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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Welcome, Christina Cole!

Welcome, Christina, fellow Sweet Cravings and Tuesday Tales author and an enormously gifted writer! I'm reading your book, Irresistable, right now and can't put it down. I get cranky when interrupted! Here are a few words from Christina. Scroll down for her gorgeous cover.
 Give and Take 
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. As the days turn cool and the nights grow long, I feel my senses coming alive. When the leaves turn to brilliant golds, fiery reds, and dazzling oranges, all the world becomes brighter and more beautiful.
Each time of year has its special moments, but autumn has been especially blessed. It’s the season of harvest, and a time of thanksgiving. As the holidays approach, it’s good for us to take a moment to look at our lives, give thanks for all we’ve been given, and then reach out to share our blessings with others. 
Giving to others is one of the greatest joys in life. Our gifts don’t have to be costly ones. The gifts most-remembered are the ones that come from our hearts.
Gifts of time.
Gifts of service.
Gifts of love.
There’s another side to giving, though, and now and then, we need to consider it, as well. Giving goes hand in hand with taking. While it’s easy to be a generous giver, sometimes it’s difficult to gracefully accept what others offer.
“No, you shouldn’t have!”
“Really, I can’t accept that!”
“Please, don’t get me anything!”
Chances are you’ve uttered words like those on a few occasions. I know I have.  But when we reject a gift we’re given, we’re denying pleasure to someone who cared enough to show their generosity.
This is a lesson I learned as I wrote Irresistible, my historical romance released by Secret Cravings Publishing. The main character of the story, Rise Childers, confuses generosity with pity.   
She’s resentful when Samuel Mills attempts to woo her with gifts, even though those precious gifts -- easels, oil paints, fine sable-tipped brushes -- are the stuff of her dreams. As I wrote the story, I felt Samuel’s growing frustrations. He had a heart filled with love and wanted to share his love with Rise. By rejecting his gifts, she was rejecting him. 
 Of course, all good love stories should have happy endings. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy writing romances. I believe in love and happiness, and I believe that learning to accept love is as important as giving it. Above all, I know that love is a powerful force for good in our lives, and through the pages of my stories, I hope to share my love with others. 
Irresistible is available for online purchase at the following sites:


V.L. Locey said...

Lovely post and a beautiful cover!

Christina Cole said...

Thank you so much. The cover was designed by Dawne Dominique. Her work is always incredible.

Jennifer Simpkins said...

I love to give to others - I would rather do something nice for someone else than get anything in return. I think even more so after I became a mother. But I've never thought that when I in a sense reject someone's gift that I would be denying them the same happiness I feel when I give to someone.
Thanks for sharing Christina.

Christina Cole said...

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts, Jennifer.

Sherry Gloag said...

Beautiful post, Christina. And I loved Irresistble :-)

Christina Cole said...

Thanks, Sherry. So glad you enjoyed the story.

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

Christina, I feel the same way about autumn, and thank you for your comments about receiving gratefully and gracefully. Our pride and sense of self sometimes gets in the way. I am reading Irresistible and loving the developing relationship between Rise and Samuel. You have a winner!

Christina Cole said...

Thanks so much, Flossie. I'm glad you stopped by. I'm excited about your early release of Wytchfae Runes. When is it coming out?