I am very excited to welcome Katie Delahanty to share her Words of Love. I loved In Bloom (although I haven’t reviewed it yet *hangs head in shame*) I cannot wait to see what is in store for Olivia and Berkeley next.
“There are countries and there are oceans, there are places where we hide our emotions.
There’s frustration and there’s confusion, someone told me that it’s all an illusion…
No one knows you like I know you now,
no one sees you like I see you now,
no one loves you like I love you now…
but I’m holding out… I’m holding out…”
(Lyrics courtesy of The Remainers)
In In Bloom Berkeley Dalton proposes to Olivia Bloom through song—a song he’s been writing since the moment he first laid eyes on her backstage at a fashion show. For him, the lyrics reveal themselves over the course of their courtship, during a time when he is dealing with intense media pressure due to his recent breakup with “America’s Sweetheart”, movie star Christina Carlton, and speculation about his music career. Frustrated with life in the public eye, it catches him off guard when a quiet girl who prefers to remain in the shadows captures his heart.
In Berkeley’s words:
As I look away from the models, my eyes come to rest on a girl across the room. Wearing cropped black pants and a sleeveless black top, she sits on her knees, feverishly steaming a heaping pile of sequined shorts. The hair from her ponytail falls forward into her eyes, and when she pushes it away I see panic on her face. She seems young, too young to be here, too innocent to get caught up in this delusion, and my first instinct is to save her—to tell her the truth—to tell her to run.
She grabs another pair of shorts and starts smoothing the sequins. Her eyebrows are furrowed in concentration, and I sense her determination as she bites her lower lip—there’s more riding on this for her than just making sure some model’s clothes are in order. It reminds me of a lost time when every moment counted, when every step was leading me somewhere. One eye still on her, I pick up my composition book and write, there’s frustration and there’s confusion, someone told me that it’s all an illusion…
…After the show, somehow, even in this sea of pretty people, my eyes go straight to her. Half hidden by a potted palm tree, she’s standing alone, sipping a glass of champagne and looking like she’s trying to blend in to the plant. Her effort tugs at my heart. With a presence that strong it would be impossible for her to blend in anywhere; it’s as if only she is in color and everyone else is black and white. Something magnetic draws me toward her, and troubled by the unfamiliar sensation, I resist…
ABOUT IN BLOOM
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I’ve ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it’s all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Engaged.
When Berkeley proposed I thought we’d live happily ever after—we’d plan our wedding and he’d tour with the Brightside while I continued designing lingerie. But instead he dropped a bombshell that turned my life upside down: he’s set to star in a movie with, who else, his gorgeous ex, Christina Carlton. And what’s more? I’ve been erased from the public eye. All anyone can talk about is #Berkstina.
Berkeley wants me to work on set as a costume designer—a dream come true—but there’s a catch; we have to keep our relationship secret. I’m okay with not being photographed, but the sneaking around, the lies, the love scenes; it’s not how I imagined our engagement. I know Berkeley is passionate and driven, but he has so much going on—I don’t know if we can take it. I’m starting to wonder how well I know him.
I love him, but am I ready to drop everything and decide the rest of my life? To become Olivia Dalton?
About the Author: Katie Delahanty is a fashion designer turned novelist. She holds a BA in communication studies from UCLA and a professional designation in fashion design from FIDM. It never occurred to her that she was a writer until an economic crisis-induced career shift from fashion designer to lingerie e-commerce webmistress led her to start the company blog. Not being an expert in lingerie, she decided to write the blog as a fictional serial starring a girl named Olivia Bloom who worked for the lingerie line. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling. She’s been waking before dawn to write ever since. For more info please visit her website at katiedelahanty.com. She loves hearing from you!