Isn’t It Romantic?
Thanks to Fiction Vixen for inviting me to blog here on the cusp of Valentine’s Day. There is a statistic I heard somewhere that women who read (and I would assume, write) romance have 75% more sex than women who don’t. If that’s not reason enough to race to the store and pick up a romance novel, then I don’t know what is. But that’s sex – and while sex is fun and wonderful, my thoughts are really about love and romance.
As a Harlequin author, romance is my stock and trade, and you’d think we become a little cynical about that, but I find it’s just the opposite. I believe in what I write. I know there are fantasy components, of course, but I love to write romance because I believe in love, it’s that’s simple. I also think romance reading has the important job of reminding us that love is real, it exists, it transforms life. And romance is possible, even after kids, jobs, and many years married, you can find a little something romantic in every day. Valentine’s Day might be the holiday for romance, but I find it on other special days, or sometimes on a random Tuesday. To me it’s in the smaller gestures and the unexpected thoughts, and all of the little things that show me how much he cares.
For instance, yesterday, my husband, who was toiling to make me a fantastic pre-birthday dinner. His attention to the detail of the cake he made (from scratch) was completely romantic, to my mind. He bought sparkly pink writing gel for the top, even. We have been together for 16 years, and we’ve had our share of irritations with each other, arguments, and days where we’re worn down by the drill of daily life, but that just makes those little bits of romance, when they come, all the better. But so many little things, the looks he gives me, the gifts he thinks of (like these Flamingo salt and pepper shakers he got me for Xmas – they are magnetic on each side and form a heart – how cute is this???), all adds up to romance for me. And best of all, I know my son is learning those lessons from him. We all went to the grocery store yesterday, and my son and husband went in the store while gf and I waited in the car, and out comes son with two roses he bought inside – sweet boy. I love it that he has that romantic inclination.
So what do you find romantic, and if you want to share a little romantic moment of your own, you will be eligible to win this tote (in picture) sewn by moi, and my 2009 Blaze releases plus a copy of my new release, the Blazing Bedtime Stories. (Two other winners will receive copies of the Bedtime Stories and a pretty bookmark.) My story is about a sexy genie named Alec who definitely knows about romance. I look forward to hearing everyone’s comments!
Thank you Samantha for being my guest today. It’s the little things in relationships that create the supportive foundations. Your hubby sounds like a keeper!
GIVEAWAY: So just to review, Samantha is offering some great prizes to 3 lucky FictionVixen.com readers!
- A copy of Samantha’s latest release Blazing Bedtime Stories
- Samantha’s 2009 Blaze releases, Hard To Resist, and Caught In The Act.
- And a handmade “love” tote to carry your loot around in
- And a few extra goodies! (I believe chocolate is involved!)
Two second prize winners get:
- A copy of Samantha’s latest release Blazing Bedtime Stories plus bookmarks
To enter leave a comment, tell Samantha what you find romantic or share a romantic moment of your own.
Contest is open until Feb. 15, 9:00 pm PST. Winner will be announced the following day. Open to US and Canada only.