Girl, Please, When Did a Kiss Last Save Your Life?
I’m trying to picture a scenario where kissing…outside of the kiss of life, could actually save your life, let alone sex. In fact, let’s face it, how often have you made fun of someone in an action movie stopping to have sex when they’re running for their lives? And in horror films, you know anyone doing two person push-ups onscreen will be the first to die. (Have we learned nothing from Scream?) Meanwhile, a good stomp scene could be the difference between life and death for you—besides what a rush from experiencing it secondhand—without all those nasty things like bullet holes and knife wounds.
Top Ten Life-saving Things We Can Learn from the RIGHT Kind of Romance
- In a dangerous situation, you should always go for the groin, eyes, knees, nose, or throat. Don’t waste time punching someone in the chest or stomach.
- When walking toward your car alone at night, your car keys can be used to jab an attacker if you keep them handy.
- Never back yourself into a corner, an alley, a second floor, or a basement if you find yourself being chased.
- Make sure you’ve flicked off a gun’s safety before you threaten someone terrorizing you. (This mistake happens in books all the time—I’m sure it translates to real life.)
- Even a phone that is turned off can be used against you to triangulate your position or listen in on conversations. Take the battery off when running for your life.
- Never trust a lock on a door. Prop a chair under the door knob to slow down someone trying to get in.
- Never use a credit card when you’re on the lam.
- Your legs are far stronger than your arms. Given the opportunity, a kick or a knee attack will cause more damage than a punch.
- Use the buddy system. Going it alone can put you in a sticky situation. If your buddy is an ex-covert ops hot guy…that’s just win/win.
- Anything can be used as a weapon: a frying pan (thank you, Tangled), a glass bottle, a heavy book, or a baseball bat. If it’s within reach, wield it with power.
So, as you can see, there’s recognizable value in a stomp scene. Whereas a romp scene…meh…it’s fun for a moment but it’s not going to save your life. And who are you going to trust? An author going for an easy score or an author genuinely interested in your welfare? I’m just trying to keep you alive.
Here’s a stomp scene from Crazy Over You where my main characters are involved in a shoot-out:
He shoved her backward as Troy fired again. The table absorbed some of the speed, but the bullets still sprayed the floor between them. His living room looked like a war zone with the busted glass everywhere, along with pieces of furniture.
Both he and LeAnn bounced up at the same time, firing. More swearing from Troy.
“Yes!” LeAnn said as they dropped back down to the floor.
“I got him,” they said at the same time before scowling at each other.
“Oh, that was me,” LeAnn said.
“No, I’m sorry, but that was me.” He wasn’t going to give up his hits because she was a woman he wanted in a filthy way—one he wanted even more now that he’d seen her fire a gun. “Troy, was that last hit from a rifle or a handgun?” he yelled.
His answer was more swearing.
“It was from a rifle,” he translated for her.
“Oh, sweetie, if you really need this to boost your self-confidence, I’ll give you this one,” she said, giving him a long look.
“Honey, that wasn’t a gun in my pocket a few minutes back. Trust me, I have a lot to be confident about.” He gestured toward the other side of the table with his head. “Including that last shot.”
She pulled her shirt off. “And they’re real, babydoll.”
“And that last shot was all me, too.”
Excerpt (c) copyright 2015 Wendy Sparrow
Crazy Over You by Wendy Sparrow
Series: Taming the Pack #3
Published by Entangled: Select Otherworld on July 28th 2015
She’s on the sheriff’s most wanted list.
Waking up with a naked woman holding a knife at his throat is just about the last thing Sheriff Travis Flynn expected. And the brother she’s looking for? A murderer. And dead. Probably. But the real shock comes when she insists she’s not a Lycan.
LeAnn Wilcox isn’t looking for love…especially not from some wolf in sheriff’s clothing. She operates on the other side of the law. Once she finds her brother-alive-she’ll get out of the pack’s territory and go back to her regular, normal, non-furry life of changing jobs and her name whenever her past closes in.
The cool, logical Sheriff has finally met his match, but LeAnn’s life is at stake if she won’t claim her place in the pack, especially once his control over the pack is challenged and her brother’s fate is questioned.