Setting the Mood….with JL Oiler
How many times have you been reading a good romance when out of the blue the main characters just hot up on the nearest location and start doing “it”, No lead up, no seduction. This (at least in my opinion) amounts to nothing more then what I would call filler sex. You know the kind where the author looks back at his/her finished manuscript and says “Oh I need about another 500 or so words so let’s throw in a sex scene. Not that sex just for the sake of sex is such a bad thing. However, it does make the difference between a story that is erotic and one classified as erotica.
I pride myself on being an Erotic Romance writer rather than an Erotica writer. This is perhaps the reason for this little blog. How do we, as writer set the mood, and how can readers get the most emotion from those scenes? Not that there aren’t scenes that require little to no build up and play a important part in the scene or story.
I believe it comes down to simply setting ourselves up for the romance or seduction of that moment. What is it that personifies sensuality to you? We all have that thing which puts us into the moment. Therefore, my challenge to you, both writers and readers, is set the stage before you jump head long into those particular scenes. Light some sweet candles, dim the lights, pour a glass of wine, and put on some soft sensual sounds. I truly believe you will find the scene works a whole lot better than trying to fit it in between doing a load of laundry, chasing the kids away from the television and writing or reading to the sounds of the garbage truck backing up the street.
Secondly, if you don’t write erotica, don’t use sex as a filler unless you plan on creating a lead-up. Set your stage and make it something more than a bit of grunting and sweating designed to fill the pages!
Speaking of seduction, I would love to share my latest release with you!
Katherine Wright is on a mission. After her family’s name is smeared in the rodeo world by false accusations of drugging, Katherine struggled to keep the family ranch, the Flying W, afloat. Now with a bull who promises to be the next champion, she’s heading back to the world of cowboys and bucking bulls. But nothing could prepare her for the untrusting looks from the pair of hot, twin riders she encounters. Offered an exchange of one ride for another, Katherine finds she’s risking more than her family name. She’s risking her heart.
After Koby McGuire is stomped and gouged by a bull, he and his twin brother, Keith claw their way back into the top of the rodeo circuit. Catching wind that the Flying W ranch is attempting a comeback, Koby sees a chance at a bit of payback to the family he blames for his injuries. The last thing he expects was Katherine Wright.
Keith has always shared everything with his brother from the rodeo to women. So when Koby ask him extract a bit of payback, Keith half-heartedly agrees. Unfortunately, the other half of his heart belongs to the object of his twins’ vengeance.
With their worlds permanently connected by the twin boys Katherine’s carrying, the three must find a way to overcome the attitudes and anger that keeps them at odds. However, a rival bull breeder would rather see Katherine fall beneath the hooves of the bull he knows is prime breeding stock than fall for the charms of the twin riders. Will all hope for the three lovers be crushed in the arena or is this one rodeo they’re destined to win?