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Guest Blogger: Sayde Grace
Friday, August 5th, 2011

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Sexual Tension in Books

by Sayde Grace

Hello everyone! First let me just say a huge thank you to Delilah for letting me take over today!! I’m really excited to be here! Today I’m going to talk about different forms of sexual tension. A few months ago I did an online chat where I talked about adding emotion to your sex scenes. During the chat one of my side topics was sexual tension. Since then I have started a new manuscript where the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a butter knife.

There are many ways to add sexual tension. Such as adding more serious conflicts between the main characters or on the other end of the spectrum having the characters have no conflicts except wanting each other can add tension. I prefer to have my characters bickering. Now, I was once told that bickering isn’t an element strong enough to build a plot on. That’s true, however using that as a character trait is different. Having a couple with a major plot is your main concept but giving them a trait where when near each other they bicker can create friction between them. That friction can be just the beginning to passion.

That is just one way to create sexual tension. Some authors keep characters touching. A stroke of a hand down an arm will do it. Sometimes the gentle press of lips near flesh but never touching. And even a certain glance will create tension. Little gestures go a long way in tying characters together with readers.

Adding an emotional element to any form of creating sexual tension will draw your readers deeper into the relationship. As a reader I know that what ties me to a character is how something affects that character emotionally. When that character is fighting with the other how does she feel? What are her hidden emotions? By bringing those hidden emotions to your readers they will connect your readers to your characters.

Those emotions can be presented in the smallest ways. Just a thought here or there. A slight sigh. A cuss. A blink. Those little actions can reveal emotions that are behind the sexual tension.

What are things you look for as a reader when it comes to tension,
relationships, or traits?

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The winner (by random number generator) is…Christy M! Christy, email me with your address so I can get your package into the mail! Congrats!

For those rest of you, remember, the Fugly Ring Contest continues!

9 comments to “Guest Blogger: Sayde Grace”

  1. Fedora
    · August 5th, 2011 at 9:49 am · Link

    Hi, Sayde! I do love it when authors use banter to reveal the emotional connection between the characters, and the tension. Nothing like some witty conversation to make me happy as a reader 🙂

    And congrats, Christy! Thanks again, Delilah!

  2. Teresa Kleeman
    · August 5th, 2011 at 9:58 am · Link

    Hi Delilah,

    I do love sexual tension between my characters especially when they have to fight so hard to come to terms that they are so attractive to each other.

    I also wanted to say I was looking at your beautiful covers and they are just gorgeous. As far as the fugly ring contest I think the ring is beautiful. I go to coventions where I dress up in Historical Tudor clothing. The ring that you show would go great with some of the gowns that I wear when I’m in costume. So I don’t think the ring looks hideous.

    Teresa K.

  3. Diane Sallans
    · August 5th, 2011 at 11:41 am · Link

    I too enjoy banter between a couple. I don’t like it when it crosses the line into mean.

  4. Delilah
    · August 5th, 2011 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Sayde! I love banter. I don’t mind sniping, so long as we know what’s going on inside the hero and heroine’s head. And especially when how they are touching each other contrasts to what they are saying.

    Fedora! YW!

    Teresa! Yeah, that ring might work for you!

    Thanks for stopping by, Diane!

  5. Diane Sadler
    · August 5th, 2011 at 7:39 pm · Link

    I like a couple who can laugh together, cry together and love together.

  6. Jen B.
    · August 5th, 2011 at 9:51 pm · Link

    I love sexual tension in a story. When the characters notice minute things about each other. For instance, in Victorian romance when the hero notices the pulse in the heroine’s neck. Or that a wisp of hair has come out of her pins so he reaches up to tuck it behind her ear. Good sexual tension can really make the story work.

  7. tammy ramey
    · August 5th, 2011 at 10:51 pm · Link

    great post and thanks for all of the wonderful information.
    it is a big help for those of us just starting out in our writing careers. 😛

  8. Pat Cochran
    · August 6th, 2011 at 1:08 am · Link

    I love it when characters begin “picking on and at each other.”
    They want to express their feelings for each other but are
    unable to do so adequately. Thus they begin to tease or bully
    each other, ofttimes getting in some humorous verbal “hits” on each other! Call it banter or mockery or repartee – I love it!

    Pat Cochran

  9. Nicole Passante
    · August 6th, 2011 at 8:54 pm · Link

    oh great, just great Delilah! Now I HAVE to read this!!! LOL 😆

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