A Love Like This
Book Three: The Remembrance Trilogy
By: Kahlen Aymes
Married and settled in New York City, Ryan and Julia Matthews seek to start their family and enjoy their idyllic newlywed life together. Julia’s high-profile job at Vogue and Ryan’s promising career in medicine will surely set them up for everything they could ever want, their only obstacle seems to be finding enough time to spend together.
When a scuffle at Ryan’s hospital puts his life in danger, a colleague steps in to save him but is critically injured in the process. In a heroic and unwavering effort, Ryan manages to save her, but her injuries irrevocably change her life forever.
Though Julia’s gratitude urges her to befriend the woman, she feels pushed aside when Ryan, feeling indebted and laden with guilt, befriends the woman during her recovery. Julia puts on a good front, but as time goes on her resolve vanishes as the friendship begins to infiltrate what little time the couple has together and she is reminded of how her own relationship with Ryan began.
In Ryan’s mind he is doing nothing more than supporting a friend’s healing and is angry at Julia’s apparent lack of trust, despite his attempts to console her. When events get too much for her, a heartbroken Julia flees without telling her husband her destination or even if she will return.
When grief pushes him beyond what’s humanly possible and he is on the verge of losing his mind, he is forced to decide how much he will pay for his new friendship and Julia, what she is willing to endure in order to spare herself the unspeakable pain of watching someone else try to replace her in Ryan’s heart.
Join Ryan and Julia in the heart-wrenching conclusion to the unforgettable story of an incredible love; worth every single sacrifice…
For there is nothing more sacred than… A Love Like This…
What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
I didn’t plan on writing romance. Or even writing, period. I was an advertising account executive at a major newspaper and I was good at my job. Very good. I liked the work, loved the clients and never planned on doing anything else. But when the economy tanked in 2009, I lost my job because I made a lot of money, my advertisers really solid and, (here is the kicker), my new boss is intimidated because I also interviewed for the job she just got. Yes, the month I was fired, I sold almost 100K in advertising. #2 out of 20 in my company. Makes complete sense to me.
I had to make a living so I decided to develop a coupon website and while that site was being built by a design firm in Chicago, I decided to figure out a way to network with a lot of women (who would be my main target market for my new website.) This is how I started writing romance. I found a very popular genre in fan fiction (didn’t hurt that I loved it) and started writing. But soon, writing became the love of my life and I spent every available minute consumed with my stories, my characters and my readers. This is what I was born to do.
Sometimes the biggest blessings come disguised in the most unlikely packages. J
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
Yes and no. I’m a sort of “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl. I have a premise in mind a beginning and an ending. Sometimes scenes will just scream at me and I’ll write them out of sequence… then I figure out how to make them work in the story. I never begin with no idea what I’m doing, but I don’t write a structured outline, either.
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
Absolute Write Water Cooler: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/ AND
Preditors & Editors: http://pred-ed.com
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect Hero is one who has pure intentions. Who genuinely loves the woman on his radar. I don’t mean sort of loves her, thinks she’s pretty or wants to get her into bed…. I mean the “I love you so much you’re the most important thing in my world”, kind of love that comes from real connection and caring.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I like the last chapter and the epilogue the best. But, there are a couple of others that were some of those “screaming” scenes I mentioned above. I had to write them the moment they formed in my head, or I was afraid they wouldn’t be as good as I wanted them to be.
What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
What does love feel like?
Well, this is the ultimate test of a romance writer, isn’t it? To see if we can describe in words, a feeling… and not just describe it, but make the reader FEEL it.
Love can fill your chest up so much it might burst; yet other times leave a painful, gaping hole. It’s like inhaling until you can’t anymore, yet not being able to breath. It aches. It throbs. it does things to you that you never imagined possible. It makes you fly to the heavens, yet drops you to the depths of hell. It makes you swear you were born for it, yet you’d die for it at the same time. It’s euphoric, tender, ecstasy that when it’s gone, leaves you in the worst pain you can ever imagine; yet even knowing that, you’d willing take that risk a thousand times over. It ‘s beautiful agony.
Hey, baby! What’s your sign?
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
It can be anything, as long as it’s with the right person. But whatever it is, he pays, he opens doors, he plans it. I’m so tired of men, not stepping up to the man plate.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I absolutely do.
Boxers or Briefs? – Boxer Briefs
Facial hair or clean shaven? – Clean unless it’s just a dusting. That’s hot.
Alpha or Beta? - Alpha
White wine or red? - White
Coffee or tea? – Coffee hot, tea iced
Vanilla or chocolate? - Chocolate
Sweet or salty? - Sweet
Sleep in or get up early?
Laptop or desktop? - Laptop
Beach or mountains? - Mountains
Winter or summer? - Summer
Cat or dog? – Two dogs, actually
Twilight or Fifty Shades? – Both
Spotlight or In the Shadows? - Spotlight
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? – Candlelight dinner
Morning or night person? – Used to be morning, but now I write all night. So, yeah.
Christmas or Halloween? - Christmas
Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater... But the love of her life is writing!
Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Come and experience Ryan and Julia's mad, mad love.