Shannon here: Heather Greer shares insight into her real-life and fictional romance, plus a chance to win a print copy of her Contemporary Romance, Relentless Love, US only. Just a heads up, Heather’s book was published by the small press my business partner and I recently bought. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: July 25th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Heather:
- What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
Andy knew I didn’t have a fun time at my prom. I went alone, as my then boyfriend had just become my ex-boyfriend. A few years after we got married he bought me a formal dress, including the shoes and accessories to go with it, and surprised me with it an dinner at the fanciest restaurant in the area. On the way home, he pulled in at this little event center where he arranged to have all our friends and family meet us for a surprise prom. It was super sweet and a lot of fun.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
Honestly, we have a favorite restaurant, but I’m not sure it’s overly romantic. It’s a little Irish Pub in a nearby town that suits who we are as a couple. However, when my husband used to work until 9 at night, I would feed the kids and get them in bed before he came home. He would pick up takeout, and we would have a picnic on our bed while watching a favorite show. It was time for just us in the middle of all the family and work demands. Those, while not traditionally romantic, meant more to us as couple than a hundred candle lit meals in a fancy restaurant.
- What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?
I don’t know that others would consider it romantic, but for our anniversary one year he arranged for us to go to North Carolina for a very small (20 participant) writer’s conference. What made it so special was that he knew my favorite author was a presenter at the conference. I got to spend two days learning from her, I got to have an individual meeting with her, and she signed a couple of my books. Add to that the instruction and encouragement in my writing and the time my husband and I shared together in the evenings and on the trip itself, and the weekend was just about perfect.
- What’s the most romantic present you ever bought your spouse?
My presents for Andy are usually not very romantic. For our 23rd anniversary this year, I bought him a framed poster for his office. I know it doesn’t sound romantic, but the poster is a picture made out of the words of the love song we had sung at our wedding. If you’re curious, the song was Stephen Curtis Chapman’s “I Will Be Here”.
- How soon after meeting you did your spouse know you were the one?
I think both Andy and I knew within a month that we were headed down the aisle. We had both experienced the wrong ones enough to know the right one had come along. Though we knew it was going to happen, we still dated for three years before we finally got married. Andy was very practical and wanted to make sure he had his degree and a good job before taking that step. At the time, I didn’t want to be practical. In hindsight, waiting was a good idea as it let us get to know each other better and start out in a better place.
- Who is most romantic, you or your spouse?
That is a tough question. I think and feel more romantically. I feel like I want romance in my life more and feel its absence in a deeper way when it’s missing. But I believe it is easier for a man to do something considered romantic than it is for a woman. When he’s interested in something like cooking or some other hobby I try to get him things to help him enjoy those pursuits. But those things, while caring, are not considered romantic. I have made him candle lit dinners and handmade gifts like a story scrapbook of our relationship. But opportunities to do things that are considered romantic for a man are more limited.
Andy is great at romantic gestures. You can tell that from some of my other answers. I appreciate that about him. But if a man is in a pinch for a romantic gift, a quick trip to the store for flowers and chocolate can traditionally check off the romance box. Women don’t have that same easy answer for being considered romantic.
- Who said, “I love you” first, you or your spouse?
Andy told me he loved me first. I can assure you he didn’t feel it first, but he did voice it before I did.
- What simple gesture does your hero do that melts your heroine every time?
About the book – Relentless Love:
Without passion, there is no love. Without love, is she even living?
Living with limits protects a heart from hurt. After unexpectedly losing her husband, it’s a lesson Katie Blake has learned well. From moving in with her elderly father to staying at home with her son, Sammy, Katie’s life has been arranged to avoid further pain.
After three years, life feels stagnant. It’s time to carefully venture into the world once again. Sammy needs friends his age, and Katie needs a project to focus on.
As Sammy adjusts to preschool, Katie finds her perfect job. Her position even allows her to befriend Anna, a young mother who needs encouragement. Events also bring Nathan Phillips, a childhood friend, back into her life. Each successful step forward encourages Katie to continue opening her heart. By the time her friendship with Nathan begins to deepen, Katie is ready to pursue the relationship.
Nathan’s encouragement gives Katie strength to make tough decisions regarding her father’s care as his dementia progresses. But when Sammy is injured while in Nathan’s care, Katie knows she’s made a mistake. It won’t happen again. Abandoning their relationship in favor of safety is only the beginning. Katie has felt God calling her to help change Anna’s situation, but the risk is too great. God will have to find another way to help.
It takes a strange message from her father for Katie to understand God’s relentless love and desire for her life to reflect His love. But will Katie take the risk or continue limiting love in favor of a life without hurt?
Question for Readers: What does romance mean to you?
Here are the winners from my blog tour:
The Cowboy’s Missing Memory: Suzan Burgett, Diana Hardt, Rebecca Garner, Jennifer Hibdon, Lual Krautter, Natalya Lakhno
Counting on the Cowboy & Her Texas Cowboy: anxious58, June McCrary Jacobs, Amre, Sonja, Kathy, Emil Douglas
Y’all will be hearing from me or one of my blog hosts in the next few days. I so appreciate everyone who followed the tour. If you didn’t win, you might still be able to find The Cowboy’s Missing Memory in Walmart. And my books are pretty much always available online at Amazon or Christianbook.
I have winners for my blog tour!
The Cowboy’s Missing Memory winners:
Suzan Burgett, Diana Hardt, Emil Douglas, Lual Krautter, Jennifer Hibdon, Natalya Lakhno
Counting on the Cowboy & Her Texas Cowboy winners:
Sonja, Kathy, Rebecca Garner, anxious58, June McCrary Jacobs, Amre
Come back July 17th for C. Kevin Thompson!