I'm delighted to welcome author Kathy Bosman here today. She's my pub-buddy over at Decadent Publishing and her multicultural sweet romance Dragonfly Moments is on sale for $0.99 (for a limited time). You can read all about it right after her writing tip. But first, I should tell you she's got an awesome giveaway going on.
Click on the Rafflecopter link below to either win the grand prize of a $15 Amazon voucher or one of 5 dragonfly swag bags. Kathy's made beautiful beaded necklaces in a variety of colours and designs - one for each bag (pictured alongside her writing tip).
How to Create Sexual Tension by Kathy Bosman
Thank you, Tara Quan for hosting me on your blog today. Tara is a fellow Decadent Publishing author who writes spunky, exotic romances with paranormal, fantasy elements.
On my fourth day of my birthday blog tour, I'm offering a short writing tip. I could go into the usual writing tips, like not head hopping or changing point of views, or showing not telling, but today, I want to talk about something that I'm working on in my writing at the moment - sexual tension. Whether you write sweet or sexy romance, sexual tension is a very vital ingredient to keep the reader interested.
Sexual tension is that pull - it involves the emotions and physical attraction. It's that waiting, that longing, that wondering if they will kiss, if the couple will become one, if they will make love. It's built up in that waiting period before they take the action or until the next one. It's made stronger by conflict, by whatever pulls the couple apart, and it's also made stronger by bringing in all the senses.
Even if what you're waiting for happens, make the couple want more. Make them addicted to one another. Even better, bring them close to what they're longing for, but before it happens, stop. When they finally get a taste, use something to pull them apart.
Show the sexual tension within them by internal dialogue, external dialogue and actions.
I don't know about you, but I like the element of the chase in a relationship. I like it when my man makes himself a bit hard to get sometimes. Doesn't that build sexual tension?
Build it up slowly, simmering beneath the surface until it bubbles up, unable to resist.
After that lead-in, I'm sure you're very curious about Kathy's book (I know I am). Read on for the blurb and trailer, and remember, it's on sale right now for only 99 cents!
Seven years earlier, a young and serious Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to free spirit Ryan le Roux promising her undying love. As time passed she forgot about that letter...but Ryan did not.
When he walks back into her life, Tessa is in a relationship and busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan throws her for a spin. He is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability...or is he?
When everything she clung to starts to crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things. But her compulsion for having marriage and children on her terms alone pushes Ryan away--until she falls in love with an orphaned baby.
What can Ryan do to make Tessa realize that being with him is what her heart has longed for all along?
About Kathy Bosman
Kathy loved reading as a child and used to devour several books a month. She pushed her dream to write books into the back of her mind for many years until her first child was a toddler and she spent many hours watching and amusing him. Why not write a book to pass the time? After trying out children's books, she found her niche in contemporary romance years later. She wrote her first romance novel in 2007 and was published in 2012.