Shannon here: Contemporary romance author, Paula Mowery shares how she met her husband and how her characters meet in her latest release, For Our Good. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Sept 28 – Oct 2 to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: Oct 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Paula:
- How did you meet your spouse?
My spouse and I grew up all through school together. We were in first grade but didn’t really know each other well. It wasn’t until middle school that we really started to get to know one another.
Back then when a couple wanted to date, we called it “going together.” Recently my husband brought up a pair of pants I used to wear that he still remembers. The pants were light blue and on one of the back pockets was a red and white roller skate which laced up with a white string. We laughed recalling those pants that he found so attractive.
Unfortunately, I moved to a town an hour away and didn’t return until my sophomore year in high school. But soon after my return, we found ourselves back together. High school sweethearts and then married right after I graduated from college.
- How do your hero and heroine meet?
Charlie needed to get to Knoxville, Tennessee, for her temporary assignment with the police department. Just so happens that Colton and his co-pilot, Marshall, are dropping off their boss in Florida and can provide Charlie her ride.
Excerpt from For Our Good by Paula Mowery:
Colton readied for the return flight to Knoxville. A police car drove up next to the plane and stopped. A woman emerged from the passenger side and jogged to the trunk, pulling luggage out. She was slender and yet muscles rippled, showing from under her capri pants and short sleeved shirt, not like a body builder but very toned. Her emerald green eyes glinted in the sun, and her black hair was straight and shiny, pulled back into a ponytail.
He cleared his throat and stepped forward, hand extended. “Hello, I’m Colton Thomas, one of your pilots this afternoon.”
She cocked an eyebrow and took his hand, shaking it firmly. “I’m Charlie. I appreciate the lift.”
“We’re glad we could be of service.”
She smiled and his pulse picked up.
About Paula: Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015.
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com. You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at www.ccwcu.blogspot.com.
About the book: Charlie Jarvis is haunted by loss that fuels her desire to rid the world of drug traffickers. When her next assignment takes her back to her hometown, she has to confront her painful past. She has no interest in a relationship since God seems to kill everyone she loves.
Colton Thomas appreciates material things and the status of being a corporate pilot. When someone approaches him to deliver a package for a large sum of money that could wipe out his debts, temptation knocks loud on his door even as his partner, Marshall, slams it shut. Meeting Charlie challenges his non-committal stance with women. As he considers who he has become and the kind of man he would want to be for Charlie, he confronts his own shallow lifestyle and the fear that he would never be able to help her heal her wounds.
As Charlie pursues the man causing young boys to die of overdoses, she struggles with the secrets she keeps from Colton. With people around them shining the light of God and encouraging their courtship, both Charlie and Colton have to face hard truths about life, death, love, and faith. And maybe find a fresh start for them both.
Reader question: How long have you known your spouse? Did you enjoy many seasons together like me or was it a chance meeting like Charlie and Colton? If not married, apply the question to a family member or friend.
Come back Sept 30th for romantic gestures from Paula’s husband and her hero!
Shelia Hall says
My aunt and uncle were married 63 years before he died! They were childhood sweethearts! My parents were married 57 years before my mom passed away!
Karen Hadley says
I was divorced 2 1/2 years from an abusive marriage.
I met my now husband and soul mate at a disaster training
event. Two months later we began to date and married the
following November. We have been married for 6 1/2 years
and it has been wonderful. I am truly blessed. I didn’t know
marriage could be so great until I married him. We think what
the other one voices. We feel like we have known each
other forever. I love him and he loves me and I know he
loves me (something I never knew was possible).
Paula Mowery says
Wow! 63 years of marriage. Those childhood and high school sweethearts can last for a while. This October will be 26 years of marriage for us.
Karen, thanks for sharing. So glad God brought you together with your husband. I know about that funny thing of knowing what the other one is thinking. It will get keener. I actually take advantage of this phenomenon on Sunday mornings. I interpret for our deaf church members and find I can do a pretty good job of interpreting for my hubby’s sermons since I know about his speech patterns and such.
Melissa Henderson says
My husband and I have known each other for about 40 years and we have been married for 36 years. I actually “flirted” with him as I was driving to high school each morning. He was on his way to work and I was on the way to high school. He had a cool ChevelleSS car and I would wave to him every morning, never thinking I would meet him. On the last day of school, when I didn’t bother to wash my hair or dress cute, he turned his car around and followed me to school to ask me out. on a date. 🙂 We married when I was 18 and he was 21. Life is good through all the challenges of health, finances, in-laws, and more. We are blessed.
Shannon Taylor Vannatter says
Welcome Paula. I love hearing everyone’s longevity stories and so glad you got a happily ever after, Karen.
My husband and I were high school sweethearts and we’ve been married 31 years. We still really like each other and get along great. I do a lot of thought interpreting for him too. I know how his brain works, so he’ll say something and no one else gets it but me.
Melanie Backus says
Ours was a chance meeting. I just happened to come home with a college roommate, met a special guy, started writing letters to each other since he was in the army, and married eleven months later. We will celebrate our 40th anniversary anniversary in twenty days!
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