Tuesday, February 14, 2012

XOXO

Yay!  It's finally here!





Happy Valentine's day! Here's a steamy kiss for ya ;)


            “What?” I asked.
            “You’re cute.” The corner of his mouth curved up in a half smile crinkling his eyes at the edges.
            “Cute? What am I, twelve?” I crossed my arms over my chest. “Cute. That’s not a very tough word for a Protector.”
            “You don’t like cute, huh? Well, how about pretty?” His voice lowered and he took a step in my direction.
            “Nope,” I said turning toward the darkness.
            “No? Hmm, do you like lovely better?” Voice deeper, body closing the distance.
            I shook my head and tried to ignore the wings in my chest.
            “How about beautiful? Is that better?” Another octave lower. Another step closer.
            I shrugged my shoulders.
            “Gorgeous?” His voice a husky whisper behind me.
            No response.
            His feet shuffled and he turned my body to face him, taking my hands in his. “What would you say if I said you are so stunning, I have to catch my breath every time I see you?”
            My body flushed fire. I dropped my gaze to the floor draping my hair over the flames lighting my cheeks.
            He put one hand gently under my chin, lifting my head until I looked into his eyes. The emotions swimming there promised to drown me.
            “You take my breath away, Eri.”
            The heat reached my lips before his brushed mine. Soft, together, heaven. Strong arms encircled my waist and pulled me into his heart. Lips opened. Desire flowed. My head swam as Grayson’s mouth guided me down the river of intensity. I no longer needed air, only him.
            Halfway to beyond, he broke our connection and backed away.
            Eyes closed, mouth open, hands out, I was barely able to draw breathe, my body ablaze from our kiss.
            “Sorry,” he said from the opposite side of the watchtower. 





There's still time to share one of your favorite kissing scenes from a book you've read, from your own WiP, make one up, or write about one of your own memorable kisses. Then hop around to feel how sweet, romantic, or downright steamy other characters are getting smooched!


Post your kiss story TODAY (February 14th) and add the Is it Getting HOT in Here? blog hop picture to the top.
2 lucky kiss stories will receive a 14 page edit from both Cassie Mae and me :) 
Don't forget to heat up your Valentine's day with all the other kisses!

95 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that was passionate and my cheeks are hot :) go Hope! :) lol. You guys will have a hard time figuring out who will win - I pick you and Cassie :) lol, oh and Kelley and Jenny, no I'm not biased or anything :) x

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    1. Thanks Jade! Shankara is one of my favs! Your scene was super steamy :)

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  2. I love your writing. Nice build up, lots of passion! I can tell this is going to be a hot, hot bloghop! LOL! Thanks for hosting it. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks! Certainly a steamy day hopping around to all these scenes :)

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    2. Just read your kiss story, hilarious! I loved it :)

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  3. Very nicely done, Hope. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. Very, very nice - loved the HOTness in this one! hehe

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    1. Thanks Trisha :) Yours was really intense and laced with heat, great job!

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  5. GREAT kissing scene. That was so hot, and passionate and romantic!

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    1. Thanks Cristina! I struggle writing them :)

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  6. Is there a girl in the world who doesn't dream of that scenario? So beautiful, well done!

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    1. I know, right?! Great kiss you wrote! Whew, steamy!!!

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  7. Love it when they apologize lol Great scene ;)

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    1. Thanks Juliana! I enjoyed your scene, great emotion there!

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  8. Whew! I need a fan! Smokin' hot stuff! :)

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    1. Thanks! And I loved your scene, the fireworks exploding and emotions swirling, super steamy!

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  9. "The emotion...promised to drown me." I love this line! So visual. Thanks for hosting:)

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    1. Thanks Angela! I loved both your entries for the same kiss, nicely done!

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  10. Oh Hope, this totally had me tingly! More than that though, was the end of it. He was across the watch tower? Was that all done in their head...or he ran away? I am so intruiged I want to keep reading. Seriously!!!

