window.setInterval("cycle1()",1000);

Monday, December 12, 2011

Guest Blog Featuring Roxanne St. Claire

THE SLOW BUILDUP from Roxanne St. Claire


Giveaway alert!! Roxanne is a giving away a copy of SPACE IN HIS HEART to one lucky commenter.


Giveaway ends 10pm EST Dec. 13th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, use the email under the CONTACT page to enter.


Congratulations to "Laurel N" the winner of a copy of SPACE IN HIS HEART. Roxanne will be contacting you via email. Thank you to all participants!

24 comments:

  1. I was one of those ones who immediately wanted to let you know how much I loved the book. Even more so because I knew it was a book of your heart. I love the slow build-up and this book was extremely well done! I highly recommend this story to anyone who hasn't read it yet!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Roxanne,
    I loved your Silhouette Desire books. This book sound great and I can"t wait to read it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love what's right and good for the characters. If IT happens on the second page or the next to the last page it's how the author creates the characters and what they need that makes the book good.
    Congrats and wishing you many sales.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for the giveaway-I love Roxanne St. Claire since reading her first Bullet Catcher and she is an auto-buy for me. I would love a copy of her new book. She packs a punch with her suspense!
    trish.dechant@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I definitely prefer a slow buildup. I'm not a fan of the "we're in terrible danger - let's have sex - wait, we're in LURV" set up!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  6. Forgot my email it's yenastone at aol dot com
    and I love a slow build up

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh Roxy, you know how much I love your books, I can't help but do the whole fan-girl squeal over this one and I just barely started it.
    I couldn't wait to have a copy delivered so I downloaded to my Kindle. I would love to have an actual copy to share with my daughter, especially since I love the cover and want to display it so my reader friends can admire my complete collection of St. Claire publications.
    ;-)

    Tomorrow is my day off so I'm going to read while the cookies are baking. Can't think of any better way to spend the day.

    Laurel N
    ms (dot) laurel1 (at) mac (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  8. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'm a fan of your work and look forward to reading this one. For some reason, it didn't pop in my recommended reads in Amazon - strange. I'll have to check my settings.

    What can you share about keeping the chemistry and sensual tension high without physical contact, or without the characters even liking each other?

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congratulations on your release Roxie! I don't think I've met an astronaut character before so this is nice and different for me. Best of luck with your release.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hey everyone, thanks for the comments and warm welcome! I loved writing those Silhouette Desires, Tammy, thanks for remembering them. I don't know if you read The Sins of His Past, but it's being re-issued by Harlequin in March, leading an anthology called "Kiss Me, I'm Irish." I loved that story! Laurel, baking and reading sounds so heavenly! I'm thrilled to be your Bake Book of choice!!

    CJ Miller asked about sexual tension without physical contact - great question we romance writers wrestle every day. I have a couple of tricks that could help. One is very deep POV that keeps the reader feeling what the character is feeling. Accidental touches that aren't accidental, forced close proximity, and dialogue that is saying one thing but meaning another are great ways to amp up the electricity.

    Another favorite technique of mine is to make my characters really uncomfortable, to have one "force" the other into admitting attraction when they don't want to. I like to take that moment as far as I can until the character nearly breaks. The "almost kiss" is also very good for building up tension. Very tough for an alpha dude to back down, but when he has to...yum.

    One other tip I got from one of my first editors is to have characters SAY what their thinking, not just THINK it. I find that getting a rise/reaction out of the other character (and not just the reader) is a really effective way to make them have to face the fact: this chemistry is mutual.

    Hope that helps!

    Any other questions? I'm here!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yo Rocki!
    Hmmm - this is a toughie. I do like the sexxorring, but one of my long-term biggest pet peeves is when the "i love you" comes too soon to be believable, even in the parameters of Romancelandia. That said, there's a reason we hang about watching shows like Castle and its slow build towards a relationship between the 2 leads, and other shows like that. A slow rise (heh) in desire-laced affection whets the appetite of both readers and characters and allows for a dare I say realistic portrayal of what it's like to fall into a forever love.

