Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is LOVE and we’re relaxing the rules a little for this one to show some love to some lovely love stories. We’re shooting for something similar to a CleanWIP Magazine Relaxed Friday, but right smack in the middle of the workweek and all about LOVE.
Photo by Jill Wellington
Let’s crank up “The Love Edition” with Love Abideth Still by Scott R. Rezer
March, 1863. The War Between the States has raged for nearly two years.
Five months after his death, the body of Sarah’s estranged husband, a Union soldier, finally comes home for burial in Philadelphia. Taylor’s burial, though, rather than putting her unresolved grief to rest, begins a journey that will not just test her faith, but will plumb the depths of her devotion to her dead husband.
When anger and sorrow push her to the edge of despair, Sarah turns to the few letters sent to her by Taylor from the frontlines in a desperate need to understand the guilt she feels over his death. But, as the war continues to tear the nation asunder and rumors of a Confederate invasion threaten the North, Sarah’s own sense of patriotic duty begins to awaken. And with that newfound obligation, she discovers in the letters she once dismissed as weak attempts to convince her of his duty to the nation, that Taylor’s voice has the power to soften a heart grown bitter and cold from beyond the grave. Taylor’s letters, though, do not tell the full story of his life as a soldier, a story Sarah will never know…
From the bloody battlefields of Winchester and Bull Run to the quiet streets of Philadelphia, Love Abideth Still is a fictional story based upon the lives of the author’s Civil War ancestors whose sacrifice—like so many others who loved and lost during the War Between the States—has not been forgotten. It is a moving story of war and forgiveness, one in which a young woman discovers that it is possible to fall in love again with her husband even when separated from him by the finality of death.
The #CleanWIP theme and collaboration for WED, FEB 12 is LOVE & we’re going to make this one special*. Use the hashtag and help spread some LOVE.— CleanWIP Magazine (@cleanwip) February 12, 2020
* lines with “LOVE” from your clean WIP or published story
* purchase links to your clean LOVE stories
* a personal LOVE shoutout pic.twitter.com/Y82P9nuVU3
First he had insulted his height, then his antisocial inclinations, and finally accused him of harboring romantic secrets like some kind of moore-wandering rejected lover in a book. Timothy was not that interesting.#CleanWIP— Katelyn Buxton (@KBuxtonBooks) February 12, 2020
“I have sworn to protect you from every real danger, even if I were the source of that danger. But now—now the danger is passed, and I must tell you that I have always loved you. Will you give me a second chance? Will you allow me to love you?”#CleanWIPhttps://t.co/6nbPldWkE6— D. Art and Kay McKinney (@dartkaymckinney) February 12, 2020
#CleanWIP (theme LOVE)— Katy Huth Jones (@KatyHuthJones) February 12, 2020
She should have known he didn’t really love her. Hadn’t her mother told her long ago she was unlovable and worthless? Why had she ever thought she could change her destiny?
She had killed before. Apparently, it was time to kill again.
“He thought of Mrs. Blakemore. It was providence he hadn’t settled for her; he’d have ended up like his father, crossed in #love and wishing for death.”— Danielle Thorne (@DanielleThorne) February 12, 2020
–A Smuggler’s Heart #CleanWIP #ComingSoon #cleanromance pic.twitter.com/IiWCNhED8L
#CleanWIP— Lea Carter (@LeaCarterWrites) February 13, 2020
“Have you?” Eric slipped his arm around his wife’s waist, pulling her up against his side. He’d spent years out in the bitter cold tending animals and secretly #loved her fussing. “Could be I lost track of time. Alec here has a problem we were talking about.”
From Miss Mae, we present Kiss Me, Mr. Hitchcock.
What’s a girl got to do to get a guy to kiss her?
A guy who’s new in town. Who flashes a practiced lady-killer smile. Who drives a dashing Porsche.
Maybe she shouldn’t confront him with a baseball bat. Or get herself locked with him in a library basement. Or get him involved in a feud with an old boyfriend.
But then again, maybe she should.
Hope Toler Dougherty shares two from the heart.
My first novel is all about second chance love, and it’s set in Ireland. If you’ve never been and want to go or if you’ve been and want to go back, Irish Encounter is a good substitute in the meantime. Read all about Ellen and Payne’s love story in beautiful Galway City!
Rescued Hearts has a kidnapping, an undercover deputy, and a couple of scenes with guns if suspense is what you like. Mary Wade and Brett set off a lot of sparks every time they’re together, too. Read about their love story in Rescued Hearts!