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    1. Yeah, poor Eri, Grayson stepped to the other side of the tower, leaving her hanging with his kiss. He's a tough one :)

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  11. I loved the buildup to the kiss and then "...Grayson’s mouth guided me down the river of intensity. I no longer needed air, only him." Love these lines!!!

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    1. Thanks Theresa! Loved the dual POV you gave for your kissing scene :)

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  12. Great job Hope! I love me some Grayson :) The other ladies can have Finnley. :)

    And thanks so much for hosting this!

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    1. You and me both, I never look at Finnley in that way :) Your entry was so good, the emotion there was thoroughly gripping! This is fun hosting this bloghop, can't believe the steam!

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  13. No, no, no, Grayson, come back! Great scene! The build up and anticipation were perfect.

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    1. Aaaah Grayson, he's dreamy :) I loved your entry and the beginning with the kissing of her fingers, great build up!

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  14. Oooh la, la. I like that. Very steamy scene. Time to go check my pulse.

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    1. Thanks, definite steam heating between them! Your scene was super sweet, great build up to their kiss :)

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  15. HOT DAM!

    Especially love this line: "What would you say if I said you are so stunning, I have to catch my breath every time I see you?"

    I pretty much melted there and then!

    Please Grayson don't pull away. I need more!!

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    1. Yep, I think Eri was feeling exactly the same thing!

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  16. Wowza! I love love love this. Will book 2 make me a Grayson lover? (Haha, sounded dirty. :) )

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    1. I would think, but you are attached to Finnley, so we'll see ;)

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  17. Yummm... it's all about the build up... and you did nicely, girl. *love* ;)

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    1. Thanks Morgan! Loved your entry, especially the "cheesy" line at the end, it was perfect, not too cheesy at all :)

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  18. I like your kiss scene! The build-up is good and all women deserve to be told that they take away the breath of a handsome man. :)

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    1. They sure do :) Your scene was awesome, full of intensity, ahh so good!

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! Especially loved 'my body flushed with fire' and 'soft, together, heaven'

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    1. Thanks Angela! I enjoyed your scene and how steamy it was without an actual kiss :)

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  20. Oh Hope this is so poetic!! You are so great with words. This scene is intense and sweet and awesome. I want more of GRAYSON.

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    1. Yep, Grayson is hot! Let me know when you're ready for more of him ;) And your scene was breathtaking!

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  21. Hotness! Oh, and I get called cute a lot too. It's so annoying. I rolled my eyes with her. : )

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    1. Yep, that beginning is straight out of my life, that cute compliment is so not a compliment :) Why do guys think that? It's like the 'nice' comment for them.

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  22. Ummm, that was incredible. I absoultely LOVED it.

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    1. Thanks Kelley! Your scenes were both fantastic too and so exciting for the upcoming release, yippee!!!!

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  23. Very HOT! Yet very tender. Well done!!

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    1. Yeah, Grayson is in control of the hot! Your scene was fantastically emotional, loved it!

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  24. I literally gasped and got chills at that line. "You take my breath away, Eri." Gaaah!!! Love it!!! :D I want more!

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    1. Thanks Courtney :) I think that's the main effect of Grayson! I enjoyed your scene, great heat between the seats ;)

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  25. I LOVE the escalation of compliments!!! So FANTASTIC :)

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    1. Grayson is usually not very vocal with his opinions :) Loved your kissing scene from the male POV, Taggert is pretty steamy!

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  26. This was great! I love the tension building with the compliment, step closer. Well done.

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    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed the sweet emotion behind your kissing scene, very tender :)

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  27. This was such a fantastic exchange, and the tension build-up was great. So sexy :D

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    1. Thanks! Your scene was steam central! Nicely done :)

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  28. Hi Hope! What a great idea for a blogfest. It has been fun.

