Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Crossing the Distance

By L.K. Below (Guest Blogger)

Long distance relationships can be difficult. At one point, the question arises -- should one of you move to be closer to the other? And if so, who?

In my contemporary romance, Stone Cold Kiss, Kelsey Donovan is faced with this exact problem. When she flies to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone, a relationship is the last thing on her mind. But as she’s dangling off the parapet of Blarney Castle, clinging to the bars for dear life, Seamus saunters into her life. Kelsey battles her attraction to him, quoting to herself all the reasons they would never work out -- not the least because she’s very dedicated to her job.

But Seamus isn’t so willing to let her walk away. Rather, he tries his best to convince her to move to Ireland. He isn’t willing to move away from his extensive family -- but Kelsey doesn’t want to give up the job she’s always dreamed of having, all for a guy she just met.

As I wrote this, I knew exactly what Kelsey was going through. In fact, I made the choice to move less than a year ago. Unlike Kelsey, my job doesn’t tether me in one place, but I chose love over the slightly warmer climes of Southern Ontario (I currently live just shy of the Arctic Circle). As I wrote Stone Cold Kiss, I had sympathy for Kelsey and her dilemma, even though she was a lot more conflicted about her decision than I was.

What choice does she make? Well I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. :) Stone Cold Kiss was released today from Lyrical Press, Inc. Learn more about it, read an excerpt, or buy it here.

How many of you have crossed the distance to be with your partner? Would you consider a change of location if it meant being with that special someone?

L. K. Below writes poetry, romance, and speculative fiction. Under her full name, Lindsay Below, she pens young adult novels. Visit her online at or at her blog at


Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Lindsay,

A warm welcome to you!

When I met my future husband, I was living on the west coast of the U.S. and he was living on the east coast. I tried to get rid of him because I thought that the last thing I needed was a long-distance relationship.

Didn't work (grin). Thank heavens! He came to California to live with me for 6 months but ultimately we moved back east. And I've never regretted it.

L. K. Below said...

Hi Lisabet,

Funny how these things work out. From what I've heard about your husband, he was definitely worth it!

Thanks for having me today :)

Karen Cote said...

I do love your posts, Lindsay. My husband moved from Michigan to California and I moved from Missouri to California. I'm not sure if I fell in love with him or still confusing. Just kidding...we're soul-mates. I'd go anywhere to be with him.

Love ya!

Lynne Roberts said...

Hi Lindsey and Lisabet!

I'd move to be with my soul mate. Like you, I can work from anywhere and I wouldn't want to be without him.

Thanks for an interesting post and congratulations on your new release!

L. K. Below said...

Thanks for dropping by Karen and Lynne :)

Love is worth anything, isn't it? :)

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