February 1, 2014
Purple symbolize enchantment, mystery, magic.
This is Ashavan Doyon and we’re winding down our study of the Valentine Rainbow — particularly The Colors of Romance!
Does TruClrs4vr find the enchantment of romance? Does Theo finally give in to mystery and his #mysteryman? I hope I wrote a story that could help anyone realize the romance in Valentine’s Day. I put a lot of effort into finding romance in the colors of the rainbow, but we can find, or choose to find, romance anywhere. Which is good for me, since I love writing those stories. I hope you enjoyed all the different colors of romance.
For the observant, I’ve given away a little with each post, giving you a hint of the revelation TruClrs4vr does each day… a slice of himself, using the picture that was my inspiration for the story. I hope you enjoyed our chats, and I hope that everyone can bring a little of purple’s magic to their Valentine’s Day plans.
To give a hand, I have a little magic for Susan… you’re the winner of the free ebook copy of The Colors of Romance. Susan, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you hooked up with a free copy on your Dreamspinner Press bookshelf. I just need to know what email address you use to log in at the store so they can associate a copy with your account.
I’ll be here until 10 to chat! Have a wonderful evening. And if you didn’t win — The Colors of Romance is available now at the Dreamspinner Press store here:
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I’ll leave you with an excerpt from The Colors of Romance:
“COME ON, it’s Valentine’s Day!” Jeremy said.
Theo looked at him with a stare that would make a bear flee from honey. “You’re supposed to want it to be all romantic,” Theo said. “Just the two of you, alone.”
Jeremy sighed. “That is what I want,” he grumbled. “Listen, Theo, Jaz, she has a friend—”
“You haven’t heard what I’m going to say yet!”
“I heard enough,” Theo said. “The answer is still no.”
“What? I’m not changing my mind,” Theo said. He glared at Jeremy. “You should know better than to even ask.”
“So, what, you’re going to be miserable and alone and celebrate Single Person Awareness Day or something?” asked Jeremy.
“Something like that, yeah,” Theo growled, turning and walking away.
“I’m going to ask again tomorrow!” shouted Jeremy after him. “And the day after that, and the day after that, until I get a fucking yes, Theo!”
Theo ignored Jeremy’s shouts as he left the café. He wouldn’t feel guilty. Not now. Not over that. Just the mention of Valentine’s Day had him on edge.
The streets were quiet and the walkways back to the college icy. Theo spent the walk back to campus with his eyes on the sidewalk, his arms crossed over his chest. The cold was bitter, and the wind wasn’t helping. Theo sighed and watched the icy frost of his breath float away. He stopped for a moment. What was Jeremy thinking?
He wasn’t. Which meant it was a suggestion from Jasmine. Sure, she didn’t know any better, but Jeremy…. Theo shook his head. Jeremy wasn’t thinking with his head. Well, not with the right head, at least. And Theo was sure Jeremy would far rather have a romantic dinner with Jasmine alone than be caught in the awkwardness between Theo and a man who didn’t and couldn’t know what Valentine’s Day meant to him.
Theo sighed and started walking. He felt the buzz in his pocket and ignored it. In this cold he wouldn’t be able to use the touch screen anyway, even if he was willing to freeze his fingers by taking them out of the gloves. This late on a weekend, the parties on frat row had already started. Even in the bitterness of winter, the students had spilled out of the houses. The semester was still new. No one was really behind on their work, not yet.
When Theo reached the dorms, he couldn’t help but think how quiet they were. Everyone was out partying. Theo could’ve been. Jeremy was the sort of roommate who always made sure Theo was included, even if he was the odd man out. Theo reached the room, shed his heavy layers, and sat on his bed. He should get back up and go out. He even knew it. But that wasn’t what he was going to do. Instead he leaned back against the wall and typed idly on his phone.
February. A month for lovers. For romance. And all I feel is loneliness. #feelingsorryformyself #romancefail
Theo would pay for the words later. He’d get a call from his mom and his older brother. That and Jeremy would use it to try to convince him to go out on Valentine’s Day. Sure Jeremy should know better, but it wasn’t like Theo actually ever talked about his hatred of the day. And he was lonely.
Theo sighed, tossed his phone aside, and picked up the book for his lit class. If he was going to be depressed anyway, now was the time to read it. With a reading list full of dystopias, it was a foregone conclusion that it wasn’t going to be cheery reading.
He kicked off his shoes, leaned against the mountain of pillows he kept on the bed, and began to read.
Theo was deep into the assigned chapter when his phone buzzed. Figured Jeremy would respond already. Couldn’t he just let it rest? Theo closed the book on his finger so he wouldn’t lose his place and picked up the phone.
#romance must be made @Theo13820—have 2 wnt it 2 come.
Theo dropped his book and cursed as he flailed, trying to catch it before his place was lost, and groaned as the book hit the bed and closed.
“Goddamn it!” Theo grabbed the book and held it in a clenched fist. The phone buzzed again.
Wnt to show u @Theo13820. Wnt u 2 let me #romance u.
What if I don’t want it @TruClrs4vr
I’m a #romantic. My job. 2 be so enticing u can’t hlp urself. Let me @Theo13820. #sayyesplease
Who the hell was this? He should be reading, not trading messages with a mysterious no one. He looked at the book, then at the screen. He growled, picked up the phone, and quickly checked the username. But the user had no other contacts at all and appeared only to be following him at the moment.
Theo13820 PM to TruClrs4vr
who the fuck are you? And why are you following me?
TruClrs4vr PM to Theo13820
I’m interested. Wasn’t Jaz. Know u think that. Not Jer either. Asked ’em 2 ask u.
Because of the instant message formatting this took me longer to get formatted than I expected, so I’ll probably stick around for a little longer to chat and answer questions. Have a great night everyone, and if you have questions feel free to ask them here.