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Love and Romance

Wondrous Days

Wondrous Days

Wondrous Days

~ by C. L. Gillmore


Fingers quieted on the keyboard, her eyes, immediately drawn
To the brilliant blue horizon, heightened by the setting sun.
Sapphire skies etch and frame the rugged, layered mountains
That tower, stretch, and silently soar beyond the closed front door.
How could she not have noticed these wondrous days before?

Drifting through life’s ebbs and flows, somehow he’d gotten lost
To the simple, timeless beauty of the things that mattered most.
An innocent touch soothed and calmed a lost and damaged soul
With unselfish love he had to know, she’d find her way and go.
How could he not have noticed those wondrous days before?

Defying time and explanation, the closed doors have opened
To the past, present, and future where dreams, at last, can mend.
Dreams that help the heart to heal and permit the soul to soar
By allowing time to temper, to bend, and sanction hope again.
How could they not have noticed these wondrous days before?


Wondrous Days

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that chance to heal individual and mutual demons, and potentially

rekindle the passion and fulfillment so many people only dream about with their first love.

A Friend Request is C. L. Gillmore’s follow up novel to her book Uncommon Bond. Much of it is a prequel really, giving us the story of belated lovers Jake and Rose when they were young Midwesterners experiencing first-hand the joy, thrill and complexity of being at the very heart of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

“It’s hard to explain if you weren’t part of it…” Gillmore writes knowingly, but “if you were, it stayed with you, got in your blood and became a part of you… who you are.”

A Friend Request and Uncommon Bond need to be seen as interrelated books, with the latter bringing Jake and Rose together through the modern miracle of the Internet and Facebook and the former filling in the details of their past lives and how they are able to rekindle their relationship from so long ago.

Gillmore writes from her heart and from her mind. The story may be a Romance but it’s one that uses the reality of both a present and a past, which Gillmore absolutely lived through and understands, to tell an engaging and memorable story.


Listening to rain splat

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When I came back out, the rain had slowed some. I climbed in the truck and sat there for a few minutes, listening to rain splat against the windshield. I checked my cell… a text from Rose.

“Close your eyes… I’m there with you. My arms around you, my lips on yours. Listen for my voice… I love you, Jake. My heart remains with you, alwaA Friend Request  Frontcoverys. This weekend… a precious moment out of time.”

I turned my head slightly, pulled the shirt over my mouth, my nose… and breathed in. Her scent lingered on the linen fabric, on my skin. My body ached to hold her, to kiss her, to love her again.


I texted back.

“Yes, close. Can feel you, smell you, taste you. In my thoughts.”

I slipped the cell phone back in my jacket pocket, started the truck, and pulled back onto Highway 20. B. B. King and U2 rocked out to the bluesy, driving beat of “When Love Comes To Town” on the radio.

I cranked up the sound—drummed the beat on the steering wheel—and sped into the night.

Excerpt from A Friend Request, by C. L. Gillmore.


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Dreams of faraway places

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Excerpt from the novel, A Friend Request, by C L Gillmore.

He held the sleeping bag open and we climbed in next to one another. The fire flickered—the shadows danced—we lay wrapped within one another’s arms. He kissed me softly, he kissed me passionately, he kissed me until my eyes wouldn’t open anymore. I drifted in and out of the loveliest dreams until morning, dreams of faraway places in the West, dreams of Jake Richardson and me.


I walked into the story

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Excerpt from the novel, “A Friend Request,” by C L GillmoreKathryn observes from a distance in the hospital room…

“For the next two hours, Jake continued his one-sided conversation. Now and then, pressing a kiss against her cheek, her temple, or trailing his fingers through her hair.

I sat quietly in the corner… mesmerized… as if a romance novel opened in front of me. I walked into the story, sat down on the wordless border of the book—feet dangling over the edge—and watched a beautiful love scene unfold on the pages.

Jake Richardson.

He wasn’t a tall, dark, handsome Hollywood lead, nor a corporate power broker. Just an ordinary man—a farmer, a bus driver, someone’s dad—living out his life on a farm in Illinois.

Yet, I knew from conversing with Rose—from reading her words—how extraordinary he was. She wrote a romance novel, created a lead character, based on him.

His love, passion, and desire for her, kindled a love affair that smoldered over a lifetime. He made love to her so intensely, she remembered it nearly forty years later. He kept her safe at his side through campus riots, drove through a blizzard to bring her home to his family, and danced for her—across a sea of faces at a rock concert—one hot, summer long ago. He quoted Keats to her. Whispered words of love in the night, most women only dream of hearing… and made love to her in ways most women only read about in romance novels.”


I Love You

I Love You

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.” SONNET XVII, Pablo Neruda

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The Power of a Touch






The Power of a Touch

“It’s all about turning a life around…your life or that of someone else…and the ripples go on and on.” C L Gillmore

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Will you still love me tomorrow?

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The first steps of the journey…

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And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey…

You can see into their soul

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