Shannon here: Cynthia Herron shares how she met her husband. Help her celebrate the release of her debut novel, Her Hope Discovered. And she’s helping me clean out my bookshelves. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Jan 8th – llth for chance to win a rare print copy of Book 6 in my Texas Rodeo series, Rodeo Song. Deadline: Jan 19th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Cynthia:
Marriage and Writing with a Side Dish of Life
The Early Years…
“Cindy, I wish you’d reconsider. Come on. It’ll be fun—you’ll see.”
Was she serious? Did my friend (and coworker) really think I’d cave to this new tactic? The one where a blind date is made to sound oh so dreamy and then…you discover…ewww. It turns out to be the date from—well—you know.
Uh-uh. No thanks.
“Is this the same guy you’ve tried setting me up with for the past six months? The same guy who doesn’t have a phone and whose car is always in the shop?”
Debi laughed and steered me toward a quiet corner of the break room. “Think of it more as a get-to-know-each-other kind of thing. The whole gang is meeting for pizza so if you two don’t hit it off, no big deal. It’s a public setting, no commitment, and if nothing else, you might just make a new friend.”
Well, she had me there. How could I argue with that?
I loved socializing and I was all about making new friends. Still new in my job and new to town, I was eager to ride the friendship train.
“Okay. But remember—I’m not interested in the dating scene again for a while.” Not after my broken heart experience in college. Not after dating someone who had no interest in God, much less anything remotely connected to Him.
As it turned out, the pizza was delish and the conversation fun and lively, but the “guy” and I were polar opposites. Where I was talkative, he was a man of few words. Where I was outgoing, he seemed reserved. Where I thrived on the social scene, he preferred solitude.
Well, at least I’d found out early.
But then—he called. And asked me out on a real date. We saw Splash and we dined on pizza again. At my apartment door, he shook my hand. And asked me out again.
By then, I guess he found a phone and his voice. And on our second date, he asked if he could kiss me goodnight. A gentleman! At last…
By our third date, we talked often. About life. World peace. Our faith. Children. Career goals. Marriage.
He said I love you.
Yes. I love you. That would be the third date.
Some folks (especially my parents) thought it was too soon. I tended to agree, but God had other plans.
Stay tuned for Part Two on Friday!
About Cynthia: Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a three-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink.
“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA.
She is a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014. Her work is represented by WordServe Literary.
Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.
About the book – Her Hope Discovered:
Is the sure thing worth risking for the possibility of maybe?
Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery.
Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course? Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.
Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good!
Question for Readers: Are you talkative and outgoing or more reserved and quiet? Are you drawn to people who are your polar opposite or those who mirror your personality?
Come back Jan 11th for Part 2 of Cynthia’s love story!