"Gabrielle Holly spins her stories in a way that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster you'll never forget!"
~Paranormal Romance Junkies

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Little to the Left – The Logistics of Writing a Sex Scene

People always want to know, “How do you come up with this stuff?” Coming up with the “stuff” that sex scenes are made of is the easy part. Making sure that the mechanics are feasible is another thing altogether. It’s kind of like putting together a bookshelf from IKEA. If Tab A is in Slot B, you’d better make damned sure that Tab C will still be able to reach Slot D.
Unfortunately, sex scenes don’t come with an illustrated assembly booklet. I rely on trial and error – and a willing research assistant. My husband and I had been working out logistics for many, many years before I became an erotic romance writer, so he doesn’t even blink when I ask him to put down the newspaper for a minute so I can make sure that my fantasy concepts of the joining of Tabs and Slots are achievable.
While writing “Dressed for Success” I made him pause SportsCenter so I could work out the prelude to the final sex scene. It went something like this:
 “Okay, so I’m Franny and you’re Jesse. If I’m closing the loft door with one hand here and the other hand here, see if you can stand behind me, slide your hands – no, start at my shoulders – right – now slide your hands down until they’re covering mine. Good. Now grab my wrists and cross them in front of me…”
A couple more directives later and I had the choreography worked out. He went back to ESPN and I went back to my laptop. It took less than two minutes, but it was absolutely necessary. Without that reenactment, I couldn’t have written this:
Before she turned around, Franny smelled Jesse’s clean, soapy scent. She paused with one hand on the oversized handle and the other flattened at eye level on the worn, wood door. She felt Jesse’s presence before he touched her. She closed her eyes.
He placed his big, warm hands on her shoulders then smoothly slid them down until they covered hers. Franny’s heart thundered, and she was immobilized. He guided her hands outward until her arms were straight out at shoulder level and her right cheek was pressed against the cool wood. He pressed his chest against her shoulders and lowered his head until his stubble-roughened cheek touched the side of her face. He drew back until his mouth was at her ear. His breath quickened, and the lusty cadence thrilled her.
“I want you, Franny,” he whispered in her ear.
The insistent growl in his voice caused her skin to goose bump and her pussy to pulse and grow instantly wet.
“Jesse,” she whispered, shocked by the weakness in her voice.
He laced his long, thick fingers between hers and drew her arms down to her sides then crossed them in front of her, just above her navel. He pulled her body against his and took a step backward. She couldn’t help but follow. His right hand released hers and roamed up to her breasts. He caught up her crossed wrists in his left hand, and she gratefully surrendered to his masculine will. His tongue slid out and curled around her earlobe. He sucked it into his mouth and drew it slowly between the gentle graze of his teeth.
She moaned and let herself fall back into him.
He kissed her cheek, her jaw, the side of her neck, and between each press of his lips, he whispered her name…
I’m working on my fifth book and I’m grateful to have a willing helper. My husband is patient to a fault and always drops whatever he’s doing to offer up his body for the greater good of erotic romance.
It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
Happy Research, Darlings!
~ Gabrielle
Find out what happens when Franny and Jesse get to the bedroom in “Dressed for Success,” available now from Resplendence Publishing.

Also out now is “Mr. Fix It” from Total-E-Bound.

Watch for “Soldier of Love,” Book One in my Paranormal Erotic Romance Series, out December 2012 from Total-E-Bound.

Monday, August 20, 2012

New Book Cover

Just received the cover for "Soldier of Love", Book 1 in my paranormal erotic romance series "Ghost Encounters". The cover art is by the lovely & talented Emmy Ellis xoxo

Follow reluctant spiritual medium Toni Bianchi as she discovers the extent of her powers over ghosts and men.  Toni’s powerful sexual energy acts as a conduit for wayward spirits and affects the mortals around her.

