February 11, 2011 | By: Tracy

That's YAmore Blogfest


For those of you not interested in reading short (250 words or less) excerpts about lurve, you are excused from commenting on my blog until next Wednesday.  I won't hate.

For those who love the notion of being in love, and adore reading YA -- you are in the right place!!

Check out all That's YAmore Blogfest participants to remember the joy (and pain) of falling in love for the first time.



The following is an excerpt from near the end of my YA WIP. Quick scenario, girl loves boy and knows boy cares about her, but he's never used the "L" word. Not that it matters because they're expecting the story conflict to rip them apart very soon...



Without meaning to, Jackson had taught me those things. When he was gone, my heart would need a tremendous amount of recovery time. But when I was ready to love again, I’d know better than to settle for anything less than what I deserved. That was his gift to me.

“If I had the chance to go back and do it all over again, I wouldn’t change anything,” I said.

His look of relief made me sad. It stung that he’d ever doubted me. I turned around and settled back against his chest. It wasn’t his fault I’d fallen in love with him when he warned me not to. He couldn’t possibly understand how I felt.

“I love you, Reese.”

I froze. His words were so soft I wondered if it wasn’t a trick of the wind.

“What did you say?” I held my breath.

Jackson rested his forehead on my shoulder, shielding his face. “I said . . . I love you.”

The weirdest feeling exploded through my chest, spreading out from the center in waves. Until they were spoken, I didn’t realize how badly I needed to hear those words.  A bittersweet pang thumped with each beat of my heart.

He turned his head, skimming the hollow of my shoulder with his lips. Warm breath preceded the brush of his kiss against my neck, setting off shivers of pleasure as he whispered in my ear. “I love you.” 

Three times. He’d said those wonderful words not once, but three times.




Happy Valentines Day Weekend!!

26 witty remarks:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh oh oh! I want to read the book!!!!!!!!

Justine Dell said...

Awe, so sweet, Tracy!! And I love your quick scenerio recap. Hilarious!

~JD

Meredith said...

This is just adorable! I have to know more about these two!

salarsenッ said...

That was too sweet. And I loved it as a summary. Great job and thanks for participating!

Jessie Harrell said...

love it! you can feel Reese's warmth as she absorbs his words.

Christine Danek said...

This is too sweet. Love it! Have a great weekend!

W.B. said...

This is beautiful... I'd love to get my hands on the book.

Roza M said...

Awwww soooo awesome! I want to read more.

Donna Weaver said...

Wandered over from Robin's blog.

Intriguing bit you've shared. I too want to read more.

Robin Weeks said...

Three times! =D Awesome.

Colene Murphy said...

Oh my gosh!!! That is so sweet!!

KO: The Insect Collector said...

hey- a fellow crusader taking part in the blogfest.
I love that it's all about how she's experiencing the words. By that I mean, all emotional nothing physical yet. Very cool.

Bethany Mattingly said...

Aww, so sweet. I'd love to read more.

Melissa said...

How romantic! *SWOON*

Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

Awwwwwwwwwh.... sweeet!

LM Preston said...

That was so sweet! The 'three times' that would have nailed it for me too :-D

Ebyss said...

Nice writing. Loved this

erica and christy said...

First/teen love can be the weirdest feeling in the world...

(and I wanted to mention I think I remember you from the Bransford forums last year. There CAN'T be more than one Oriole fan in the world...)

(just practicing my trash talk. :)
erica

Liz Czukas said...

Love the way you described her feelings. Definitely an intriguing snippet. I want to know more about their story!

- Liz

Dawn Embers said...

One of the few times I enjoy repetition. Well done!

Jessica Lei said...

Those last three lines were a great touch :D Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Sophia Richardson said...

I love how she thinks he couldn't understand how she felt and then he's saying the words she's danced around in her head, like he can read her thoughts-- it makes them seem connected. This is a really sweet scene, but his warm breath brushing her skin before he places each kiss, phew! That's definitely sliding from sweet into steamy territory. And I love her voice at the end of this scene, her emphasis that he's said he loves her three whole times, it feels like an authentic teen girl swooning. Great job.
- Sophia.

LTM said...

Yay! Three times! :D This is a super entry. Thanks, Trace~ :o) <3

Regina said...

Fabulous snippet. Thanks for sharing it.

Jus said...

"Without meaning to, Jackson had taught me those things. When he was gone, my heart would need a tremendous amount of recovery time. But when I was ready to love again, I’d know better than to settle for anything less than what I deserved. That was his gift to me."

I love this!

Fantastic scene--very sweet :D

Marie Rearden said...

Very sweet, but you left me hanging! :) I'm late in reading the posts from the blogfest, but I finally made it. Keep writing!

Marie, http://marierearden.blogspot.com

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