A poet's ideas on how to keep the spark in your long term relationship and improve communication.
I have finished reading Love is the Smile. Overall, great book! I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
For the fiction section--I must say, you accomplished a rather erotic work while remaining classy. I actually find that leaving much to the imagination is far sexier than being explicit. I understand this is not a romance novel, but in my opinion, many authors of that genre intend to be sexy but end up crossing a line and alienating a portion of potential readers with overly explicit wording.
The problem is, when one gets down to the fine details of sex, things become very opinionated. What is a turn on to one person, another may find gross or offensive. You give great details to set the scene but then leave the fine details to the imagination. I commend you for that. I think it is much more difficult to give people the fodder to spark their imaginations than it is to tell all the details. I feel you’ll reach a much more diverse audience with this style.
Your dialogue was great. There was just the right amount of it, and it was very engaging. I think the fiction part of this book is an excellent template to get couples started on the path of more open communication and sexual exploration.
Your informative section afterward gave great explanation to the ideas and thought processes supporting the fiction section. You did a great job of providing information in an informal way without being overly wordy and overshadowing the original story.
(I wish to thank freelance editor Amanda Brown for her help and encouragement. In this and subsequent emails, she went on to offer suggestions, several of which I used to improve the manuscript.) 25,175 words, 92 pages, published 1/12/15, cover design G.A.Schindler, $8.99 at amazon
In "Love is the Smile" I suggest The Adventure Game, a way couples in long term relationships can improve communication and turn a three or four star love life into five stars. I feel that a couple can make their love life so great that infidelity looks unappealing and divorce preposterous.