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Words of Love with Katie Delahanty #BLUSHINGBlogShower

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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.

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“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…

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 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…

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ABOUT BLUSHING

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?

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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!

Words of Love: Keepers of Genesis by DB Nielsen

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Keepers of Genesis, by DB Nielsen is a gripping new epic adventure series perfect for fans of Twilight and A Discovery of Witches. A magical blend of romance, fantasy and fascinating ancient history, this captivating four-part series is already enthralling a legion of young adult readers and crossover fiction fans alike. The second instalment, SCROLL,  publishes this week.

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Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats

Probably one of the most romantic love poems in English literature, I think, is both little known and has a turbulent romantic history associated with the real lovers involved. So, if you haven’t heard of it – and many people haven’t – it’s called “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by W.B. Yeats. It’s one of my favourite poems.

The history of the poem goes something like this: Yeats suffered unrequited love for his muse, the beautiful actress and Irish nationalist, Maud Gonne since their meeting as teenagers. He spent his entire lifetime pining after her, comparing her to Helen of Troy, and proposing, over and over, only to be repeatedly rejected. When she married another man that should have been the end of it – but it wasn’t. Instead, Maud Gonne’s marriage was a disaster – with her husband being abusive and violent. When they finally separated, Yeats and Gonne had an affair in Paris – but this left Yeats feeling even lonelier than before as he knew he couldn’t have her completely. Then her husband died in the rebellion of the Easter Rising 1916 and again Yeats thought he might have a chance, proposing once more. But it was not to be – her final rejection, a devastating blow for Yeats, led him to marry another woman. Yet, we can’t feel too bad for him, as he would go onto win the Nobel Prize for Literature and become not only one of the most celebrated and adept Irish playwrights and poets, he would also become an Irish senator. Yet, even with all these accomplishments, Yeats still saw Maud Gonne as the love of his life; his one true love – even till the day he died.

Whilst the history of the poem is romantic and tragic, this love poem represents everything that the hero, St. John Rivers feels for Sage Woods, the main protagonist in my novel, SEED: KEEPERS OF GENESIS 1. St. John has spent his entire life searching for the woman who is his soulmate and muse; the woman of his dreams. He’s prepared to lay his world at her feet, risking exposure by making himself vulnerable to her – divulging all his deepest secrets (and he has so very many). For St. John, an immortal being, duty has always come first. Yet, when he meets Sage, he struggles to reconcile the conflicting demands upon him – between what he knows he must do and the responsibility he shoulders and, on the other hand, his personal desires and chance for happiness and completion.

This poem also acts symbolically to highlight St. John’s secrets – his angelic origins and his willingness to achieve if not a heavenly paradise than an earthly one. St. John is under no illusions that his quest is dangerous and that he may not return to his beloved, but he’s trapped by duty and desire.

And as for Sage – how can a human love an immortal without sacrifice? She worries that their love might be as doomed as the love between Aragorn and Arwen. But love without trial and easily won may be easily lost or as fleeting as a stolen kiss. As Prospero says in The Tempest: “They are both in either’s powers; but this swift business I must uneasy make, lest too light winning make the prize light.”

 

SCROLL: KEEPERS OF GENESIS II by DB Nielsen is published on 12th March www.dbnielsen.com @db_nielsen

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Words of Love from Martin King and the Space Angels

Book Angel Booktopia welcomes Martin King today to share his words of love to Darcy – prepare to swoon :)
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Dear Darcy,

Sorry if that sounds a bit formal. But then you’ll never read this letter anyway so I suppose it doesn’t really matter.

I’m writing this letter because there’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you. It all started about a year ago. At least, I think it did… it’s hard to put an exact date on it.

I know we’ve been friends as long as either of us can remember, but about a year ago something happened. I don’t remember exactly what we’d been doing, but I remember that it was a Friday, a sunny Friday like today. I do remember us both sitting on the steps outside the old courthouse eating ice creams. That was the precise moment—that time when we were both sitting on the courthouse steps. I remember looking at you, as the sun caught your blonde hair, and you smiled at me, and you asked me what I was staring at, and that’s when I realised that I love you.

This will probably be strange for you to hear. At least it would be if I was ever brave enough to give you this letter. If I did give ever give this letter to you, you would probably wonder why it’s taken me a whole year to tell you how I feel. The short answer is that I’m a coward, but it’s also because I’ve been afraid of risking our friendship. I love you, but I also love you as a friend, and if things ever became awkward between us I couldn’t bear it.

So there you go. That’s the truth.

Martin

P.S. One day, I might be man enough to actually tell you.

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BOOK SUMMARY

Martin King is just an ordinary teenage boy in love with a girl… until he gets a superpower.

An evil force called XO5 is looking for something on Earth – something dangerous. Martin King and his friends must find it first.

Martin, Darcy and Tommy soon find themselves caught up in a massive, universal conspiracy.

But who really is the mysterious XO5 – and what does he want with Martin?

