WHAT IS LOVE?

Welcome to the September 2017 Blog!

Did you ever wonder about what love is?

I’ve heard love described as “a tickling sensation about the heart that can’t be scratched.” Or that “Love is heaven, and love is hell.” – presumably for the intense emotions it evokes.

I write about romantic love all the time in my novels, but never thought to look up the definition. When I checked I found a variety of answers. Here are a few – Love is:

An intense feeling of deep affection. A deep romantic or sexual attraction to someone. Symptoms include:

affection – fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, attachment, endearment.             attraction – adoration, doting, worship, passion, ardor, desire, lust, yearning, infatuation

Love is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection. Sexual passion or desire. A person toward whom love is felt; a beloved person; sweetheart.

Love means caring, kindness, respecting, understanding, giving, and wanting to make each other’s dreams come true.

Love is a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person. An attraction that includes sexual desire. The strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship. A person you love in a romantic way.

Other selected thoughts:

To truly love is a very selfless act.

Love is a feeling a person kindles inside you. It changes your chemistry, softens your mood, alters your mind, and sweetens your senses. You can’t help but dedicate the best of your energy to this.

The nature of love cannot be defined in one way that suits every person. Due to its intangible and mysterious qualities, it is impossible to love accurately. Instead, strive to love fully.

Love cannot be taught on a chalkboard or a video series. Sure, one can pick up tips here and there, but the only true teacher is experience, as filtered through the heart.

Love is for those of any age who care to soak in every detail, savor every moment, and weave a magical experience.

Love is a constellation of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection or profound oneness.

So I learned love is a strong emotion and it can be very compex. The meaning of love varies, but the central themes are affection and attraction. Romance, sexual passion, and desire are also mentioned often. Those are continuing themes present in all of my writing.

However I admit that I am addicted to love and romance. A consequence of that is I create environments and characters in my fantasy stories that sometimes may be better than they can possibly be in real life.

There is function in that for feel-good, escape fiction. But be cautious you’re not so addicted to fantasy romance you’re also “wedded to calamity,” to quote Shakespeare. Because, at some point, your romantic environment and your romantic soul are going need to deal head-on with the real world. You can’t have unrealistic expectations about your real life.

Your version of love is just that – yours. I hope you make of it everything you possibly can.

Here are my two personal favorite sayings about love:

To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!

When the one man and the one woman find each other and love, the very Angels in Heaven sing for joy.

ABOUT THE WRITING

NOVEL

I am particularly excited to report that I have completed my thirteenth novel! SAVING MR. P. is one of my longest projects at over 88,000 words and 190 typed pages. The cover of the new manuscript is pictured above.

The “Mr. P.” in the title is short for Mister President. The story is a sexy romance about a fictional future U.S. President who is saved by a female rancher in a remote area after a tragic accident. The long widowed Chief Executive suddenly wants to discover if the strong and self-sufficient woman might be more than only his rescuer.

SHORT STORIES

After my milestone birthday in March I’ve relaxed more and spent fewer hours writing novels. During the spring I went back to my first love of reading and spent many relaxing hours reading a few dozen novels.

Besides the length and complexity of the new novel, and taking vacation time during the summer, part of the delay in finishing the novel was because I have also been pretty prolific in my other writing.

My other big accomplishment is the several additional free short stories that I have completed and are posted on my website, blaineallenauthor.com, for anyone who has registered.

There are now 25 (!) short stories – many actually much longer novelettes or novellas – available. Those projects have been a lot of work too!

Now I plan to return to the other two projects I have started. “Mr. Right Seeks Ms. Wrong” is already novel length (over 40,000 words) at 54,780 words. “Baby Daddy” sits at only 16,800 words right now. I have tons of notes for each novel, so it is way too early to determine their finished lengths, and I never set deadlines.

I’ve mentioned before in my blogs how I log each new story title and plot idea that I conjure up in my cluttered mind, along with the accompanying primary character names and multiple pages of notes. The total is now up to 202 titles and information recorded – all possible writing projects.

Keep in mind I have only been writing since March 11, 2014 when I put words to paper for the very first time. So my completed novels, short stories, a couple dozen other unfinished projects, and all those plot ideas and notes, have all been accomplished in the three and a half years since then. It makes me tired just thinking about it! That’s a tremendous number of hours sitting in front of my computer screen!

WRITING PHILOSOPHY

With a March birthday I am a Pisces, and sometimes I look at my horoscope in the newspaper just for fun. Most are ridiculous tidbits that don’t apply to my life, but two recent ones have resonated with me.

