From Harp & Sword Chronicles

Saturday, January 16, 2010

"The time has come," the Walrus said.

Changing things around, getting face lifts, adding gadgets. Now that the three story lines I've been working on for the last 10 years have been picked up for publication thru Dark Roast Press, I can focus on the work of promotion.

As you can see, I've sort of veered from my Jimmy Page fun and am now focusing this blog on things that deal with authoring and promoting. Some spiritual ponderings will still be added as I have to pursue what inspires me on a writing as well as a personal level, but the majority of this blog will be used to share my work and to offer contests and all sorts of fun things for the readers and followers. It's also a means to help other authors promote their work. As soon as I find the blogs to writers I enjoy, I'll let it be known I'm following them. So, if I've commented on your writing and you have a blog let me know where I can check it out. ;)

Please do follow me if you are interested.

For this first post since facelifting my blog, I'll begin by saying I'm once again tackling the sequel to "Crimson Dawn" (Harp & Sword Chronicles hovered over my head to get the first two books for that series done, so I had to get those off my plate, first.) Now, though, Kevin, Vic and the others are back on my plate and I'm focusing on really making a splash in the sexuality of this installment. The first book was sort of the backdrop to where the characters are going, a means to introduce them and set up the foundation. This one is purusing the romance between Kevin and Vic and the challenges thrown before them that Hampton can't seem to veer away from, and he's enjoying doing it, too.


No, seriously, Hampton is a bad guy, but is he more an anti-hero than a villain? Curiouser and curioser, said Alice. We shall see. One thing's for certain, he won't be expecting how much Kevin loves Vic; enough to sacrifice his...well, I won't say it. It'll give it away.

And I'm getting over my fear of sex-scenes. I guess with all the promotions I've stumbled across dealing with nothing but sex scenes it sort of gets old and tiring. (Dig it, burned out on sex...or is it more desensitized? Riddle me that one, Batman.)

But, it sells, it captivates, and honestly, if written well, it really and truly is beautiful to read. M.L. Rhodes does it wonderfully. Mel Keegan is another favorite. When sex scenes sound like porn I do skip over it. I want to read scenes that capture the 'feelings', not just physical, but in the soul of the persons involved. What does the sex trigger for them? What does it do to make them fulfilled? It should be a mystery going in and when leaving give you a sense of 'Man, that was just as good for me as it was for them.' Of course, this is just my opinion on the matter. I'd be interested in what others have to say as other insights always 'dilate' the mind.

I'm not good at writing sex scenes. It's just something I need to practice at because of the desensitized predisposition I've had on the subject for the last few years. They are very difficult to write, and to those who do it well and hold my attention I say, "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" But what a great way to gain inspiration! :)

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