    Gimme both, I guess. 'Specially if you're writing them. ;-)

    Huzzah on SPACE IN HIS HEART! I bought the ebook tout suite, but things like GH submissions have cut into reading opportunities. I've decided to keep it for a Christmas break treat! Happy Christmas to me!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I find I like both and it just depends on what kind of a mood I'm in!

    ReplyDelete
  14. This has very quickly become one of my all-time favorite books. I am a huge fan of NASA- that was initially what caught my eye with this book. And I wasn't disappointed from the NASA/technical point of view.

    But, in all honesty I do have to mention that one of my favorite parts of the book is when they travel to New York. Without giving too much away, that trip was a key point involving the slow build up and I LOVED it. I am an old-fashioned girl at heart and I would never have been brave enough to ever jump into bed with a man simply because I was attracted to him. I really enjoy books where there is timing and intention in the writing and it works out to be perfect and believable. I definitely love the relationship played out between Deke and Jessica!

    Thanks again for self-publishing this book!

    Heather E
    hregtvedt@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Roxanne- I have been a fan for a long time and want to win this book! I wish you the best with it!
    Beth

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's both the journey and the destination that lead to the big moment. I can't tell you the last book I read where the sexual tension alone had me not putting the book down. But this one sure did! A book of your heart will speak for itself, as you are finding out. The book is just awesome.

    I have never read a book with an astronaut character before. But this past year, with Mark Kelly being the shuttle captain, his twin brother coming home from the ISS, and then the gripping story of Gabrielle Giffords, I think the timing of this (probably not a thing you even thought about either!) is perfect. Everyone loves a HEA, and we just had a real life one in the publishing of the Giffords/Kelly book, and now this book from you. What a gift you have given your readers!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow, Heather, Teri and all - thank you SO much for these great words of praise. I cannot tell you how much it means to know the book has already, in less than two weeks, touched so many readers. I'm humbled and delighted.

    I didn't really think about Mark Kelly, Teri, but my husband is the one who woke up one morning in September and said, "It's time for the astronaut book." I thought he was crazy, but when I read it again and realized I could turn the whole story into a flashback, thus preserving the historical accuracy of a VERY heavily researched book, I knew it could be done. I also knew that the book was slightly "different" from my super high-action hot sex books (Guardian Angelinos and Bullet Catchers) BUT the story felt solid and right. I'm just so overjoyed you agree! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I like the slow build, but I think it really depends on the story, and as an author it's nice for the story and characters to dictate, rather than an editor at page 60 :) Congrats on your new release.

    ReplyDelete
  19. How lucky for me to pop over here for a quick read on the day you have a post! :) I'm a long-time RSC fan.

    I have to say, I don't really care what kind of build there is, if it's executed well. Some authors do the slow build fantastically (as it sounds like you've done here), and some (like Megan Hart, to throw out an example) can somehow have sex on page one that grips me immediately and won't let me go.

    I'm trying to get over my inherent distrust of self-published books. Knowing I always love yours, this is already in my "to buy" file on my Kindle, awaiting my traditional birthday gift cards, but I'll be able to get it sooner if I win it! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

    natalie @ nataliedamschroder . com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congrats on the release of your first self-published book! Love the thought of an astronaut hero, now that's one you don't see often.

    trishmccallan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. This sounds like a great story -- I know I'm going to enjoy it. I've loved every Roxanne St. Claire book I've read. :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. YAY!! A new book. I love the way your characters interact. The builds up to fireworks is so satisfying. I would love to win a copy of your book. gator_trish at msn dot com.

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a great sounding book. I can't wait to read it even if I have to pay full price..LOL

    ReplyDelete
  24. Yay! I just saw that my name has been drawn as the winner. Thank you for having this contest, and major thanks for giving us some time with Roxanne.

    Laurel N

    ReplyDelete