Now... that got your attention, didn't it :)
I've been reading over (and over and over and over) my revisions - highlighting them, pulling them apart and typing up notes on what needs to be done for me to move forward and make this mss sparkle enough for Mills and Boon to WANT IT!! And one of the main things I need to focus on fixing is the SENSUALITY.
It's not that I've been told my love scenes are crap - more that I could make them A LOT steamier, more unique, more emotional. One phrase the editor said in regards to these scenes was that I should really try to PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF SENSUALITY.
Now... I've been mulling this over for a day or two now and I'm pretty doggone certain that she doesn't mean I need to introduce hand cuffs, blind folds, sex toys or veggies!
In the current version I had my h&H getting nice and cosy in the bath far too early and I've been told I need to really ramp up the sexual tension here. So I'm probably gonna lose the candles and the bath and go for something much more special... when I can think of what that special is.
There's a black out and my h&H 'sleep' together in near pitch black with only the natural acclimatization of their eyes to help them see. I'm thinking I could use this whole dark element and bring into play the other senses - touch, taste, smell - a WHOLE lot more!?
Before I dive head first into these rewrites, I've been catching up on a little reading (am WAY behind on my TBR pile) and hoping that I'll have some sort of light bulb moment while reading the love scene of my fave authors.
Finished Natalie Anderson's 'To Love, Honour and Disobey' last night - loved it, no surprises there - and am about to start Kate Hardy's 'Good Girl or Gold Digger!' Oh and I just read Heidi Rice's sneak peak of her new book on her site and am thoroughly bamboozled - but in a good way.
Of course... while hubby thinks I'm reading instead of doing housework, I can say it's ALL in the name of research. He'd actually prefer we did some research of another sort entirely - wink wink, nudge, nugde!!!
So what do you like in a love scene? What WOWS you!? Come on ladies, inspire me!!!