Author Guest Post
Childhood Memory: First Love Story
Recently, while out to lunch, I was asked when I wrote my first love story. I opened my mouth, ready and eager to talk about my first published novel, Same Page, only to shut it again when I realized I’d penned a romantic tale much earlier than 2009, which is when I started writing seriously. Years and years earlier, in fact. So long ago, it was a tad embarrassing to admit how young I was.
I was only twelve!
Yes, at the grand old age of twelve I wrote my first epic love story! And what an epic it was. A historical one! I had my heroine—a young, recently orphaned Englishwoman—crossing storm-tossed oceans, dealing with sickness and a rapidly dwindling food supply. It was the 1780s and she was sailing from England to Australia as part of the Second Fleet. Oh, and did I mention she managed to capture the heart of the devilishly handsome, much older sea captain somewhere between the Cape of Good Hope and Port Jackson? I even threw in a sex scene! Well, it was fade to black, but it was most definitely implied! How else could you interpret Tessa’s diary entry where she said she couldn’t possibly speak about what happened after she had dinner with the captain in his stateroom because to do so wouldn’t be considered ladylike?
I remember feeling ever so clever about Tessa’s ‘sort of’ confession—I managed to sidestep describing something I knew nothing about—I hadn’t even experienced my first kiss yet—and shock my sixth grade teacher at the same time! Ask any precocious twelve-year-old—that’s a win-win! Her face when she read it in front of the class was priceless. I was a hero to my fellow classmates for at least a week. I hope, for Mrs. Smith’s sake, she never had another student like me.
Well, time’s have changed and I’ve now experienced my first kiss. Yep, it was just last week… rather nice, wetter than I thought it would be…
Just kidding. But times have definitely changed. These days I’m inspired by beautifully flawed and wonderfully intriguing gay men who fall in love in spite of themselves, and, um, I don’t always fade to black…
The most recent additions to the dinner party called my brain are Noah and Robert from Heart Knot Mine—two very interesting Art History professors. Telling their story has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride of emotion. They had my nerves on edge, my stomach in knots, and I wanted to bang their heads together once or twice. Okay, it was at least a dozen times, but getting to know them both was oh so worth it.
Perhaps I should send a copy to my old sixth grade teacher…
About The Author
Lily Velden lives on the east coast of Australia, her family having emigrated from Holland when she was a child.
She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.
Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”
Not that she’s abandoned artmaking in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.
There are many things Lily loves, here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.
Her latest book is the M/M Contemporary Romance, Heart Knot Mine.
Heart Knot Mine By Lily Velden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
Format: Paperback - 218 pages
Kindle - 978 KB
Nook - 878 KB
Genre: M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
BUY THE BOOK: Heart Knot Mine
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book Tours.
Robert Callinan is Noah’s English counterpart in the program. The men exchange not only their jobs, but also their homes, and it is what Noah stumbles across while staying at Robert’s house that sends him on a journey of self-discovery—both mentally and physically. A journey that puts color back into his life… just not in the way he expected. When the exchange program ends, Noah has to go home, but he doesn’t know if he wants to return to the life he left behind.
My Book Review:
Even with a rewarding career as a college professor, Noah Daniels has always felt like something has been missing in his life: true love. When Noah is offered the chance to participate in a teacher exchange program in England, he embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery that will surprisingly change his outlook on his sexuality and love in an unexpected way.
In Heart Knot Mine, author Lily Velden weaves a passionate and heart wrenching tale set in Chicago and London that follows college professor Noah Daniels journey of sexual self-discovery.
The reader is easily drawn into Noah's journey: from the time he swaps respective houses and colleges with his British counterpart, college professor Robert Callinan; to his gradual sexual awakening and self-identity; to the friendship and romantic relationship that develops between them.
Noah's sexual identity is awakened when he discovers Robert's collection of male pornography, and as his long distance relationship develops with Robert, the attraction and romantic feeling of love develops between them. Can Noah put his heart on the line for a chance at love and happiness, or will it slip away when his lifestyle change is wrought with emotional and dramatic family conflict?
Heart Knot Mine is a deeply intense and emotional story that will pull at your heartstrings. You can't help but feel compassion for Noah as he endures emotional conflict as he gradually discovers his true sexual identity, and the realization that he is falling in love with another man. As Noah embraces his new lifestyle, the reader follows the development of his romantic relationship with Robert, it is filled with enough passion and scorching sexual interactions that vividly deepens their connection. Then there is Noah's emotional family drama and conflict that is so heart wrenching, you can't help but want to smack the crap out of his insensitive family members. Noah's personal journey takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that will have them experiencing the full gamut of emotions.
Heart Knot Mine is a profoundly passionate, endearing and emotional M/M romantic story that will leave the reader wanting more.
RATING: 4 STARS
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