Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Straight from Plymouth Meeting, PA, Frankie Diane Mallis has a great blog idea that promises to make each and every one of us a bit hot under the collar throughout the year.  What am I speaking of?  The 4th Annual No-Kiss Blogfest, of course.

Frankie Diane Mallis
YA writer Mallis is getting writer-bloggers all worked up over the almost-kiss.  You know when your favorite on-screen couple have emotional angst going on and they're hot for one another but there's that one thing (or a couple of things...) keeping them apart?  Like Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara?  Or, Beauty and the Beast?  You get the idea.

Here are the rules straight from Frankie's blog...

No Kiss Blogfest Jan 2, 2013! 

Things You Should Do To Prepare For The Ultimate Non-Kissage Festivities!
1) Sometime between now and Jan 2, 2013 write a post about the No Kiss Blogfest to let everyone know you are participating and that they should too. Why? Because it's awesome! (Please link back)

2) Sign up for the No Kiss Blogfest by filling in the Mr. Linky below.  Because Mr. Linky is awesome.

3)Tweet about No Kiss Blogfest, using the hash tag: #nokissblogfest because #hashtagsareawesome

4) After you've recovered from New Years Eve, write a blog sharing your Almost Kiss, No Kiss Blogfest entry (either one from your WIP, one you just wrote, one from a book, movie or tv show, or even a really hot almost-kiss picture)and post on January 2, 2013!!! Because reading your posts are awesome! (Don't forget to link back)

Get ready for the steamiest day of 2013! It's going to rule!

What's my entry for the almost-kiss?  Currently reading a fab Victorian romance story by C.J. Archer called The Medium.  In the story, Emily Chambers has the gift of sight and can communicate with the dearly departed.  She and her sister have no trouble sending the spirits back to the 'Waiting Area'...normally.  However, one distinctly handsome ghost is defying their every command to return to the holding area to wait for the Administrators' next command.  Jacob Beaufort is something of a rogue but one that excites Emily.  After only a few days of them being in acquaintance, things heat up!  Check this Victorian steamy scene out...

I stood and set my book down on the writing desk then sat beside him on the bed.  He lowered his gaze to our hands, inches apart on the bedcover.

And then something happened.  His fingers moved ever so slightly towards mine.  My breath caught in my chest and I watched, waiting for his fingers to move again, but they did not.  Nevertheless, they had moved.  Jacob was still looking down at them.

Silence enveloped us but id didn't feel awkward or heavy.  More...charged, thick with unspoken words and a thousand jumbled emotions.

All of a sudden I wanted to touch him.  I wanted to feel his skin against mine, explore the bruises of his knuckles, the smoothness of his fingernails.  I inched my fingers closer and his moved too, towards mine, as if we were two magnets drawn to each other.  Finally we touched, just our pinkies, but it felt like a spark jolted through me on contact.

"Emily," he whispered.  My name had never sounded so good, like a hust of a gentle breeze across a grassy meadow.  "Tell me what you'd been about to say."  His voice was buttery soft.


"Why are you thanking me?"

"Oh.  For caring about my health of course."

His fingers recoiled and curled into a fist as if I'd slapped them away.  I felt the abrupt loss of his touch so keenly it hurt.
(This excerpt taken from C.J. Archer's The Medium which is book one of this trilogy.  It is available in the Amazon Kindle Store at no cost.)

So there you have it folks, my version of the age-old almost kiss, or the Victorian version of such!

Get all the juicy details of how you can participate in the 4th Annual No Kiss Blogfest here.  We'll all be looking forward to fanning ourselves throughout 2013...Happy New Year!!


  1. Wonderful excerpt to share! I am still working on getting my steamy writing up to the challenge, but I love a good romantic scene full of sexual tension and heat. :)

  2. So do I! When I read this one in "The Medium" I knew it was perfect for this blogfest. I look forward to reading yours tomorrow!

  3. "More...charged, thick with unspoken words and a thousand jumbled emotions."
    Love that line! Thanks for posting...

    1. You're so welcome, Liv! This book had me up turning pages well past midnight and am on Book 2 of the trilogy already.

  4. Oh, looks like I something else to add to my TBR pile! Great piece to include, perfect for this blogfest.

  5. really interesting take on the almost kiss! And totally perfect!

  6. Oooh nice, I might need to read that now! Thanks so much for participating!

    1. You're quite welcome! Thanks for hosting this awesome blogfest. I'm enjoying the reads and look forward to next year's so I can write my very own almost kiss. :-)

  7. love the moment their fingers touch, so much feeling in such a little movement. Nice choice!

    1. Thanks Tricia! It seemed like kismet when I found this blogfest and realized the book I was reading was full of these wonderful almost-kiss scenes. CJ Archer is a great writer.

  8. Great choice! Thanks for sharing! *adds to TBR pile*

  9. Thanks for your comments! I was a bit nervous about adding this piece since it was not 'technically' anywhere near a kiss. However, the essence of it was so in line with what I understood the blogfest to be about. I am enjoying participating and reading everyone's excerpts!

  10. Very nice! I will have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi, Rochelle! I'm a few days late in checking out the entries for the No-Kiss Blogfest, but late is better than never!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us! "The Medium" sounds like an excellent read, simply from this one excerpt. Very steamy scene, though the end is so disappointing! I wanted something to happen! :P

    ~Wendy Lu

    The Red Angel Blog

  12. Thanks for stopping by Wendy! "The Medium" is a great read and the characters definitely stay with you long after you've put the book down.