Transitions by Jaime Samms – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Jamie Samms whose newest book Like You’ve Never Been Hurt releases today.


Things happened this week to throw my life into a bit of chaos.

Well. One thing. We got a dog.

And he’s a great dog. Happy, energetic, but also mellow. He likes to walk, and he likes to take naps. Perfect for a writing mom who also needs to walk, and then needs quiet time to write.

The kids love him, so that is also great, although I do really think that the daughter remains a cat person. Which is fine. I love cats, too. But they don’t really do the walk thing so great.

We picked up supplies for him yesterday, and he seems very happy with his new bed. (The pile of towels we add-hoc’ed wasn’t quite cutting it, as you can see.) It’s all pretty amazing to have him settle in so fast. All that’s left is the paperwork, really, and I hope that’s just a formality.

So that’s been my week, and I’m very pleased and relieved it’s been such a smooth transition, all things considered. (Knock on wood, of curse!)

Sometimes in life, transitions can be really hard, with a lot of bumps in the road. Changing careers, for instance, can be devastating, even if the change is a good one. Leaving a way of life you loved behind, even if you are moving to a better one with more perks, is a tough thing. It’s definitely difficult if you loved what you must leave behind.

It can be a hard life lesson to learn, but a very rewarding one, in the end. Because isn’t that the point? To get to the end happier than when you started out? I think that’s why we read romance, and it’s certainly why I write it!

To dance is to put one’s heart and soul on display for the world to see and judge. Conrad, Peridot, and Cobalt always knew this. For years, this small group of men has danced in and out of the spotlight and one another’s lives. Now, settling in one place, one studio, they all have to find a place on the stage—or behind the scenes—and find the even greater strength to once more dance like no one is watching. To love like they’ve never been hurt before. But most of all, to live their lives like they have found their heaven, both in the music and in the eyes of those who love them.

About to lose the only thing he ever loved, Adam Pittaluga is at a crossroads in a dancing career that has hardly begun. He has always wanted to be a ballet dancer, but now that it’s impossible, he turns to Peridot for comfort. Peridot has been rebuilding his life after losing his ability to dance professionally, his marriage, and very nearly his daughter. He has a lot of reasons to be leery of starting something new, especially with a man as young as Adam.

Adam and Peridot have to believe that starting again can lead to love and success and that sometimes, the strength needed to love like you’ve never been hurt can be borrowed from unexpected places for a while. But ultimately, they must find it inside themselves to be each other’s happy ending.



About the Author: Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men—what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love—she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Dreamspinner Press, Totally Bound, and now, Riptide Publishing.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .

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Buy the book at Dreamspinner Press.


  1. Jaime Samms says:

    Thanks for having me at your blog!


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