Shannon here: Sherry Kyle shares her real life romance plus a chance to win a copy of her latest Historical Romance, Watercolor Dreams. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Dec 29 – Jan 2 to enter the drawing. Deadline: Jan 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Sherry:
Every author puts a little of herself into her characters. First, here’s the story of how my husband and I met…
I never thought I’d be the type of girl to steal a guy from someone, but that is exactly what I did. Not intentionally, of course.
One week into my freshman year of college, a cute blond surfer asked me out on a date. I said “yes” before I really thought through what my answer would mean for me—and the girl across the hall, who had pointed him out all week as the guy she really, REALLY liked. I was in trouble!
Okay, technically they weren’t “dating,” but she had gone out with him a few times the previous year.
What made the situation more awkward was that she was my R.A. (resident assistant) and had the power to turn all the girls on our floor against me.
The night before the date, I lay in bed contemplating my options. I could sneak out and hide the fact that I was spending time with him, which would be difficult at my college, or I could come clean and tell her. It was close to midnight and I couldn’t sleep.
Being the honest sort, I knocked on her door. When she opened it, the truth of what I was going to say hit me. I was a guy-stealer. It smacked me harder when I saw the heart-shaped picture frame on her desk with their pictures. UGH! This was going to be tough.
Surprisingly, she took the news well, saying, “You can go. He always did like blondes better.” I think what helped was that I offered to back out of the date, and told her our friendship meant more to me than some guy I didn’t know.
I’m glad my redheaded R.A. was so sweet. There was another girl on our floor who didn’t take the news very well, but that’s another story…
That was September 1984. Now Doug and I have been married for twenty-six years.
I love writing romance into my books. I write about women searching for self-identity, while the men are the helpful, manly sort.
Here are 10 Tips on How to Get Your Man:
1. Make the initial meeting count. Look into his eyes. Smile.
2. Debate a fiery topic with feminine charm (aka friendliness and a little flirtation).
3. Allow him to help you.
4. Prolong your time together making him believe it was his idea.
5. Ask him to give up something for you, and see how he responds.
6. Thank him for caring, and for being part of your life.
7. Make him dinner.
8. Stand up for what you believe in. If you’re meant to be together, he’ll fight for you.
9. Trust him.
10. Tell him how much you love him.
About Sherry: Sherry Kyle is an award-winning author, and writes books for tween girls as well as novels for women, including The Heart Stone (Abingdon Press 2013), and her newest title Watercolor Dreams (HopeSprings Books, October 2014), a historical romance set along the lush beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sherry lives in California with her husband and four children, loves to decorate her beach house, and enjoys taking walks by the ocean. Learn more and connect: www.sherrykyle.com, http://www.sherrykyle.com/category/blog/, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherryKyle, https://twitter.com/sherrykyle, http://www.pinterest.com/sherrykylebooks/
About the book – Watercolor Dreams:
He strolled into her painting . . . and into her heart.
It’s 1910 and Anna Lewis is praying that God will help her become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of Carmel, California. When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he tells her he doesn’t have spare change to purchase her work. Spare change indeed! But while she seeks God’s leading for her art career, she’d better keep her day job as nursemaid to two rambunctious boys.
The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman’s painting but as he told the artist, he’s just been jilted at the altar.
How will a secret from Charles’ past affect his chances of loving again? And how will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit?
Question: Did you ever date someone a friend or family member had dated in the past?
Or: Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, care to share?
Come back Dec 31st for Sherry’s Chicken Pot Pie recipe!