How sweet is Sweet Romance? – Guest post by Author Su Halfwerk

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Today, author Su Halfwerk (Who is my sister too) is here to share with us her understanding of the term “Sweet Romance” and a simple yet yummy Basboosah recipe. Which I enjoyed last night with my son 🙂
Welcome, Su. The floor is yours.
My writing swings like a pendulum between two genres; horror and paranormal romance. I discovered that I love writing sweet romance because…well, my characters are real to me, they deserve privacy for that very private act; love making.
That got me thinking about the term “Sweet Romance” and what it truly means.
For some it’s a piece of fiction that doesn’t show the act of sexual intercourse, while for others it shouldn’t even include a single cuss word. Still, there are people who might frown at an intense kiss because it strips the story from its innocence.
SEEKERUsing my latest release, Seeker, as an example, I can honestly tell you that some might scowl at my understanding of sweet romance. In Seeker, there are heated kisses that border on getting down and dirty to do the horizontal tango. There’s even a secondary character who simply cannot utter a single sentence without inserting a foul word, mostly related to certain body parts! Yet I had so much fun writing her character, because that dirty mouth hides a sweet personality that could crack up the gloomiest of moods. The main characters had so many close encounters that it took great willpower to draw back, to not dive in and write a sex scene as a closing. I couldn’t write it anyway, because the plot dictated that Andrew Taylor, the main character, would lose his powers the moment he engaged in sex.


In His to Possess, a ghost, Jeremy, is in love with Stacy, a very much alive book appraiser. They face a lot in this sweet novella, they even lock lips in a passionate kiss, yet they don’t even consider going far with it.


My characters want their privacy and I respect that, but the sensuality that draws them together is in there amidst their struggles, loses, and wins.
So, there you have it; to me Sweet Romance means no explicit love scenes (heck, let’s be truthful, no sex period) but it might have sensually heated moments, cussing, and infliction of all kinds of disasters on my characters.
In both books I tell the stories of the characters, their hopes, disappointments, and how they kick-ass when their love is in danger. I show how Andrew reacts to the feel of Adoria’s hair, how Jeremy is desperate for Stacy to sense him. I draw characters that are very real to me and I hope you feel the same if you get the chance to read about (meet) them.
I write from my heart because sometimes the longing is more titillating that the deed.
Muna, thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts on the sweetness of “Sweet Romance” with your readers. In return, here’s a simple Basboosah recipe I hope you will like.
This is one deed that is as rewarding as the yearning 🙂
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3/4 cup shredded coconut (I use the packaged type)
1 cup semolina
1 cup sugar
1 can heavy cream (170gm)
2 eggs
2 1/2 tablespoons milk powder
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla (use cardamom powder instead for an exotic taste)
    Heat oven to 180c
    Mix all ingredients except the almonds.
    In an oven pan greased with butter, pour the mixture and garnish with almonds.
    Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown.
Note: I used the broiler for 3 more minutes because I like mine darker and crunchier.
    Enjoy with a smile and a cup of coffee.
About Su Halfwerk
su halfwerkSu Halfwerk writes in the horror and paranormal romance genres. From a tender age, the written word left a strong impression on her, later on terrifying, blood-chilling books became the object of her interest. Su’s style in horror combines shuddery terror with elements of surprise; some even call it an enigmatic twist. In the world of paranormal romance, she transforms the desire to scare into a quest to seduce and tantalize.
Other books by Su Halfwerk:
The books are also available on
When not writing, Su is designing book trailers for herself and other authors.
You can find Su online in any of these places:


  • Carol Ann

    16/11/2011 at 9:23 pm

    So true that Sweet Romance can be construed to mean many things…however, the one thing that holds true is no open bedroom doors! And, thanks so much for the fabulous recipe. I will definitely have to try this for my next family get together.

    –Carol Ann

  • Su Halfwerk

    17/11/2011 at 2:41 am

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree, the one fact everyone agrees on is that if there is sex, then it takes place behind closed bedroom doors; we don’t get to see the action.
    I wish you all the best with the recipe, it will be a nice surprise for your family.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Frances Pauli

    17/11/2011 at 4:15 pm

    Su, I love your definition for “sweet” romance. For me, it’s never been about wanting to include graphic material or not, but always about that privacy factor. My characters are real enough, that I’d feel a bit like a vouyeur peering too far in on that very private moment.
    I’ve never heard anyone else put it that way, and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who wants to know my characters….but not to know THAT much about them.
    I look forward to reading your books, and trying that recipe.

  • Su Halfwerk

    17/11/2011 at 5:53 pm

    Bless your heart, Frances. I always thought I’m the only author who felt that way about the privacy of her characters.
    Thank you so much for stopping by and for reassuring me that I’m not alone in that belief. I hope you enjoy the books and the recipe.

  • Anne Ashby

    17/11/2011 at 8:35 pm

    Great post. Privacy, yes that is the key to Sweet, not whether characters have sex or not. Thanks for suggesting this. My contemporary characters are very realistic so it seems unlikely they are not going to “indulge” in intimacy. I love that your characters can use unbecoming language occasionally, too
    I’m definitely going to try your recipe, I love coconut so I’m sure I’ll love it. Thanks

  • Linda Hope Lee

    18/11/2011 at 4:28 am

    I write Sweet romances, and I agree with you and others who posted: Sweet means either the characters do not have sex, or if they do, the bedroom door is closed.
    Your recipe sounds luscious! Will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Su Halfwerk

    18/11/2011 at 7:00 am

    Hi Anne,
    The character who can’t control her mouth was a total surprise for me. She simply took over the writing and did her thing. LOL
    But yes, “privacy” is the key word in Sweet Romance.
    I wish you all the best with your writing and the recipe. Do let me know how it turns out.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Su Halfwerk

    18/11/2011 at 8:52 am

    You’re welcome, Linda,
    It’s great to connect with other sweet romance authors…nice meeting you.
    Do try the recipe, you won’t regret it.
    Thanks for visiting 🙂


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