Penny Zeller: www.pennyzeller.com www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com Penny is a wife, mom, volunteer, and author of several books and numerous magazine articles. Her most recent books include Kaydie and McKenzie in her Montana Skies Historical Romance Series (Whitaker House). Penny loves to hear from her readers
Anne K. Albert: Website: http://www.AnneKAlbert.com
Blog: http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com Anne’s stories chill the spine, warm the heart, and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. She is author of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series and Muriel Reeves Mysteries. When not in her home office, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, and of course, reading.
Cara Marsi: www.caramarsi.com Cara, a former corporate drone and cubicle dweller, is published in romantic suspense with The Wild Rose Press and in paranormal romance with Noble Romance Publishing, and writes short romance stories for women’s magazines. Cara and her husband share their house with a fat black cat named Killer.
LoRee Peery: www.loreepeery.com LoRee writes contemporary Christian romance. Two of the four stories in the Frivolities series have been published by White Rose Publishing. Her reading is eclectic, but mostly contemporary. She likes reunion stories, suspense, western historicals, and a good read. She is a member of RWA, FH-L, and NRW.
Elaine Cantrell: http://www.elainecantrell.com Elaine was born and raised in South Carolina. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Books. At present she teaches high school social studies. In her spare time she enjoys reading, collecting vintage Christmas ornaments, and playing with her grandchildren.
Elaine Marie Cooper – www.DeerRunBooks.com Elaine grew up in Massachusetts but now lives in the Midwest with her husband. A retired registered nurse, Elaine has been a magazine freelance writer for many years and is the author of her debut novel called “The Road to Deer Run.” The sequel, titled “The Promise of Deer Run,” will soon be available.
Killarney Sheffield –http://killarneysheffield.bravehost.com Killarney is a married mother of five, currently residing on a commercial beef farm in Alberta Canada. She writes historical romance for MuseItUp Publishing Inc. http://killarneysheffield.yolasite.com
Roseanne Dowell: www.roseannedowell.com or her blog http://roseannedowellauthor.blogspot.com An avid reader, Roseanne writes various types of romance - paranormal, contemporary, and mystery and has over 40 articles and short stories published. She lives in Northeast Ohio and enjoys life as a wife, mother of six, grandmother and great grandmother.
Anne – The Princess Bride. It just sings to me!
One of my favorites too. Love Westley and “As you wish.” Delia, what’s your favorite?
Delia – It would be a toss-up between Ghost and The Notebook – for different reasons, of course. Ghost because it’s just romantic to think not even death could keep a guy from taking care of the woman he loves. And then, of course, there’s that famous potter’s wheel scene…wow! And in The Notebook…oh, man, what’s not romantic? What kind of man goes to the lengths James Garner’s character did to be with his wife, who doesn’t remember him most of the time? Oh, the sweet tears!
Saw both of those. Really loved The Notebook. Elaine, do you have a favorite?
Elaine Cantrell – Maybe The Notebook because of the hero’s life-long devotion to his wife.
Two for The Notebook. Anyone else have a favorite?
Cara – That’s a hard one. The only movie that comes to mind is an old one from 1943. It’s called “The More, the Merrier,” and stars Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea. There’s such sexual tension between them and McCrea is a hunk. I’m an old movie buff.
I love the old classics, too!
Elaine Cooper – OK, I’ve decided I can’t possibly narrow this down to one, so I will list my favorites: “While You Were Sleeping,” “Return To Me,” “Emma,” and “Last of the Mohicans.” Sigh. I can watch all of these over and over—and I do, much to my husband’s consternation! They all just wrap the romance around you and draw you in.
Love While You Were Sleeping and Emma is one of my all-time favorites. I love Jane Austen and Mr. Knightly is one of my favorite male characters. Killarney, what’s your favorite story?
Killarney – Emeralds & Sapphires. It was an old harlequin historical romance I found many years ago in a used bookstore. My debut historical romance releasing in June is based on the concept of that book.
Never read it, but love the title. Anyone else want to share?
LoRee – I would have to say Gone With the Wind, because it made me feel so grown up to read it. That story is also the one that hooked me on romance.
I never read that classic book, but I finally did see the movie last year at the urging of my husband. He actually thinks that’s one of the best movies. Roseanne, what was the most romantic moment in your life?
