Guest post by Gabrielle Arrowsmith, Author of Concealed in the Shadows.
Remember that story about your aunt’s coworker who, in place of your aunt, went on a business trip and ended up falling in love with the man who sat next to her on the plane during the two-hour flight?
I’ve heard a few stories like that, and have enjoyed reading about many in popular novels. As readers, something about recklessly fast, yet deep-rooted love really draws us in. What is that something?
My theory is that envy lures us to such relationships. In the age of speed, we value what we can have now, and become frustrated by things that need time to develop. For most of us in the real world, romantic feelings build slowly and sometimes we doubt whether love will ever bloom.
We’re innately jealous of the future-of-the-relationship easy button that is thrust upon our fictional characters when their eyes first meet. Their love is overwhelmingly powerful, sincere, and undying. There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that they will end up together, so why not beat time and start their joint future now?
We know wild love like this is implausible, and perhaps even know that fast-forwarded relationships often fail, yet we find ourselves routing for the characters’ spellbinding love because their circumstances are different than ours.
I’ve never had to slay an army of vampires, compete in peer killing games, escape a maze filled with deathly creatures, or like the characters of my YA series, hide from agents with a twisted perception of their duty to protect. If I had to face one of these awesomely horrific conflicts, you bet I’d closely align myself with that brave, compassionate, and strikingly handsome lead male.
True to life, when characters have to depend on each other for their very lives, a bond of marvelous strength can form in an instant. When the circumstances are formed correctly, the head-over-heels love doesn’t come off cheesy and the reader’s covetous pleasure flourishes.
Concealed In The Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
(YA Dystopian- Available Now)
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Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.
What Sydney doesn’t know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her—can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…
How will she choose?
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About Gabrielle Arrowsmith:
GABRIELLE ARROWSMITH enjoyed writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching. Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.
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