Tuesday, January 31, 2012

No Turning Back by Tiffany A. Snow (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I'd like to welcome an awesome lady, Tiffany A. Snow, author of No Turning Back! She has a, imo, fab post to share with you today and a great giveaway. Enjoy! 

Front and Center ~ by Tiffany A. Snow

Warning:  Some language may not be suitable for younger readers.

Writing...intimate...scenes is hard (no pun intended).  It's difficult to strike just the right mood and one wrong word can break the reader right out of the flow.  Describing anatomy and the nuts and bolts of who-put-what-where is daunting for every sexual scene that I write, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.  Is it gentle and sweet?  Then "cunt" probably won't be the best word choice.  Hard and fast?  Then "dewy petals" may not work either.

I firmly believe writing a believable sex scene requires a certain art - a sure, deft hand - and good ones should be appreciated.  After all, who among us hasn't had our pulse quicken at a well-written sex scene?

But the words.  Sometimes I wish I had a thesaurus just for anatomy and sex.  After all, is it a dick, cock, or a prick?  A shaft, manhood, or rod?  Hard as steel or throbbing member?  Is it aching, straining, or pulsing?  An erection, arousal or just plain old penis? 

And she's even more difficult.  She has breasts, though they're sometimes globes.  Her nipples (or peaks, which I'd thought only came on mountains) are sometimes turgid, painfully hard (that doesn't sound like a good thing), aching, or puckered.  They can be licked, stroked, kneaded, bitten (vamps take note), palmed, squeezed, sucked, nibbled, tweaked, twisted, rolled, pinched and pulled.

But she doesn't only have breasts, she has...it.  Paradise.  The tunnel of love.  Weeping passage, satiny walls, pussy, or core.  Which I’m pretty sure is her center.  Which is the opposite of her bottom, or rear, or ass.  It's somewhere by her mound, folds, lips, slit or clit.  Which is also a nub, apex and bundle of nerves (which was also my brother-in-law at his wedding, but I digress).

And when the steel rod in a velvet glove is buried inside her (always) tight, intimate grip which can, in turn, be hot, wet, slick or dripping, eventually the thrusting, pounding, pushing and stroking gives way to a shuddering, shaking, mind-numbing, shouting her name, crying out in pleasure climax. 

So hats off to all you writers out there (and to the readers who bear with us) as we wrack our brains struggling to find a new and creative way of describing exactly how Tab A is inserted into Slot B.  It's hard work, but somebody has to do it.

Now I need a cigarette.

If you know of any great, or not-so-great, euphemisms, feel free to leave them in the comments – I'm always on the lookout for more.  The first ten commenters will get a free Nook or Kindle copy of my debut novel, NO TURNING BACK, so be sure to leave your email address!  One commenter will be chosen at random to receive an autographed print copy. 

Thanks for reading!  Be sure to visit my website, www.TiffanyASnow.com, for a preview of the second novel in the Kathleen Turner Series, TURN TO ME, which will be out in the Spring.  Currently, NO TURNING BACK is on sale for only $1.99 for both the Nook and Kindle versions!

No Turning Back
After the death of her parents, Kathleen Turner leaves small town life for Indianapolis to pursue her dreams the best she can. Young and alone in the world, she works as a lowly Runner at the prestigious law firm of Gage, Kirk and Trent and bartends at night to make ends meet. Her ignominious introduction to Blane Kirk, partner in the firm and local playboy, has her diving under desks to avoid him. Unfortunately, when her friend is murdered and attempts are made on her own life she doesn’t know where to turn – except to Blane.Kathleen’s journey begins in the halls of justice where she finds not everyone is as they seem and what you don’t know can get you killed. Though a far cry from her Midwestern upbringing, she poses as a prostitute in the intriguing circles of high-priced escort services in a reckless bid to uncover the murderer. Little does she know that the murder of her friend was only a small part in a high-tech plan to rig an online election. She must race against the clock in a desperate ploy to sabotage the scheme in a dangerous game of political espionage.In No Turning Back, Kathleen struggles to bring a killer to justice, even if it may be the man with whom she’s falling in love.

Download the first two chapters of No Turning Back for FREE!  Just click here to download.

As Tiffany mentioned above she is giving away one print copy of No Turning Back to one reader! To enter, just leave a comment answering her question in the post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required. In addition to that, Tiffany is giving the first 10 readers who comment a digital copy of No Turning Back so make sure to leave your email address with your comment as well. Good luck! 

