1) Get them talking... There's nothing quite as sexy as witnessing two characters bare it all in bed, physically, emotionally and verbally. Whenever I can't quite make the scene between my hero and heroine feel authentic, I think about what they would say to each other when they're most intimate. Some characters are all about raw expressions of lust, others use quiet words of encouragement. Still another kind says nothing at all. What kind of characters are yours? Staying true to their voice out of bed will add even more power to an already explosive love scene.
2) Get personal... I've heard over and over again that no two people make love the same way. Whatever their personal makeup, their fears/goals/emotions will all be heightened when you strip away the barrier of clothes. Is your heroine someone who sees humor in every situation? Then she'll probably enjoy a good laugh when the hero has trouble getting on the condom. Or else she'll get really frustrated. ;) Maybe your hero is a man who never stumbles in pursuit of his objectives. Yet suddenly he can't quite master the heroine's pleasure in bed. Perhaps she's taking longer than he thinks she should, or all his typical techniques aren't having their usual effect. Does the heroine get ticklish when the hero plays with her toes? Does he lose his mind when she licks his collarbone? All these unique traits and characteristics will bring your scene to life. There is no one else on this planet just like your hero or your heroine, and their differences are what will fan the flames in your provocative scenes. Also...never forget some of the sexiest "mental sex" takes place without ever entering the bedroom. Push your characters to the brink and they'll reciprocate when you need them to err...produce.
3) Get emotional... The vulnerability and potential risks involved in getting naked with someone amp up the emotion to begin with, so use it. Some heroes become colder after sex because they're concerned about getting their heart involved. Some heroines become more aggressive because they think making the moves gives them a measure of control. It's even more fun when those roles are reversed. Maybe she's the one who freezes up and he becomes desperate to keep their affair going. Whatever your character's personal situation, exploit it. Drive up the conflict and increase the emotion until both sides are aching with the need for release.
Now it's your turn. What do you do when you need to find some relief for a scorching scene that's just not quite there yet? I'd love to hear your tips. As motivation, I'm giving away a copy of my sizzling debut release, Full Disclosure, available here or here to a random commenter.
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Cari Quinn wrote her first story - a bible parable - in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she'd ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today. Cari's genres of choice include contemporary, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, urban fantasy and paranormal. Recently she discovered erotic romance. Oh, how far she's come…
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