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The Art of Romance – GIVEAWAY

   Posted by: lizjohnson   in Uncategorized

Can you believe how fast this summer is flying by? I know, I know. It’s only June, but it feels like the heat and cicadas (yes, Nashville’s had a nice little visitation from these pests) have been here for ages.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time to put your feet in the pool and relax with a good book. That’s where I come in. ;) I’m giving away an autographed copy of the perfect summer read, The Art of Romance by my friend Kaye Dacus.

I remember going for a walk through some botanical gardens with Kaye as she was writing this book. She had all sorts of fun stories about writing a scene to match the cover and her wild hero Dylan. I knew right then that it was a winner!

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About the book:
Sassy Evans and Perty Bradley are determined to get their older grandchildren married off, but when twenty-eight-year-old Dylan comes home after being fired from his teaching position because of the betrayal of his ex-girlfriend, Perty knows her grandson has more important issues to deal with first.

Sassy understands her friend’s reservations about timing, but she also sees so many ways in which Dylan would be the perfect match for her thirty-four-year-old granddaughter Caylor. With his record of acclaimed paintings and Caylor’s bestselling novels, they could complement each other’s talents and provide each other support and encouragement. And there’s no denying the spark of attraction between the English professor with the untamed red hair and the painter with unusual tattoos.

But neither grandmother realizes the secrets both Caylor and Dylan are keeping from each other. Will pain and embarrassment from the past keep Caylor and Dylan apart, or will they develop the courage to be truthful with each other and discover the true art of romance?

 

So you want to read it? I thought so! :) Here’s how! Leave a comment that answers the question: What’s the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you? Leave your comment between now and next Monday (June 13) at noon. I’ll randomly pick one commenter and send them the book. Good luck!

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12 comments so far

Annie Currier
 1 

My husband is not a romantic so it’s the every day things that he does for me that I would place under that context. He folds laundry (and puts it away in the wrong places :)), does dishes, and waxes my van. I homeschool, so these little things help out a lot.

June 7th, 2011 at 4:57 am
Trudi
 2 

I don’t have any truly romantic stories, but this is probably one of the sweetest things a guy has ever done for me. Hope it counts!

During my sophomore year in college I got stuck taking an evening accounting class with about half of the football team, and these guys came straight from practice–sweaty and gross. They’d get to class and crank up the a/c in the room until it was about 50 degrees. I’m naturally cold-blooded :) and it wouldn’t be long before I would start shaking–apparently visably. One of the football guys, noticed one night and made the guys turn the a/c off! After that he’d let the guys run the a/c for a short time, but would turn it off long before it got too cold. He was so sweet!

June 7th, 2011 at 11:09 am
Wendy
 3 

I don’t want to win this but I just want to say I just finished reading this book and it was great!!!!!

June 8th, 2011 at 9:39 am
Maria Mast
 4 

My husband isn’t exactly what I would call romantic either, but he helps sooooo much around the house and with the children!! I don’t know what I’d do without him!! And the other night, he stayed up to feed the youngest one so I could go get some much needed sleep!! :)

June 8th, 2011 at 11:15 am
 5 

Every year on my mother’s birthday my husband brings me flowers. She passed away 10 yrs ago, and this is his way of focusing on her life for me and not her death. May not be romantic to some, but it is to me :)

I would love to have a copy of The Art of Romance!

June 10th, 2011 at 8:13 pm
Anita Smith
 6 

Before we were married, my “boyfriend” (husband to be) had my favorite flowers sent to the office where I worked. They were beautiful, peach roses, and they created quite a stir among the ladies at my workplace. He scored a few points, too! He’s very thoughtful.
I’d love to read your book, Kaye!

June 10th, 2011 at 8:18 pm
Julie phillips
 7 

I guess the most romantic thing a guys ever done for me is when an old boyfriend picked me up for dinner n took me to eat then to go listen to a friend of mine that plays country music…what made it so sweet was he doesn’t like country but because I love it he took me…we had been friends for years but we finally decided to go out…so he knew so much of what I liked..a month or so after we started datin he took a job in Anchorage Alaska n he flew me up for two weeks in July that year..and for another 2 weeks in Sept..memories I will always cherish…

June 10th, 2011 at 8:42 pm
Jenni
 8 

So hard to choose only one. My husband is exactly the romantic man God knew I needed. =)

I’m not a small woman, and my husband is paraplegic, so I’d long ago given up the notion of getting carried across the threshold after my wedding. We never even talked about it. But when we got to our hotel, I found out he’d prearranged to have the best man push the wheelchair into the room while I sat in his lap.

Such an extra special touch from God!

June 10th, 2011 at 9:56 pm
 9 

Hmm, still waiting for something romantic from a guy, but my big sister sent me flowers for Valentine’s Day when we were in high school just because she loved me.

June 10th, 2011 at 10:41 pm
 10 

Do guys really recognize a romantic “thing” when a woman does something romantic. And, don’t most single guys do “romantic” things with an ulterior motive in mind?

I thought back over my many years of experience (married 17 years, divorced 20 years, married again and 3 months into our 7th year) to find the “most romantic” thing. A lot of women “did things” for me (meals, helped when I was sick, invited me to parties and events, etc.) and I avoided the “romance” of those offerings as I was not looking for a relationship. I traveled all the way back to my junior year in high school and a state livestock show.

I didn’t date much in high school, thinking that I was not the kind of guy that a girl would want to be with. At the livestock show, a friend of mine’s girlfriend had brought her female friend to the show. C.H., a senior, and I wound up being left by our “friends” after lunch. (They wanted to take advantage of being “alone” away from school and home.) C.H. didn’t know much about cattle but asked questions about my bull calf and reassured me when I told her that I hoped he wouldn’t finish last in the class in which I was to show him. I was ecstatic when “Aster” WON State Champion Junior Yearling, and was alternate Reserve Grand Champion. Jumping, squealing and clapping, C.H. appeared to be as excited as I. She held my ribbons as I put Aster back in his spot and proudly pinned them to the belt of her dress as we walked through the livestock show barn. I was rambling, talking excitedly and we brushed arms and shoulders. I realized I really liked C.H. I was smiling, still high on excitement, but quiet now. I remember the smells of cows, wheat straw, grooming spray, concession stands and manure. I was more aware than ever that a cute, shapely girl one year older than me was CHOOSING to stay with me. Then, I felt ROMANCE! I felt C.H.’s left hand slip into my right hand. My entire focus was on the electric sensation I felt move from my hand to the pit of my chest, then to my stomach.

I changed that day. I shared an experience with someone of the opposite sex and she shared back. That moment started a 5 month “chapter” filled with exciting events and ending in my first serious heartbreak. Simple romance. She cared about what I was doing, she shared my excitement and she took my hand. I still love the girl of that moment.

June 11th, 2011 at 12:32 am
Lydia
 11 

When I was in college, one of my guy friends gave me flowers one Valentine’s Day. While he wasn’t a romantic interest, it still made me feel kind of good that someone was thinking about me.

June 11th, 2011 at 5:27 pm
 12 

Thanks, all for offering your stories! They’re wonderful! And the big winner is Kate–with comment number 8 (9 actually, but Wendy didn’t want to win).

In case you wanted to know my big romantic story, when I was 15 and on a mission trip to Guatemala, I got a bad stomach bug and ended up laying on a mattress for 3 days straight. I woke up one afternoon to find a little bunch of wild flowers. One of the guys on my team had picked them and left them for me. They really brightened my day and made me feel special. :) It’s really the little things, y’all. :)

June 13th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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