I think this is one of the hardest parts for writers to conquer. Maintaining just the right balance of whatever ingredients make up their writing.
For fantasy/paranormal (or maybe just me), it's action, humor, plot, character growth, relationship, and sex.
It's a lot.
My first two books contained a lot of action. Umm...that is, physical action - adventure, fighting deadly creatures with swords and fists and teeth.
For my 3rd book, it's more relationship building and less adventure action.
As far as action between the sheets...well, since I try to make my characters as accurate as possible while still entertaining you, they usually don't have a physical relationship (at least not more than kissing) until at least 1/3 of the way into the story.
But after that...it gets steamy quick!
So, romance readers...how much action (adventure kind and sexy kind) do you expect in a romance novel?
How much romance, how much sex, and how much of everything else?
If you could pick a ratio - like, say, 1/3 relationship building, 1/3 sex, 1/3 plot/action, as an example - what would your ideal ratio be?
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