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The No-No List of Mama’s Books

Y’all, it’s summer break for my kids. They are out of school as of today for the summer which means I’ll need to be working on my steamy romance books mere feet away from them. Granted, my power hour of writing will be while they are most likely still teenagers, but still. It’s weird to write sexy scenes when you’re not sure they might enter the room.

Not that they have ANY interest in reading anything their mom writes, but I don’t think they actually know what mom writes. And I’d like to keep it that way, thank you very much. My children are NOT my target audience.

It’s getting harder to hide it though. The other day, my 18-year-old son picked up a copy of The First 100 Kisses and started to read it out loud to be funny. To say I jumped off the couch and ripped that book out of his hands faster than he thought I could move is an understatement. Mercifully, his eyes had landed on a non-sexy scene but that was close. I’d rather they not know what my characters get up to. I needed to come up with a rule. A No-No List, if you will.

The No-No List

The ones with Xs are a no-no read. They are never allowed to read those. The rest, they can read. When they are 35. But not before. This is also a handy visual for those who don’t care for too much bedroom stuff on the page. Avoid the Xs and you should be good.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a bedroom scene to write before I log in to work and before they get up wanting breakfast they’ve miraculously forgotten how to make themselves.

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and keeper of spice secrets

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