What would you do for true love?
What if your thoughts really do determine your reality and true love is stronger than death?
Kara Riordan was fifteen when she met her soulmate. Unfortunately, he was already dead. Convinced their relationship was a product of her imagination, she moved on. Twenty years later, she is still haunted by the memories of a love she cannot forget. Determined to find peace of mind and uncover the reason a dead man was her destiny, Kara embarks on a journey which will require her to confront her past, her inner demons, and the gods themselves.
Why this story?
My Grams loved romance stories. In the last years of her life, I spent a lot of time watching romantic movies with her. And although I had spent the better part of my life staunchly avoiding mainstream romance, I realized there were certain stories that captured my heart and imagination. Love stories capture our imagination because — at our core — we all want to be loved. On a cultural anthropology level, love stories represent our values, desires, and dreams about being loved — both collevtively and individually.
Our Society has a plethora of problematic concepts when it comes to our public perception of love and romance. Take a look at the marjority of the romance genre and you’ll stumble upon a goldmine of troublesome tropes from lack of consent to downright abuse and toxicity. While I recognize that this is an accurate reflection of the widespread incidence of trauma in our population, stories are supposed to represent our dreams and hopes. We deserve better ships than the fetishization of abuse.
To quote the great Toni Morrison, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I wanted to read a love story where the protagonist found healing and growth in love; something that would inspire trauma survivors — and everyone — to imagine a better love: the kind that empowers you to become your best self. So I wrote it.