I would like to thank JC Wallace for taking the time to talk to us about Curiosity Killed Shaney. Check out Caroline’s review of Curiosity Killed Shaney. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Hi, everyone! I want to thank Prism Book Alliance for inviting me to the blog. Curiosity Killed Shaney is my first published novel and I am thrilled to share this story with all of you.
This blog tour got huge fast! There are awesome prizes to that will be given away at the end of the tour. At the end of this post, you will find a link to enter! Check in at www.jcwallacebooks.com for links to all of the blogs in the tour and you can enter as much as you like!
My Take on Sex Scenes
A bunch of sex scenes strung together is not a plot.
Characters engaging in sex (not just intercourse but any form of intimacy) need to reveal certain characteristics that aren’t available outside of that setting. These can include vulnerability, uncharacteristic caring, actual love or not being in love, brutality, uncaring, trust, etc. Intimacy can change people based on their histories, beliefs and perceptions and further the story. In short, even sex scene needs a goal.
Good sex scenes give more information about body positions than not. You are the director of the scene and you have to know where every body part is at every moment, even if those parts aren’t mentioned. Readers need this information as well. Mention body parts other than just cocks, balls and asses in the scenes so the reader can visualize what your characters are doing.
Sex scenes aren’t just about having great sex or bad sex. They reveal things about each person. Sex, more often than not, changes a person’s views and expectations, or confirms what they already know. Different parts of a sex scene add to this information since there is a before, during and after. Don’t ignore the information in each of these parts. The info available to be learned is endless – misconceptions, realizations, truths, lies, beliefs, crushed hopes or renewed hopes, etc.
Here is a pet peeve of mine that I’ve read over and over in many sex scenes…Mindless, thoughtless sex. Rarely does a person get so lost in sex they don’t think at all. Yeah, sex can feel fantastic, but the idea that a person gets so lost in a lusty cloud of bliss that they have no rational thoughts is unrealistic. I don’t know about you, but I constantly think during sex from “Oh, god this feels awesome” to “This really sucks” to “Just move to the right” to doubts and fears and regrets and wondering – or worse – I worry about everything I have to do, issues at work (all of which definitely mean the sex sucks!). Don’t make sex mindless because it rarely is.
Sex is used for many reasons and is subjective and unique to the individual. Think about the characters and how they could/would react to having sex with each other. Add in thoughts, feelings, memories, fears and hopes and doubts, etc. Sex can forever change a relationship or how one person feels about another person. It’s physically messy as well as emotionally messy. Sex at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons can be catastrophic.
Sex should never be used to “fix” or suddenly make a relationship that sucks or is rocky awesome. The sex may be great in the bedroom, but it won’t fix relationship issues. When the orgasms are over, the same issues remain.
Sex means something different to everyone. Intimate, loving sex is not the goal of everyone. Not everyone likes sex no matter what the other person does. Sex is rarely a glorious life-changing thing. First times are rarely as wonderful and pleasurable for either males or females as some stories make it out to be. It can be painful and over really quick. On that note, the first time between two people, no matter how much sex they’ve had in the past, isn’t always smooth and seamless either – think fumbling, smacking noses, awkward positions, doubts, etc.
Just because two people are together and are in love doesn’t mean the sex is always awesome. Moods, motivation, needs and wants, desire and energy levels all ebb and flow and affect sex as much as anything else in life. Show some mediocre sex when things are stressful or your MC is having a rough time and you will be showing real life.
Less can be more. Sex scenes that span page after page after page aren’t any better than shorter ones and may have the reader skipping to get to the end. Balance the length of sex scenes with the length of the story. Focus on what’s important – the goal of the scene.
Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow, the blog tour will visit the blog Up All Night and Read All Day. Hope to see you there!
Shaney peered cautiously around the aisle of junk peddled on late night television as items that that no one could live without. Yeah, right, Shaney snorted to himself. With anything but suave subtlety, he looked for his target through the open racks of clothes and tall shelves filled with shoes. Well, tall for him. Yes, he was short for a man. Hell, he was short for a pre-pubescent teenager. And in one of the cruelest twists of fate, at five feet six inches, Shaney was the shortest of his three siblings—three sisters, actually. Oh, yeah, as if that hadn’t been a wonderful childhood.
