Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Kissing!

In celebration of Valentine's Day I'm totally copying Christine Fonseca's post "Just Kiss Already" who is copying from Christina Lee's call for a smooching day to put a snippet of a love/kissing scene from one of our books or work-in-progress.

Dang, I love this photograph!

Here is my excerpt from my historical edgy belly-dance SECRET RITES OF THE GODDESS (Scholastic, Summer 2012):

This is a forbidden love because Jayden is betrothed to someone else and even if she wasn't she's not supposed to marry someone from an unknown tribe, making this double-trouble for her.

Kadesh moved toward me and his nearness made me ache all the way to my toes. “The moment I saw you that day on the bluff—I knew you were meant to be mine.”

“Kadesh, please don’t say these things.” I put up a hand. “Someone will overhear you.”

He caught my fingers and my heart thudded against my ribs as he kissed each one then pressed my palms to his mouth. “I’m going to come back for you.”

I knew he wasn’t trifling with me. I knew deep in my bones that I could trust him.

The sounds of the wedding party fluttered toward us. More drumming, singing. Laughter. I smelled ripe fruit and roasted lamb. Wood smoke covered the stars like gauzy linen. I knew I should get up and return before I was missed, but I didn’t move.

Kadesh’s face came closer and I could feel his breath on mine. “Let me seal my promise to you with the vow of my love,” he whispered, and before I could say another word, he gathered me to his chest. His lips covered my mouth with an intensity I didn’t think was possible.

I felt myself rise in his arms and my eyes closed. Hot, lovely darkness dipped and swirled. I tasted his mouth and smelled the spicy fragrance of his skin. And then he swept his cloak around me, enclosing us together. Kadesh’s heart pounded against my breast and for a moment it was as though we had become one person.


Aleeza said...

wowzers--that was HOT! the forbidden just makes it so much more tantalizinggg. my own peice had that forbidden touch to it. loved it.

Aleeza said...

i meant the forbidenness*. and i meant loved your peice. not, you know, mine. :D

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

THANKS so much, Aleeza! You made my day!

I went to your blog and read your kissing scene and thought it was terrific! You will be published one day, absolutely! (I tried to submit a comment, but couldn't for some reason. Hope you see this here.)

I read your profile, too, and added myself as a Follower. :-)

I also ADORE "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier - one of my all-time favorite books. I've read all her other books, too. Most are truly wonderful. Have you?

Donea Lee said...

Great stuff here - I especially loved this line, "Wood smoke covered the stars like gauzy linen." Thanks for sharing and happy v-day to you!

Melissa said...

Oh forbidden love! How you get me all excited. And this is being published by scholastic in 2012? You mean, I actually get to read more! SO exciting!!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Thanks, Donea! I love hearing your favorite line, too. I'd actually forgotten I'd written that until I pulled up the Word document this morning, ha, ha! I haven't worked on it for a long time.

Gosh, thanks, Melissa! I'm thrilled to hear your excitement! Yep, I think June 2012. My editorial letter is coming in a few weeks and my editor is hoping to get all the production work done on it by June when she takes maternity leave until October. I am super eager to see what Scholastic comes up with for cover art. There's belly dancing and goddess temples . . . ;-)

Donna Weaver said...

Delightful! And I SO want to find out if she marries the wrong guy!!!

RaShelle said...

kissing her fingers and sweeping her into his arms. Very romantic. And I love the line ... covered the stars like gauzy linen. Beautiful! =D

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Wow, I love that last line! Fabulous! I also like the kissing of the fingers. Sometimes, we forget just how delicious that can be before we have our characters lunging for the lips!

Gina said...

Siiigghhh. Very nice!

Colene Murphy said...

AWE yum! What a great scene!!

Raquel Byrnes said...

That was so sweet...the two hearts beating was great.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That was sweet. Love the writing.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Thank you so much, RaShelle, Dianne, Gina, Colene, Raquel, and Stina!!! It's very exciting to get feedback.

Love that "yum"!

I'm still reading all the kissing entries . . . and leaving town for a few days. Got lots of new friends to go stalk - I mean "Follow"! :-)

Christine Fonseca said...

Love it! And I loved this blog fest. So fun reading all the excerpts



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