Friday, August 31, 2012

Just a little romance...

Can there ever be such a thing? When the subject of this BlogHop was announced, I pondered for some time over the content. (Actually I was waiting for my coffee to perk, but pondering seemed like a good thing to do right then.)

The way I see it, thoughts of romance vary as we make our irregular and unique paths through our lives. From the moment when we first sigh as the Prince kisses Snow White, to the moment we shiver while we watch Westley kissing Buttercup (one of the six greatest kisses of all time), through the purely elemental response of our bodies to George Clooney kissing anything at all, even Brad Pitt (and that's another subject for another time LOL) - our appreciation for and attitude toward romance changes.

When dating, we look for that bolt of lightning to strike. Whether it's inside a pair of blue eyes, or held in the palm of a warm hand to be discharged at that first contact, we want it. We know it'll knock us off our platform wedges and make our eyelashes curl. It's going to happen - because everyone says it does. (Please note: Everyone is an unspecified part of speech. Everyone eats avocados down to the pit; flosses three times a day and never has irregularity issues. Dunno who everyone is, but someday I'd like to say hello. Then kick 'em.)

Once we've gotten serious about someone, we know the romance changes. From the excitement of waiting for him to arrive to pick us up, it becomes a more breathless kind of waiting - the kind that happens when he gets stuck trying to figure out the clasp of our bras. Unless you're dating an engineer, then you have to wait while he re-designs a more efficient system. Sigh.

And then there's the romance of walking up the aisle (or forest path, or beach stroll or...fill in your preference here...) to launch a new life in the arms of your beloved. That's not only romance, it's a gamble of biblical proportions. But where love is involved, all bets are off.

And so life progresses. Romance, in its roses-and-rainbows incarnation, slowly gives way to a surprise bottle of wine, or an evening stolen together to share a smooth scotch by the fire. Romance is replaced by the soul-deep joy of family, the challenges of making one's way through the hazardous shoals littering the road to happiness.

But does it ever die out? Hell no. It's always there. Not every day, not all the time. Sometimes it's clearly front and center. Other times it sneaks up, taps you on the shoulder, smiles at you for a second or two and then it's gone. It hides in the eyes of your lover or warms the arms of your husband. It gleams in a sunset, flashes in the twinkle of the first star and glows all over a full moon.

It never gives up. And neither should you. Whether between the pages of a book or in your own special manifestation, keep believing in romance. Because I reckon the world is a better place with a whole lot of it.

I hope you agree!

Cheers, Sahara Kelly

~~~~~~~~~ WORKING STIFFS (with S.L. Carpenter)
Book 1 - Hired Help (on sale for your eReader everywhere)
Book 2 - Open House (Sahara Kelly; on sale for your eReader everywhere)
Book 3 - Full Service (S.L. Carpenter; coming this fall)


Gaele said...

I'm forever waiting on coffee.. my brain doesn't ponder then however..

thanks for participating

Jean MP said...

Really enjoyed your post. Totally agree we should never stop believing in romance.

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Anonymous said...

I've been reading romances since I was 12. I'll never give up on romance. Never!
Great post!
Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win.

JanD said...

Long live romance! Good thing there are romance novels & other media to keep it alive because people sometimes forget.

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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

Love the post! Romance is an important of a relationship and something I hope everyone will believe in.

Foretta said...

Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

thanks for the contest!!

mariehahn13 said...

Your post is 100% true! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Thank you for participating in the blog hop so that I could find you as well!

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Sahara Kelly said...

Thanks for dropping by, folks. I can see that everyone believes in romance, in one way or another. That's REALLY reassuring for those of us who write it! LMAO Thanks for making my weekend!!!

Cassandra said...

Thanks for the awesome and amazing giveaway!

Liese2 said...

Thanks for the great post. I completely agree with you!

Miriam Whitewolf said...

i agree at different times in life we look for different things. thanks for joining the hop!

Veronika said...

Awesome post! It's really romantic!
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Cryscringle said...

Yes, I know how romance is something that I should always believe in. I'm lucky enough to experience it most days! :) Thank you for the great post!

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Kaylyn D. said...

I agree you should always believe in romance. Never let it die. Thank you for the giveaway.

Patti said...

Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

Belinda said...

Romance Hop...loving it! But so many sites in so little time!

No doubt, I believe in romance! Pretty fav movie, proves that there's an HEA for any and everyone.

I'm loving the Working Stiff series

Thank you for the opportunity to visit your site to check out your work.


Shadow said...

Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!

Nay Nay said...

What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, HOT love scenes and a perfect HEA! <^_^>

Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

Krystal Shannan said...

Thanks for sharing. Love the blog, great hop!

bn100 said...

Very nice post.
Thanks for the giveaway.


Kim D said...

Michele said...

Real life romance is like the tide: ebbs and flows
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donnas said...

Thanks for being in the hop!

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Qwillia Rain said...

You're right, Sahara, a person should never give up on love.
For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the post; it was a great read.

I look forward in reading your works.

Tracey D
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Barbara B. said...

I've been reading romance since I was 15 or 16, and been married for 30 years. I'll never stop believing in romance! It doesn't have to be a big overblown gesture to be romantic, either. Just opening doors, holding hands, or bringing flowers is romantic!


Mel Bourn said...

Thanks for being on the hop. Great post. I do believe love never gives up. That is why Lady Hawk is one of my all time favorite movies. The love saw the characters through their darkest days.
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Michelle Bledsoe said...

I think romance is what keeps couples happy. It doesn't matter if gestures are big or small. Men and women love romance of any kind.

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Ingeborg said...

Romance is all about happy endings.

Yazmin said...

Romance for me is about HEA.
Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


latishajean said...

Thank you so much for the great giveaway I love romance in books my favorite!

susanmp said...

I agree that romance changes as you grow as a couple!

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Sal said...

Romance, like everything else, is what you make it!

Sherry said...

I love to read romance books it's the only kind of books that I read. There's a lot of different kinds to choose from.
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Lindsay Avalon said...

Romance most definitely never gives up and neither should you :) It is the best thing in the world

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mcv said...

I'm enjoying the hop and being introduced to authors I'm unfamiliar with. And also the prizes are great!
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Jo said...

I love how you captured how romance changes.

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Anonymous said...

Why I like Romance Novels….The reason I like Romance Novels so much is because it is one place where I can be anywhere like England, Scotland, Rome, Ireland, or anywhere in the US. I can also be in any time like 1200’s Scotland, 1500’s England, 1900’s Chicago. I can be anyone like a princess, a servant, a werewolf, a duchess, a vampire, or a lost soul. But no matter what I get the privilege and the experience to overcome many different obstacles and find love. I am a mother of three teenagers as well and there are many days when I need an escape and my heart needs a rest from the trials of being a parent and trying to do what is best for everyone but yourself. I have overcome cancer, loss, and financial problems and Romance Books let my heart soar and feel free. Let me tell you in this world, and during this time where life can have so many struggles it is great that you can be, have, and do so many things to find love and romance and still be yourself!

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Shan said...

We all need romance in our lives in whatever form that it comes. I just happen to get a bit of my from relaxing with a very good romance novel. Romance Forever!!

jessica said...

Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great Labor day weekend!
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