Winter is a great season for our senses, providing all sorts of ideas and impressions. Thoughts of freezing temperatures and barren landscapes suggest discomfort and desolation. Picture a solitary figure out on a cold, dark night.
Winter scenes can easily depict nature’s beauty, snow falling at twilight, quiet winds whispering over a blanket of snow, chilly snowflakes dissolved on warm tongues. Or serve as launch pads for recreation and fun. Children laughing in a playful exchange of snowballs, building ice forts and snow angels.
Imagine skaters on an outdoor rink. Razor sharp blades cut the ice as players clash in hockey. Or maneuver the smooth, intricate grace of a figure skater’s dance moves and spins.
Consider too what’s happening outside provides contrast for what goes on inside, making the imaginary transition from icy cold to toasty warm that much stronger. Sitting beside a blazing fire, nestling under soft, cozy blankets, the sweet aroma as steaming hot chocolate melts marshmallows.
The cold temperatures of winter is a theme which runs through Glad Tidings, my holiday e-book from The Wild Rose Press website, which is also available at Amazon.com and BN.com.
In the following quotes, cold plays a big part in the story.
When forever friends and soon to be lovers Jake and Bethany are first reunited.
A frigid blast of air dive bombed down his neck and under his suit coat. He put an arm around her shoulders as they stopped in response to a Don’t Walk sign on the opposite side of the street.
When two children they’ve come to care about have disappeared and Jake desperately searches for them.
Jake’s mouth was dry and his face was numb, yet his palms soaked the inside of his leather gloves with sweat. He’d lost feeling in each toe a while ago and the rest of him ached from the ruthless lash of a bitter wind. The abrupt drop in an already record setting low temperature flash-froze the slushy streets into skating rinks.
And would do worse to the fragile skin of a child.
The relief when he finds them hiding.
He dove inside to gather them to him then, helping first one then the other back up onto the dock, he soon had Tina clutched in one arm with Zeke under the other. The key card he fished out of his pocket fit into a metal case beside the door. At the opening click, he hit the handle with his backside and pulled them all into blessed warmth.
And last, the couple’s oblivion to all things cold and snowy as Bethany accepts her love for Jake at last.
The intrusion of another frigid winter breeze should have chilled her to the core, but didn’t. Standing face to face with the man she loved, basking in the warmth of his devotion, her heart opened up to release unhappy memories of Brian and make room for a joy filled future with Jake.
As the snow flies and the temperature plummets: Be good to yourself, snuggle up with a little romance.
About the Author:I have what could be called a happily ever after type of life. I’ve also lived through some here and there exceptional experiences and adversities. The characters in my stories are much the same, in some cases entering the next phase of successful careers and lives. They’re everyday people who have slowed down, paused to smell the roses, who understand at long last what’s important for them in life. A journey all of us must take to our own happily ever after.
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