Yesterday, a brave and courageous man lost his fight. He was the husband of my best writing friend, the love of her life and a spirited, hardworking, and upstanding fun guy.
I never met him in person, but I met him through her writing. He’s every tender word her hero gave her heroine. Every set of protective arms, every kiss, and every look of care and concern. He’s the guy who created a wonderland of bliss for a woman who’d lost her bearings. He flew his lover on an Air Glider through an enchanted forest so she could feel free and unburdened. He kissed away her tears, and he cradled all her hurts. He showed her his Secret Little Heaven where millions of pink, purple, and white flowers bloom forever and ever. His hand was the one who pulled her out of her nightmares, from the deep waters of her fears. He would go anywhere to find her, even to an unknown and forbidden world–to bring her back to their paradise. He made her a mother and he gave her his best years. He fought for her and he always found her, no matter how far he had to go or what obstacles got in his way. And he would do it all over again, a million times over, as long as she was with him in the end.
He found forever in her love.
Your mommy was and still is my princess. I came back for her when I grew up and we got married and then had the most beautiful little sunshine any daddy would be proud to call his little girl. So no more tears, sweetie.
Hamling, Melisa M. Finding Forever (Finding Forever book #1) (Kindle Locations 4012-4013). Melisa Hamling. Kindle Edition.
Rachelle Ayala is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.
Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, Christmas Stray received a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, and Playing for the Save got the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in Realistic Fiction.
She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.