Friday, March 21, 2014

1st Kiss Phenomenon and Fans of Sweet Romance

The world has discovered what fans of sweet romance already know.  A fashion ad showing twenty strangers in that awkward moment before their first kiss has had over sixty million views on Youtube.,,20795771,00.html

When I wrote the first book in my Love by Chocolate series for Avalon books, the guidelines were very specific - no sex. That meant the sensual push and pull between my characters could only go as far as a kiss.

Building a scene with a kiss.
Like any scene, the scene where your characters have their first spine-shivering kiss, must move the story along. This will be a turning point for your hero and heroine. Nothing will be the same in their relationship after that kiss.

The kiss
The lips know what to do, but it's not all about that first contact. There's a dance they play before the actual kiss. Characters touch and talk - hands to arms, check to check, and lips to check.

Stay true to your story
If the tone of your story is lighthearted, your kiss should be in line with the lighthearted nature of your story.
"True love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT — mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe." -
The Princess Bride

Wishing you, chocolate, love, and sweet kisses.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Encourage Kids to Write

Today I am deviating from my usual posts on chocolate and writing to participate in a wonderful project.

Give a young child crayons and paper( large paper for the smallest writers) and they will be happy for hours. These first scribbles are your child's 1st attempt at writing.

Today’s post is part of a Choose Your Own Adventure Story written and hosted by T. Isenhoff and M. Isenhoff on their Storyboys blog. T. is in 3rd grade, and M. is in 6th grade. This story was their winter homeschool project. Travel over to their blog to start at the beginning. Have fun!

Tony’s flashlight swept the darkness of the tunnel. There crawling toward them was a giant black tarantula. “Aw, gumbo!” Tony shouted.
The boys tumbled out of the cupboard, choosing death by fist over death by spider.
“There you are, punks!” Meatloaf screamed, charging toward them with his spiky red and blue hair and fists the size of milk jugs. “You’re dead meat!”
“Run!” Tony yelled and made a beeline for the door, but Ed was frozen to the spot. In his fear, he dropped the package of cookies, spilling Oreos everywhere. Meatloaf came on like a freight train, sliding on the cookies, unable to stop. He slammed into the sideboard and hit his head on the corner. Then he dropped to the floor and lay still.
“Is he dead?” Tony asked from the doorway. Ed was still as a statue. Tony came back and smacked him on the back of the head. “Wake up, dude. You just killed Meatloaf with a package of Oreos.”
Ed dropped to one knee and felt for a pulse. “He’s alive,” he said with relief.
Tony grabbed the root beer. He took a swig then splashed a little on Meatloaf’s face. The bully spluttered and opened his eyes. “Who are you? Who am I? Where are we?”
Tony glanced at Ed with a look of surprise. Then he grinned. “Your name is Justin Beiber,” he said, “and we’re your best friends. We’ll help you remember everything.”
Tony helped Meatloaf up and put a friendly arm around his shoulders. As they walked out of the room, he said, “For starters, your favorite singer is Lady Gaga. You dress up as a giant chicken at the Cluck Bucket restaurant, and you owe me fifty bucks. Let’s go see if we can find your costume...”
The End

Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

I can't think of a better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday ( March 2, 1904) than to have a week long celebration, celebrating reading. Not that I need a reason to read. My favorite Dr. Seuss story, Oh, the Places You'll Go! inspires young and old.
The National Education Association celebrates, Read Across America every year. 
Lots of great ideas for projects to help celebrate all week long.  

From March 3 - March 8,  Smashwords is promoting Read an Ebook Week. As part of this promotion, Chocolate Couture is free for one week through Smashwords. Enter code RW100 Take advantage of this opportunity to download some books from your favorite genre.

I love when anyone does something to encourage reading. Studies have found that children who grow up with books in their home, regardless of their parents economic or education background do better in school and careers. 
Books in the Home    
This birthday celebration would be incomplete without a mention of my friend Carmen Mueller. "Why do I only get one day?" She and her Pooh friends prepare for her month long celebration. 
My wish to you - A good book, in a cozy corner with a delicious treat.