could read a book about it and let your mind laze over the idea. (That’s what known in the biz as a shameless plug.)
So, let’s turn the tables. What does our young and nubile stud get out of the equation, things that he might not be able to get with a younger woman? In the bedroom, we’re talking “experience”. This doesn’t necessarily mean that an older woman is practiced at swinging from the ceiling or has been-there-done-that with every page of the Kama Sutra, but she knows her own talents and is able to play to her strengths. She has long since figured out what sorts of things drive a man wild, and takes pride in employing those techniques until she lands on the exact combination of moves that really floats his boat. Guys like it when you float their boat.
I also think women become more comfortable with our bodies as we age. It’s counter-intuitive, especially in a culture where youth is so prized, but with time comes some degree, however small, of acceptance. We learn to be happier with what we have, to look past the supposed figure flaws, sometimes even find a way to embrace them, and most importantly, we learn to flaunt what we’ve got. When a woman is living in her own skin, rather than merely existing, it allows her to let go and truly be in the moment and that’s one hell of a way to set the bed sheets on fire.
But not to be purely focused on the physical, a lot of men can appreciate the sophistication and relatively relaxed nature of a woman who’s been around the block a few times. Perhaps she’s worldlier, doesn’t take herself so seriously, and has less of an agenda when it comes to men. And let’s be honest—men can be lazy. As far as I can tell, having a woman who’s great in bed, accepting of her body, able to converse about a variety of topics and less maintenance is a dream come true.
By day, Allie Flynn runs her ad agency with singular determination. By night, she retreats to her empty apartment, longing for another hallway encounter with Cooper, the absurdly hot guy in 3B.
Software entrepreneur Cooper Hale doesn’t have time to stock his fridge but he’ll sure as hell stop to smell the roses—he takes every eyeful he can get of criminally sexy Allie from downstairs.
During a neighborly dinner, Cooper decides to finally make a move on Allie, setting off sparks in the kitchen that ignite a wildfire in the bedroom. Allie’s grateful the twenty-eight-year-old hunk has the guts to seduce a woman twelve years his senior, but she’s stunned when he suggests they get tangled in the sheets again and again.
Casual becomes complicated as Cooper grapples with powerful feelings for Allie and she worries that he will eventually want someone younger. When he pulls a jealous stunt, she sees the inevitable end, but she’s about to learn that love, not age, changes the game when you’re playing for keeps.
For Keeps excerpt: http://www.jasminejade.com/productspecs/9781419940477.htm
Author website: http://karenbooth.net