Love is…a sense of self.
Love, to me, starts with embracing the person we face in the mirror every morning (even with the new wrinkles) and that little voice chattering away in our heads. While we share our lives in so many rich and complex ways, our dreams and choices are, in the end, our own.
As we fiercely commit to a partner, a child, a friend, family member, we consciously and unconsciously redesign how we live in and see the world. Our happiness and theirs are now intermeshed and this opens new doors and new perspectives.
Love is…the overlapping communities that sustain us.
Each of us is many things; friend, spouse, partner, colleague, parent, guardian, pet-owner, political advocate, employee, competitor, enemy even…you can fill in your own. Very few people see all those parts of us, so we have families and communities to nurture the pieces, and that creates our wholeness.
Love is… a journey.
Finding balance and pleasure—physical, spiritual and emotional with those you have chosen to spend your life with, and those who end up in it anyway, is a never-ending quest. How we take each step creates or deters the love in our hearts and the kinds of love we welcome into our lives.
I try to write my love stories along these four dimensions. Either the heroine or hero or both needs to find or reinvigorate their love of self before they can fully commit to the other. Once they meet, their journey changes, because love creates a new perspective on their past, present and future. Together, they become a force for good (and that can mean so very many things) and they take on the world. My newest book is a great example.
Race to Redemption (Green Rising Book #1)
A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.
A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.
For a $15.00 Amazon gift card or a mystery swag pack, tell me about how a new love has changed your perspective on something. For example, did finding your spouse reveal to you that loved rugby or smooth jazz or roller coasters, but had never known until you went with him/her? Did coming to love a friend or new family member teach you about a country or a religion or traditions you had not understood? Did adopting a pet have you look at pitbulls differently? How has loving someone new make you see the world a little differently than you did before?
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