I was never formally trained to be a writer and don’t know all of the proper methods and formal “rules.” So I never get anxious about breaking them when I write.

One entry said: “Before you rush to sign up and learn, consider going without training for a while. In fact, maybe wait as long as you can to learn the rules. If you don’t know what can or can’t be done, you’ll be creatively free.”

I never claimed to be a great author. Writing is a pastime and hobby for me, not a profession. The truth is every time I review one of my books I find things to change, but at a certain point I call it good enough or I would never get anything done. I get great satisfaction from both the creating and the completing of a project, and I don’t demand perfection of myself.

The other entry said: “In all things there is a kind of cost-benefit analysis that’s at the heart of finding satisfaction. All that’s required is that you work until it’s more or less good enough, reaching a kind of equilibrium between time, effort, and benefit.”

Both of these horoscopes support the approach to writing I have adopted and that help make me be happy and stress-free. It works wonderfully, so I think I’ll stick with exactly what I am doing.

I hope you had a great summer and had a chance to get a break from the normal daily grind. Have a happy autumn!

Welcome to my First Blog Post

 

Welcome Everyone! This is the Grand Debut of my new author website as I launch it in association with my writing of adult contemporary romantic fiction. I can proudly say I am The Deliciously Naughty Novelist.

This also marks the appearance of the first edition of my new blog. (You’re reading it now.) Read on to learn more, including about the freebies I have for you.

This website originates from my writing that began two years ago on March 11th when I had a story idea stuck in my head for two weeks. I decided to write it down solely so it would not continue to plague me.

That inspiration, and those fateful initial words that quickly swelled to cover the previously blank white computer screen, became my first book, followed by seven more novels and several short stories so far. The website is the direct result of becoming the published author of one of my books in June, 2015, and I plan to publish more. I’m still writing and have several projects in various stages of progress.

My rich imagination is a playground where I frolic happily almost every day, and I’m pleased to share with my readers the vivid thoughts that inspire me to write. I never intended to write novels, but now I’m putting those words and pages out where others can see them.

I know not everyone will love what I do, but no matter, I’m satisfied each day I’ve created something that wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for me. The creativity is its own reward, and my writing keeps me occupied and happy.

Romance + Books = a match made by authors like me. According to the Parade Magazine issue on Valentine’s Day, 2016, 75 million Americans read at least one romance novel in 2015. Almost half of them read more than one book, and some a great many more.

The Romance genre is the second most popular for book sales, recently earning $1.08 billion a year, behind only the top ranked Thriller category winning by a nose at $1.09 billion. That’s a lot of books!

There are over 10,000 romance authors who are members of RWO, Romance Writers of America, and untold others who write about romance but are not members.

I hope my books engage my reader’s interest and involvement in the characters and the story, and involve their emotions too. I want to take my readers away from the cares of reality for a time to a world of fantasy and a happy ending. I endeavor to entertain them with an engrossing story and compelling characters that stimulate them to want to see what happens on the following page.

Check out each page of this new website. I think you will find something of interest on each one.

In the future the website will include:

  • Periodic blogs about romance and writing
  • Free downloads of short steamy adult stories.
  • Free giveaway drawings.
  • News about upcoming book releases or events

I hope all that keeps you coming back to the website to see what’s new.

The first free short story is 1,700 words long that I wrote in December, “The Lover’s Return.” To subscribe, enter your email and click the button where it says, “Subscribe,” and I will send you a link where you can download it for free. I hope you like it. Please keep in mind these are sexy adult stories.

Look for the free download of “Flirting With Wes” coming in April. It’s a 4,000-word story about a hot barista and her favorite customer, and the flirting leads to more.

Each quarter everyone who has subscribed and provided their email address will be automatically entered in a drawing for a free giveaway of either a Visa Gift Card or a free autographed copy of my book, “One Night and One Day.” Winners will be contacted by email to get their address for mailing their prize to them.

Note: You must be at least 18 years old to win.

A huge THANK YOU goes to Jodie Toohey, wordsywomanforauthors.com, and her Wordsy Woman Author Services, jodie@wordsywoman.com. She is the woman who is responsible for creating this wonderful website for me.

Using the closing words of the Misty Urban review (see the Press Room page) for my first published book, “Read it, then recommend it to all your girlfriends,” I hope you will also pass on the news about my website and the free items to any friends or relatives who are romance readers.

You will hear from me again in early April.

March is National Reading Month so celebrate and read the genre and book(s) of your choice! I am.

Thank you very much for visiting the website, and I hope you will come back often!

           Blaine