Thursday, May 25, 2017

#ThrowbackThursday What Do Certain Kisses Mean?

It's been over 8 years since I started this blog. 8 years. So in honor of that milestone, I thought I'd do a throwback to one of the first blogs I ever wrote here...


Writing romance or inviting romance into your story means that you will write about kisses, soft kisses, cheek kisses, earlobe kisses, eye kisses, finger kisses and wet, warm spine tingling kisses. So the question then becomes what do certain kisses mean? What does a kiss say about your characters and where they are in their relationship?

Butterfly Kisses

The butterfly kiss is a soft, fluttering kiss that flutters the heart. It's teasing kiss, a flirtatious kiss. It awakens feelings, desires and promises provocative ideas. Butterfly kisses are just a breath away from the flesh.

Soft kisses are delicate, like the petals of a rose. They can be reserved for close friends and small children. If used with a lover, soft kisses to the lips play prologue to deeper, wetter kisses in the future.

Cheek Kissing

Kisses to the cheek are friendly kisses. They can be patronizing, too. They can be a devilment, a tease and a slap in the face of someone who wants more. Cheek kisses can amp up the tension between your characters, particularly if one is fighting their attraction for the other.

Earlobe and Eye Kisses

The earlobe and eye kisses are far more provocative. The earlobe kiss nips gently at the soft flesh of the ear, suckles on it and often includes the gentlest brush of the tongue against the soft flesh. The eyelid kiss can be a butterfly kiss, but when a couple is exploring their passion, the eyelid kiss seasons the desire. It can be among the more intimate, trustworthy kisses that happens in the depths of passion.

Finger Kisses

Finger kisses can be playful and pleasurable. These are most likely to occur while basking in the afterglow, limbs entangled together. Nibbling, soft kisses along the fingers is seductive and a reminder of seduction.

What are your favorite types of kisses?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Coming Together: What Can We Do #Manchester

Last evening, while I was safe at home in Texas, the news broke of the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. For a moment, my heart seemed to just squeeze in my chest. Children were at the center of another attack. Like Sandy Hook. Like Columbine. Like Oklahoma City.  Like so many attacks over the years. I remember the IRA attacks in the 80s.

My next breath came with thoughts of my family in the U.K. and selfishly, I reached out. I had to know they were okay. I didn't think they'd been anywhere near the concert, but I still had to know. Checking social media, I read the messages from friends in the U.K. including one in Manchester who marked herself safe.

Bit by bit, I began to breathe, then I wanted to cry. Because there are so many who will not have that moment of 'relief' and the freedom to 'breathe.' Their loved ones aren't coming home.  Yet, Manchester did what I have always admired about the U.K., they came together.

Hotels opened their doors to children separated from their parents. Taxi drivers worked tirelessly to help get people away from the center of danger. Shops opened to provide food and drink. The police flowed through the area and one story even showed a homeless man who rushed into the scene, and how he held a woman as she passed away in his arms.

Manchester came together to protect, and take care of their own. So many lives were lost and there will be recriminations. There will be calls for why do we let the extremists in. Why don't we ban a religion--and they will miss the fundamental point that all who came to help in Manchester were from all walks of life and religions. They worked together because they are people.

When we let fear win, we let them win. When we embrace hate, we let the terrorists win. It sometimes feels impossible to be an optimist today, to hold onto hope, and to keep a light shining--but I refuse to give up any of them.

My grandmother once told me that when we give up even a drop of our hope, we surrender to the enemy. So I am going to embrace my hope and my optimism and  keep the light shining. Today it will shine for Manchester.

For those who want to know what they can do to help, there was an article in the Metro.

Love and light to the families of those who were lost, injured and forever changed by the attack in Manchester.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Let's Celebrate #ManCandyMonday with a Little Battle of the Chrises!

This isn't my first time weighing in on the Chris v Chris v Chris v Chris argument - Chris is a way popular name for some of Hollywood's alpha heroes. It doesn't hurt that they're all involved in some wildly popular franchises and yes, they are all appealing. So let's here it for the boys!

The Eyes Have It

They all have amazing eyes and I don't think any of us would mind staring into those beautiful peepers.

Sharp Dressed Men

They can definitely rock a suit whether it's a formal or casual occasion.

Make Ours a Hero

And of course, they've got that hero (and in some cases anti-hero) going on. If pressed, I'd find it difficult to pick my favorite

So let's hear it, folks, who is your favorite Chris?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#IARTG #TeaserTuesday #GetBitten with a Sneak Peek at Bravo Team WOLF

Buttoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. As a human, she poses a threat to Marine Captain Jax Raymond’s special Force Recon unit. Though the team has a reputation among the other recon units, only their commanding officer knows their secret. As a woman, the danger posed is entirely different. Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants.

Military intelligence specialist Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman in the Marines to be assigned to a recon team. And everyone’s watching her. Her mission? Not only prove herself worthy of her place in the group, but uncover the mystery of why Bravo Team is so successful. A mission that gets more difficult every time she’s near Jax...

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Want to spend your #ManCandyMonday with an #IrishPrince?

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Chelsea Houston is an executive assistant, not a nanny. The only person more clueless about kids is her boss. Helping him on a daddy-daughter road trip is her last task before he’ll accept her two weeks’ notice and she can be free of the infuriating man she’s had a crush on for longer than she’d admit. Aiden’s carefully ordered life has never been so disorganized, and he’s suddenly tempted by the things he thought he could never have. Things like love and family. Who knew chaos could be so damn fun?


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Friday, May 12, 2017

#1stLineFriday with Smoke & Marines #DFRKW #AlwaysaMarine

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Former Marine Combat Firefighter Casey Spencer has had plenty of close calls. But after a factory fire results in the death of a dozen undocumented workers chained to their tables, he can’t sleep, barely eats, and snaps at everyone—including his fellow firefighters. On edge, he’s not ready to deal with Jane Harmon, a woman who arouses in him an inexplicable need to protect. 

The daughter of a Marine and a sister to two more, Jane recognizes duty for what it is. Surviving a house fire was only her first challenge, recovering from the burns and the trauma was the second. Physical and mental therapy are supposed to get her the rest of the way—except she’s paired with the stubborn, irritating, and sexy as hell firefighter Casey Spencer. Being around him terrifies her, but worse, it awakens a wild passion which rages out of control. 

She doesn’t want a man who runs into the fire, but can’t deny where there is smoke…there is her Marine.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

How about a little #dragon love from @njwaltersauthor for #ThrowbackThursday?

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Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights of the Dragon, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures, she can’t turn away any longer.

When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization knows about him and his brothers.

He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her his heart would mean forever.

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.


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