Thursday, 24 January 2013
Author Spotlight - That First Kiss!
Do you remember your first kiss with someone special? I still think it was that first, quick stolen kiss on my grandmother’s front porch that won my husband’s heart. I was (and still am) a very shy girl. He couldn’t believe I planted a quick peck on his lips and then dashed in the door. I must have intrigued him, because three months later we were engaged and married just three months after that. Six months from my quick peck to our “you may kiss the bride” kiss. =) We have now been married nine years, and I still love to kiss him!
Here is an excerpt of my characters’ first kiss. Leave me a comment on theirs, mine or tell me about yours!
They were alone.
Her pulse quickened. He was close enough for her to smell his slightly salty, woodsy scent. She squeezed her eyes shut and took a deep breath.
His husky voice broke into her silent revere. "You worried me back there. I don't know what I would've done if you'd been hurt."
Her gaze met and held his for a moment, but she quickly looked away. Sarah plucked a tall blade of grass and rolled it between her fingers. The emotion in his voice stirred the butterflies in her stomach. She straightened her posture. "I made it out okay."
A smile tugged at the corner of his mouth, but he remained silent.
Sarah lowered her head. "What I meant to say was thank you for saving me," she whispered.
Sarah smiled. "That bull sure did give me a scare. I'm kinda surprised my heart didn't explode from sheer terror."
He cleared his throat. "Well, now you know how I felt. When I heard you screaming, my heart nearly stopped." His eyes locked on the dancing flames.
Sarah swallowed hard, the tension thick enough to be palatable. She eased a little closer to him. Suddenly, he turned to her. His face was only inches away.
For a moment, she openly gazed into his eyes. They were deep brown with tiny flecks of gold. Pools of mystery she longed to solve.
"I'm sorry, Jim. I just saw that baby get stuck and I didn't want to see it trampled." Her hands trembled now. She needed to look away. She needed to break this hold he had on her. She couldn't.
"I know. You're a sweet girl." He spoke so softly she nearly missed the words. His fingers traced her jaw and then lifted her chin.
To her surprise, her lips eagerly met his.
"I knew it was a Christian romance when I started reading. I didn't know it would have such unexpected twists and turns. Desperately needing to know what would happen next, I couldn't put it down until I reached the last page."
"McGee keeps her story moving and the reader guessing, expertly juggling the elements of gothic suspense, cowboy romance, divine intervetion, and inspirational fiction. I enjoyed Legacy of Lies for its characters and unique mix of story styling."
Barbara Scott, author
"This book has it all: a nice quick plot, a massive castle, cowboys, a dark mystery, a cold seductress and a story that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve finished the book. If you’re looking for one good read, I definitely recommend this book."
Patty Froese, author
"A Legacy of Lies is a heart-warming tale of a man's search for forgiveness. A blend of Western Romance and Big City Intrigue, Stephenia H. McGee takes the parable of the prodigal son and creates a modern twist readers won't see coming until the final page."
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