Shannon here: Fay Lamb shares insight into her real life romance, a recipe, and a chance to win her latest Contemporary Romance, Libby. Comment or answer a question on any post dated Nov 3 – 7 to enter the drawing. Deadline: Nov 15, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Fay:
- What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
I can choose a number of romantic things my spouse has done for me, but truly, he showed his love for me from the very first day he met me—and my children from another marriage. If you remember the song by Brad Paisley, “He Didn’t Have to Be” then you have a picture of my husband. My children call him “Dad,” because he earned that title. He raised our sons to be men of integrity. He showed them what it is to be a good father and to care for others. Yes, he’s done a number of things that I call romantic, but this is something that warms my heart every day because not only does he love my boys, he adores, and never takes for granted that six children now call him Papaw.
- What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?
You are asking the most non-romantically inclined person in the world this question, but I’m going to say it was on my husband’s birthday, December 22, 1989. I handed him a ring and said, “You can get married in Kingsland, Georgia, in one day.” And to my surprise, he took the bait. But that’s another story for this week.
- Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
Cedar Key, Florida, without a doubt. It is a place that strikes a chord with both of our souls. We love the slow pace as it reminds us of our hometown where we have lived all our lives—except when we visit we are transported back to our childhoods. We spend the day walking or riding bicycles or just sitting around the pool, and everything in our everyday lives seem to vanish.
- What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?
A house. We had been searching for a home, and he was heading out of town. I didn’t get back to the apartment in time to say good-bye, but I found a note on the door. He’s written, “Your new address is now …” The home he purchased was the one I absolutely fell in love with, and everything seemed to fall into place for us. We raised our boys there for seventeen years. We’ve moved since, but I sure miss that place.
- How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he was the one?
About twenty-three years. *Smiling* I first met my spouse when we were about five years old. We didn’t know it until we were dating, but my grandfather ran “The World’s Largest Freest Fishing Pier” as it was dubbed, and my husband’s grandfather used to bring him to the pier to fish. He mentioned one day about the girl that used to come out of the bait shop and fish with him. I laughed and said, “You were the little boy …”
We worked together in the courthouse for a couple of years until I took a job with the public defender, and my husband used to courier things over to me, but I never paid him any attention, and then one night we met each other out, and well, I’d gotten myself into a bit of trouble, and like the proverbial knight in shining armor, he stepped in and got me out of the trouble. It was at that moment that I knew he was absolutely the one.
- What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
Whenever we’re struggling or if I’m down, he’ll put his arms around me and say, “You know, even after all these years, I’m glad that I ran into you on July 11, 1987.” That date was the night he played the knight mentioned above.
- How soon after meeting you did your spouse know you were the one?
He tells me that he knew on our first date when he was my rescuer. I supposed he knew I needed someone to watch after me.
- Who is most romantic, you or your spouse?
Oh, I think you can guess by now. My spouse is the romantic in this relationship. That would make me the spoiled one.
Here’s Fay’s Recipe for Romance:
Recipe for Chili Soup
1 lb. hamburger (brown/drain—that’s important. I didn’t realize that).
16 ounce cans of the following (Do not drain—that’s important, too):
2 cans diced tomatoes
3 cans kidney beans
1 can corn
1 cup of water
1 package of taco seasoning
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
Mix, heat, and eat.
Serve with Tortilla chips
About Fay: Fay Lamb is an author, editor, and writing coach.
Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, and the newest A Dozen Apologies. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
Future releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.
Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fay.lamb?fref=ts, her Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorFay, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TacticalEd. She’s also active on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FayLamb. Then there are her blogs: http://faylamb.com/ontheledge/on-the-ledge/, http://faylamb.com/innersource/, and http://tacticaleditor.faylamb.com/. And, yes, there’s one more: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1482814.Fay_Lamb.
About the book – Libby:
Libby Overstreet can’t see herself as anything but shy and socially awkward. She’s nearing thirty, and she’s never even been on a date. Then she meets the man of her dreams, but Libby knows he would never be interested in a wallflower like her. All she wants to do is to buy that garden nursery on the outskirts of town and settle down with the life she has always dreamed about.
Evan Carter has been watching the sweet woman in the coffee shop for weeks when his friend tells him that the object of his affection plans to buy a garden nursery and needs Evan’s expertise as an architect/contractor.
When they meet, Libby is more enamored of Evan and even more convinced that he would never look at her as anything but a friend.
However, that’s far from the truth. Evan would love to get to know the innocent beauty God has placed in this path. Trouble is, he fears that a lovely flower like Libby will wilt under the sins of his past, and he’ll do everything in his power to keep that from happening.
Question: Whether you’re married or not, are you a romantic?
Come back Nov 5th for Fay’s romantic wedding story!
angela chesnut says
would love to win
Jennifer Hallmark says
Shelia Hall says
Your recipe sounds good for this cooler weather
Shelia Hall says
Your recipe sounds good for this cooler weather!!
Rose Chandler Johnson says
Fay, that was so sweet! You are married to a real knight. Thanks for sharing those sweet romantic stories. And y’al fishing on the pier as kids! There’s a novel right there. I’d love a copy of another one of your novels.
Kelly Blackwell says
I love chili soup. I make something similar but no corn or hidden valley ranch dressing mix. I will definitely give this a try.
I think it is so sweet that you and your husband knew each other before you knew each other. Very sweet.
Janet Estridge says
I am the romantic one my husband is the practical one. I only live a few hours away from Cedar Key but have never gone there.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.