Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop with a Great Giveaway and Hot Kisses

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KissAs romance readers we all wait with baited breath for that one moment when the hero and heroine first kiss. The immediate lead up and the kiss itself should build tension and romantic chemistry. A well-crafted kiss causes us to hold our breaths and then exhale with a satisfied sigh. Whether the romance is sweet or sexy, the first kiss is an absolute necessity. Without it, what’s the point?

I’ve read so many great first kisses. It seems there are an infinite number of ways to express a great kiss. But my all-time favorite first kiss is written by Karen Marie Moning in How to Tame a Highland Warrior. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth it just to read that first kiss in the fog. Amazing.

In my current release, Queen of Jastain, Abby and Avant, the hero and heroine, first kiss at the Wine Harvest Festival. The kiss, which begins as a perfunctory kiss of tradition in front of a crowd, quickly becomes an act of intimacy where the characters convey things with their bodies that they aren’t prepared to verbalized for many more chapters.

Here is an exclusive excerpt of Abby and Avant’s first kiss from Queen of Jastain. I hope you hold your breath and enjoy.


“So what happens, after this dance?”

He narrowed his eyes and a devilish smile stole over his face. “I’m going to kiss you.”

“Kiss me?” Abby knew from his memories it was a perfunctory kiss of tradition, but she suspected Avant just wanted to see her flustered, which, admittedly, she was. The thought of touching him, lips to lips, for any reason caused her stomach to turn flip-flops.

His smug smile irked her. Armed with the boldness of several glasses of wine, maybe she could turn the tables on him for a change. Shifting her gaze sidelong at him, she allowed herself a tight-lipped smile and searched his face for any hint of revelation.

When the song ended, everyone cheered and clapped. Abby pushed her intentions to the back of her mind and hoped to God Avant didn’t read her thoughts. Her heart hammered with anticipation. She was going to get him good.

A tall man in military regalia handed Avant a wreath of grape leaves, which he in turn placed on her head. Then he gracefully bent and pecked her on the lips. But as he pulled away, Abby wrapped her arms around his neck and drew him into a real kiss.

Her lips embraced his with exuberance. Her senses heightened in awareness, reaching for a full experience of him. His touch. His smell. His taste. He expelled a sigh into her mouth and seemed too stunned to do anything but kiss her back.

Surprisingly soft and warm, his mouth responded to the light rhythmic pace she set. His lips parted, and the moist expanse engulfed her to breathlessness. His arms encircled her waist and drew her closer. Her breasts brushed against him. Intensity radiated between them. Their bodies buzzed with awareness like a live wire split in two and held in close proximity. A feeling of being, all at once, too close and not nearly close enough warred within her. Their breaths became labored as he deepened the kiss. For a precious stolen moment, she lingered in her fantasy and pretended he belonged to her. But all too soon reality set in. The murmur of the crowd broke the spell and reminded her of where she was.

Reluctantly, Abby slid her arms from around his neck, and placed her palms flat against his chest. His heart thundered beneath her fingers. She pulled from him. A groan escaped his lips. She got the feeling that, had she not pulled away from him, he wouldn’t have stopped. Looking into his surprised blue eyes, she bit her lower lip and smiled sheepishly.

The crowd roared with laughter and applause.

The raw desire in his gaze gave way to fury as he yanked her hand and pulled her to the receiving line in front of the dais. Not sure if he was angry that she’d started the kiss or ended it, she couldn’t help but giggle. He’d blushed! She did a mental fist pump.

Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment about your favorite first kiss. And don’t forget to get a copy of Queen of Jastain available in digital and print formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance ebooks and many other places.

Queen of Jastain Book One in The Reign of Light Series

The Epic Fantasy Romance is available now on AMAZON /  Barnes and Noble / All Romance ebooks!

QoJlargeThe Light brought her to him, but does he have the faith to make her his queen?

For twenty years, Avant plotted revenge against the dark king, but when a mysterious woman suddenly appears, everything changes. Although his prophetic Gift reveals she’s the Seed of Light chosen to restore the Crown, his overwhelming attraction to the women threatens his long-held plan for revenge and two decades of fidelity.

Abby Randall is inexplicably transported from Dallas to the medieval land of Jastain. There she meets Avant, who claims she’s the foretold champion of his people. While the hot guy has her hormones pumping, his crazy talk of defeating an evil king leaves questions to his sanity. Through his supernatural Gift, Avant transplants his memories into her, but neither are prepared for how their hearts intertwine.

Together they embark on their quest, but when Abby and Avant come face to face with destiny, will they sacrifice what matters most to provide a happily-ever-after for the people of Jastain?

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About Kary Rader

Kary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished. And it's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. And with the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life. Come join her for an adventure and maybe you too will be claimed by passion and changed by love. Because there is no greater power than the human spirit and anything is possible if you believe. Let the fantasy begin…


Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop with a Great Giveaway and Hot Kisses — 10 Comments

  1. Ooh, love that scene and love your book! I blogged about first kisses too, but mine is YA and so chaste in comparison, lol! More sweet than heat 😉

    Happy Summer Reading!

  2. I always enjoy when reading a story, the first kiss between the characters. Enjoyed your excerpt, thanks for sharing.
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  3. First kisses are always important in leading up to tension between hero and heroine. I think some of us count down the pages to when that actually happens because each one is so dynamic!

    Great post, Kary!

  4. Hi! I love first kisses. The first spark, the igniting passion! You can feel the tension build! I love it! 🙂 Thanks for being apart of this great hop!