Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Romance Writer's Anniversary

Two more days! Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Ready to read the final chapter in A Dozen Apologies? I know Mara sure is. She's been staring in her closet all week! 

Be sure to check the links at the bottom of the post for the Author Spotlights where the authors discuss the creation of their heroes.

Today's special romantic memory comes from Marji Laine.

Romance? Yes, I write about it, but I don’t live it. I married an accountant, for pity’s sake. Although, he is my real life hero in dozens of ways every day.

But romantic? This is the guy who proposed after the movie “Goonies.” I still have to laugh at that one. And laughter is indeed something we enjoy together.

Then there was that anniversary. Our 20th. Sweet Hubby was so giddy and secretive. I had to pack. That’s all I knew. Well, not ALL I knew. I knew our finances were such that we weren’t going to Hawaii or anything like that.

But I never guessed the depths of his nostalgia. He took me to our first home after we got married. We retraced our steps, eating at a favorite restaurant, visiting the church we’d attended. Then he put us up in a precious bed and breakfast for the night. LOVED that! 

The next day he took me shopping. Being only a few weeks before Christmas, I expected us to do some gift buying, but no. This was all about me. A new outfit and then, a new ring. He’d been a poor college student when we got married. My ring was precious, but tiny. He’d always wanted to give me a larger one. And boy, did he ever!

Then he continued to lavish luxury on me. Took us to a fabulous restaurant and put us up at the Gaylord Texan – fancy place and covered in gorgeous lights during December.

What a joy to spend the weekend all alone with him. And with four kids, that in itself was quite the trick. The best part was late in the evening when he pulled out his Ipod and sang “I’m Gonna Love You Forever.” I’m the singer of the couple. He jokes that he’ll always sing “solo that no one can hear me.” Yet, he honored me with the song.

Oh, yeah. That was romance!

About the Author:

Marji is a homeschooling mom of 4 with the oldest working in the mission field in Africa. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. With decades of leading worship, directing and performing in theatre productions, and script-writing, Marji took the plunge to creating scintillating Christian romance and romantic suspense novels with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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Now that the voting is over, we're spotlighting the authors of each chapter and revealing who created each hero. Check out the author spotlights on Fay Lamb's blog every day for the next two weeks.