Friday, February 11, 2011

Blogfest - Just Kiss Already

How did it happen that their lips came together? 
How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts,
that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees
on the quivering summit of the hill? 
A kiss, and all was said.
~Victor Hugo

I have succumbed to the magic that's filling the air (and the blogosphere). I hadn't given it much thought because hubby and I will be flying back home on the evening of February 14th after nearly 3 weeks in Hawaii for the arrival of a new granddaughter.

I've signed up for the Just Kiss Already Blogfest being hosted by Stina Lindenblatt and Christina Lee. Following is a 250 word excerpt from A Change of Plans, my WIP #1.

Shocked at his unexpected nearness, I started and then staggered, when the ship rolled. As I lost my balance, he seized me around the waist and pulled me close to steady me. I believe it was all the stress I’d been under combined with the surprise of suddenly being in his arms. I lost my head and said the first thing that came to my mind, something I hadn’t even admitted to myself.
 “You are so hot,” I murmured.
His eyes opened wide, and my jaw dropped as I realized I’d said it aloud.
“I didn’t say that!” I exclaimed frantically, pulling away from him.
“Oh, no you don’t!” He said as he grabbed me back again. “You can’t say something like that and then just walk away.” He kissed me. It wasn’t forceful or pushy, but rather gentle and tentative.
There was now a war raging inside me. Ms Practical shrieked at me to run, to get away. Miss Romantic shouted that I should put my arms around him and kiss him and touch those incredible shoulders and arms. I was frozen with indecision.
When I didn’t pull away, he kissed me again with more confidence.
My heart was now beating so wildly that I wondered if I was in the throes of a panic attack. I felt like someone had linked me to an outlet that was sending electricity through the marrow of my bones. My fingers and toes tingled. I needed air...

You can check out some of the other participants' post:

  1. Christina Lee
  2. In High Spirits @ Dianne Salerni
  3. Stina Lindenblatt
  4. Rachel Morgan
  5. Writers' Ally aka SA Larsen
  6. A Novel, Hypothetically Speaking
  7. Frankie Diane Mallis
  8. Tracy Buscemi
  9. Mara Nash
  10. Dawn Embers
  11. Amparo Ortiz
  12. Aspiring Novelists
  13. Justine Dell!!!
  14. Adventures in Writing
  15. Samantha Verant @ Some Guys Are Toads
  16. Loralie Hall
  17. Rockin' Chair Reflections
  18. Emy Shin
  19. Patti Nielson
  20. Talei Loto
  21. Meredith @ Fairy Tales and Cappuccino
  22. AJ & Charli Bite Back
  23. Devin Bond
  24. Creepy Query Girl
  25. Colene Murphy
  26. Tessa
  27. Ladybug's Like To Kiss
  28. The Guardian Writer
  29. Freckle Head
  30. Chocolate Reality
  31. The Life of a Writer
  32. Melissa @ Throughthelookingglass
  33. Donea Lee
  34. Meika @ Waiting on the Muse
  35. Aleeza's Wild Hopes and Dreams
  36. K. M. Walton
  37. Madeleine
  38. PK HREZO
  1. Jennifer Hoffine
  2. Myne Whitman Writes
  3. Michael @ In Time . . .
  4. J. C. Martin, Fighter Writer
  5. writers write, right?
  6. Beth's Blog
  7. Raquel Byrnes, Edge Of Your Seat Romance
  8. mainewords
  9. Lindz
  10. Gabriela Lessa: An Aspiring Writer's World
  11. Tanya Reimer
  12. Imaginary Friends
  13. Weaving a Tale or Two
  14. Julie Cros
  15. The Quirky Designer
  16. a day into the writer
  17. Dominic de Mattos
  18. ?HOLLY?
  19. natalie palmer books
  20. Unsettled
  21. Christine Fonseca, Author
  23. RaShelle Workman
  24. KM @ One Page At A Time
  25. Alexa @ Not Enough Bookshelves
  26. Sash
  27. Sash (correct link)
  28. Christines Journey
  29. Writers Blog
  30. Jenna Wallace
  31. Cupids Arrow Finds My Booty
  32. Whats a Frango?
  33. ELAINE
  34. Kimberleys Kissing Scene!
  35. Jenn


  1. Lovely kissing scene. I love the accidently, "You are so hot." Too bad it's only so many words. :) Great job.

  2. i can't wait to get to know these characters better! who is she and who is he and how did they meet and why do we love him so much? can't wait! :)

  3. Ooh, very nice excerpt. I like that the scene takes place on a ship.

  4. Great scene. Love and lust on the high seas.

  5. Ahh kissing. I love to read a good build up--especially if it comes to nothing. It's the suspense that keeps me turning pages, "Will they?"

    Thanks for sharing your brave. I especially like:

    Shocked at his unexpected nearness, I started and then staggered, when the ship rolled. As I lost my balance, he seized me around the waist and pulled me close to steady me.

  6. You are so hot! And then a diss! And then a kiss! Love it!

  7. Oh my gosh, I absolutely loved this! As soon as she burst out with the "You are so hot" and then freaked when she realized it had been said out loud, I knew this is a heroine I can totally follow through a story!

  8. This is great. I'm glad he didn't let her get away, and I'm glad she gave in to Miss Romantic. :D

  9. I need some air, too. Great descriptive job. Bravo. Roland

  10. "You are so hot!" Love it! Wasn't quite expecting it from the set up - so fun! Thanks for sharing ~ and I see you've already been by today, but just hoped you noticed that you won a prize on my blog today. Congrats!

  11. This is nicely done. Love it! Happy Valentine's Day.

  12. 'You are so hot,' I murmured.
    His eyes opened wide, and my jaw dropped as I realized I’d said it aloud.

    Ohmygod, haha, love it! :D

  13. So funny and sweet and romantic. Great job

  14. Cute and funny!
    And I LOVE that Miss Romantic is a Miss, while Ms Practical is a Ms. Subtle but very, very funny!

  15. Oh hot kiss! Very nicely done!

    I hope you're enjoying Valentines Day. ;-)

  16. I LOVE that she told him he was hot! I've been afraid of blurting out that exact same thing more times than I can count. Though it never quite ended like that for me!

  17. How embarrassing to say that out loud, but it looks like it worked out for her in the end.

  18. I literally snorted reading, "You're so hot!"

    Great kiss!

  19. I loved this - the mispoken word, the internal struggle, and the gentle...gentleman...very seductive ^_^

  20. Oh I love that "you are so hot!" LOL. You definitely can not say that and walk away :)

    Great scene

  21. I once said a guy's name in drool-worthy tones and he overheard didn't turn out this good though.

  22. I love that she tried to take it back...too late! Great scene!
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

  23. Oh, don't you hate it when you blurt out what you really think when safe should be the default mode of operations. She ended up with a great kiss as a reward though. :)

  24. OOh I loved where she said it out loud and then realised, shows how caught up in the moment she was :O)

  25. I love the whole war waging inside of her and that she let that sentence slip! NICE!!!!!

  26. I love how you bantered between her practical and romantic sides. I really like the voice of the male, too. Nicely done!! I'm a follower now.


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