Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How To Write Gripping Sex Scenes


Sex scenes are something a lot of writers struggle with, especially novice writers. A lot of this can be traced back to personal hang ups about sex in general.  For older writers who grew up thinking that sex was regarded as "dirty" there was good reason for stumbling over writing such scenes.

The days of the romance novel not venturing past the bedroom door has well and truly gone.

Current generations don't have the same hang ups over sex. And modern readers expect satisfying sizzle alongside their romance. And a writer needs to become more than just competent they need to ensure their sex scenes dazzle. 

So how does a writer put the sizzle in their sex scenes.  

At one of our RWNZ conferences Bob Mayer gave us pearl of wisdom.  

He told us to go to the experts....study how they've done it .... you don't copy you study, read and learn.  

Stephanie Laurens does love scenes extraordinarily well. Any one of her books is a sizzling read....she is an excellent author to study how she pulls it off.  And if you read one of her scenes and clinically don't let yourself be drawn in...you'll see it's all in her choice of words and how she engages the senses.

Natalie Anderson who writes for M&B Sexy, is another modern writer whose sex scenes sizzle on the page.

A writer needs to get out of a character's head and into his or her character's body. 
     
Writing love scenes is all about utilising and engaging the five senses. Touch. Taste. Smell. Sound. Sight.  Every paragraph should utilize at least two and preferably three of these five senses.

What is your character seeing... their partner's excitement ...the rise and fall of a chest...sculptured muscles...a soft breast....a tattoo alive and flexing on a bulging muscle...all of these are arousing sights.
What is your character feeling... skin texture calloused hand, rock hard muscles rippling beneath a hand.
What do they smell... woodsy cologne honest sweat 
Same with hearing...ragged breath...groan...a shout of completion... 
And finally taste....what is it they taste...the salt of sweat on skin...the flavour of a kiss...
You are only limited by your imagination. 
One other essential is your choice of words... forget the euphemisms ...you can be direct and straightforward and yet keep within terminology that you feel comfortable with and won't make a reader cringe.... My personal hates are manhood and maidenhead....terms guaranteed to turn me OFF reading any more.   

The other essential component is utilising the action - reaction... sequence. Every action creates a reaction...this is incredibly important in intimate scenes.  And most important of all....keep your scene in the present tense and don't let your characters...waffle off in their heads at the pivotal exciting point of the scene.

A good lover keeps his partner male or female totally engaged in the moment....and a writer must also strive to keep the reader totally engaged.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Zealand Coastal Romances ...

 Now available as a boxed set ... My best selling series... The Mulleins of Katherine Bay

About this Series


Safe In A Stranger's Arms 

Katherine Bay has not been kind to the Mulleins …. and when Jenna attempts to unravel the truth behind her mother’s dying words—Promise me, Jenna, promise you won’t sell him the land—she quickly discovers there are far too many people in Katherine Bay with a vested interest in muddying the truth.  When she is thrown into desperate danger and one woman in town is dead...property developer Gabe Callahan steps forward to help... Jenna is wary and not at all sure if it's safe to trust him...

A Perfect Lie

To save an innocent woman’s life Jace Mullein must face the people he left behind and family he betrayed … Ashlyn quickly learns to trust Jace and then in one horrifying moment she discovers the truth about Jace’s past … and now she needs to question everything … does she mean anything to him at all, or is Jace using her only to exact revenge for past slights?

 A Place Called Home
When Sarah Kreagan arrives on his doorstep to Heath Mullein it’s a dream come true … Sarah was his first love, the unattainable daughter of a wealthy man .... years ago Sarah's father had warned him to keep away from Sarah and now she's turned up on his doorstep pregnant and on the run ... the man stalking her and threatening to ruin her family and take her baby brings danger into Heath's piece of paradise …

Available on Amazon 

Completely re-edited for reader enjoyment 

Coming Soon to an e-sales platform near you... book four in this best selling series ... "Caught By Her Spell"

Whenever Grayson Pritchard comes within her orbit, he gets under Cassie Piper's skin ... and not in a good way... 
Cassie is an empath who has the "gift" of sight ... and Grayson is a dyed-in-the-wool sceptic...what he can't see or touch doesn't exist ... 

When every other avenue fails him, he seeks out Cassie looking for her help to find his missing sister... Cassie refuses outright, but Grayson leaves her a packet of photos of his missing sibling ... and for Cassie it's too late ... against her will she is sucked into the nightmare she's struggled so hard to avoid.   

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bonanza Summer Sale -45plus FREE and $0.99 cent books

Lazy Days of Summer Sale


Sale Bonanza … 45+

Free & $0.99 Books

Do you need to fill your Kindle with romances to make the bookworm in you swoon this summer?

