Creating Cutting edge action - LOL By Mary Margret Daughtridge
Readers of my SEAL books can count on plenty of action all right, and I hope it will make their hearts pound, but it’s not the kind of action that depends on car chases and spraying bullets. SEALs are the quintessential action heroes, but in my books they are most likely to find the action I’m interested in between operations and between the sheets. Hey, the way I figure it, they’ve got to come home sometime.
Whether I’m creating scenes of love or war, the key to making the action cutting edge is not to assault the reader with blow-by-blow (so to speak) anatomical detail. Doing that will actually slow a scene. Instead I offer the sensory detail that lets the reader experience being inside the skin of someone who is physically, mentally, and above all, emotionally capable of taking the action to the edge. Focus on the character doing the action, not the action.
It may seem counter-intuitive to put SEALs into a character-driven, relationship-centered romance as I do, but when it comes to lover potential, SEALs have characteristics that make them ideal. Here’s a short list:
Healthy hunks. These guys are in superb condition. Rigorous cross-training not only makes them great eye candy, it also means that no position in the Kama Sutra is beyond their strength or stamina. In basic training SEALs often do more than one thousand pushups a day. Think about it.
Self-control. SEALs have the ability to regulate physiological processes most people don’t even know exist. I saw a SEAL demonstrate that immersed in ice water, he could not only resist hypothermia four times longer than an average man in good condition, he could actually make his core temperature go up. Suppose that control of blood flow extended to other areas where heat is a good thing?
Focus. Men, by nature, are more able than women to focus on one thing to the exclusion of all else. On the other hand, women can get away with faking orgasm because most men are not good at noticing minimal cues. SEALs have taken the ability to do both to an art form. Suppose a SEAL turned all that ability to pay attention and notice slight physiologic changes on eliciting maximum pleasure for his partner?
SEALs think outside the box, plan in detail, and stay fluid in the moment. Do I need to spell out how those abilities could be put to use? Anything I can imagine—whatever setup will sweep my heroine completely her off her feet—it would be in character for my SEAL hero to do.
Trust me, no woman ever needed to be swept off her feet more than my lovely CEO heroine of SEALed with a Ring. And nothing would scare her more. Responsible for the welfare of hundreds, JJ has put off having a life for so long that she doesn’t know what she’s missing. Well, if you don’t count missing having a dog.
Davy, a drop dead gorgeous Navy SEAL, has a reputation (not undeserved) for being a “dog.” Not what JJ is looking for when she needs a husband and needs him quick.
Fortunately, Davy does know what she’s missing. And he’s the man to put the edge in cutting-edge action.
SEALed WITH A RING BY MARY MARGRET DAUGHTRIDGE—IN STORES MARCH 2010
She’s got it all…except the one thing she needs most
Smart, successful businesswoman JJ Caruthers has a year to land a husband or lose the empire she’s worked so hard to build. With time running out, romance is not an option, and a military husband who is always on the road begins to look like the perfect solution…
He’s a wounded hero with an agenda of his own
Even with the scars of battle, Navy SEAL medic Davy Graziano is gorgeous enough to land any woman he wants, and he’s never wanted to be tied down. Now Davy has ulterior motives for accepting JJ’s outrageous proposal of marriage, but he only has so long to figure out what JJ doesn’t want him to know…
Mary Margret Daughtridge has been a grade school teacher, speech therapist, family educator, biofeedback therapist, and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. She is a member of Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Romancing the Military Soul, and is a sought-after judge in writing contests. She resides in Greensboro, North Carolina. For more information, please visit http://marymargretdaughtridge.com.