I’m thrilled to welcome my Hudson Valley RWA chapter-mate, friend, and amazing writer to my blog today! Heather has a brand new release that sounds amazing, and I invited her today to talk about Happy Ever Afters. Take it away, Heather!
Happily Ever After Even After The End
Do you believe in happily ever after even after The End? I guess I should specify what I mean exactly. I don’t mean “The End” of the book. I’m actually referring to the end of the world as we know it.
I don’t know about you, but I wholeheartedly believe in happily ever afters. And I fully believe that even in our toughest times, in the darkest of days, we can still have moments in our lives that make us feel blessed, lucky and happy. All you have to do is watch the news footage of the newest terrible thing that has happened in the world and you’ll see not only the bad that’s taken place, but also the good that follows. In our dark moments, there are heroes who shine through, an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be alive, solemn vows to make a change, and a feeling of camaraderie for those who have witnessed or survived something tragic together.
This thought of “happiness, even after” is a prevalent theme in my newest release ESCAPE TO MY ARMS. It’s a romance that takes place literally as the world that we know is ending. There’s been a pandemic that threatens the human race and while Sara and Dane fight to survive, they come together. It’s not only a book with adventure, dangerous situations and life-altering events, it’s also a story with tender moments between two new lovers, secrets shared and hearts opened. It’s a story about surviving in a world where the darkest days are upon them and a love story that conquers all obstacles.
Above all else, ESCAPE TO MY ARMS is a story of hope. And couldn’t we all use a little more of that these days?
I know we haven’t faced the end of the world as we know it, the apocalypse, or anything else you want to call it. But if we ever do, I believe we will still have our happily ever afters because it’s in our very human nature to seek out those beautiful moments and make them happen. I’m glad I got to write a book about dark days that still has a happy ending. I like to think that no matter what becomes of the world, we will still find a way to go on, to find happiness and to love one another—that we will always have hope for a better future.
Do you believe in happily ever afters both in books and in real life? Do you believe that even in our hardest moments, we can still find a way to bring happiness back? Do you think it’s possible to find true love in the end of days? Share your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think!
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. When she’s not busy taking care of the kids and pets, Heather’s writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes that make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments and always a happily ever after. You can find out more about Heather’s current and upcoming books by going to her website at http://heatherthurmeier.com.
Escape to My Arms blurb:
Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.
Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.
Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?
Sara sipped her wine and nibbled on another square of chocolate. He was right. Again.
They didn’t know what would happen in the future. Hell, they didn’t even know if there was a future to look forward to at this point. So why shouldn’t they enjoy the moments like this one while they could? Moments when they were safe, warm, fed, and comfortable. They might not get many more nights like this if things kept getting worse, as they seemed to be. Best to savor the time while you had it instead of squandering it away with fights.
At this point, she didn’t even know what future awaited her at the bunker. Would she live with her family for the rest of their lives, never to interact with people from the outside world again? That’s sort of what they wanted, wasn’t it? Wasn’t that why they hadn’t told anyone about the bunker, because they couldn’t trust anyone?
What if this was her last night on her own? It might be her last night to live her life however she wanted to before she had to start making group decisions with her family.
“You’re right.” She polished off the last of her wine in a big gulp. Her head already swirled with the effects of the alcohol. She’d always been a lightweight when it came to getting drunk. Tonight would be no different. Good thing she’d planned to stop at one this evening. She had other plans for the rest of the night.
“Right about what exactly? I said a bunch of stuff.”
She put her wineglass on the floor and took his hand in hers. “You were right about enjoying this moment we have tonight since we don’t know what the future holds, or even if we have a future.”
“Does this mean I’m forgiven?” He smiled, squeezing her hand.
“Yes. And then some.”
Sara took the wineglass from his hand and set it down next to hers, then straddled his lap, resting her hands on his chest. She pressed her mouth to his, delighting in the surprise on his face.
She wasn’t a throw-caution-to-the-wind kind of girl, but for once she was going to do just that, since she didn’t know if she’d have wind to be cautious of later on. Tonight, she’d live by her feelings. Tomorrow she’d go back to surviving.
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