Okay, I admit it ... AKITR is a romance novel. There, I said it. For weeks when people ask me what my book is about, I say it is about friendship ... an unexpected friendship that blooms between an 86 year old woman with a colorful past and a 27 year old girl hiding from her past. Danielle works at the grocery store and Adeline comes through her line every Tuesday, buying the same set of items ... and it's quite a list! Both women discover something about the others pasts and they help each other work through those regretful and painful pasts ... BUT, along the way ... there are romantic entanglements. We learn about Adeline's love affairs and Danielle's true love, lost to her by war. Both women experience unexpected love again when it seems all hope is gone ... You'll love George. He's been Adeline's friend for 60 plus years ... yep, you'll love George. I love George. I'd like to meet George ... you'll gather why. And then, there's Tommy. Get to know him a bit and you'll understand the depth of Danielle's sorrow, how achingly she misses him. Life is hard, for both women. Some situations we create ourselves and some, we fall into .... Yes, it is a romance. YES ... I admit it. Truth prevails. My editor, bless her heart, told me to begin talking about the romance aspect of the book ... at first, I wanted to rebel ... but I find I can't help myself ... as much as I want to say it's purely about relationships between women and how vital our friendships are to one another ... Oh, man, I'm a romantic. It leaks through every fiber of my being. I'm one of "those" that cries at Hallmark commercials. You know the type. I can't help but write about Love and ooey-gooey. Want a teaser .... here you go .... bear in mind, I'm removing names ... don't want to give too much away. :)
“I started down the tunnel when a horrid thundering sounded in my ears, the floor shook me and I grabbed for the wall to steady myself. The ground above the tunnel gave way under the weight of the heavy rains, falling in before me with devasting speed, blocking the passageway to the hotel. I screamed, thinking I might die, and then, in an instant—before my scream was finished, he appeared. He had been following me at a short distance with a small lantern. I ran to him, ranting on about dying, and he said simply, ‘We will not die in here.’ “He used my real name; I didn’t know he knew my real name. I stepped back from him to watch him; he took my hand and led me back toward the theater. “Another rumble, then grumbling of earth, and we discovered we were trapped in both directions. For all of my fear, I never cried. He said people would dig us out when they realized I was missing; he said with some venom that Frederic would spare no expense to open the tunnel.” Her voice trailed a bit. “He kept his distance, looking for a chance opening, heaving at beams and moving sections of fallen earth. I watched him, watched his muscles move, watched his dark silken hair that had come undone, sway about him. After some time, he stopped and stood against the wall avoiding me although I looked at him, and then he turned toward me, his eyes focused and dark. We watched each other in the lantern light; his shadow played in the flame light on the far wall. “The air felt thick and the world became very small, very quick. I stood up and walked to him; I had no way to fight what happened in there. I couldn’t help myself. He wrapped me in his arms and we made love, wild and tender. There in the tunnel, the lantern went out and we were in the darkness, alone. The night passed and I remained in his arms. Something happened between us that night, our souls intertwined. I no longer belonged to myself. Heart, body, and soul—I belonged to him.”
I am super stoked about "A Kiss in the Rain" being on www.indiesunlimited.com .... My "ad" will go live on June 24 at 2:00 p.m. FANTASTIC!
To top it off ... that's the 17th anniversary of my wedded bliss. :)
Bliss is a loose word--it could be sarcastic and maybe some days it is, but I love that man, Kyle D. Wilkinson. Crazy, but every year he gets better lookin' ... what's that about? I feel like I have to work harder to stay looking the way I used to ... :) But, him ... not even trying. He walks outside and comes in tan. His wrinkles are developing in just the right places like in the creases of his eyes which by the way aren't brown and aren't green. They're both. I love looking in his eyes; so unique, they are (a little Yoda there). He has maintained his weight at 6 foot and around 155 pounds of toned muscle. Yes, he is skinny ... but he is as strong as an ox! After all, he is a landscaper, so he works hard, climbs trees, throws 80 lb blocks, and looks good. I love it when he's dirty. Take that how you will, but covered in dirt and sweat, grass clippings, tree shavings ... Mmmm, boy howdy. I haven't even mentioned how he looks sitting on his Harley Davidson. It's all good! And we are coming up on 17 years married! Can it be? Where has the time gone?
