Action Scenes in Romance
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Subject, and I’m the author of several science fiction romance and contemporary romance stories. I’d like to say thank you to Cassandra for having me back on the blog, and to you for stopping by to read my post.
There are many types of action scenes that can be written. I’ve penned chase scenes, fighting scenes, and sex scenes. Where many scenes are used to build tension, the action scenes are the ones where the tension bursts, everything comes to a head.
The scenes generally have less dialogue, and should get the heart racing. Description is more important, but it is narrow-focused, keeping in the character’s point-of-view. Putting myself in any of the above action scenes, I would not be noticing everything around me, focusing on the person I’m running from or chasing, fighting, or making love to. I would be looking for an escape route, worrying about how close the person behind me was.
In Another Night, Another Planet, which released today, the first time you meet the hero, he is running, trying to escape men who are chasing him. Here’s an excerpt:
“Run, Nate, run!”
Natazekiel, well aware of the stupid remark he’d made, bounded out of the pub behind his friend. As he rushed past, he toppled tables and chairs on their sides to slow his pursuers. Slamming into the doorframe, he lost his footing. He spun around, catching sight of the burly, blue-skinned Otarians lumbering after him, veins throbbing in their thick necks.
Regaining his balance, he scrambled down the street. He spotted Wyn ahead of him, rounding a corner. But the men he’d pissed off remained on his heels. If he followed his friend, they would chase him, too. If Wyn reached their star cruiser first, Nate hoped he would find a way to rescue him.
A beam of red light slammed into the road in front of him, blasting chunks of concrete all around him. Shit!
He faked to the right, pretending to follow his friend. Then he weaved left. The cursing from behind made him pause, but he valued his life too much—even if no one else did—to turn around.
Ornate stone pillars decorated the front of the tall, posh building ahead of him. An Otarian man stepped out of the entrance, and Nate raced to catch the door before it slammed shut. Inside, he glanced down the long hallway—lit by lavish sconces—at the multitude of doors lining either side. Would he find a way out behind any of them?
With his heart pounding, he grabbed each large brass-colored handle as he rushed by. None of the doors opened for him.
“There he is. Shoot him!”
Tell me: What types of action scenes do you prefer?
A 1Night Stand / Elatia story
By Jessica E. Subject
Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
Limited by status…
Ava is a housekeeper aboard Star Spirit, a luxury cruise ship travelling between the Milky Way and the Belvarian System. Coming from a middle-class family on Earth, she is considered by passengers as nothing more than an object to be tossed away when they’re done with her.
Shunned because of his lineage…
Banned from several planets across the universe, Nate struggles to run his interstellar shipping business. But the DNA of an exterminated race runs through his blood, giving him a diluted form of their powers, and leaving him labeled as a terrorist.
Both searching for the one…
Through her 1Night Stand dating service, Madame Evangeline matches these two together for a celestial escape on the pleasure planet, Elatia.
Will Ava and Nate find what they’re looking for, or will their date be just another night on another planet?
Now available from Decadent Publishing and other eBook retailers.
Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.