So, I hit my halfway mark for my Bantam book and I feel about 60% good about it. Which is nice. But the 40% I don't feel good about revolves around sex. And the lack of it. The romance world has gotten hotter and hotter and it's infiltrated almost every sub-genre, so as I sit at half-way and my character have only shared one KISS! I wonder how bad I'm screwing up my debut effort.
Now, I don't want anything to seem forced, we've all read those books. An obligatory out of the blue sex scene on page forty that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. But how important is sex in romance? Is sexual tension enough? I know my answer which is yes, but am I risking a whole whack of people putting down my book? And there are some places where I could sex things up, without too much trouble - but, I like the way things are now. But would I be smarter to change them? I waffle. Constantly.
I also, stupidly, found myself killing my sexual tension - things would start off steamy. And then, by the middle of the scene, they'd be sitting there, shirts off, drinking tea, discussing thier various daddy issues.(Figuratively, of course, but as I think about it, not really) So, I've fixed that - but how long can sexual tension carry a book?
I'm reading the new Sherry Thomas (I know, Sinead, I'm weak and I couldn't resist) and how she freaking manages to create sexual tension between these characters and make me stay up too late to see it resolved both inspires and intimidates me.
I am no Sherry Thomas, but perhaps it's worth a shot?
Again, I waffle.