Shannon here: Jodie Bailey shares insight into her real-life romance plus a chance to win a copy of her latest Romantic Suspense, Under Surveillance. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Feb 6th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Jodie!
Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
By most people’s standards, this is probably not romantic, but shortly before he went on his first long deployment overseas, we were living in upstate New York. My dad came up to watch our daughter, and we took the motorcycle on this rambling long weekend trip through the Adirondack Mountains. We shut off the GPS, and I had a map I held against his back. I’d tell him where to turn, and we’d go wherever we landed. We saw waterfalls, visited Woodstock, ate at out-of-the-way restaurants we stumbled on… it was just an amazing, carefree trip.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
Thanks to Covid, we haven’t eaten at a restaurant in ten months. And, honestly, we weren’t huge restaurant eaters before, though I have recently started to miss hot food set on the table in front of me instead of cold food takeout. 🙂 We are huge fans of steak and baked potatoes and salad at home, cooked together and enjoyed at our leisure. Always have been.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
Not necessarily a favorite song, but a favorite band. We started listening to Steep Canyon Rangers about six years ago, and we’ve been to several shows together. I have the greatest picture of my husband when we met them at a smaller show last year. In early 2020, when my dad was battling cancer and I was staying with him, I’d listen to the Rangers and just feel better. I realized it was because it reminded me of my husband and so much fun we’ve had together, and it gave me peace.
- What’s the most romantic present you ever bought your spouse?
Actually, my favorite thing I ever gave him was late last year. Several years ago, he decided he wanted to learn to play the banjo, so I had bought him an inexpensive one for Christmas. It was passable. Last year, I was able to save up the money to buy him a Deering Banjo, something he had wanted for a long time. It was so much fun seeing his face when he saw the box and figured out what it was!
- Who is most romantic, you or your spouse?
It depends on how you define romantic. He is so giving and so sacrificing, and I find that incredibly romantic. I’m the one more likely to write a sappy letter or, back in the day, make a mix tape. LOL Before I met him, I used to say I wanted a guy who’d read me poetry in the park and dance with me in the living room. I married a soldier who would rather jump out of airplanes for fun and ride motorcycles, and do you know what? He’s perfect.
- Where did you and your spouse go for your honeymoon?
This cracks me up every time. We did not have a honeymoon. We had reservations to stay at one of the resorts at Disney World. And then? The Army cancelled his leave for our wedding date. We had to move our wedding up two weeks and cancel our honeymoon. We bought a washer and dryer instead. For years, every trip we took, I referred to as our “honeymoon.” 🙂
About Jodie: Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of story when God is allowed to hold the pen. She spent fifteen years moving around the country with her now-retired Army husband. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is a multi-published inspirational fiction author who crafts suspense stories infused with the power of God’s love and freedom. If she’s not behind the keyboard, she’s probably teaching high schoolers the power of their personal stories in yearbook class or, she has her toes buried in the sand and a fishing line in the water on the Outer Banks. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs who are currently locked in an ongoing battle for the attention of their humans. You can stop by and say hi at www.jodiebailey.com.
About the book – Under Surveillance:
She might not be the criminal he thinks she is… When his neighbor—and suspect—Macey Price is attacked and nearly kidnapped, army operative Trey Blackburn comes to her rescue. But this new development throws a wrench in his undercover assignment to surveil and befriend Macey. Is she a traitor selling government secrets…or is she being framed? The rules no longer apply, because in one night his mission changes—from proving her guilt to saving her life.
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