Monday, May 16, 2011

Manic Monday & a Giveaway with Mysti Parker

Today on my Manic Monday series, I’ve got Mysti Parker on tap. Mysti is a full-time wife, mom of three, and a writer. Born and raised in Kentucky, writing has always been her first love. After many years of pursuing other things, she began her writing career in earnest in 2009. Look for more romantic tales from her fantasy world of Tallenmere, where magic, passion, murder, and mayhem are a part of everyday life.

Mysti is giving away an e-copy of her new release – A Ranger’s Tale. Give a little love and answer her question at the end and you may walk away with an e-book!

The First Kiss

First of all, a big thank you to J.E. Taylor for hosting me today! I hope you will all enjoy my post.

I bet you can remember your first kiss. A little awkward, a little embarrassing. You worried about your breath, whether to have just a peck or let it linger a while. More than that, you wondered if that first kiss would be the start of something much bigger. You may or may not have ended up dating or marrying that first kisser, but chances are, you remember it.

First kisses are, by far, memorable moments. Who can forget the famous scene in Lady and the Tramp when the sweet dog couple accidentally kiss while slurping up their spaghetti noodle? I bet any movie buff can remember Scarlett and Rhett’s first kiss in Gone With the Wind, and Rhett’s famous quote “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

I’m sure we could all name more famous examples of first kisses. Prince Charles and Princess Diana shared a peck after their wedding on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, though we all know how that ended. Their son William, just this April, shared two kisses in that very spot with his new bride Kate. (Let’s all hope for a better outcome there!) Remember that famous black and white photo of the V-J Day Kiss between the sailor and nurse in Times Square? What about the fairy tale kisses in Sleeping Beauty and Snow White—both of which woke up the fair lady and provided a happily ever after.

While kisses are normally associated with romance, some famous kisses were not inspired by love. The Bible says Judas kissed Christ to identify him in a moment of betrayal. A kiss for shock value occurred on an MTV awards show when Madonna smooched both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Kisses have also been used as diversions, as when Princess Jasmine laid one on the slimy Jafar to give Aladdin a chance to swipe the genie lamp in the Disney movie Aladdin.

Still, I think most of us would rather see or read about a kiss as a gesture of love and passion. As a romance writer, I think it’s hard, but necessary to get that first kiss right. Usually, there’s a build-up to it, when the reader starts wishing they’d kiss already! And that’s a great point to insert a spectacular first kiss.

In A Ranger’s Tale, Caliphany and Galadin are head over heels for one another by the time they share that first kiss, though they’ve both been fighting their feelings. I think there’s definitely a “come on and kiss already” mood before it occurs:

I parted my lips and caught his kiss. He smelled like the forest, like his leathers. I reveled in the heat of his breath, the feel of sandpaper on his scruffy chin, his hands grasping me like I was the only thing keeping him from floating away into the universe. (From Chapter 18)

Q & A time! Feel free to share the answers to any or all of these below. Do you remember your first kiss? What was it like? What other famous kisses from real life, books, or movies can you remember?

A Ranger’s Tale:

Set in the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf Caliphany Aranea longs to explore the world and escape from her controlling father. Her dreams are fulfilled when she meets ranger and ship captain Galadin Trudeaux. But, when secrets from the past bring tragedy to those she loves, Caliphany must fight to hold on to the life she's always wanted.

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Don’t forget to swing in on Friday when I dish it up with Tracey Alley! Have a great week.



1 comment:

Mysti said...

So glad to be here today!