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Love and Heroes at Christmas by Sharon Hamilton

December 19, 2012 - 30 Comments

a very romantic christmas week

Love and Heroes at Christmas

by Sharon Hamilton

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Christmas is the time for families. I’ve just lost my father this month, and so this hits home for me. I also grieve not only for the families in Connecticut, but all over the world. I’m thinking of families who are separated by distance and those separated by mental and emotional illness.

 Now you’re squirming, saying to yourself, “Holy Cow, Sharon. This isn’t a Christmas topic.”

 Yes it is. Bear with me.

 The holidays are special for all the fun things we do. We have family traditions and stories of Christmases past. Our family, for instance, always watches Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving and all during the weeks leading up to December 20th. And we always watch Love Actually the week of Christmas, and usually on Christmas Day too.

 This year, we are doing the same. Maybe it’s the comic relief we need after the passing of our dear father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Maybe it’s just a return to normal.

 When there are those missing this holiday season, one of the blessings that come is that a family can grow stronger in spite of it. There are lots of hurting families out there today, and there are no answers to some of the questions that come up. One thing is for sure, love does actually heal, eventually. What causes us pain sometimes is actually the thing that can bring us the most healing.

 The movie, Love Actually, even uses this quote at the beginning of the movie, when Hugh Grant narrates scenes taken from the arrival gate at Heathrow Airport:

 “Love is, actually, all around us.” That is the premise of the movie.

 Being a military romance writer, my heart goes out to all the families of our men and women who are serving our country, who sleep in huts on cots, decorate their computer screens and video game machines with tinsel and lights, who make the most of this holiday time, and long to be reunited with their loved ones soon.

I think about the love that is shown this time of year for those less fortunate. The memories of those past and those yet to come. I love the beautiful decorations and the music, the smiles on young faces and the warm remembrances.

Yes, love is actually all around us, even when it doesn’t feel that way. I also believe that there isn’t anything in the world that isn’t enhanced or healed by true love. What a great time to be a romance writer.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, my friends.

 

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In celebration, I have put the prequel, SEAL Endeavor, free for the next 2 days. It introduces the characters SO Calvin Cooper and the heroine, Libby Brownlee, but they don’t actually get together until the full-length book, Fallen SEAL Legacy.

I’d love to hear from you now. Do you agree we need to read about the healing powers of true love, especially at this time of year? Especially today? One lucky commenter will receive my Kindle version of Fallen SEAL Legacy.

INT – Ends Dec 28

 

Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Angels, Dark Angels, Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie and Vampires. She also has developed a series of hot romantic suspense Navy SEAL stories that have ranked her in the top 100 at Amazon in that genre and the book ranked in the top 100 for 12 weeks in a row.

Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love—not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School!

An avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country in Northern California, where most of her stories take place.

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Discussion (30 Comments)

  1. by May
    Reply

    Oh definitely… love is everything!

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      May, thanks. Yes, I agree.

  2. by julie beasley
    Reply

    thats why i love reading good happy everafters, we need to know that love is possible anywhere and in all types of situations. wish Sharon well with Fallen SEAL Legacy, just started it and it really good

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Thank you, Julie. Can’t hear that enough! Love to you too.

  3. by Gayle Latreille
    Reply

    What better time of year to show love with family and friends.

    Love you and your books, Sharon. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with us <3

    gayle2b74@gmail.com

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Gayle, thank you for all you do for writers. Love you being a part of my extended writing family!

  4. by SheriV
    Reply

    You’re new to me. But I’m looking forward to reading you. Love is so very important.

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Thanks Sheri V. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me. Love is all around us, especially this time of year. Come back again and visit.

  5. by Enikö
    Reply

    It is on my to-do list this Christmas holiday to watch the movie, Love Actually. I heard is good.

    I believe in the power of love, in it’s healing power and we need more in our world. I am sorry for your loss Sharon, I know the feeling, since I lost my own Father just before Christmas 3 years ago.

    Thank you for your awesome books!

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Eniko, yes, only someone who has lost someone this time of year knows how it feels. And yes, love is a great way to heal. In the movie, Karl, the designer Laura Linney loves, is my Daniel from Heavenly Lover. He is Brazilian, too!! I drool every time I see the movie.

