in this post: Love You, Truly
Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.
Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s next book is Love You, Truly by Susan L. Tuttle – plus a post from the author on being a pastor’s wife who writes kissing scenes!
LOVE YOU, TRULY
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Candlelight Romance
RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2019
Blake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.
After her fiancé dumps her for her best friend, aspiring photographer Harlow Tucker is done with romance—until her beloved, disabled sister requests her aid to start a nonprofit. Harlow agrees to do whatever is needed to raise funds, even reluctantly costarring on a dating show with a notorious womanizer who distrusts anyone behind a lens.
As Blake and Harlow navigate the superficiality of a reality show, their preconceived notions of love are challenged. Deciding to trust each other feels like the ultimate risk, but taking that chance could lead to a love truly picture-perfect, worth both of their hearts.
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Hi. I’m Susan. I’m a pastor’s wife, and I lead the women’s ministry at my church. Oh. And I write romance—with kissing scenes.
It’s funny because until this past year I’d often tag on that last part with my hand to my mouth like a shield while I’d whisper the words as if they were some sordid confession. You see, when I began writing I’d often encounter the stigma that romance was either fluff or—worse—bodice-ripping stories that shouldn’t be read, let alone written. So how on earth did this woman in ministry fall into this “unmentionable” profession?
Easy. God is the biggest romancer of all. Hands down. No question.
God pursues us. And he loves us with an unquenchable passion that consumes us. How can we not talk about love when it comes to him? He is love. So when I started writing it was only natural that my stories came out as love stories, because he authored the greatest one of all.
But it’s not only that. Because God created love, he wants us to pursue it as well, and he crafted so many facets of how we can experience that. There’s brotherly love and then there’s husband-wife/passionate love for which he gave us marriage to experience the fullness of. Yet, as with everything else in this world, sin has twisted that passion in ways God never intended. I want to take a little of that back. I want to show that this kind of love was created for us to enjoy, and when we do that in the order God created for us, then it’s an incredibly beautiful thing. I want to show that we can struggle with boundaries, but that we can also maintain them. I want to show men and women honoring God and each other through following his perfect plan. And in some small way, I want to change what the world now sees as romance by reminding them of what God created it to be—which has everything to do with the heart, not the body.
So yes, I’m Susan. A pastor’s wife. Women’s ministry leader. And romance writer. Heavy emphasis on the romance part 🙂
Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State where she’s a homeschooling mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between raising her teens and leading the women’s ministry at church, she finds time to write. She’s firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire and encourage. Romance, laughter, and cookies are three of her favorite things, though not always in that order.
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Susan Tuttle is offering a print copy of Love You, Truly to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Love You, Truly and/or Susan Tuttle’s post?
I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book. Thanks for the fun giveaway!
I love her comment that romance has everything to do with the heart. This looks like a great read!
One of my favorite books!
This sounds like a very good book, I love the cover, it looks very romantic. Thank you for sharing about this book.
Sounds really great.
The story & cover are inspiring.
I loved this book!
Looking forward to seeing how the romance unfolds. Neither one is a person one would expect on a reality show, but each has his/her own reason for doing so.
How can we not talk about love when it comes to him? He is love. Amen! Amen!
The beautiful story and romance is always appealing.
I love your post, Susan! It’s a great mission statement for writing romance and beautiful opportunity to see your heart! Thanks for sharing!
I’m interested because the storyline is a bit different and it sounds like a very nice read. Thanks for sharing. Sorry, I had to look up the mitten state and then I was embarrassed as I should have known that, duh!
The story sounds really interesting.
This book is spectacular!
Looks like an interesting book.