Sexy Kisses

As I revise the covers for my original romantic women’s fiction series, I wonder what makes a kiss sexy? Scrolling through photo after photo in search of the perfect couple, I’m tantalized by all the seductive imagery. Positions and intimations, illusions and insinuations. With characters in my mind, I know exactly what I’m looking for.

Young lovers in bed kissing.

Unfortunately, as with anything in life, the more I look and see, the more I become desensitized to the power and appeal. Lips and hands, eyes and teeth. What will my readers think? What will they want to see? After a while, the analytical part of my brain kicks in and I find myself asking the question, what makes for a sexy kiss?


Mouth closed or lips parted? Easy submission or playing hard to get? Faces, no faces? Up against the wall, in the ocean, alone in a bedroom? How about the emotion exuded? Sweet and smiley or spicy and daring?

I guess kisses are one of those very personal things in life. What appeals to one person doesn’t appeal to the next. Kisses vary in mood and degree, depth and emotion. What lights an inferno in one woman might not spark the smallest flame in another. I fire up while you fizzle.

At the beach

It is fun to think about, though. Kinda like writing a romance. I get in the heads of my characters, get them to act out in all those crazy ways I would not. I think that’s what makes writing so enjoyable for me. It’s never boring—unless you make it so. It’s never the same adventure twice—unless you become burned out on the subject. It’s fun and lively or dark and scary—writer’s choice.

I love it! And I love kisses. 😉 Can’t wait to share ALL my new covers with you!

Posted on November 11, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Looking through pictures for covers can be exhausting. And trying to explain to my kids what I’m doing when they walk in my office is a little embarrassing! Too many choices, but the right image for our covers is so important.

  2. I vote for the one in the water 😉

  3. They will make their debut on Whisper Privileges. 🙂

  4. I love the last one where they’re in the water “about to kiss”. It’s perfect.

  5. I went through the same thing with my covers, Dianne. It’s hard to find the “perfect” image and it take hours and days and weeks to find the right fit for each book. I love all of the images you included in your post. Now I’m curious about which one you picked. 🙂

  6. Wow, all of those images are great! Deciding on photos for book covers can be a lengthy, challenging process. The appeal is visceral, so it can be hard to define what makes one photo better than another. But I don’t think you could go wrong with any of those choices.

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