Friday, March 16, 2012

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Hopefully you missed some of my hype for this post. I had plans, ya see, plans to unfold the deliciousness of New Love in the name of what's BEST in YA romance. But... I've just walked the Portland Zoo with 1st graders all morning, and I just don't have any brilliance left in me.

I've had a couple goose-bumpy answers from readers... hopefully these will inspire you to bare your own heart to what you think is best with new, tantalizing, fresh-budding New Love...

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Valeria AndreaMar 13, 2012 07:04 PM 
-WARNING- I haven't read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, BUT, the moment I read this quote I double-checked my to-read list.
“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me."
Now, let's talk about love. I love love. 
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” 
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
It brings too much things to the heart -both good & bad- but YA Love...
We're talking about 'Young' people here, & counting how HARD is for "mature-old-experienced" people find love, the possibility for someone to find True-Real love -the kind of Long Lost Lover- so early makes me keep my hope in humanity. & in love.

Hope!!  Yes!!!

1 - Give me your take on LOVE in YA fiction. Is kissing ok? More? How much more?!  (That's ONE question!!)
This is a tough one. I think romance in any literature has to be central to the story and has to be non-gratuitous. Any romance that feels fake or overdone can ruin an otherwise good story.
2 - What's your favorite part of a ROMANTIC relationship?!  (That's very different from question #1!)
The build up--the part where the characters are just realizing their feelings for one another. It's full of tension and suspense, it's the best part :) 
These questions were inspired by Vanish, which bugged the socks off me by treating YA Love like adult romance toned down. A kiss from someone who's hardened by life is much different (not better or worse, necessarily) from a very first kiss EVER.  I think. YA Romance explores the very best of New (First!) Love. It's more full of hope than reality, and it "knocks the wind" out of us.

But since I can't think straight after absorbing the chilly, foggy, soggy Oregon morning while chasing little people from exhibit to exhibit (the hippo's were eating breakfast - I've never seen 'em so active before! Maybe I'll get some pix up tomorrow!)  I want to know from you...

What is your favorite part about New Love?!

By entering this giveaway, you agree to my rules (like being old enough to enter and not holding anyone responsible and fun stuff like that.)

You can choose any book for your winnings up to $12-ish bucks - from either The Book Depository or e-copy ('cause TBD doesn't ship everywhere!!!)

Some inspiration:

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)  Embrace by Jessica Shirvington  Bitterblue (The Seven Kingdoms, #3)

May the wind be always at your back!! 

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  1. The strong emotions and the hope for a bright new future(:

  2. The fact that it made you smile all day.:)

  3. The butterflies and giddiness! *sigh*

    Thank you for the giveaway Laura:)

  4. My favorite part of new love is how you can't stop smiling during the beginning. And how you always want to be around the other person.
    So adorable and such a fun place to be!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. The happiness and anticipation for a another minute with the other person.:)

  6. Thanks Laura!! That quoting just makes my ego grow... Bigger~
    & now, you may think, "What this chick have with love?" But I DO have a response to your question, sooo, my favorite part...

    The pull, you know, because of the atracction.
    -That force that breaks you & pulls you together at the same time-.
    that moment, between the meeting & the final situation, where you don't know what to do, how to react at the bunch of feelings & situations your in. Which, leads us to the fighting; apparently I LOVE situations of conflict in New Love~

    1. OMG, girl!!! "that force that breaks you & pulls you together at the same time"?!?!

      You make my heart wrench again just reading your answers!!! It totally feels just like that!!!

  7. The urge to always be near your loved one. The happiness & smile always shown. The emotion it produces.

  8. The connection and the first meeting, because I believe that there is no such thing as coincidence.

  9. It totally comsumes you, and gives you the will to do anything!

  10. The excitement of being his one and only the passion and attention

  11. My favorite part of a new love is discovering who he is…his likes, dislikes, what makes him smile and laugh, his interests…everything… Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  12. The butterflies, the giddiness, the anticipation of the first everything. Thanks for the giveaway =)

  13. Everything! All of the emotions you get from it, and how even doing the most mundane of things with the person is new, exciting, and FUN!