Roseanne – The first time my husband said he loved me.
I’m sure that was a sweet and romantic moment.
Penny – Ah, the wonderful days of no caller I.D. It made for a much more successful prank phone call. Yes, here’s a frightening confession: my sister, cousin, and I would spend countless hours making innocent prank phone calls. It was long before speaker phone technology, but that was fine with us. We had two phones in the house, both always being used at the same time.
Our prank phone calls were never anything that could harm someone, and I am a firm believer that prank phone calls do have their benefits. Case in point - I met my husband, Lon through a prank phone call. Yep. It's true.
Lon and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary this year. And to think it all started with the humble beginnings of a white rotary dial phone…
I saw Lon's high school football picture in the county newspaper. He went to small school in the same county as I did, but in a different town 20 miles away. He was a state champion football player and I was cheerleader. I was sure I'd never seen such a fine specimen in all my teenage years.
So my sister, cousin, and I called him. He was a chatty fellow and he and I immediately hit it off. I soon looked forward to our daily phone calls. Over the next several weeks, he began to call me before I left for work as a bookkeeper and clerk at a department store and before he headed out to work in the fields on his dad’s farm.
A few months later, I met Lon in person at the gas station parking lot where he rode up on his motorcycle and I drove up in my 1971 souped-up Chevy Malibu. He was wearing parachute pants and his #78 football jersey. He'll still argue after all these years that it wasn't parachute pants he was wearing, but sweatpants. But now that it's in writing, here's the proof: he was wearing parachute pants (and after all, it was 1991 when parachute pants were the thing to wear!) I even recall that I wore my hair in a high ponytail that day and wore my Michigan State t-shirt and a pair of jean shorts.
Accompanied by my sister and a friend, we pulled into the gas station and I nonchalantly filled my car with gas. I watched him out of the corner of my eye. Not paying attention, I forgot to put on my gas cap after filling my car with gas.
I drove up to the curb. “Hi, are you Lon?” I asked.
“Just a minute,” he said. I watched as he walked over to the gas pump and retrieved my gas cap. "I think you forgot this," he told me. I was so embarrassed! I gazed deep into his green eyes and suddenly felt a bit faint.
“I- I’m Penny.”
He leaned against my car and smiled. “I’m Lon.”
I offered a quick and silent prayer toward heaven. “Lord, please, please, please let him like me!”
We must have stood there in awkward silence for awhile until I remembered I needed to pay for my gas.
After that day, we began to date. One night three months later, we stood in the driveway of my parents’ house getting ready to say goodnight. I was caught completely off guard when Lon asked, “Will you marry me?” No kneeling to one knee with an engagement ring. No airplane in the sky with a huge banner for all to see. Nope, just a humble out-of-the-blue “Will you marry me?”
I didn’t hesitate, but quickly answered “YES!”
As calmly as if we were discussing the weather, Lon answered, “All right. See you tomorrow.” With that, Lon turned and climbed into his car (which, I might add, had a stereo worth four times what the car was worth).
I remember standing in the driveway shaking with excitement, wondering if he had really asked me or if it was a dream. Yes, it was late, and yes, she was asleep, but my younger sister just had to know about this!
In June of the following year, Lon and I were married in a tiny Baptist church in my hometown. There was a storm that day, and half of the time we had no power. But it all worked out and several years later, we started our family. Today we have two beautiful daughters.
We’ve had our share of good times and bad, serious times and funny times (like the time Lon overdosed on no-bake cookies right before a blood test and was denied his CDL license renewal because his sugar readings were off the charts!) But through it all, I thank God every day for the husband he blessed me with.
Delia Latham is offering a free eBook copy of Kylie’s Kiss.
Anne Albert is offering a free pdf copy of Defending Glory.
Elaine Cantrell is offering a free ecopy of A New Dream.
Elaine Marie Cooper is offering a free print copy of The Road to Deer Run.
Killarney Sheffield is offering a free ecopy of Guilty Kisses (not out til June 3rd)
LoRee Peery is offering a free pdf copy of Rainn on my Parade
Roseanne Dowell is offering a free ecopy of Stranger on the Shore
Cara Marsi is offering a free ebook of Murder, Mi Amore; a free ebook of Cursed Mates; and a free signed print copy of the original version of Logan’s Redemption
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