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Ten Songs to Write Sexy Scenes to

Part of my writing ritual always includes hopping onto Spotify and putting on a playlist. While occasionally I free write without music, I find that it really helps me keep focused when I play something in the background. When it comes to writing sex scenes, since they’re such an intense, intimate thing, I always need accompanying music.

So, today I’m sharing my current top ten songs to write sex to! Granted, as different situations and characters arise, I do change up which ones fit. Sometimes it takes finding the song to get the right theme to emerge from the encounter.

1. Rev 22:20- Puscifer

This is one intense and sexy song. It’s got a lot of power, and Maynard has the sort of seductive voice to deliver.

2. Gravity of Love- Enigma

For more romantic sex, I like to use this song. (Even though my preference usually lies with raunchy rather than sweet :P) This one has the necessary “gravity” tee hee, to deliver the depth of emotion in those circumstances.

3. Inside of You, In Spite of You- Thoushaltnot

This industrial song is not the normal sexy fare, but when I was writing Hunting for Spring set amid grungy buildings and gritty themes, the song just fit the mood for Conor and Brenna.
4. Not a Virgin- Poe
I’ve written many a sex scene to this song. It’s one of my favorites because Poe’s just deliciously bold and raunchy. Since I tend to write a lot of sassy, take-charge ladies, this is the perfect anthem for them.
5. Sex and Candy-Marcy Playground
There’s a great sensuality to this song that works really well for flirty foreplay, and the first time I heard it, I knew it would be a good addition.
6. Fucked My Way Up to the Top- Lana Del Rey
To be honest, most of Lana Del Rey’s music has that hint of sexy that just works so well for cynical romance. This song in particular has a rough edge to the sweetness that I really enjoyed, and her voice gives any song a sexual edge.
7. Virgin State of Mind- K’s Choice
Dark music seems to work really well to put me in the mindset. This woman’s lower voice combined with the intensity of the music do a fantastic job of capturing a private moment, probably why I dug it in the first place.
8. Bad Things- Jace Everett
Just throwing it out there-who DOESN’T think of sex when they hear this song? Dark country just does it for me, and even the bit of twang gives it a raunchier vibe that fits in with the style of sex I normally write.
9. Beggin for Thread- Banks
Had this one on repeat yesterday when I was working on my most recent sex scene. I like the underlying desperation in it, which is why it jived for the rough sex the characters were having. Both clashed together, needing to feel something other than sadness.
10. Rough Sex- Lords of Acid
Can I spell it out more blatantly? Probably not. This band is usually the first to broadcast sex in your face, and I think this one also fits the bill for hot and rough, rather than any sort of sweet intimacy.

I’m probably missing a couple in the lineup, and I’m sure to discover more along the way, but these are my favorites at the moment. Did I miss any that you think should be on the list? Do you have any suggestions for new ones to listen to?


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Music Monday- Hunting for Spring

Hey darlings! Special edition of Music Monday today to showcase my latest release, due to hit e-shelves tomorrow!

Today I’ll be sharing with you the musical inspiration for my urban fantasy, Hunting for Spring.


Hooked by Seabound

This introduces a long running theme for the playlist of this book–industrial and EBM music. That’s right, kids, I was an alternative club kid. It actually makes sense since I spent my club nights in Philly, so the memories involved helped me write the settings. There’s a great sense of sadness in a lot of these songs and the electronic element reminds me of the city.

Inside of You, In Spite of You by Thoushaltnot

A surprisingly sexy song with the low vocals and pulsing beat. So you can bet your bottom dollar I played it a lot while writing the sexytime scenes in this book. Brenna and Conor have this undercurrent in their relationship, both with jagged edges after living their lives as loners. The magnetism of this song worked so well for those scenes!

Six Underground by Sneaker Pimps

This song does a spectacular job in setting up a gritty city vibe. The trip-hop tune has a casual, coolness that helps establish tone in urban fantasy so well. One of the things I love most about urban fantasy stories are the cool, slick-talking characters throughout, ones that dabble in darkness a bit more than the average.

Illusion by VNV Nation

This song is fragile and beautiful, one that sort of reminds me of Brenna. She’s such a lonely, broken character who’s so afraid to trust. Her prickly shell is just an illusion for the sweet, scorching woman within and Conor manages to elicit that from her at the very beginning. Since she’s lived on the outskirts of both the human and supernatural world, she’s careful to whom she grants her trust.


My World by Colony 5

I actually hadn’t listened to this band until I was making this playlist–a friend of mine gave the suggestion. Colony 5 was a perfect fit for this piece, a dark, fast beat that took me to dark street alleys and the shadows of monsters lurking in the night. It worked well for a lot of the action sequences, where Conor and Brenna are taking names and kicking ass.

For the rest of the playlist, as well as all of my other book ones, find me on Spotify: KMcIntyreMT