Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blog Tour: Cherished by Belinda Boring (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Good morning, I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! Today Belinda Boring, otherwise known as The Bookish Snob, is joining us on her tour for her second novella release - Cherished. So let's give her a warm welcome as she talks about the good stuff...
(My computer crashed late Friday night and I lost everything, so I hopefully I will have a review, and other posts, up soon. *fingers crossed*)

Let’s Talk About Kissing

As a romance reader and now writer, one of my favorite aspects of each story is watching the way the main characters react to each other. I’ve made no secret about it, I’m all about the swoon and nothing gets me sighing harder than the kisses shared between the hero and heroine. There’s so many types of them – slow and deep, hard and passionate, quick but fiery to name just a few. Even when a story is long over, are you like me where certain parts of plot start to get fuzzy but never the emotions you feel during the hot and tender moments? Going into Cherished, knowing the sole focus of the storyline was to get a closer look at Darcy and Mason’s relationship dynamics, I couldn’t help myself. My goal was to share the kinds of kisses I like receiving and reading but there was one in particular that stood out …

There’s something erotic about the stillness that comes to me when we share a kiss. Everything fades away until there’s only me and him, hearts beating in anticipation. How his hot breath feels on my lips right before I quickly moisten them with my tongue. The flickering of his eyes as he breaks contact with mine so he can glance down at my mouth. I love the tingles that erupt over my skin, and how my stomach dips as if a million butterflies take flight. Everything inside screams for me to take what I want, to not draw it out, but seize the moment passionately. It doesn't matter how many times I kiss Mason, each time my reaction was the same. I’ll never be able to get enough of the taste of him.

But my favorite moment is always the few seconds after I tenderly brush my lips against his, as I pull myself away with a slight smile.
What will he do? Will he take the bait?
Looking straight into his eyes, I prepared myself for it. The flash of hunger and desire that tells me he wants me just as bad, if not more. From the way his pupils dilate to the moment where I can almost see his wolf peering out through his eyes. One touch, that’s all it ever takes.
Mason moved so fast that had I blinked, I’d have missed it. His hand weaved its way through my hair, pulling my face back to his. The world stopped as he kissed me back. Forcefully. Masterfully. Perfectly.

I’ll admit, I took full creative license in speaking through Darcy because just as she enjoys that erotic stillness before having her breath stolen, so do I. It’s what launches me into a full swoon and letting out an almighty SQUEE. Talking with others, I’ve discovered I’m not alone. As much as we adore and crave the passionate act where lips are tightly locked and tongues touch, nothing beats the anticipation of it - of wanting it so badly every part of you seems to come alive. What will it feel like? Does he want me as much as I want him? Will I have a “Never Been Kissed” moment where they’re standing on the pitcher’s mound and everything fades away until it’s just you and him? Of course, reality doesn’t always seem so romantic – you have the risk of bumping heads or heaven forbid bad breath. But that’s the beauty of romance – you have the opportunity for perfection.

I’m so glad Darcy and Mason have that. After all they’ve been through and have yet to face, one thing they have is a passion for each other I don’t think will ever dampen. At any time they can turn to each other and find what they need, whether it’s an all-out assault of the senses or the gentle caresses of a tender lover. It works for them and as a writer; I hope it works for you too. I know I swooned as I wrote Cherished and giggled when someone told me they thought Mason could melt steel. He certainly does with those kisses of his so I hope you all enjoy. Happy reading and if you can, steal a few kisses for yourself!

Next stop on the tour: Romancing the Darkside (Oct. 10th)
Cherished is available at Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Smashwords

Belinda is kindly offering a digital copy of Cherished to one lucky reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and fill out the rafflecopter below. 

For a moment, Darcy almost convinced herself the last twelve hours didn’t happen. As image after image hits her, the sinking realization of all she’s lost overwhelms her and all she can think of is to run. Run far away where her shame can’t find her, and most of all, where she’ll never have to see the look of blame in Mason’s eyes. Feeling like a complete failure, she scrambles to make plans. But the voice of her mate-to-be penetrates her frantic thoughts, asking for the chance to show her just how much she is loved.

It hurts Mason deeply to hear Darcy’s thoughts, knowing the events of the previous night have completely rattled her. Grieving over the death of his beloved sister Jasmine, Mason knows he has to act fast. Darcy is all he’s ever wanted and the idea of life without her is unacceptable. Armed with his unswerving love and wolfish charm, he sets out to remind Darcy just how valuable she is and why there is no one else for him but her.

Can Darcy let go of the shame of failure consuming her or will Mason convince her that after all is said and done, she truly is… Cherished?

About the author...

A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for books on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!


  1. hi! i read and reviewed Without Mercy and i look forward to reading Cherished. hoping to win a copy! thanks for hosting! c",)

  2. What a great post! I enjoyed the excerpt!!

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  3. i am also all for the anticpation ^^ the actual kiss - fine, but the anticipation before it's happening? whooo that's the best part in EVERYTHING ;)

  4. Great post. There really is so much that goes into kissing. Not just the movement but the emotions and thoughts behind it all. Anticipating a kiss is my favorite.

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  5. Great post thank you for sharing I can't wait to read this book Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. I've read Without Mercy and really enjoyed it. I really like the kissing scenes as well. They're so sensual and sometimes even more erotic than sex act itself. Would love to read Cherished!


  7. I can't wait to read your book. It sounds really good.

  8. I love the kissing too...haha but you probably already know that about me! LOL Great post! Great story! Keep up the good work! :)

  9. this post jsut made me really wanna read ur book! and the cover is super hot :D

  10. I so agree with the comment about the stillness of the sweetness of beginning a kiss. Thank you for sharing today and reminding me of that moment and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  11. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the release.

  12. This series has been on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway!


  13. Oh, kissing... <3 I love the moment just before as well. :)

    Now I have to read this book! ;)

  14. I've had this on my wishlist since I read the first blurb

  15. What a beautiful cover! I just love the blurb. I'm such a sucker for wolves! I can never get tired of mates. *-*

    thanks for the chance!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  16. Nice post and excerpt! Very pretty cover too. This sounds like a series I would really enjoy reading.


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