Monday, May 6, 2013

Guest Post: Renee Ericson

Today, I have a real treat for you guys! Renee Ericson, author of the upcoming novel, After Tuesday was kind enough to create a guest post about dissecting a first kiss! Sounds awesome, right? It really is! She also wrote a scene exclusively for Wholly Books! And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end!

Dissecting a First Kiss

First kisses are memories in the making, so you want to get them right.  It’s that moment when two souls get a glimpse into one another, leaving a message tattooed on their hearts—forever.

When I write a first kiss, I want to bring out feelings and emotions in my readers through my characters.  Here is a look at a kissing scene I wrote specifically for Wholly Books and my intentions behind it.

When I reach for the door handle, Sean beats me to it.  The way we are standing, with his arm reaching over me, causes a tingle to flood over my bikini-clad body.  I wait patiently for him to open the door, but he doesn’t move—just stands there with his hand resting on the handle.
My eyes slowly wander to his and my head follows.
“Are you going to open the door?” I ask a little quieter than necessary.
He licks his lower lip, his teeth bite it for a millisecond, and I see his chest physically rise and fall.  
“Sean?” I question again, trying to understand what is going on. “Are you opening the door?”
“What? Why not?”
“This is why,” I think I hear come out of his mouth before it’s on mine.
His closed lips press hard on mine, startling me a little, as his fingers curl into the back of my head.   I can’t believe this is happening, as I stand here like an idiot, arms at my sides, unable to move. Why can’t I move?
Sean releases me a little and then steps back completely away from me.  His eyes look at my feet and I just stare at him in utter shock.
“Sorry,” I hear him say.
“Do it again,” my mouth moves to say before I even process what I’m thinking.
“You sure, Ava?” He tentatively lifts his head, eyes fully meeting mine.
I nod my head slightly, but refuse for my eyes to leave his.
Slowly his hand reaches up to my face as he steps back into my space.  I can feel the heat of his body on mine and think my heart may leap out of my chest and begin to beat against him.  
This time he approaches my mouth cautiously; eyes trained on me until I close them, waiting to feel his lips on mine.  The heat from his breath sends a chill through me as it floats across my face.  Please put me out of my misery.
Sean’s lips graze my own ever so lightly that I’m not sure if we are really touching or not until I feel my lips being pushed slightly by his. My breath catches raggedly in my throat causing me to part my mouth slightly for air. Sean moves his mouth to gently pull on my bottom lip and I find myself wanting more, leaning into him.
He takes it as a cue and opens his mouth to mine, allowing his tongue to hesitantly glide across my teeth.  When I feel his tongue lap my own, I melt further into him.  I need more air but want to remain in this pool of bliss—drowning myself in it. My hands grasp his tight bare arms and we kiss deeper into the world that was just discovered between us.  
I don’t want this to end, but eventually we pull ourselves from one another until we are only a whisper apart.
“Don’t ever apologize for that,” I mutter against his face.
“Never again.”

Whew! Anyone else have butterflies?

Let’s get down to it and see what this is all about.  When the scene first starts I want to convey a feeling of anticipation.  Everything generally slows down for the character at this point.  There are body cues and moments of hesitation.

When Sean’s mouth slams into our female lead, Ava, that is the moment I want the reader to feel that he was unable to hold back any longer. There is an attraction that he can no longer contain. Kissing, while emotional, is a very physical response.  I’m particularly fond of my main characters being caught off guard by first kisses, because before that first kiss actually happens there is always some semblance doubt that it ever will.

Once Sean gets that initial contact out of his system, and Ava starts to process what is happening, we see him pull back to reality.  It’s obvious he realizes he let his (clears throat) body take over and cloud his judgment.  Our character, while stunned, recognizes her longing for more.  Maybe not in her mind, but she is leading with her emotions and body.  

I love that about first kisses. How they seem to come in two parts. They are like a taste of the most delectable dessert ever. You may say you only want one bite, but eventually you need to go back for more and this time—you take your time with it.

When we get over the awkwardness of the first contact, our characters are able to enjoy the moment consciously. This time they are more aware of what’s happening and we can see they are taking their time.  

When I write kissing scenes, they tend to be very detailed.  I like to feel the kiss along with the character and that is why describing the action words are important.  It puts me, as the writer and the reader too, right there in their shoes.  Kissing is a very intimate experience and first kisses should have newness to them. With newness comes a heightened awareness of senses.

When we end the scene we see a few lines to bring the characters back into the present, because while a kiss will connect their souls I like to remind everyone that there is a world in which these two people will have to survive as well. For a couple to grow, they need to have something beyond just an incredible kiss.


About the Book

After Tuesday (These Days, #1)

Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.

For the last two years, high school senior Ruby has been her own rock and solace. She has learned to depend only on herself and hides her family's issues by keeping herself somewhat unnoticeable. Despite her isolation, Ruby has intrigued the affections of someone unexpected. Finding herself loving life once again as his persistence sparks a romance awakening a well-protected heart.

While Ruby’s relationship with her father is constantly teetering, her new-found affection continues to blossom into something more than she ever thought possible. Soon, Ruby comes to realize that opening up your heart means being susceptible to love and disappointment.

This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

Renee has also been kind enough to offer an ebook copy of her new book, After Tuesday. This giveaway is open internationally. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter!

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