Show vs. tell with @thealanden and Second Skin out now from @decadentpub

Welcome today to fellow Decadent author Thea Landen who brings us info on her new 1 Night Stand story and her thoughts on Show vs. Tell.

“Show, don’t tell.” How many times have writers heard that bit of advice? Rather than beating our readers over the heads in a blunt fashion with what we’re trying to convey with our characters, we’re supposed to let their actions drive the story.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

In Second Skin, Anna takes a break from her fast-paced, dangerous life as a CIA operative for one night of romance with her hand-picked date. When writing Brendan, I wanted to find ways to portray him as a sensitive, compassionate man who could care for Anna if she only gave him the opportunity. Obviously, I couldn’t just write “Brendan was a sensitive and compassionate man.” That would be a pretty crappy story that probably wouldn’t thrill too many readers.

I needed to make Brendan into the character I envisioned, one that Anna would find impossible to leave behind after their night together. Their sweet, romantic date laid the groundwork, but there still had to be a special something to solidify his traits. Where better to achieve that than in the bedroom?

Nothing can compare to that great moment in a story when the characters finally succumb to their mutual attraction. While do I love a torrid, frantic, explosive scene where they just can’t keep their hands off each other, you know what I love even more? A man who’s willing to take the time and temporarily put his desires aside to take care of his partner first.

That’s right. I swoon for men who go right for the oral action. To me, that says more about their priorities than any suave words or heartfelt declarations. Let’s take a look at an excerpt, shall we?

When the divine torment threatened insanity, he relinquished his treasure with a loud pop. He raised his head and she stared into his eyes, plummeting into the dark hunger within. Lost in the clouds of their passion, she made a halfhearted grope at his cock. He shook his head and grabbed her wrist, steering her hand away. “Not yet,” he said with a roguish smile.

His next series of kisses landed on her breastbone, meandering over her stomach and across her navel at a pace akin to torture. Reaching the band of her silk panties, he hooked his thumbs on either side and pulled them off with the same deliberate lack of speed. With the last impediment removed, he nuzzled her mound, nudging her thighs apart, lips sweeping against her.

Anna closed her eyes. His maddening movements brought him everywhere except where she wanted him to be. Finally, a single finger stroked her damp cleft, and she jolted as if reacting to an electrical shock. Then, his broad tongue soothed her, probing into her, yet not venturing very far.

“Please, Brendan.” Her voice rasped with desire. “Please.”

Well. When Anna’s faced with whether or not she wants to go back undercover with the CIA, that’s certainly going to make her decision harder, isn’t it? Grab your wine glass and your best spy gear and find out what happens next in Second Skin!

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Second Skin

by Thea Landen


Anna’s career as a high-level CIA operative is put on involuntary hiatus. When a trusted colleague passes along the information for the 1Night Stand service, Anna decides to take the plunge against her better judgment and seek some intimate company. But her CIA instincts can’t be ignored, and when she contacts Madame Eve, she uses an alias.


Brendan owns a lucrative manufacturing company, but he’s yet to achieve the goal of finding a woman with whom he can share his successes and joys. But beneath his polished, capable exterior hides the painfully shy teenager he’s never been able to escape. When his own efforts in the dating scene fall short, he turns to 1Night Stand.


It would be so easy to fall in love with Brendan, and Anna’s protective mask slides away, piece-by-piece, revealing more of herself than she should dare. Before she can slip away with the sunrise, Brendan shows their encounter in a new light. Will Anna take a chance on their future, or will she choose to return to her undercover, but lonely life?




Second Skin

1Night Stand

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What Readers are saying:


“If you’re looking for a read that can balance titillation with a meditation on the double-edged sword of intimacy – fear of it, and desire for it – this is the story for you.” ~ review


“The sex is hot, the story and characters are believable. Can’t ask for much more!” ~ review



About the Author:

Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and a variety of houseplants. A former educator, she strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.


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Enjoy the following excerpt for SECOND SKIN:

“It’s beautiful out here, isn’t it?” His breath danced across the tip of her ear.




“Summers in this region are always nice, but they’re nothing compared to the autumn foliage,” he said. “Have you ever been up here during that time of year?”


Anna continued tracing idle lines from his wrist to his elbow. “No, I haven’t.”


His head dipped lower and his lips grazed her skin. “I realize it’s early for us, but I’d love to come back here with you. We could watch the changing colors, cuddle in front of a roaring fire….”


Anguish stabbed at her. The images he described sounded flawless and enticing. Every part of her yearned to agree to whatever he offered, but planning a rendezvous posed too much of a risk. She hadn’t predicted the difficulties of keeping up an ongoing charade with the man she met.


“That sounds lovely.” She swallowed hard and turned toward him. Her cheek rested in the crook of his neck, though its comfort did nothing to assuage her unexpected guilt over the upcoming lie. “Maybe we can work something out.”



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