Guest Post: Romance Tales
by Diane Lynn Gardner
Love can have many faces. In a romance between two people, love is something very physical and intimate. Drawn to each other through chemistry, individuals discover a need they may not have been aware of. A need to be touched, to be caressed, to be treated kindly and gently. They also discover a need to share more than that intimacy. They want to share who they are, their hopes and desires, their strengths and weaknesses. When two people unite in such a way, they never wanting to let go. They find completion. They commit to spending a lifetime together.
For human beings, love is regarded as one of the most important fulfillments of a lifetime. Without love people can fall into despondency. With love they find joy.
Love can also be a kinship between family members, a loyalty, a bonding that cannot be severed. A brother fighting for the honor of his sister, and vice versa. A mother defending her children. A father protecting his family. Family love is what makes mom bear through her pregnancy and give up her career, or her sleep. Family love causes a man to go to work every day to put bread on the table. Living alone can be a lot simpler but people choose not to be alone because love binds them together.
Love can be a relationship with one’s environment stirring a nurturing and protecting response. People risk their lives to save forests, oceans, and the inhabitants therein. Tribes in the Amazon risk their lives to stop the threat of pollution in their lands and river. Environmentalist give up their time and efforts to campaign for a healthier environment. They have a passion for their cause.
Love is tender and kind and giving, protective and faithful. More and more men, in their studies of other creatures on this planet have come to realize that human sapiens are not the only species capable of love. Animals move about in herds protecting each other, defending each other. In some cases they rescue each other. Anyone visiting some viral YouTube videos can observe love between animals such as elephants, monkeys, lions, orcas, dolphins and many more.
That is the love affair in my newest novel Pouraka. A romance between two merpeople yes, but also a romance between their species and the creatures living with them. A romance with the environment and all things clean and good and natural. A romance between the sea creatures and the good people of the earth. And a romance between two lovers. They are all threatened with a common enemy and they must all fight together.
Dianne Lynn Gardner
Genre: Fantasy romance
Publisher: Dianne Lynn Gardner
Number of pages: 242
Word Count: 75369
Cover Artist: Dianne Lynn Gardner
Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near Barnacle Bay. Cora, a Pouraka mer, is torn between her friends in the seaside town, and her true love Tas, a foreign mer whose people fled when men invaded their waters.
Life becomes difficult for all mers when an arrogant oil rigger's son, Tom, finds the bay and the rich aquatic life it harbors. When Tas attempts to rescue a pod of dolphins from Tom's gill net, he is captured and taken away as a prize to be sold to a theme park. When Cora hears of his capture she changes into human form and travels south to find him, risking her life to free him.
Time away from Pouraka leaves the cavern vulnerable, and a new threat arises when tourists discover its magic.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/EkSwqips0D0
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Dianne is an author and illustrator of YA adventure fantasy with a dab of historical content thrown in. Building worlds that might resemble the forests of her home in the Pacific Northwest, or the shimmering deserts of Arizona, add to that a pinch of magic dust and a few million stars and you just might find the portal to another Realm.
Happily married to a man that puts up with her celestial wanderings and wonderings, she is the mother of seven lovely adult children and grandmother to sixteen gorgeous boys and girls.
Dianne loves writing, painting in oils and living in other dimensions. She finds life much more colorful that way! Her books are middle grade to young adult adventure fantasies with dragons and wizards and sorcery and battles on the high seas. Her grandchildren are a big inspiration for her stories. There’s a shared camaraderie, something akin to what C.S. Lewis said about someday being old enough to enjoy fairy tales again.
Dianne’s newest series Pouraka dives into the depths to explore life as a mer. She also has a series that is being re released by PDMI publishing called the Ian’s Realm Saga.
Stretching her tent stakes, she is working on an Indie Film production of her V book Cassandra’s Castle.
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1 ebook copy of Sasha which introduces the story.
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