Shannon here: Sherry Kyle shares insight into her real life romance & a chance to win a copy of her devotional for fiction lovers, 21 Days of Love: Stories that Celebrate Treasured Relationships. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. We need at least 10 comments for this giveaway. Deadline: March 12th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Sherry:
- Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is a place my husband and I frequent for wedding anniversaries. It’s a quaint beach town just south of Monterey with cozy cottages and white sandy beaches. It helps that it’s only 40 minutes from our house, perfect for weekend getaways. We enjoy visiting Cobblestone Inn, an English bed-and-breakfast. A couple of years ago on our 25th wedding anniversary, the staff upgraded our room to the special wedding suite and gifted us with a bottle of champagne. Very romantic! I wrote about this special little town in my historical novel, Watercolor Dreams.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
There is a wonderful, romantic Italian restaurant in Capitola, California called Bella Roma. My husband and I have dined there on special occasions, such as a birthday or to celebrate a new book contract. The ambiance is warm and the authentic Italian food is delicious. I wrote about Claire and Blake visiting this restaurant in my contemporary novel, Delivered with Love.
- What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
Okay, don’t laugh! The simple gesture my spouse does that melts my heart is that he makes the coffee every morning. He even brings me a cup on the mornings he meets his men’s group for breakfast. So sweet! In my contemporary novel, The Heart Stone, Nick loves coffee and he and Jessica share a cup or two throughout the book. To me, there is something special about handing someone something hot to drink.
- Who is most romantic, your hero or your heroine?
In my short story, “Love Deeply,” Heather, my heroine, thinks she is most romantic by cooking her husband his favorite dinner on Valentine’s Day despite their difficult marriage. She discovers, however, that Matthew is definitely more romantic! 🙂
- Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?
My heroine said, “I love you” first. Here’s a glimpse:
I looked into Matthew’s deep blue eyes, as warm as the ocean. “I loved every minute of my afternoon. And I love you!”
“I love you too.” He gave me a tender kiss that promised many more to come.
- What does your story, “Love Deeply,” show us about love?
Relationships take a lot of work. Sometimes we do and say things we regret, and instead of asking for forgiveness and moving on, we push down our hurts and keep them to ourselves, allowing them to build over time. As soon as the next stressful situation pops up, we explode.
As I wrote this story, 1 Peter 4:8 came to mind. It says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Matthew had forgiven Heather for her part in their strained marriage. Now it was her turn to forgive.
We can build strong marriages and weather the harshest storms if we invite God to help us.
About Sherry: Sherry Kyle is the author of books for tween girls, including a Gold Mom’s Choice Award winner, and new releases The Girl’s Guide to Life and Love, Lexi: Letters to God. She also writes novels for women set along the coast of California where she makes her home with her college sweetheart and their four children. When she’s not writing, Sherry spends her time reading, having coffee with friends, and decorating her beach home. You can visit her at www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
About the Devotional – 21 Days of Love: Stories that Celebrate Treasured Relationships: 21 Days of Love is book 3 in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series–collections of short fictional stories followed by brief Life Applications, each chapter written by a different author.
Love can be found in many treasured relationships: boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife, parent-child … with a special friend, teacher, or pet … in the kindness of a stranger. We even have a national holiday to celebrate love.
The greatest love ever known is God’s abundant love for us, His children. And He often demonstrates that perfect love through imperfect people.
This book offers engaging, inspirational short fiction stories written by new, intermediate, and well-known authors including Cindy Woodsmall, Susan May Warren, Sherry Kyle, Renae Brumbaugh, and more.
Question for Readers: What simple gesture do you like to do to show others you love them?
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