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Monday, November 5, 2012

12 Steps & A Giveaway with Lena Hart

The 12-Steps of Intimacy

Thanks Jennifer for having me guest on your blog!

As a romance writer whose job is to build sexual tension between two people, it's important to let the intimacy progress as fast or as slow as your characters dictate. And the 12-steps of intimacy will help writers who are building intimacy and sensual tension between their romantic characters. These steps can be used all at once but is most effective when it is weaved throughout the story.

The 12-Steps of Intimacy*:

1. Eye to Body Contact (the “once over”)

2. Eye to Eye Contact (followed by a smile if its instant attraction)

3. Voice to Voice (reacting to the other’s timbre)

4. Hand to Hand Contact (men can improvise by touching arm or elbow)

5. Arm to Shoulder (is not sexual but brings the bodies together; think movie theater arm stretch)

6. Arm to Waist Contact (sexual move to get closer to intimate parts)

7. Mouth to Mouth Contact (kissing reinforces the sexual bond)

8. Hand to Head Contact (usually occurs during a kiss; signals a major intimate move)

9. Hand to Body Contact (usually touching the breast)

10. Mouth to Breast (can lead to sensitivity or orgasm)

11. Hand to Genital (major bonding happening here)

12. Genital to Genital (full intercourse; solidifies the emotional and physical intimacy)

*"The 12-Steps of Intimacy" is originally from a workshop given by Linda Howard at the 2010 RWA National conference. Above are my notes from that workshop.

(book blurb):

Sabrina Monroe and Jake Landon are caught in a tug of war between love and trust. A hurt Sabrina wants nothing more than to forget about Jake and the fierce love they once shared. A wary yet determined Jake wants to bury the past and start anew. When old feelings and desires are reawakened, Sabrina struggles to keep her distance – and protect her heart. But it’s a losing battle she’s not even sure she wants to win. With Jake determined to gain back her love, Sabrina is left longing for his trust. In a fight for “all or nothing”, they’ll soon discover that even an imperfect love can triumph over all.

Lena Hart is currently working on several literary projects, while obtaining her MA in English Language & Literacy. Her debut novella, BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME, is currently available through Secret Cravings Publishing. To learn more about Lena and her work, visit or find her rambling at   

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I'd like to thank Lena for joining us today, Because you love Me sounds like a fantastic read...
And, now it's GIVEAWAY TIME:
Lena has generously offered one lucky commenter an e-book copy of Because You Love Me, so please leave a comment on this post with your email address and follow the blog if you haven't done so already. Easy peasy!
Lena will announce her winner on Thursday November 8.
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. I like the way you put those steps and oh they are so true. Thanks
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. those steps are so true :)

  3. I love romance novels and these steps are so true. Please enter me in contest.

  4. Yes, I love when I see those steps slowly interwoven in the story. Your book sounds awesome, would love to read it :)


  5. Thank you all for your comments! I used and the contest winner is Tore. Thanks again for dropping by :)


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