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Kiss & Tell Tour: Giveaway & guest post on the power of a kiss by North of Need author Laura Kaye

by davincikittieDecember 3, 2011

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:

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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:

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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.

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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 Kaye

Laura is offering two ways to win on her Kiss and Tell Tour Posts, 11/28 – 12/6
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  • 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.

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  • 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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About The Author
davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
32 Comments
  • Paula Lee
    December 3, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Book looks great!!

  • December 3, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Thanks so much for hosting me here today!

  • Kathryn Merkel
    December 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Fantastic excerpt Nina, I think it’s my favorite of the ones you’ve shared so far on this tour.

    Call me a little crazy, but the first thing I thought of as I read it was how emotionally healing it is when my dog licks my cheek. There is definately magic in a dog kiss. 🙂

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  • Viki S.
    December 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Thank you so much for the tour. I won a set of cards from you and they just arrived. Thank you so much!
    Love this blurb – excellent!

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Sophia Rose
    December 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Ahhhhh! Love this talk about healing kisses and the power of love.

    Each time I read another little excerpt from this book, I am more intrigued to read the whole thing.

    Thanks for the posting and for the giveaway opportunity.

    [email protected]

    • The Captain
      December 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Sophia, it’s the Captain.

      I’m lucky enough to be the reviewer assigned to this book for the upcoming GraveTells review. READ IT!!!!!

      In chapter one I was fighting tears. I’ve had this book for exactly one day and I’m up to chapter ten, and only put it down because I had to take a very important phone call last night from a certain awesome red head.

      But anyway, trust me, this is not a book to miss. I’m totally involved with these characters. And I don’t think I’m halfway through the book.

  • December 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Sounds like a great givaway, thank you! [email protected]

  • Diana
    December 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Very beautiful post and the video is great! Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  • December 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I think this book sounds great. I love the cover and have been seeing it everywhere! I have to pick up a copy.

    Mary

  • Tracey D
    December 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I enjoyed the excerpt; North of Need is on my must have list.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  • Vanessa N.
    December 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Love the excerpt and your post. I was grinning after watching the clip. Thanks for the chance.

    [email protected]

  • Mary Preston
    December 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Kisses are very powerful. I’m loving this tour.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  • Kel Pfeiffer
    December 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic read 🙂 Might have to check it out whether i win a copy or not 🙂
    Thank you for sharing the excerpt 🙂
    Kel xx

    [email protected]

  • The Captain
    December 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    OMG Laura!!!

    I’m the reviewer reading your book right now. I had to text DaVinci Kittie partway through chapter one because I was fighting tears.

    I generally don’t enjoy third person as much as first because I have a hard time really connecting with the characters. At chapter ten I’m completely invested and feeling heart broken for both of them. (Thank God it’s romance and I know that there’s a HEA in the end because if I got to the end and there wasn’t I might just throw my laptop across the room in rage.)

    I also must admit to skipping the excerpt part of your post. The last thing I want right now is a spoiler. 🙂

    When’s your next book coming out???? What’s a girl got to do to get an upcoming ARC to review? I will commence with the begging. I’m shameless.

    *end gushing* 🙂

  • December 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Laura! So great to have you! North of Need is on my list to read too. The Captain is the lucky GT reviewer who gets to do it for the site and she’s been very pleasantly surprised with how much she’s enjoying it. I’m sure you couldn’t tell from her post above! =P

    When I told my husband about the dog kisses comment from Kathryn, he heartily agreed. hehe Great discussion topic and writeup! Thanks for visiting!! <3

    davincikittie(at)gravetells(dot)com

  • December 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Hey guys–I’m sorry not to respond more…I’m out of town at a family wedding and am sneaking in a little computer time!

    @Kathryn–glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

    @Viki! Yay! Glad you like the trading cards! Enjoy!

    @Sophia Rose–Woot! So glad it’s intriguing you!

    @The Captain–YOU ARE FULL OF AWESOME. THAT IS ALL!

    @Krystal and Diana–you’re welcome!

    @Mary–pick it up! 😀

    @Tracey and Vanessa–thanks so much!

    @Mary–glad you’re enjoying! Thanks for following along!

    @Kel–yes, please! 😉

    @The Captain–West of Want, book 2 in the series, comes our in April–and it’s kick @$$! 🙂

    @davinicikittie–woot! Glad you’re enjoying! I’m loving it here! And I love doggy kisses, though my dog Jack is NOT a big kisser at all. Except the palms of your hands, he’ll lick them over and over! LOL

    Thanks for all the great comments everyone!

  • Regina W.
    December 4, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I am soo thrilled that I found your website, it has introduced me to new writers that I wouldn’t have considered if not for you! I love the paranormal romance and can’t wait to devour Ms. Kaye’s book, if I can even find it in our little rural town. (boo-hoo, hint, hint, wink, wink)

    Thanks soo much for the information, and many wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

    Regina
    [email protected]

    • The Captain
      December 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Regina dahling, it’s an eBook! Doesn’t matter where you live!

      I read it on my laptop using Abode reader. (Now, I got it for reviewing purposes, so it was a PDF file.) If you buy it through Amazon or B and N, then you will probably have to download their free software (it will be Nook or Kindle). Either is fine, but for me, I do like the Nook software, since some titles are lend-able after you buy — like at the library. You can loan them to friends who also have the Nook software.

      I don’t know if North of Need is lend-able, but GO GET IT!!!! Squueeeee! Look for my review in a few days. Going to write it now.

    • December 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      LOL Regina! Thanks for commenting and good luck! 😀

  • December 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I just finished this book today, and OH MY GOD it was SO GOOD!!! I already know what score The Captain is giving it and I heartily agree!! Thank you Laura for such a rich and heart-warming book, especially during this season. It’s like opening a gift. =)

    My husband called a few minutes ago and was complaining about the cold (we live in Texas – 60 degrees is cold to us). I said “How cold is it?” and he said “39” and I thought (I kid you not) “oh, Owen would love that weather!” HAH!

  • The Captain
    December 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    That’s about what it is here, right now. But it’s raining. For hours and hours already. Like, all day long. Sigh. I hate early winter in Ohio.

    But if it somehow gets me a glimpse of a hot as hell snow god, I say bring. it. on. baby!

  • December 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Want this book!!!! >.<
    Its a damn shame it wasnt at walmart the few times I went to buy books. Bought Immortal Vampires, Lord of the Abyss, the first book of the Infernal Devices series, and the rest of the house of night series.
    BUT NO NORHT OF NEED!
    gothiclove95(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • December 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Brooklyn–since my publisher is new-ish, the books are unevenly available in stores. However, by this spring, the books in this series should be in stores! Thanks for commenting!

      And thanks so much for hosting me!

  • December 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I just saw a review for I Gotta Say, a menage a quatre (m/m/f/m) by Laura, on the Forbidden Bookshelf and holy smokes!! I had no idea Laura wrote menage erotica! Definitely on my “to read” list!

  • December 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Congrats to Vanessa N on winning the card pack from Laura! You should have already received an email from her, so let me know if you haven’t and I’ll check for you.

    Thanks to everyone who commented! What a great comment roll! <3

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