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  1. Loved your post and I think the funniest or Worst Euphemism for Sex I've heard recently was 'Bumpin' Uglies"

    I know, right?

    Some teens my daughter is friends with said that and It means exactly what it says. I'm guessing teen agers or at least these teens think genitals are ugly and that was the best way to describe it. *shrugs*

    I don't have a nook or kindle or other ereader so no need to count me as one of the first ten for the ebook, I plan on getting a print copy. :)

  2. I don't have many euphemisms for writing the perfect sex or sexy scene but thinking about it reminds me of a cute movie. In 10 Things I Hate About You, the lead character is in the principal's office and the principal is obviously too occupied writing her romance novel. The student finally says, "I'll leave you alone so you can get back to Reganold's quivering member." That scene always makes me laugh.

    Sex scenes are tough, especially when emotions are involved and it is more than just sex!

    Thanks for the book!

    Heather E
    hregtvedt@aol.com (epub format for nook if you have it, thanks)

  3. I don't have any euphemisms for writing the perfect sex or sexy scene, because I can´t even imagine to write book or story xD I tried but I guess I don´t have talent for it...
    I really like this article because I read some books (right now i can´t remember the name) and sex scenes were horrible so I´m glad when I read books where the author knows what is he or she doing...

  4. I'm sorry - I'm laughing so hard because I understand exactly what you mean! I'm not a writer, have absolutely no inkling to be, but absolutely LOVE to read books, and have always wondered how many authors bang their heads on their desks wondering how to come up with something new to describe the same old body parts! I guess I just go with the theme of the novel, regency is flowery descriptions, erotica is down and dirty. I just don't care, as long as it fits the story, hehe.
    So, I'm sorry...no euphemisms from me either. As far as I know, they've ALL been used, lol.
    Thank you so much for the very entertaining post! I loved it! And am looking forward to your debut novel too. I'm sure it is just as delightful :D

    Gena Robertson

  5. WOW! I think I need a cigarette and I don't even smoke:) I've heard quivering quim used in some historical romances before, but not much else that you haven't already posted. I'll have to think on it a bit more:) Great post!


  6. I don't have any euphemisms for the perfect sex/sexy scene, either. I've read good sex scenes as well as bad. I think you've covered most of the wording.

    I really enjoyed your post and feel for all the writers trying to come up with new wording.


  7. LOL Love your post! i always think it's funny reading those scenes, because I know there's no way I could make it sound sexy. So kudos to you.

  8. I can't really think of any right now but would love to read your book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  9. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

    This!!!! I love a good romance, erotic, etc. But I sometimes wonder how writers can keep a straight face with all the euphemisms. I know they have to spice things up, but really? quim? I can't even read that word without wincing. love rod of steel into her quivering tunnel of love? I can't even take that seriously. A good sex scene is one that I can read without realizing I'm reading it. It's gotta be like a movie in my head without anything jarring out of my fantasy. And bad euphemisms do that. I often just skim and/or skip if they are too far out of left field. So... sorry no euphemisms from me too ;)

    Thanks for a fun post!


  10. Too funny...GREAT post! I know, I know...I understand your plight. I don't have any words to help you out either. But, I sure do appreciate when y'all get it right! ;)


  11. Thank you for all the comments! And no, I've never heard "quim" before. lol! I don't think I could read that with a straight face either. I'm with you, Erin, it has to play like a movie with nothing jarring me out of the fantasy. Gena - you're right, the descriptions have to fit the genre and flowery goes perfectly with Regency (a guilty pleasure of mine - love the dukes and lords).

    Your copies of No Turning Back will be on their way shortly. I hope you enjoy!

  12. I can't think of anything not already said. Most times I'm struck by how ridiculous it all sounds. Who talks like that? I find myself taken out of the story & that's a shame.


  13. I think it's all been said! lol Now I'm gonna go order my Nook copy :) Thank you!

  14. LOL! Entertaining guest blog! Hade me giggling, some of those words I so would not want to use, hense the giggling. ;)

    Good entry!

  15. I'm sorry. I don't have any euphemisms. I agree though, I think I need a cigarette. This made me laugh. Congrats on the new release. Can't wait to read it.


  16. I can't really think of any euphemisms for the perfect sex or sexy scene. But your book sounds wonderful and I'd love to read it.


  17. I don't have nay euphemisms. I just like something hot and good to read. This sounds like great reading!

    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com


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