Conflict is one of the things that makes a novel worth reading. So first dates in romance novels usually end up being messy and complicated. The encounters are typically full of trouble, while somehow affirming that the couple is meant to be together despite all obstacles. In Canyon Walls, my characters’ first date involves star gazing–surrounded by a camp full of teenagers.
On one of my own first dates, my date was driving me to dinner when I reached under the seat of his truck and instead of moving the seat back, I sliced my finger open on a piece of metal. It was one of those crazy wounds that wouldn’t stop bleeding.
I was mortified.
My date drove down the interstate as I searched for a fast-food napkin or anything I could put on my finger to stop the bleeding. Before I knew what was happening, my good-looking date had pulled up his dress shirt, held out the bottom of his white undershirt, and stuck my bleeding finger in it. It was incredibly sweet, but it wasn’t the first impression I’d hoped to make.
He exited the highway, changed out of his undershirt and into his dress shirt, and left me in the truck as he went into a store. He bought me a box of bandages and antibacterial cream. The gesture was far more romantic than flowers.
I still have a scar–right beside the finger where I wear the wedding ring he gave me. It’s a daily reminder of our wonderful and never-boring romance.
The secret of a great first date isn’t about the right restaurant or the most romantic location; it’s about sharing it with the right person.
What was your most memorable first date?
Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. www.JulieJarnagin.com
We’re tossing the confetti and passing out cupcakes. Why? Because we’re excited about our new blogging home! (It’s pretty, isn’t it? Yea, we love it too!)
Along the top you’ll find the personal pages for all 11 of us, you’ll see our pictures in our heart-shaped glasses on the side (can you tell we had fun with our glasses?) and if you scroll down the sidebar you’ll see when we blog, the dates we’re open to guest bloggers, and our monthly themes.
For our first month, we’ve chosen the appropriate theme of “firsts.” We hope you’ll stop by often during the month and let us entertain you. We can guarantee that with 11 lovely ladies on the blogroll the opinions and thoughts on writing and reality are bound to be varied, entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always from our hearts.
And because we love to give prizes…each month you’ll find a new member sponsoring the Blog Swag of the Month…this month’s swag is a $10 amazon e-card sponsored by me! And all you have to do is comment during the month to be entered to win! We also might have prizes during the month when guest bloggers stop by to don their own pair of heart-shaped glasses and join the blog for a day.
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A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.
Welcome to Through Heart-Shaped Glasses. This is NOT our first post! Stop back on May 1st when we official open our doors and put on our glasses…see you then!