Shannon here: Brenda S. Anderson shares how her first kiss with her future husband went down, with a little help from a friend. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy of her latest Women’s Fiction title, Long Way Home. Deadline: May 19th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Brenda:
Our First Kiss!
Well, the story of our first kiss isn’t nearly as exciting as the story leading up to that kiss.
You see, Marvin (my now-husband) and I had been on a handful of dates before he tried to kiss me for the first time. Now, as someone who had never had a boyfriend before and was really, really new to dating, I backed away and told him I wasn’t ready.
Which was true. Not that I didn’t want to kiss him back—I did—but I was also a bit terrified of that first kiss. What if I did it wrong?
So, what does a terrified woman do? She seeks out a good friend to ask her how to kiss. Yes. Yes I did. I drove sixty miles to visit my friend Kelly Jo, who was newly engaged, and she gladly gave me some pointers.
I don’t remember what those pointers were, but obviously they helped because a few dates later, when my husband tried to kiss me again, well, let’s just say it lasted longer than a minute…
And our marriage has lasted thirty years!
But let me back up a tiny bit.
At our wedding reception (a year+ past that first kiss), we had a small program before the food was served. Marvin asked a gregarious friend to say a few words, as did I. That friend was Kelly Jo.
Well, little did I know that she was going to recount my jaunt up to see her to ask about kissing lessons! And given Kelly Jo is slightly given to hyperbole, she had the entire room of people in stitches, laughing. I wish I had a video of her speech—I’m sure our kids would get a kick out of it 🙂
And yes, Kelly Jo is still my very good friend!
About Brenda: Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30 years, their three children, and one sassy cat. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Long Way Home:
Can she forgive the man who once bullied her,
and learn that love keeps no record of wrongs?
Having overcome the crippling insecurities of childhood bullying, Lauren Bauman is eager to start her new job 1,000 miles away, and road-tripping across the country with her brother Nate and his new friend seems to be the perfect way to celebrate the move. But her confidence is shaken when she meets Nate’s friend–the kid who’d bullied her years before, trapping her in a decade-long shell of self-doubt.
For Jet Wurm, losing his job and getting kicked out of his apartment were the best things that ever happened to him. Thanks to the friend who rescued him, he’s finally shedding the loser label he’d worn for years. Nate even invited him along on a cross-country road trip with his sister, and Jet couldn’t be more excited. But then he meets Lauren, and her fearful reaction tells him they must have met before. Where, he can’t recall, but he has no doubt he’d somehow hurt her–like he’d hurt so many others in his past. And now he’s stuck on a six-day road trip with a woman who obviously deplores him.
Though Jet is clearly not the same person who’d bullied her years before, Lauren still struggles to forgive him. But if she doesn’t find the courage to forgive, will that convince Jet he’s as worthless as he’d always been taught to believe? Or will they learn that real love keeps no record of wrongs?
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Question for the readers:
In my new release, Long Way Home, the characters take a road trip across country in a Skoolie (renovated school bus). If you could go on a road trip in a skoolie, where would you want to go?
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