A warm welcome to author R.Cooper joining us today to talk about their release “A Dandelion for Tulip” book 6 in the Being(s) in Love series.
Welcome R 🙂
A Dandelion for Tulip
Book 6 of the Being(s) in Love series
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 24, 2016
David is in love with Tulip, a kind and unusually quiet fairy in his social circle. But everyone knows Tulip doesn’t date humans. David tells himself he is happy to be Tulip’s friend, because he doesn’t believe a fairy could love him and Tulip has never tried to “keep him”—as fairies refer to relationships with humans.
Fairies are drawn to David, describing his great “shine,” but David knows only too well how quickly fairies can forget humans, and thinks he’s destined to be alone. He can’t see his own brilliance or understand how desperately Tulip wants him, even if Tulip believes David can do better.
But exhausted and more than a little tipsy at a Christmas party, David makes his feelings too obvious for Tulip to deny any longer. Because of a past heartbreak involving a human, Tulip is convinced someone as shiny as David could never want a “silly, stupid fairy” in his life. Now, if he wants to keep David, he’ll have to be as brave as his shiny, careful human.
David loves Tulip. That is the undeniable truth in this story. It’s a fairy tale, and it’s a love story, and it’s about fear, and history, and two people who are just so careful with each other and so good that I need them to find their happiness.
David loves tulip, a fairy. Fairies are beautiful and sexy and gifted with unknowable magic. They are a joke to humans—silly, fickle, promiscuous, but they are objects of desire, too. They’re also powerful: nearly immortal, radiantly lovely, with eyes that always see the truth, and the ability to both bless and curse. Which is perhaps why ashamed and frightened humans will embrace fairies at night but leave them in morning.
It’s also why fairies—some fairies—would be afraid to ever love a human. And if they did, because the human was kind, or spoke softly, or had courage no one else had—if that human had shine, as the fairies say—and the fairy desired to keep that human, and stay with them forever… well, the fairies know better than to expect that. Humans can be so fragile. The older fairies, wise with past heartbreak, know this. Other fairies, the younger, rebellious ones, embrace the low image humans have of them and pretend it doesn’t hurt. Sometimes they even hurt humans in return.
Not all the old tales about fairies are true, but a few of them are, which David knows only too well. Researching the history of beings, and fairies, is what he does. He also tends to be surrounded by them, because, although he can’t see it, to them he shines like the sun.
David loves Tulip although he never expects to be loved back. He is content to be his friend. He’s heartbroken, and yearning, but content with that because their friendship makes Tulip happy, and that is what he wants.
And, let’s be honest, when you’ve had your heart crushed before, it’s a little easier to keep from putting yourself forward to the object of your affection. And oh, oh yeah, David has been crushed.
He is devoted, and smart, and so, so careful with the feelings of the people he cares about. That tends to draw the attention of fairies. Like Arthur from A Boy and His Dragon, David is one of those humans who attracts the notice of magical beings whether he wants it or not. And as he’s learned the hard way, an interested fairy can make you feel like the only person in the world… for a while.
I guess for this story, I just needed to step away from snappy little wolves and precious sugarbaby dragons to look at fairies. Beautiful, misunderstood (but still sometimes jerks) fairies, and the humans who helplessly love them. The thing about heartbreak is, I don’t like it. Some people deserve happiness, and sunshiny meadows, and flowers, and the tickle of fairy glitter on their skin. (Just as some fairies deserve someone who will take such good care of their pretty fairy hearts). And the painful, barely expressed longing in this story might not be for everyone, but it was just so necessary for me to see wounded hearts find each other. Because David loves Tulip, and Tulip… Tulip would give him every flower.
R. Cooper is a tremendous dork who spends most of her time thinking about her characters, and sometimes crying over them a little bit like Joan Wilder in the beginning of Romancing the Stone. When she isn’t plotting about dragons or steampunk spies or blandly sarcastic small town librarians, she’s obsessing over web comics and other shiny things on her Tumblr. Feel free to contact her.
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An audiocode for one of her backlist titles!
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