Love has always fascinated me. There are so many ways to love: romantic, platonic, family, agape. Obviously, I’m especially intrigued with romantic love. I have been since I was a ten-year-old. After depleting the school library’s entire teen romance section, I remember my fifth grade teacher telling Mom he thought I should branch out and try some other genres. I did so to appease him, and because of him I read widely now, but my main focus is still romance.
In sixth grade a bookmobile from a larger town started visiting our school bringing me a whole new crop of romance novels. Between it and my grandma I met Danielle Steel and Janet Daily. I devoured them all, but it wasn’t just the mystery of sex that held me rapt. There was something so beautiful about two people finding each other, discovering that one person who was designed just for them. I dreamed of finding that person, and fortunately I met him young.
To me, love is being able to stick with someone despite how broken they are. You can push each other to be stronger and grow. True love is like wet clay, infinity malleable. People don’t stay the same their entire lives. At least, they aren’t intended to. You all know how lovely stagnant water smells…
Love is transformational. Real love doesn’t take away from a person, but should add to them. We are all complete on our own, but life is so much more fun with the right person by our side.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m giving away this little package of goodies. I chose my first novel, Swept Up, because I think Web and Kara demonstrate my feelings about love so well. Sometimes we aren’t very lovable, but when the right person comes along, it can save us from ourselves. It’s a beautiful thing to suddenly see ourselves through someone else’s eyes. All you have to do to enter is comment below sharing your thoughts on love. I’ll be selecting a random winner on Valentine’s Day!