Thursday, January 26, 2012

K is for Kissing

Kissing plays a big part in a romance novel. Whether it's the first kiss, a kiss leading to lovemaking, or the final kiss which seals the hero and heroine's happily every after, each is special. Each has its own feel and purpose. Each is different...even within the same story.

Kisses can be...
Sweet. Tender. Sensual. Erotic. Carnal. Passionate.

They can...
Comfort. Entice. Arouse. Elicit.

They say...
Hello. Good-bye. I miss you. I love you. You're the only one for me.

Sometimes the build up to the kiss can be as exciting as the kiss itself.

Most of the excerpts I post as teasers for my books are kissing scenes. Sometimes it's a first kiss, sometimes not. A kissing scene reveals the chemistry between the hero and heroine. It is both emotional and sensory.

Kissing scenes aren't just thrown into stories for the heck of it. They have a purpose. A meaning. They move the story along and are part of the plot. They show the growing physical and emotional relationship between the hero and heroine. They can even show goal, motivation, or conflict.

They are some of the very best reasons to read and write romance.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



  1. I've tried to emulate the effectiveness of your novels' kisses, Debra.

    In my WIP, the heroine thinks her first kiss with the hero as "made her feel like she'd run a marathon and could keep on running."

  2. Thanks Ana!

    Love the marathon comparison. (I've heard running that far is quite a 'high'...a mile is usually my limit!....I'm sure it would be a great feeling for a kiss, too!!)

  3. Good list of the many types of kisses - and of course the feelings aroused by the different kinds of kiss can cover a wide spectrum.
    The first kiss often (usually?)forms a pivotal point in the whole story.

  4. It's funny because I think readers and non-readers of romance know equally well that kissing plays a big role in romance, but I don't think they all equally understand the meanings behind the kiss. In a way, especially looking at all of the different meanings behind the kiss, I think it's fair to say that kisses tell as much (or even more) than character descriptions.

  5. Kisses provide insight into a lot of things for sure...character development and descriptions being on the top of the list!

    Kissing scenes are definitely pivotal in the development of the plot.