I’m celebrating the release of my second book, White Doves, to Heartsong Presents book club members by sharing my real-life romance. I’ll also be posting 5 days this week and giving away a copy of White Doves, which won’t be in stores until April. Comment on any post dated Oct 4 – 8 by Oct 9, 8:00 PM Central for a chance to win.
Still Romancing After Twenty-Six Years
Several months ago, I had my book launch party for White Roses at the Romance Waterfalls. It was too hot to actually have it at the falls, so owners, Buck & Brenda Weatherly graciously opened their home. My husband went with me, kept the coffee flowing, corralled our eight year old, and visited with our church members who came. It was an awesome day. I sold out within ten minutes and our church members ended up giving me their books back, so I could sell them to other people, and replace their copies later.
As the day came to a close and only a handful of friends and family milled about, I thought about how important the Romance Waterfalls is to my books. In the series, a proposal and a wedding takes place there, and a couple draws closer together at the falls. All of my characters have had romantic or important moments there. I decided that my husband and I should have a romantic moment at the falls too. I grabbed my friend, Linda and her camera, and then my hubby.
“Let’s go down to the falls and let Linda take our picture while we kiss.”
Hubby jumped up. “Sure.”
Wow he’s excited, I thought.
We took the long, humid walk to the falls. Me, in my white skirt and satin shoes, him in shorts and tennis shoes. We stopped on the balcony where couples get married. I snuggled up.
He wouldn’t even put his arms around me.
“Come on.” I snuggled closer.
He finally gave in and moved in for a kiss.
Linda cleared her throat. “Okay, guys. Let’s not get carried away.”
We moved down to another balcony overlooking the falls, kissed again and got a few more shots. We trekked back to the Weatherly’s house, visited a bit longer, loaded the car and left.
Later, when I got the pictures from Linda, I asked, “What was with the no hands thing?”
“I was so uncomfortable.”
“I’m not used to getting my picture taken while I kiss my wife. It wasn’t very spontaneous.”
“But you didn’t hesitate when I asked.”
“I didn’t want to make you feel bad.”
So, my PDA shy husband/pastor posed for the camera, even though it made him uncomfortable. Now, that’s true love.
Oct 5 for a recipe for romance from White Doves.
Oct 6 for the scoop on mailing wedding invitations and Valentine cards from the Romance Post Office.
Oct 7 for a romantic Interview featuring the hero and heroine from White Doves.
Oct 8 for an exclusive romantic excerpt from White Doves.