At the moment, I’m in the middle of going through edits on my latest WIP. In between each draft I like to take a little time to clear my head so I can come back to it fresh. One of the things I like to do is go back to my keeper shelf. All of us reading fans have them. That collection of books you hold onto at all costs because they are autographed or maybe just because.
Recently, I spent sometime with Johanna Lindsey’s backlist. I remembered why I fell in love with Man of My Dreams and why Angel got me hooked on reading romance novels. Let me share a few others that I’ve got on my keeper shelf.
Forever Blue – Suzanne Brockmann
Public Secrets – Nora Roberts
Until You – Judith McNaught
Faith and Fidelty – Tere Michaels
Naked in Death by JD Robb
Conquest & No Fear – SJ Frost
In this day day and age of ebooks it easy to keep all of your books because they really don’t take any space so perhaps instead of asking what’s on your keeper shelf, the better question is what’s on your frequently reread list? I’d love to know because when I get to the end of this round of edits I’m going to read something new(to me, at least) and I’m open to suggestions.
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If you’re writing romance and you haven’t read Monday’s post by Caridad Pineiro about writing sexy love scenes you may want to check it out. She offers some really terrific tips.
Today I want to talk about favorite love scenes. The romance genre encompasses a wide range of sub-genres. At one end of the spectrum are inspirational romances, where the sexual contact is kept at a minimum and is usually behind closed doors. At the other end is erotic romance which leaves little to the imagination. Personally, I enjoy a fairly wide range of love scenes, but most definitely door open scenes. I not really a huge fan of fade to black unless it’s warranted. As long as the placement of the love scene and the progression of the relationship make sense, bring it on.
One of my favorite love scenes is between Eve and Roarke in Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. When these two make love for the first time they get so much more then they expected. Both of them experience something that they’ve never found with anyone else, and that they weren’t even sure they were capable of feeling. It’s sexy, touching, and truly memorable.
Another scene I like is Robin and Jules in Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann. I think it’s a fave partly because Suz made us wait so long for these two men to get together. She really built the tension in the previous books. Every time they were in a scene together I would shout at the book “Just kiss him already!” Getting back to my point, this is subtle and suggestive love scene. The love making is not explicit at all, but still sexy as hell. However, the best part of the scene is the afterglow in Robin’s POV. He’s just so awed that this man that he’s been in love with for years is finally here in his arms. I just loved it.
So I’m wondering, as a reader, how do you prefer your love scenes and do you have a favorite?
The other day I started editing a book I wrote a number of years ago. I must say it was a little scary re-reading my early writing. I alternated between cringing and being pleasantly surprised. Still, I’ve learned a lot and grown as a writer since I originally wrote the story. I know I can improve the story and hopefully make it fit for public viewing. However, the one thing that hasn’t changed in all this time is my love of writing paranormal stories.
I love having the freedom to create my own world and make up my own rules. I love mixing reality and science with the seemingly impossible. As a reader I enjoy being drawn into strange new worlds whether they be just a few degrees off normal or a land far, far away. Getting swept up in exploring the mythology that another author has created is part of the fun. With the popularity of books like Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse series, I’m clearly not the only one enamored of this genre. However, as much as I enjoy a sexy shape shifter or dark and brooding vampire, there is one thing I like better.
I love stories about people with psychic abilities. Precognition, telekenesis, whatever, I find all of it fascinating. I figure the reason I enjoy stories about psychics so much is because they appeal both to my creative side as well as my inner science geek. The idea that there are amazing abilities hidden deep within untapped areas of the human brain is a cool concept to me. It gives me all types of inspiration. Prime example my current WIP involves a character with telekinetic abilities. He gets upset and things start flying around the room. I’m having fun writing it especially now that I’m getting into the action of the story and he’ll get to use this ability to defend himself.
So I’ve told you what I like now it’s your turn.
Paranormal fiction/romance: Are you a fan?
If yes, what kind of paranormal stories do you like?
Finally, who is on your must read list?
We’ve dedicated many blog posts to WRITING action. See these posts: Writing Fight Scenes pt 1, Martial Arts and the Perfection of One’s Character, Writing The Fight Scene, Add PUNCH to Your Action Scenes, Get a KICK Out of Your Fight Scenes and A Recipe for Action by Caridad Pineiro
This week, Attacking the Page wants to discuss READING action.
You tell us…What are your favorite action-packed books? Do you have a favorite fight or action scene? What made them memorable?
Please share and discuss your favorite action scenes and books that you’ve read or written (a chance for self promotion!) in the comments section.