Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to SIX great romance authors. Each of these ladies has a short story in the recently released Summer’s Sweet Embrace romance anthology. Most of them also have other publishing credits. (Clicking on a name will link you with all that information.)
One of them was published with me in Accidental Valentine. Two of them are friends of mine through a fantastic online critique website. I’m happy to have all of them here today.
So, ladies, do tell. What is your most romantic summer memory?
Michelle Ziegler says: “Who is going to believe that my life has been rather uneventful during the summer months? I never had any romantic summer flings in high school or college. Most of my boyfriends were pretty sad and non-romantic also. Growing up has some benefits.
I got married in summer, and I can’t think of anything else more romantic than walking down the aisle. It’s most every little girl’s fantasy to pick out a white dress have walk towards a man that is so happy he looks like he might burst. I really don’t think my husband had ever looked so happy, not even on the day he proposed.”
*sighs* Ah, yes, weddings are SO romantic.
Laurie Treacy says: “My most romantic summer memory is attending summer concerts with one particular boyfriend. Since music was so important to both of us, spending time together, being outdoors under the stars, with him holding me couldn’t have been more romantic. Later on, I married him. ”
Holding each other beneath winking stars on a summer’s night is romantic indeed!
Christa MacDonald says: “Summer was just beginning and my husband and I were on our honeymoon in Nova Scotia. We decided (after much cajoling on my part) to leave our secluded spot and travel to Prince Edward Island. I’m an Anne of Green Gables fan so this was like a pilgrimage to me. I was probably annoying the entire time we were there, dragging him all over the island, fan-girling at every turn in the road. After hours of exploring, instead of demanding we go home, he took me for a walk down Lover’s Lane. Since it was so early in the season, there wasn’t a soul around us. He held my hand and gave me this soft, half-amused, half-sweet look, and I knew this whole day had probably been a complete bore for him, but he’d stuck with it, because he enjoyed my happiness, because he loved me. It was as perfect, storybook moment.
(And yes, my husband is totally a Gilbert)
My husband would do the same thing. You have a winner there, Christa. Don’t let anyone tell you Gilbert isn’t romantic.
Jaylee Austin says: “In college my boyfriend at the time, Chris, lived in Newport Beach. We spent almost every day together. He worked in an exclusive DVD/CD store, which in the eighties was a new concept. Records were the norm. We’d sit and talk for hours. He lived close to the beach so we’d spend time there. Music, dinners, and each other made it a delightful romantic time before school started in the fall.”
Summer romance at it’s best. That’s what this anthology is all about, right?
Niki Mitchell says: “My most romantic summer memory was a night at the beach. I took a stroll along the beach with my date, and he kissed me under the moonlight for the first time.”
First kiss beneath a summer moon on the beach *swoons*
Melissa J. Crispin says: “One summer morning, I hopped on the back of my husband’s sport bike and we rode up to the Bear Mountain Bridge area in New York. For me, there’s nothing quite like the contentment of being on the motorcycle with him. It’s always too loud to talk, impossible even with our helmets on. So, with my arms wrapped around his waist, I leaned in close and enjoyed the ride. He took us through a fun mix of twisty streets and wide-open roads, and with it being so early, no one else was in sight. It felt like it was just me and him, and it was as if the rest of the world was still sleeping. The views of the Hudson River were gorgeous, and we were able to stop and take a few pictures.
After we were finished admiring the beautiful scenery, we made our way to a small place off the beaten path that served an awesome brunch.
Perfect weather, good food, and the best guy a girl could ask for—it doesn’t get much better than that.”
You’re right, Melissa. Sounds like a perfect day all around.
Sheryl Winters says: “There is a hotel on the beach in Homer Alaska called ‘Lands End.’ My dream vacation would be a room on the second floor. I could write to my heart’s content peeking out the window every now and then at Kachemak Bay. The hotel has tiny balconies where you can sit and watch the Eagles swoop by. Boats drift into the harbor, seagulls fly, it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.”
Sounds like a perfect writing retreat, Sheryl. And what’s more romantic to a romance writer than a writing retreat? Nada!
Check out Summer’s Sweet Embrace and hold onto the romance of this sultry season just a little bit longer.
Click on the button at the left to check out the other stops on the tour.
Thanks so much, ladies, for stopping by today and chatting with us.
What’s your most romantic memory (summer or otherwise) reader? Anyone remember which of these ladies co-authored with me? Any of my guests want to claim me as your “writer friend” via Scribophile?