Wednesday, February 5, 2014

First Kiss: Gambling on Kiss in A Wicked Past by Gerald Costlow @KMNbooks #giveaway #firstkiss


KAREN: In Gerald Costlow's tale, A WICKED PAST, Archie's future is about to change and he's gambling Nancy won't mind if he kisses her for good luck. Place your bets and find out if Archie and Nancy's first kiss is a winner!

***GIVEAWAY: Gerald is giving away 3 E-book copies of A Wicked Past to 3 Lucky readers! I absolutely loved this tale! You don't want to miss out so read on on find out how you can enter to win!

Gerald: In honor of Valentines's day, here's a "first kiss" from my recently published Western, called "A Wicked Past".  Notice I shifted the point of view at the start of the kiss so we're left guessing at her actual reaction to his unexpected advances.  The reader has to guess what she's going to do next along with our hero.

by Gerald Costlow

He stared at her for a long moment and she wondered if he’d explode in anger at her prying. He startled her by jumping up instead, grabbing her by the arms and dancing her around the dining room while shouting. Then he stopped, looked her in the eyes, and before she could think of something witty to say, kissed her on the lips. She stopped thinking entirely.
Archie knew when he was on a roll. Sometime he got lucky in a game and started being dealt winning hands one after the other against the odds. The only thing a gambler can do is hang on for the ride while it lasts. Since he couldn’t kiss Lady Luck on the lips, he settled for the woman in his arms, rosy cheeked and out of breath and beautiful and definitely in need of being kissed. He’d have to gamble she wouldn’t be insulted and throw a stranger out in the snow.
The kiss lasted longer than he’d planned and there was no doubt she enjoyed it as much as he did. Archie decided to press his luck and let his hands slide down her back to rest on her hips. The slight tensing of her body told him it was too soon for that move and he broke the kiss, stepping back and letting go.

About A Wicked Past:
Nancy Darling is enduring a Nebraska winter alone in her isolated farm. Two men, each trying to escape a wicked past, are in a race to find hidden Confederate gold. When they arrive one Christmas, will she find the fallen angel she's dreamed of or face a devil in disguise?
***GIVEAWAY: 3 E-book copies of A Wicked Past to 3 Lucky readers! To enter to win, just leave a comment or ask a question. It's that easy!!

About the Author:
Gerald Costlow lives in Michigan with his wife, two kids, four dogs and a cat last time he counted. His first two novels were  published in 2011 and since then his work has appeared in anthologies and elsewhere, including an ongoing series of supernatural romance novels set in 1920s Appalachia.  His latest published story, A Wicked Past, can be found for only 99 cents at Amazon or if you prefer, Smashwords.

To find out more about this author and his work, visit his publisher's page at ONCE UPON A WORD or his website THE WEAVING BLOGSPOT.


Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips


Loved the snippet. Makes you want to know more.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I love this story. Cowboys, outlaws, romance, adventure... it has it all. :)

Thanks so much for participating in the First Kiss Event!

Gerald Costlow said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for having me here, and Karen I had to laugh because you did a little typo on the intro. It's not "A Wicked Kiss" on the first line. A bit of late night tiredness, was it? On the other hand, A Wicked Kiss would be a good title for a book, isn't it?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Gerald Costlow I was trying to be clever. Obviously, I didn't pull it off. lol Yep, A Wicked Kiss would be a perfect title. So When are you penning the tale. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Updated it, Gerald. :)

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Cowboys and hidden Confederate gold?! This sounds like my kind of story. Great excerpt, Gerald. You've definitely got me wondering if our heroine also thinks it's too soon for the hero's hands to be on her hips! :)

Savanna Kougar said... Best Blogger Tips

I surely do like your Confederate gold storyline! And the kiss was NICE, too. Also, the way you set the scene, tantalizing indeed.

Margaret Tanner said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Gerald,
Great first kiss. Hidden Confederate gold sounds fascinating.

Best wishes


Diane D White said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nicely done! It makes one want to read more!
Diane D White