Shannon here: Historical romance author, Kathleen Y’Barbo shares insight into her real life romance and a chance to win a copy of The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck. Comment on any post dated June 6 – 10 for a chance to win. For this drawing-only U.S. and Canadian addresses eligible. Deadline: June 11th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Kathleeen:
1. What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
He’s done so many romantic things that it’s hard to choose. However, one of my favorites occurred when he showed up at a book signing in Fort Worth a month or so after we’d started dating wearing his Air Force uniform and carrying a dozen roses in various colors. The reason for multiple colors of blooms? He didn’t know which was my favorite and wanted to get it right, so he chose some of each. Along with the roses came an engraved invitation (literally) to visit him in Tulsa complete with every piece of tourist information he could find at the welcome center.
2. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?
Compared to Robert, I’m sadly lacking in the romantic gesture department. I dedicated my last book to him. Does that count?
3. Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
Immediately after our marriage ceremony, Robert and I drove over to a gorgeous beach on Oahu’s North shore. There was literally only a pair of sea turtles for company as we stood on the sand and watched the waves roll in that morning.
4. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
We have a favorite restaurant, Smoke, here in Tulsa that we love. We’re both foodies, and the menu there is just fabulous.
5. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
There are a couple of them that hold meaning for us, actually. “The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts tells our story so well. Also, Robert is a huge Beatles fan. I hadn’t heard “Something” since high school, but the words resonate with my feelings for him. With our blended family, we should probably claim the theme from the Brady Bunch as well! Oh, and then there’s that Brad Paisley song “I’m Still a Guy.” I could go on, but I wont.
6. What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?
For my birthday, which occurred right after we started dating, he sent me a candle with an inscription that spoke to my heart. It’s something I treasure and have on prominent display in our family room.
7. What’s the most romantic present you ever bought your spouse?
He would probably say it’s the gigantic television in the family room.
8. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic vacation destination?
This is going to sound corny, but we love to be home together. Truly our time is precious, and our home is our sanctuary. However, we also love to take long drives with the top down on our convertible, which are so much fun and can be extremely romantic.
9. What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
He asks me to marry him – almost every day. I never know when he’s going to say it, or if he will, so when he does, I just melt. And laugh. For some reason, I always laugh. But then I laughed the first time he asked me as well.
10. How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he/she was the one?
Technically we met 35 years prior to our “meeting.” I considered Robert a good friend in high school, but I had lost track of him over the years. When we reconnected on Facebook, I just thought he was another guy from school to add to my friend list. A few weeks later he and his teenage daughter were coming through the town where I lived on his way to his high school reunion (he was one grade ahead of me in school). We made plans for the four of us to have dinner – Robert, me, and our teenage daughters – just dinner, nothing romantic because neither of us were interested in a relationship. In anticipation of that, we started talking on the phone. We would talk for hours, literally. When I finally met him again face-to-face I felt like no time had passed since the last time I’d seen him back in high school. So, I suppose the answer is after 35 years, I knew immediately.
11. How soon after meeting you did your spouse know you were the one?
Robert read my answer to the question and said he agrees. So, immediately after 35 years is the winning answer.
12. Who is most romantic, you or your spouse?
I think we both do pretty well in the romantic department, however, I think I’d give the edge to Robert. He spoils me in a big way, and I love it!
13. What is the most caring thing your spouse has ever done for you?
He does so much, but the thing he does that continues to amaze me is how protective he is of me. I never have to think about whether he will take care of things because he does. He’s quietly strong and the rock that I lean on. And, to my great delight, he notices things. Little things, big things, he’s aware of me – of us – and I find that absolutely amazingly wonderful.
14. What is the most caring thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?
He claims it’s that I don’t try to talk to him when he’s playing video games. I think it’s that I’ve learned to like “Dr. Who” and “BBC’s Top Gear”. Seriously, I think it’s the sum total of all the little things. I love him, and I tell him so – a lot. And I show him through my actions, be it cooking a meal he likes, leaving him a note, or giving him a kiss when he’s not expecting it. Most important, I ask God every day to show me how to be the best wife I can to him.
As I was finishing up this interview, Robert called with another answer to this question. He said that the most caring thing I do for him is to let him be the man. I don’t point out his flaws (he says he already knows what they are) and I don’t tell him what to do. I just let him be who he is. I like that answer. And, for the record, I like who he is.
15. Who said, “I love you” first, you or your spouse?
Robert did. I came in a close second.
16. Where did you and your spouse go for your honeymoon?
Honolulu, Hawaii. We eloped, so our honeymoon and marriage all happened in the same place. Full disclosure requires that I admit we’re still newlyweds. Despite the fact it feels like we’ve been together forever (in a good way), Robert and I celebrate our first anniversary October 9.
Kathleen is a best-selling author of more than thirty books. In all, over 850,000 copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad. She has been named as a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year contest every year since its inception in 2003, often for more than one book.
In addition to her prolific writing career, Kathleen is also a publicist at Books & Such Literary Agency. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, the Public Relations Society of America, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Authors Guild and is also a degreed paralegal specializing in criminal and family law. A native Texan, Kathleen has three grown sons and a teenage daughter.
About the book: An aristocratic astronomer out to save his family and a Denver heiress out to take on the world meet their match in THE INCONVENIENT MARRIAGE OF CHARLOTTE BECK, the latest historical romp in the Women of the West series from Kathleen Y’Barbo. From Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show’s London debut to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and the mining town of Leadville, Colorado, join Charlotte Beck and Viscount Hambly as they discover that sometimes love arrives at the most inconvenient of times. In stores June 21, 2011. Read a sneak peek of the first three chapters at http://bit.ly/iWVjM8 or pre-order now at http://amzn.to/lWngDt
Come back June 8 for historical romance author, Lena Nelson Dooley’s interview and a chance to win a copy of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico.