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Friday, February 17, 2012

Falling in Love at 17, by Jessica Shirvington, Author of Embrace

Jessica Shirvington

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Falling In Love At 17
By Jessica Shirvington

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love … more complicated.

At 17, life is about new experiences. It is about self-discovery, friends, adventure, mistakes, career and university choices. And let’s be honest, there are not many 17 year olds out there that aren’t interested in falling in love.

But how many are truly interested in falling in love with THE ONE at 17?

I’m not sure I was. In fact, I probably wasn’t. I was planning to take the world by storm – solo. So when I met Matt, well, actually … it was pretty darn amazing. But it was a little frightening too.

When we first got together, it was sweet and young and … perfect. I was head over heels. But things became complicated quickly. He was an up and coming athletic star and I was working in hospitality. So basically he worked hard in the day, and I worked hard at night. His lifestyle demanded routine and healthy living, mine … not so much. But we were determined to make it work.

Falling in love so deeply at a young age made it difficult to be as reckless as our friends. We watched them coast in and out of short, fun, but meaningless relationships and it just seemed so different to what we had.

Writing the Embrace series has been an opportunity for me to pour some of the incredibly intense emotions of young love into Violet’s story. It has been important for me as a writer, and a person, to recognize that it’s completely realistic for someone at her young age to experience the full effect and heartbreak of love. Violet is one hundred percent invested with her heart. She makes bad choices, but we have to. She regrets many of her decisions, because we all do. And she fights for what she loves, because she is compelled to. Violet’s story is unique to her, I don’t pull on parallel scenarios from my own life, but I do pull on the emotion of intense love. Love that I think adults sometimes forget that 17 and 18 years-olds are very capable of feeling.

I often find one question helps a lot of adults, who maybe disagree with this view, to be more open minded: Do you remember your first true love? Do you ever wonder what your life would’ve been like if you had stayed together? For some, the answer is a resounding NOT INTERESTED, but for others … the pause says it all.

Matt and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in March - I believe jewelry is in order :)


I slowly opened my eyes. The sun speared its first bright rays of golden orange into the sky and I leapt from the cliff, with the sorrowful knowledge that no matter what the outcome, at least part of me would die that day...

Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?

After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.

Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body ... and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.

As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

Embrace is available for preorder, and will be released March 1, 2012.  Make sure you stay up with all that's happening on the EMBRACE facebook page and Website, and mark it on your Goodreads To-Read list!

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  1. His name was Michael... we're just friends now.

  2. His name was James! I have no idea what happened to him as he transferred out of school

  3. His name is Chris. We are high school sweethearts and are still together. He is The One.

  4. His name was Roderick. He was my high school boyfriend.


  5. Well, in 3rd grade, I thought I was in love with Shaun Cassidy (totally showing my age!), but then I met Brad in 5th grade. I cried when his family moved away later that year.: )

    I suppose my real first love was Carles. He was the foreign exchange student at my school senior year. We dated for 4 1/2 years and we were going to get married, but we had a huge fight after graduation from college about where we would live when we got married and broke up. Of course, now we're friends on Facebook! And both happily other people!

  6. I had a crush on a boy in high school named Andy. I thought he was cute nothing developed from it. I was shy and didn't really talk to him.

  7. I fell in love at a young age too. I was only 19 and my future-husband was my first "serious" relationship. I've never regretted anything even though there are times when you wonder what might have been if things had gone differently :)

  8. My current BF. :) We're high school sweet hearts. We'll have been together three years in May.

  9. I think there were boys I felt, at the time, I was in love with when I was in high school. But looking back I don't think I really loved until I met my hubby when I was 19. :)

  10. His name was Andy. We started dating when I was 16 and we were together for almost 3 years. We had even moved in together. It didn't work out, but we are still friends. He is a great person, but we just weren't meant to be together.

  11. I first fell in love when I was fourteen. Jean-François. It was intense like often when you're a teen but also kind of messed up. LOL
    I don't know what he's doing now because I didn't want to keep in touch with him. No regret. :)

    Good luck everybody with the giveaway. I read this novel in thé UK version but I love this cover. Awesome story!

