Thursday, March 8, 2012

Embrace Blog Tour: Falling in Love at 17

Hot guys? Action? Suspense? Romance? These are just a few things that describe the latest, greatest angel story to hit the shelves since Hush, Hush. With the release of Embrace this week, what better way to celebrate than to have the author talk about falling in love at 17? Everyone, please welcome 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 you 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 ;)

Special thanks to Jessica and the team at Sourcebooks for putting all this together. Be sure to check out Embrace, y'all!



  1. What a great post. I fell in love at 16, and was with that person for a long time. I don't wonder what it would be like if we had stayed together. We both have completely different lives. We are still friends, but we weren't meant to be together.

  2. @Amy- That's great that you guys are still friends. Wish I could say the same, lol. I cannot tell you how many times Adele's songs have made me cry. It's like she gets me, lol. :-P


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