Hi everyone, and welcome. I’m, Kay Dee Royal, one of the authors of Ravencraft’s Romance Realm. I’ve been looking forward to this Valentine’s Day Blog Fest…hope you have, too.
Happy Valentine’s as we’re gearing up for the Biggest Romance Day of the year. And in the whole getting ready with a huge dose of building passion for the big event, Ravencraft’s Romance has selected some key elements to think about and possibly incorporate in your own personal celebration.
Yesterday’s theme, “First Sight,” posted by Charlene, begins our journey toward a passionate romantic Valentine’s Day ;0)
Today, let’s concentrate on “First Touch.”
I loved this topic as there are all kinds of feelings and emotions involved in a “first touch,” and not just a touch by anyone, either. This touch happens by someone with an inner connection as well, even if it isn’t understood at the time of the physical contact, it’s definitely felt.
I truly believe this type of physical contact is what great romance authors include in their stories, stimulating at a mind/consciousness level and the subconscious/soul level, along with the physical attributes, of course, all those wild & crazy sensations. *smile*
M-M-M-M…think back to the very first time it happened…the first touch. That touch you wanted to seal up and remember for all time ~ the electricity, sensation, warmth, those whipping sparks zipping and snapping helter-skelter through every nerve-ending, every cell. You may have actually taken a step back by the surprise of it, the impact on all of your systems going into overdrive, sort of like being tilted side-ways, but still standing on legs made of noodles. *LOL*
Okay, I’m describing my very first touch and it happened when the boy grasped my hand in a spontaneous response of pulling me through a doorway. He’d grabbed my hand to lead me inside my house, and his touch did all of those things I described above and maybe even a few more things. *snicker*
There are all types of “first touches” responsible for zinging uncontrollable shots through a body ~ a brush of arms, shoulders, hips, thighs, a finger whisking away a tendril of hair from a cheek or a brow, a handshake, a quick hug, and even a reactive save…as in One Plus One, my contemporary erotica romance.
Here’s how Lacinda received her “first touch” from the hero of the story, who she doesn’t know by name, yet…
“Lacinda Gainesly,” a steward called her name. She saw the sign he held with her name printed in bright purple. She slipped on the first step leading down onto the ship and stumbled past the steward. The sign dropped from his fingers and his arms latched around her body from behind. His quick reflexes saved her face from biting the deck, but his hands cupped both of her breasts and squeezed. Lacinda threw her elbow back into his side.
“Hey, a little respect for the guy who saved your life.”
Lacinda shrugged out of his grasp. She met his gaze and realized this was the same man who picked her up from her hotel in a long black limo, only then he was dressed in black instead of the white uniform he now wore.
“You’re the driver.”
“I’m a lot of things, like possibly a hero.” His eyes looked as happy as his lips.
She noticed his smile, the same he shared earlier when he asked her questions about why she took the cruise quiz. Lacinda thought he was simply a driver for the cruise company so she shared some of her story. He knew about Alex dying in a car crash on the way to their wedding. She searched her memory for anything else she might have shared which could embarrass her later.
“Alas fair maiden, your chambers await your timely arrival,” he said faking a British accent. He held his gloved hand out. Lacinda refused it.
“I’m ready for my quarters.” She needed relaxation, maybe take a nice hot scented bath and get prepared for the swing of things, anything to distract her from the past that never left her alone.
“As you wish, my lady,” he said, again with a British accent.
The steward turned, led her across the deck and down a stairway. She saw men and women following other stewards or each other. Once on board everyone began mingling, even flirting judging by the tinkling female laughter and deep manly chuckles.
“There will be an announcement left under your door regarding tonight’s dinner seating arrangements. May you enjoy your day and make sure you take time for a relaxing massage. There’s always a masseuse available. Their extension is listed beside your phone. You’ll find your room key there as well.”
Lacinda followed him down a narrow hallway until he stopped in front of a door with an elegantly scrolled number 216.
“This is you. May I answer any questions before I go?”
Lacinda dug in her purse for a tip. Clueless on how much was appropriate and not wanting to give him anything. He got his gratuity when he copped a feel of her breasts.
“In case you’re rummaging for a gratuity, don’t. No one on this cruise will be accepting anything extra. Monetarily speaking,” he quickly added and winked.
He opened her door and stood back. His mid-night blues stared at her for a suspended moment. Lacinda’s skin tingled. He was either sizing her up for something, or undressing her for something else.
Thanks for hanging out here for a bit – it’s been great fun! About my giveaway…
Don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me something about your first touch. You will automatically be entered into my drawing which will happen sometime tomorrow after noon EST. I’m offering a box of gently used romance books, scarves, Dove candy hearts and book marks (as pictured below), and for someone else a PDF copy of One Plus One.
The box of books is only available to ship in the US or Canada. Announcement of winners will be in the comment section of this post.
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Valentine’s Day Guide – Lovingyou.com: http://holidays.lovingyou.com/valentine/