Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rites of Spring Blog Hop 2013!

If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! If you are returning, it’s great to see you again!

Many thanks to the hosts of this event: Jessica E. Subject and Heather Long.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE --TWO-- RAFFLECOPTERS TO ENTER BELOW. One for the Grand Prize and One for MY raffle...

   ~Firsts Excerpt~

 This is from my contemporary romance novella, A Stranger's Kiss. The premise is that a recent widower and a recent dumpee meet in a bar and end up having a one night stand, little knowing that they will be meeting again as business associates the next day. This is the scene where they first kiss (on the page--the one night stand happens before the story begins) and make love (but that's not shown here). This is in the hero's point of view, btw:

I want her. I want her, and Cindy’s dead. It’s not cheating. I’m single. She’s single. And the love thing? Well, that was probably just an aberration brought on by the emotional intensity of the moment. He peeked around the doorway of the kitchen to where she sat on the sofa. “I’ve put the potatoes in the oven to bake, it’ll be about an hour. Salad?”

She nodded, gave him a smile that pierced his heart. “Yes, please.”

He indicated the cd player with a cock of his head. “I’ve got a pretty good selection of music, if you want to put something on while I’m busy in here.”

“Okay,” she said and walked over to peruse the collection. He went back to preparing their meal. It wasn’t long before he heard the sweet, magical sounds of Claude Debussy’s La Mer wafting through the walls and swirling around him, like the sea the song’s title spoke of. The salad only took moments, since he used a bag of prewashed greens and added a tomato and cucumber to jazz it up a bit.

When he entered the living room again, she was seated on the sofa, with her head reclining on the top edge of the back cushion and her eyes closed. Clearly, she was as enthralled by Debussy as he was. In reverent silence, he took the several steps toward her and settled beside her. As her eyes opened, as her head came up, he took her into his embrace and kissed her. Not in the ravenous way his body screamed for him to do, but gently, giving her the chance to reject the surprise advance, if she so desired. 

Thankfully, and after only a slight hesitation, she didn’t. Instead, she melted into him, returning the kiss with a muted purr of enjoyment. He dragged his fingers into her hair and held her head steady as he deepened the kiss, suckling her lower lip, then sending his tongue into the wine-flavored recesses of her mouth. Their tongues mated and his clothes became too tight, too constricting. She must have read his mind, because her hands moved to his shirt front and ripped the buttons from their holes.

He broke the kiss and touched his forehead to hers as he worked at getting her blouse up and off her. “Oh my God, I’ve thought of little else but doing this exact thing again since the night we first met,” he said. His voice sounded strained to his own ears, out of breath.

She didn’t answer, she just pressed her opened mouth to his once more and ravaged it. Sexy. It wasn’t easy, but he managed to continue kissing her and stand up enough to drop his pants and drawers. As he lay down, half on top of her, he kicked them free. Luckily, his deck shoes went with them. The lace of her cranberry push-up bra abraded his chest as he reached down and pulled her shoes off her feet. Her breasts were driving him mad. Full and ripe, they cushioned him as he dove into her once more. Her slacks weren’t as easy to be done with, but somehow they managed it. Her bra and panties were next—flung across the room in the passion of the moment—until at last, and finally, they were bare as the day they were born.

We have TWO grand prizes! You as a reader can go to EACH of the 75 participating blogs and press the green "enter" button on the Grand Prize rafflecopter to be entered AGAIN to win.

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: 

Kindle Fire

2nd Grand Prize:  

$50 Gift Certificate


  My prize for the hop:

$25 Gift Card

Click the link to go back to the hop list


  1. first book i ever read was cat in the hat by dr seuss

  2. The first one I remember is The Lemonade War. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway and hop!

  4. First book I read was Winnie the Pooh.
    Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. The first book I can recall reading is probably One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. It may have been a different title but I am pretty sure it was that one or another De. Seuss. The first book that really turned me into a reader was Tom Sawyer and that was followed by The Hobbit in about 4th grade. (I was always the same nerd I am today!)

    As for the spring thing, my very favorite thing about spring is opening up the windows again. I am starting to miss the fresh air!

    Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway and happy spring everyone!

    Shelly H.

  6. It was THE FOOT BOOK by PD Eastman!


  7. My first book was probably a Dr. Seuss book.
    My favorite thing about spring is all of the blooming flowers.

  8. My very first book was Dr Seuss- Cat in the Hat.

    Rafflecopter name Dawna Newman


  9. MY BK. was Sally,Jane & Dick..:)

  10. Your books sound excellent! The first book I remember reading was The Black Stallion.

  11. The first one I remember reading was R.L. Stine's Goosebump books.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I've been reading like forever and it is nearly impossible to remember the title of that first book. I see someone mentioned Fun with Dick and Jane or something like that. Probably the first grade first reader. Thanks for taking part in this hop.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  13. The abundance of gorgeous flowers is what I love about Spring.
    The first book I remember reading is The Hidden Staircase in the Nancy Drew series. I am sure I had read other books before that, but this one comes to mind first.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  14. My favorite things about Spring are the flowers. I adore tulips!

  15. Message from Nam by Danielle Steel.

  16. I don't remember what it was.Thanks for the giveaway.


  17. My favorite thing about spring would have to be the flowers.

  18. My first book was Cinderella. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. The Real Mother Goose. It is a book filled with all the Mother Goose tales! I still have it and read it to my children.

  20. Jane Eyre is the first romance book that I read. And I've been reading every since.

    Thanks for being in blog hop.

  21. Now that I think about it, my first book was probably an Amelia Bedelia story. My first romance novel was a Johanna Lindsey novel.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  22. Hansel and Gretel.


  23. fun with dick & Jane..;)

  24. I have no idea! The first novel was probably VC Andrews or Mary Higgins Clark. But I read Judy Blume and beatrix potter, and sweet valley high (hah!) - I really dont know!

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  25. Aw man, I'm not sure. Probably Goodnight Moon or something similar.

  26. I don't remember the title but it was by Karen Robards.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  27. I certainly do not remember the very first book I ever read. I would have been a baby! I do recall reading the Nancy Drew books when I was a young girl.

    That first kiss in your excerpt is a bit more than a kiss, isn't it!?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  28. I think it was Chicken Little. Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Actually I don't remember, ony it must have been a childrens book. I do remember the very first thing I've ever read, it was a short story in a childrens magazine, and from that moment on I was hooked on reading:)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  30. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

    Christine, isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  31. I love our weather in spring.

    Christine, isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  32. Hi, K! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    I cannot remember the title of the very first book that I read. The first one that I remember loving was Lasher by Anne Rice. I re-read it several times. :)
    I really enjoyed A Stranger's Kiss!
    Thank you for sharing and for the great giveaway.


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