A typical day for a romance author might include writing, research, staring out the window, contemplating coffee or tea, and also acting.
Acting, you say?
Sure, as in acting out the sexy scenes.
Okay, I don’t mean hitting pause to get it on (though some might!). What I mean is that some scenes in romance novels require proof. Case in point, Sarina Bowen’s recent post on blocking scenes.
That’s all part of the work of writing romances. Sometimes you need to know if something works. Be it a throw of the football in a sports romance, a dance step in a dance class scene, or a hot kiss up against the wall.
That, in a nutshell, is the inspiration for my new romantic comedy Sex and Other Shiny Objects.
Are the sexy scenes in romance novels actually possible? That’s what the heroine, Peyton, does in my book—tests them out. She takes on a project at the request of her book editor bestie to see if the sexy scenes in sexy books can work. After all, how many times have you wondered if buttons fly when a heroine rips off the guy’s shirt? Or if bathtub sex is as effective as the books make it seem? How about all that staircase nookie? Is it hot as sin or a recipe for rug burns or back bruises?
Peyton sets out to learn the ins and outs of all those scenes in Sex and Other Shiny Objects, and I’ve already heard from readers about some of the scenes. I’ll stand my ground that bathtub sex isn’t all that—not enough space, also…soap!
But a reader already messaged me and told me Peyton just needs a bigger tub. There you go.
I’m not the only one checking on the possibilities.
When an editor of mine returned a recent book to me, she wrote a margin note along these lines. “When the hero flipped the heroine from her back to her hands and knees with the scarf still on her wrists, I had my husband test that on me. Just to make sure it worked. So, make sure the scarf is loose enough on the heroine’s wrists so you can pull it off.”
Have I mentioned I love my editors for their commitment to accuracy?
A natural curiosity exists among readers, editors and fellow writers as to whether the choreography of certain sex scenes can truly work. As to whether buttons truly fly in a satisfying ping, ping, ping, I’ll let the readers find out in Sex and Other Shiny Objects.
The answers might surprise and delight you.
About the Contributor
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 3.5 million books.