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Love is Complicated   Leave a comment

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Do you believe in true love?

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Yeah, asking a writer who specializes in apocalyptic fiction if she believes in “true love” is going to garner a complex answer. There’s a reason I have never successfully written a romance novel. The hearts and flowers version of love doesn’t live in my house, never did and never will.

Brad and I have only ever been married to each other (33 years this month), but our parents had eight marriages between them…

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Posted December 17, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – 17th December   1 comment

Another author’s take on this “true love” topic.

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

Do you believe in true love?

I think it all depends on what age you are.  When I was a young teenager I saw the world through rose-coloured glasses and fell in love at the drop of a hat.  Sam and I got engaged at the age of 21 after knowing each other for only 3 months!  However, we’re still married and still love each other, but my goodness, we’ve been through some testing times!  We both agreed it was true love at the start and were very starry-eyed, but that starry-eyed-ness faded when reality set in, and now a more steadfast love has emerged out of  troubled times to take us into our old age.

These days I’d be much more cautious about getting engaged to anybody after just 3 months. That’s because I’m older and wiser, more realistic, and less prone to taking…

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Posted December 17, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Love is Complicated   6 comments

Do you believe in true love?

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Yeah, asking a writer who specializes in apocalyptic fiction if she believes in “true love” is going to garner a complex answer. There’s a reason I have never successfully written a romance novel. The hearts and flowers version of love doesn’t live in my house, never did and never will.

Brad and I have only ever been married to each other (33 years this month), but our parents had eight marriages between them. That might account for why I have a jaundiced view of “true love”. It makes it sound like you’re destined to be together and it’s going to be wonderful. And that’s a crock of nonsense. It’s why I can’t write romance, because I think love is work. When you meet a couple who have been married for 30+ years, it’s because they CHOSE to stay together, not because they felt romantic and happy with one another.

Which is not to say I don’t believe in love. The love of God created mankind, stepped down from a perfect heaven into our messy existence (diapers) and went to the Cross for us, so I absolutely believe in His love. I think human beings, made in the spiritual image of God, can experience and give faded facsimiles of God’s love. In our bent state, we can imitate God, imperfectly. I just don’t think it’s something we feel in our warm gushy parts – except occasionally, when we’re curled up in bed with our backs melting together or when we’re holding our babies in our arms. A lot of what we call love today is infatuation, sexual lust or just plain manipulation of a significant other. Yeah, sometimes we feel like we’re “in love”, but the high divorce rate in Western society suggests we have no idea what love really is.

For me, love is something we do regardless of whether we feel it – hence why I am still married to Brad (an admittedly challenging guy) after 33 years. Many has been the time when I could have tossed all three of my family members out into the cold Alaska winter with nary a qualm, but I made dinner for them instead. That is love in action. Love is a verb in my vocabulary, only rarely a noun. It’s sometimes a feeling, but more often it’s an obligation. I have learned that when I love those around me, I gain benefits after the fact, but only if I pay the investment of love first.

Love can be hard. It’s hard to speak the truth to those you want to love you, knowing that they might just dump rage in your lap instead. You can only really do that if you view love as a verb – something you give to someone else without expecting something in return. A lot of us go through life never feeling loved and so we think love isn’t real, but it is. We experience it every time we give it, but so few of us do that these days. Sacrificial love – caring about another human being without expecting anything in return – is really not in fashion in the 21st century. We too often substitute sex for love and then when the warm romantic feelings are not reciprocated, we think there’s no love there. And that is entirely possible, because we confuse lust (a primal urge) with love (an action we do for others).

So do I believe in “true love”? If true love is hearts and flowers that lead you to happily-ever-after – no. Any time you get two human beings together, there will be conflict and that doesn’t meet up with the hearts-and-flowers concept of “true love”. I do believe in real love, which is something Jesus empowers me to give to others and occasionally it is returned to me. Sometimes that’s in my marriage or from one of my children, sometimes it’s from a random stranger. And those expressions of love toward one another have gotten Brad and I through 33 years of ups, downs, sideways and upside-downs. Is that “true love”? I don’t know. It’s real and like most things that are real, it’s messy.

Posted December 17, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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#Free #Political #Satire #Book   Leave a comment

1-day only. Hullabaloo on Main Street is #free December 17.

“Politics got you down? Why not laugh at the bubble battles instead?”

And while you’re at it, consider picking up one or more of my other books, all on #discount for the month of December.

Posted December 17, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in book promotion, Uncategorized

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#OpenBookBlogHop – extracts from my books   1 comment

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Stevie Turner, who blogs over here: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/open-book-blog-hop-december-10th/, and writes some lovely books, hosts an Open Book Blog Hop. I have never managed to participate in it before as I am always busy working and by the weekend it has faded from my mind.

I am on holiday this week [Yippee!] and so today I am joining in.

The topic is This week it’s our chance to shine, as we give some excerpts from our work.

Seeing as this is my adult writing blog, I am going to share an extract from my WIP, Through the Nether Gate:

Three excruciating weeks passed. The girl slumped forward in her chains, doubling up over her bloated stomach. The hair that tumbled down over her still form was thin and almost colourless. Bald patches spotted her scalp.

Starvation had sapped her energy and she no longer called out for help and struggled…

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Posted December 13, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Just a Taste – LW Book Excerpts   Leave a comment

Lyndell Williams

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What are some of your favorite lines from your books?

I love reading authors’ favorite lines from their books. Many authors take a lot of time and energy to draft particularly poignant prose (that alliteration is not an example), to grab readers’ attention and offer some inspiration, humor, humanity—a bunch of stuff.

I’m a little daunted to find some of my favorite lines from my book—singular…as in only one written so far—because I’ve spent so much time with my words. It’s difficult to step back and look at something I took so long to make cohesive and fluid as layers of individual components.

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Posted December 10, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – December 10th   Leave a comment

Stevie Turner

This week it’s our chance to shine, as we give some excerpts from our work:

All these excerpts and more can be found in the books featured on my Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/

So here’s a conversation from ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’.  Arla Deane is talking to counsellor Toni Beecher.  Toni begins the conversation:

“For instance you could see this as a chance to welcome your new daughter-in-law into the family, and to make sure the relationship gets off to a better start than it did with yourself and your own mother-in-law.  It looks as though your son has already chosen his life partner; do you think that in time you might be able to get to know her and accept his choice?”

“It’s easier said than done.”  Arla raised the palms of her hands. “We’re worlds apart. We have nothing in common.”

“Yes, you do.”  Toni smiled.

“What?”  Arla replied…

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Posted December 10, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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