Highlights from A Kiss to Build a SCENE On

by | Mar 4, 2010 | inspirational fiction | 13 comments

What a MONTH!!

From Feb 1st with Deb Raney to March 2 with MaryLu Tyndall, there’s bit a whole lot a smoochin’ goin’ on.

Deb’s entry gave quite a few good tips on writing a great kissing scene


or Denise Hunter’s list


Other great posts were from authors with a laugh in their writing voices like Cathy Marie Hake, Siri Mitchell, Deeanne Gist, Kaye Dacus,, and Mary Connealy


Drama queens that hike up the romantic tension like Julie Lessman, Denise Hunter,  Deb Raney, MaryLu Tyndall, Liz Curtis Higgs, Ruth Axtell Morren, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Jamie Carie


sweet, sweep-you-off-your feet romances from Missy Tippens, Janet Dean, Myra Johnson


Newbies like Melanie Dickerson, Erica Vetsche, and Audra Harders

It’s been such a great month. Now, for the TOP TWO ELEMENTS that make a Kiss to Build a SCENE On?


Romantic tension

No surprise there.

Top Bible book to read for great romantic ideas – Song of Solomon (whew, heated kisses too)

Two most commented kissing quote –

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

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” – Rhett Butler

One lucky commenter today will win a book bundle – Karen Kingsbury, Janet Dean, and Deb Raney. So make sure you leave your email address.

Okay, so I’ll leave you with one last scene from my historical WWI The Thornbearer. It’s a BRAND NEW scene, just finished writing it, so it may come out a bit rough – but I hope you enjoy.

Setup – Sam had heard that Ashleigh was on the point of death, and the last time he’d spoken to her, he’d told her he’d never forgive her for deceiving him.  But the trenches of WWI and the realization of his own feelings changes his choice . Now he sees her for the first time after months of hurt and anger, after fearing he’d lost her, and he’s thrilled.


He had to touch her, hold her, make sure she wasn’t some ghost to torment his heart. His feet glided across the dewy morning ground, until he seized her immobile form and breathed a sigh against her neck. She was alive. Alive and right here in his arms.

He kissed her anywhere his mouth touched – her violet scented hair, the soft curls at her temples, her cheeks, salty with the taste of her tears. He was hungry, no starving for  her. Like a man in the desert who’d almost forgotten the taste of water until one drink reminds him of its’ coolness and then… one sip isn’t enough. No one else could satisfy him. Her skin beneath his lips, her body against  his, soothed the ache he’d built up at the thought of losing her, and ignited a swelling fire. Ashleigh. His Ashleigh.

He couldn’t get enough of her. One hand dug through her hair, cupping the back of her head, while the other tugged her deeper into his embrace. He drank in her scent and left a trail of kisses across her jawline to her ear, warming when her voice broke through the silence with a gentle moan.

Her fingers touched him, cool and trembling against his cheeks and her lips opened for his- apparently as thirsty. She moved closer, deepening the kiss. This was home. Right here with her. Why had God been so good to him? He’d almost lost her? Almost allowed his foolish pride, his unforgiveness, to deprive him of this? Of her.

He kissed her until her sobs melted into raspy breaths that matched his, until her hands became entangled in his curls and her smile spread against his lips. He kissed her until he couldn’t get any closer and still be respectable.

There you have it. Many blessings on your writing – and I hope you also get plenty of real-life experience with those smooches.

In the middle of March, I’ll begin a new series entitled: I NEED A HERO

Stop by to discuss what makes a great hero and learn what some of your favorite authors top picks are.


  1. Julie

    Oh, WOW, what a way to end a great series!!! This was, hands-down, my favorite blog for weeks and weeks now, and now that I’ve sampled even more of your writing, Pepper, I am pretty sure it will move to a more permanent spot in my blog perusal.

    Great guests, great scene above, and GREAT kisses all around. Thanks for the memories!!

    Chuckled at the line: “He kissed her until he couldn’t get any closer and still be respectable.”

    You are something else, girl, and will give me a run for my money before you are through … 🙂


    • Pepper

      I have mentioned how awesome you are? Well, let me just tell you again. Thank you, thank you.
      Btw, I talked to Cathy Marie Hake on the phone last night. She was awesome.

  2. Casey

    I loved the image Pepper, of her smiling against his lips. So sweet and WHY were they crying?? Makes me want to read your work! I don’t know why you haven’t been published, but you are destined!

    This month/kissing/authors was AMAZING and you have done such great work putting it all together! Like Julie, I am following and can’t wait to see what the Hero series brings!


    • Pepper

      Are you a writer too? I’m off to see if you have a blog. Seriously. I’m trying to get a few writers together to share the fun of a blog. Hmmm….
      Thanks for your visits and kind words. It’s loads of fun.

  3. Myra Johnson

    A spellbinding scene, Pepper–a real heart-tugger! Best of luck with your writing!

    • pepperbasham

      Thanks so much, Myra. I hope to continue to improve. 🙂

  4. Teresa Perkins

    Excellent! I hope you get some real life experience in this area, too. I love Pepper!

  5. Casey

    Yes, Pepper, my dream is to be a writer. 🙂 I am working on one manuscript seriously right now and have another one “in the works”- through my kisses are NOWHERE NEAR smoking- yet! 🙂 I plan to enter my first 15 pages in the Genesis contest. BTW, you will also find me on ACFW and once in a while on the forums. 🙂

  6. Renee

    WOW Pepper! I love this scene! I think it is soooo awesome that you are writing a book that takes place in WWI, that’s not a time period that I read of that often in fiction! I’m excited to read where this scene heads 😉

    XOXO~ Renee

    • pepperbasham

      There are lots of WWI era books either just out or coming out, Renee. Julie’s books take place during this period – well, especially a Passion Most Pure, but Robin Lee Hatcher’s newest book series takes place during this era, and the new book by Siri Mitchell “She Walks In Beauty” does too. I can’t compete with those ladies, but if you want to read something from the era, those are a few.
      My delves more into WWI and trench warfare, torpedoeing…etc., because my herione in a WWI nurse and my hero is an American who joins the forces in 1917 when American joins to fight.
      Heartwrenching stuff, but very powerful

    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Edwina. It never hurts to up that heartrate in a good way. Just wishing in the warmer weather…er…internal warmth, I suppose 😉

  7. Carolynn

    Thanks Pepper for all the kissing post’s, it’s been great reading them! I look forward to the I NEED A HERO Series!


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