Shannon here: Margaret Brownley shares about a romantic kissing scene in her latest Historical Romance, Cowboy Charm School. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Nov 3rd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Margaret:
A Kiss is Just a Kiss—or is it? by Margaret Brownley:
A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.
That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know. ~Mistinguett
You might wonder why I have kisses on my mind. I just spent the better part of a week working on an all-important kissing scene, which takes place in book two of my Haywire Brides series. That particular kiss was definitely a question mark. Both the hero and heroine are caught by surprise. The kiss shouldn’t have happened. Neither one is in a position to follow-up. But having tasted the promise on each other’s lips, we just know that things will never again be the same between them. Exclamation point!
The kiss in my new release, Cowboy Charm School, is sweet. I mean that literally as it takes place in the heroine’s candy shop. This is another kiss that shouldn’t have happened. Kate Denver is betrothed to another—or would have been had Texas Ranger Brett Tucker not accidentally stopped her wedding. Feeling guilty for the havoc he caused, he’s determined to get the estranged couple back together. If only Kate’s sweet lips didn’t keep getting in the way….
I’ll let you find out how that particular story ends by reading the book, but to get you in the right mood here are some fun facts about—what else?—kissing!
- Did you know that kissing prevents wrinkles? It’s true. Kissing uses twenty-nine face muscles and all that exercise helps keep your skin firm and smooth.
- Kissing for a single minute burns 26 calories. Hitting the lips for an hour sounds like a whole lot more fun than hitting the gym.
- According to eHarmony, the average woman kisses 15 men before finding Mr. Right. (Which means I’m on the low side of average. The very low side).
- On average, a person spends two weeks of their lives kissing. (I know I’ve spent at least that amount of time writing about kissing. Hey, it’s harder than you’d think.)
- Men who kiss their wives before going to work live on the average five years longer than men who leave slamming doors.
- Is kissing learned or instinctual? No one really knows for sure.
- The film with the most kisses was Don Juan (1926). John Barrymore and Mary Astor share more than a hundred kisses. Don’t believe me? Count them.
- Kissing is good for the teeth. All that extra saliva. . . So if you want to save on dental bills, you now know what to do.
- Kissing releases the same neurotransmitters in the brain as bungee jumping and parachuting. I’ll have to take their word for this because I’m great believer in keeping my feet grounded.
- We all know that X’s at the end of a written letter represents kisses. But did you also know that signing a telegram with the numbers 88 was how our ancestors showed love and kisses?
About Margaret: New York Times bestselling author MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. She’s a two-time Romance Writers of America RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is also a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award.
Her story, A Pony Express Christmas, will appear this fall in the Old West Christmas Brides collection, and book two of her Haywire Brides series will be published May 2019. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Cowboy Charm School:
When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he’s determined to bring the estranged couple back together… but he never dreamed he’d start falling for the bride!
Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing…only to find he has the wrong man.
STOP THAT WEDDING!
Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé’s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett’s desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls…and the more he yearns to prove that he’s her true match in every way.
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Question for Readers: Was your first kiss a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point? This is one time when it could pay to kiss and tell to win a copy of Cowboy Charm School.