Monday, November 5, 2012

Kissing All Over!

When I was coming up with additional titles for my Bradford series (they all start with Just in case you didn’t know), the title for book five came to me right away—Just A Kiss.  I loved it immediately and I was thinking about that this morning.  There’s just something about the word KISS that brings so many nice things to mind!  Who doesn’t like kissing?

I was thinking about some of my other favorite kissing things :)  For instance, two of my favorite movies are Never Been Kissed and French Kiss.  And, what good chocoholic doesn’t like these?  (especially with almonds!)

Once I started looking around at kissing stuff well… there’s simply kissing *all over*! Which is exactly as kissing should be, in my opinion :)  Books, movies, songs, recipes… it goes on and on!  Here are some of my favorites:

Drink Recipes!

Kiss On the Lips
Quantities are an estimate, adjust to taste.
1 - 1 1/2 oz peach schnapps
4 - 6 oz frozen mango mix
1 tbsp grenadine syrup
The mango mix should be blended with crushed ice firstly with the schnapps. Pour the schnapps and mango mix into a cocktail glass with the grenadine already placed at the bottom.

Angel’s Kiss
¼ shot crème de cacao
¼ shot sloe gin
¼ shot brandy
¼ shot cream
Layer in order, into a Pony or Pousse-café glass


Cookie Recipes!

Forgotten Kisses
·         3 egg whites
·         3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1 1/2 cups white sugar       
·         3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
·         3 drops red food coloring

·         Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray.
·         Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until very stiff.
·         Add sugar slowly by teaspoonful. Beat until glossy.
·         Fold in vanilla, food coloring, and chips.
·         Drop by spoonfuls onto greased sheet. Place in oven. Turn OFF the oven. Leave til oven is cold. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO PEEK ... THE COOKIES WILL TURN GUMMY!

Chocolate Kiss Cookies (these are a favorite around my house!)

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
24 milk chocolate kisses

In a large bowl, cream peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until blended.
Roll into 1-1/4-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until tops are slightly cracked.
Immediately press one chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.



As mentioned above :)  Never Been Kissed and French Kiss are my favorites with kiss in the title, but when it comes to the actual KISSES in movies (and TV) there are so many great ones!  This shows various clips from some of the best kisses-- Titanic, Spiderman, Pirates of the Carribean, Princess Bride...  oh, you just have to watch it! :) 


There are a ton of songs that have kiss or kissing or kisses in the title, of course.  And then there’s a huge number of songs by some band named KISS (you may have heard of them)  But here are some of my favorite kiss songs:

Then He Kissed Me—The Crystals 

It’s In His Kiss (okay, really known as the Shoop, Shoop Song :))—Cher

Kiss Me Deadly—Lita Ford


Okay, there’s 100 pages of books with “kiss” in the title on Amazon.  Which doesn’t surprise anyone, right?  There are seductive kisses, kisses at midnight, last kisses, first kisses... And also not surprisingly, a huge number of those are about the band KISS.  But there were a few others that caught my eye.  For instance, and yeah because I’m a big fan of hers, Julia Quinn’s upcoming book The Sum of All Kisses.  Come on, that’s a great title.

And then there’s It’s In His Kiss, another Julia Quinn.  Not my favorite Bridgerton, but I do like the title—second only to When He Was Wicked.

This one isn’t a romance, but it’s about love.  I read it to my kids and it still makes me smile.  The Kissing Hand.

And then there is this one.  Great title, great cover and sounds like something *everyone* should pick up! :)

She’s unforgettable… and that’s exactly what got him into trouble the first time. 


The Bradfords, Book 5

As a paramedic in the busiest ER in the city, Kevin Campbell knows there’s no such thing as a typical night—but this one definitely has them all beat.

His dad’s been stabbed with a fork, his mom’s been in a fight, and it’s all because of a younger half-brother he never knew existed. And if that’s not enough, everyone seems to agree that Kevin should take the boy in for the six months during his mom’s rehab. Oh, and the annulment he thought he got fourteen years ago? Never went through.

It’s really too bad he gave up drinking and swearing.

Eve Donnelly is shocked to see Kevin again, but not surprised they’re still married. After all, she was the one who refused to sign the annulment papers. Now that she’s got Kevin back in her life, nothing else matters. Not even her past fourteen less-than-virtuous years. In fact, the truth about her life without Kevin isn’t even worth bringing up. She hopes.

When Eve offers to help Kevin with his younger brother, a sweet, devout preacher’s daughter seems like an answered prayer. Besides, things can’t get more complicated. Can they?

Warning: Contains a bad boy gone good, a good girl who knows all about being bad, and lots of hot, sweet, so-this-is-how-married-couples-do-it lovin'.



Moira said...

Oooh Erin, love the title, love the kisses, love love love! Or should I say kiss kiss kiss!

Let us not forget the infamous S.W.A.K.! No love letter would be complete without that lovely kiss filled seal!

flchen1 said...

Such a cute post, Erin! Happy newest release!