Kisses, writing

That’s YAmore: Kiss, kisses and French Toast…

Are you ready for some romantic, swoon-worthy scenes?

I joined the “That´s YAmore” Blogfest organized by Oasis for YA…The description: Starting the Saturday before Valentine’s Day (that’s February 11th), we invite you to post 250 romantic, swoon-worthy words from your YA WIP.  Then check out the entries from some of the other participants.  (Just be sure you have a fan and/or a cold glass of water on hand.)  We know your Valentine will appreciate you getting yourself in a romantic state of mind…And, as an added bonus, this year we will select one lucky participant to win a swoon-worthy YA read, shipped direct from the Book Depository (meaning the contest is open internationally, so long as TBD ships to your country).

I chose two short swoon-worthy moments from my YA paranormal romance Falling into you: a kiss (because who does not like these tingly feelings before an awaited kiss?) and…a scene where Aleksi shows his sweet self to Erin.

Excerpt 1

“Let me help you.” His mouth almost touches my ear. I shiver and my heart forgets to beat.  I tilt my head and move a bit closer to him. I can’t help it. His lips find mine. The fire melts the ice and as I lose myself in his arms, I find a home I did not know I had been looking for.


Excerpt 2

When Aleksi gets up, I turn to him: “I guess you have to go too.” I hug my knees, looking at the floor.

“No I don´t. I took the day off, remember? I think I am running a fever according to what my dear grandmother told the school office this morning.”

He takes my face in his hands and gently brushes my lips.

“I´m going to make some coffee. Maybe some French toast.”

“Don´t tell me you can cook”  A pang of guilt grasps my heart as a smile forms on my lips.

Aleksi’s arm embraces my shoulders.

“Not much but my mother always told me that a man should know the basics. French toast. Basic.” I smile again, more easily. Before I can speak, he continues. “How about you go lay down while I do this and I´ll call you when it´s done” He searches my eyes. “You really could not have done anything, Erin.”

“But maybe now I can.” My voice breaks a little. I pause, looking for words.  “Thank you for trying to help, it…it means a lot.”

He kisses me again, this time more deeply. “Don´t mention it”.

I cannot wait to start reading what others came up with 😀 (you can check their entries here)

And as always, I´m curious: what is your favorite swoon-worthy, romantic, steamy scene from novels you read?

Happy Friday, reading, revising

Happy Friday #5: Reading, Revising and Rollers…

It’s already the 5th week of “Happy Friday”.  Yay!

Ok I have to admit there will be no rollers in this post…I was just looking for another word starting with the letter “R” 😀

* Happy for Christa: I started following Christa a few weeks ago and I am happy I did  ( I found another Center Stage fan). In case you have not seen Christa´s news, she announced on Wednesday her book deal with SimonPulse. The story of Ani and Ben  is not the kind that will make your heart flutter with happiness, actually it might tear up and break but it seems to be powerful, gut-wrenching. It’s a story which needed to be sent to the world.

* Revising: Chapter 4 and I had a date. We fought. We made up.

* Reading: I am in the middle of a Daughter of Smoke and Bone and wow, Laini Taylor has a magical way with words. I love all the references of men with moustache (for some reasons, this reminds me of one of the short stories from Gogol)

I did a little happy dance yesterday as I joined NetGalley to receive ARCs on my Kindle (thanks to Tarah who posted about currently reading Goddess Interrupted) As you may have guessed from my January books post, I have a lot of time to read…so that will be great to get my fingertips on some not-yet-released-look-at-me-I’m-so-cool-books… And I already got approved for some. (more on them soon…ta ta ta da *that was me building up suspense*)

* On InstaLove by Jaimee: If you have not yet seen Jaimee’s post on InstaLove, go ahead, I’ll wait here.

waits, waits, waits.

Cool, you’re back 🙂 While I do enjoy Valentine’s Day a tad more than Jaimee apparently, I wholeheartedly agree with her take on InstaLove. My heart beats a bit faster when I can see the sparks between people as they first lay eyes on each other call it InstaYummfactor) and then the fireworks when they first interact with one another (call it InstaConnection). I do need the connection though, the laughing or the long discussions. I need something. If there are no explanations or if the love is just based on the looks or does not seem reciprocated (the guy is a jerk, stalker, ignores her completely…) then it can become more of an InstaObsession. While the story can still work if the main character conveys this to the reader (and not just the I am so happy, we’re in love), it needs to develop.

* Honeymoon: And because I just talked about love, I am happy to report that hubby and I have finally booked our flights for our honeymoon (we got married in August). We’re going to the US for 3 weeks. Road Trip. Mustang. Leaving the work Blackberry at home. We’re going to visit dear friends in many States  and spend some time in a Bed and Breakfast in Cape Cod…and I will get to roam the streets of Manchester-By-The-Sea (that is where my WIP takes place…I talked about it in my Dreaming of a Writing Retreat post)…

I wish you all a wonderful week-end and I am looking forward to know what made YOU smile this week 🙂