And we have 6 children? 6 Combinations of us running around. That's just weird. Anyone else understand me on that? It's bizarre to look in the faces of your children and see the two of you.
I'm grateful for Kyle and for the years of maturing lessons we've endured together to create this "bliss" we have between us now. He is my best friend, my confidant, my encourager, my spiritual head, my partner, and I think he's incredibly special, hard working, smart, motivated, and superbly full of common sense (My perfect foil)! (There are moments, though ....) LOL. Aren't there with everyone?
Not often. That's a statement that I can make with confidence. Because I work to control that particular emotion on a daily basis as I don't find much value in anger and see it displayed far too often everyday. I see it in my children, in my students, at the grocery store, on the road, between co-workers, at church, everywhere you go ... there's anger. Why is that the easiest emotion to loose? Why are we a people so comfortable being angry? These are my questions. And it's nothing new ... it is an issue that has existed for all of time. Think Cain and Abel.
Hebrews 12:14 says to make every effort to live at peace with all men. Read for yourself ...
American King James Version Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
American Standard Version Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:
Douay-Rheims Bible Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God.
Darby Bible Translation Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord:
English Revised Version Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:
Webster's Bible Translation Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Weymouth New Testament but may rather be restored. Persistently strive for peace with all men, and for that growth in holiness apart from which no one will see the Lord.
World English Bible Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,
Young's Literal Translation peace pursue with all, and the separation, apart from which no one shall see the Lord,
I don't know about you, but I want to live above what is common for man, what is easy for man, and anger comes far too easily. My favorite Scripture is I Corinthians 10:13 ... "No temptation has seized you except what is COMMON to man. And God is faithful. He will NOT let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. When you are tempted, he WILL provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." That's a promise. He WILL provide you a means of controlling your anger! Controlling temptation that is common place among people.
Anger is common place.
And ... I, I am not common place. I'm a daughter of the Most High God ... and as such, I will seek peace and pursue it (I Peter 3:11) ...
To feel anger is one thing. To control the effects of the emotion ... that's all together another thing. Seek peace. Pursue it. Do not sin. Do not be CoMMON PLACE.
Everyone can be angry and sin. Can you exercise control and take that anger, that energy, give it to God and let Him work peace in your spirit?
It's a daily struggle at the beginning ... but as time goes on ... angry people begin to look out of control and overwhelmingly sad to you. These are people without the Peace that Passes Understanding (Philippians 4:7) and it is blatantly obvious.
If we are people, called by His name, ought we to work to control anger? Yes.
So ... the question was ... when do I get angry?
Example ... student walks in late to class yesterday while the mid-term is being taken. I tell her what to do. The girl sitting next to her tells her what to do. A third girl, from two rows up, turns and tells her what to do. Late girl snaps at second row girl. Second row girl yells back at late girl. Instantaneous anger on both sides spouts into a screaming fest in under ten seconds while the rest of the class sat in shocked amusement at their foolishness. I walked between them. Clapped my hands like a mother and said "Stop it." I may have said I felt like I was at home with my children instead of a room of grown adults. In that moment ... I was frustrated at the foolishness of anger. Was I angry? No. Frustrated at the effects of lack of control.
So, that wasn't a good example ... When am I angry? When the church turns its back on people in need/torment/sin that they don't know how to shake. That makes me angry. However ... "In your anger, do not sin" ... so it is an opportunity for me to do better ... to be the branch of the church who loves, who welcomes, who accepts, who understands that YES the church is full of hypocrits! Of course it is ... else it wouldn't make sense. That pushes me.
What makes me angry? That's a hard question. You see ... people are people and they do what they do based on reasons/emotions. There's always a flip-side. How will I ever be effective if I react in anger at the drop of a dime every day?
I've been told to seek peace and pursue it. I see the reward in my own life. The emotional baggage I used to carry ... it's GONE. Do you hear me? It's gone. Anger kept it close, but it is gone.
Life now is about loving and showing love.
Will there be hardship? Yes. Will there be frustration? Absolutely. Am I guaranteed an easy life? No way, Jose. Will I face angry people? Everyday. Will I lose my temper? I give it to God every day.