I was going to post this final love letter on Valentine’s Day, but between the three guest blog posts I had out that same day and the fact that no one was actually home, I decided to hold off. Then, with all the ice and snow keeping me home all week, I decided to dedicate myself to new writing instead of blogging. So… that said. Here it is, the final letter for my Book Boyfriend Love Letter theme, and it’s based on my new book Passing Notes. A word about this: a main plot point of the book is about a boy learning to write a love letter. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that he does, in fact, write one before the book ends. The reaction to it and resulting actions, well, that I’ll let you read the book to find out. All that said, the letter itself is not in the book. If you’ve read the book already, you may enjoy finding out what Mark wrote. If you haven’t read the book yet, maybe this will intrigue you to find out how it fits in the story.
Finally, if you enjoyed this letter, please scroll back to read some lovely posts over the past month from many guest authors. We had a lot of fun, and I have a couple fun ideas for creative writing themes later in the year. Stay tuned… Oh, and please leave a comment.
Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice.
It’s like someone is haunting him. How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why?
And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love?
I’m not a person who reads books. I don’t know how I could impress a girl like you – someone so well-read and well-spoken. Iknow the boys and men in the books you read say amazing things. They have all the right words at the perfect moments. It’s no wonder girls go crazy for that. I would too.
But then I remember – those words spoken by those boys aren’t really theirs. The boys are characters imagined by authors who are (or were) older and much smarter than me. These authors thought a lot about their stories and planned what their characters would say and do. Those beautiful, perfect words weren’t spontaneous or in real time. I’m not sure anyone is that clever. The only way I could come up with words of romance on the spot like that would be if a ghost whispered all the things I should say into my ear to repeat to you. Since that isn't happening, I decided to take some time and think through what I wanted to say and write it out for you.
I’m not trying to tear down your books. I love that you love them. I just want you to know that while I’m not the most eloquent guy (I know, big word, right?), I sure will try hard to be. And where I might not be the best and speaking or writing, I am really awesome at a different skill: listening to you.
I want to be there for you. I want to be what you need. If it’s just a friendship, that’s okay, but don’t hide from me. Let me really be a friend, one who will cherish you and treat you the way you deserve.
I hope you’ll respond.
Did it catch your attention? Passing Notes is a novella of only 61 pages and is available as an ebook for all e-reading devices. Here’s a couple places where you can find it.
Fire and ice (publisher)
Okay folks, today I am featuring the final guest author for my Book Boyfriend Love Letter blog theme. For the past month I’ve invited authors to write love letters based on the characters in their novels to celebrate the release of Passing Notes, my new novella about a boy learning to write a love letter. Today, Rie Sheridan shares a fun love letter based on her characters from the Steampunk novel The Marvelous Mechanical Man. I adore how nerdy and awkward it is, and it makes me very curious to read the book to get to know these characters better.
If you enjoy this letter, scroll back and read the other letters authors have written, leave some comments, and come back on Saturday for the big finale!
Josephine Mann is down to her last two dollars when she bumps into Professor Alistair Conn. The professor is in need of a lab assistant, and Jo desperately needs a job. Obviously, it's the Hand of Fate.
Professor Conn has created a wonder--a 9-foot-tall automaton Jo dubs Phaeton. When an evil villain steals the marvelous mechanical man, Jo and Alistair track him down and get Phaeton back. Unfortunately, it's a given the evil Bessant won't give up without a fight, and Jo's longing for adventure suddenly becomes much too real...and deadly.
We have been colleagues for several months now. I must say, I am becoming quite used to having you around. When you first proposed our working arrangement, I had my doubts, but you have proven to be a most worthy assistant.
I did not expect to so quickly become fond of your…somewhat unorthodox methodologies. I still can’t find where you “organized” my 32 mm seventeen tooth cogs to be, but I am sure they will turn up at some point.
It has been…gratifying to have someone to share my thoughts with, and I believe your insights have actually led to some time reduction on some of Phaeton’s improvements. Don’t let that go to your head—I am still a bit miffed about your cavalier actions at the warehouse—but I do understand why you felt them necessary.
