Blog Chain – Love Scenes

I have two posts in one today, because I didn’t want to miss out on either of them.

Blog Chain – Love Scenes

Kat started the blog chain, which I picked up from Laura and am passing on to you. The question:

How do you feel about love scenes? As a reader, are you put off by the gratuitous? As a writer, do you shy away from spelling out the down-and-dirty? Or do you write until your computer lights a cigarette?

I love to read LA Banks, and let me tell you that woman knows how to write a love scene. Lara Adrian knows her way around one, too. I’ve learned a lot about building romantic tension between characters from reading their books.

A long time ago, my critique partner Dawn Allen told me I was a romance writer. I resisted for a while, but finally had to admit she was right. I write both YA and adult paranormal romance. In my YA, I don’t have any intimate love scenes, yet still manage to work in romantic tension which leads to the first kiss. My adult paranormal, on the other hand, goes beyond the first kiss and ends up somewhere between sweet and spicy romance.

How about you? How would you answer Kat’s questions?


Thankful for Thursday

Thankful for Thursday is a meme hosted by Oasis for YA. The goal is to find things to be thankful about and share it with the Oasis for YA community.

Today, I’m thankful for my writing support group which includes my critique partners and my new blog friends. I’m not sure where I’d be in my writing career without their constant support and encouragement. I’m thankful for people who take time out of their day to visit my blog, and for those who leave comments. I came across a blog today about the blogging community and how we help one another. I’m thankful for unpublished and published writers who reach out and share what they’ve learned along the way.

What are you thankful for?

9 comments on “Blog Chain – Love Scenes

  1. lbdiamond says:

    Thanks for the shout out!

    I’m thankful for the supportive writer community and blogger buddies! 😉

  2. Nicole Mc says:

    Of course I have to comment on the romance thing…I’m a romance junkie! I have on my blog “info” section that if it weren’t for my mother I’d light my keyboard on fire!! LOL I also wrote that the irony is that my mother would love it, she loves romance novels.

    My love for them is not the graphics though, it is the relationship. The tension, the jealousy, the banter. I love that. The buildup is addictive and that makes them finally coming together so much sweeter. By the time a “scene” comes…I want to have earned it. I want them to have earned it.
    I have yet to write a love scene, we’ll see how that goes when the time comes. Best part is….you will get to read my efforts!!! haha! I’d love to read some of your adult para romance!!

    Love your thankful comments, I agree!

  3. Today, I am thankful for blue skies and sunshine – it’s been AGES since we had some sun. 🙂

  4. As I replied on one of the other blogs, it all depends on the characters and the audience. If the level of intamacy and description is not suitable to both…there’s a BIG problem.

    ❤ Gina Blechman

  5. I don’t write the dirty bits because I write YA fiction. I also think that we should leave some for the imagination of the reader.

    Depending on the genre it makes sense to get into it, but for me, I tend to skip over things if they become overly graphic.

  6. Madeline says:

    I don’t like writing romance scenes. I like romance, I can watch it, read it, and even fantasize it, but I can’t put it on paper. It’s pretty bad. I really need to work on it. I’m thankful for the blogger community, too. Right now I’m especially thankful for books on how to write fiction! 🙂

  7. I am thankful I have a pile of books waiting for me to pick them up at the library, yes!
    – Sophia.

  8. dawnall says:

    I’m thankful for my group also. You guys have kept me sane. I’m glad to see you’re finally embracing your inner romance writer. 🙂 Not much romance in what I write. I’m busy killing people off and solving the crime.

  9. Lauri says:

    I’m still laughing about the “until your computer lights a cigarette”.

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