10 Reasons Writing Action Scenes is Better than Love Scenes with Elliott James

Posted August 14, 2015 by Jennifer in Stomp vs Romp 2015 | | 1 Comment




To be honest, the decision to participate in the Stomp vs Romp contest was a bit of what the Brits call a sticky wicket. For one thing, as a high school English teacher, I’m just happy if anyone reads anything other than a text message under their desk.  For another, I have a serious sarcasm disorder (it’s a sickness – I should be pitied if anything), and if I wind up torking off a huge number of readers who might have otherwise given my books a chance, I’m half convinced my agent, Michelle Johnson, will set me on fire. Speaking of doing right by my agent, my third book about John Charming, last in a long line of witch finders, dragon slayers, and enchantment breakers named Charming, is called Fearless and is out in August.  And I just want to clarify that no federal agency has demanded that the book come with a list of possible harmful side effects.  Anyway, the last reason this contest is a bit complicated for me is that I’m not always sure when the boundaries between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance blur.  I’m pretty sure that Ilona Andrews – one of my favorite authors – is an Urban Fantasy writer, but I can see where readers on both sides of the fence might claim her. Or them, I guess, since Ilona is actually a husband/wife writing team.


Still, if I agree to do something, it seems to me that I should do it.  And if I’m going to do it, I shouldn’t do it by halves. So, in the spirit of fun and competition, here are….



  1. I make more typos when I’m breathing heavily.
  2. I know for a fact that my mom always skips over action scenes.
  3. I’m pretty sure it says so in Leviticus.
  4. Because Bruce Willis will never be in a movie called Cry Hard.
  5. I can’t quite get this bra clasp to work …
  6. I never feel like I’m done researching the sex scenes…
  7. Outraged parents won’t be lining up at my high school to get me fired if I write a graphic action scene (hopefully) even if that does suggest that our society has its priorities a bit messed up somehow.
  8. It’s not as embarrassing if I get the action scene wrong.
  9. Oh, that’s a good sentence.  Really good.  Yeah, put that in there just like that…did I set the alarm? Concentrate.  What if I…oh yeah, that’s perfect. Nice.  Oh my God, everyone is going to be able to see this. No, don’t worry about that. Relax.  Just enjoy writing it…
  10. I have a headache.

FearlessFearless by Elliott James
Pax Arcana #3
Published by Orbit on August 11th 2015
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When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory — even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.

Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming.

The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn’t just a victim, he’s a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John’s following? It’s really a fuse…


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About Elliott James

An army brat and gypsy scholar, ELLIOTT JAMES is currently living in the blueridge mountains of southwest Virginia. An avid reader since the age of three (or that’s what his family swears anyhow), he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores. Irrationally convinced that cellphone technology was inserted into human culture by aliens who want to turn us into easily tracked herd beasts, Elliott has one anyhow but keeps it in a locked tinfoil covered box which he will sometimes sit and stare at mistrustfully for hours. Okay, that was a lie. Elliott lies a lot; in fact, he decided to become a writer so that he could get paid for it.

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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