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Posted on October 30, 2012

I swear, Ned Firebreak is a tame book for all ages. I keep telling myself this even as I write an entire chapter where our hero and heroine escape using the power of puckering up. As I write the chapter where Ned takes advantage of a pun spell that allows him to fly by the seat of romance, and escape certain death through some innocent smooches, I began to realize there are very few synonyms for kiss.

Wow, this book is certainly stretching me as a writer. I set out to write a story with high adventure and loads of dragon fighting and it's turning out to be a fantasy romance that I am certain will enthrall even the stubbornest, most hardened boys out there.

Seriously, this is a princess book for both princes and princesses. And gregarious animated trees too! I'm certain to have a lock on any literate vegetation out there. My tree sidekick is one lively plant.

Anyway, I have to go finish the scene and make sure Ned and Lil keep their escape to just minor lip-smacking.

Comment by KEITH ROBINSON on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012...
Golly gosh! Another word for kissing? Well, there's always snogging, a very British word, and suck-face... but no, there aren't many alternatives, are there? Oddly enough, I'm having to deal with this issue in Fog Book 6 because Hal REALLY needs to step up and lay one on Abigail before the series is out. (A young female fan has been demanding this very thing. I think she has crush on Hal.)
Comment by BRIAN CLOPPER on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012...
And that's the thing, the alternatives to kiss are so slang and sound out of place in the tone of a fantasy novel.

Now if you look at all the synonyms for hug, you begin to see we as a people have really dropped the ball in developing multiple appellations for locking lips. Hey, there's another.

Oh, and I just thought of a new title for this blog entry: Lip Service.

Hug- embrace, squeeze, snuggle, clasp, cuddle, enfold

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