THE SENSUAL LIFE
The UPS guy just delivered our order of extra virgin olive oils and 18 year aged balsamic vinegars. I used to buy plain vinegars at the store, but then we took a trip to Chicago and went to a shop called Old Town Oil. The vinegars were so good, you could drink them from a little paper cup. After that, we have never been able to use anything else. Believe me, once you’ve had 18 year old Pomegranate or Black Current Balsamic Vinegar, you’ll never go back.
I’ve always thought of myself as a practical person, and people who know me well would probably agree. I’m not overly indulgent or extravagant. I can even be cheap, LOL. But I I am a sensualist as well… I love the taste and richness of the vinegar, I love the crispness of the vegetables, the color of the tomatoes. The scent of a good steak (or burger) on the grill is heaven, or the cracking sound and heat of a roaring fire. I love the scent of flowers in my yard (even if I am allergic), and in sewing, the colors and textures of the fabric are addictive. Yet, I am just as likely to find fabric I like at a thrift shop or garage sale – I don’t have to spend a lot of money to find something that turns me on — but I think it’s worth the money when we do.
I write sexy romance, and I draw on a lot of the senses when I’m writing a love scene, but I think sex and sensuality has to be all around, woven into life. If you look at this excerpt from HARD TO RESIST, at the bottom of this page, you’ll see one of my favorite scenes. I love how the clicking sound of the camera works in, and how she is touching the camera while watching him, and how it’s all sex without them touching each other at all. I try to work this kind of sensuality into the fabric of the book, in the same way I think it should be in the fabric of our lives. It’s part of what makes life worth living, don’t you think? It might also be what makes a book worth reading, the entire experience, every page, not just the sex scenes (though we certainly do enjoy those too!)
What sensual delights (not necessary sexual! Let’s steer clear of TMI, LOL), do you enjoy in life? Do you find you enjoy the little sensory experiences of your day, and what are some of your favorites? The aroma of cookies baking? A fresh bottle of wine? A certain perfume? What gives you the zing? Share, and you can win a copy of HARD TO RESIST, and if you have been following my blog tour, this is one more stop on the way to the end!