Monthly Archives: April 2014

Let’s Talk About Sex

For the most part when I wrote short stories, I didn’t include love scenes. Romance and flirting, yes. Sex, nope. If my stories had romance, it was a side thing. I’d mention it and hint at what happened between the characters, then move on.

But when I wrote my novel, Hathor Legacy: Outcast, I found myself in a bit of a dilemma. It’s a romance, isn’t it? So I knew at some point, the heroine/hero would have to get busy. These days so many stories seem to be in the erotica camp, even when they’re not officially erotica. Going all the way is expected. But how far? That was my question.

Since I’d just started getting to know the characters, Jonathan and Nadira, I didn’t feel comfortable having them get together too fast. But even though I waited until halfway through the book, I still had a reviewer say it might’ve been too soon. Well, maybe.

Whether the hook up comes sooner or later, it should never feel forced. I’d tried to get them together sooner, and it didn’t feel right. So I reflected that in an earlier scene where they both seem to be ready, but one of them really isn’t. And the conflict there reveals a lot about the character’s backstory. Nope, I won’t tell you who it is, you’ll have to read it to find out. 🙂

Once I decided how explicit I wanted to get, it got easier. Instead of doing endless “insert tab a into slot b” descriptions, I looked for descriptive words that could set the mood without my having to actually describe the blow-by-blow. Here’s an example from my WIP, Hathor Legacy: Burn.

“Above the roar of the waves crashing, so much louder in this corner of the beach, he heard her moans. Fueling him to his own explosion he held himself back, wanting to take his time on his task.”

I’m not describing any body parts or explicitly describing actions. But words like roar, crashing, fueling, explosion, make a strong impression. They drive up the tension and the reader has a reaction to them, even if they’re not fully aware of it.

All writers know that words are extremely powerful. They paint images and stir up emotions. Do I like reading love scenes? Sure. But sometimes writing them is challenging. I want to show what’s happening, while at the same time I want to stay within what I think is appropriate for that story.

There are readers who skip those scenes. Others can’t get enough. So I don’t think a writer can anticipate if a reader will be glad the characters hooked up, or when they’ll be turned off. All I can do is stay true to what I feel works at that point. The characters will let me know when they’re ready, and that will make the scene much easier to write.

Cover by Steph’s Cover Design

Join Me on “Other Worlds of Romance” Radio Show

On Monday, April 21st at 11:00 pm eastern time, I’ll be a guest on “Other Worlds of Romance” hosted by author, Linda Mooney on Blog Talk Radio.

I was fortunate enough to find Linda’s show after reading a great post by author, PJ Dean on The Galaxy Express. I went to PJ’s site, and saw her interview link with Linda–which led me to Linda’s show. (In the meantime, I checked out Linda’s science fiction romance books on Amazon.com. They’re terrific, by the way.)

Hope you’ll listen live, or to the recorded show. I’ll be reading an excerpt from my novel, “Hathor Legacy: Outcast” on the air!

Click here to listen:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2014/04/22/deborah-bailey-is-my-guest-author-on-april-21st

Guest Post on The Galaxy Express: “On Marketing Sci-fi Romance”

Check out my post on The Galaxy Express: “On Marketing Sci-fi Romance: One Author’s Experience” where I share a few things that I’ve learned from marketing my novel, Hathor Legacy: Outcast.

Thanks to Heather Massey for inviting me to stop by her blog!

Saturday, April 5th will be the kick-off of an Amazon countdown deal for Hathor Legacy: Outcast, and your chance to get it at a discounted price for a limited time!

On the planet, Hathor, a powerful group called the Guardians serves as the security force for Novacorp, the corporation that runs Hathor with its ruthless monopoly. Nadira, as one of the most powerful Guardians, is expected to use her intuition and telekinetic powers to keep the capital city safe from thieves and intruders.
Jonathan Keel, son of a mine CEO on the nearby planet, Astarte, is wealthy, privileged and used to getting what he wants. When his father goes missing after a robbery and explosion at the mine, he defies the authorities and heads to Hathor to search for him and for the robbers.

Security is on high alert and Nadira is charged with protecting Jon. She rescues him from an vicious attack and discovers that the Guardians have another agenda that has nothing to do with solving the crime.

Jonathan finds evidence of his father’s possible involvement, while his attraction to Nadira forces her to confront all she has known about being a Guardian, especially the rule to put duty before her personal feelings.

Struggling with their growing desires, and chased by company security, Jon and Nadira flee the city. But solving the crime leads them to endure betrayals from the people closest to them, as secrets are revealed that not only link their pasts but also threaten to destroy Jon’s family and separate him from Nadira forever.

Available on Amazon.com