Shannon here: Deborah Sprinkle shares insight into her real life romance, plus a chance to win a print copy of her latest Mystery, The Case of the Innocent Husband, US only. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: May 13th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Deborah:
Thanksgiving break of my freshman year in college, and I was out with my boyfriend. I still remember him saying, “I love you more than anyone else will ever love you. So we might as well get married.” All I could think was, “Lord, if this is love, then I’m bummed. I expected so much more.”
I returned to university, a commuter campus, filled with frustration over what I thought I was supposed to be feeling but didn’t. My friend, Jeannie, grabbed my arm.
“Help me out here. I’m in a snowball fight with two guys.” Jeannie pulled me away from the student union.
At first, I was inclined to say no, but on second thought, I decided it would do me good to throw a hard packed snowball at someone. “Let me put my things down and I’ll be right there.”
I paired off with a tall, slim guy with mutton chops and a mustache, and the snowballs flew. It did feel good! The fight ended when I caught him off guard squatting to make another snowball. I came up behind him, pulled his coat collar back, and stuffed snow down his back. He yelped and jumped a foot off the ground.
Inside the union, we exchanged names and I found out I had bested my future husband, Les Sprinkle. I haven’t been able to repeat that performance in the fifty six years we’ve been together (four dating and fifty two married)—so far.
But that’s not the end of the story.
We went our separate ways and I didn’t see him again for a couple of weeks—although he claims he waved at me on campus and I ignored him! One day, Jeannie grabbed my arm again.
“Les wants to meet you in the union to play cards. He’s calling in sick to work. I think he really likes you.” She peered at me over her glasses.
I didn’t have a class, so I agreed to meet him. It made me feel special that a guy would take a day off work just to meet with me. He must be interested. So when I got to the union, I walked in with an aren’t-I-special grin on my face.
The thing was he had the same grin on his face. Curious. We sat down and began playing our game and talking.
“Thanks for skipping your class and asking to meet,” Les said.
“I didn’t skip class. I thought you wanted to meet me, that you called in sick to work.”
We both looked at Jeannie—who had the biggest grin of all!
We ended up having lunch together, started dating, and when we kissed, I knew what real love felt like.
Question for Readers: What do you think about blind dates? Would you ever go on one? If you’ve been on one, how did it turn out?
About Deborah: Deborah Sprinkle has written three romantic suspense novels that together make up the series Trouble in Pleasant Valley. She’s won many awards, including one for a short story called Progressive Dinner, which is the inspiration for her new mystery series, Mac and Sam Mysteries, set in Washington, Missouri. The first book, The Case of the Innocent Husband is available on Amazon, and the second book, The Case of Mistaken Identity, will come out in August, 2023. She is currently working on the third book, The Case of the Stolen Memories. Learn more & connect:
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About the book – The Case of the Innocent Husband:
Private Investigator Mackenzie Love needs to do one thing. Find out who shot Eleanor Davis. Or she’ll have to leave town.
When Eleanor Davis is found shot in her garage, the only suspect, her estranged husband, is found not guilty in a court of law. However, most of the good citizens of Washington, Missouri, remain unconvinced. It doesn’t matter that twelve men and women of the jury found him not guilty. What do they know?
And since Private Investigator Mackenzie Love accepted the job for the defense and helped acquit Connor Davis, her friends and neighbors have placed her squarely in the enemy camp. Therefore, her overwhelming goal becomes to find out who killed Eleanor Davis.
Or leave the town she grew up in.
As the investigation progresses, the threats escalate. Someone wants to stop Mackenzie and her partner, Samantha Majors, and is willing to do whatever it takes—including murder.
Can Mac and Sam find the killer before they each end up on the wrong side of a bullet?
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Deborah Sprinkle says
Thanks, Shannon, for the chance to tell how my forever love story started.
Shannon Vannatter says
Glad to have you, Deborah and I enjoyed your story. I’ve never been on a blind date. I’ve heard of a few working out though. I’ve been happily married almost 39 years, but if I wasn’t, I might go on a blind date if a very close friend or family member, I trusted, arranged it. Maybe 🙂
haven’t been on one
Deborah Sprinkle says
I’m not sure the younger generation actually has blind dates any longer. Dating has changed so much.
Cherie J says
I went on a few blind dates, but they did not work out. I think they can be a good thing if the person setting you up knows your likes and your taste well. The person setting me up did not so the guys I met were just not my type.
Deborah Sprinkle says
I agree. I think the person doing the setting up should know both parties well enough to at least hope for a good outcome. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for a friend’s bad experience if at all posssible.