Writing Sexy vs. Action Scenes
To me, writing sexy is all about action. And action can be sexy.
These are a few snippets from Jaguar Fever to show my point—action, he shifts, then her reaction. How could you not be intrigued when a big male cat turns into his very naked human form? Hmm-hm.
Finally, Wade shifted and she tried not to look at his nakedness again. Well, not really hard. He was glorious, all sleek muscles and sinewy strength, powerful even in human form.
And earlier, a tender sexy scene:
He finally pulled her into a seat and wrapped his arm around her shoulder, trying to relax her. "So tell me, what is your favorite food?"
She looked up at him as if he was crazy, then gave him the warmest smile and nestled her head against his shoulder. "Ice cream. Coffee-flavored, covered in hot fudge topping."
Well, okay, see? No matter what's going on, during dialogue or action, or narration, there's this hotness factor—maybe more sweet and tender, maybe even hotter, but it kind of works its way into the story because that's who they are. It's all about character.
"About last night…" Wade began. His whole body posture was saying she was his—his girlfriend—his thigh touching hers, his head leaning close to hers, his arm slung over her shoulders with tenderness, even the way his eyes swallowed her up. That all made her resolve—to date lots of other shifters before she settled on one—melt at the edges.
It's about showing relationships between family members and friends.
When the bus came to a halt, he stood and gave her a hug and a kiss—not sweet in the least, but more of a promise he’d be seeing her again, soon. David gave her a brief kiss and a hug that was just as comforting.
Wade slugged him in the shoulder. "Enough."
David had the nerve to grin at him and released her.
Okay, I was trying to show a strictly action scene, no sexiness. But it's sprinkled throughout. The romance is important. They think about each other when they're apart. They worry about each other. They want each other. Everything else is going on along with the romance, the mystery, the adventure, the need for justice, but the romance is just such an integral part of the story, that it's important to show this even when they're apart. And don't you love that?
"Well? Was she all gushy? Saying she missed you terribly? Or is there hope for me yet?"
Wade knew his brother was teasing him. He shook his head and drank his orange juice, but didn’t say. It was what Maya didn’t say that made him smile again.
I love romance—the tenderness, the hotness, the loyalty between the couple and the family loyalty. The Happily Ever After. Give me action, and give me sexy, and you've got me hooked.
So what about you? Do you enjoy the sexy action, or could you live without it?
JAGUAR FEVER BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES AUGUST 2013
She's being pursued by everyone, in more ways than one.
Even in an exotic world of humans, jaguars, and tantalizing creatures who shift between the two, Maya Anderson stands out from the crowd. Interest from human suitors is bad enough, but when male shifters give chase, the real trouble starts.
Who's the hunter and who's the prey?
Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it's Maya's piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.
Praise for Savage Hunger: "Dark, sultry, and primal romance...will leave readers breathless."
"Humor, tenderness, and pure hot loving...an awesome and exciting new world."
—Long and Short Reviews, 5 stars
"A sizzling page-turner, Terry Spear is wickedly talented."
—Night Owl Reviews Reviewer Top Pick, 5 Stars
"Spear paints a colorful, vivid portrait of the lush jungle and deadly beauty...of jaguars."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.