I didn’t intend to make this an employment recommendation, drat it…
I found our kiss quite pleasant.
That is what I truly wanted to say. I know that young ladies put great stock in such things, and I didn’t want you to think that I was unmoved by it—although I know it was for expediency’s sake at the time.
I wouldn’t mind repeating the experiment.
There, I have said it. I find myself quite attracted to you, and I would like to pursue a more structured relationship. If you are interested as well.
If not, forgive my boldness.
I have an errand to run on Monday. Please open the laboratory at the usual time. And do NOT try and complete the Halogen conductor before I get there…
You know what happened last time.
This is the final week of my Book Boyfriend Love Letter theme. It has been really fun reading the letters YA and NA authors have written based on the characters in their novels. All of this fun has been to celebrate the release of my YA romance Passing Notes, which is about a boy learning how to write a love letter. Well, author Shawn McGuire joins us today with a love letter based on the third book in her Wish Makers series, Never Hurt Me, that will definitely put some color in your cheeks. Enjoy! And, hey, if you’re having fun reading this letter, scroll back and read the letters from my other guest authors and leave a comment.
Everyone has a wish. Desiree’s just got real.
For forty-five years, eternally-eighteen-year-old Desiree has been in a sort of limbo, granting wishes for others while never receiving her own. Now it’s the hippie-genie’s turn, and she’s finally going to get what she asked for so long ago. A second chance at life.
She has two options: go back or start fresh. Going back means a do over. Returning to 1968 to when her best friend, brother, and parents are still alive. But will anything change and is it worth the risk of reliving all of the pain for a second time? Maybe starting fresh is the better option.
Both of her choices take her away from Kaf though. And that’s a huge problem because falling in love with her chauvinistic, exasperating, gorgeous boss was the last thing Desiree ever expected.
I remember well the day I met you. It didn’t take long for me to realize that you and I are as different as two beings could be and that working together was going to be a challenge. You are independent and firm in your beliefs. I, as you often tell me, am old-fashioned and have a tendency to do and say things that go against those beliefs. Despite this you continue to tolerate me and even seem to enjoy my companionship at times. It is difficult for me to express feelings, my words do not always come together as I intend. Please bear with me and try to look past the words to the feelings now.
When you first became one of my Guides, it was necessary for me to observe you throughout the day to insure that you were performing your duties satisfactorily. You quickly surpassed expectations, but I continued to look in on you. Now it is a habit I cannot break. I start each day going about the tasks I need to accomplish and a moment inevitably comes when I feel that I have missed or forgotten something. As much as I try to deny it or push past the feeling, the truth is undeniable. The thing that is always missing is that I had not yet seen you. And so I look in on you if only for a few moments.
Did you know that your eyes are the color of a perfect, cloudless sky? Did you know that when you smile a small dimple appears on the left side of your mouth? Did you know that when you concentrate on something you chew on your bottom lip? That freckles sprinkle across your nose and cheeks after you’ve been in the sun for the first time every spring? When you dance, especially to Van Morrison, you seem to disappear into your own spiritual realm. When you sit atop your bus to meditate or appreciate your surroundings, a look of such serenity comes over you that my breath catches.
If I could have my own wish granted, it would be for you to be mine. I wish to hold you. To feel your body pressed against mine. To place my lips to yours. I am exactly the type of man you cannot tolerate and do not for one instant believe that you have similar feelings, but I cannot keep this to myself any longer. I must take the chance and let you know that I love you, Desiree. I have for years and if you will have me, faults and all, I will be yours for the rest of time.
Shawn McGuire is the author of The Wish Makers series. You can read more about her, Desiree, Kaf, and her books on her website – www.Shawn-McGuire.com.
Does that letter tantalize you? Here’s where you can get the Wish Maker books:
Sticks and Stones (Book 1 – currently free on Amazon Kindle)
Barnes and Noble
Break My Bones (Book 2)
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Never Hurt Me (Book 3)
Barnes and Noble
For the past couple weeks I’ve been hosting guest authors as they present love letters based on the characters in their books. This fun theme is to celebrate the release of my YA romance novella Passing Notes, which is about a boy learning how to write a love letter. Today’s guest is Aubrey Wynne who has a story in Love Least Expected, an anthology of romance stories. Sounds perfect for Valentine's Day! If you enjoy this love letter, scroll back and read some of the other author contributions, and please leave a comment.
