I love how the days get shorter and the nights get longer, deeper, more silent and vast. I love what that can signify in our souls, the instinct to withdraw and turn inwards, to consider the ending of one year and the coming of another.
There’s so much power in darkness. Things grow in the dark, roots and vegetables and babies, for starters. Healthy sleep habits, too. But at the time of year when I want to be most quiet, most silent, most alone, I’m thrust into a whirlwind of parties, shopping, baking, decorating, and planning for my entire family to descend on my house for days. I’m fortunate in that most of my family is, like me, perfectly happy to sit with a book and a cup of tea for hours on end, but we will have to engage with the world in some ways.
Dangerous things grow in the dark, too. The battle between darkness and light both outside and in our souls, is a theme in BREATH ON EMBERS. Thea struggles against the darkness that comes from grief threatening to become a habit, not an emotion. Ronan, Thea’s lover, uses every weapon at his disposal to show her the light waiting for her. He deploys shopping and cocoa and cookies and hot sex and ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, and unconditional acceptance on the verge of becoming love.
What about you? Do you love this time of year, or hate it? Why? If it’s not your favorite, how do you make it more pleasant? Comment for a chance to win a copy of BREATH ON EMBERS!
Book blurb: (Buy from Amazon)
Christmas is the perfect time for Firefighter Ronan O’Rourke to take things to the next level with his sexually adventurous girlfriend. He knows she has feelings for him—and he’s sure of his feelings for her—but when Thea refuses his invitation to sample Christmas in New York City because what they share is nothing more than sheet-burning sex, Ronan sets out to change her mind.
Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.
Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?
A big thank you to Anne Calhoun for stopping by and chatting!
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