Sara Daniel Romance Author: Rites of Spring Blog Hop

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rites of Spring Blog Hop

For my "first" I am showcasing Zane and Julianne's first kiss in fifteen years from their reunion story, Zane's Art.

A high school art teacher must choose between her students and the artist she never stopped loving.

High school art teacher Julianne Truman's last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old sketches that her former boyfriend—and now famous artist—Zane DeMonde drew for her. But is she prepared to let go of his artwork and the last traces of him in her life?

Desperate to save his artistic reputation from the exposure of his early works, Zane returns to the home town he wanted to forget. He accuses Julianne of profiting from his success and demands she take his art off the market and cancel the auction.

Their high school attraction flares back to life, forcing Julianne to choose between the students who count on her and the man she never stopped loving.

First Kiss Excerpt:
Julianne sank into the driver’s seat of her car, hoping for a quick second alone before he sat down next to her and looked at her again. She was an idiot. She was still hot for him after all these years, but he was completely out of her league now. It wasn’t enough that she knew it. He made sure she knew that he knew it too.

“Julianne.” His voice compelled her to turn to him as he took his seat in the car. No one said her name quite like Zane did. “We’re both wondering. Let’s find out and put it behind us.”

He caressed his hand over her cheek, as he leaned across the seat toward her, leaving no question about his intention. His lips touched hers, sweetly, the merest brush of warm soft lips, like she was a canvas he was going to paint.

His mouth was a wonder she couldn’t back away from. She leaned into him, needing more, needing to show him she was his partner in this masterpiece he was creating. She bit lightly on his lip.

His hand slid up her cheek, his fingers combing through her hair and massaging her scalp. He delved his tongue into her mouth. She shifted, desperately wanting to move closer to him.

A car horn blared, and she straightened immediately. She looked around, but the parking lot was empty.

“I believe that was you,” Zane said, with a pointed look at her elbow resting against the steering wheel. His damp, flushed lips curved in amusement.

“Oh.” She turned to face forward and pulled her seatbelt, hoping he wouldn’t notice how much her hands were shaking. Putting that kiss behind her was absolutely impossible as long as he sat next to her.

I will be giving away a copy of Zane's Art to one random person who leaves a comment sharing a favorite "first" of their own and subscribes to my newsletter by entering their email address on the right side of this blog. For extra Brownie points, like my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and follow my blog here. Make sure to include your email address and your preferred file type (Kindle, Nook or pdf) in your comments. Contest is open internationally.

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  1. Thanks so much for participating, Sara! :)

  2. Thanks so much for participating, Sara! :)

  3. I love the warmer weather and the spring flowers.


  4. Love the flowers coming up and being able to open the windows and let in the warm air.
    Still remember my first dance with a boy, so many years ago!
    Subscribed to your email. Liked your FB page.
    Kindle format
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. Excellent post. Have fun hopping, Sara.:)

  6. thanks for the hop!

  7. Enjoy the blog hop Sara. Zane's Art is a great story.


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  9. What I love about Spring are the flowers. I love planting them and watching them bloom.

    Loved the tease. Keep writing so I can keep reading.

  10. My favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather and the flowers blooming.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. I love me some warm weather and my favorite first is a first kiss.

    mestith at gmail dot com

    I follow via email: mestith at gmail dot com
    I liked your FB page: Meghan Stith

  12. I love wearing the light colors of spring, there are so many.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  13. I can still remember the first boy I kissed. I was in first grade and my best friend and I both had a crush on the same boy. Thank you for sharing in the hop.

    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

    following you by way of facebook (kyla whitley), twitter@kylarae60, email.

  14. Thank you to everyone who commented with a "first" memory and what you love about spring. Where I live, I would really love if it would quit snowing so we could have spring!

    The winner of the copy of Zane's Art is Kyla. Congratulations! I will be emailing you shortly. Thanks everyone for stopping by.