When love drops in unexpected, the strangest things can happen. Nine short stories from sweet to sultry, full of romance, magic and love from award winning and USA Today recommended authors.
Aubrey’s story is: “Rolf’s Quest” (Historical Romance)
Time is running out for the royal wizard of Henry II. Rolf’s quest: find genuine love and lift the enchantment that has imprisoned his ancestor, Merlin, for centuries. Now he must win Melissa’s heart without the use of magic. She desires him, but will she defy her family and refuse her betrothed? Or will Rolf be doomed to a life of bitterness like his ancestors before him.
My dearest Melissa,
I have a confession to make and pray to my gods that you will believe me. Our first meeting was never accidental. Fate pulled you to that hilltop. I had waited for you since the day Merlin took over my training at the age of ten. You have haunted my dreams and filled my heart with hope. I knew the curve of your cheek, the softness of your lips and the kindness in your soul before I ever laid eyes on you.
My quest is essential to end the curse upon my family line. The urgency to break the spell, holding my ancestor Merlin in a tree, has ruled the first born of each generation since the time of Arthur. I have been driven to find and claim you, make you fall in love with me without the use of my magic.
And then you appeared before me and time stopped. The cold casing around my heart cracked a little more with every shared glance.
I realized with each conversation, each touch of your hand that the quest no longer took precedence. If I did not make you mine, my future would be empty. I now see how barren my life has been and cannot live with such a void again.
I willingly give up all my power, all my possessions of any worth, to hold you in my arms and call you my wife. Please, my love, wait for me. Have faith in our destiny. I will come for you.
Your devoted wizard,
Baron Rolf Arbrec
There are few things I have done in my life that I truly regret. What I did to you, the way I broke your trust and hurt you, is my greatest shame. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I could not make myself stop no matter how hard I tried. I could not explain it or understand it in that moment. I do not tell you this as an excuse. There is no excuse I could give that would make my actions right.
I knew later, after we left you and the girls trapped in the house, that my actions cost me the relationship we have built. My heart, a part of me that I always guarded so well, breaks because I have not just lost your love, but you were stolen from me...from us, by Mordrid.
This is just another way I have failed you.
I swore I would never let Mordrid or Morgana hurt you, and yet I failed to stop that demented Wizard. If it weren’t for the fact that I can still feel the silver bond between us, I would fear you dead. But I cannot let myself think such a horrible thing. Telling myself, no knowing, you are still alive is the only thing holding me together.
I never told you much about my family, only that my parents died. I never told you about my little sister or how she died. I wish you could have met her, my beautiful Sophvira. As I have heard you girls saying, you two would have gotten along like a house on fire. I have no doubt she would have loved you. You two share the same strong, loving and loyal spirit. I failed her too.
I have to be better, more in control of my actions and myself. I know I have hurt you and that I may no longer be deserving of your love. If I were a stronger man, I would step aside and let you and Arthur, my king, be together. I know he would make you happy, love you, but I am not that strong of a man. The thought of losing you, even to my brother, my king, I cannot bear it.
I have much to atone for. I may have no chance or right, but I will not give up on winning you back. I will become a better man, prove that you can trust me once again. I will become the man you deserve to have love and cherish you for the rest of your life and even beyond.
We are trying to find a way to locate you, to save you and bring you home to us, to me. I hope that when that happens—and it will happen; I will find a way to you—I can give you this letter, and maybe you can find a way to look past my actions and give me another chance. You own all of me; you have since that first moment when you freed me from the Sidhe. I am not going to give up on us, or on being the kind of man you need and deserve to have by your side.
I love you,
Learn more about LH Nicole and her books by following her:
Legendary Saga website
Do the books sound as intriguing to you as they do to me? Here's where you can get them:
Legendary (The Legendary Saga, Book 1)
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Claiming Excalibur (The Legendary Saga, Book 2)
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