January 21, 2011

Ah, the kiss...

Can a kiss really be perfect? Is ‘true love’s’ kiss actually powerful enough to wake the dead? Does anyone really know? I don’t.

What I do know is that there is something very powerful about a kiss. Think about it. In movies as well as books, the anticipation of the first kiss is…WOW.

You know what I’m talking about. Heck, you probably vividly remember your first kiss. (I know I do)

The heightened sense of awareness.

The wonder.

The SweeTarts…

Sorry, that was my first kiss. Yuck!

Wikipedia states "Anticipation is the central ingredient in sexual desire." That sounds about right. Which is why we authors do all we can to make that first touch, that first kiss as great as it can be. To get everything just right.

I love writing the first kiss. When I hit that moment in the story, I think I’m just as nervous as my characters. Okay, the characters aren’t necessarily nervous, but I usually am.

It’s a very important moment in the story. Sometimes it’s slow and passionate. Sometimes a bit edgy and heated. It can even be possessive and a bit rough—like staking a claim. Whatever else it is, a kiss is always emotional.

Sure, the emotion doesn’t have to be sexual or even pleasant. Take for instance the kiss of death from Godfather II. But as a romance author, these pleasant, sexual emotions are the ones I aim for.

Not just in the hero and heroine's first kiss, but in every kiss between them. And not always with a kiss on the lips. After all, a kiss doesn’t have to be on the lips to provoke an emotional response, does it?

My first book has just such a kiss in it. The hero finds himself so moved by a press of the heroine’s lips to his shoulder, that he is rendered near speechless. Why? You don’t really think I’m going to tell you, do you? LOL

For your chance to find out, stop by The Romance Studio today and enter their Book-A-Day giveaway. Up for grabs is an electronic copy of NOT WITHOUT RISK.


Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

I've read this post 3 times, great pics, by the way. I'm writing a romantic suspense in which the first kiss is not necessarily romantic. The hero suspects they are bring followed, so he tells the heroine to kiss him so he can check behind them. Of course, we know that's not the only reason he wants to kiss her, but she's clueless at this point. I've felt I'm cheating the reader by the abruptness and lack of emotion in the kiss...although both are deeply affected. So I'm showing their reactions later. I sure hope I'm doing it right...rewrites are in order, I'm sure. Having cried on your shoulder, let me say "Great Post."

Leigh D'Ansey said...

This is a great post. And terrific photos too.

Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks guys. The photos are all from movies.

Vonnie- I don't think writing your first kiss that way is cheating the reader. Especially if they know it means more to the hero and heroine than just a way to check who's following them.

As for rewrites...we all do them. Sometimes over and over, agonizing over every word until someone smacks us and says "Enough!" LOL

Debra St. John said...

Great post, Sarah. (And great teaser...I'm dying to know why the shoulder kiss got to him!!)

First kisses are indescribable. Sometimes they can be better than an actual sex scene in a book or in a movie.

And I am loving the first picture you posted. All I can say is...is it hot in here? W.O.W. (I don't recognize the movie...I'm going to need to get that one.)

Sarah Grimm said...

@Debra St. John The first is my fav, too. I have the movie info on my laptop, which my 17yo son confiscated. As soon as I get it back, I'll look up what movie it is from.

Sarah Grimm said...

ask and ye shall receive. Jees, no sooner do I post my reply and son decides he's going out tonight. So, I have the laptop back.

The first picture is from the KITES. There is also a pic depicting them both bare chested and kissing that is H.O.T.

Joanna Aislinn said...

Love "kiss" posts--and writing them, too. I know what you mean about living it with the characters! And I love the part about it not necessarily having to be lip-to-lip contact to be effective. In my current wip, the hero's kisses are only to the heroine's forehead or hand for the longest time. And that big, mutual 'first' kiss even longer.

And yes, those pics made me look for something to fan myself with while I read, lol.

Thanks, Sarah!
Joanna Aislinn
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The Wild Rose Press

Debra St. John said...

Thanks for the movie info Sarah!

I'm going to head to iMBD to check that one out!

Brenda Hyde said...

Wonderful post:) I also love the sexual tension leading up to that first kiss.