Just as it's your turn to cross the railroad or trolley tracks lights start flashing and the crossing guard begins a slow descent.
A myriad of questions besiege you.
Will those heavy cross arms dent the roof of your new car?
Should you speed up and try to outrun the approaching train?
No. Never a good idea.
The car behind you is too close, so you can't back up. Will your bumper clear the tracks?
A sinking feeling plummets to the pit of your stomach. If you are too close will the fast approaching trolley drag you and your car with it down the tracks?
What to do, what to do?
Authors, after you miraculously escape, capture the moment. Commit those feelings to memory and capitalize on those emotions. Capture your quandary over whether to stay put or take flight. Later try to recall every emotion that washed through you and made you sweat, from your weakened knees and the sudden dampness of your palms right down to the very real possibility you'd wet your pants. Those emotions correctly captured on the pages of your next WIP will make the reader unable to put down your published novel.
Suppose your toddler wakes you in the middle of the night, burning up with a high fever. Should you call the doctor? Rush your little one to Urgent Care?
Is it even open at night?
ER is, thank God, but during the long wait to be seen by a doctor your child might be exposed to something else, something worse.
What should you do? Wait and see? Treat the symptoms and pray?
And what if you smell smoke, but are unable to locate the source?
Or you're driving down a lonely stretch of highway and the motor quits?
Or you're home alone and hear the sound of breaking glass?
Should you call 911? Scream? Get out of the house? Or wait and see what happens next? You don't want to look like a fool by calling the police again, but maybe this time, someone really is trying to break in.
It's the same when you meet a good looking stranger and feel an instant attraction. Or the stark fear of approaching footsteps as you wait at an unlit bus stop. Or when you barely avoid a traffic accident. Or experience a first kiss. Or hug a loved one goodbye at the airport?
What if something happens, you wonder, and your loved one never returns?
Capture the moment, and those doubts. Every parent has faced this dilemma so most of your readers will have experienced it, too. If you do the job right and capture the emotions the onset of high fever caused, then step-by-terrifying-step describe your indecision and panic on the pages of your manuscript, and your readers will relive that nightmare right along with you.
Capture the moment, the doubts, the painful, deep ache in your chest the run-away beat of your heart causes, the sudden cold sweat, the indecision. Make notes on those feelings in a notebook labeled Emotions, or in a computer file.
This is your chance to make your writing come to life. Use your emotions. Capture those moments and you'll find yourself referring to your notes again and again.
In Christmas Eve, my contemporary erotic novel Evernight Publishing will release on December 14th, Real Estate Agent Eve Adohr faces emotional indecision, too. She's snowbound in a mountain cabin with the owner, a total stranger. Should she enjoy a pleasant dinner with the first true romantic she's ever met? Or spend the next three days crouched behind a closed door, senselessly fearing for her life?
Eve decides to wait and see what Nick's intentions are. Soon, and with no regrets, she is sucked right into his fantasy and garners lifelong memories of her unplanned romantic tryst.
In a blinding snowstorm on Christmas Eve, the jaded owner of a posh Las Vegas casino mistakes the stranded real estate agent at his door for the classy call girl he's expecting to heat up his holiday.
Passions ignite. Eve has learned men believe bedding her the most direct route to her wealth. Nick's female companions always want the keys to his Ferrari and to his safe deposit box, never to his heart, so he distrusts the entire lot and expects to simply walk away unscathed when his brief time with Eve ends.
Neither expects to give marriage a try, but hearts have a way of going where cautious souls refuse, and after screwing their heads off for six days and nights Nick and Eve discover without love their former lives were little more than empty shells.
And an excerpt:
Finally. Nick St. Clair took one last look around. Everything seemed in order. Don't let your irritation at your hired date's tardiness show. She might have a reasonable excuse for being late.
Straightening the lapels of his hip-length robe, he crossed to the door. Beneath the robe, black silk pajama pants provided minimal warmth but kept him decent.
"I'm sorry to disturb you," the statuesque woman on his porch said with a bright smile, "but I've done something really stupid and wondered if you—"
"Don't just stand there." Nick opened the door wider, anxious to see what his credit card had purchased this time. "Come in."
"Thanks." After a slight hesitation, the woman stepped gracefully inside. Ice crystals clung to the fine wool scarf wrapped loosely around her neck, and to her stylish boots. She was all bundled up in a long coat, but Nick's mind's eye had no difficulty sketching what he hoped was hidden underneath.
The lady wore far too many clothes.
"I'm afraid my boots are wet." She glanced first at him. His welcoming smile seemed to stun her. She stared at her boots. "Where would you like me to stand?"
"By the fire." Nick indicated the hearth. "You look frozen." Although in need of a woman, he had no desire to bed an icicle. He wasn't that desperate. Yet.
She crossed the room at a slow pace, her fluid movements an aphrodisiac to him, although each tentative step left behind a patch of melting ice. Sex-deprived man that he was, his living room suddenly felt too warm. Things were looking up.
"I've been busy on the computer," he said, surprised by the sudden gruffness of his usually smooth voice. He joined her before the fire. "I hadn't noticed it had begun to snow."
A soft-looking, hooded leather coat covered her to her ankles. What lay beneath all those layers?
To his surprise, the unknown whetted his appetite. "Here, let me help you out of that coat."
No? Her response drew Nick up short.
"That won't be necessary," she said, her sexy eyes wide. "I'll just keep it on, since I'm hoping we'll be going right back out."
Out? Was this some sort of sex game played to excite him?
"Problem is..." She paused, smiling up at him, even daring to bat her eyes.
Unusual eyes, those. Emeralds, flecked with gold, and about all Nick could see of his date at the moment. He found the situation so damned erotic he began to sweat.
"... my car slid in the ditch next door," she added, drawing his thoughts from what treasures her long coat might hide. "I wouldn't bother you, but this mountain seems to be out of my cell phone's service area and I wondered if I might use your phone to call for a tow."
The dimple nestled in the satiny cheek nearest Nick flirted with him as she spoke. Intriguing. Might as well play along. "Sure."
Flame Arden talks like a well-bred Southern lady. Nothing could be further from the truth. She claims to write sex scenes with squirm factor. You be the judge as she opens the boudoir door to one-man, one-woman relationships and gives you a glimpse inside. A happy and lasting marriage has prepared Flame to write sizzling love scenes, and she doesn't disappoint.
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