Her impulsive nature and misguided business sense lead her into a string of odd real estate ventures with one common amenity – each has a resident ghost who needs Toni’s special gift to help find eternal peace through earthly gratification. 
Toni is guided through her adventures by the quirky cast and crew of the hit television ghost-hunting show “Paranormal Research Team”.  Sexy host Thomas Becker hopes that Toni can help him prove that ghosts exist and he’s glad to step in when the paranormal encounters turn erotic.
Will Toni be able to manage her ghost encounters long enough to forge a lasting human connection?
About "Soldier of Love":  When Toni Bianchi decides to chuck her high-stress career and mooching noncommittal boyfriend to become an innkeeper in a tiny tourist town, she doesn't realize that she's trading in one set of problems for another.  The inn is a crumbling money pit haunted by the handsome ghost of its former owner - Civil War soldier John Buckman.  As the hauntings get more frequent – and much more personal – Toni wonders if she’s just imagining things.
At her wit's end, Toni calls in the popular ghost-hunting TV show "Paranormal Research Team" and immediately falls for its sexy star, Thomas Becker.  Toni, Thomas and Buckman's ghost engage in an otherworldly ménage that helps the dead cross over and leaves the living wanting more.
Soldier of Love coming December 2012 from Total-E-Bound

I'm already counting the days, Darlings! I can't wait to introduce you to Toni Bianchi and the stars of Paranormal Research Team. I hope you'll love them as much as I do.

~ Gabrielle

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dressed for Success - 3-Heart Review!

Nice review for Dressed for Success from the fine folks over at Sizzling Hot Books!

"Dressed for Success gives the reader a lot of depth and passion in a fast paced story. If you enjoy a blossoming romance, with quirky characters that have creative fantasies, then I definitely recommend picking up Dressed for Success. You will enjoy the emotional journey, the humor, and the heat packed into this novella." 

Get your copy today, Darlings, and find out just how hot sex can be with a Viking warrior, a stagecoach bandit and a Scottish lord... I'd say sizzing hot!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Getting in the Mood - Writing When You're Just Not Feeling It

I was sitting in the backyard, stretched out on the chaise, laptop perched on my thighs, staring off into space. My husband said, “I thought you were supposed to be writing!”
“I am. This is the thinking part.”
Thomas Alva Edison is famously quoted, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
What a wise ass.
I know he was correct, but for me the ratio is more like 50/50. I spend a good deal of time daydreaming about what I’m going to write. And, I’m the first to admit that I really should devote more effort to actually sitting down to the keyboard and sweating out the words.
I’ve got a yellowed piece of paper pinned to the bulletin board by my desk that says, “Don’t get it right. Get it written.” The saying reminds me not to self-edit in the early stages. It’s not that the final product doesn’t have to be “right.” It absolutely does. But in order to be massaged into a novel or magazine feature, the words first have to flow from my noggin, through my fingertips and onto the hard drive. The “get it written” stage is a time for damn-the-torpedoes, stream-of-consciousness, down-and-dirty word generation.
Much of what I learned in school has flitted out of my brain, or has been buried so deep in the overstuffed file cabinets of memory that it would take hypnosis to retrieve. But there’s one lesson that remains as clear – and relevant – as the day I learned it. One of my high school English teachers – a quiet, handsome guy with a striking resemblance to G.I. Joe - taught a technique called “Rush Writing.” The basic principle is that you set a time limit and write whatever comes to mind. WHATEVER comes to mind. You write like your life depends on getting your thoughts in black and white. You record every trite, transcendent, redundant, original, ridiculous, practical, painful, joyful, embarrassing, shameful, proud, secret, vulnerable, loving, angry notion.
It is liberating and cathartic. And, if done honestly, it’s the most effective way I’ve found to discover treasure buried in your subconscious. But, just like panning for gold, you have to be willing and able to wash away pounds of silt to uncover one beautiful nugget - that’s what editing is for. But first you have to get your feet wet. You have to trudge into the roiling water and scoop up a pan full of muck - and trust that the right words are in there just waiting to be revealed.
I hope you find your treasure, Darlings!
xoxo ~Gabrielle

I have two new Erotic Romance titles available. Read them today and find out what happens when I daydream ;-)