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Monday, 9 September 2013

More Than Just a Kiss blogfest with prizes. Short, wet kisses from Fijian Princess, my first completed manuscript.


“A kiss, when all is said, what is it? 'Tis a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.” ~ Edmond Rostand 

The wonderful Cecilia Robert and Christine Rains would like to invite you to the MORE THAN JUST A KISS blogfest!

Sweet, sizzling, fiery, awkward, mind-blowing. They want to read your kissing scenes.

The rules are simple:
1. Sign up on the linky list and post the badge on your blog.
2. On one of the days of the week of September 9th, post a kissing scene on your blog. It can be either fiction or non-fiction.
3. Please do not exceed 250 words.
4. This is a blogfest, so visit the other participants and have fun!
But wait! This is more than a blogfest.
They're offering prizes!
The scenes will be judged by these amazing romance authors: Cecilia Robert,Laurelin PaigeKyra Lennon, and Christine Rains.  They will choose three posts to win these awesome prizes.
Prize 1 - A critique of a kissing/intimate scene from your WIP (not exceeding ten pages). Critiques will be done by Cecilia RobertKyra Lennon, and Christine Rains.

Prize 2 - A critique of a kissing/intimate scene from your WIP (not exceeding five pages). This critique will be done by Laurelin Paige and Christine.


Prize 3 - A critique of a kissing/intimate scene from your WIP (not exceeding one page). This critique will be done by Cecilia and Christine.

BONUS PRIZES:
Cecilia, Kyra, Laurelin, and Christine will each choose one of our favorites to give out some fantastic ebooks.
Cecilia – TRULY MADLY DEEPLY YOU and REAPER'S NOVICE.
Kyra - IF I LET YOU GO
Laurelin - FIXED ON YOU 
Christine – All six volumes of the 13th Floor series.


Sign up here!

I'm from Australia, so we're halfway through the 9th already and I have a lot happening the rest of the week. By posting early, I hope I can inspire you to post a 'kiss' entry, fiction or non-fiction. 

For my entry I will share a watery kiss between my hero and heroine in my first completed manuscript, tah dah!! the romance, Fijian Princess. Early in the story they are diving together in the Pacific Ocean off a Fijian island where Bosco's sister is getting married. The extract is from Adi's POV.

Bosco touched her shoulder. His thumb jerked upwards. Then Adi saw it, a black and white banded sea snake, highly venomous.

The slithering creature gave her the creeps. Breathe, Bosco signalled, breathe. She willed her heart into a steady rhythm, then hand in hand, they slowly kicked to the surface.

The sunlight blinded her as they broke through the water together. She flailed around, slapping Bosco’s hands. She tore off her mouthpiece and babbled: “I’m fine...too long since I’ve dived...don’t worry…sorry…”

Bosco removed his mouthpiece. “Adi, you panicked big time. It stole your oxygen. That sea snake was probably harmless, but I couldn’t risk it.”

“I know. Thank you for being there for me.”

He touched her cheek. “I always want to be there for you.”

How she longed to recapture the joy she’d felt under water. On a whim, she kissed him on the cheek. She looked over her shoulder as she bobbled away, just in time to see him touch where her lips had been.

He was beside her in a few strong strokes.  “Come here,” he growled. His arms wrapped around her shoulders, lifted her out of the water. She tried to wiggle away, but he held firm. “That wasn’t a kiss.” Then he kissed her—a watery kiss—a kiss full of promise, punctuated by the loud banging of their dive gear.

She wanted to stay in his arms forever.

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WORD COUNT: 234

  • I hope you enjoyed my extract and got a feel for my two charming characters, Bosco and Adi.
  • And please do consider signing up for Write...Edit...Publish's September blogfest, theme MOVING ON.






55 comments:

  1. I'm a sucker for underwater adventures. Good fun!

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  2. Oh, I love watery kisses! And the storyline sounds intriguing!

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  3. Not so sure I liked the snake in the water, (only because I have one of my own haunting my basement) LOL. But the kiss, on the cheek, then in his arms very nice.

    Congratulations on your finished manuscript Fijian Princess - in query mode now?

    I haven't signed up yet, for WEP, but will as soon as I have a rough draft.

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    1. Thanks Yolanda. No, not querying yet. I'm not that organised!

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  4. Beautiful. Love how the diving gear bangs together, too. ^_^

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  5. Great imagery, Denise! You left me wanting more too :)

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    1. Thanks Lynda. I can always send you the ms!

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  6. Don't like snakes. But okay as triggers for kisses, I guess. Watery and promising kiss, sounds intriguing :)

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    1. Gotta keep the interest Nily! The creepy effect!

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  7. Ooh, I like it when they growl!

    This novel is going to be a huge hit Denise.

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    1. Oh gosh, did I leave that in? Eek. Better get rid of it or it mightn't be a huge hit, lol! Thanks Charmaine.

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  8. Wonderful writing and imagery as always Denise :)

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  9. Love the dominance there- LOL
    ~Decadent.
    My Blog

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  10. Excellent, excellent word structure. So important. Love this best, hands down.

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  11. Well written, Denise and a kiss to top things off. Have fun on the hop.

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  12. That's right - don't start what you're not willing to finish. Even if you are bobbing in the ocean.

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  13. Oh, love that watery kiss! From sweet to hot all within a couple of breaths. Wonderfully done. Thank you for participating in the blogfest!

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    1. Just came at the right time Christine. My pleasure.

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  14. Nice action and kiss development. Very enjoyable read!

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  15. I like how their gear clashed when they kissed. LOL. Well done. Can't wait to read everyone's entries.

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  16. That was so cute! I have to admit I am a total sucker for adorable smoochy scenes. That was great. Well done!

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  17. I don't have any kissing scenes in my MS- but this was so fun to read. I love watery kisses- they have always seemed very romantic to me. This was a great scene and I definitely got a feel for the characters. Thanks for sharing it with us!
    ~Jess

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    1. I'm glad you commented on the characters, DMS. I love them!

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  18. Oh, I like that! There's something almost so sweet and yet sexy with the watery kiss. Nice job!

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    1. Yes I thought it added a little more interest to have it on in the water, lol!

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  19. A lovely excerpt, reality thrown in with the banging of their dive gear but she still wants to stay in his arms foreverm, aaah!

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  20. Lol, time for everyone's characters to pucker up! Nice excerpt, Denise :D This is a really cute idea for a blogfest.

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  21. The tender touch of his hand tracing the kiss she had left was sweetly portrayed....

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    1. His hand tracing the kiss...better than my description!

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    2. Thanks... lol.

      I really enjoyed YOURS.

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  22. Seeing him touch the place she had kissed-that's very telling. And sweet. Loved this!

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  24. It would have to be a bit salty too, no? Great! Didn't really "feel" her panicking though... maybe work that a bit? I'm actually on time this month with "Moving On." Looking forward to that blogfest! LOVE the idea for this one! Have to see if I have anything to add! Thanks for sharing Denise!

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  25. Love how it ends :) I like to hear about a guy growling for some reason LOL

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  26. I love water scenes! This was excellent.

    I'll post my WEP excerpt on Mon the 23rd. I'm not doing well at scheduling my posts lately. Too many in a week or none at all. Uck.

    .......dhole

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  27. That was cool, and so different from the other kissing scenes!

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  28. Oh Denise. You have a lovely way with words.
    Great and unusual setting for a kiss. Well, actually a double kiss.
    Writer In Transit

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  29. Great snippet. :) Loved how she kisses him on the cheek then turns to look over hse shoulder. Very flirty. And the Growl..ahhhh. Thanks for sharing and taking part in the blogfest

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