Tawny Weber is one of the new ones. And, sadly, I have not yet met her in person. But like so many other members of the writing community, she reached out to me when I was going through a difficult phase when I was dealing with those accusations that were totally untrue. Tawny offered understanding and later she offered me a spot on her blog to talk about A Throne for The Taking. So I'm delighted to be able to return the favour and welcome Tawny here today.
I am so honored to be a part of celebrating Kate and her Babe Magnet's wonderful milestone! Not only do I adore weddings, and all of the pomp and personality they share, but even more I love the hoped-for result... A lifetime together of love, of melding and accenting the personalities and lives of the people involved. And, of course, in the idea of spending every day working on Happy Ever After. This is why I read romance, this is definitely why I write romance. And this is why I love the idea of celebrating real-life romance such as Kate's.
And, of course, of revisiting and reveling in the memories of my own road to romance. It's one of those third-times-the-charm relationships, since it took three times before my husband and I actually got together. The first time we met was in high school. We didn't run in the same circles or even have the same classes, but we knew who each other was. And he did unlock my car once when I'd locked the keys inside. That, and a random photo in the yearbook, are as close as we got, though. The second time was a few years later when my youngest brother decided he wanted to fix me up with his best friend's older brother. I briefly considered it, because the guy was really cute!
But in the end I said no for two reasons. One, he was what we who love romances like to call a bad boy. And two, I was in my 'all men are pigs' phase of an ugly breakup. A couple of years later I ran into the cute guy at the bank, recognized him as my youngest brother's best friend's older brother (yes, I did refer to him that way) and immediately found my brother to check on the bad boy status (recovered) and to say "I want!" A phone call and a date later, and we became inseparable. We were engaged 4 months after our first date and married 5 months after that.
I like to think that's what true love does. It brings together two people who are meant to be, and gives them a chance to make it happen (o in my case, three chances). Of course, that could just be the romantic in me that believes that Happy Ever After is what it's all about.
Which really does make it pretty fab to be here, celebrating 40 years of Happy Ever After!
And what's a celebration without goodies? I'd like to offer one lucky commenter a set of autographed copies of my SEAL books, A SEAL's Seduction and A SEAL's Surrender.
All you have to do is let me know if you believe that Happy Ever After is what it's all about.
Just in case you wanted to check out the books, here's a peek at the covers and blurbs...
Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Blake Landon
Current Status: Two weeks of enforced leave
Mission: Distract himself in any way possible
Obstacle: A woman who tempts him to break the rules…including his own!
Navy SEAL Blake Landon (a.k.a. “Boy Scout”) knows the rule book inside and out. Checked. Rechecked. But when a mission ends badly, his entire team is ordered on leave. And that’s when Blake sees the tall redhead whose dark eyes suggest that the rules— especially those in bed—are made to be broken.
Scientist Alexia Lane has sex on the brain—partly for work, but mostly because she needs a man who makes her girly parts do the happy dance. Her only no-no? No military dudes. But Blake’s rockin’ bod promises delicious pleasures, and Alexia is halfway to sexual Nirvana before she can find out he’s actually a Navy SEAL.
And where one rule is broken, more are sure to follow….
Subject: Lieutenant Commander? Cade Sullivan?
Status: On leave?
Mission: He’s home to take care of some family business.
Obstacle: Eden Gillespie. The girl who always lands in trouble…has landed in his bed!
Lieutenant Commander Cade Sullivan is the job. His commitment to the Navy SEALs is absolute—almost. Worse still, he’s been summoned home, where his family is the town royalty and women vie to be one of Cade’s conquests. One of them in particular….
You can find out more about me, and my books, here.
And to the lovely couple, Cheers!