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Monday, August 19, 2013

Sensing Your Way to Sexy Alien Ghost Sex That Smells Like Roses, or Using Five Senses When Writing Paranormal

by Sapphire Phelan

When a writer writes a short story, novella, or novel, a writer always uses the five senses in telling the tale. This pulls the reader into the story, brings them closer to the hero/heroine and yes, even the villain, plus many other characters involved with the storyline. Stories and novels are words on paper, not celluloid. And since authors are artists, you are painting a picture for them. Bringing it to life like a movie on the big screen.  

We all know what the five senses are, but here they are anyway: sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. When the hero in a paranormal romance makes love with the heroine for the first time (or all the other times too), the reader wants to feel the moment, taste it, know what sounds lovemaking makes, see the what the lovers see, and even the scents of sex. All this will aroused the reader and make them fall in love with the characters as the writer has when she/he written it.  

And with romance being important in a paranormal romance, then the five senses are what are needed to blossom it in vibrant color. 

Example from a short story of mine no longer in print:

Sarah closed her eyes, enjoying the sensation of his lips on her skin. His fingers under her chin and drew her chin forward. Shocked, she popped her eyes open when his hard, sensuous lips captured hers, gentle at first, then growing more demanding and taking what she had to give. What she wanted to give. Her tongue slipped in and found a fresh, minty flavor.
She circled her arms around his neck and he enfolded her closer. Her nipples hardened as her breasts pressed against his chest. His hardness poked at her stomach and she gasped against his lips. Taking a deep breath, she breathed in a sexy aftershave that reminded her of limes.

“Love your aftershave.”

“I don’t use an aftershave, not while I am the super hero.”

Oh my, it’s him.. 

The reader learns that the hero’s (um, super hero) skin has a great odor that entices the woman, his mouth shows he must gargle, and both are becoming aroused. You learn a little bit more about the two characters in this love scene. This is done, whether a sweet scene of romance or hot and heavy sexual intercourse with the gloves off erotic sex scene. Whichever you write, you want the reader to feel, smell, taste, touch and see it all, exposé the intimate details. Without the five senses the sex scene or even a simple kiss becomes boring, even bad writing. 

And since this is paranormal, another type of sense would be the sixth sense, appropriate to the story you are telling, whether a psychic, shifter, vampire, sorcerer, witch, alien, fairy,  or any other being connected to the supernatural, fantasy, or science fiction worlds. Unscientific senses can be just as powerful, if not more so, than the conventional ones. And they also happen to be a great way of foreshadowing dramatic events to come.
Sapphire Phelan  

Blurb from The Witch and The Familiar:

Mortal woman Tina discovers she is part of a prophesy that says she and Charun, her demon Familiar, must make love so she can become the witch she is fated to be. If she doesn't do it and stop the demon army bringing Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won't stand a chance in Hell.
A year later, just when Tina and Charun thought it was all over and that their life would be normal—another prophesy pops up. If Lucifer snatches Tina and mates with her before the last chime before midnight of the new year and gets her pregnant with his son, that the real Armageddon would begin, spelling the end of life as they knew it. This time they get help from an archangel, Jacokb, but with demons, Lucifer, and a cute demon bunny with fangs out of a Monty Python nightmare, out to stop them and Heaven not lending a hand, will Tina this time lose the battle and become the mother of the Antichrist and the start of a new Hell on Earth?

About Sapphire Phelan:

Sapphire Phelan has published erotic and sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance along with a couple of erotic horror stories. Her erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch is a Prism 2010 Awards winner and a Epic Awards 2010 finalist. The sequel to it is A Familiar Tangle With Hell, released June 2011 from Phaze Books, Both eBooks were combined into one print book, The Witch and the Familiar, and released April 24, 2012.

She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cats sometimes suffer for it!Dark heroes and heroines with bite...sink your teeth into a romance by Sapphire Phelan today. Contact her at:

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Janice Seagraves said...

Love that line: "oh my, it's him..."


Anonymous said...

Glad you liked that line, Janice.

Denise Z said...

What a wonderful post! I never thought about the senses while reading and/or writing and now it is so obvious - no wonder it is such an awesome pastime, habit, or should I say addiction! Thank you for sharing with us, off to sniff out some supper heroes ;)

Anonymous said...

You're welcome, Denise. Without the five senses, a story would be missing so much.