Hi, all. Piper Vaughn here. 🙂 Thanks so much to Charlie Cochet for hosting me at the Purple Rose Tea House today, on the final stop of my and Kade Boehme’s Wood, Screws, & Nails blog tour.
Recently I had a friend ask, “Why do you still blush while writing sex scenes?” See, sometimes I admit to it on Facebook and post a status how a scene I’d just finished had left my face on fire, and I guess he’d been wondering. Maybe some authors become inured to it over time; maybe some of them never felt flustered while writing a sex scene in the first place. But, for me, well, the dirtier the scene, the filthier the dialogue, the harder I blush—and this is years after I started writing stuff that included explicit sexual content. I actually don’t think there’ll ever be a time when I get over blushing completely.
Wood, Screws, & Nails contains some of the most explicit stuff I’ve written to date—topped only by what I’m writing now, in fact, which is coincidentally a spin-off of WS&N. Malachi and Aaron have a rather explosive chemistry, and given that, I felt sex between them would probably be pretty scorching. So, unsurprisingly, when I got to their first sex scene, I found the characters saying and doing things that made my face get hot. Not because of any arousal on my side, no. This feeling was mostly embarrassment. I got shy for some reason, and the idea of people eventually reading these scenes made me both excited and mortified in turn. For me, it’s like some weird combination of pride because I think to myself, “yeah, this scene is hot, people will like this,” and a squirmy, uncomfortable feeling because “oh, my God, people are actually going to read this!” (Or so I hope.) I simultaneously want readers to enjoy the scenes while also wanting to keep them hidden forever. Bit of a paradox, I know, but I can’t always explain what goes on in this head of mine. It’s a complicated place. 😉
So, what about my fellow authors out there? Who else gets embarrassed and squirmy while writing an especially smutty sex scene? Anyone? How about you readers? Do any of you blush while reading? Inquiring minds want to know! And if any of you do read Wood, Screws, & Nails, be sure to let me know what you think. 🙂 It’s available now from Dreamspinner Press and other e-tailers. Also, don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance at a $20 gift card. The winner will be drawn tomorrow!
Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.
As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. “Look but don’t touch” becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.
Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend.
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Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
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Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in Seattle, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze.
He is “the epitomy of dorkdom”, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addiction to glitter.
It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class.
He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well.