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Famous Love Letters: Romantic and Erotic

Famous Love Letters: Romantic and Erotic

I’m a sucker for a great romance. Just last night, I sighed when married Olympic Skating couple, Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim kissed at the end of their short program. I rewatch romantic scenes from TV and movies, or reread them in books. And of course, I like to write swoonworthy romantic scenes.

On Valentine’s Day, thoughts of love and devotion are expressed through gifts and a card or letter. Today, with email and text being the most common form of written expression, Valentine’s Day might be the only time people receive handwritten notes from an admirer. To get into the spirit of putting your emotions on paper, I thought I’d share excerpts of famous love letters.

My favorite love letter of all time is from fiction. It’s the letter Captain Wentworth writes to Anne Elliot in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

“I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”

Swoon!

However, you don’t have to look to literature for love letters. Throughout history, men and women have been writing love letters.  What’s more, because writing was so different, even just 50 years ago, real-life love letters have a beauty and depth that I’m not sure will be found when today’s love letters are viewed upon in the future.

But even with the beautiful language, many love letters of yore have an erotic element. Below are a few real-life love letters. The first section includes letters of deep love and devotion. Below that are a few filled with desire and lust.

Beethoven to his Immortal Beloved

Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm – love me – today –yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.’

John Keats to Franny Brawne

My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me…I would be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you…

Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Robert Browning

And now listen to me in turn. You have touched me more profoundly than I thought even you could have touched me — my heart was full when you came here today. Henceforward I am yours for everything….

Johnny Cash to June Carter Cash

You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence.’

Nathaniel Hawthorn to Sophie Peabody

But if I am worthy of it you will always love me; and if there be anything good and pure in me, it will be proved by my always loving you.

Abigail Adams to John Adams

…should I draw you the picture of my heart it would be what I hope you would still love though it contained nothing new. The early possession you obtained there, and the absolute power you have obtained over it, leaves not the smallest space unoccupied.

Here’s a few that might make you blush…

Napoleon writing to Josephine (Archive.org has a manuscript of Napoleon’s love letters)

I am going to bed with my heart full of your adorable image… I cannot wait to give you proofs of my ardent love… How happy I would be if I could assist you at your undressing, the little firm white breast, the adorable face, the hair tied up in a scarf a la creole. You know that I will never forget the little visits, you know, the little black forest… I kiss it a thousand times and wait impatiently for the moment I will be in it. To live within Josephine is to live in the Elysian fields. Kisses on your mouth, your eyes, your breast, everywhere, everywhere.

Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe

“I will kiss you and hold you close to me and sensational things will then happen. All sorts of slides, rollings, pitchings, rambunctiousness of every kind. And then I will sigh. And when you rest your head on my shoulder, then slowly I will get HUNGRY. I will come again to the kitchen, pretending you are not there and discover you again. And as you stand there cooking breakfast, I will kiss your neck and your back and the sweet cantaloupes of your rump and the backs of your knees and turn you about and kiss your breasts and the eggs will burn.” 

Gustav Flaubert to Louise Colet

“I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy. I want to gorge yu [sic] with all the joys of the flesh, so that you faint and die. I want you to be amazed by me, and to confess to yourself that you had never even dreamed of such transports… When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours, I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them.”

Warren G. Harding to Carrie Fulton Phillips (note that Jerry was the pet name for his penis)

“Wish I could take you to Mount Jerry. Wonderful spot.”

Laurence Olivia to Vivien Leigh

“I woke up absolutely raging with desire for you my love … Oh dear God how I did want you. Perhaps you were stroking your darling self.”

And another…

“I am sitting naked with just my parts wrapped in your panties. My longing for you is so intense…I’m loving and adoring and want you so.”

James Joyce uses some choice erotic words that I don’t feel comfortable re-posting. If you like that sort of thing, do a search on it.

Do you think writing love letters (or regular letters for that matter) is a lost art? Have you written or do you write your thoughts of love and devotion to the person you admire?

My Fiction Writing Bullet Journal

My Fiction Writing Bullet Journal

I recently started using a bullet journal to track my novel projects, book sales, web stats, and writing tools and information. A couple of weeks ago, I made a video showing the section that included my NaNoWriMo prep. That video has had quite a few views, so I thought I’d share the rest of my writing bullet journal. It offers a behind the scenes view to writing and being an author.

Fan Friday: Q&A with Jenna

Fan Friday: Q&A with Jenna

I occasionally get questions from readers about my books, writing, and more. In this video, I answer a few of those questions. I hope you enjoy!

Southern Heat All In One

Southern Heat Romance Series by Jenna Harte

It’s here! You can now buy all three Southern Heat books, Drawn to Her, Meant to Be, and Wed to You, in one complete set!

