Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Spotlight on Kisses, She Wrote

 From award winning author Katharine Ashe, comes an enchanting Christmas novella about a shy but imaginative princess and the rakish Earl who could make all her wildest fantasies come true….

The Christmas season has never been so steamy.

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr is every young lady's wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl's kisses. And not only her dreams--her diary too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden's not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

Excerpt from KISSES, SHE WROTE, A Christmas Romance by Katharine Ashe

“At least you won’t be at a significant disadvantage when you wed,” the princess said thoughtfully.
“There is . . .” Her voice trailed off. She looked out the window and tilted her head. Her stance was relaxed. This conversation did not, apparently, agitate her as it did him.
“The thing is, I have never kissed a man,” she said and looked over her shoulder at him. “Will my husband be disappointed to discover that I have no knowledge of kissing?”
Cam’s throat had gone entirely dry. If she had no actual knowledge of kissing, she certainly had excellent intuition.
“Why do you ask me?”
“I cannot very well ask my brother. How horridly embarrassing that should be.” She scowled but her eyes twinkled.
“You might ask your ladies in waiting, or the Duchess of Lycombe.”
“How would they know the answer? They are women.”
He was nonplused. “Well . . .”
She turned to him fully. “You and I are friends, so I trust you will answer me honestly. I know you have considerable experience kissing women.”
His cravat had shrunk again. “Do you?”
She lifted a single, eloquent brow. She was far too intelligent for him, and far too forthright, and he was far too accustomed to consorting with females of much less acute minds and much baser characters. She was not now flirting with him but making a statement of fact.
He nodded in silent admission.
Both brows perked now, like the shimmering feathers of a raven. “So . . . ?”
“I should think that your husband would be delighted to teach you the finer points of kissing.” And learn a thing or two in the process.
“I suppose you may be correct about that. Men like to instruct women. I think it makes them feel more in control.”
He could not hide his amusement. “You don’t say?”
“Well, doesn’t it? You are a man.”
“Good of you to notice.”
“Do you like it when you feel in control of a woman?”
“I like it when a woman feels she is getting what she wants from me.”
Her fine, expressive eyes widened. Then, slowly, she turned to the pianoforte and began rearranging the music on the stand. Cam studied the clean sweep of her back to her gently curved hips and the straight set of her shoulders. She was not petite, not enticingly round, not anything he had ever desired in a woman. But merely looking at her back and knowing what she imagined of him — of them together — made his heartbeats hard.
“I should like to give it a try before I marry,” she said without turning around. Her voice was pitched a bit low. “Kissing, that is.” She glanced at him. Her cheeks were ever so slightly pink.
“Should you?” He suspected where this was going. He’d been the object of countless women’s flirtations. But never this woman. She confined her attentions to him safely in her diary.
This was a different woman before him now.
“Yes,” she said. “I think it would be a useful experience to take into marriage. Don’t you?” She turned her hungry gaze upon him . . .

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  1. no diary for me. tried to keep a journal once but just wasn't for me.

    1. I give it a go from time to time but then I always let it slide.

  2. I never kept a diary. If I did I'm sure my brother would've found it and used it to torture me. LOL

    Marcy Shuler

    1. Marcy, I did keep one as a teenager. Then my brother found it and...well, you can imagine the rest! lol

  3. I did keep a diary when I was young since I had gotten it as a present. I wrote a lot at first but then it was forgotten.

    1. I wrote a lot as a teen too. I admire people who journal on a regular basis.

  4. no diary here. I tried once, but I didn't know what to write. I felt kind of silly

  5. I kept a diary as a young teenager. I think it’s a great way for girls of that age to express themselves in a private way. It’s a journal of worries, gossip and crushes. Very healthy outlet!

  6. I used to have a diary when I was young and enjoyed this greatly, but didn't continue when I got older.

  7. I started a diary when I was young, but I don't know what happened to it?

  8. I never keep a diary.I never was big on writting things down about myself.

  9. I bought a diary when I was a teenager. I wrote for only a couple of days but ripped the whole thing up because I was afraid someone would read my inner most thoughts.

  10. I wish I kept a diary!

  11. No; I've never kept a diary.

  12. I kept a diary when I was in the 6th grade. I wrote in it every night, every thought, every dream and every crush. I have no idea what happened to it.

  13. I never kept a diary, was never much of a writer. I entered under the name of Virginia

  14. I never was into diary I did have one and kept the places we went to on trips then I lost it out in the desert by the sand dunes. I have wondered if anyone ever found it? I don't remember all I had in it?

  15. I kept a journal until 7 years ago. For some reason after my mom passed I just could not write anymore. I have all of them in a box, dating back to second grade. I keep trying to go back, but it just does not work.

  16. I tried keeping it a journal, I'd write pages and pages for one day, get bored the next day and forget about it for another 6 months and repeat. So if anyone were to find it years from now, it'd be like I only appear for one night only lol

    Absolutely LOVE the cover. Can't wait to read the novella!