This is the first book in the electrifying Martin King series. With it’s gripping plot, exciting characters and readability, the book has been compared to the novels of of J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan and Cassandra Clare. Martin King and the Space Angels has been described as a “majestic masterpiece” and “one of the most entertaining YA fantasy-science fiction novels”. If you’re looking for a thrilling, sensational, romantic page-turner from an exciting new author, you’ll love Martin King.

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Words of Love with Evan Levesque of Love Exactly by Cassandra Giovanni

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Prepare for utter swoonage today as Book Angel Booktopia welcomes Evan Levesque, smokin’ hot rock god from Love Exactly by Cassandra Giovanni to share an exclusive song he has written for  Emma (I am totally gonna pretend it’s for me)

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“Love Exactly”
Composed By: Red Moon
Written By: Evan Levesque
Based on the novel: Love Exactly

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I’ve got everything I’ve ever wanted
But never what I really needed
Then looking into your eyes
I’ve discovered what I’ve been missing
The empty pieces of me soul have collided
To make me whole
Now I understand
Love, Exactly 

(Chorus)In your eyes
I see myself as complete
In your eyes
I understand the things I need
In your arms
I feel no judgment
In your arms
I know Love, Exactly 

I’ve lived my life
Walking around half empty
Wondering what love is
Not knowing if I’d ever felt it
Until you came into my life
I’ve never truly been alive
Vanity always got in the way
Finding yourself in someone else’s arms
Now I know my place
Is by your side
Your arms is the only place I wish to reside 

(Chorus) In your eyes
I see myself as complete
In your eyes
I understand the things I need
In your arms
I feel no judgment
In your arms
I know Love, Exactly 

Now there’s nothing left to do
But live a blissful life with you
You’re everything I ever needed
Everything I never knew
You’re love, exactly
You’re love, exactly 

(Chorus) In your eyes
I see myself as complete
In your eyes
I understand the things I need
In your arms
I feel no judgment
In your arms
I know Love, Exactly

You’re my love, exactly
I know it’s true
You’re my love, exactly
My heart beats only for you

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Synopsis

Emma Walker was a writer who’d lost herself to someone else’s anger–who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god–the one all the woman wanted, but he’d never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.

With just one cup of coffee they’ll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan’s fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma’s checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words…they’ll destroy my soul–Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she’s become because of it?

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Words of Love with Alex from Broken/Tainted by A E Rought plus Give-Away

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I am delighted to welcome my beautiful friend Ann to the blog today. Ann wrote this post especialy for me because I love the romance in her books, even thoguh she would rather torture her charcters than write the mushy, she sucked it up and wrote this for me :)   Prepare to swoon:

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Emma –

If I could I would press all of my feelings into one thing, a diamond from coal, a pearl and a promise, I would. Sometimes, gifts aren’t enough. Words, real words, have permanence. Texts are great, but they never say enough. How can I possibly cram everything into a few character spaces? How can a few words possibly convey the depth of what I feel?

I look back at my life before you, and cringe. What a mess. Dad’s puppet, parties and wrong decisions, horrid choice in friends… I never knew how bad it all was until I woke up with Daniel’s heart beating in my chest, constantly whispering your name. I opened my eyes, and the darkness was peeled away. Death changed me. Death saved my life. And at such a high cost! I’ll never be able to express how sorry I am that my resurrection ruined so many other lives. Especially Daniel’s. I know how much he loved you—his heart tells me every day. I know his hopes and dreams for you two, because they’re mine now. How can I ever be okay with being the reason something so…perfect…was destroyed?

Everything that’s happened, everything we went through, it’s all a big mess of darkness and loss and pain, and in the middle is the perfect, shining light. You. I’m damaged. I’m tainted and can’t scrub it away. Despite the horrors my father sewed into me, despite what he stole from you, you still loved me. You loved me. You brought me to life, Emma.

I’ll never forget the first moment I saw you, I mean, really saw you. Because you were there, behind my eyes from the moment I came back to life, a dream, an angel. Then I saw you at the Walk-Up window, real and alive. My heart raced, nerves tingled, I burned to touch you. It took everything in me not to grab you up and kiss you breathless. Nothing could keep me away for long. So much of what’s in me needed to be with you. It was exhilarating, terrifying to realize my heart was never mine. It was always yours. Seeing you, touching you, kissing you, all dreams I never thought I deserved to have come true. And so much better than any fantasy I ever entertained. The way it gets hard to breathe, the way my stolen heart pounds when I see you reminds me every day how lucky I am you choose to love me back. I’m yours now. Not just in heart, but body and soul, past and future.

And I can say future—if you’ll have me—I know you’re the only girl this heart will ever beat for. Not just because you were in it before it was in me, but that every other part of me loves you, too. You are sweet, funny, feisty, loyal, loving, gorgeous, too. You saw past what I was to who I am. You stood up to my father. You stuck by me through it all. If it takes the rest of my life, I will show you just how much you truly mean to me. I will breathe my last breath, feel this heart beat its last, for you.

I love you.

Ever in my heart,

Alex

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