Doxology: Brian Holers’s Debut Novel

Doxology, the debut novel from author Brian Holers, is available in both paperback and digital format now! Fathers, sons and brothers reconnect over tragedy in this blue-collar Southern tale of love, loss and the healing power of community and family. Doxology examines an impossibly difficult...

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Emlyn Chand’s character Daly English from Torn Together talks about Relationships with Men

Today, Emlyn Chand is taking over for the Relationship Blog Hop.  This is the last day of guest posts and your last day to enter to win a KINDLE FIRE.  Please read Emlyn’s post below, written from the point of view of her character Daly English.  Tomorrow we will announce the winners of our giveaway!


Relationships with Men by Daly English

Men love you and leave you; whereas, women hate you yet refuse to leave—at least that’s been my experience.

I don’t know why I don’t let more people into my life. Maybe because my earliest relationships—the ones with my parents—were so irreparably flawed that I gave up before I ever had the courage to try. I mean, that’s why I don’t really have any friends. Blame the mother, right?

Well, she deserves it.

The person who showed me love best was Daddy. I have the fondest memories of my childhood:  camping, hiking, taking rides in his private plane. We’d play this game where we had to find shapes in the clouds, and then use those shapes to tell a story. When it got too dark to see them, we’d play connect the dots with the stars.

We always played, were always smiling… until we couldn’t anymore.

Twelve—that’s how old I was when Daddy died from the cancer. I couldn’t make sense of why God would rip my best friend from my life, so I stopped believing altogether.

I still search for him in the clouds, or at least a reason to explain why he was taken so suddenly. Whenever I need strength or guidance, I turn to the last picture I drew of him. His eyes are sunken, his skin bruised, his hair gone, yet still he smiles. It’s a huge, goofy smile, and his cheeks are puffed up like a monkey. He wouldn’t let me cry when I had the opportunity to be happy. I wish I could remember that lesson and honor his memory, but when he left, all the brightness left, too.

It took years, but I finally let someone in—my boyfriend, Rick. At least he was my boyfriend until about ten minutes ago when I walked in on him canoodling a naked redhead.

“You never let me in,” he said while blaming me for his infidelity. “You never let me know you.”

“Really?” I wanted to scream. “You’re the only one I let in, and even that wasn’t good enough, apparently.”

Daddy left. Rick left. The only person who stays is the one I hate the most—Mom.

So what do I make of relationships with men? They burn bright and fizzle out fast. I don’t know if it’s better to love for a little while or to never love at all. I guess not loving in the first place will save you pain. I guess I’m meant to be alone with my art…

Maybe I can sketch a pretend boyfriend to go with that last portrait of Daddy.

About Emlyn: Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!


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2 Responses to Emlyn Chand’s character Daly English from Torn Together talks about Relationships with Men

  1. Cynthia Garcia says:

    My dad was hardly around growing up so my best friends dad pretty much took me in. He was a wonderful, loving, caring man. He taught me so many things. When ever I needed someone to talk to I trusted to go to him. Anytime I came over he had my favorite candy, licorice rope. When he past it was one of the hardest things I went through. After his funeral I went straight to the tattoo shop and got a tattoo in remembrance of him.

  2. Phyllis Burral-Lopez says:

    I have tried marriage twice..then I decided I would just be my own person! I can do bad all by myself! I am content reading, and being with my children, grandchildren and so on…I have male friends and I am happy with my life!

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