One of the things I love most about writing romance is the hero and heroine's first kiss. It's fun to write the scenes leading up to that big moment where they finally acknowledge that they're more than just friends, but they haven't quite figured out exactly where their relationship is going.
Of course, I can't write those scenes without remembering my own first kiss. I was 14, and it happened at a roller skating rink, of all places. That doesn't sound very romantic, but what made it memorable was the anticipation. I liked this boy so much.
His name was Mike, and he was my first real boyfriend. I’d had fleeting crushes on unattainable boys, but none returned my feelings… until Mike. It was a long, slow process leading up to that momentous first … months of shy flirting and “chance meetings” orchestrated by my best friend Millie. Then, like kids graduating from trikes to training wheels to two-wheelers, Mike and I were off and rolling on our own. Literally, since we were on roller skates. That sounds awkward, and it probably was. We were, after all, two geeky, gawky clueless fourteen year olds. But that's not what I remember when I think of my first kiss. What rises to the surface is the rush of liking and being liked, the sweet, clumsy hand holding, and the anticipation of that perfect moment that ended in our first kiss. In my memory, it really was perfect, and it still makes me all warm inside remembering it.
In BEAUTY AND THE COWBOY, Charlotte and Jesse grew up next door to each other. They were good friends and that friendship eventually turned to attraction. Unfortunately, he was too busy training for the rodeo and she was always unavailable. In fact, most recently, Charlotte was engaged - or almost engaged; the status of her relationship is pretty murky until her maybe-fiancé takes himself out of the picture altogether. When that happens, Jesse and Charlotte finally get to share that long-overdue, much-anticipated first kiss. After that, they discover they have the potential to be so much more than friends. As long as ghosts of kisses past don't get in the way...
What do you remember about your first kiss? One person who posts will win a prize package that includes an e-copy of BEAUTY AND THE COWBOY, a couple of books from my backlist, a Tule Publishing tote bag, a Montana Born luggage tag and other goodies.
I had such fun writing BEAUTY AND THE COWBOY. I hope you love it as much as I do. I can't wait to hear your first kiss stories!
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