Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
But, in fiction, none of that is as much fun if the "near misses" aren't there. You know, those scenes where the hero and heroine are just about to break and give in to the attraction one--if not both of them--has been trying to deny.
In that moment, they want it to happen. We want it to happen. Everyone wants it to happen.
But...it doesn't happen.
Something stops them before they're able to be fully swept away. Whether it's a pair of teenagers interrupted mid-makeout by a parent, or an adult couple sidetracked by some other force of life, they aren't allowed to cross the finish line.
It's this dissruption--this sense of "Damn it! What would have happened if the phone hadn't rang just then?!?"--that drives us insane as readers and makes us root for the couple to get together even more.
So while all the hand holding and stares of longing are great, and we're happy for the tremendous sex once the couple gets together, it's the near misses that truly set the scene.
The better the near misses and frustration we feel as a result, the better the satisfaction when our heroes finally break through all their barriers. Make sure you don't skimp on this part while you're writing your story...the potential payoff is too great.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Don't forget about our contest going on for SoloPlay right now. Any comment left between now and Friday will be entered to win Miranda Baker's new ebook. Of course, if you'd rather not win it - just make sure you put that in your comments too :)
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I don't think it's a secret anymore. I have a bit of a crush on Miranda Baker. She's soft, sensual, erotic and knows how to bake. Just the baking alone is what sold me on her. But all that aside - this woman knows how to write. When I first read Bottoms Up, I knew I had an addiction. SoloPlay is just as good.
She had me right at the beginning. A woman (librarian) having lacklustre sex (yes, that's how it opens). We've all been there, done that and have all tried to burn the bra with it - right? The man blames her - of course...and then it hits you. You're hooked. You meet Crystal who blows your mind away and find yourself in a place where you ignore your husband, children and supper that is burning in the oven. The only thing that matters is that you find yourself wet and wanting. Wanting the kids to either be invited to a sleepover and go play over at someone's house so you can have time alone with your 'other' to try some of these moves Miranda mentions in SoloPlay.
Whether you are someone who likes to use toys or not, it won't matter. You'll either find yourself wishing you had some or googling the nearest toy store to buy some. This story is full of erotic whispers and longing. But more than that - it's a story that every single woman can see herself in - at one time or another. Doubt. Self exploration. Passion. Love. This has a HEA that will bring a smile to your face and a sigh to your heart.
You'll love it.
Wanna own it? You can. Here's how. You must be a follower and leave a comment. Simple as that. No hoops to jump through. Oh wait - it would be nice if you would share your favourite chocolate dessert. For my benefit - selfish I know ;) I'll leave it up until Friday at midnight.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I don't play fair.
I had the 'bestest' post for today. I wrote up my post early and have looked forward to your reactions today to it. How to write a shower scene from the POV of the woman and the man. There was nothing obscene or vile. Just funny.
But it wouldn't show up. Even my delicious chocolate refused to show.
So I took away the chocolate. None for blogger. All for me.
Friday, April 29, 2011
It makes sense, because most of us -- whether single or married, content or yearning for something more -- want to put ourselves in the shoes of the lead female character, and live vicariously through her.
But what about the heroine herself? Don't we have to like her too?
Unfortunately, there have been quite a few books that I started . . . and eventually stopped reading because the heroine got on my Last. Damn. Nerve.
The hardest part of writing a story geared toward a female audience, can be writing a female character that the majority of readers WANT to spend more time with. For me, I have to either want to be her -- or at least be her friend -- for me to stick with the gal through thick & thin.
|Elizabeth Bennett -- Pride & Prejudice|
|Guinevere -- King Arthur|
|Elizabeth Swann -- Pirates of the Caribbean|
What about you? Anything that a heroine has to do/be in order to keep you reading? Anything that completely turns you off and causes you to close the book, never to return?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Better yet - why do you write them?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
So how does one master the flashback? There are ways to keeping your flashback from destorying your story. Keep the flashback as brief as possible. Make sure you don't slow the action, bog the pacing or lose our readers interest. If the flashback must be long (longer than a paragraph), then transition into and out of in ways that are clear to your readers. Use signifiers that will help the transition for your readers - like a phone call, someone at the door, being shuffled in a crowd, coping a feel at a party ... you get the idea.
Have you mastered flashbacks in your novel? Did they cause problems for you? Do you find it easier to master your flashback during the revisions? Do you even think about them?
P.S. if you are wondering why Richard Armitage is in this post - its cause I can't stop staring into his eyes ;)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Those grand gestures are all fine and good, but it's the little things that make us (and our heroines) fall in love with the hero.
To prove my point, I've borrowed examples from a couple movies I'm sure most of us have seen before:
|NEVER BEEN KISSED|
|How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days|
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I've met some amazing authors, writers and readers. I get up-to-the-minute news in life and in writing. For instance ... yesterday the editors at Carina Press posted a call for submission.
Did you see it?
Rhonda Stapleton is looking for epic world building and any romance open to steaminess.
Mallory Braus wants fun & quirky heros and a good zombie hunter romance.
Allisa Davis is hungry for a good foodie. And BDSM.
Melissa Johnson wants a prehistoric romance. She explains what she wants. Think Jean M. Aurel.
Gina Bernal has a first love - with historical romance ;)
Lynne Anderson - romance. Any kind and length.
Deborah Nemeth is looking for characters on the margins. British, M15, steampunk ...
