The last few days have been unbearably sad. The ugliness in the world is overwhelming at times. Hate, prejudice, greed and intolerance manifested in an act of unspeakable barbarism. Innocent lives were lost and we are all grieving. It doesn’t seem appropriate to talk about blog tours and giveaways when these young people haven’t been mourned properly. However, it important and infinitely appropriate to talk about love.
Hate can’t win. We can’t let it. Love is the key. Maybe I’m naive, but I believe it is the one thing that will eventually render the haters mute. It may not happen overnight but the outcry of love and support throughout the world in the wake of Orlando gives me hope. People have flocked to the streets proudly carrying Pride flags to honor the dead and show support for the LGBTQ community. The colors of the rainbow have never looked quite so beautiful.
In times like these, it’s vital to immerse yourself in stories of hope that give life to equality. This is why I love romance. A Kind of Romance is a good old-fashioned love story. A simple story about finding the one person who ultimately makes you a better you. It’s a story about love, forgiveness, friendship and hope. Personally, I think we could all use a little more of each. And so with deepest respect, the A Kind of Romance tour continues with a tribute to the Orlando victims and a couple of excerpts from the book. No flashy fanfare. Just an introduction to a simple story that reminds us love is beautiful thing. Or to quote Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance speech at the Tonys…”Love is love is love is love is love is love…”