Shannon here: Judy the Morgan shares insight into her real-life romance, plus a chance to win a copy of her Contemporary Romance, When Love Comes Home. Winner’s choice of e-book or print. Deadline: Feb 4th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Judy:
My husband does romantic things for me all the time. Or, maybe I consider folding the clothes or cleaning up after a meal or any of the other little household chores he’ll do without being asked as romantic gestures that others wouldn’t. For all the fifty-nine years we’ve been married, he’s always surprising me with something special for birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries.
He’s also pulled off some amazing romantic surprises. So many it’s been hard to come up with only one.
But before I tell you about that one, I have to explain that next to Old English sheepdogs, antiques are my favorite thing. Together we ran an antique storefront and did antique shows for years. We had some incredible adventures.
One such adventure happened in Vienna, Austria. I’d gone with him on a business trip. I often went with him since we were empty nesters, and I usually stayed in the hotel room and wrote.
This trip the business associate’s wife, who lived in Vienna, and I became friends. Knowing my love of antiques, she planned a visit to the Dorotheum, the largest auction house in Central Europe.
It was the most incredible place. Antiques in Europe are truly antique. I spent hours marking the auction catalog with items I wanted to see before we went to the massive auction house. I couldn’t wait to see them up close.
My husband suggested we place bids on two of the pieces I loved the most, a porcelain inkwell with the sand shaker and a pewter oil lamp with an etched glass globe. I filled out bid forms.
Unfortunately, the actual auction would take place after we’d left Vienna. My friend offered to bid for me. I gave her my very top bid price and we returned to the states.
Sadly, she sent word both items had gone higher than what I wanted to spend. I was disappointed, but what an experience … to bid on items at the largest auction house in Central Europe. That was exciting enough.
Months later, two gigantic packages labeled for me appeared under the tree on Christmas morning. I could not figure out what he’d gotten me. Imagine my surprise when I opened the first box and found the ink well from the Dorotheum.
“We won the bid?”
Nodding, he grinned. “We did. I asked Johana to tell you we didn’t.”
I squeaked and clapped my hands. “Does that mean the lamp is in the other box?”
“It is. Both boxes have been riding around in the trunk of my car. Peter brought them over in his luggage when he came for our last business meeting.”
I couldn’t stop smiling. I still smile whenever I look at the beautiful lamp on top of the China cabinet holding the porcelain inkwell.
I am so blessed to have such a romantic husband. Is it any wonder he’s the role model for the heroes of my books?
Question for Readers: I love Old English sheepdogs. We’ve had six and given them all unique names: Azariah, Obadiah, Micah, Tobias, and now Finnegan MacCool named after the Irish legend of Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim Ireland.
Dogs in my books have unique names too. You’ll find Moo in When Love Comes Home. Do you have a pet with an unusual name? How did you choose your pet’s name?
About Judy: I’m a native Texan whose roots called me home after years of roaming as an Air Force daughter and then Army wife. My husband and I have raised three children, six Old English sheepdogs, and two rescues, a terrier mix and a Maltese. We have eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and nine granddogs. Our lives are filled with fun and laughter.
You’ll find my award-winning stories full of twists and turns drawn from my life and experiences as a schoolteacher, an antique dealer, a former mayor’s wife, and sometimes a church pianist. All my stories are filled with strong characters tackling real-life situations from a Christian worldview.
Besides fiction, I share a weekly blog with my urban farmer/music teacher daughter: Judy the Writer
About the book – When Love Comes Home: Fitzpatrick Family (The Fitzpatrick Family Book 6)
Sammy Fitzpatrick and Tiffany Fischer eloped on prom night. The next day her father forced them to sign annulment papers and then whisked her off to art school. Sammy and Tiffany made secret plans to go to Guatemala with a mission group.
When she and her parents disappear without a trace, Sammy heads to the mission field missing a chunk of his heart and resigned to a life alone.
Ten years later, he discovers the annulment papers were never filed. Tiffany is still legally his wife, but she doesn’t know it. She’s engaged to someone else. His heart has never let him forget. But is he too late?
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