Happy Almost Valentine’s Day, everyone. I’m so lucky to get to blog about this holiday every year. Although I’ve never written a book set around Valentine’s Day, I’ve considered various plots, but have never come up with one that could carry an entire book. This holiday has a warm place in my heart because I sold my first book on Valentine’s Day many years ago. It was so exciting. Recently, I received a call from my editor who called to tell me that Heartwarming is buying another book from me. This sale is just as exciting as the first one.
Even though Valentine’s Day has become incredibly commercialized, it still represents something we all need, and need to show, which is love. Not simply romantic love, but love for friends, family, even strangers. The crazy thing about love is that the more you give away, the more you get back.
However, love of any kind always comes with risks. People change, circumstances change, love turns to something much less desirable.
Recently, a friend of mine completed all the requirements for the Foster to Adopt program here in Arizona. Within days, she got a call that a four-day-old boy needed a home. She eagerly took him in. I immediately began wondering what it would be like if she couldn’t keep him, couldn't adopt him. Giving him up would be impossibly hard if she had to do it, but there was no way she could stop herself from loving him. Then I met him. I put him up on my shoulder and he snuggled into my neck as if it was his favorite place on earth. Instant love. I realized that no matter how long my friend gets to keep him, her love will always be with him.
So, I guess in my roundabout way, I’m saying that love is worth the risk, which is what we romance writers are always trying to say in many different voices.