Shannon here: Best-selling author, James L. Rubart shares insight into his real life romance and his latest release, Spirit Bridge. Comment on this post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: May 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s James:
Q. What’s the most romantic thing your spouse and you have ever done for each other?
A. This past August we took a trip to Fiji with our two sons and renewed our wedding vows. We charted a tiny boat to take us to a deserted white sand beach. The sun was brilliant, the sea was turquoise, and the ceremony was magic. Our older son, Taylor, sang Darci’s and my song to us, and our younger son, Micah performed the ceremony. Micah started things out by quoting from the Princess Bride: “Maaaaw-widge! Mahrwidge is what bwings us toge-tor today!” It was hilarious and perfect. We gave each other special presents, made up our renewal vows on the spot and got some wonderful pictures. One of the happiest days of my life.
Q. Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
Q. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
A. Yes, as you found out in the answer to the first question. I wish I could tell you the name of the song, but that’s just for Darci and me and the boys.
Q. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic vacation destination?
A. We love going to the Oregon coast together. The thundering surf, the rain, the sun, walking on the beach, getting warm inside our hotel room, quaint shops … probably one of the reasons I set my first novel (Rooms) there.
Q. What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
A. This is so simple it sounds sappy, but when Darci gives me her full smile and her eyes light up at seeing me, I’m gone.
Q. How soon after meeting her did you know she was the one?
A. It took a while, probably five or six minutes. I met her through some mutual friends and even though that first meeting didn’t last more than a few minutes, I was captured. I met her again four months later and I went home and wrote in my journal that she was the type of girl I would fall madly in love with. We lived a long distance from each other, so I didn’t think it could happen, but obviously it did.
Q. How soon after meeting you did she know you were the one?
It took Darci longer. But soon after we started hanging out she told a roommate, “I don’t know who I’m going to marry, but I know who I’m not going to marry.” She had a lot of guys after her, and I guess being around me took them out of the running. I took about six months of dating before we told each other, “You’re the one!”
Q. Who is most romantic, you or your spouse?
A. Probably me, which makes it really fun. I don’t get any pressure to be romantic which makes me even more romantic than I would be otherwise.
Q. Where did you and your spouse go for your honeymoon?
I was able to get two weeks off work, and through some friends was able to get a trip to Disneyland for free. So for the first week we went to California, then I surprised Darci for the second week. I’d told her we were going to go camping on the Oregon coast, but I’d really arranged for our second week to be in Hawaii. Wow! You should have seen her face when I pulled out the plane tickets the night before we left for the islands. That was a fun surprise.
Q. You’ve been on my blog a number of times now, James, and it’s obvious you’re a romantic. Is that why you have romance in all your novels?
Exactly. I love romance. I love movies like You’ve Got Mail, so it’s fun to put a romantic thread in amongst all the roller coaster excitement I have going on in my stories.
Q. And now, with Spirit Bridge, your final novel in the Well Spring series, we get to find out if Brandon and Dana will get together in the end.
Yes, you will.
Q. That’s it? That’s all you’re going to give us?
A. Well, you probably won’t be shocked to hear things turn out in satisfying way. What’s really fun is that Brandon and Dana’s story has been carried out over three novels, so people have been dying to know what happens. I think the resolution of their relationship is the most powerful romantic thread I’ve written yet. I’m hoping my readers agree.
Q. What can people do to find out more about you and your books and stay in touch with what you’re up to?
A. The best thing to do is sign up for my newsletter at my website: http://jameslrubart.com/ I’m also on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JamesLRubart and people can reach me via e-mail at: email@example.com
About James: James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL’S GATE, MEMORY’S DOOR, and SPIRIT BRIDGE. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman.
About the book – Spirit Bridge: The Warriors Riding have battled in astounding supernatural realms, set captives free, and awakened thousands of hearts. But now their only chance of survival depends on calling for The Spirit Bridge.
Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus have achieved staggering success in the spiritual realm . . . but each is reeling from vicious attacks. They need rest. A break from the war.
But the warlord Zennon is raging and will give them no quarter. The demon holds what he believes to be the trump card—a hidden strategy set in motion before Warriors Riding even began—that will detonate the team from the inside out. And he’s just set it loose.
The street magician Simon—finally free of Zennon’s alternate reality prison—is racing to remember his past before his ignorance obliterates his destiny. Then there’s Miyo—a brash young warrior with advanced knowledge of spiritual realities and supernatural armor even Reece doesn’t know about. These two will be pivotal in the final war.
If only the Warriors knew which side Simon and Miyo are truly on. If only they knew how to fight against Zennon’s final assault.
The Spirit Bridge is the epic conclusion to acclaimed author James L. Rubart’s Well Spring series, which will propel each of the Warriors Riding on a quest of true identity, ultimate freedom, and a final battle that will leave them changed forever.
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