  6. by Trudy Choate
    Reply

    I’m sorry about your your father.. I really do think we need to have and hear about love.. I don’t get to see my mom and dad because they are to far for me to get to see them with no money.. My children are all around (they are older) and sometimes cant travel home. So this time of year is hard but I have my youngest child still home so we spend time baking and watching Christmas movies. And of course we love to read!! Merry Christmas. Have a blessed day

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Thanks, Trudy, for those wonderful memories. Sometimes the best part about the festivities is the one-on-one time you get to spend with that one special child. My Thanksgiving was like that this year – everyone was other committed. Sometimes we get too busy, and then a season, like the one you described, is “gifted” to us.

      Hope your holidays are merry and blessed as well.

  7. by Diane Sallans
    Reply

    I wish there wasn’t so much emphasis on “presents” – don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to give & to receive – as long as it is the right thing – but often things are just given to give “something”.
    I wish we were a little closer to the Thanksgiving spirit – getting together, have good food, give thanks
    So sorry for the lose of your Dad – mine was 90 when he passed in early 2008 and I’m still missing him often & want to share things with him – it’s always too soon.

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Diane,
      Thanks so much for your comments. I couldn’t agree more. And we have something else in common too, my dad was 90 when he passed this month. Yes, I can see that it will be too soon for years. He remarried at 80, a year after my mom died, and now I have someone else to visit with, and reminesce. She loved him dearly, and loving her is my new mission.
      But thanks for your heartfelt words. Blessings.

  8. Oh your books look wonderful. I do agree that we should be reading about the healing power of true love, I love the books with the Happily Ever Afters, it leaves a beautiful note.
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    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Lily, so glad you agree. I think that is why (IMHO) romance is good for us all. Best job in the world, too! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. by JanD
    Reply

    Yes, because it’s very easy to be cynical about things.

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Jan, you are certainly correct. That comes from a lack of hope. With love, there’s always hope.

  10. by Maria D.
    Reply

    I definitely think we need to read about love this time of year and really all year around. I think we need to remember that life is and always has been temporary for all of us – we never know when someone we love is going to taken from us – one tradition we’ve gotten into habit at my house is that no matter how busy we are or even if we’re not feeling like it – we always say goodbye and love you as we come and go from the house – you just never know in this world. Great post Sharon and sorry about your family’s loss this year.

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Thanks, Maria. I like that family tradition. Sometimes we get all caught up in the “stuff” of Christmas, or other holidays, and forget what the purpose for all of it is: to celebrate that we are connected. Love is the only thing that will heal the sorrows, especially at this time of year.

      My dad’s passing left a hole, but we as a family are stronger for it. And in this respect, the love that remains is stronger than the absense he created in his passing. But thank you for your words. They mean a lot to me.

  11. by miki
    Reply

    i know i will miss my father too even if i lost him two year ago so i will think about you and your family. i hope your hearts will be peaceful

    i’m not entering your giveaway becaus ei’can’t read kindle ( appli doesn’t work on my computer) but still thank you a lot

    happy holidays

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Miki,
      Send me your address to my email: sharonhamilton2001(AT)gmail(DOT)com, and I’ll happily send you some dog tags, okay? Hope your Christmas is as magical as it can be. Thanks for stopping by.

    • by Nat
      Reply

      Sorry to hear about your dad, Miki..*hugs*

  12. by Trix
    Reply

    I sympathize…I lost my dad in August to cancer, and I know this Christmas will be weird at best. But yes, love always makes things better!

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Trix, these great role models leave a hole in our lives, don’t they? But they would want us to go on. Blessings to you and your family this holiday without your dad. We’ll be thinking of each other. Thanks for stopping by.

    • by Nat
      Reply

      Sorry to hear about your dad, Trix..*hugs*

  13. Sharon, as usual you have written a lovely and loving post. I’m so very happy to have you for a friend. I hope your hoidays are filled with love, laughter and promise.

    • by Sharon Hamilton
      Reply

      Arletta,
      Thank you so much for your continued friendship, which is as dear to me as the oldest of my cherished ornaments on the tree this year. I want all the same things for you this holiday season, too. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  14. by Shannon G.
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing about your loss but also with the message. I love the movie Love Actually and agree, love is all around us. Peace be with you.
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  15. by bn100
    Reply

    I agree that’s something we should read about.

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