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The Horsemasters: Riding Lessons is a sexual thrill ride. The story starts out with a bang and doesn't stop. The sexual ride is quite intoxicating and explicitly naughty. ...I was eager to turn the page and read more... Ms. Dane, yet again, doesn't disappoint. She is talented at writing a sexually charged, edgy story... --Dawnie, Fallen Angel Reviews


Review for Vampyre Falls: Animal Heat ...Adrianna Dane has written a scorcher that will curl the toes and have the reader running for a cold shower. Add to that, a really good plot that is unique and different, characters to care for and a menage a trois, a bit of voyeurism and a tad of exhibitionism thrown in for good measure and we have a story that any lover of shapeshifter romance will enjoy to the fullest. ... --Valerie,



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Adrianna's Sensual Thesaurus

for Romantic Writing



A story that makes sense is one that stirs the senses from their slumber, one that opens the eyes and the ears to their real surroundings, tuning the tongue to the actual tastes in the air and sending chills of recognition along the surface of the skin.

The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram


How often do you find you can't find just the right word for that romantic moment? Or maybe you've used the same word over and over and its use is worn out. I have that happen a lot. And I get really tired with the obvious. One word I refuse to use in my stories in relation to intimate body anatomy is "twitch." Is there an erotic romance you don't find that word in? I hate that word. So I've created my own thesaurus. It is a work in progress, but I thought I'd share what I have. If you think you have a word or two to add, drop me a line and I'll include it.

This isn't a thesaurus for strictly erotica words. Nor a place to find alternative "hard" words. In my writing erotic is sensual, not hard. Want a hard word, check out several of the other thesaurus links posted on my Writer's Resource page. What you'll find here is something a little more romantic--I hope.

In the meantime, if the muse just won't come up with the word you're looking for to create or maintain the ambiance of the moment, maybe you'll find something here.


Using the Five Senses

Using the five senses in your erotic writing isn't strictly for the love scenes. Thread the senses throughout the story. Sensual awareness should speak from every pore of the story whether a love scene is involved or not.

Write the story and then return to it to mold it. You are the artist-the sculptor--your medium is the words of language. Create from them, use them. Does every painter use color in the same way? Do they use the same object and evoke the same emotion? A photographer snaps a picture, but the elements of light and shadow, black and white or color, focused or blurred, show us different views of the same scene. So do the words of the writer. Use them, re-define them, re-shape them.

The art of erotic and sensual romance writing is not defined by the number of love scenes or how explicit the words are that you use, but it is how you are able to invoke the senses of the reader.

How you draw on the five senses is as important as the simple act of using them. Here are two examples:

Touch the mind
Taste the heart
Hear the love
Smell the desire
See the sensation
Or this?
Caress the curious soul
Savor the thundering lifebeat
Hearken to the vibrations of seduction
Scent the pulsing essence of desire
Witness the adventure of sensation

Yes, I get carried away on occasion, but you see what I mean. Seduce the reader with the gift of words and the climax of your story will be all the more memorable for your care.


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