  14. It makes you think that anything - ANYTHING - is possible as long as this one perfect person keeps holding your hand.

  15. The happiness and all the smiling :)

    Thank you for the great giveaway and for making it international!

  16. The excitement from all of the little things he does that mean he cares

  17. The hope that he is "the one". I kept a journal throughout college and while dating my now husband. It is fun to go back and re-read it sometimes. We just had our 16 year anniversary last month! Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. the butterflies and all the little "firsts", first date, first kiss, and so on:)

  19. The heightened senses and how the world suddenly looks like a technicolor movie! It's a truly magical feeling!

  20. Anticipation is the best part of new love :)) that tension, electricity in the air. It's great! :)

  21. How every experience is completely new. Nothing is routine and boring.

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

    ***entered as Rachelle

  22. When it is new, everything is the best. You are happy and everything is right with the world.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. you love everything the other person does

  24. the feeling that you get in your stomach, and we still have it after 5 years,we are best of friends!!

  25. My favorite part of new love is the part where you can't wait to see each other every day and you're always laughing at each other and learning about each other.

  26. The quick beat of my heart and the love that see everytime I look in his eyes... also the email subscription is lilcrickit at gmail

  27. The idea that there is a person that is just for you!!!

  28. The butterflies and feeling totally twitterpated!

  29. My favorite part of new love is that overwhelming feeling of longing that you get when you aren't with that person. That deep, deep need in the very pit of your stomach that can only be quenched when you are finally near them again. Only then it is replaced with that amazing desire to just inhale them until you just can't breathe anymore. So kind of how I feel every time I see Paul Rudd on my tv :)

  30. my favorite part of new love is the pureness and hope. :)
    sorry, can't wax more elegant than that.
    (mary michaud)

  31. I like how you can't stop thinking about each other even when you aren't together :)

  32. I like the innocence of it (not always the case, but mostly, I would like to think). I love how couples who are newly in love just can't get enough of each other, hang on to each other's every word, seem so optimistic and just naturally happy. It's like they're enclosed in their own little bubble of sunshine and happiness- a space in which the sun never sets, the grass is always green and the laughter never stops:) Young love! *sigh*

    Thanks you for this great giveaway!:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar (Rafflecopter name)

  33. What is your favorite part about New Love?

    The excitment that happens when you see that person and the longing of wanting to be wth them.

  34. The excitement and wonder of discovery.

  35. Sadly, I don't know yet. Haven't been in love. :(

  36. I like how the feelings are so intense, like you've never felt any of it before. No previous love was "real" love, it didn't matter, only the new love matters.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

  37. new love ...hmmm ...definitely the lose that once its an established love.

  38. The part I adore about new love is not being able to get enough of the person. How your every thought and emotion revolves around them.

  39. The butterflies in the tummy!

  40. Everything looks beautiful (sky, grass, flowers etc...)


  41. I haven't been in love yet so I can't tell you how New Love feels like D:

  42. well i i now when my bf says he really cares about me
    aftre i have cancer surgery

  43. My favorite part about new love is that heady, beyond happy feeling.
    Jennelle S

  44. The Hope that it makes you feel, for a happy tomorrow. For a life that may be lived with this person beside you who makes you feel so vulnerable. New love is amazing.

    Jaime Lynn-GFC

  45. I love the chemistry of a new love and doing a ton of fun things together. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  46. I like that we've been together for over a year, and I STILL want him to like me. lol

  47. I like that area when you still want nothing else but to be around that person all the time, but you've known them long enough to know you trust them with everything you are.

  48. My favorite thing about new that it inspires such hope. It reinforces your faith in life, in good things, and in a better future ahead. It invokes such joyous emotions, and it gives you another reason to live; to take care of someone, other than your person.

    Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! :)

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    GFC: ~Enamored Soul~

  49. The couple isn't jaded and/or cynical and/or bitter yet. There is relatively less emotional baggage.

  50. I love the potential. There are so many opportunities to go wrong, but also so many opportunities to go RIGHT.


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