A Kiss to Build a SCENE On with Margaret Daley

by | Feb 18, 2010 | Fiction Book Reviews | 9 comments

Romantic kisses are usually born out of some intense emotion. Fear of loss, attraction, love (of course), need, desperation, or…longing.

A few synonyms for ‘longing’ (from The Synonym Finder that Julie Lessman recommended I buy – GREAT purchase, btw) are: yearning, hope, wish, desire, sighing…

Basically, it’s a heart-gnawing dream or memory that we truly want to become a reality. Longing can be a great source for a kiss and Margaret Daley is here to give us a glimpse into that type of scene. Margaret is a Steeple Hill author who writes both suspense and romance.

 She has an entire boatload of books to check out on her website at www.margartedaley.com

Her newest book, LoveInspired Suspense Cowboy Protector, is coming out next month.

 So Margaret, what do you think makes a good kissing scene and, please oh please, provide an example J

 I think what makes a good kiss is the emotional connection between the man and woman

 The below kissing scene for me was special because this was the first time the hero kissed the heroine in the story. They had been in love as teenagers but parted ways. Zachary is leering of trusting Jordan again. They share a ten year old son who wants to see them together. The kiss takes place at the football stadium where he first told her as a teenager he loved her–it was the place he went to as a teenager to think.

 Excerpt from Heart of a Cowboy, Love Inspired, July 2010:

 And he wanted his arms around her–not his coat. He stared at the dark field below then lifted his gaze to the nearly full moon in the clear sky. Its radiance gave them enough light to see by. He inhaled a deep breath of the recently mowed grass. Silence surrounded them, except that his heartbeat throbbed in his ears, drowning out all common sense.

 He shouldn’t be here with Jordan.

 He should leave–he shifted toward her. Their gazes bound across the few inches that separated them. His throat went dry. Thoughts fled his mind. His blood rushed to his limbs. 

 He leaned closer and brushed his lips across hers. Drawing her totally to him, he fenced her against him and deepened the kiss until he became lost in the sensations bombarding him–her heady scent, the feel of her mouth on his, the little gasp of surprise that had come from her when he first made a tactile connection.

 Oh my, how lovely, Margaret…and such longing in there. Longing for the past and the future all wrapped up in one kiss. As one of my youth girls said, “Ya just gotta love those kisses.” No matter how it’s packaged or what the source of the kiss, they’re ‘oh so easy to love.’ Thanks for being my guest today, Margaret.

 Kissing Quote for the Day:

 Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Albert Einstein

Inspirational Quote for the Day:

You will find as you look back upon your life
that the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things
in a spirit of love.

~ Henry Drummond

I know I got away from my Biblical quotes on this one, but there was something beautiful about it…and very true. Life, real life, isn’t made up of moments when we’re isolated and receiving. It’s made up of moments where we give to others, without a return policy. Selflessness. Our human natures are prone to selfishness and the ultimate expression of true love is complete selfless giving. Jesus was the ultimate example of true love. The Bible says (and I’m paraphrasing here) that he’s the embodiment, the flesh-form of God’s love. That’s what it looks like  with hands and feet. And because of Him, we can truly love others.

Stop by tomorrow for a wonderful visit with Denise Hunter.


  1. sherrinda

    I sooooo love a kiss in the hero’s POV. And you are right, the longing expressed makes the kiss oh-so-special! These’s nothing like love lost and the hope regaining it to bring about a great story! I’m putting this one on my TBR list! Thanks Margaret!

    lol…Pepper that Einstein quote is hilarious! As one who can attest to such a situation, he is RIGHT! lolol

  2. Julie

    Oh, I’m SO with Sherrinda on a kiss in the male POV — wonderful scene, Margaret, not only with male POV but with the surprise element … two things I absolutely love in a kiss and you did them BOTH perfectly, Margaret!!

    LOVE the Einstein quote, Pepper — where the heck do you get all these great quotes??? And finally, AMEN to Christ being the embodiment of God’s love for us … just the wonder of it gives me good chills.

    And, Pep, you’ve given “good chills” aplenty this month on your blog and I thank you … spiritual ones AND romantic ones!!


  3. Tina

    A beautiful scene. I too agree, the male POV makes kissing scenes all the more REAL.

  4. Pat Grau

    It’s a challenge to build believable tension and still make it sound like a male. Einstein and kissing–something just doesn’t seem right about that, lol. Thanks.

    • pepperbasham

      I think the Einstien quote has gotten some attention today. LOL…yeah, imagine. That crazy haired scientist talking about kissing? LOL Nice point, Pat.

      Oh, and I agree with all of you. Male POV. Sigh. There’s something about a guy’s view of his ‘treasured-one’ that just melts a heart. Feeling his insecurities, yet his inability to pull away because of the intensity of the emotions. oh dearie, dearie – thanks, Margaret.

  5. Wyn

    Definitely full attentions is required to make the kiss a “real'” kiss. I am always amazed when women authors can give the male perspective, after all, one “hopes” that it is out of the realm of their experience. 🙂

  6. Renee

    *Sigh* another beautiful kiss and I am LOVING the cover for this one!!!! What a cute cowboy! 😉

  7. Tina Pinson


    A cowboy kissing scene… just the fact that you had a cowboy made a few hearts palpitate. And you let him ‘fence’ the heroine in… gotta love it.

    I also loved your quote, Pepper, so much I put it on line myself. Thanks

  8. Margaret Daley

    I’m so glad you all have liked the kiss. I really enjoyed writing Zachary’s story and the kiss.


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