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Love Is…

Posted by Hallee on Feb 10, 2014 in Holy matrimony, Love, Marriage, Romance, Writing

I don’t just write romance novels. I write Christian romance novels. So, my stories have to go beyond the “typical” romance novel and focus on two major points of love: Eros, which is the Greek term for romantic love; and Agape, which is the Greek term for the perfect love of God.

How important is love?

1 Corinthians 13 informs us that without love, we are nothing and have nothing. We can have faith to move mountains or knowledge of all things in the universe but without love, we are nothing. We can spend our very lives in service and sacrifice but without love, it isn’t useful or profitable. The remainder of the chapter informs us very accurately about the nature of love.

When I write, I have to have the romantic arc – the romantic story between the male protagonist and the female protagonist. And, I also have to write on the spiritual arc – the love the two main characters have or learn to have for God. In this genre, if you leave out one of those arcs, you pretty much have an incomplete story.

The more I delve into writing about love – about eros and agape love, the more the two intertwine…

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Strong Bonds

Posted by Hallee on Jul 31, 2012 in Dating, Holy matrimony, Love, Marriage, Romance

This past weekend, Gregg and I had an opportunity to participate in the Strong Bonds Marriage Retreat sponsored by the Army Chaplains Corps.

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My Real Life ‘Love at First Sight’ Story

Posted by Hallee on Jun 28, 2012 in Holy matrimony, Love, Marriage, Romance

I’m not kidding. I was married, recently separated, and absolutely exhausted. But talking with this beautiful, brilliant man about marriage was the most natural thing in the world. Until that moment in time, I would have said that “love at first sight” was something romance writers like me just used as a plot launch. I would never, ever have believed it to be a real “thing”. But I can tell you in all honesty right now, I fell in love with Gregg the moment we met, and that love has done nothing but multiply over the years.

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A Reminder

Posted by Hallee on Jun 21, 2012 in Life, Love, Marriage

An opportunity for a part time job recently came across my radar. (About which a friend said to me, “Why? Because you aren’t busy enough?) I considered it not because I need a job nor because I’m looking for work. I considered it because it sounded like fun. It would be easy, part time work. The kind of thing that would be a dream to a mom who had kids in school and who didn’t really need to earn a lot of money.

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An Inspiration

Posted by Hallee on Apr 19, 2012 in Love, Marriage, Romance

“You and your husband are such an inspiration to me.”

I said, “Inspiration?”

“Oh yes,” she said. “I just love watching you two. You fill my heart with such love and joy.”

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Sapphire Ice 80% Off for a Limited Time!!!

Posted by Hallee on Mar 26, 2012 in Writing

From now until April 23rd, Sapphire Ice, Book 1 of the Jewel Trilogy, is available to you for the special introductory price of just $0.99!! That’s 80% off of the full retail price!

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The Language of Touch

Posted by Hallee on Mar 14, 2012 in Parenting, Raising boys

My oldest son’s love language is absolutely touch. There is no doubt about it. He rubs, strokes, touches, hugs, feels constantly. When he sits next to me, he’ll grab my hand and put it on his head so that I’ll rub his head.

So, whenever I find that I have a free moment and I happen to be sitting down, you can almost bet that Scott will be in my lap.

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Top 5 Ways to Have a Healthy, Successful Marriage

Posted by Hallee on Feb 14, 2012 in Christian Faith, Holy matrimony, Love, Marriage

Marriage is a favorite topic of study for Gregg and me. We have read the books, watched the videos, attended online seminars, listened to sermons, read the Bible, and have garnered a lot of psycho-babble inspiration on what makes a good marriage.

As this is Valentine’s Day, February 14th, and the last day of National Marriage Week, I thought I’d give you our top 5 ways to have a healthy, successful marriage (and these are by no means exclusive) .

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National Marriage Week

Posted by Hallee on Feb 8, 2012 in Love, Marriage, Romance

With this focus on marriage this week, culminating in Valentine’s Day with a focus on sweethearts and love, think about your marriage and your relationship with your spouse. Is there anything you can do special this week to make him feel special? To let her know how much you appreciate her?

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The Plain Purple Balls

Posted by Hallee on Dec 21, 2011 in Life

When I left Kaylee’s dad, I moved on December 15th. One might wonder why I moved out of my house the week before Christmas when we had a 4-year-old. Most people would try to “stay normal” until after the Christmas holidays for the sake of their children. My timing had less to do with me and more to do with the fact that he’d moved his girlfriend into our guest room on the 12th.

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