Anna Campbell author of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed
Author Guest Post
Writing THOSE Scenes by Anna Campbell
I’m currently putting the final touches to my next historical romance A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS which features a rakish hero with a passing resemblance to the Scarlet Pimpernel and a virginal vicar’s daughter.
While I’ve really enjoyed the banter between these two, it’s been harder than university calculus to get them into bed together (finally managed it – and luckily for my heroine, all good things come to those who wait!). There’s the whole respectable woman in the Regency thing, not to mention that this book has a large cast of characters, so even getting Richard and Genevieve alone for an extended period has presented story issues. There’s even a long love scene in a crypt – I figured there they had a chance of avoiding interruptions.
All of this maneuvering of characters got me thinking about love scenes in books. Specifically my books. Sometimes getting my characters between the sheets is no difficulty whatsoever (for the writer– in my books, love scenes tend to make the situation between my hero and heroine worse before it makes it better, at least until the blissful ending). Sometimes, it’s not so easy – MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION springs to mind.
A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS makes quite a contrast to my most recently released book, SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED, the first in the Sons of Sin series (perhaps I should have titled Rake A FRUSTRATED SON OF SIN!). In Rogue, my hero and heroine are under one roof and they both know they’re going to end up in bed sooner rather than later. There are probably more love scenes in that one than in any of my other books. Perhaps MY RECKLESS SURRENDER could give it a run for its money – that’s another one where they know they’re going to become biblically familiar within the first few chapters.
So after much contemplation, I’ve decided that the ingredients for a hot read include:
- Hero and heroine under one roof
- Heroine, if not rushing to divest herself of her virtue, aware that it’s going to happen
- Some sort of sexually based bargain or arrangement
- Lots of opportunity for hero and heroine to be alone (in a crypt if need be!)
My next Sons of Sin book is about a marriage of convenience so I can tick a couple of those boxes, thank goodness. At least that means nice comfy bed love scenes and no dead monks hanging around. I’m looking forward to it (not to mention my non-frustrated hero – although of course, he has other problems that I can torture him with).
A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is out next September and you can read an excerpt of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED HERE
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