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Marketing for Romance Writers 52-Week Blog Challenge. A #MFRWauthor Blog Hop


Week 42 My First Love

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: (Like I have to define?)  🙂

  • Definition of FIRST LOVE
    :the first person one loves in a romantic way
    You never forget your first love.

I dislike this topic.
I love this topic.

Let me explain. I dislike the topic for the sake of my blog followers because I’ve written about my first love before. I don’t want to bore you with another mention with this week’s topic.

However…I love the topic because I still communicate with him now and then. We have communicated on and off since I was sweet sixteen, but there were a lot of years in between that we didn’t. A couple of my books are dedicated to him. No, he isn’t an ex-husband. He isn’t the father of my children. We stay in touch because we’re friends. So, hmmm, what can I write about this week?

I know!

How about this? I used to write poetry for him. He loved that. The other morning I searched for poems I had written many years ago. They are nothing but silly teenager-in-love poems. I have to laugh at some of them. You won’t see those, but you can read one. Laugh if you will, but come on, give me a break. I was young and in love.

It’s apparent the following (partial) poem isn’t one I read to him. This poem was written after a letter arrived from Vietnam. To this day, I remember his last words from that awful place. Oh, dear God, my heart was broken for a lot of years. After all the pain on both sides, he came to visit me a few times after he’d arrived home. Let’s look at the bright side—all these years later we’re still friends. By the time I wrote this poem, I’d moved past being a teen. It never had a title, but today as I think back on that time, I’ll call it:


Are y’all done laughing? Forgive me? Okay, that’s enough mush and sap for today. I should’ve skipped this week. Geez!

Since the topic is about first love, I can’t end this post without mentioning one of my books is about first love and second chances. Yep, it’s Whispers of Forever: Mending Christmas. I enjoyed writing this book. This is book one in the Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series.

Finding Kimber, book two will be out before the end of the year. This series is a spin off to the Double Dutch Ranch Series.

Let’s go see what the other participating authors wrote about. Is it too early for wine?

If you’re still this far in the post, thanks for sticking it out to the end.

Previously, I had mentioned my youngest son and daughter-in-law had to postpone their honeymoon for several reasons. Well, last Friday, they boarded a plane to Ireland. Little did they know they’d experience Hurricane Ophelia. I have been calling it their Hurricane Honeymoon. Unfortunately, there were deaths, damage, and millions without power.

We hadn’t heard from them for over twenty-four hours so both families got a little worried, but then they checked in saying they were okay. Their travel agency had kept in contact with them to be sure they were safe. They’re still traveling through the country. The family has been keeping in contact via a private Facebook Group page my son set up. Both of us moms are happy when we know what they’re doing and where they are. Oh, and today is their first anniversary and they get to celebrate it on their honeymoon!

Enjoy your weekend.