With: Cindy McDonald
Congratulations to "Jennifer D." and "Rachel B." the winners in Cindy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
Sex—many authors struggle with writing love scenes or as some dub them: sex scenes. The problem is that these types of scenes are oftentimes misunderstood by readers or sometimes misused by authors. How is that possible? Let me explain...
Most recently I received a three-star review for my newest release, To the Breaking Pointe, from a reader who posted, “A fun guilty pleasure. Liked the military and dance aspects. Wish there was a little more romance.”
Translation: I thought there would be more sex scenes.
Sorry, I don’t roll that way (accidental pun? I think not).
Please don’t misunderstand; I’m not complaining about the review, I’m just trying to make a clear concise point here. That said there are two love/sex scenes within the storyline of To the Breaking Pointe. These two scenes are appropriate for the story—both scenes move the story forward. If I had included another love scene in the story it would have been pushing the envelope, or forced for no other reason than to include such a scene to please such readers—and this is where love scenes are oftentimes misused.
Some of you may be thinking, okay, author, how does a love scene move the story forward? Let’s face it, most love scenes are in the story for enticement.
Not necessarily. In order to use the scene aptly so that it doesn’t seem out of place or added for overkill, the scene should:
1. Bring the couple closer together—solidify their relationship.
2. Something should be revealed, a secret, a confession, or perhaps
information that has not yet been shared with the reader.
3. The new information listed in #2 can even come as a result of
the lovemaking—perhaps one character feels compelled to share it.
In other words, you need to make the scene count—a scene that is thrown in just to have it there will feel out of place to an astute reader, and yes, they will be annoyed by it.
A well placed, well written love scene can be very powerful, but an ill placed love scene can turn the reader off, resulting in a poor review or lost readership.
By the way, I don’t necessarily consider the three-star review in my example as a bad review, after all they stated that the story was “fun” and there were aspects of the story that they “liked.” The reality is that all reviews can’t be five-stars—but that’s for another blog post.
Still...I have to wonder, will my three-star reader pick up any of my books in the future? I certainly hope so. However, they will not find any excess love scenes.
I will be giving away one ebook copy of Into the Crossfire AND one ebook copy of To the Breaking Pointe--just leave a comment and your email address to enter the drawing!
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance: she was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack (greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered!). Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series so far.
Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one, Into the Crossfire is the first book for her new series, First Force.
People are always asking Cindy: do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books, and I love sharing them with you.For more information, book trailers, and excerpts for all of Cindy’s books please visit her website: www.cindymcwriter.com
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