Book Promo: What Love Feels Like

What Love Feels Like: The Dawn of Human 2.0

Love and science may seem like strange bedfellows, but in a new quasi-fiction collaboration by authors Dave Cunningham and C.K. Tyler, the two subjects dance together in a strange kind of harmony. Science turns its focus on love and tries to find a practical answer to a mystical question: What does love feel like?

Luke and Dawn, both in their mid-60’s, meet via and fall in love. Their passionate, storybook romance ends when Luke dies of brain cancer. Dawn returns home from the funeral to the shock of hearing Luke’s voice and seeing his face on her computer. His brain had been uploaded into her PC before he died, part of an experiment for which he volunteered – but never told her about.

Luke exists in virtual reality, and researchers ask Dawn to participate in the experiment by becoming wired into the same reality, where she could experience Luke and his magical, “anything is possible” universe with all five senses. As they did in life, the virtual Luke and Dawn explore the meaning of love: Is it something rare and mystical, or just chemical reactions in the brain? In fact, these questions are the focus of the experiment.

What is new love like in one’s golden years? Can a digital copy of the human brain feel love? Can “old dogs” learn new tricks about love? What happens to a person who craves love but can no longer receive it?

These and other questions are explored in a series of love letters and the storyline of What Love Feels Like: The Dawn of Human 2.0, a tale that’s relatable to lovers of all ages.

by David Cunningham & C.K. Tyler

Can love outlive death?

The book grabs you right from the start with a romantic tableau of a couple so comfortable with one another. Reading through back-and-forth emails you easily see how the romance blossomed from mere curiosity on a dating site to a deeply touching and heartfelt romance.

Told through their e-mailed letters, the storybook romance of Lucas and Dawn unfolds in a unique love story which began as a simple post on a dating website, and evolves into an extraordinary relationship that extends beyond Lucas’ death. Given a second chance through a secret government agency, Luke’s consciousness is preserved, and the lovers embark on a journey of discovery as they explore the meaning of life, hope, courage and, above all, What Love Feels Like.

Combined with science fiction (maybe?), the love story takes a twist when Luke passes away and Dawn finds that he had his “brain” uploaded. Knowing that this would give her the chance to keep her love “alive” Dawn soon embraces the possibility.

Without disclosing the ending, the reader becomes truly invested in Luke and Dawn’s romance and relationship. There are possibilities and there are setbacks, but in the end we understand…

This IS “What Love Feels Like”

I would give this special book 5 Potpourri Pots!

What Love Feels Like: The Dawn of Human 2.0
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 978 1 78904 371 6
ISBN: 978 1 78904 372 3 (ebook) 

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Online Dating Scams

3 Red Flags That She’s Too Good to be True
Avoid a Scam, or Worse, When Navigating the Dating Scene

Not only have online dating sites opened up a whole new dynamic for singles looking for company – attitudes about the viability of these sites have become more positive.

The Pew Research Center recently published the following survey results:

  Almost 60 percent of Americans say online dating sites are a good way to meet people, up from 44 percent in 2005.

  While one-third of those who use the sites never go on an actual date – that leaves 66 percent of users who do.

  One in five young adults have used a dating site, and they’re growing in popularity with older adults, too.

“I was one of those older adults who found online dating sites to be a convenient way to meet women for potential romance,” says Charles W. Massie, a baby boomer who wrote about his online dating experience in a new novel, “Stains on the Gavel” (

“Middle-aged singles have a smaller pool to draw from because so many men and women are married with families by then. That makes finding love tough.”

Massie, an entrepreneurial businessman with his own business and a full schedule, says he was elated when things progressed quickly online with a hot prospect.

“I almost couldn’t believe how lucky I was,” he says. “Unfortunately, I didbelieve it, which led to this woman taking advantage of me in the worst way.”

The woman set him up in an elaborate ruse that resulted in him going to jail on false charges, while she took possession of everything he owned.

“Something that was too good to be true wound up becoming a nightmare,” says Massie, who suggests these red flags:

•  She likes everything about you. “To put it simply, I quit thinking with my brain,” he says.

No matter how smart, established or successful you may be in other aspects of life, just about everyone of any age loves being love-drunk; it’s not just for teens like Romeo and Juliet. But what are the chances that a smart and very attractive woman, about whom you know next to nothing, likes everything you like, do and are?

“The food I liked, the hobbies I liked, the music I liked and political affiliations were identical to hers,” he says. “That was a red flag.”

•  She asks you to move in almost immediately. Most smart young women are somewhat cautious while getting to know a potential new love interest. 

“This woman, however, was all too eager for me to leave my home state to move into her home,” Massie says. “That should tell you one of at least two things: she’s either desperate for someone because she’s emotionally unstable, or she has no fear of you, which could mean she’s working an angle.”

•  She really is, physically, too good to be true. It’s possible that a hot date that’s “out of your league” will come to love you for who you are – in time! On the other hand, when you weigh all of the conditions that may include the fact that you don’t really know her, nor she you; that you are financially sound and she is not; that she suggests a living situation that’s moving far too fast; that you’ve only known each other for a matter of weeks, and never met in person – “yeah, at that point, you should be at least a little skeptical,” he says.

About Charles Massie

Charles Massie is an engineer, former member of the U.S. Navy and businessman, overseeing several companies including Massie Engineering Associates and InfoTech Consulting. He’s also a prolific writer and owner of Starshow Publications. “Stains on the Gavel,”, continues the story of his online dating and criminal justice nightmare, which began in his first novel, “Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime.”