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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love hurts...sometimes.

Sometimes love hurts. There’s no getting around it. Even in the most perfect relationship –there are moments you wonder why in the world you ever jumped into the madness of love.

I guess I should really introduce myself before I babble on.  Silly me. Where are my manners? Maeve Greyson here. I’m a paranormal romance writer and my debut novel, BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER with The Wild Rose Press will be available on February 18th.  Before I give you a taste of my story, back to my original thought –sometimes love hurts so much you think you’ve got a gaping wound in the center of your chest where your heart used to beat.  

Unrequited love. A widowed partner. A failed relationship. Why do we set ourselves up for such pain? I think Alfred Lord Tennyson summed it up best in his famous quote: "It's better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all."
To never love, never feel the ecstasy and excitement rush through your being would be like slogging through life on a diet of stale bread and water. Is it really “living” when you get to the end of your allotted time and you can’t recall one moment worth remembering? I think not. I think that’s defined as just existing. Yes. Sometimes love hurts. But it’s one of the rare things in this world well worth the pain.
And now for an excerpt from BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER where love is hurting just a bit:
However, tonight Latharn was different. He didn’t go any further then the hungry possession of her mouth or the desperate, crushing embrace. Nessa sensed he needed this night to be different. His body tensed beneath her touch, he restrained his caress as if he wanted her to reason rather than just shatter into mindless bliss.
He raised his head and gazed into her eyes. Nessa flinched at the depths of pain and frustration etched in his face. He struggled, trying to communicate, to connect with her deepest emotions without the use of words. He took his palm, flattened it against his heart then placed it upon her chest. His brows drawn together in a questioning frown, he tilted his head and waited for a sign that she understood.

Her lower lip quivered at the very obvious gesture. Nessa whispered and covered his hand with hers. “Are you telling me you love me?” Her whisper caught in her throat.

One corner of his mouth pulled up into a relieved smile as Latharn nodded and brushed his lips across hers. He took a deep breath as though steeling himself against his own deepest fears. He took her hand and repeated the heart touching gesture from her chest to his. Then he raised a brow and awaited her answer, anxiety filling his eyes.

A lone tear escaped down her cheek as Nessa stared at her hand splayed upon his broad chest. “You know I love you,” she murmured with a moan. “I just wish that you were real.”

He squeezed his eyes shut, pulling her into his arms to cradle her against his chest. Holding her close, he stroked her hair as she gave way to tears. 

Beyond a Highland Whisper – available February 18th from The Wild Rose Press

Which will triumph? The vengeful wrath of a cruel witch or a love spanning across time?
The last time Latharn MacKay walked among his kinsman was in Scotland of 1410.  Sensuous and charismatic, all the women wanted him, but none captured his heart.  Latharn's charm became his curse when a wicked sorceress didn’t accept his rejection.  She snared his soul into a crystal globe until the one woman destined to be his love whispers his release.  Now all Latharn has to do is find her and convince Nessa to break the curse without speaking a word to tell her how.

One of the youngest archeologists in St Louis of 2010, Nessa credits one thing for this achievement: the recurring dream of a heart-stopping Highlander since the summer she turned eighteen years old.  Little does she know, he's not some fantasy cooked up by her subconscious.  He’s a trapped soul determined for Nessa to end his six centuries in hell. Can love prevail over the dark magic of a woman scorned?

For more about Maeve and her books:


Virginia said...

There is a lot of times that love hurts but that just part of it.


Maria Zannini said...

Poor kitties! But a perfect caption.

Faith said...

Hi Maeve!

Love hurts because it's such an intense emotion, but it also reminds us of what we have with him/her and that we're alive. Relationships aren't perfect, which is what makes them intriguing.

Joanne Stewart said...

I completely agree Maeve. Life without love just isn't much of a life at all. And that excerpt... ooh, I can't wait for this one! ;)

Maeve said...

I agree, Ladies. Love is definitely worth the pain. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt...and I thought the photo of the kitties was just purrrfect. (Sorry *big grin* I just couldn't resist!)

Jean P said...

Enjoyed the pictures of the kitties. This is a great sounding story, enjoyed excerpt, always interested in reading stories that are set in Scotland

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Cate Masters said...

So true, Maeve, you have to take the good with the bad. But then, so does he, so it all works out! And love wouldn't be as fun without making up!
Congrats on your upcoming release!
cate.masters AT

Sherry Gloag said...

LOL, I love the kitties too. If love were smooth all the time we'd stop seeing its true value, so while we may not like it, pain in love is all part to the deal.

doxymom said...

Love hurts but that just makes the joy that much stronger. The contrasts.

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Jason said...

heh! I don't think my cats would ever go along with a plan of mine. :)

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Yes, sometimes love hurts, but nothing ventured nothing gained...Congrats on your upcoming release. Continued blessings on all of your endeavors.

Maeve said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments, folks! Good luck in the contest. :)

desitheblonde said...

Maeve the kitty were cute,but you never now when love is going to happen to any one

Maeve said...

I thought the kitties were adorable. Cats are so expressive. You usually know EXACTLY what they're thinking. LOL!

annalisa said...

The kitties were cute and I loved the caption! Also loved the excerpt for Beyond a Highland Whisper. It sounds like an awesome book.


Joyce said...

I love the kitties in the tree. So funny!