That’s YAmore Blogfest

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Today is another blogfest. This one is the “That’s YAmore Blogfest” hosted by Oasis for YA. Follow the link to see the rules and find the other participants.

We are supposed to share a scene of true love. I chose the following snippet from Faerie Wings for two reasons:

  1. It shows what a wise and kind person Carter is. All he wants is to make Ry happy, help her see the good things she already has in her life.
  2. I love the idea that true love doesn’t always have to be romantic. Often the truest love that is given to us is by the members of our family. The ones we take for granted far too often.

 Okay, set up? They are taking a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley, and Carter asked Ry if she believes in true love.

“Carter, my life has taught me love doesn’t conquer all. I loved my parents. Begged them to stay with me, but it wasn’t enough. They only cared about themselves and they left me behind.”

The knot in my chest twisted tighter. Mom hovered in my mind’s eye, waving good-bye to dad without a single tear. Her only words to me that night had been along the lines that sometimes leaving is best for everyone. She didn’t bother warning us before she left a few months later.

“How do you walk away from your own daughters?” I wiped at the tears that spilled down my cheeks.

Carter eased me down to the floor of the basket and found a napkin for my nose. He let me cry, stroking my arm or back the whole time. When I calmed down he squeezed my hand.

“My sweet Ryanne. So much pain locked inside. Don’t forget that Heather stayed with you. That’s true love too.”

He was right. All these years I’d only held on to the hurt, forgetting that Heather could have left me too. Instead she fought to keep custody of me. She put off college and worked to pay the bills until I could get a job and help too. My parents might be selfish flakes, but Heather wasn’t like them. I squeezed his hand back.

“Why couldn’t I see that on my own? Thank you.”

“That’s why I’m here.” He touched my face with his thumb and wiped away a tear. “Now, how about some food?”


About charitybradford

Science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. My first novel is now available--The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013)

Posted on February 11, 2012, in Blogfest, Faerie Wings, story bits. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I don't know anything about the blogfest, but I really liked your snippet. It strikes very close to home, I'm afraid. I think it's great that you show how love is about so much more than romantic feelings. Nice job!

  2. Very nice way to show real love isn't just tickles in our hormones! Love it. 🙂

  3. Aw, I loved this! Very touching.

  4. Aw! What a sweet excerpt! Thank you for that. 🙂

  5. Thanks Heather. I really want this book to be about love, all kinds. We take so many things for granted.

  6. 🙂 Thank you to everyone for stopping by. Glad you liked this.

  7. Oh, you are SO right! The truest love is given by those closest to us, and that's usually family. This was so sweet!

  8. Charity, this excerpt is great. Being able to provide comfort is a very sexy quality in a man. It shows that he can handle not just happy, easy emotion, but any emotion.

  9. That setting couldn't be any more romantic! And we tend to forget that love is as much about being there when things are hard not just during the sunny times.

  10. So sweet! I agree with Catherine – a guy who can empathize is very sexy indeed.

  11. Oh, the hot air balloon ride, and words from a man who cares deeply for Ry, beautiful! I enjoyed reading this excerpt. 🙂

  12. Wouldn't it be great if we could recognize the gift we have in our families everyday?

  13. I totally agree that sensitive is perhaps the sexiest trait in a man. 🙂 And I want my hubby to take me on a balloon ride over Naps Valley.

  14. That was a sweet excerpt, Charity. 🙂

  15. That was romantic and heart-tugging at the same time. You pulled that together quite nicely.

  16. Love a sensitive man. Yes, you tugged at our heart strings for sure:) Kuddos!

  17. Very sweet, and I like your fresh take on love for this blogfest!- Liz

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