Thursday, December 23, 2010

Change of Plans

I had planned to have a review today, but I had the opportunity to host a unique giveaway and couldn’t help myself.

First, thanks for all the wonderful comments yesterday on my day of playing hooky. I did get a little caught up, maybe. Today is going to be another day away from the computer as the deadlines at work have changed due to the holidays so I hope everyone has a great day on the eve of Christmas Eve.

Now the giveaway. Thanks to Brianne and the great folks at Hachette, I have 3 copies of THE SCIENCE OF KISSING, WHAT
OUR LIPS ARE TELLING US by Sheril Kirshenbaum to give away. This 272-page hardcover book (ISBN: 9780446559904) has a release date of Jan. 5.

Here’s a brief description of the book: “From a noted science journalist comes a wonderfully witty and fascinating exploration of how and why we kiss.

When did humans begin to kiss? Why is kissing integral to some cultures and alien to others? Do good kissers make the best lovers? And is that expensive lip-plumping gloss worth it? Sheril Kirshenbaum, a biologist and science journalist, tackles these questions and more in THE SCIENCE OF KISSING.

It's everything you always wanted to know about kissing but either haven't asked, couldn't find out, or didn't realize you should understand. The book is informed by the latest studies and theories, but Kirshenbaum's engaging voice gives the information a light touch.

Topics range from the kind of kissing men like to do (as distinct from women) to what animals can teach us about the kiss to whether or not the true art of kissing was lost sometime in the Dark Ages. Drawing upon classical history, evolutionary biology, psychology, popular culture, and more, Kirshenbaum's winning book will appeal to romantics and armchair scientists alike.

Here’s a book trailer on THE SCIENCE OF KISSING

Now for the giveaway guidelines. To enter, send me an e-mail ( Your subject line should read, “Win The Science of Kissing.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. In addition, Hachette is advising winners that they will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail. (Winners here have always be great about letting me know if they have already won the book somewhere else so another winner can be selected. However, this announcement is something that has to be passed along from Hachette). And, just so you know, I don’t share the mailing information or use it for any other purpose. Remember, I have 3 copies of THE SCIENCE OF KISSING to giveaway. The deadline to enter is 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7.

As a writer do you include kissing scenes in your work? Do you write it as a science?

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the season.



  1. What an interesting subject, Mason. Who'da thought? I enjoyed the trailer.

    Happy Holidays, sweetie, from my house to yours!

  2. No kissing scenes yet.
    And of course men kiss differently - we kiss with a purpose.

  3. I write SFF romance so kissing is paramount.

    Ref: Alex
    What? Women don't kiss with purpose?
    LOL. You don't give us enough credit.

  4. Mason - Hmmm...kissing...that is an interesting topic for a book, and of course, for writers who create romance scenes, it's interesting to think about it.

    Um....Alex, I agree with Maria...

  5. I write kissing scenes, but they're always a prelude to conflict. Both men and women kiss with purpose, it's just that those purposes are irrevocably crossed.

    Alas, not a drop of romance in my soul. Pretty sure that will be my epitaph. :)

  6. Interesting! I've never thought of the science behind kissing or why we do it. Interesting topic for a book!

  7. I did do a kissing scene in my memoir. But I never thought of kissing as a science. This looks like a fascinating book. I signed up!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve and day!! And a great new year!

  8. What a fascinating book and I loved the trailer.

  9. I do add kissing in my book but I'm not a real fan of it in real life. I wonder what the books says about that.

  10. I've written kissing scenes, but I don't go into all the details; it's usually just a mention that people are doing it.

  11. Sounds awesome! All of my books have a touch of romance so yup I include those kissing scenes :)

  12. hope the book gives tips on some practical exercises as well :)

  13. I don't writing kissing scenes in my books. Good luck to all who enter the drawing for this book.


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