Writing Advice

Are sex scenes necessary in your novel?


Let’s assume you’ve finished your novel and you’re in the editing stage. Now comes the time to trim the fat off that superfluous First Draft.

Let’s also assume that you’ve written in a few sex scenes. Now comes the big question: do you really need these in your story?

Some readers are turned off by sex in their books. They find it unnecessary and counterproductive to the story.

Let’s just examine the sex scene, and let me tell you, there’s a time to use it and a time to cut it from your manuscript.

How do you know if you need sex scenes in your novel? Glad you asked.

1)Romance/Erotica-If you’re writing within this genre your readers will automatically expect there to be some down and dirty action. If you wish to be subtle about it go ahead, but these days books that fall within this genre are quite graphic, so it may be best to gauge readers before publishing your work.

2)Plot-It goes without saying that you don’t need to write Romance/Erotica to have sex scenes in your books. But consider this: does sex between characters move the plot along and cause conflict which is necessary for a good story? Does it add depth to character relationships? Or is it just thrown in there for no good reason? If so, you may wish to reconsider.

3)Your Writing Style-Probably the most important variable when deciding whether or not to include sex scenes in your novel. Is this me? Do I know how to pull off writing a sex scene that will not look contrived? This basically comes down to your gut instinct. So by all means, make sure you do what you feel is right.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com and https://twitter.com/LeopardKingSaga, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

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Month-long Leopard King Saga book Tour Kicks off October 30th!


Tomorrow my Leopard King Saga book tour officially kicks off. I am very excited to be spreading the word about my Flagship Saga and will also be discussing my two other series, the Sci-Fi “Mindcop Dossiers”, and the forthcoming YA series “American Legends”.

I’ll be using Enchanted Book Promotions for this tour, so why don’t you join me on this adventure? It’s your tour as much as it is mine.

Click HERE or the Leopard King Saga Enchanted Book Promotions image above to view the tour schedule.

So let’s hit the road, virtual road that is.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

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The GREAT SALE Continues….Buy one, get TWO MYSTERY GIFTS for free!!!

Dear Readers,

For the past few days I’ve been running a sale on all amazon.com global websites for my debut novel, THE LEOPARD VANGUARD. This is to commemorate the release of my new novel, THE LEOPARD STRATAGEM, coming September 23rd.

Now, for two days only, SEPTEMBER 6th & 7th, if you purchase THE LEOPARD VANGUARD for 99 cents, I’ll also give you TWO more eBooks for FREE!!! Just send me your receipt for THE LEOPARD VANGUARD and I’ll send you the two free eBooks from my fiction line-up. Please note that you must send your amazon.com receipt to LeopardKingSaga@gmail.com and write a brief review on amazon.com(or any of the amazon global websites) for THE LEOPARD VANGUARD to qualify for the two free eBooks.

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Last day for huge savings!

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Today is the final day of the huge sale. Don’t miss out on these great deals. Remember, after today these prices disappear!!!

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Download free eBook now!

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Free eBook now available on amazon.com, click the image above to go to the sales page where you can download “The Leopard Vanguard” for free. Please note that this special deal is for April 1st, 2014 only!

This is the epic fantasy book that started it all. Read the official synopsis below:

Set during the early years of the reign of the Mad Emperor Caligula, this first installment of the Leopard King Saga introduces us to Tullus, a gifted Roman Centurion who resigns his elite position in the Praetorian Guard to join a troupe of circus performers and learn more about his hidden magical talents. Along with his new partner, a magical Leopardess named Celestra, he re-invents himself as The Leopard King, the most famous entertainer in all the Roman Empire. But when Tullus’ friend and Circus Ringmaster, Paullus, is killed, Tullus and Celestra find themselves immersed in political intrigue and up against Paullus’ killers. Their struggle to avenge Paullus will also cause them to cross paths with corrupt Roman politicians, who know Paullus’ deadly secret-which has the power to destroy the Roman Empire.

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I enjoyed the unique plot that Uner puts into his stories, the Leopard King was something totally unexpected and fresh. A mix of fantasy and suspense I could not get enough.
Maybe its my soft spot for circus/ carnivale themes but I was sucked in to the last page. I hope Uner finds a way to write another book involving his magical circus.”

So again, it’s free, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke, but the joke will be on the reader who misses out on this deal. Click ” The Leopard Vanguard” image above and see what the buzz is about!

Thanks, and happy reading!


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Free ebook coming soon !

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As promised, here is the special announcement about the free promotional item I mentioned yesterday. On April 1st, 2014, yes that’s April Fool’s day, I will be giving out free eBook copies of my debut novel “The Leopard Vanguard” on amazon.com for anyone willing to write a review on Goodreads or amazon.com; this deal starts and ends on April 1st. I will have more information and a link so you can download the free book.

Don’t miss out on this free eBook, and keep in mind: this is no April’s fool day joke.

Thanks and stay tuned!


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An article written about me is now ranked #1 in the celebrity author category on IndiBlogger and would like to thank everyone there who made this possible by voting for me. I would also like to thank everyone who has visited my site and supported my work.



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The truth about women and books…


Women are some of the biggest, most voracious readers on this planet. These loyal bibliophiles read enough books to line our solar system. No joke. So why do women like to read so much? Is it because:

1)They’re looking for an outlet?

2)The types of men they desire can only be found within the pages of an exciting novel?

3)The book market is typically geared towards women? Paranormal, Romance, Vampire, etc.

4)Just a coincidence?

Perhaps its all of the above, excluding #4. Surely it cannot be coincidence that so many female readers are out there, devouring books like they’re gourmet meals served in classy restaurants. I’d like to think this is a good thing though, for the ladies and for the book industry as well.

Why do you think women are so much into reading?

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What types of books do you want to see written in 2014?


As 2013 draws to a close today, I’d like to thank everyone who has visited this site and who is a follower. This year I finally took the plunge into independent publishing and I’m grateful to all the people who joined me on this journey. I look forward to bringing you more new books in the coming months.

But the question for 2014 should be: what do you, noble readers and friends what to see from me? More Fantasy? Historical Fiction? More Sci-Fi?

I always welcome feedback via comments. Don’t be shy, tell me what you want. I’m here to entertain. Make it your new years resolution to be more active via comment interaction. After all,this site is as much yours as it is mine.

Have a great 2014!