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    1. It has been a very sweet and steamy Valentine's day, glad you enjoyed the bloghop :)

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  29. Wow, steamy stuff. Excellent writing Hope. Thanks for having this blog hop, I had fun

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    1. There's definite heat between Grayson and Eri :) Thanks for participating :)

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  30. This blog hop is so much fun!

    And, wow, hot! I love the build up in his comments, and then the way he pulls away. *swoon*

    BTW--I've seen this story in a few other contests, and I have to say it sounds so intriguing! :)

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    1. Super fun way to spend Valentine's day :) Thanks Larissa! I'm glad I've got you interested ;) Your scene had such a sweet wanting that turned into pure steam, nicely done!

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  31. This was AWESOME, and definitely made me want to read more. Yay Valentine's kisses!

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    1. Thanks Lynn(e)! Your scene had great build up and serious heat! Beautiful lines in your writing, oh so good!

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  32. Another octave lower. Another step closer.

    LOVE the tension :D

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    1. Thank you Jolene :) And loved both your scenes! Congrats on two upcoming releases, awesome!! Happy Valentine's day :)

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  33. a truly breathtaking moment!
    well done!

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    1. Thanks Tara! Loved your excerpt, I now need to read Steamed :)

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  34. Wow. The best part is that the girl stays tough, yet still gets to melt and be kissed. I like how they slowly get closer and closer. The end is really sweet, too, when he's like, "sorry." You can tell there was a lot of build up to this scene. Love it!!

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    1. A LOT of build up :) Loved the tenderness and regret in your scene, nicely done!

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  35. Yay! I was so happy to read another part of your novel. I have read the query and the first 250 in the many contests we participate in but never a kiss scene which are my favorite parts! Loved it!

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    1. Thanks Crystal! It was fun reading another part of your story too, I absolutely love your writing! Your character is tough and the build up to their kiss is hot, the glowing tops it off nicely :)

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  36. SWOOOOOOON.... I totally would have broke at Beautiful ( : Haha!

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    1. Yeah, I would have accepted cute from Grayson! And love me some Hunger Games, thanks for reminding me how much I loved those books ;) Happy Valentine's day :)

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    1. Thanks Wendy :) I enjoyed the emotion behind your scene!

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  38. WOO! Thia is marvelous. I love the waiting. The build up. *sigh* I'm going to have good dreams tonight!

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    1. Yes, Grayson is meant to fill dreams with goodness :) I loved, loved, loved Shatter Me too!

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  39. Wow. Well that was hot. i'm so mad st him for running away though

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    1. Yes, he's inexcusable :) And I feel the same way about writing these! I put in *they kiss* and then have to add little by little til it's decent enough. Your scene was fantastic!

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  40. I loved this! Two things especially: The spot where he tells her she takes his breath away. Something about it feels so raw and true. And I loved how he backed away and left her mid-kiss. I've had that happen to me and it is NOT fun! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Ali! Grayson loves to ruin the moment :) And I loved your scenes, both of them! I'm not really sure which is more love or lust, cause both were full of passion :)

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  41. I loved the playful dialog. Great job!

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  42. Argh - he left her hanging! I wanted him to get over there and finish what he started. That was a really nicely written scene, now I need to know if/how/when they see this through. :)

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  43. I love the dialogue in this one! I mean, I know we're all about the kiss in this blogfest, but I do love good dialogue ;-)

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  44. Great job...I vote you to win. This was wonderful :)

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  45. Awesome dialog, great tension! Bravo!!!!!

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  46. I no longer needed air, only him. I LOVE IT!!!!! Really great scene!

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  47. *yanks fan from Joshua* Great job! Love this!

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  48. This was amazing Hope. Is there more??? :)

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  49. I really enjoyed reading this snippet. What a romantic kiss. Loved it. :)

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  50. Loved Loved Loved it! Sorry I got here so late, I'm still making the rounds. The tension built in this perfectly!
    Laura x

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