  12. Mine was John, we met when I was 16 and have been together ever since, We are now married with 4 wonderful boys!!

  13. God. No, I'm not using His name as a swear word. God was, and continues to be, my first love. I've never been "in love" with any man, and am still waiting for "Mr. Right". I do think that it's wonderful when someone falls in love at a young age, although I did not, and stays in love and commitment. Congratulations Jessica, and happy anniversary!

  14. A guy in high school, he broke my heart. Thankfully my husband came along to pick up the pieces, we celebrate 20 years together this year (and it's our 20th reunion this year as well) and 15 years of marriage. Our story pretty much parallels yours with different careers, but a determination to make it work. Teenagers can definitely feel that depth of emotion. Love the post, can't wait to read the book.

  15. I've never fallen in love actually (well, unless you're counting fictional characters...) and I don't think it will happen anytime soon, but I'm ok with that because I don't have time for a relationship and I'm not really interested in having one. There are more important things in the world.

  16. Jonathan Charles Moore... and I'm actually friends with him on FB!! He was my High School sweetheart and we broke up on good terms. He's happily married in Seattle, me happily ever after in Michigan. I can say he was the classic great first love (*smile*), just not my greatest love ;)

    Happy Anniversary!! I've been w/my hubby 13 yrs, married 8 ~ I know what a feat it is to make it together 11 years!!!!

    Kristin @myparahangover

  17. My first crush was in first game but I don't remember him anymore :p

  18. My first love is my husband. One and only.

  19. I fell in love with my husband when I was 16 and he was 19. Married when we were 20 and 23. We have now been together for more than half of my life and he is "the one." Teenagers are very capable of those feelings. But no matter how old you are when you fall in love, I think what we forget to tell them (or they just can't hear it sometimes) is that at some point you have to decide to stay in love aka "make it work." At some point, you will become accustomed to your significant other and will have to make an effort to keep things good. I know that I have been VERY fortunate that my first love was a great guy - it could easily have not happened that way since I was young and naive. But, still, you do have to be prepared to put some intention behind your feelings, because the feelings WILL change. I'm not going to say fade, but definitely change. :)

  20. I have yet to find first love... unless you count a book crush. :)

  21. His name was Philip, but we went to different schools - remained friends though! :)


  22. My first love...... his name was Alexander....broke my heart

    im better off :)

  23. I've never been in love, but if you count celebrities and book characters, then it would be hard to say who exactly my first love was but I remember being infatuated with Sasha Mitchell from the TV series, Step By Step:)

    Thanks for this giveaway!

    Sarah Bibi Setar

  24. That's soo adorable! My first love was in third grade ~ a boy named Nicholas stole my heart. I was devastated when he started going to a different school.

  25. He was my high school boyfriend who I grew to hate.

  26. I got to marry my first and only true love :)

    Kelsey d

  27. I'm married to my first (and only) true love. We always went to the same school (it was a preK - 12th school. Blew your mind, didn't I?)but we never really met until I was 16 in 10th grade. It was track season and we were both on the team. Somehow we started hanging out though his group were all seniors, they kind of took me in.
    Dated for 2 and a half years and got married this past December :]

  28. I've never really had a first love yet XD

  29. His name was Jason and I was madly in love with him! It broke my heart even when I decided we should call it quits :(


  30. I haven't had a first love (with anyone other than a fictional character) yet- I just haven't met the right person. :))

  31. His name was Kyle he was my first everything. Boy does that take me back....He turned out to be a liar and such. Oh well what can you do.


  32. Haven't had one yet. :( Can't wait thought!

  33. His name is Jordan... god I love him so much. It's only been two months, and maybe to most people it would seem ridiculous, but it's felt like years have past. Here's to hoping for many, many more with him!

  34. well we have been together for 4 years im 17 and he is 19 he tells me i mean the world to him but im not sure because he cheated last of last year with some girl but no one told me he asked me if i trust him and i was like yah i think i do and he was like baby i cheated and im so sorry it will never happen again so im still thinking about forgiving him but i realy do love him what can i do i realy need help


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