Giveaway Drive

The Blog of Sid Love is hosting a giveaway event for the readers and fans. This is your chance to win some ebooks for FREE – written by some well known M/M authors! The event began on 15th April, 2013 and is now in full swing. “S.L. Danielson”, “Sage Marlowe”, “Alex Carreras” and their books are featured for this purpose and this will go on till 30th April. The blog will feature not one, not two but 11 authors ready to make the month of April, quite amazing for you!

Sue Brown’s giveaway contest has ended. I wish to thank all those who took part in that giveaway and also, good luck to you! The winners of all the giveaways will be announced on May 1, 2013 and the books will be sent out to you by May 2! Till then, enjoy the on-going and upcoming giveaways…

Giveaway Contests that are still on:

S.L. DANIELSON: GIVEAWAY#3 (ENDS TODAY @ 11:59PM Central Time!)
SAGE MARLOWE: GIVEAWAY #4
ALEX CARRERAS: GIVEAWAY #5

NEPHYLIM is with us today, talking about LOVE. Not me, as in Mr. Love… although she does talk about me a bit – but well, what she is mainly talking about is THE LOVE! That one word that is always enough to get a writer inspired, to have a book written and to get a reader intrigued!

Read her interesting thoughts right here, right now!

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The Great Love Giveaway

– by Nephylim

As this giveaway is part of the Sid Love’s blog event I thought it might be nice to take the opportunity to talk about love.

It’s been raised to me on a number of occasions that characters fall in love far too quickly. So, should a couple in literature pronounce undying love for each other within the first chapter, or should love grow through the book, only to burst into flower right at the end, or not at all?

The formal definition of love is

Noun – an intense feeling of attraction

Verb – to feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone.

In actual fact, it’s a lot more difficult to pin down a definition than that. Love can have so many different meaning, sometimes differing from person to person.

Does love at first sight exist? Or is it just lust, friendship, simple attraction. When does attraction turn to caring turn to love?

The Urban Dictionary says this:-

The most spectacular,indescribable, deep euphoric feeling for someone. 

Love is an incredibly powerful word. When you’re in love, you always want to be together, and when you’re not, you’re thinking about being together because you need that person and without them your life is incomplete.

This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone. It’s when you trust the other with your life and when you would do anything for each other. When you love someone you want nothing more than for them to be truly happy no matter what it takes because that’s how much you care about them and because their needs come before your own. You hide nothing of yourself and can tell the other anything because you know they accept you just the way you are and vice versa.

It’s when they’re the last thing you think about before you go to sleep and when they’re the first thing you think of when you wake up, the feeling that warms your heart and leaves you overcome by a feeling of serenity. Love involves wanting to show your affection and/or devotion to each other. It’s the smile on your face you get when you’re thinking about them and miss them.

Love can make you do anything and sacrifice for what will be better in the end. Love is intense,and passionate. Everything seems brighter, happier and more wonderful when you’re in love. If you find it, don’t let it go.

But surely this can be said of attraction too. Isn’t this the way everyone, especially young people, feel in the throes of a new relationship? So is it really love, or just the excitement of being with someone new, someone you only think you love? If you think you love someone does that automatically mean that what you feel really is love?

It appears to me that trying to pin down a definition of love is like trying to cause the wind to blow in a different direction.

So what is my definition of love? To me, love is all the above and more. People say there are different kinds of love. The love you feel for your sexual partner. The love you feel for your child. The love you feel for your pets. The love you feel for yourself. I disagree. Love is love. It’s only the focus that differs. The unconditional affection, intense feelings of protectiveness and need to care and be cared for is the same. I think the key is the unconditional part that’s the key. The caring for and wanting to be with someone even when they’re irritating the hell out of you or making you feel so angry you could punch them. That’s the key to love.

So does love at first sight exist? Sometimes. Sometimes, you do find ‘that person’ and know right from the start you’re going to be together. However, I don’t think it’s possible to ‘know’ it’s love until it’s tested. Everyone thinks they’re in love right at the start but it’s only when there have been bad times, testing times, that you can really know.

Having said all that, I don’t think it’s relevant for the matter of writing. It doesn’t matter whether the characters really are in love, only that they think they are to the point of declaring it.

As previously stated, it’s one thing to be truly in love, and another thing to think you are. Right at the start, in the honeymoon period it’s easy to think you’re in love and to express undying love, even though that’s not what you’re feeling. Granted, it’s more likely for a girl to profess love, than a boy, as boys seem to be somewhat reticent in expressing love and saying the word, but this is not real life, this is literature. Many of the thing we write are rare in real life, but brought together and speeded up for the purpose of keeping the reader riveted through the pages right to the end.

So, my conclusion is that, whilst it’s unlikely the character will ‘know’ they’re in love in the first chapter, they are quite likely to ‘believe’ they are and possible they will ‘say’ they are.

My giveaway is “Enigma”, where love grows through experience and determination, and “The Unfairness of Life” where there is definitely love at first sight on one side while, on the other, love grows grudgingly being fought all the way.

           
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In order to win copies of both books readers need to answer the following question by way of a comment on this post.

“Love is….?”

Please be as creative as you can.

The winner will be chosen by an independent adjudicator and will be announced on this blog on the 1st May. Please provide me with an email address to which I can send the books if you win.

