Well, well… week three of kissing. Who says it has to stop on Valentine’s Day? So let’s start the week off with a flavor as sweet as fresh butterscotch. Just like in the Song of Solomon, where kisses are as delicious as wine, Liz Curtis Higgs turns up our tastebuds with her excerpt today.
Though Liz writes contemporary fiction, she’s best known for her historical novels set in Scotland. Her newest novel, a spinoff of the lovely, Biblical story of Ruth and Boaz is called Here Burns My Candle and comes out in March. You can learn more about it at www.lizcurtishiggs.com
Now, Liz can’t be with us today because she’s in Thailand with Women At Risk. She’ll be back in two weeks, but she wanted to leave all of you with this wonderful excerpt from her novel Thorn in my Heart.
Liz, what do you think makes a good kissing scene?
Ah, the kiss! Anticipation is everything. Where and when and how and why the characters kiss must be chosen with care. The longer such a moment is delayed in a story, the better. Readers should sense it coming and be standing on tiptoe, waiting for that tender expression of affection. Time seems to slow down as the characters move toward each other, and every detail matters. Do their eyes meet or are they closed? Do their hands touch or does he cup her cheek? Do they simply lean toward each other or does he take her in his arms? Whether the moments leading up to the kiss are hilarious or heartbreaking, they must be emotion-packed. It’s a huge step forward in their relationship when characters kiss, so our charge as writers is to make it count!
And please provide us with a wonderful excerpt Liz.
“Aren’t you going to kiss your bride? Proxy or not, it’s most unlucky for her next kiss not to be yours.”
“Unlucky?” Jamie gazed down at her. “Is it really?”
“Aye, very unlucky.” She made certain her voice did not give away her anticipation, but her thoughts brought a flush to her cheeks.
When Jamie turned and drew her near, the warmth of him traveled from her veil to her toes. He cupped her face in his hands and brushed his thumbs across her cheeks. “May I kiss you, Leana?”
She let him see her heart in her eyes and whispered the truth. “I wish you would.”
She tasted like butterscotch. Warm, sugary, fresh from the pot. Leana was truly kissing him. Not an actress playing a part. A bride kissing her bridegroom. Responding instinctively, Jamie leaned closer, tilting her head back, molding his lips to fit hers, tasting her again. Sweet.
Wow, lovely Liz. Or should I say ‘tasty’. 🙂 Thanks for the excerpt and ‘sweet’ tease into the world of the Scottish Lowlands. I can’t wait to read your newest book. The story of Ruth is one of my favorites in the Bible.
Kissing Quote for the Day:
“You may conquer with the sword,
but you are conquered by a kiss.”
~ Daniel Heinsius
Inspirational Romantic Quote: (Ruth – to celebrate Liz’s new book)
She said, “I am Ruth, your maiden; take me under your protecting wing. You’re my close relative, you know, in the circle of covenant redeemers—you do have the right to marry me.”
10-13 He said, “God bless you, my dear daughter! What a splendid expression of love! And when you could have had your pick of any of the young men around. And now, my dear daughter, don’t you worry about a thing; I’ll do all you could want or ask. Everybody in town knows what a courageous woman you are— a real prize!
Now, as we all know, the story of Ruth is a picture of God’s love for us. We were the outcasts. The unwanted. The idolators. But God, the Redeemer, drew us to himself with his beautiful love and brougth us into a family of royalty. Because…afterall, Ruth was the great, great grandmother of King David.
No one is too far to be romanced by the Holy Spirit and swept into a love so great, so passionate, nothing compares to it’s beauty.