When I was asked to participate in the Timeless Desire blog tour, I was intrigued by the topic. It was sentimental, which is right up my alley.
I mulled over various ways to go with the stories, one m/m and one m/f, and came up with the m/f story first. In my own family tree, I have a story that is sweet and sad at once. My great Uncle Roy married Dorothy and in 1945, Roy died in a freak flood, leaving Dorothy and four small children.
I met Dorothy in 1997, and she still mourned Roy's death, telling me about the day he died and how she asked him not to go to work. At 82, she was frail and held the only picture she ever had of her beloved husband, saying, "I told him not to go."
Their story, while much changed, inspired An Evening at the Starlight. With only a couple of references to sex (it was unseemly to have all out sex in this story), a man relates the story of love and Timeless Desire, in the hopes it will help a young man recover what seems to be slipping through his fingers. Royal and Doe's story is one of the stories I've wanted to write for a long time. I'm very proud of this one.
The story is contemporary with a very noir feel, harkening back to the 1940's and World War II, when the bulk of the related story takes place.
The other story, A Minute After Midnight, is the story of Reid Wright and Logan Chalmers, two men who, because of circumstances right after college, were forced to separate. While each made lives for themselves in the interim, their Timeless Desire is realized when they see each other again at a high school reunion.
I love sentiment about as much as I love love. Loves lost and found again or lessons learned from loss make the romance genre thrive. These two stories are ones I enjoyed writing and even in the re-reading, I'm pleased with them.
Starlight's cover is also special to me. In the story, a corner booth in an old 1940's bar plays a part in the story. The booth belonged to Doe and Royal. Fiona Jayde tried very hard to represent that. The young man who listens to Doe and Royal's story is portrayed perfectly, sad and hopeless.
The portrait that hangs on the wall over the table is special to the story and on the cover, I asked Fi to use a picture of my mother to represent Doe. Mom was just a teenager in the 1940's and so beautiful.
In the portrait, Mom was nineteen years old and newly engaged. That portrait was her engagement picture, taken by my father.
There are many ways to portray Timeless Desire and I chose the sentimental approach. What's your Timeless Desire?
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To one commenter, I'm giving away a backlist book of the winner's choice (new releases – A Minute After Midnight, An Evening at the Starlight, and Romeo Club not included)