What kind of tension?

The date has been set: Celebration House will be published on August 1st.

God help me!

I’m starting the editing process with my editor, Maudeen, who has sent me the first list of questions and instructions. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to create more heat between my main character, Carrie, and her love interest, Maj. Thomas Smithson. Sexual tension. Got it.

Um, how do I do that exactly?

To answer that question, I’m rereading some of my favorite romance novels from authors who know what they’re doing.

One of my favorites is A Knight in Shining Armor, by Jude Deveraux. Classic! Like mine, the book is a paranormal romance of sorts: the main character travels through time to right some wrongs done to the hero. At one point, she brings the hero to modern-day London. It’s so fun to read.

Or maybe I should reread Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray.* Like my book, this novel is a soft romance; there are no heaving breasts or straining biceps. But there is tension and humor. I burst out laughing when I read Julie and Romeo, especially during the scene in the cooler at Julie’s flower shop. The sequel, Julie and Romeo Get Lucky, was just as good.

I’m sure Teresa Medeiros* could teach me a few things. I found this author years ago. One of her first books, Touch of Enchantment, is still a favorite. Currently, I’m reading The Temptation of Your Touch.

But it’s Maudeen who comes to my rescue. She sent me a link to a page of The Romance Reader, where author Joanna Somersby, aka Marg Riseley, compares sexual tension to unwrapping presents under the Christmas tree on December 25th.

“Sexual tension can be anything that keeps the hero and heroine from indulging their instincts. It’s that ants-in-the-pants feeling of anticipation that keeps us peeling away the wrapping paper until the present is finally ours. It’s then up to the writer to make sure that present is a gift worth receiving.” – Marg Riseley

*Both Medeiros and Ray are nurses.

Hands and arms inside the cart, please. Next: Rethinking my relationship with eBook readers.


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