September Sizzlers just keeps getting better! Oh, yes it does. 🙂
Today I have author Angela Carling on the blog. I met Angela through my blog late last year. I reviewed two of her books, Becoming Bryn and Shackled. You can read my reviews for those here and here. The two are very different, but they do share a few commonalities. Becoming Bryn made me think of my the sister I lost, and Shackled made me think of all the women who get caught up into violent, abusive relationships with some crazy insane SOBs. Well worth checking out.
Angela also wrote a romance, of course, and she so graciously agreed to guest post on the blog. All of her books are featured below. I hope you enjoy Angela’s post!
A Different Way to See Romance
First I want to thank Charlie for inviting me to do a guest post. I’m excited to be here on her delightful blog.
Let me begin by admitting that I’m a sucker for a good romance. The question always looms, will they get together? Of course, in the end one of the would-be couple rises to the occasion in offers some grand romantic gesture. It always leaves me feeling so warm and hopeful….but what happens after the cameras stop rolling and the challenges of real life set in?
I turn to my grandparents to give me the answer. It’s their story I want to tell hoping that you’ll see the romance in their lives and love for each other.
My grandparents, Alice Jean and Ken were married fifty six years before my grandmother passed away. Over that time, I saw them run a business together, sing together and sometimes fight with each other. It wasn’t until the end of my grandmother’s life that I saw the depth of their devotion to each other.
When my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, she chose holistic treatments rather than chemotherapy. In her final weeks my grandfather had to administer her treatments which meant he carried her to the bathtub three or four times a day, gave her the prescribed remedy and then dried her, dressed her and brought her back to the bed. He also had to carry her to the restroom when she needed it and he was in his seventies. I was lucky enough to witness this act of love when I’d go to their house to sing to my grandmother. At the time, I was only grandchild close enough to spend time with them. Determined to live until Christmas my grandma asked my granddad to put up the Christmas tree and decorate it. Between caring for her, he wrestled with a frustrating artificial tree and tangled lights. When he was done, he carried her out of her room to see the lit tree. That was the last time she left the bedroom before being transferred to a hospice center where she would pass away two days later on Christmas Eve. I’ve often thought about their story. Even after it was clear she would die, my grandfather did everything she asked and my grandmother was not low maintenance in sickness or in health.
In her final days and hours my grandma held my grandfather’s hand like he was her lifeline. He stayed by her side not eating, only stepping away when absolutely necessary. As she was slipping away she squeezed his fingers and tears ran down her face. In a voice no louder than a whisper she told him she didn’t want to leave him. I personally think that is why she lived so much longer than she should have.
Like I said, I’m a sucker for a good romance. However, I believe that the kind of love my grandparents shared and worked hard to keep is the real thing. My husband and I just hit twenty one years of marriage and I hope that he and I will still love each other after fifty six years of marriage…that I will cling to him doing everything in my power to stay by his side. I’m planning on it!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you win a copy of my romantic guardian angel story Unbreakable Love in Charlie’s giveaway. Good luck!
About the Author
I was born and raised in Palm Springs, California and after living in several different states ended up back in yet another desert in Arizona, where I reside with my husband, three kids and five cats. We’ve now lived here for ten years and haven’t melted yet, although we have fried eggs on the sidewalk. We love to escape to our cabin in the mountains or to my favorite place, the beach. I have several obsessions, including my passion for all kinds of music and my inability to stop buying cheap jewelry. I am often caught singing in public bathrooms, just for the acoustics, or rollerblading through my neighborhood while singing loudly to whatever is playing on my iPod. I love to have lots of flowers in my garden and shiny things in my house. My favorite holiday of all (going along with the shiny things theme) is Christmas. All in all, I consider myself the luckiest, most blessed person alive and am so happy to have this opportunity to write and also to share my writing with other people!
About the Books
Title: Becoming Bryn
Author: Angela Carling
Publisher: Acacia Publishing
Release Date: June 2013
Length: 310 pages
For months, Jesse has been envious of her twin sister Bryn and even has a crush on Bryn’s gorgeous, popular boyfriend, Quinton. When Jesse awakens from a coma to learn that everyone thinks she IS Bryn, the option of actually taking over her sister’s life is beyond tempting, but there’s a downside. She’d have to give up Ethan, her best friend and the only person she trusts. Could she actually live as Bryn for the rest of her life? And if her family and friends found out, would they ever forgive her?
Author: Angela Carling
Release Date: June 2012
Length: 204 pages
After shy, quiet Lucy and her family move from their small hometown in Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, she is surprised when Ryan, the most popular boy at school, asks her out. Soon, she is swept up in a whirlwind romance and her naive and trusting nature allows her to fall head over heels in love with her too-good-to-be-true suitor. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself enraptured by the excitement of her new relationship, leaving her blinded to the warning signs of danger ahead. Can her fairy tale romance last, or will she find that her prince charming is more like a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Jennie Townsend is unlucky in love, so she is immediately suspicious when a mysterious new student named Nate tries to gain her friendship. But there is something special about Nate, and in spite of her best efforts Jennie finds her feelings for the boy growing deeper every day. In fact, Nate is more special than Jennie can even imagine. He is a guardian angel, sent to protect Jennie during a most dangerous time in her life. To do so, he must first become close to her – but not too close. The rules for Protectors warn against physical contact and strictly forbid falling in love. But the more time Nate spends with Jennie, the harder the rules are to follow. Will Nate be able to save Jennie from a premature end, or will his own emotions – and Jennie’s – get in the way of completing the task for which he was specifically chosen?
With Unbreakable Love, Angela Carling has created a captivating story for young adult readers, with a refreshing twist on relationship issues. It is an ode to the magical power of true love, a tribute to belief in a benevolent higher power that watches over us and surrounds us every day of our lives.
I am giving away a copy of Angela’s Unbreakable Love. Contest ends October 2.