These are just tastes of what they are looking for. Each editor goes into length in what they are looking for.
If you have a story you've polished and know its ready for Carina Press, then be sure to check out their guidelines and how to submit.
Are you going to send one of these fabulous darlin's a story? Good luck and let me know how it goes! I'll be here rooting for you!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
For me - SEXY. 100% The lovely, sexy, intelligent and totally awesome Camryn Rhys took me corset shopping this past weekend. The shop we went to was iffy to say the least from the outside but omg women - it rocked inside. Why we didn't buy any shoes I have no idea. (Camyrn - why girl? Why?)
I might not be attending RWA this year but I didn't want to be left out of the whole 'corset' revolution. I've read about these torture devices in my historical romances, seen them squeeze the life out of women on the screen but NEVER had any idea why they held the appeal they did. Until now. I want one. I feel greedy. But damn it all - I had curves for those few moments and I felt SEXY. Rip clothes sexy. Granted - my breasts were almost touching my throat (my girlies are large and proud) but I had an hour glass figure and I miss it. Damn it.
For those like me whose girlies can't handle a corset, go for a cincher. They still emphasize your curves without the whole 'tea cup resting on chest' look. Sure, I couldn't breathe for a moment or two. But the look? OMG. Okay, and yes, my shoulders felt like they were raised to my ears .. but that was only with the corset and not the cincher. One day ... one day ... Have you ever tried a corset? Tell me you didn't feel sexy as all get out! Anya
Thursday, March 31, 2011
|Bella & Edward - Twilight|
|Elena & Stefan - Vampire Diaries|
|Joey & Pacey - Dawson's Creek|
|Sam & Austin - A Cinderella Story|
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Are you the kind of gal who likes to blush while reading your romance story but not necessarily get aroused? Maybe you prefer stories focused on the relationship more than anything else. A little bit of kissing, touching is okay. To you, the sex isn’t an integral part of the story and if you skipped over those steamy pages you would still be able to follow the plot without noticing any gaping holes. HEA or Happily Ever After is necessary for this type of story. Sex is just an added spice.
But what about the stories that get your body flustered? You know, the ones where you experience heat flashes just reading about the rippling muscles. The relationship growth of your characters is developed through sex, not around it. If you skip over all the juicy details, you’ll miss the whole story – and wouldn’t that be a shame! The only time you put the book down is when you want to test the authors theory on certain positions ;) When you finally do close the book you’re beaming from head to toe because the HEA is exactly what you thought it would be.
But – what if those are too tame for you. Then my friend, you turn to a pure erotica story. Yep, the full dirty ;) The sexual journey is crucial to the character’s growth – notice I didn’t say romantic growth? You could have two strangers meet and have the most amazing sexual experience and still part ways. But something inside of them changed. HEA’s are rarely an integral part of erotica. It could happen, but don’t expect it.
Alright – if that still isn’t good enough – what then? Porn. Good old fashion porn, where plot, character development and romance have nothing to do with what you are reading. As long as your body is aroused from start to finish, then the author did his/her job.
(You'll have to use your imagination for this picture ... )
Thursday, March 17, 2011
|Legolas - Lord of the Rings|
|Louis - Interview with the Vampire|
|Damon Salvatore - The Vampire Diaries|
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I'll be posting a daily 'yummy' with thoughts on how he would fit a story.
This one is a treat for sure. I see him in a YA novel (oh Stina .....). His smoldering gaze would set off a flood of butterflies in my teen body when I was that age, for sure! I wouldn't trust him with my daughters though, he has that 'I'm so innocent' look down pat. Wonder if he has a 6-pack under that sweater or not?
What about you? How would you use him?
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I indulged in a lunch hour fantasy while sitting at my desk. And yes, the full blown type of fantasy, complete with the clenching, the tightening and whatnot ...
I wasn't the only one I'm sure :)
Since the wonderful invention of the e-reader, I bet you a Cadbury Egg chocolate that millions of women have done the same :)
Mine was all for research mind you. I'm delving into the 'submissive/dominant' lifestyle for a story and since I only live vicariously through my favorite writers, I need to do lots of research. Lots and lots of research.
(if you want to do 'research' too ... my favorites right now are Desiree Holt - Delight Me, Dominique Adair - her Jane Porter series and Tiffany Reisz.
Only a few years ago I remember riding the bus to work and seeing countless women reading books covered by fabric book covers. I never quite understood what the new 'fad' was for until someone wiser than me and more in tune to her own romantic fantasies confided that those homemade covers hid the barely clad yet amazingly hot romance covers. GO FIGURE!
But now we have the e-readers - the Kindle, Kobo and whatnot - where NO ONE needs to know what you are reading. I wonder how many woman have a mini "O" on the bus, the train or even while sitting at their desk during their lunch hour???
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
What about when you are in the process of writing and you hit a blank spot. What then? What do you do? Where do you go? Do you pick up a book from your TBR pile and lose yourself?
I'm asking because that's where I'm at. Deep in a scene (bondage) and the words refuse to come.
So what do I do? I go to my favorite twitter persona and re-read her novel she recently published. I loved her story. She teases the reader, tantilizes them with a fantasy world some only wish to discover and leaves them begging for more.
If you have yet to read Seven Day Loan by Tiffany Reisz, then you should download it today. She delves into erotica in a way that leaves your body wanting more. And she's my inspiration for today.