I just received the author copies of my 40th Harlequin book, and I think a celebration is in order. In some ways, it feels as though I’ve been sitting at my desk for ages. But then again, it seems like only yesterday when that very first box arrived and I held COWBOY COURAGE in my hands.
While almost all of those romances were Special Editions, I’ve tried to make each one unique, with its own set of characters who each have new hopes and dreams, new pasts and conflicts.
These couples have met in various places, including honky-tonks, ranches, hospitals, and even at the heroine’s front door.
But sometimes, real life can be more interesting than the stories we read.
Yesterday, while I was poking around on Facebook, I read a post by a friend asking where people met their spouses. And the comments were really interesting. So I thought it might be fun to blog about real life romance.
My personal hero and I were given a second chance at love. Friends we both respected had introduced us, and we hit it off. However, I had four children—which was a huge step for a divorced man who’d been on his own for ten years.
We, of course, took things slowly at first, which I completely understood. Our situation would be complicated, so making a commitment to each other would be huge. I had some strong feelings for him, but I kept them to myself. (After all, he was a keeper, so why scare him off!)
One day, my youngest, a five-year-old boy asked him, “Are you going to marry my mom?”
I was mortified… I mean, the poor man had to assume that I’d been talking about marriage in front of the kids—but I hadn’t! I wanted to dig a hole in the living room carpet and slip under it.
My future hubby lifted up my son, looked him in the eye and said, “The man who marries your mom is going to be a very lucky man.”
Then he set the boy down, and my son dashed off, happy to have his question answered in such a kind and sweet manner.
So where did you meet the love of your life? Were you introduced by a matchmaker? Did Fate step in and create a magical moment?
Did you look across a crowded room and just KNOW that he or she was the ONE for you?
Was yours a Cinderella story? A Reunion story? How about Friends to Lovers?