Shannon here: Contemporary Romance author, Delia Latham shares a glimpse into her real life romance and a chance to win a PDF copy of her e-book, Destiny’s Dream (Book One, Solomon’s Gate Series) or Kylie’s Kiss (Book Two, Solomon’s Gate Series). Comment on this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Sept 12, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Delia:
1. Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
On a 3-day cruise to Ensenada. While the destination itself lacked romance, the cruise was amazing. What could be more romantic than snuggling beneath a gorgeous starry sky with nothing but the ocean all around you? Even a simple stroll on deck, holding hands and taking in the amazing ocean vista, felt like a special date.
2. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
“The Most Beautiful Girl” by Charlie Rich comes to mind. We broke up for a short time during our courtship. When we got back together, Johnny played this song and told me he thought of me every time he heard it on the radio. (Hmmm, I’m dating myself for sure!) It has remained our favorite love song all through the years.
3. What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?
Because he is not the kind of man to send flowers as a rule, I’ve never forgotten our seventeenth anniversary. I was working as a reporter for the local newspaper, and a florist delivered seventeen long-stemmed red roses to the newsroom. It made my day, my month, and my entire year, because I knew he’d deliberately set out to do something that said, “I love you.”
4. What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
He still opens the car door for me most of the time. I’m not sure why that makes me want to pucker up for a sweet kiss, but it does. 🙂
5. How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he/she was the one?
About 15 minutes. 🙂 I was eleven, and he was almost sixteen, so of course it was entirely a one-sided epiphany. LOL I was just the skinny little sister of one of his friends to him, but for me…(((sigh))). What can I say? Everything changed. From that moment on, when I played house with my friends, I was Mrs. Johnny Latham. By the time we got married, I was already quite practiced at writing my new signature.
6. Who is the most romantic, you or your spouse?
Define “romantic. 🙂 Johnny is romantic in a very understated, unconscious way. In other words, he does things I consider romantic because they show that he cares. They say, “I love you,” without need for any words. But he doesn’t do them for the purpose of being romantic—that’s just who he is, and I find that rather romantic. But if you’re asking which of us is more prone to do deliberately romantic things—like plan a night at a special restaurant, or be moved to initiate a kiss in the moonlight…that would be me.
7. What is the most caring thing your spouse has ever done for you?
My husband is a naturally caring individual, and of course God knew that would be necessary for me when he brought us together. I have a lot of health difficulties, some of which can be debilitating at times. Johnny’s always there, taking care of me, endlessly patient, constantly caring. I don’t know what I’d do without him. He’s the cook in our house (praise God for that enormous blessing!), and it’s pretty common for him to cook dinner, then fix my plate and bring it to me, along with a drink and my medications. I don’t think I could pinpoint any one “most caring” thing he’s done, because he shows that he cares every day, in a multitude of ways.
8. Who said, “I love you” first, you or your spouse?
(Shocked gasp!) He did, of course! LOL I guess I’m from the old school. (How quickly that portion of my life has arrived!) My mother would have grounded me for life if she’d caught me making a phone call to a boy—that was the boy’s place. And a proper young lady certainly never let a young man she cared about know she cared until he had first made it clear that he cared. I would have been shamed for life if I’d been the one to say, “I love you” first. 🙂
About Delia: Born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved from California to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. The author enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia AT delialatham DOT net. Learn more at her Blog: Living the Write Life and Newsletter: Bookshelf Newsletter
About the book: Kylie’s Kiss (Book Two, Solomon’s Gate Series)
On a dare, Kylie Matthews lands smack in the middle of Solomon’s Gate—Castle Creek’s new Christian dating agency—and she finds herself revealing exactly what she’s waiting for in a relationship: “The kiss that steals my breath away.”
What she doesn’t reveal is her lack of self-esteem or her irrational reaction to facial disfigurement. Neither is applicable to her quest to find the perfect match. But that seemingly superficial malady becomes all-important when her first agency-arranged date is Rick Dale—a man who is everything Kylie is searching for. He’s handsome, smart, fun. Rick has it all…including an angelic six-year-old daughter with severe scarring on one side of her face.
Hard at work founding a therapy camp for young female victims of deformity or disfigurement, Rick wants Kylie to be a part of those plans. She’d love to say yes…but how can she, when every contact with the facility’s guests—and Rick’s own daughter—will make her violently ill?
Kylie is ready to admit their relationship doesn’t stand a chance, but she’s forgotten that God makes a way where there seems no way.
Come back Sept 7th for Historical Romance author, Miralee Ferrell.