Hyperventilating is my sixteenth story, which means I’ve written a lot of sex scenes. A lot. And it can get quite difficult to come up with different things to write. I’m currently working on the next book in the Rock My World series, which was a little easier as it includes BDSM which I don’t write very often, but outside of that it can be hard to avoid things getting a bit samey. How can I challenge myself and keep things fresh?
Can I change up locations? Positions? Introduce toys? Use different terminology? That last is a tough one, as I’m sure many writers have found – get too coy or too purple with your language and it’ll be highlighted in red during the editing process. There’s only so much you can do with your words, so I had to come up with other changes.
So, to make things a little more interesting, when I wrote Hyperventilating I had Cassian have a particular need to fulfil – before he goes on stage he likes to have a woman talk dirty to him.
This turned out to be great fun to write. Instead of getting caught up in the ins and outs, I had Amber describe in detail what she wanted to do to him, making her words as erotic as possible without actually touching Cassian. I created the build-up, leaving Cassian fired up and ready to go – and leaving Amber burning.
Which made it much more intense when I finally let them have their release.
I’ve got plenty of plans for the future of the series, so I’ll have to come up with more new ways to write sex scenes. I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.
There was only silence now from the other side of the door. No light showed under the lower edge. With any luck there was nobody in the central living area—she could be alone with herself and the window.
As she opened the door she was met with darkness, momentarily blinded. She closed the door behind her and carefully felt her way across the room, focusing on the moon through the glass.
Then from behind her she heard the distinctive twang of a guitar chord.
“Leave the light off. I’m just practising.”
She heard him chuckle from the other side of the room.
“Say it in the voice.”
When she and Elyse had first joined the tour, the band had insisted on knowing everything about the skills they had learnt during their performing arts studies. Costume, make-up, acting and, in Amber’s case, voice work. She had always considered her acting serviceable at best, but voices were her speciality—and one voice in particular, a deep, throaty bedroom voice, had been Cassian’s favourite.
She dropped into the husky, sensual tone. “Sure, honey.”
“Ah, yeah. That’s the stuff.” The sound of fingers running up the neck of the guitar. “That was the thing about Triona. Never could stand her voice.”
Everything in Amber’s head went very still. Triona.
“She was still good at your ritual, though, right?”
“Oh yeah. But, man.” His voice roughened. “It would have been way better in your voice.”
Amber Blake is fleeing a terrible betrayal in her past by touring with rock band Puppetmaster as a make-up artist with her best friend Elyse. Knowing the band is struggling, she hopes to use her make-up skills to reinvent their image, but when a member of the crew drops out, Amber finds herself asked to contribute in a different way – in the form of heated sexual conversations with hot lead singer Cassian Marsh to put him in top form before every concert.
Despite her past, Amber is unable to resist Cassian’s charm and raw energy, and enjoys knowing she can drive him wild with just her voice – but their increasingly passionate meetings leave her longing for more. Can she move past the betrayal she suffered – and can she convince a man as commitment-phobic as Cassian to break his no-dating rule and let her into his heart?
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