Fighting the Attraction

Julie Ann WalkerGuest blog by Julie Ann Walker, author of Rev It Up

Hidey-ho to all you romance and romantic suspense fans out there! My name is Julie Ann Walker, and I’m tickled pink to be on Love Romance Passion today, discussing my process for creating tension between my lead characters…

But before we get into that, let me quickly introduce my series, Black Knights Inc. to those of you who haven’t heard of it (or me) – ’cause, you know, I’m kind of the new kid on the block… just sans pithy lyrics and provocative dance moves. <– Uh, oh. Did I just date myself there? Okay, I admit it, I spent my entire eighth grade school year mooning over Joey McIntyre, but I digress…

Back to my series. In a nutshell, it follows a group of ex-military spec-ops warriors who run their own private government defense firm under the guise of a custom motorcycle shop. I like to say they’re grease-monkey motorcycle mechanics by day, Uncle Sam’s last resort by night. To make it easy, think Sons of Anarchy meets 007.

Well, then the question becomes, with all those motorcycle chases and flying bullets – or, as I like to say, with all the vroom and the boom – how do I weave in the sexual tension between my hero and heroine? And the answer? IT AIN’T EASY! And if you guys could read the first drafts of any of my manuscripts, you’d think you were reading a thriller as opposed to a romantic suspense. See, for me, the action and the plot are fairly seamless, painless to get on the page, but the angst? The longing looks, shuddery sighs, and soft, yearning touches? I liken it to squeezing blood from a stone. Which probably says a little something about me – I am very analytical and I did get a degree in mathematics. So is it any wonder creating the tension is the hardest part?

Which might lead you to ask, given I’m basically Borg in real life (Star Trek reference for all you non-Trekkies out there), how it is I can write steamy, hot romance? Well, like any dyed-in-the-wool mathematician, I do it logically and step-by-step. Here’s my process: I write the scene – all the vroom and the boom – and then I go back and sprinkle in the looks, sighs, and touches. I ask myself tons of questions, such as, “Would she notice his hands here?” “Would he be thinking about her butt there?” “Would they have time to steal a kiss in this moment?” “Would he be distracted by her hair in that scene?” “Would she be in awe of his masculinity and skills during this action sequence, or would she be too scared to notice?” In answering those questions, the sexual tension and angst is revealed. And you know what? I find that part the most rewarding. Probably because it is a challenge and, therefore, incredibly satisfying once I’ve Got. It. Just. Right.

So, there you go. Not very romantic, right? But, as my husband likes to say, no one wants to see how sausage is made; they just want to enjoy it. LOL!

Thank you, Love Romance Passion, for having me on today. It was a blast! And, if you kind readers would indulge me, I’d like to know: What do you prefer in romantic suspense? More romance, more suspense, or an equal amount of both?

Rev It Up


He Never Misses a Target…

Jake “the Snake” Sommers earned his SEAL codename by striking quickly and quietly – and with lethal force. That’s how he broke Michelle Carter’s heart. It was the only way to keep her safe – from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle’s loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow…

She Aims to Make Him Beg…

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to “love her and leave her.” But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake’s hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he’s wrapped around her heart, he’ll never let her go…

Buy: Rev It Up: Black Knights Inc.


Julie Ann Walker is the USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission. Look for the first two books in her fast-paced series: Hell On Wheels (August 2012) and In Rides Trouble (September 2012). For more information, please visit or follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor.

GIVEAWAY: 1 copy of Rev It Up. 1 winner, US and Canada only. Enter by leaving comment! Last day to enter: October 12, 2012.

Buy: Rev It Up: Black Knights Inc.

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16 thoughts on “Fighting the Attraction”

  1. Hi Julie! Your series has very sexy covers! I love all of your alpha male military book heroes! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    p.s. I was totally into Joey Mac in 8th grade too!!

  2. Julie Ann when you have to describe the process of sex to a child it isn’t hot or sexy either but that doesn’t stop the act from being hot and sexy! I loved hearing about your creative process. Thanks Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Carin! I was afraid people were going to be totally turned off by the fact that I have to struggle to get the steaminess on the page. Most readers prefer to think that it just comes naturally… you know, through personal experience! *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*

  3. What a delicious cover, love the sexy guy and nice motorcycle. The book looks great. Going to have to check out the first two books of the series. On my reading radar for sure. This is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Oh, yes, Chris. You should definitely start with the first two. You get introduced to a lot of characters through the series and you’re going to want to sink your teeth into everyone’s history. I guarantee. Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Congrats to Julie Ann on the new release. Looking forward to reading her Black Knights Inc. series. When I saw Hidey ho, I immediately thought of Mr. Hankey from South Park.

  5. Congrats, Julie Ann, on your new series. These books sound fantastic. I’ll have to check them out. Great covers. There’s nothing better than hot, sexy guys on motorcycles. Thanks for the giveaway.


  6. I would love to win this. I have the series on my wish list and I have been following as many of the posts around the web as possible. I think I would really like this! jepebATverizonDOTnet

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