Do those two concepts belong together at all, let alone in a romance blog post header?
Good morning! I'm Adriana Kraft, author of erotic romance. Welcome to my monthly column featuring LGBTQ romantic stories.
My husband and I write erotic romance because we love it, but we’re also a pair of retired academics, so if we’re curious about something, we do a little research.
So the short answer is yes, they belong together. If you think happily ever after means being forever limited to a single partner, think again. Here’s a little data – we’ll start with a formal definition of swinging:
- · Swinging, or ‘the lifestyle’, is consensual, non-monogamous (CNM) sexual activity, typically occurring in the presence of one’s partner, where emotional monogamy with the partner is still maintained.[source]
- · Swinging is not considered infidelity by its participants.
- · Data is hard to come by, but somewhere between 5% and 15% of the adult population is estimated to have engaged in swinging.
- · The swinging population has a higher percentage of bisexual women than is reported in the general public.
- · Swinging couples tend to enjoy three-ways with two woman and one man more than with two men and one woman.
- · In a comparison study, swingers scored higher on a “satisfaction with life” questionnaire than the comparison group.
What do I make of this? First off, it’s not for everyone – probably 90% of adults do not swing and would never consider it. That’s fine with me; forbidden fruit drives fantasies we can write about.
But more importantly, swingers are happy with their life; for them, swinging is very much a part of their “happily ever after.”
I won’t bore you with more research details – I’ll just add that the swingers we write are very typical of real persons who swing. They’re in love with each other. Their swinging adventures fuel and add spice to their intimate lives. They stay sexually active long into their later years (and meet others who do the same). And they get to act on many sexual fantasies that remain pipe dreams for others.
We wrote Swingers Light Up Vegas to give our readers a sample taste of this forbidden fruit. Because it’s a short story, it’s only 99 cents. We’ve also made it into a reader magnet – free if you sign up for our newsletter (which you can easily unsubscribe from if you wish).
What happens in Vegas…
Swingers Dan and Ginger head to Las Vegas to celebrate Ginger’s fiftieth birthday. Through their friends back home, they’ve scored a free week at a posh Vegas resort condominium. They fill their days with every iconic Las Vegas experience they can dream up. But by night? They’re determined not to leave Vegas without sampling what it has to offer in the erotically charged swing lifestyle. A Vegas swing club beckons – will it live up to their fantasies?
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Set Up: The morning after their visit to the swing club.
Déjà vu, all over again.
Ginger wasn’t sure if the thought was part of her dream or part of her waking up, but it made her smile. Her full-body stretch confirmed she had some aching muscles—not really sore, but a soft ache that brought back steamy memories. What a night!
She finally opened her eyes to the sight of Dan holding out a hot mug of coffee. If the scent had awakened her, she had no memory trace.
Dan settled in next to her on the bed, a broad smile on his face that she knew mirrored her own. “What a treat,” she said, “to watch you with Lai last night. She sure is a cracker jack. High energy—wonder if she’s insatiable.”
“Pretty close, I’d say. I’m so glad they want another round before we leave. If we do decide to buy a condo here, it looks like the swinging scene is pretty promising. And you’ve gotta know how much I loved watching you and Lai together. You two were so in sync.”
“I do know.” Ginger snuggled a bit closer and clasped Dan’s free hand with her own. “When we started this adventure, it was mostly so I could act on the bi identity I’d finally become aware of. I had no clue how much watching me with another woman would be a turn-on for you, too.”
We’ve also written a series of novellas featuring the swinging adventures of another mid-life couple, fifteen books so far and one more on the way. You can find all of them at this Amazon link: Swinging Games (15 book series) Kindle Edition (amazon.com)
Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a married pair of retired professors writing erotic romance and erotic romantic suspense together. We like to think we’ve broken the mold for staid, fusty academics, and we hope lots of former profs are enjoying life as much as we are.
Having lived in many states across the Midwest, we now make our home in southern Arizona, where we enjoy hiking, golf, and travel, especially to the many Arizona Native American historical sites.
Together we have published more than fifty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Whether readers open our romantic suspense or our erotic romance, they can expect characters they care about, hot sex scenes, and a compelling story.
This sounds great, Adriana. Can't wait to read! :)
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