My dh is out of town, but this weekend we’re going ball room dancing–something we rarely do anymore, unless we’re at a wedding and the DJ slips in a bit of the right music. We’ll be rusty, but this event is already bringing back a lot of great memories of visits to my dh’s family in far-western Minnesota during our dating days.
There really wasn’t much to do for entertainment in those very rural areas, but on Saturday nights the whole family would go dancing (at least, everyone old enough to get into the Legion or other places with a live band) and they were good at it. I’d never realized how dizzying and exhilarating it was to waltz with someone who was an expert. I think that was when my future dh literally swept me off my feet. :)
All wasn’t totally traditional romance, however. I remember our first Valentine’s Day while dating. I received the most mysterious, oddly shaped package–long, with odd bends in it–and figured it might be some strange sculpture. When I unwrapped it, I still didn’t know what it was. It was a piece of new exhaust pipe for underneath my elderly ’67 Chevy pickup. :)
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I would love to hear about some of your fun, or silly or truly romantic memories!
On another note, Lois talked about bookcovers on the blog this week. I’m not sure if you’ve read the comments on that post, but I left one mentioning my most memorable cover disasters: the wrong mountain range on a book set in Montana–a detail which earned the book a truly vituperative review on Amazon–and the cringe-worthy case of a backwards cowboy hat on another book.
I was the only one bothered by that awful hat, I guess, because I never received any reader mail on that little detail….but I showed horses for over twenty years, and a backwards hat in the world of quarter horse shows would certainly give someone a reputation they’d want to forget. Every time I signed one of those books, I stuck a “Signed by Author” gold sticker over the hat. :)
Though I don’t have any new releases out this year, Harlequin is re-releasing a couple of my books this spring. A nice surprise, and they even gave the books new covers–which is even nicer!
I’m pretty sure my hero and heroine never rode a horse bareback together in Operation: Texas, but I’m glad they did so on the cover. For here–happy days!–there is a nice, properly situated western hat, and an even nicer looking cowboy beneath it. Whew!
So….back to Valentine’s Day and romance, do you have any fun memories to share?
Leave a comment! I’ll draw a name on Monday from those who do, and the winner will receive a book from my backlist–s/he can choose the title. The list is on my website at http://www.roxannerustand.com