Parties are great places for kisses too, btw. New Years Eve is a prime example. Gotta have some lips to lock onto to ring in the New Year?
Engagement parties better have some kisses going on. Anniversary parties too – one would hope. Especially if someone is willing to throw a party to celebrate 50 years, there’d better still be enough excited to grab a few kisses, with or without the pacemaker 😉
Kissing is a GREAT way to celebrate. So….
Newly published Steeple Hill author, Audra Harders, is going to celebrate her up and coming books with a kiss. Right, Audra? To learn more about her books, check out her website at www.audraharders.com or her blog at http://audraharders.blogspot.com.
What makes a good kissing scene?
I love the first kiss, the moment that catches them both unawares. Nothing planned; nothing scheduled. The hero and heroine have no idea the moment is upon them until emotions they’ve both shoved into the back recesses of their respective minds declare, “that’s enough.” That kiss takes them through the gate of cautious consideration and into next level of unabashed awareness. Now, the kiss is all they can think of and the planning for the next kiss begins.
Isn’t it great?
And what delicious appetizer of a scene have you provided for us today, Audra?
Many nights she knew he left his office well past her bedtime. “That late?”
His shoulder lifted and he cocked his head. “Ranching by day; paperwork by night.”
“I thought you had help. The office is in your parents’ house.”
“The office has always been there, so why mess with a good thing? And besides, it gives me a change to finish up shop. On the walk over to my place, I leave the work behind. It’s a mental thing.”
“If you keep up this pace, you probably will go mental. Glad I was able to straighten up and file for you.” Pride filled her at the difference in the office space since she’d spent a few hours organizing. “Call me when things get out of hand.”
“Promise you’ll come?”
His quiet question wrapped around her heart. She glanced at him, finding it impossible to study his face as they moved. Her fingers strayed and touched his elbow. He took another step down the path and stopped, turning toward her until they stood face-to-face. He tipped his hat back and let the morning sunshine bathe his face in light.
Melanie searched for dark circles under his rich brown eyes or evidence of strain around his lips. Instead, all she saw was a hint of stubble over a firm jaw line, a straight nose and well-drawn lips that twitched under her scrutiny. A tiny dimple appeared at the corner of his mouth.
She was such a goner for his crooked smile.
Insects buzzed around her in the warmth of the summer sun. The natter of ground squirrels blended with the whistles of the jays. His shallows breaths warmed her chin.
He stood before her, watching her. Waiting for her answer.
The gentle touch of his fingertips atop her head as she’d dozed beside him the night before sent a coil of need through her. She so wanted to touch her lips to his, to know safety and trust.
He cleared his throat. His steady gaze seemed to plead with her. “Well?”
Nothing came to mind as she slid her hand down his forearm. The air stilled around them as he drew closer and touched his lips to hers.
Nothing prepared her for the tenderness that passed between them His palm cradled her cheek and she didn’t know whether to rub against the rough skin or move closer to deepen the kiss. In the end, she didn’t have to choose. Gabe drew back, his dark eyes locked on hers while his fingers wove through her hair.
“I’m sorry, I should’ve asked first.” Gabe ran his finger down her cheek leaving a tingling trail across her hot skin. “I’ve wanted to do that for a while.”
“I–” Melanie licked her lips and swallowed, grappling for adequate words. “I don’t want to complicate matters.”
She caught her breath as he studied her, his eyes searching for something she hoped she had the right answer for.
As if coming to a decision, he offered her a gentle smile. “I promise not to tell.”
YAHOOOOO!!!! And I don’t mean to check email either. What a sweet kiss, Audra. Hot and sweet, yum, just like fresh chocolate chip cookies. And congrats again on your wonderful news. I’m certain you can’t get too tired of those parties 😉 Thanks for being here and letting us share in the fun.
Kissing Quote for the Day:
“She felt like a chess player who, by the clever handling of his pieces, sees the game taking the course intended. Her eyes were bright and tender with a smile as they glanced up into his; and her lips looked hungry for the kiss which they invited.”
Inspirational Quote for the Day:
A love with no borders. That is what God offers us. Romance is a lovely part of life, but even it can only temporarily satisfy. The hunger that drives a human soul is the hunger for a boundless love. A love beyond our faults. A love that will continue even when our darkest secrets, the shadows in our thoughts, the shrouded moments of our souls, are revealed. God will be there, and the glow of love on his face will not fade. He loved us…even when we were sinners. Our failures don’t surprise him. Never have and never will. So knowing this great love, here is a beautiful prayer:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”