Wednesday, January 13, 2016

To New Beginnings

So it's a trope. The New Year means new beginnings, new plans, new goals, and new dreams. We can't stop ourselves from making New Year's Resolutions.

Every year at least half of the United States makes resolutions on January 1st and only twelve percent actually keep them throughout the year. Writer Emrys Westacott says that New Year's Resolutions "represent the triumph of hope over experience."  Hopeful Americans all vow to lose weight, get out of debt, or reach their full potential.

And people have been hoping for a long time. Emperor Julius Caesar moved the New Year celebration from the Babylonian March date to January first in honor of the god of new beginnings, Janus. But those Babylonians were the ones that gave us resolutions. They regularly made promises to their gods at the new year in order to obtain favor in the coming months.

So what does this have to do with romance?

The romance novel is the genre of new beginnings and of hope. It is the perfect book with which to celebrate the new year.

Think about it--

The most basic plot is boy meets girl and they fall in love. A new love, a new relationship.

Another favorite plot is boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and then years later they meet to fall in love all over again. A new beginning to an older relationship. Hope supplants despair.

So this year while you're trying (and hopefully succeeding) to keep your New Year's Resolutions, try reading a romance and celebrate a new beginning and a new hope.

And if you're looking for one, I just happened to have published a book last month that fits that bill. Spindrift Gifts is about my characters Teo (of the tentacles) and his lover Jimenez settling on Teo's home planet of Celos. Their new beginning is a little rocky but ultimately hopeful.

The sequel to The Klockwerk Kraken is now available from MLR Press.

Spindrift Gifts
by Aidee Ladnier

When his memories endanger his happily-ever-after on Celos, Jimenez is forced to choose between forgetting his lover Teo, or accepting the sometimes painful gifts of Spindrift. 

Scars and a tattoo may be the only physical reminders from his years as a slave, but when Jimenez suffers a setback in his medical treatment, the only option is a therapy that will wipe away all his memories of the past including his time with Teo. Teo, torn between supporting his lover's decisions and the good intentions of his family, sets out to teach Jimenez about Spindrift Gifts and how memories are celebrated on Celos even when they are painful. Can Teo and Jimenez weather the storm to find their happily-ever-after on Celos?

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