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By Louisa Bacio
Working with two flexible characters has its advantages. Both Isabella and Raul from A Dance with Death, my latest 1Night Stand, come from the world of dance, and I had a blast choreographing their sex scenes.
The poor duo barely makes it into the bed – and that’s only to sleep. Some writers complain about writing sex scenes: been there, done that. Really, though, it’s the characters that infuse the story with life.
In A Dance with Death, Isabella and Raul clash on the surface. She’s a ballerina, whose artistic training shines on the stage. He’s a hip-hop video choreographer – all flash.
Neither is happy with their lives. She’s at a crossroads, and unsure of where to go from here, and he’s hit a creative block. The first 1Night Stand A Date with Death began more with the female character. For Dance, Raul stood out. He spoke to me. The opening scene came quickly … and I wanted him to find his happiness. The question was who would fuel his passion, and act as a complementary contrast to give him the needed kick in the ass.
Although the story is set in the contemporary world, an element of paranormal runs throughout. There are little hints here and there of a darker alternative if this date does not work out. At odds, they can’t understand why they were matched. The two share a past, and must come to grips with their differences in order to have a future.
The dynamic between them explodes immediately, and it’s a good thing both have plenty of stamina.
She’s a classic…
After recovering from an injury and uncertain of her future in the world of dance, ballerina Isabella treats herself to a dating service–some frolicking between the sheets before she decides what to do with the rest of her life is just the jeté her heart and mind needs.
He’s a bit more modern…
A successful music video choreographer, Raul is constantly surrounded by gorgeous dancers. But his life lacks a vitality and depth he needs to fuel his creative passion. He turns to a 1Night Stand to discover inspiration.
A dance between life and death…
When an accident threatens to cancel the evening of romance, Isabella and Raul will have to dance to a new beat. Can a dance with death change fate?
If Raul had met Isabella before that moment, he would have remembered her. She moved with the gait of a lifelong dancer. Elegant. No wonder ballerinas were described with terminology such as a gazelle. He worked with pop stars and modern artists so often, he’d forgotten the beauty of the more simple pleasures. Isabella seemed to shun simple. She embodied grace, refined and fragile.
Where had that thought come from? Despite being in dance—way back in the day—and working as a choreographer and producer, Raul’s image of himself was tilted, off-centered. He lacked agility—an ogre, a brute who would break the porcelain figurine the minute he got her between the sheets. His hard-on raged at the thought of her lithe body stripped bare, wriggling beneath him. Oh, he’d have to go slowly and gently, but she’d scream his name before the night ended. He could use the little ego boost and extracurricular activity.
She watched him, and he grew tired of the stalemate. Time slipped away, too precious to waste on the monotony of hard feelings.
“You need to loosen up.”
She opened her mouth, a line creased her forehead, and he moved, kissing her.
Full lips. His arm slipped around her waist and held her firm against him. She squirmed in his embrace, but soon her lips became more pliant, she leaned into his body, and let out a soft moan.
“That’s more like it,” he said, releasing her. “We need to spend more time kissing than arguing. Deal?”
A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.
Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, hermit crabs and rolly pollies. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.