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Guest Post: “Sex Talk—Co-Writing Hot Scenes in Cyberlove” by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Fast Connection Megan Erickson Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson are back! And not only have they brought us a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the writing process, it’s also deliciously not safe for work. (Consider this a warning and a teaser!) That’s not enough? Well, hold the phone, because we’ve also got an excerpt of Fast Connection, out now!

A lot of people ask us how we co-write sex scenes. Is it fun? Awkward? Uncomfortable?

Well, let’s just say it’s a little bit of each but usually it’s hilarious (mostly because we are ridiculous). Over the past several months we amassed a list of amusing (to us) gems from our sex-related conversations, and we’re sharing it with you guys. Anyone looking over our shoulders were a little….taken aback but we know we can trust romance readers to get it. 😉

1.“So I got this really cool wall-mounting idea…”


S: This scene took place during one of the famous dirty Skype scenes in Strong Signal. That book was fun. Also, Megan said that to me at random one day. I’m pretty sure I just rolled with it and was all “tell me more!” By then, it was normal for us to pitch ideas out of the blue.


2. While in google docs

“Okay, your turn to write some dirty talk texting.”

“Not with you watching!”

M: This happens a lot because it’s really awkward to write anything with someone else watching. But writing sex scenes with someone else watching is a whole new level of awkward.


3. “Oh, this just got really dirty. I’m going to have to pretend you’ll never read this. Or anyone else actually.”

S: Okay, I’m almost positive we both said these to each other at various points. I didn’t even want people to read First and First because of all the sex in it. So writing super dirty sex scenes, and knowing another person was going to immediately look at it, was nerve wracking. I’m mostly over it by now, though. I think. I am delicate.


4. “There’s lots of jizz in this scene. Tell me if it’s too much.”

S: I’m curious as to who people think said this.


5. “I have a visual for this scene but I don’t want to send it to you because sending you porn links is weird.”

S: I still haven’t recovered from this conversation.

M: OMG I remember that! You were like, uh, I know we’re friends and all but porn links might be crossing the line. Haha.


6. “We still have dick sauce.”

M: Still so proud of that scene, haha. (It’s a bonus deleted scene from Strong Signal)


7. “I have an idea but tell me if you think it’s weird. Have you ever seen a dude blow himself?”

M: HAHA. This scene in Strong Signal was all Santino’s idea! Speaking of, I totally saw a tumblr link the other day and, uh, yes this is possible.


8. “So what’s Luke’s fucking style going to be?”

M: This message was sent to me while I was eating dinner with my parents. Just, having some pizza and my phone lit up and that was his messaged. LOL.

M: This message was sent to me while I was eating dinner with my parents. Just, having some pizza and my phone lit up and that was his messaged. LOL.

S: It was important information! I wanted to confirm that he is as take charge in the bedroom as he is everywhere else. Bossy Luke is Bossy.

And speaking of Bossy Luke, here is a tiny excerpt to whet your appetite for what’s to come in one of Fast Connection’s sexiest scenes:


Luke: Busy?

StaffSgt: Dying for a bright spot in this fucked up day. Congrats! You’re it.

Luke: Maybe I can further my brilliance.

StaffSgt: how?

Luke: I don’t have another job for two hours and I’m at home. Swing by?

My heart leapt.

StaffSgt: be there in 5 mins?

Luke: Make it 3. I’m impatient again.

I didn’t bother to respond and took off in a jog to Manor Road. I was already picturing all the filthy things we could do together and my dick was responding accordingly, but I felt something else too. Warmth in my chest and butterflies in my stomach.

He wanted to break his rule for me. He didn’t want to wait for another two days.

That meant something, right?

Or maybe it just meant he was hornier than usual.

Either way, gratitude and affection swelled inside of me. He was giving me an escape.

Luke opened the door looking so damn sexy that for a second all I could do was stare. His hair was messy, dirt smudged one of his cheekbones, and he was wearing jeans and a battered white V-neck T-shirt that displayed his defined pecs and arms. It was a pretty basic work outfit, but seeing Luke grimy from work was a turn on.

“Man, you look good today.”

Surprise crossed his face. It was followed by a flicker of a smile. He grabbed the front of my shirt, which is when I realized I was still wearing my apron. Fuck.

“You look and smell edible,” he rumbled with his nose buried in the crook of my neck. “Really. Why do you smell like baked goods?”

“Uh.” Fuck. “I’m doing this catering thing for a friend. He needed a hand.”

Luke kicked the door shut and locked it. His lips moved along my neck as he drew me further into the house. “You can cook?”

“I can follow directions.”

“Yeah. You can.”

I laughed. “I meant for a recipe, you perv.”

“Whatever.” Luke undid the knot at the back of my apron once we were in the kitchen. He draped it over the side of a chair. “You hungry?”

“For your dick or real food?”

Luke’s gaze heated. “You can wait for food.”


“Turn around and put your hands on the counter. Palms down.”


Santino HassellSantino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

Santino can be found on Facebook, Twitter,Goodreads, and SantinoHassell.com





Megan EricksonMegan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.

Megan can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and MeganErickson.org.


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