Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kiss or Miss? by Sondra Kraak

Posted December 8, 2016 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, romance, Sondra Kraak / 49 Comments

Y’all know how much I love KissingBooks.

So when author Sondra Kraak and I were talking about ideas for her guest post today – and when she suggested the kiss or almost-kiss concept – I immediately pronounced that the perfect topic for this blog! A chance to read some of the best KissingBook kisses/almost-kisses? YES PLEASE!*

*Fans may be needed for this post 😉

Without further ado, here’s Sondra!


If you’ve read Christian romance for any amount of time, you know that one of the crowning moments of a story in this genre is when the emotional intimacy of the hero and heroine builds so much that it must be expressed physically—with a kiss (or two or three or four). Kisses might burst on the scene with a gusto that takes readers by surprise, or they might edge onto the page with long lead-ins of intense stares, a caress to the face, a tilt of the chin. I love those long build ups where readers begin to wonder Is he going to kiss her? Will she back away? Does he have the nerve?

So I thought it would be fun to play a little game in regards to those kissing scenes. Let’s call it Kiss or Miss. Read the passages and then tell me if it’s a Kiss (hero and heroine will kiss) or a Miss (they back away from each other, get interrupted, ignore the obvious…).

Tune in next week (Thursday) for answers.


the wishing season  denise hunter


Jody Hedlund. Web - Copy  a daring sacrifice


A Love Like Ours cover  becky wade


Pepper D. Basham  the-thorn-healer


take-a-chance-on-me  susan may warren


Karen Witemeyer no other will do

What about you? Do you have a favorite kiss or almost-kiss scene?

about the author


A native of Washington state, Sondra Kraak writes historical romance set in the Pacific Northwest that not only entertains but nourishes the soul. Connect with her at where you can sign up for her newsletter and receive a free Christmas short story, A Gift Comes Knocking.

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Sondra Kraak is giving away an ecopy of her latest release Such a Hope to one of my readers. This is a file that can be sent to Kindles or Kindle apps.

such-a-hopeWashington Territory, 1871

Anna Warren grew up on the seat of a wagon, the daughter of Seattle’s busiest freighter. After her father’s death—a tragedy away from home—she returns to their cabin on the outskirts of Seattle, seeking the sense of belonging that eluded her childhood. But will her desire to pray for miraculous healing for the sick and wounded endear or alienate her to the community? Her most aggravating challenger is also her staunchest defender and has brown hair and eyes, stands six feet tall, and farms with unchecked tenacity. Tristan Porter. This farmer her father had befriended holds more secrets than Yesler’s Mill holds logs.

When ugly rumors arise about her spiritual gift and her property, Anna fears her quest to find belonging will be thwarted.

Tristan holds the truth to set her free, but revealing it will require him to face the disappointments of his past and surrender his plans for the future—a sacrifice he’s not sure he can make.

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49 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kiss or Miss? by Sondra Kraak

  1. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I can’t remember any kissing scenes that were my favorites. I have a swiss cheese brain and singling out things like that are hard for me. LOL

  2. Oh my word! This is the best blog post ever! Let’s see:
    1. I’m going to say ‘kiss’. Please say this one ends with a kiss!
    2. I’ve actually read this one a while ago, but I can’t remember how this turned out. My first instinct is ‘miss’, so I’ll go with that.
    3. Gah! I’ve read this one too. Why can’t I remember? I’m going to say ‘miss’?
    4. Now this is getting ridiculous. I only just finished this book and I STILL don’t remember for sure. There are a few ‘misses’ in this one. But I think this might have finally been the ‘kiss’.
    5. I obviously need to pay much more attention to kissing scenes! Another one I’ve read and can’t remember the answer to. I think I’ll go with ‘miss’.
    6. Okay, so I have a legitimate reason for not knowing this one. I’m guessing ‘miss’, but surely you wouldn’t taunt us by including so many misses…

    Now I really need to go and check out the scenes again, to relieve some of that romantic tension!

    Now, favourite kiss or miss scene? I loved the kiss scene in Liz Johnson’s ‘Where Two Hearts Meet’. Such a tender, beautiful scene ❤️ I’m sure there are plenty of others, but I need to go look for those unfinished scenes and get me some resolution!

    • Carrie

      hahahahaha! I love your answers. You know, even as a self-proclaimed expert on KissingBooks … I don’t remember whether a lot of these are kisses or misses LOL!

  3. Brittaney B

    I just finished a clean read Love’s Shadow by Nichole Van and boy does she know how to write these types of scenes. I’ve read all of her books and the all draw out the longing and sometimes the angst until I am on the edge of my seat waiting for them to kiss already!

  4. Gah! Too many to choose from! But boy did Andrea and #MYJames 😉 have those almost-kisses down to a science, and when they finally kissed…*Swoon*

  5. Amanda J.

    Love this post…I’ve read four of the six and can’t remember any of the answers…I can’t believe it!! My most recent read “Red Door Inn” had such a swoon worthy scene. Closet renovation, anyone? 🙂 Looking forward to Sondra’s new book- have it in hand- and the answers!!

  6. Lois Leentjes

    This was fun ! I have not read any of these books. So I will give you my best guesses. 1 miss. 2,3,4,5,6 are kisses!

  7. Winnie Thomas

    I’m going to have to say any of Pepper’s books. She’s great at writing kissing/almost kissing scenes, and since I just finished TTH a few days ago, it’s still stuck in my mind.

    And did someone mention closet kisses? Seems like there have been a rash of them lately. 😀

      • Winnie Thomas

        Hmmm, that might be fun! We might need to pull out the hurricane fans, though. Or I guess I could just go stand outside. It’s 20 deg. and snowing! LOL

      • Kim

        Yes! Great idea! I love closet kisses! In fact, one of my favorite kissing scenes was in a closet. This is an awesome post. I’ve read 3 of the 6 and I think I remember if those scenes were kisses or misses but I wouldn’t bet on it. Kinda sad cause I loved the 3 books I read.

  8. Linda Moffitt

    I’m sorry I read so much I can’t remember specifics like that. But I enjoy reading romance books especially ones with a little humor those are my favorite kind. Thanks

  9. Brenda W

    I do not remember. I read as fast as possible trying to get to the next book. Like now I have 2 e-books started that have to be returned to the e-library.

  10. Carla Moore

    Looking forward to the ebook! I looked thru my email and could not find the email we discussed per facebook? But who doesn’t love cookies! I can’t wait to delve in! Gonna say kiss cause I miss

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