08 May 2012

TRR Blog Hop!.. How to Write a Kiss

One of the things I have to do as a writer of erotica romance is describe the art of a kiss.  After all, a kiss is everything.  The dictionary defines a kiss as to join lips in respect, affection, love, passion.  How romantic does that sound, eh?  There is a Chinese Proverb that says “kissing is like drinking salted water, you drink and your thirst increases”.  After all, a first kiss represents the spark of love, the hope of the future, quivers in the belly, and tingly sensations all over the body. 

It should be easy, right?  Writing a kiss should be the easiest thing in the world for someone like me.  But capturing the beautiful act of kissing can be extremely difficult to describe.  A written kiss has to be just the right blend of romantic and Oh la la! with no hint of being wet, sloppy or smacking (as I’m sure we’ve all experienced at least once in our lifetime!)

In my first novel, Black Leather Pants, this is how I wrote Kiley and Penny’s first kiss:
Kiley's tongue slid into her mouth, twined with hers, danced, jolting a salacious moan from her. He explored each hidden corner. In and out he plunged, sweeping aside any doubt that this was exactly where she needed to be at this moment.”

Also, writing such a monumental step as a kiss in the love story of two people has to be stimulating for the reader.  It’s my job to not only write a believable love scene, but to bring that love scene to life.  So sometimes dragging out that first prolonged moment can be sweet torture. 

In The Scarlet Dove, my latest release, I wrote: "He leaned his head down again, going little by little, watching her.  His tongue ran over the seam of her lips, darting to each corner and then tracing them with little licks. Slowly, he sensed her passion flare. Her body relaxed, her fingers clenched his, and then she moaned and opened her mouth, allowing his tongue to slip inside her moist cavern, and he was lost. The world, their situation, Reynolds and Blue…everything disappeared."

So how does a writer write a kiss?  We close our eyes and jump back to that first moment, when we experienced that soul shattering kiss that changed us forever.  We write them from our heart, from our hopes and wishes, we draw them out from every movie and book that turned us on.  We study kisses, deconstruct them, fantasize about them.  I love watching people kiss.  One of the hottest kisses I think I've ever seen was between Kyle Reece and Sarah Connor in Terminator (the original).  

While there are many ways to write a kiss, and many different scenarios to engage in a kiss, perhaps the most rewarding is that kiss when the happily ever after starts.  Love stories start with a kiss, and though they may not end specifically with one, the reader knows that the kiss is there, waiting in our imagination when we turn the last page.

**To win a PDF copy of one of my titles (winner's choice!), just leave a comment on what you think is the hottest Hollywood kiss!  One name drawn at random after the blog hop, so make sure to leave an email!  Thank you for visiting my blog today and please visit many more by using the button below!
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  1. Wow I never thought how much goes into writing the perfect kiss. But I guess that's why you write and I stick to reading! Lol. You picked a great Hollywood kiss...that boy was hot! I'm gonna pick Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray in Dirty Dancing. Yummy. Just like your book covers...wow smoking hot! Thanks for the great giveaway hunni:)


  2. I love the kiss between in Love Actually where Prime Minister Hugh Grant kisses his former secretary on stage at the school pageant. It was a sweet kiss but the curtains opened and the entire audience sees their Prime Minister in a private moment. I love that kiss.

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  3. My all-time favorite kiss is Lancelot (Richard Gere) and Guinevere (Julia Ormand) in First Knight - at the very end he just devours her in the most passionate kiss I've ever seen on screen :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  4. This is an older movie, but I could watch it over and over. So my pick is "The Way We Were" with Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford. The kiss when they weren't going to be together anymore.


  5. I am going to go with a different one. I really love the story BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and loved the kisses in it.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  6. I love the kiss. Its often my favorite part of a story when written well.

    chris dot blank at gmail dot com

  7. My favorite Holloywood kiss is from Spiderman :)
    It was a fun kiss to me and would never see anything like it in the real world!

    Thank you for this chance to win!


    Dragonlady 029 @ aol . com

  8. Kisses are always a good thing. I have been wishing for You Can Run, maybe that wish will come true.

  9. I had never really thought about what goes into writing a kiss. But a good kiss can really make a story. I have two favorites. These may be dating me....the kiss between Isabeau and Captian Etienne. Just beautiful. Also the kiss from the PRincess Bride.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  10. I don't have a comment for what I think is the hottest Hollywood kiss but I wanted to comment on what a interesting post.

  11. In the movie French Kiss, the ending kiss between Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan in their vineyard.

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  12. There are so many great kisses on screen...Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint on the train in North by Northwest, also Casablanca, Daredevil, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  13. Hello Beth,

    I had to just the exact Date & Wording of this Kiss, because I think it was "THE" most Heat-Producing, Panty-Melting, Decadently Sinful, Erotic Hottest Hollywood Kiss I have Seen Filmed in a Movie to Date....

    Basic Instinct (1992)

    Competitive Dance Floor Kiss

    Director Paul Verhoeven's erotic thriller paired a police detective during his murder investigation with his own major suspect, as they experienced a torrid romance together:

    • ice-pick murder suspect/millionaire mystery-crime novelist and bi-sexual Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone)
    • San Francisco homicide detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas)

    She inflamed his lust, especially taunting him with her openly seductive nightclub dance with lesbian girlfriend Roxy (Leilani Sarelle). Nick watched her sensual body movements and the way she kissed Roxy.

    When she became Nick's dance partner, she rubbed her butt against his crotch. He turned her, suddenly grabbed her ass, pressed her toward himself, and then started kissing her on her neck and lips. Feverishly, they consumed each other in the middle of the writhing, turning bodies of other dancers.
    My research can be found at: http://www.filmsite.org/filmkisses27.html

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway for a chance to win a PDF copy of one of your titles.

    Take Care, Happy Mother's Day & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

  14. My favorite one has to be from the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, when Aragorn kisses Arwen towards the end of the movie, it appears that he wants to devour her but is full of emotion also, it just makes me sigh...


  15. You're a new author for me but not for long. I look forward in reading your works.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  16. How cool, Beth! As for Hollywood kisses, I don't watch many movies! I do love well-written book kisses though--they really take you through that thrill and meeting of lips and selves of a shared kiss! Thanks for describing a bit of what the work is like for the author ;)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  17. Great post! I cant really pick a favorite hollywood kiss. I dont watch movies much. Not a big fan. I spend my extra time reading. :) Lots of hot kisses in them! :D Right now im stuck on Laurann Dohners New Species series. Love her books!! ;D Thank you for the fun hop!

  18. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.

    tammy ramey