When you’re writing a sex scene, it’s important to focus on the emotion and not the body parts. It’s not a biology exam, and nobody is going to thank you for using the word vulva. Trust me.
Sex scenes in romance are like fight scenes or car chases in action-adventure books. They’re essential and highly anticipated. Your characters (and your reader) have to work to get there, and when they eventually reach their peak, it’s your job to ensure nobody is let down.
The key thing is to make your sex scene both sensual and alluring. Describe what’s happening, but do it from the perspective of the character and all that they bring to the scene. What are their hopes? What are can they see, touch, taste, hear? What’s it reminding them of? What are they feeling in their heart now it’s finally happening?
Fingers can slide and caress. Tongues can tantalise and tease. Lube can be popped and pressed. Everything the character thought they once knew can be rewritten. Sex scenes should move the story forward. They should reflect what has gone before and what’s possible from here on in. Your characters have just taken things to the next level. Show it all.
Remember, you’re not playing a game of Sex Twister: no crazy moves required. Don’t use coarse or flowery language as that will throw your reader out of the story. Keep it real, but elevate it to a almost-perfect reality. Make sure senses tingle and stars collide. It’s all in the build-up, all in the emotion. The first kiss, the first touch, the loaded look that tips your character over the edge. Romance and sex go hand in hand, so don’t be scared of writing a sex scene. Instead, put yourself in your character’s shoes and write from the heart. Embrace it. Have fun with it.
And don’t for one second think about the fact your parents might read it.
Are you doing Jae’s Sapphic Reading Challenge 2021? If not, maybe you should consider it! There are prizes on offer, as well as the chance to read more widely and be introduced to a ton of new books and authors. Plus, if you join her Facebook group, you could even chat about the books you’ve read with other like-minded readers, too. It’s a triple win!
How does it work? In Jae’s own words: “The goal is to read sapphic books that fit as many of the 50 categories listed as possible. You can read ebooks, paperbacks, or audiobooks; and they can be new-to-you books or re-reads. I’ll post book recommendations for a new category once a week. Of course, you could also just read whatever books you want and then, afterwards, see what categories they fit into. Depending on how many sapphic books you manage to read in 2021, you can earn different badges and book prizes.”
Basically, read books that fit certain tropes, and there are prizes to be had! Plus, you get to call yourself a Book Penguin, a Book Dragon or even a Book Unicorn.
Jae has 50 categories to tick off in her challenge, so I thought I’d list my books and what category they fit in. I’ve got 18 novels, and there are 50 categories. I might miss some matches, but I’m going to do the absolute best I can, and hopefully it might help you to fill your challenge card and puff your reading muscles. Ready? Here goes…
Continue reading » “Jae’s Sapphic Reading Challenge: Start Here!”
I come bearing jingly-jangly news: Christmas In Mistletoe, my brand-new festive lesbian romance, is out now!
You’re going to love this book because:
1. It’s set in a village called Mistletoe & features a Christmas tree farm. I know!
2. The story is a gorgeous enemies-to-lovers romance.
3. It’s got a hot singer, delicious simmering attraction, plus a scorching first kiss.
4. There are snowball fights, mulled wine and twinkly lights, plus a sparkling array of locals.
5. The story is gift-wrapped with emotion, and guaranteed to give you the Christmas feels. All of them. Proper head-to-toe tingles.
It’s been five years since my last Christmas romance, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that this one was worth the wait. I hope you enjoy the story of Fran and Ruby! Do let me know what you think.
Buy Christmas In Mistletoe by clicking here!
It’s title and cover reveal day for my upcoming festive romance, Christmas In Mistletoe! I hope you love both as much as I do. This lesbian romance has a Christmas tree farm, a singer, a Christmas curmudgeon, mulled wine, tinsel, hilarious locals, snow, a yappy dog and all manner of yuletide goodness. Suffice it to say, if you like Christmas and women falling in love, this is the book for you.
Blurb to come later this week, and you can expect the novel to drop in a few weeks time. November. Definitely November!
It’s time to get excited for my new fairy-lit romance where Ruby and Fran have no idea what’s about to happen in the cutest Suffolk village!
If you’re a bargain book hunter, sit up straight and pay attention. I currently have two out-of-this-world deals on my lesbian romances, but be quick, they’re for a limited time only.
First, my All I Want Series Boxset, Books 1-3 is currently on sale across Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Google and Barnes & Noble for just 99p/99c – a whopping discount of 90% from its usual price of £9.99/$9.99. It’s available until Wednesday August 12th, so don’t delay, snap it up today!
On top of that, my runaway best-seller, Before You Say I Do, is currently part of the August Kindle Monthly Deal in the UK, Australia & Ireland. Grab it now for the incredible price of 99p/$1.49/29r. I know, I spoil you.
Happy summer reading!
If you had the choice, which writers would you invite to your ideal dinner party? There are six places at my table, room for me and five authors. Your choice might be made because you love their writing, their sparkling wit, or just because you’ve always wanted to ask them, “What were you thinking ending your last book like that?!” I decided on an all-female evening, because it’s my party and I can do what I like. Ready? Let’s lay the table and get going… Continue reading » “My Ideal Author Dinner Party”
Thrilled to be able to let you know I’ve added a new way to buy my lesbian romance online! My imprint, Custard Books, is now selling my catalogue via Ylva Publishing. I’m a great believer in having my books available in as many places as possible, so it’s great to team up with another fantastic queer company in Ylva Publishing and offer my novels via them, too.
All my other channels are still open for sale – selling direct from my Web Shop, as well as via Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Google, B&N and Bella Books. I’ve just added one more option to give you more choice of where to purchase.
Print books and audiobooks are available across most other channels, but Ylva are just for my lesfic ebooks. Find Custard Books on Ylva’s website here.
For more on all my titles and where to buy them in ebook, audio & print, click here.
Thrilled to let you know that my new lesbian romance, Before You Say I Do, is out now!
You’re going to love this book because:
1. Forbidden love makes for pages & pages of delicious simmering desire.
2. The attraction is so hot, your Kindle might start to steam.
3. You need to know the answer: what does happen if you fall for your bridesmaid?
4. The story is jam-packed with emotion. Like, full to the brim and overflowing.
5. I reckon it’s the best book I’ve ever written. A bold statement? Read it and make up your own mind!
I put my heart and soul into this one, and I hope you enjoy reading the story of Abby & Jordan. Do let me know what you think.
Thanks so much for your support – you really are the best.
Get the book by clicking here
Dead chuffed to let you know that book six in the London Romance series, Made In London, is now out in audio! Hooray! Whether you’ve read the book or not, you’re in for a treat. Lucy Price-Lewis has done a stellar job of narrating the tale of Heidi and Eden, bringing a delicious extra dimension to their story of will-they, won’t-they romance. Listen now to luxuriate in their world today!
Continue reading » “Made In London Audiobook Out Now!”
My new lesbian romance, Before You Say I Do, is due out on March 10th. It asks the question: what happens when you fall for your bridesmaid? Intrigued? You should be. Want to read the first chapter? Read on…
Continue reading » “Before You Say I Do: First Chapter Preview!”