Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Guest Author Beth D. Carter & Giveaway

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 A Silver Lining, my current release, I wrote:   “His hand hit the wall next to her head, trapping her. He leaned in so close that she felt his breath on her face. An answering need rose sharply inside her, and she itched to touch him, to bring his lips down upon hers. Fire ignited her blood. Her heart thumped almost painfully while her pussy creamed for the hard cock that pulsed through his heavy denims, pushing against her thigh. The overwhelming urge to fall to her knees and suck him into her mouth for a feast had her reeling.”

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.  And we read…a lot!

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.

A Silver Lining
Beth D. Carter

A "Battle of the Sexes" Story!
When Heather Hart was fifteen, her parents brought her to Wyoming to visit her grandfather’s ranch where she met cowboy Tristan Rogers when he helped patch her twisted ankle. Young, sweet, and impressionable, she promptly lost her heart to the young rodeo rider. Twenty years later Heather has been summoned by her dying grandfather to determine if she is worthy, being the last of the Harts, to inherit the ranch.
The man she’ll be competing against for the prize is none other than Tristan Rogers, the ranch's current foreman, who loves the land like no other. Heather has one month to learn five things about the ranch and Tristan is given the task of “showing her the ropes,” so to speak.
Heather recognizes her adversary and uses all the weapons in her arsenal to fight for Hart Ranch, namely sex appeal and attitude aplenty. But Tristan can’t help remembering the sweet young girl who'd had a crush before she became this hellcat on high heels. As Heather tries to transform into a woman worthy of her grandfather’s approval, Tristan works to learn what embittered her and tries to win her heart and trust.

Who Is Author Beth D. Carter
I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things.  I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  I am a mom to an amazing little boy named Hadrian.  I live in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and family.  I have a fantastic job and work with people I really care about.  And I’ve managed to fulfill my life long dream of being published.  I can’t imagine not creating stories and becoming obsessed with characters I create.  I am constantly trying to better my craft and each book is something near and dear to my heart.  I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.  I draw much from my own experiences and journeys and hope that readers find a part of themselves between the pages.  I love to hear from people and can be found on Facebook and www.bethdcarter.com.

Thank you Ms. Carter for such a wonderful and delicious post! You definitely had fond memories revisiting me today! ;-) 

Ms. Carter is offering one copy of A Silver Lining to one winner that leaves a comment. Winner will be chosen on Sunday June 5th! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment, be a follower of Bookin' It, and be over 18 years of age. 


  1. It'so true about writing a kiss. You have no choice but to try and put into words the feelings and textures.. It's a tough job but the memories that you get to bring back are so fun lol Thanks for sharing your experience.


  2. I never thought about how a kiss should be written. It never crossed my mind. Obviously you are very good at writing a kiss. It has given me more to think about when I write.

  3. Thanks so much to Talina for having me at Bookin It!!!

  4. Holy wow! You certainly know how to write a kiss!! Great post!!
    Ashley A
    Follower AshleyAnne

  5. Wow, your book sounds really good. I like the excerpts and all the stuff about how to write a kiss is so interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC - JessS

  6. That peek of the kiss was beautiful to read! I too can read a sweet traditonal regency and it can have a sizzling kiss as your sizzling reads!
    This book I'm excited about! Rodeos!! That means cowboys. Sounds fab Beth!!

    cathiecaffey @ gmail.com

  7. Beth, it has been my pleasure!

    We still have a few more days until the winner is chosen! So spread the word ladies!

  8. You certainly do know how to write a kiss!! Great Job!

    I look forward to reading the book!

    Pati jpm6966@aol.com

  9. Loved this post and the kiss was amazing as everyone has said here already :)! Can't wait to get to read this.

    pams00 @ aol.com

  10. It was great getting to know you Beth, and I love the storyline and excerpt for A Silver Lining. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    cathy m
    gfc follower
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  11. Well I have to add another author to my list of great reads!!! This book sounds great... Right up my ally... Thank you for the chance to win a copy!!


  12. I was the very fortunate winner and I must tell you,I read "A Silver Lining" it's terrific! Heather certainly is not your "normal" easy to like heroine, infact she's rather difficult to like, however by the end you understand her and are so happy that she has worked through her problems enough to accept love!

    Fabulous job!! Thank you very much for sharing their wonderful story with me!



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