Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Blog Hop!

Come on. Don't be a cynic. You know you love V-Day. Aaaaaadmit it!!!

Well I do! And in honor of this lovely, romantic holiday (the one my brother so fondly refers to as "Single Awareness Day"), I've joined the Valentine's Day blog hop, hosted by Hope and Cassie! The Rules are simple:

Share one of your favorite kissing scenes from a book you've read, from your own WiP, make one up, or write about one of your own memorable kisses. Then hop around to feel how sweet, romantic, or downright steamy other characters are getting smooched!

That being said, I had big plans to "WOW" you with a totally awesome schmoochy schmooch from my own WIP... HOWEVER... its not done. The version I have is crappy, unfinished and doesn't give me the warm fuzzies. And lets face it... I can't possibly post a first kiss excerpt without channeling warm fuzzies! I just can't. Plus I've been on vacay all week, which means I've been a slacker ALL week... excuses, excuses. I feel so lame for not posting something ORIGINAL. BUT, in honor of Hunger Games month (a.k.a. March, dubbed so by yours truly for the movie), I've decided to post K and P's first REAL steamy lip lock...

"Maybe I did it for myself, Peeta, did you ever think of that? Maybe you aren't the only one who . . . who worries about . . . what it would be like if . . ."

I fumble. I'm not as smooth with words as Peeta. And while I was talking, the idea of actually losing Peeta hit me again and I realized how much I don't want him to die. And its not about the sponsors. And it not about what will happen back home. And its not just that I don't want to be alone. Its him. I do not want to lose the boy with the bread. 

"If what, Katniss?" he says softly.

I wish I could pull the shutters closed, blocking out this moment from the prying eyes of Panem. Even if it means losing food. Whatever I'm feeling, its no ones' business but mine. 

"That's exactly the kind of topic Haymitch told me to steer clear of," I say evasively, although Haymitch never said anything of the kind. In fact, he's probably cursing me out right now for dropping the ball during such an emotionally charged moment. But Peeta somehow catches it. 

"Then I'll just have to fill in the blanks myself," he says, and moves in to me. 

This is the first kiss that we're both fully aware of. Neither of us hobbled by sickness or pain or simply unconscious. Our lips neither burning with fever or icy cold. This is the first kiss where I actually feel stirring inside my chest. Warm and curious. This is the first kiss that makes me want another. 

There are--admittedly--better kissing scenes out there (Katniss is such a pill about Peeta at first...), but oh how we love our Hunger Games heroes! (Even though, I admit, I'm totally a team Gale-er). So here's to cheesy Valentine cards, cheap heart shaped candy and loooooong steamy kisses! I love you, my lovely readers!!


LynNerdKelley said...

You picked one of my faves. I can't wait for the movie to come out. Thanks for posting this! Happy Valentine's Day!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I do NOT love Valentine's Day...at all. But I do love Hunger Games. And you my BWFF :)
And Team Peeta all the way! Great choice!

Hope Roberson said...

Oh, love me some Katniss and Peeta (although I'm still on the fence there, I was a big fan of Gale)! Thanks for sharing and happy Valentine's day :)

Julie said...

Lyn: I KNOW!!!! I. Can. Not. WAIT... for the movie! I'm dying here! Too dramatic? I think not!

Lauren: for that, I'm totally sending you a cheesy heart valentine and some flowers next year... Bahahahahahahahaha!

Hope: Yay! Another Gale-er! Happy V-day back at ya ( :

Heather said...

I do love Valentine's day! And this is one of my favorite scenes!!!

Leigh Covington said...

OH man! Perfect choice! I love it! I am SO EXCITED for this movie to come out. Now I don't think I can wait! ahhh! Love this!

Sara said...

I love those books! Thanks for sharing that scene!

Barbara Kloss said...


Peeta *sigh*


Julie said...

Heather: I know, ME TOO!!! And I JUST finished reading Hunger Games (and this scene) again and fell in love with it all over again!

Leigh: I can't decide if I'm more excited or more nervous... what if they ruin it?! I'll be devastated!!

Sara: Me too ( : You're welcome!!

Barb: Hahahahaha!

Gale *swoon* ( ;

M.S Tucker said...

It's my parents anniversary. So the day is sorta shot for me. :/

Besides, it can be Valentine's Day EVERYDAY! Not just one day every 365 days. Proper romance needs time. Not just a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of time. And let me tell you, I made the WORST mistake known to mankind and went to Wal-Mart to get some stuff I needed...

I'll be darned if I didn't FIGHT for those stupid avocados! I waited in line (mostly behind men with flowers and chocolate) for about twenty-five minutes! The only thing that made it better was the guy behind me to told me that he went to two florists and two other large stores looking for Lilies because it's his GF's favorite flower and that he needed them in order to propose to her because he wrote her a poem and it was about comparing her to a lily.

Redemption is a funny thing when it comes with a ring and a poem.

I'm actually impressed that you managed to stay away from Edward and Bella's first kiss! LOL

M.S Tucker said...

UGH! I didn't re-read it. Stupid extra word!

*Face* ---> *Desk*

Julie said...

Mandi: Yes, I can see how it would be awkward celebrating Valentine's Day on your parent's anniversary... hahaha!

And I agree with the V-day 365 thing. I love it best when Rob does something sweet TOTALLY out of the blue...*swoon*.... but I'm not one to turn down a day that gives me license to act completely sappy for 24 hours! Flowers. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Flowers.... Savvy?

Oh yeah.

P.s. I hate that blogs don't have spell check... or word check... or grammar check... LAME!

Annalisa Crawford said...

You've been tagged on my blog!

Julie said...

Annalisa: So fun! On my way ( :

David P. King said...

Wait, how did I miss this? I thought I read all the hop entries. Well, better late than never, right?

I gave you a Shout-Out on my blog today, just so you know. :)

Julie said...

David: I posted in the evening... a lot of people may have come and gone in the blog hop by then, but I couldn't get it up faster! Glad you came by for a second round, though!

P.s. Stalking your blog, pronto!!

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