Saturday, November 17, 2018

Creating Romantic Tension & Conflict in a Novel - Part 3 Response to the First Kiss

by Elva Cobb Martin

 The hero's and heroine's response/reaction scene(s) to the first kiss is important in keeping the romantic tension or conflict going strong. Here is the hero's response/reaction to the first kiss. Find that kiss covered in my previous blog here:

Ethan entered his priest chamber next to the chapel with a grin still on his lips. He sat on the simple chair at the small desk and shook his head in wonder. There was so much to process his mind seemed to balk. Marisol dancing the flamenco. So talented. So beautiful. Who was she really? Where did she come from? Obviously from an estate similar to this one with those special horses like the one that followed her in the dance. Marisol with tears gushing from her eyes but never really telling him why. Did she dance for him or the viceroy? Her soft lips had responded to his kiss. He closed his eyes savoring the memory and felt like shouting. Or praying. Thanking God. Could he experience wonderful love again? Was God that good? Suddenly, he was very tired. He flung off the robe and lay on the cot. No disloyal thoughts of Olivia entered his mind. Only Marisol, her face, her beauty, her energy, the love he saw in her eyes tonight flowed over him, filling, healing broken places he’d forgotten were there. He slept more soundly than he’d slept in more months than he could remember.


How's that for a hero blown away by the first kiss?

In reading a romance we want to see, feel, and rejoice in the lovers' bliss at finding love, the most powerful, life-giving force in the world.  In writing a romance we then want to show how how things can, and most often do, foul up and put that love at great risk. That brings the romantic conflict. Don't miss my next blog.

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Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site,on Twitter; Facebook;  and Pinterest    
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