He sighed, reminding himself that he’d long ago come to terms with his lack of verticality—sort of. Silently, he slipped around the end of the shelf, moving slow and smooth, like the aforementioned cat. He worked his way toward the first rack of haphazardly piled shoes. Of course, he should straighten those up later. He stopped about ten feet from the rack, not daring to get any closer. As he peered through one of the shelves, he caught just a glimpse of his target’s red shirt. The man was rifling through the rack of sweatshirts.
If he could just get a bit closer, get a better look…
Shaney froze as the man—and, oh, what a man he was—walked out from behind that rack of shoes, a black sweatshirt in hand. Maybe if Shaney remained still, he wouldn’t be spotted out there in the open, drooling, because that was what he did when faced with the most gorgeous specimen of man known to humankind. The hunky man’s spiky black hair was longer on top and shorter on the sides. He had a five o’clock shadow at ten a.m. covering a strong jaw with—oh, hell—a dimpled chin and intense crystal blue eyes centered by the straightest, most slender nose ending over mouth-watering lips that were just waiting to be sucked and nibbled. That red T-shirt covered wide shoulders and biceps. Black jeans hugged a slim waist and caressed every single muscle with each confident, I-own-the-world step he took in black work boots. And talk about tall!
Shaney stopped breathing as Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hunky came down his aisle. The man’s blue eyes scanned the store looking from something or…someone?
Time ceased and the world narrowed as those eyes penetrated straight into Shaney’s soul, connected with his very essence, and awakened Shaney’s cock within his pressed chinos. Those forceful eyes were staring and, wait…frowning, as the man came straight at him! Panic seized Shaney’s body. Oh, fuck! He saw me staring and now he’s going to kill the cat! Damn, Todd for being right! Unable to break from the intensity of that unyielding gaze, Shaney started to scramble backwards with no regard for direction—just away from Mr. Tall, Dark, and Angry. Shaney sprinted in reverse as the man raised his hand and pointed a finger.
Even faced with imminent death, the man’s voice vibrated through every nerve in Shaney’s small frame. If he had to die, let his death be at the hands of this god.
Every cell in Shaney’s body followed the forceful order, but not before Shaney slammed into the shelf behind him. He gasped, the breath knocked from his lungs. He grasped for anything solid to hold onto as the useless treads of his sneakers slid on the waxed floor. Items rocked on the shelf, some toppling, others just threatening.
This is gonna hurt, Shaney thought and cringed until his hand finally grasped a shelf, and his other hand found purchase as well.
The enormous display shelf settled as Shaney struggled to steady his feet. He closed his eyes, sucking in large quantities of air. His hands vibrated against the steel of the shelf, unyielding in their death grip. The whoosh of blood in his ears cocooned him in silence and he almost forgot about…Shaney’s eyes popped open, and he jumped back in surprise to see Mr. Tall, Dark, and Angry right in his face. And next, as is standard humor in classic Saturday morning cartoons, something heavy fell out of the sky, landed on Shaney’s head, brought him to his knees, then flat on his face. The only thing missing were those annoying little chirpy bluebirds circling his head. He’d have to settle for stars.
From the Publisher:
Shaney’s curiosity is always getting him into trouble, including stumbling into a ritualistic circle and being imbued with an energy that will eventually tear him apart. He soon finds out that Hudson, a man he cares for deeply, might be responsible for his misfortune. Add in the betrayal by his best friend Todd and the desire of a demented occultist named Silas to control the energy inside of him and there seems to be no way out. Can Shaney find a way to rid his body of the nefarious energy before he dies a horrible death?
About the Author
I have been writing all of my life, however it was just this year that I ventured out to be published. In my day job, I am a behavior analyst. At night and on the weekends, I write about all things men. I believe there is nothing hotter than two men finding and loving one another, whether for a night or forever. An avid reader of M/M romance, I love a good twist of a plot, HEA, HFN, or tragic ending.
I am owned by three kids, one grandchild and one on the way, two dogs and one cat. I live in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in Northern NY
Shaney is so excited about his story being told that he is giving away some great prizes!
P.S. He’s really excited to give them away!
- 1- $25 Amazon Gift Card
- 2 Curiosity Killed Shaney Ebooks
- 2 of Maximus’ “Duct Tape” T-shirts
- 3 “Freeze Warlock” Coffee Mugs
- 2 $5 Amazon Gift Cards
You can enter daily along the blog tour, as often as you like!
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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