For further information, excerpts, sales links etc of my books, check out my BLOG. Be sure to check out the free reads too.

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To win this contest and take home a free copy of Nephylim’s books, reply to this post in the following format:

Name*:
Email ID*:
Your Answer*:
Message to the author:

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Please note that all the comments for this contest will be under moderation and hidden from public view till 23rd April, 2013.

Contest deadline: TUESDAY – 4/23/2013 – 11:59 PM Central Time

So HURRY!

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Comments
  1. DebraG says:

    Name*: Debby
    Email ID*: debby236@gmail.com
    Your Answer*:Love is so many things. It is knowing that person is always there for you. It is connecting a level so much deeper than you can imagine. That person always brightens you .
    Message to the author: Thanks

  2. Andrew Q Gordon
    andrewqgordon@gmail.com

    Love is holding your child for first and realizing you knew nothing about it until that moment.

    Nephy – you know I love your work and Enigma was one of my favorite – [Hostage still holds that title.] I’m so glad your still entertaining us with your words. 🙂

    Andy

  3. Stephanie says:

    Name*: Stephanie
    Email ID*: ladyauthorsld@gmail.com
    Your Answer*: Love is: that strange potion where common sense goes out the window, electricity is int he air, and thought processes and rationale grind to a screeching halt.
    Message to the author: Nephy, you are one of my best friends, and I love working with you and reading your works. Go, you!

  4. Urb says:

    Urb
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com
    ~Love is…the completion of that physical, emotional, and mental yearning that starts with mere attraction. Attraction is short term; love is initial for the long haul.

    Mm, I love your nom de plume, and your books look very intriguing. I’d love to read one. Thanks!

  5. Penumbra says:

    Name*: Penumbra
    Email ID*: penumbrareads@gmail.com
    Your Answer*: I’m not a writer, so it’ll be difficult for me to give you a creative answer. Love is something that ‘isn’t.’ Love isn’t words, maybe that’s why I find it hard to describe. Love is a feeling that is a positive addiction that not only nurtures you, but the other person/people/animal you love. You have to keep going back to the source because you can’t get enough.
    Message to the author: Thanks

  6. Cia says:

    Hmm… great blog on Love. 🙂 It’s strange to think of how different people perceive such a universal theme so differently.

    So here goes …

    Love is … that smirk he got when I walked in and saw him wearing my necklace he stole the first day we met, the darn thief. It was the chills he sent down my spine when I sat on his lap and demanded it back and his fingers lingered when he tied it on. It was that first kiss when he chased me around his apartment before pinning me to the wall and consuming me.

    Love is being nervous to ask me to marry him but still certain of my answer. It is taking care of me when things fell apart in ways we didn’t expect. It is the two bottles of juice, bunch of bananas and soft pair of socks he brings when I’m not so lovely.

    Love is seeing him cry when holding our tiny babies for the first time in his big hands. It is watching him explode in frustration at his warnings being ignored but seeing those hands gently smooth on the cartoon band-aids that make everything better. It is seeing those two babies grow up to love and depend on that solid strength.

    Love is knowing, for him, our life together is solid no matter what comes, because we’ve already been through so much. It is his day to day care and gestures that mean more than the first blushes of romance. It is being certain that his love, and mine, is always there solid and dependable because no one knows me better, and he’s still willing to wake up each morning and face the day together.

  7. Jbst says:

    Jbst
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com
    Love is considering the other person’s needs and wants over your own.

  8. Denise B. says:

    Denise B. (LadyDe)
    kaymom72@yahoo.com

    Love is: my three year old grand-daughter cupping my face in her little hands and saying “Grammy, I love you” and then taking control of my TV. Love is finding that kindred soul who makes you laugh and provides a soft place to land when life b*t*h slaps you cross-eyed. Love is living a life of joy and sharing it with friends, family and strangers. Love is sharing your spirit, getting or giving a hug and finding someone who makes your heart sing, your brain quiet down and your soul skip. In all it’s permutations love is a wonderful miracle. Love is knowing that love IS!

    Nephylim, I’ve reading your stories on GA and love them. I just finished Chris and Luke two nights ago and I got all emotional. I truly enjoy your writing style and your imagination. Carry on!!!

  9. christine says:

    Love is….hard to define. It should be unconditional and something that doesn’t go away. It is to care about that person’s well-being even more than your own. It is best when it is mutual and comes in different forms. There is love for family and friends and others who are important to you and there is the romantic love that people think of first. And romantic love is hard to find so hold onto it if you find it. Hopefully someday I will. 🙂

  10. oh wow. Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments. There’s certainly a lot of thought provoking stuff there. It’s interesting to see the different kinds of love considered and the vastly different takes on the same thing.

  11. For 35 years I have had the wonderful pleasure of discovering what love is. It’s complicated, messy, unforgiving, agonizing, explosive and and always a soft place to fall when your heart is so full you can not contain it. It is always changing, and a daily discovery of what that love will bring to your life in the next moment. It’s scary, hopeful and arousing in so many different ways.
    It is something so special that you wish it for others so they can know that it’s worth every second of everything it entails.
    Thank you for your wonderful giveaway, and I wish you all the best!

    Darcy
    pomma @akwolf.com

  12. sally halliday says:

    sally halliday
    halliday.sally@yahoo.co.uk
    Love is lots of things but best part is having someone to cuddle in bed.
    neph i love your books

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