James L. Rubart – Real life Romance – Part 1 of 2

Shannon here: Best-selling B & H author, James L. Rubart shares his real life romance and a chance to win his latest release, Book of Days. Comment on any post dated Jan 10 – 14 for a chance to win. Deadline: Jan 15, midnight Central time. Here’s James:

My wife and I lived an hour and a half apart the entire time we dated.  I was in the Seattle area, she was an hour and a half north in Bellingham.  Dates meant an hour and a half drive each way.

During the summer of ’85 I worked at an announcer at Spirit 105.3 radio. On Friday nights I would start at 11 pm, work till 6am Saturday morning, then jump in my ’74 Super Beetle and head north. Hey, when you’re 22 years old and madly in love, you don’t need sleep!  One Saturday Darci said she had a special day planned. I asked if I needed nice clothes. She said no.

I arrived at her and her housemate’s place around 8:30, we went to Flintstone Land up in Canada, where Darci had arranged for Wilma to pick me out of the crowd and have a dance with me—it was great fun.

When we got back to her place, I crashed for three hours till Darci woke me to go to dinner. I stirred, stared at her through my half opened eyes, and thought I saw her wearing a stunning red dress.

 “You should probably get up, we need to get going to be to dinner on time.”

“You look gorgeous.”

“Thank you.”

“Why are you wearing that?” I blinked.

“For dinner.”

“What? I don’t have nice clothes with me, I thought you told me I didn’t have to bring nice clothes.”

“Yeah, that’s a problem, but don’t worry, we’ll figure something out.”

We got in my car and she guided me to a friend’s house. “Let’s see if they have anything we can borrow.”

When got to the house, her friend opened up the door and said, “Well, we don’t have much, but I have this nice dress shoe. Do you want that?”

The next house we went to had the matching shoe. The next had tuxedo pants. The next a shirt, the next a jacket. The next had the bow tie. By the time we were done I was looking fine, dressed in a complete gray tuxedo

Then we drove to a rose garden where a table was set up in the middle of a gazebo. We sat and mutual friends of ours brought a five course meal to us. They even played a song for us using Whoopee Cushions as the instruments. No, that part wasn’t tremendously romantic. But it sure was funny.

When we got back to her place she had music picked out for us to dance to and then we finished the evening with a delectable dessert.

Twenty four years later I’m still madly in love with her. And probably why I have a strong romantic theme in both of my first two novels. Hey, what can I say? I have an amazing wife.

About James: James L. Rubart is the bestselling author of ROOMS (April 2010) and BOOK OF DAYS (January 2011). He’s the owner of Barefoot Marketing and Darci and he live in the Seattle area with their two outstanding teenage sons. You can catch up with him at www.jimrubart.com and on FB: James L Rubart and Twitter: @jimrubart

Come back Jan 12 for Jame’s proposal story and more about his books.

11 Responses to “James L. Rubart – Real life Romance – Part 1 of 2”

  • Loved this, James! Thanks for sharing! My daughter just finished ROOMS. She’s 16 (Thursday), a great reader, but does not love to read the way I do. This said, when she actually can’t put a book down, it’s high praise. She’s begging for BOOK OF DAYS, now!

    Oh, and whenever I mention your books to people at my library, since ACFW I always add, “and he’s a great guitarist, too!” 🙂

  • It’s so fun to read about a “real life romance” from the male perspective. And what an encredibly romantic date. Can’t wait to to read Part 2.

    I also enjoyed “Rooms” and “Book of Days” is on my to-be-read list.

  • Rosemary Travis says:

    It’s so fun to read about someones real life romance story. Lets you know that it can really happen. Would be great to win the book.

  • Marianne says:

    I love to read these ‘sharings’. after i do, the books mean a whole lot more. Thanks;.

  • gabixler says:

    A Really cool story and a kick to read about…would have loved to watch your face as you traveled to each stop!

  • I’m putting James’ books on my to-be-bought list. I think my husband would love them. He has a hard time finding time to read though. Maybe I can find them on tape. He often listens to tapes or CD’s while he makes teeth at the dental lab.

  • Marianne, I take that as a high compliment. That’s just what I was hoping this blog would do. Make you feel like you know the author and make their books more meaningful to readers.

  • Thanks for the support all! So fun to be here.

    FYI, if you have someone that likes to listen more than read, both ROOMS and Book of Days are now audio books. (You can find them on Amazon, B&N, LifeWay, CBD, all online)

    And here’s the cool part: I read them! Yeah, I was honored to be the narrator of my own books. Was very fun.

    Live free,


  • stvannatter says:

    Hey James,
    I bet that was fun to read your own book. Like living out that story that’s been in your head for so long.

  • Cindy Thomson says:

    I could tell you had a real live romance just by reading the acknowledgements in ROOMS. 🙂

  • What a memorable story! Everyone loves surprises. (I’m taking notes for when my anniversary comes up again.)

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