If your plans include lazing poolside or on the sand at the beach with books that’ll heat you up, sizzle your skin, and melt your heart, we have news for you. I have joined up with other best selling authors to bring you these reading bargains.

We’ve got 45+ FREE and bargain $0.99 romances to get you through the rest of summer.

From sexy or sweet contemporaries to romantic comedy.

Historical. Paranormal. Romantic suspense. Erotica. Women’s fiction. Or if your taste runs to Urban fantasy/Sci-fi/fantasy – we’ve got you covered.

Go to the sale page: http://traceyalvarez.com/summer-sale

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Free Book … First In A Series

Free … for all my loyal readers and fans on the e-reader of your  choice 

Safe In A Stranger’s Arms      

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About this Book
When Jenna Mullein attempts to unravel the truth behind her mother’s dying words—Promise me, Jenna, promise you won’t sell him the land—she quickly discovers there are far too many people in Katherine Bay with a vested interest in muddying the truth.
Her persistent questions and determination see her thrown into desperate danger.
When one woman ends up dead and Jenna and her infant toddlers are assaulted, property developer Gabriel Callahan steps in to help—and the attraction that flares between them, catches both by surprise.
As Jenna gets to know the man behind the mask, she’s never quite sure if it’s her Gabe wants, or her adorable twins, ZoĆ« and Zach—and the family he could create with them.
But can Jenna trust the loner with her secrets? Secrets that could see her lose her adored babies?
Trust doesn’t come easily to Jenna and, too late, she realizes that Gabe is one of the good guys. Will her lack of trust cost them everything— even their lives…


This manuscript was highly commended—2011 Clendon Award run in conjunction with Romance Writers of New Zealand.    ‘I read this entry in one sitting—I couldn’t put it down.’Judge’s comment.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter: Calm After The Storm

Calm after the storms

We have endured a battering  here in New Zealand in the past two weeks ...

First we had Cyclone Debbie who dumped enormous amounts of rain on us ... so much so that the Rangatieki River breached it's stop banks and flooded the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe.  (see pic left)

The whole town had to be evacuated with residents only being allowed back in to begin cleaning  up the resultant mess yesterday.


Then on Thursday last, the day before Good Friday ... the whole country was braced for the arrival of Cyclone Cook ... schools nationwide closed, flights and ferry sailings were cancelled and people were advised to delay Easter travel. Again the Bay of Plenty was n the direct firing line ... fortunately for me, Cook made landfall further down the coast.. and also fortunately for Edgecumbe residents... although coastal communities were battered by wind and rain, the heaviest falls were inland ...

The Piako and Waihou Rivers in the Waikato/Hauraki basin have burst their banks and flooded acres of farmland and cut road access.  In some parts, the water has cut canals right through the roads, isolating farmers and communities.  (Piako River, left)





(Right) Uprooted trees in Hawkes Bay.

Eastern Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay bore the brunt of the wind, with trees up rooted, roofs torn off and power lines brought down ... some people are still without power.  So Easter dawned, still, calm sunny and for the most part rain-free. And we really need the sun to dry us out.

Mother nature can be capricious, but recalling Cyclone Celine that struck New Zealand on April 10th  1968 and the destruction it wrought, including sinking the Interisland Ferry The Wahine with the loss of 69 lives, the country escaped very lightly indeed.

In 1968 the winds blew rain through the weatherboards of our house ... I've never seen the likes of it, before or since. This time apart from a soaked garden ... we are truly counting our blessings.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Life Changes for Shirley Wine Author

  

This past year has been really busy
 
 

In December 2015 we sold our house  with its big garden and in 2016 we built ourselves a new home with a  pocket handkerchief garden.                                                                                          




 My writing room has a wonderful outlet looking up to the hills … something that pleases me as  we've always lived on land with hills and valleys. Two new books "Lies That Bind" and "Caught By Her Spell" have been created here.





In our climate it takes no time to create a garden. This is a beautiful Keith Hammett dahlia. Its jewel flowers are a stunning contrast with rich coloured  foliage.


 We have room for a small vegetable patch and it’s produced an impressive array of vegetables for the table. Nothing beats the taste of fresh home grown produce.



And when we want to sit and watch the world go by we enjoy this patio with its array of potted plants and rustic seats.

On the health front, I have had a left knee replacement in May last year and I will have my right knee replaced on May 1st. I am sure this will go as smoothly as the last one, and will greatly improve my mobility.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Read an e-Book week ... big savings

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To celebrate e-Books Smashwords is having a store wide promotion and Indie authors are offering a wide range of books at substantial discounts

Books on this site can be downloaded to all e-readers


A huge selection of books from great Indie authors and publishers to choose from ....

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