Oh sigh! Fearless in love...is love worth it...read on!
The most fearless act I had ever made in my life was an act of love. I met a gorgeous Scandinavian university student in my city, Brisbane, in eastern Australia years ago. He was a hot hunk who had people around him all the time – it was nearly impossible to get his attention.
After all, he was from Norway and he had no plans of continuing to live in Australia after he graduated. What chance was there for me? Plus, I had my own pathway. I was finishing my Master of Business Administration (MBA) while working full-time in a great job that I enjoyed very much.
The months flew by and we met again. This time, he was single and interested. Very interested. We dated, and our relationship grew from fun and flirty to intense and loving. We understood each other emotionally and mentally, connecting in a way that we had never done with anyone else before.
Four months later, he graduated with his degree and returned to Norway – he couldn’t stay in Australia any longer as the government’s rules on visas were strict.
Curious about a country so far away from my home, I travelled with my boyfriend to Norway to experience a new place – it was freezing cold when we arrived in the middle of winter. It wasn’t the kind of place I planned to live in, being a woman who loved sunshine and warm weather. When my holiday visa expired, I returned to Australia. My boyfriend remained in Norway, found an apartment, and started working.
He and I missed each other like crazy for six months. We called each other every day via Skype and our feelings grew stronger and more intense than ever, instead of fading away with time and distance.
We realized that at some point we would have to make a decision because we couldn’t have a long-distance relationship forever.
So what did I do?
I quit my job and hopped on the plane on the day after my last exam, not caring if I had passed or failed my course. Fearless, huh? A friend of mine commented that I was either brave or crazy to make such a bold life-changing move.
Let’s fast-forward to years later. Today, I am a proud mother of two children and I am married to my Norwegian soulmate. He and I have been through so much, and we stuck together no matter what. We overcame the challenges of language and cultural differences, not to mention the arrows of prejudice that people threw at us. Plus, I continued my career goals – sometimes I had to take two steps backward to make a big leap forward. And yes, I passed every subject in my MBA with flying colors. Perhaps I’m blessed in this life with a wonderful family that my partner and I have made together.
When it comes to writing and being an author, my partner is my biggest fan. I always give my first paperback copy of my published stories to my husband – signed with love. My latest story is Loving Jack, an Australian outback romance in the Cowboy Desire anthology published by Black Velvet Seductions. The anthology features stories by fourteen talented and award-winning authors.
I believe I’m similar to my protagonist, Olivia, who returns home to Australia after living overseas for five years. She realizes that home is an intangible place she creates with her love interest, Jack. Like Olivia, I know that home is where my heart is.
Cowboy Desire is an eclectic assortment of short stories
published by Black Velvet Seductions. It includes contemporary, historical,
fantasy, and even outer space romance, Cowboy Desire offers fourteen stunning
These fourteen authors provide a range of sweet to sexy
stories all with a Western cowboy theme. They feature strong men and women
battling the weather and dangerous terrain, here on earth and in outer space.
The collection is as diverse as the authors who wrote them. Here’s a chance to discover new talented authors and the characters they create. Within these pages, there are blends of tender, often moving, thought-provoking and downright sexy stories.
About the author
Estelle Pettersen is an Australian author and former journalist whose romance stories explore empowerment, freedom, and finding one’s strength. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Journalism and Psychology, from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her second degree is an MBA from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and is passionate about history, languages, cultures, traveling, food, and wine. She is happily married and living in Norway these days.
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Author website: https://elusiveromance.com/