Shannon here: Cynthia Roemer shares insight into her real life romance, her character’s romance, & a change to win an e-book copy of her latest Historical Romance, Under Moonlit Skies. Cynthia’s book was published by the company I’m part owner of, but I didn’t get the pleasure of editing it, since it was published before we bought the company. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Oct 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Cynthia:
Real Life Romance:
- What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
The most romantic thing my husband ever did for me actually happened while we were dating, though I didn’t find out about it until months after we married. Fairly early in our courtship, my husband (then boyfriend) and I went on a candlelight tour of New Salem, a historic site in central Illinois where Abraham Lincoln lived prior to his rise to politics. We stopped in the various log cabins and businesses lit with candles and strolled along the lantern-lit pathway.
As we were awaiting our turn to enter one of the cabins, we saw a shooting star. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but after we were married, my husband confided in me that he’d wished upon that star. His wish—that I would one day become his wife! For me, that was super sweet…and romantic!
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
We did. A Chinese restaurant called The Golden Dragon. It was one we frequented often while we were dating and every chance we could over our first 20 years of marriage. Sadly, it was family owned and went out of business a few years back. We haven’t found another to compare with it…or its memories.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
Yes! The Power of Love by Celine Dion!
- What is the most caring thing your spouse has ever done for you?
One of the caring moments that sticks in my mind is a time when my husband (who is a farmer) was harvesting soybeans in the field south of our house. Of course, he was on the far side of the field, so it was quite a walk to reach him. I enjoy riding with him in the combine, but had recently started having issues with a fallen arch so, by the time I reached him, my foot was hurting a great deal.
While riding with him, I vaguely mentioned my foot hurting, Later, when I needed to leave, he veered the combine at an angle through the uncut beans, cutting a diagonal path toward the timber behind our house. When I asked what he was doing, he (a man of few words replied “You said your foot hurt.” What a sweetheart. To spare me the walk, he delivered me as close to the house as he could in the combine before returning to where he’d been cutting beans. Now, that might sound funny to those who don’t have a rural background, but to this county farmer’s wife, it spoke volumes!
- Who said, “I love you” first, you or your spouse?
He did! Just as we were getting ready to go into a square dance! The declaration came unexpected, and I was flabbergasted the entire night. I hadn’t realized I loved him too, until I admitted it to myself—and him—on the way home that night.
- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
The most romantic thing Stewart Brant did for Esther was to follow her hundreds of miles to win her heart.
- What’s the most romantic thing your heroine ever did for your hero?
She believed in him when he didn’t believe in himself. Put herself at risk to help him.
- What is the most caring thing your heroine has ever done for your hero?
She nursed him back to health and worked to spare his foot after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.
- How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
Although, she was intrigued by him and drawn to him right away, her love grew gradually and before she fully realized it (much like me with my husband.)
- How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?
Almost immediately! He was smitten from the start.
Romantic Excerpt from Under Moonlit Skies by Cynthia Roemer:
Stew pushed the door to the cabin open with his foot, Esther cradled in his arms. He carried her inside, pausing to drink in her beauty. She removed the wreath of wildflowers from about her head and let her golden hair flow free. Love radiated in her eyes as she stared up at him. She was his cherished bride, the richest blessing the Lord could bestow. One he would not take for granted.
He gave her a long and loving kiss then set her feet gently on the floor of their fully furnished home. As he gazed into her rich, hazel eyes, all the heartaches from his past were forgotten. The journey the Lord had taken him on had been a difficult one, but so worthwhile. For all the hardships that had come his way, he was grateful for they had provided him a faith that was strong and real. Pulling Esther into a warm embrace, he rested his chin atop her head, knowing he’d found the truest of treasures.
About Cynthia: Cynthia Roemer is an inspirational Amazon Best-Selling author with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800’s prairie and pre-Civil War era. Her Prairie Sky Series consists of Under This Same Sky, Under Prairie Skies, and Under Moonlit Skies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and two college-aged sons. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Under Moonlit Skies (Prairie Sky Series – Book Three)
She had her life planned out ~ until he rode in
Illinois prairie ~ 1859
After four long years away, Esther Stanton returns to the prairie to care for her sister Charlotte’s family following the birth of her second child. The month-long stay seems much too short as Esther becomes acquainted with her brother-in-law’s new ranch hand, Stewart Brant. When obligations compel her to return to Cincinnati and to the man her overbearing mother intends her to wed, she loses hope of ever knowing true happiness.
Still reeling from a hurtful relationship, Stew is reluctant to open his heart to Esther. But when he faces a life-threatening injury with Esther tending him, their bond deepens. Heartbroken when she leaves, he sets out after her and inadvertently stumbles across an illegal slave-trade operation, the knowledge of which puts him, as well as Esther and her family, in jeopardy.
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