Come enter the world of Charlotte Tavern, Virginia, where romance is as hot and steamy as the Piedmont region. Meet the pixie-like Lexie McKenna, and discover why Drake can’t help but be Drawn to Her. Find out if Lexie’s brother, Detective Mitch McKenna, can ever learn to trust Dr. Sydney Preston to share a love that was Meant to Be. Then, root for Lexie and Mitch’s long-time friend, Chelsea Beemer, as she helps a broken Jagger Talbot fight to retain custody of 5-year old Kaden through a marriage of convenience in Wed to You.

Don’t worry about buying each individually, because now you can grab all three (for less than buying them individually) in a single ebook boxed set at your favorite online retailer:

Amazon:

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Drawn to Her

Drawn to Her: Southern Heat Book OneIn Drawn to Her, Feisty and outspoken, Lexie McKenna will do anything to protect her cantankerous and ailing patient—even if it means going up against his cold and calculating, but sexy and irresistible, grandson. After all, as a nurse, her number one priority is her patient.

Sample of 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:

I really enjoyed reading this book. I finished it in two days, I just couldn’t put it down. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good love story! I was given a free copy of the book for an honest review. ~ Julie

This book is a must read. The story has a great story line and the characters have a real feel to them that you can relate to. ~ Marian

 

 

Meant to Be

Meant to Be, by Jenna HarteIn Meant to Be, charming and sexy, detective Mitch McKenna lets women into his bed—not into his heart. When his first love left him in a lurch, crushing his soul, Mitch swore off relationships and love. After all, any woman who chooses what her parents want over what she wants is not worth fighting for.
Or is she?

Successful New York doctor, Sydney Preston left the only man she ever loved to follow the path that her parents paved for her. When a tragic incident at the hospital threatens her life, Sydney moves to Virginia to rekindle the spark with her ex-fiancé. But Mitch isn’t interested in reigniting the flame that fizzled out long ago. Will they both allow resentments and misunderstanding spoil their chance of discovering what was meant to be?

Sample of 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:

This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, and OMG did I ever LOVE IT! ~ Jennifer

The writing was excellent, and the pacing of the story really kept me engaged. I couldn’t put the book down and am so excited for book 3! ~ Kerry

Wed to You

Wed to You by Jenna HarteIn Wed to You, irresistible playboy, Jagger Talbot left his flashy life in New York to properly take care of Kaden, a little boy he vowed to raise, gaining custody when the Kaden’s father died and his mother ran off with another man. Starting over in Virginia seemed like the perfect beginning. But when the boy’s mother comes back, clean and sober, fighting for custody, Jagger knows he needs a miracle to prove he’s what the child needs.

That miracle is Chelsea Beemer, sweet, perky kindergarten teacher. Down and out, and no stranger to tragedy, Chelsea is on the verge of losing her family home. She’d do anything to save the house—and herself—even marry the sexy playboy. Now it’s up to them to “play house” and convince everyone that they have perfect little family. But are any of them really pretending?

Sample of 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:

Wed to You was absolutely amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ PL

This is the third book from Jenna Harte’s Southern Heat series and it is fantastic. In fact, it was so good that I read it from cover to cover in less than a day. ~ LJT

 

Don’t wait… grab Southern Heat Boxed Set now!

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

NaNoWriMo October Prep Bullet Journal

NaNoWriMo October Prep Bullet Journal

I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and most years, I succeed in hitting the 50,000 word mark in 30 days. But more often than not, I’m squeaking out those last words as the clock ticks closer and closer to midnight Nov. 30. This year, I’d like to finish early, or at least, glide through NaNoWriMo without the stress of getting stuck with nothing to write. In order to do that, I need to prepare better than I usually do, which isn’t easy because I’m a pantster (write by the seat of my pants!)

Armed with my brand new writer bullet journal, and tips and worksheets found on the Internet, I’ve made a plan for plotting out my NaNoWriMo novel in October.

Here’s a video that shares my plan and shows off my bullet page spreads for my October NaNo prep.

Pictures of my Bullet Journal page spreads as well as links to resources mentioned in the video are listed below.

NaNoWriMo October Prep Bullet Journal Checklist

PrepNoWriMo Checklist

 

NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal Novel Idea and Character List

Story idea and character list

Mystery Novel Murder Wheel, Bullet Journal

Mystery Novel Murder Wheel

3 Act Mystery Plot Outline NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

3 Act Mystery Plot Outline

Story Notes, NaNoWriMo Tracker

Story Notes, NaNoWriMo Tracker

Tools/Resources Mentioned:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Leuchtturm 1917 Hard Cover 5.8″ x 8.3″ (A5) Lime Green, Dotted/Points (other colors available)
Bullet Journal Stencils
Scrivener
NaNoWriMo Divas Facebook Group
Writing and Selling a Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron
Classic 12-Chapter Mystery Formula
Outline Your Novel (3 Act Structure)
Elements of a Scene (lots of other great novel writing downloads as well)
BoHo Berry

*Note: some resources above contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission from the product company if you purchase something through the links provided. I only post links to items I’ve used and enjoy.