Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Blush Factor

By Heather Kuell (Guest Blogger)

I am not usually shy when it comes to sex. I’ve always been able to tell a man what I want, where I want it, and how I want it. I can talk about sex with my friends and go into XXX stores with a smile on my face and a skip in my step.

So why is it that I get red-faced embarrassed when I write about sex? When writing I usually have to break a sex scene into three parts; beginning, middle, and climax. If I don’t I’ll rush through it and turn a ten page love scene into a one page mess. My husband jokes that he can always tell when I’m writing sex because I’m blushing so bad. Luckily, my writing doesn’t suffer and I can end up with a pretty steamy sex scene.

A fantastic example of this is when I was writing Malevolent Dead. It’s in first person, so I had to make sure that I got Sarah’s personal emotions in there as well as make it clear what her partner was feeling. That one scene took three days to write. I blushed while editing it, turned even redder when my mom and best friend read it, and could have been mistaken for a tomato when I got my edits from Eternal Press.

I’m hoping that the more I write romance the more I’ll get used to writing about sex. After all, who doesn’t like to read about the carnal pleasures of gorgeous women or ruggedly handsome men? I know I do!

Heather Kuehl is the author of Promises to Keep, Fade to Black (#1 Bestseller in fantasy eBooks on, and Malevolent Dead as well as numerous short stories and poems. Visit Heather online at and or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Check out my latest release, Malevolent Dead, available from Eternal Press on September 7th. All of my books are published by Eternal Press, which is where readers can buy the ebook edition if they so choose. If you prefer print, please visit

Malevolent Dead is the sequel to Fade to Black and the second book in the Sarah Vargas series. It picks up six months after the end of Fade. You can watch the trailer at YouTube.

Blurb: To save everyone, she'll have to do the unthinkable. Werewolf Sarah Vargas thought all she had to worry about was the Blood Moon Corporation's retaliation. She never dreamed that another vampire would arrive, disputing Damian's claim over the throne to Charleston, SC. To make matters worse, he is no ordinary vamp; he's a vampire necromancer--exceptionally hard to kill. Sarah will have do what ever she can to keep those that she loves safe... Even if it means doing the unthinkable.


Lisabet Sarai said...

Welcome to Beyond Romance, Heather!

Somehow, I've never blushed when writing my sex scenes...but then I started in erotica before moving to romance.

Thanks for joining us.


Heather said...

Thank you for having me, Lisabet.

I started in high fantasy before moving to paranormal romance. For the longest time my stories would have the characters fall in love without sex (read FADE TO BLACK for a great example of how I can write romance with no sex). I love trying new things, and I'm finding that writing romance is way more fun than I thought it would be.

Anonymous said...

Great Post, ladies! I loved Fade to Black, Heather. There's plenty of sexiness in that story that you don't realized there's no sex. Quite a skill.

Looking forward to Malevolent Dead on Sept. 7th.


Shawna Thomas said...

Hi ladies,

I don't blush when I'm writing sex scenes, but at times, I read it later and blush because I wrote it.

Great post, Heather!

Heather said...

Hi Mary and Lynne. Thanks for stopping by!

@Mary - Aw you are so sweet! Thank you so much.

@Lynne - I hope that in time I can write sex scenes without becoming redfaced, but I don't think I'll ever stop blushing during the editing process.

Heather said...

Oh! I forgot to mention that I've got a promotion code for 25% off an order from the Eternal Press website ( Customers put the code in at check out and it's good until July 2011. The code is 612JMZN67VZX.

Unknown said...

Hi Heather,

So great that you can work through the blushing. Good for us, I mean.
For me, I still think my mother is looking over my shoulder, but I try. lol.
Nice post. I'll be looking for your next release.

Heather said...

Thank you for stopping by, Lorrie. I always have a moment of "OMG my mom's going to read this!" LoL

Janice Seagraves said...

I blushed pretty badly when writing my first sex scene. I'm a little better now, but only a little bit, lol.

Good luck with your book.


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