Writing And (Literal) Pain / Sex Scenes / Six Sentence Sunday

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Just now getting off my monthly monster, intense abdominal pains have returned and I can't for the life of me figure out why. But enough with the TMI, on to the writing! So I've been a busy beaver these past few weeks, promoting my series and my upcoming book seen all over my website and this blog. I've decided to show some excerpts here and there from the book up until the book release (nothing too revealing; scenes that could be used as stand alones, really), and very much like the one previously posted, they'll more often than not reveal the 'darker' side of the world, though I'd be hard pressed not to just show you a whole chapter one day as the whole theme has gotten incredibly darker than the first book. My complete intention, you see.

I'm finding myself, as I'm writing it, seeing which characters really can be given the limelight and which of those we've had a bit too much of lately. Though my fans want to see their own certain favorites more, I'm keeping it all fairly fair, and whatever is best for the story, is best for us all (no matter how much you all want to see Xavier and Eleanor get it on; you know who you are).

I've also decided that The Immortal's Guide shall, indeed, have the first sex scene of the series, as, let's face it, it's a natural act of life (and apparently death), and I'd be a borderline prude to not include it in a book that so desperately needs it: sticking as close to actual trials and tribulations we all face as I can. Though the choices my characters face almost daily are larger than the normal fanfare.

As for the topic of sex scenes in books, I'm obviously not against them, and if done tastefully and with logical reason (not just, oh I'm fixing your plumbing ma'am - what's that you say? sex on the kitchen table? why, yes, i'll stop my perfectly normal action to plow your pipes), they are more than welcome by my eyes. Just make the situation warranted, I guess is what I'm saying, but I guess that falls under the category of making every scene (sexual or no) warranted. Things, at least in story, unless it's your intention, must move the plot along in some shape or form. Even sex or love making. Especially sex or love making.

I, myself, am against the fairly boring parts of books where the hero or heroine, or even the villain, are just sitting there, going about their daily lives - something must happen to break that monotony. But, yes, there is such a thing as too much action. Everything in moderation applies here, even for me.

I've just finished writing several chapters of ridiculously action packed scenes and have just taken the chance to take a break (for my mind's sake and my readers' sake), to switch to the other characters and their own 'lesser' trials and tribulations. Hell, gives me time to round out my characters to my readers, and level the pacing of the book a bit. Which was greatly needed, in my personal opinion.

And I've decided I'll do something I've heard about recently, perhaps make it a weekly thing since it's a Sunday.

6 Sentence Sunday. I'll give you guys six sentences from my upcoming novel and explain it a bit afterward, sound good? Sweet. Let's get to it.

“Dracula’s death is quite the story on Creatures’ tongues. It appears they are aware of what happened, although the story is always different as to how it happened…” he said quietly.

“And?” she asked. He heard the slight edge to her voice and hurried on:

“And they know of the book.”

What?”she whispered harshly.

Here we have our main antagonist, the beautiful, yet crazy Eleanor Black meeting with one of her newly-turned hybrids, as he tells her of the state of the Dark World after Dracula's death. With the events of the Council of Creatures Meeting in The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel, here we see that there is a rush to get this infamous book, you guessed it: The Immortal's Guide. Her utter alarm at the news that Dark Creatures even know of the book is enough to tell you, even from these few sentences, just how important this book is to all characters involved in the race to retrieve it.

'Till next time,

Keep your bite.

-S.C./Sheron Parris