Kiss & Tell Tour: Giveaway & guest post on the power of a kiss by North of Need author Laura Kaye
Let’s give a big GT welcome to Laura Kaye, author of the celebrated, heart-warming fantasy romance North of Need!
Thanks for having me here today! I’m one of nine authors celebrating their books as part of the Kiss and Tell Tour. Today, I’m celebrating my November release, North of Need, a fantasy romance based on Greek Mythology, by talking about the power of a kiss.
The prince’s kiss awakened Snow White in her casket in the woods. Prince Philip’s kiss reversed Malificent’s curse and awakened Sleeping Beauty and her whole kingdom. The princess’s kiss turned the frog into a prince (well, in some versions!). If Prince Eric would’ve kissed Arial in that boat, Ursula never would’ve gotten her claws in him or nearly overturned the whole undersea world. In romantic fiction—and these fairy tales were many people’s first exposure to just that—kisses are powerful. Watch and listen to this feel-good classic:
Everyone smiling with me? *grins* There’s a lesson here: when lips meet skin and love is involved, it’s magic. Well, that’s certainly the case in my newly released contemporary fantasy romance, North of Need, a story full of Christmas magic, redemption, and a found sense of companionship and belonging. North of Need is the story of a long-exiled snow god summoned back to the Realm of the Gods to receive an overdue chance at happiness—by healing the heart of a grieving widow, Megan Snow. Here’s a particularly magical kiss they share:
She gripped his wrist and squeezed, stroked his skin with her thumb. “Now, some god around here promised me a kiss.”
“That would be me.” He found her sweet, full lips. Wonderful as they were, though, her lips weren’t his destination. He traced little kisses full of adoration up her left cheek to her cheekbone until he encountered the scabbed-over frostnip.
Power flared in his chest. He opened his mouth, swiped his tongue over the full length of the wound. Absorbed her pain into him.
Megan gasped. Dizziness and confusion descended. Something…something was happening. She gripped onto Owen’s biceps, struggling against the loss of equilibrium. Pleasure surged, too, where his lips trailed fire over her skin, but then he’d licked her, and… She didn’t even know how to describe it. Pins and needles. Zero gravity. Déjà vu.
All of the above together, and more.
Owen pulled back from the kiss heavy-lidded, wearing a look of total satisfaction. His gaze, full of that unnatural light, skimmed from her cheek to her eyes. Words spilled from his lips that Megan didn’t understand, a foreign language she’d never before heard. He spoke with a quiet passion.
Megan’s heart thundered within her chest. She panted. Her equilibrium restored and the room righted itself once again. “What just happened?” she whispered.
“I’ve been dying to make it better,” he said in a quiet, reverent tone.
With a shaky hand, Megan palmed her cheekbone. She dragged fingers over the skin there, the smooth, scab-less skin.
What all of these stories get at isn’t just the power of kisses, but the healing power of love. No matter what happens to us, love can get us through, make us whole, make us better. And it’s out there waiting for each of us. That’s why I love writing and reading romance. What better kind of magic is there in which to believe?
Thanks for reading! And happy holidays!
Laura is offering two ways to win on her Kiss and Tell Tour Posts, 11/28 – 12/6
- One commenter who leaves their email address on this post will win a full signed set of Laura’s romance trading cards for all four of her books.
- A tour-wide prize will also be chosen on Friday, December 9. Laura will draw three commenters from across all Kiss and Tell Tour Posts to win one of THREE $5 Amazon gift cards. The more Tour Posts you visit and comment on, the more you’ll be entered to win! Commenters must leave a valid email address (it’s okay to camouflage it for protection from the bots). Both contests are open to international! Good luck!
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