Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Lip-Smackingly Good by Anna Campbell
Hi Terra! Hi Yankee Romance Fans! Terra, thanks for having me as your guest on Yankee Romance Reviews. I love your site and I’m looking forward to having some fun here.
One of my favorite bits of a romance novel, whether I’m reading or writing it, is the first kiss. It’s always one of the major turning points in a story, and usually it means trouble for the hero and heroine. I love it when lead characters are in trouble!
It can be that moment when lightning strikes and they realize this is the person for them, however much they wish it wasn’t true. It can be that moment when they realize no matter how they resist, the physical attraction is too strong and they’re going to have to give in to it sooner or later. It can be that moment when the person who thinks they’re in a position of power realizes they’re completely overwhelmed by the what’s happening to them in this relationship. A first kiss can mean a multitude of things, but it almost always signals change in some form, a dangerous hairpin bend in the road to love!
In my first Avon historical romance CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, the first kiss takes place just after the Duke of Kylemore kidnaps the heroine Verity/Soraya (you’ll have to read it to get the point of the double name, bwahahahaha. How’s that for a cunning plan?). He kisses her to prove he’s got the power and she’s not immune to him, whatever she says – but he finds himself completely lost to desire. She’s utterly sure that she can resist any lures he casts her way – but she forgets her anger in a passion which scares the life out of her because as long as she’s angry, she’s safe. See what I mean about a shift in power?
In UNTOUCHED, my second Avon romance, the first kiss is perhaps even more significant. After fighting the attraction he feels for the heroine Grace, Matthew is finally driven beyond his control and drags her into his arms and makes a complete mess of it. This prompts him to admit that he’s never before touched a woman – a big moment in my hero’s life!
In TEMPT THE DEVIL, which comes out on 30th December, the first ‘real’ kiss comes after quite a bit of bedroom action (it’s one of THOSE kinds of books!). It’s a very dramatic scene in the middle of a rainstorm in Hyde Park. It’s the moment my hero and heroine, the Earl of Erith and Olivia Raines, who avoid anything that hints of emotional commitment like the plague, realize there’s more going on here than just an affair. They’re in big, BIG trouble now and they both recognize it. London’s most notorious courtesan and the infamous rake who is desperate to reconcile with his family can have no future together – so what are they to do with the overwhelming passion that stirs between them?
If you want to read the first couple of chapters of TEMPT THE DEVIL, why not call over to Love Gives Back? This is an Avon Books initiative which gives readers sneak peeks at upcoming books and with every page you read, you contribute to literacy charities. How good is that? http://browseinside.harpercollins.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061234934
So let’s talk about kisses. Do you like kissing scenes? Do you have any favorite kisses in movies or books? Did they change things between the hero and heroine? My top pick answer gets a signed copy of my next release, TEMPT THE DEVIL, after its release on 30th December. Good luck!