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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Romancing February

28 romance authors invite you to participate in a month-long event of love and laughter. Each day starting Feb. 1, 2009 an author will throw a romance party at her blog and host a contest with a prize. The link to the next day's blog location will also be provided at each location. Just drop by and enter the contest. And get ready to heat up the cold wintery days of February. You could win a prize a day!

On February 28th, one person will be awarded the grand prize of a $75 WRP gift certificate. All you have to do to enter the grand prize contest is make a list of each author in this blog event and name one title she has available. Submit your list to by midnight CST, February 27, 2009. The winner will be announced on February 28th--just in time to warm up that person's February. Visit on February 1st to begin.

Now, that you know what Romancing February is all about, here's my contest.

Do you remember your first kiss? Was it timid and sweet or hot and full of passion? This excerpt is from The Welcome Inn, and it shows the first kiss of Buck Abercrombie and Julianna Martin.

Buck and Julianna are attracted to each other, but each of them also has some serious issues that complicate their relationship. In this excerpt, Julianna stayed overnight with Buck because someone is trying to kidnap her.

Julianna awoke first the next morning and saw that sometime during the night Buck had removed his sweat pants and shirt. It gave Julianna a wonderful view of his shoulders and chest, and her face flushed in the presence of so much bronzed male skin and muscle. She sensed something vital, something elemental about Buck, and the wild, fiery side of Julianna’s nature was attracted to him as surely as a moth is attracted to the light.

She let her imagination take flight and soar where it would, and it came as no surprise when her fantasy carried her straight into Buck’s bed. She imagined herself surrendering to his kiss—and more—and her face burned with both shame and desire. She knew better! All men were the same, and she’d be a fool to forget it. Obviously, the break-in had affected her even more than she had realized.

She threw the covers back and slipped her feet into her bedroom shoes. She’d get dressed and leave before Buck woke up. Then maybe she’d stop thinking about him. As she passed his bed his hand shot out to grab her wrist. “Good morning, Julianna. What’s your hurry?”
“Oh, you’re awake. I, uh, wanted to get dressed before you got up.”

Buck’s first finger gently stroked the inside of her wrist. “You look damn good in green.”

“Well, I like... uh, thanks.” Julianna swallowed hard. She had to get out of here and soon. Buck looked too devastatingly attractive for her peace of mind!

“Thank goodness you aren’t one of those anorexic females that you see on television. You’ve got enough curves to prove you’re a woman.”

His voice lowered and became huskier. “No wonder poor Tim wanted to kiss you. I’ve wanted to taste those lips from the first time I saw you. So kiss me, Julianna. I’m sick of fighting it. It’s torture to be in the same room with you and not kiss you.”

“Uh, no, Buck, I...”

Her voice trailed off as Buck stood up. She made no protest when brawny, sunburned arms enclosed her and held her tight. He nuzzled his face against her neck, and Julianna quivered in his arms.

“You smell sexy,” Buck growled. “I couldn’t sleep last night because I swear I could smell you in the other bed.”

He buried one big hand in her tousled curls, and his lips, heavy and warm, pressed themselves against hers.

With a strangled moan, Julianna threw her arms around him and eagerly returned his kiss. Madness! This was madness! But, oh he could kiss!

For a chance to win an electronic copy of The Welcome Inn leave a comment. Talk about The Welcome Inn, or tell us about your own first kiss.

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housemouse88 said...

First kisses, why do they involve teeth and slobber. Mike and I were standing outside the band room after school. I was waiting to be picked up, and Mike was going to football practice. We went in for the kiss and clashed teeth. We tried it again, but his mouth was open to much and I got a mouth full of spit. Needless to say, it was memorable, just not in a good way.

The kiss you described in your book sounds a whole lot better. Have a great day.

Skhye said...

Ooo, nice first kiss. Is he a Scot or 1st-2nd generation Scottish-American? Or, alas, just sporting a Scottish surname trying to trick us readers into thinking he's got a kilt up his sleeve? :)

Anonymous said...

I remember being surprised how soft his lips were. I didn't think boys' lips were soft!

LuAnn said...

Wow! Julianna has really been thrown for a loop!
I do, indeed, remember my first kiss. I was in the second grade and it was on the playground. A boy I liked kissed me very sweetly on the lips. I was so excited, I ran home after school to tell my mother and had an hour long lecture about spreading germs, etc. Ridiculous!

Debby said...

My first kiss was very timid and not too good

Babyblue22 said...

My first kiss that I can remember was with my first real boyfriend, I was 15 and he was 16 and we were both so shy a nervous that it took forever for us to get to it, but when we finally kissed it was so soft and sweet, and even though it was a clumsy kiss it's one of the best kisses I've ever had.
Great Excerpt!

Judy said...

My first kiss was on the playground when I was still a tomboy. I at the time did not see what all the fuss was about.

Great excerpt of The Welcome Inn

Emma Lai said...

I've already got my copy of The Welcome Inn, but I wanted to stop by and say "Howdy!" I can't talk about my first kiss because I don't remember it, but I can say that I never wanted my first kiss with my husband to end. Here we are eight years later, still kissing!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Since I asked about first kisses I tried to remember my first kiss, but I can't do it. The boy was a high school sweetheart, but I can't remember the first time we kissed. Housemouse, it must have been one of those teeth and slobber kisses. I do remember the first time my husband and I kissed before we were married.

Elaine Cantrell said...


Not a Scot. Sorry, no kilt.