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Hi Everyone! With the anthology Vampires Gone Wild about to come out in paperback (March 26th – HarperCollins Avon) I’m giving away copies! This post was up on the Supernatural Underground, but for those who missed it, I wanted to give you a chance to win as well! You can jump in on the comments here, and have your name go in the hat!

If  . . . you are brave enough to tell your best, wildest, scariest, loveliest or sexiest kiss, that is!

Meanwhile, here some interesting facts about ‘the kiss.’

(Note: because my contribution to Vampires Gone Wild. Blood and Water, begins and ends beneath the sea, all images are underwater, in keeping with the mood.)

1. The word origins of ‘kiss’ stem from the proto-Germanic kuss, possibly an onomatopoeia for the act of kissing.

2. The lips are the most sensitive part of the body, feeling 100 times better than the fingertips.

3. The longest kiss ever recorded is 31 hours, 30 minutes, 30 second. (Really!)

4. The study of kissing is called philematology.

5.  To French kiss, you use 34 facial muscles. A pucker kiss involves two.

6.  Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute.

7. It is possible for a woman to reach an orgasm through kissing. (Really?)

8. The Kama Sutra lists over 30 types of kisses.

9. Scholars are unsure if kissing is a learned or instinctual behavior. In some cultures in Africa and Asia, kissing does not seem to be practiced. (My opinion is that with men, it’s definitely learned, and women have to teach them!)

10. Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman

tradition where a kiss was used to sign contract.

11. Under the Hays Code (between 1930-1968), Hollywood had its limits. People kissing on the silver screen could not be horizontal; at least one had to be sitting or standing, not lying down. In addition, all on-screen married couples slept in twin beds…and if kissing on one of the beds occurred, at least one of the spouses had to have a foot on the floor. (my how times have changed!)

12. The kiss between Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in the 1946 film Notorious is one of the sexiest kisses in cinematic history. Because the Hays Code allowed on-screen kisses to last only a few seconds, Alfred Hitchcock directed Bergman and Grant to repeatedly kiss briefly while Grant was answering a telephone call. The kiss seems to go on and on but was never longer than a few seconds.

13. More than 95% of men and women occasionally like to rub noses while kissing. (The correct phrase for this would be ‘Inuit kiss.’)

14. The film with the most kisses is Don Juan (1926) in which John Barrymore and Mary Astor share 127 kisses. The film with the longest kiss is Andy Warhol’s 1963 film Kiss. The 1961 film Splendor in the Grass, with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, made history for containing Hollywood’s first French kiss.

15. The Four Vedic Sanskrit texts (1500 B.C.) contain the first mention of a kiss in writing.

16. The term “French kiss” is a 1920’s reflection of the French culture which was thought to be quite sexy. In France, it’s called soul kiss because if done right, it feels as if two souls are merging. In fact, several ancient cultures thought that mouth-to-mouth kissing mingled two lovers’ souls. (That’s my favorite!)

Blood and Water Trailer by MonkeyMe Films

Blood and Water Trailer by MonkeyMe Films in Vampires Gone Wild

Hope you enjoy my latest release: Blood and Water in  Supernatural Underground: Vampires Gone Wild.