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Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th Blog Hop! Writing romance—Creating sexual tension

Keep reading until you get to the links to your next blog hop stop.

Most people like sexual tension, the sparks that fly when meeting that special person for the first time. For romance readers, sexual tension between the hero and heroine is necessary for an enjoyable reading experience.

As a romance writer, I have a duty to create sexual tension between my characters. It sounds easy enough, but writing those scenes can be tricky. How much is too much time to wait before the hero and heroine actually sleep together? Before erotic romance, this used to be easier to work with—usually they didn’t sleep together until almost toward the end of the book. Now a lot of romance readers expect sex to happen sooner and they want hotter sex scenes.
Another issue is moving the story along and having the two main characters start to fall in love much sooner than people normally would in real life. Unless, of course, you are Kim Kardashian. I had to throw that in. Dragging the story on to fit reality will bore the reader. Romance readers want romance and they don’t want to wait half the book to find it. 
So, what is a romance writer to do? It’s not rocket science—I go with my gut feeling and stay true to my characters and plot. If my characters are the type to jump into bed together, then I go for it. Sometimes it feels right to have them sleep together within the first few pages, but then pull them apart by having something get in the way of their relationship. I am working on one story with a virgin heroine. There are reasons why she can’t lose her virginity until the end of the book. To make up for it, I need to have that sexual tension and at least have them kiss to give the readers something to look forward to.
One of my favorite ways to show sexual tension is to have witty banter between the hero and heroine. I like to create heroines that have a sharp tongue. Gee, I wonder where I got that idea? My husband is familiar with my sharp tongue. Anger turns into passion and well, passion turns into love. It happens all the time, especially in romance novels. Ah, if it could only be as perfect in real life. We can only dream. And I can only do my best to create that sexual tension in my books that romance readers crave. 
Welcome to the Friday the 13th Blog Hop. For a chance to win a Kindle e-reader, please follow the links to all the author blogs to the end where you will fill out an official entry form.
I am giving away a PDF copy of Cat’s Curse, a historical fantasy romance. It’s the first book in my Dark Goddess trilogy.
Available in Print and Ebook
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Cat's Curse, Book One: Dark Goddess Trilogy, Celtic historical romance/fantasy
Enter Dark Age Scotland—a mysterious, dangerous & exciting place…
Blurb: Cardea is cursed to live an eternity as a blood drinker. Aedan mac Gabrain, prince of Dal Riata, trusts no one after suffering a curse that keeps him from touching any females. Can two tortured souls find love while battling a dark goddess determined to destroy them?

Good luck!

Here is your next blog hop stop             
Click on the link below or on the graphic:
www.harveyle.blogspot.com (Lauren Harvey)

Please note: In case the link to the entry form doesn't work on the next blog, here it is:
Prize Entry Form: www.authorsrclaridge.com/bloghopprizeentry.htm

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author



Buck Dopp said...

Kelley, thanks for sharing your thoughts on creating romantic tension. I've wondered about how long to develop a romance without boring the reader. I'm not a romance writer but every good story has a romance of some kind in it. I agree that banter between them, either witty or angry can lead to love. Enjoyed your post.

JeanMP said...

Great post. I like reading a book that has the characters bantering back and forth, makes it more believable.

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Kelley Heckart said...

Hi Buck! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post. See you tomorrow at Hastings!

Hi Jean, Thanks for reading my post and leaving a nice comment.
Best wishes!

June M. said...

I love the sexual tension in stories created by witty banter. I love snarky, sarcastic, characters who are maybe a little twisted.
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Savannah said...

:) Loved the post! I like how you said you do what feels right for you characters I think books are so much better when the author doesn't force something but lets it happen if that makes sense.

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoy Celtic stories, thank you for participating in this blog hop.

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Unknown said...

Great blog hop, I have been going to all of the hops but some are giving problems on posting. So I am posting on the ones I can. Hope that works.

VampedChik said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Friday the 13th!

Kelley Heckart said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and thank you all for participating in our Friday the 13th blog hop.

SusieQ_too said...

Happy Friday the 13th!!

Krysykat said...

The book looks awesome, I need to add this to my TBR list right away!


Gena Robertson said...

What a great post - the sexual tension in books is SO important to the story!

Thank you so much for participating in this blog hop! I'm having such a ball =)

Gena Robertson

Caffey said...

Hi Kelley! I so love your books! And thrilled that more are out! I love the new covers too! Its so great to escape into your stories. It takes me away into the fantasy world and the characters are so real, so feeling! So whoever wins your books will have a beautiful joy reading them and a great feeling after!!!

cathiecaffey @ gmail.com

Sherry said...

I really enjoyed your post and your book sounds really good. I love when characters banter/bicker with each other.
strodesherry4 at gmail dot com