Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

The First Kiss!

kiss silhouette tightLove is in the air. (Especially here in North Texas with 70 degree temperatures and budding trees!) I couldn’t resist asking a couple of the authors who have recently visited about thoughts on their first kisses.

After all, the first kiss is very telling. I’ve seen them happen on the first date, and I’ve seen them happen at the altar. (Now THAT’s impressive!) But whenever that first kiss occurs, there’s a special realization. Wouldn’t you agree?

Here’s how Margaret Brownley put it:

The question I ask whenever it’s time to write the kissing scene is what is the emotional source?  Is it love, attraction, curiosity or something else?  Is it a test, a challenge or a declaration?   What does he hope to prove?  What does she hope to achieve? No other kiss is quite like the first kiss.  Rejection is always a possibility and for this reason both parties are feeling vulnerable.  This is especially true of the hero who usually initiates the kiss.  The most important thing of all is this: how does a kiss change their relationship?  Ah, the heart flutters in anticipation—because we know that it will . . .

What can I say? I love romance – the real thing, the writing of it, and even reading about it! And I love to watch it bloom between two people. Oh, that is the best!

Sandra Ardoin shares her story, and it even connects to her newest book:

At the end of either the second or third date (I’m awful and can’t remember which), my husband ASKED if he could kiss me. I’d never had a guy ask, and I thought it endearing. Of course, I said yes. I used that idea in A RELUCTANT MELODY when my hero asks my heroine if he can kiss her. In their case, it has a much deeper and more poignant meaning for the heroine.
I loved that part in the story!
I felt I should also share something, so I pulled out the first kiss between Dani and Jay. (Have you read GRIME WAVE? You should!)

She collected a broken breath. “I’m so sorry, Jay.”

“Sorry’s not enough. You can’t do this again. Never. Not if you’re going to be my girl.” It had just come out, but he meant it nonetheless.

“Your….” She smiled. “I won’t.”

He brushed a wisp of her hair behind her ear. “You better not.” He kissed her temple. “I’d really like to keep you around for a while.” He lingered near her ear, his voice dropping to a whisper.

One of her hands slipped to his collar. “I’d like that.”

Slightly parted lips followed her agreement. Jay lowered, breathing in her citrus scent before lightly brushing her lips. She responded to the touch, and he drifted down again into a tender kiss, long enough to let her know the depths of his feelings.

Swoon! (I LOVED this story!)

Margaret Brownley also shared this perfect quote!

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.
That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know. ~Mistinguett

Your Turn: Share a first kiss story – one that you remember, or one that you have read about. What makes them stand out?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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