Her new novel is "Revealed," Book Two in the series. Tamera's an awful lot of fun to e-chat with, and she's got marvelous ideas about what today's Inspirational romance is all about. At least the kind she creates. So, Tamera, we Bellas say, "Buongiorno!"
Okay, so I’m a “Lovely Inspy Author” (as Michelle said yesterday, thereby establishing that I’m not a lusty wench, LOL!), which means I’m supposed to be sweet and kind and good and all that (insert choking sound here). But what Inspy Authors are probably most known for, in the romance genre anyway, is for keeping the love scenes chaste, right? Which makes me giggle because one of my first reader mails from a woman who read Rekindled (my first novel) said, “Your approach to love scenes is far, far more erotic than graphic details.....and very stirring...”
Which again proved to me that sex starts loooong before we enter a bedroom. It begins in the nuances of our conversations, in the ways a man and woman relate to each another and through what they say. Simply put—romance begins…with words.
Words have power. They have the awesome ability to build up, and they possess the formidable strength to tear down. All in one fell swoop. And it’s so easily done, really. We open our mouths and words just pour forth!
Spoken words are a powerful component to our relationships. They’re the crux upon which our relationships are founded. They’re how we communicate (obviously), and how we identify with and relate to each other. If you’re like me, you have certain conversations from your past that you treasure. You pull them out on occasion, dust them off, and “live” them again. Because words don’t die. They linger in who we are and in who we will become.
With words, we compliment. With words, we injure. We declare love, desire, affection. And then can express thoughts so hateful that after the words leave our tongues we wonder where on earth they came from, and why we ever gave them life. Words leave us breathless with laughter and give us a glimpse into how wonderful life can be.
Words whispered in the dark hush of night between two lovers are part of the thread with which their love is woven. And yet from these same two lovers can come words that wound to the heart of who they are. Sometimes we speak the words outright, but more often we wheedle sharp little slivers of truth into our conversations with such deftness and sincerity of tone that if someone didn’t know better, bless their hearts, they might think we were complimenting the other person—instead of plunging the dagger.
Some words, once penned, stand the test of time. We pour over the writer’s prose, appreciating the way they wrap themselves around our emotions. And we find comfort in how they express our deepest desires, our fears and longings—regardless of whether they were written hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Those words dried on paper have stood the test of time because they shed light—sometimes painfully, sometimes with a spark of lightness—on our common human plight. And many of these words penned, if you look closely, have to do with…love.
My newest release, Revealed, historical romance from Bethany House Publishers and Book Two in Fountain Creek Chronicles series, explores how spoken words can mend a broken life, or cripple it. And how words left unspoken can sometimes inflict a far deeper and more lasting wound than something said.
Words are powerful to change relationships. Words resonate within us. There are phrases I’ve read and heard that were instantly written inside me because they connected with my journey here.
Here are some of those phrases from books:
From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, on the subject of Love:
When love beckons to you, follow him. Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him. Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him. Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
From The Singer by Calvin Miller:
To God obscenity is not uncovered flesh. It is exposed intention. Nakedness is just a state of heart. Was Adam any more unclothed when he discovered shame? Yes.
And here are some scenes/phrases from favorite movies:
From a scene in Casablanca:
Ilsa: With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.
Rick: Yeah, it's pretty bad timing. Where were you, say, ten years ago?
“Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me.” –Runaway Bride
"I will love you my whole life. You and no other." –Braveheart
Also from Braveheart: “Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take...our freedom!”
And there’s the scene from the 2005 release of Pride & Prejudice (swooning alert):
Mr. Darcy (culminating scene at the end of the movie and, as he delivered the words, you don’t get much sexier than this, gals):
You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.
So my blogging question today, you lovely wordsome Bellas, is:
What are your favorite “romantic phrases” from books or “romantic scenes” from movies that still resonate inside you? That curled your toes when you first read or saw them, and that still warm your heart now? Do share!
And as a side note, are there unspoken words you need to speak to someone in your life? If yes, say them today!