Welcome to my stop on the Valentine's Day Gift Hop. There are 175 bloggers participating in this hop (and offering prizes!), and I hope you'll get to as many of them as possible. Thanks to Skye Warren for corralling all these authors and organizing this wonderful event and for the delightful grand prize package. Be sure to enter my drawing at the end of this post for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, a signed print copy of Cooking Up Love and an ARC of Hearts In Harmony.
(Sorry, the print copy is limited to a US winner only)
As a romance writer and reader I end every book with a sigh because my book friends got their happily ever after. But every book, and every HEA, is different. This made me wonder - what is it that makes an ending happy? Is there a specific aspect of an ending that, as my friend Barb Johnson says, makes my heart smile?
I asked my Facebook friends to tell me why they like a happily ever after, and the answers were as different as the books I've read. One friend commented that for him, it was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Achieving happiness in the long search for that one person.
Another friend likened it to setting and achieving goals, and being able to look back at the journey she underwent to get there and know that if she encounters similar circumstances, she'd be able to use what she already knows.
One had a bit more romantic view on the question. She talked about magic and possibilities. No matter how screwed up a person's life might have been, there is someone who completes them. Another half of themselves who makes them better. And therein lies the magic.
Someone I've only met recently, but have a tremendous amount of respect for, told me for her an HEA is a break from the everyday business of life. A reminder that her Dearest is more than just a business partner in her home.
For me, I have to go back to what Barb said. I love a story that makes my heart smile.
Tell me—What does your Happily Ever After look like?