February 14, 2013

Indie Kissing blogfest

i know how i missed this one-- i'm hardly on the internet anymore. but i found it and now i have to participate because i'm a romantic at heart, and i write romance.

it's the Indie Kissing Blogfest, hosted by The Indelibles. on this, the day for kissing, one of the choices was to "share a smoochable scene from your current wip or published work."

i haven't shared anything from Eldala in a long time, and this scene is has major spoilers, but it's one of my favorites, so here goes...

this is about two thirds of the way through the book. Kieran (one of my main characters and the future king of Teleria) has been trying for chapters now to get Jessa (my other main character, and the woman who shares Eldala --a heart connection--with him) to warm to the idea of marrying him. she's been very resistant, mostly because she's afraid to be the next queen. now they're alone in the forest where they met and Kieran (through the use of magic) has just given her butterflies.

If there had been any doubt in Jessa’s mind about Kieran’s love, this moment had erased it.

She couldn’t believe how many butterflies were here, and she recognized only a few—Monarchs, swallowtails, skippers, fritillaries. They seemed to wear every color of the rainbow. She wished she had time to look at each fluttering jewel.

And then she felt Kieran slow time so she could.

After what seemed like hours, she jumped from the tree and Kieran followed. She leaned into him and put her arms around his waist, feeling his heart nestled beside hers.

“Thank you for bringing me here,” she murmured, “and for the butterflies.”

Kieran tipped her chin up and held her eyes with his. “I hoped you would like this.”

“I do.”

She still didn’t understand why or how Kieran loved her, but it didn’t matter. All that mattered was that he did love her.

When he moved in to kiss her, his scent was wild and inviting. As she reached up to kiss him back, she felt the last petal of her heart open and realized the truth. It was time to tell him.

“Kieran, I love you.”

A look of surprise crossed his face. Then he dropped to one knee and tried to speak, but his voice faltered. She took his hand to encourage him.

“Jessara, my Eldala, will you marry me?”

She pulled him up and looked into his stunning eyes. Her heart was beating a rapid staccato, but her voice was steady and sure. “Yes, Kieran, I’ll marry you.”

He wrapped his arms around her, and she drew his head down and kissed him, all the while looking into his eyes. He pulled her closer and kissed her mouth and eyes and neck with a fierce passion he’d never shown before, as if he’d been waiting until now to show her how much he adored her.
if you're curious about the beginning of the story, you can read the first six chapters on my Eldala blog. i've also posted some reviews and links to where you can find the story in paperback and Kindle format.  

the ladies at Indelibles have also asked to share the linky code in the post so you can read the other kissing scenes. maybe there's even time for you to sign up at the last minute like i did...


now i'm off to read some other kissing scenes. maybe they'll inspire me to work on my neglected sequel... :)


Yolanda Renee said...

I didn't do this blog hop, I did the Vampire Bite hop, but I love the kiss, and the writing of the kiss, and you do it so well!

I remember wondering about my first kiss, the anticipation...oh sweet first love!

Thanks for sharing!

Donna Hole said...

I would have been surprised if you had missed and opportunity for a kiss :)

Happy Valentines Day Michelle.


Pk Hrezo said...

"Thank you for the butterflies!" Love it! And gosh I love those butterflies too. :)

Margo Berendsen said...

I loved reading this scene again!