Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Isn't it Romantic?

Taking the Cake

Mollie Mason is sure her night can't get any worse. Stuck inside an inflatable cake, she overhears her fiance slamming her to the guests of his bachelor party -- and then she catches him cheating! But discovering that her high school crush has witnessed her humiliation is the icing on the cake.

Cade Gallagher has wanted Mollie for years. And when she asks him to prove to the world -- and herself -- that she's not just a good girl, he knows he'd be a fool to say no. But she wants just a temporary fling. Will two weeks be enough time to convince her to take a chance on him -- forever?

In Taking the Cake, Mollie tries for the grand romantic gesture by popping out of the cake at her fiance's bachelor party. As you can tell from the back cover copy above, it isn't exactly a roaring success.

But romantic gestures can be wonderful, delightful things. As a writer, I love to create romantic moments in my books that will (hopefully) make readers smile, sigh, or even brush away a tear.

So here's my question: what's the most romantic thing you've ever done -- or had done for you? Or, if you prefer, what's your favorite romantic moment from a book or movie?

Kate Davies


Jennifer Y. said...

Sounds great! I'll have to think about that question!

Kelley said...

My proposal from my hubby was pretty great. I was out of town and he picked me up at the airport. When I got home all the lights were out and candles were lit all over my apartment. My favorite song was playing in the cd player. There was my favorite dinner at the table with candles there as well. We ate dinner and then he gave me a single rose with a card. I opened the card and the ring was inside and he asked me to marry him. It was soooo sweet.

Also, one time when we were still dating I mentioned the fact that even though all roses do is die, all women love to get them. For valentines day he got me a gold plated rose so it would never die. His romantic gestures are few and far between, but it is worth it because he always makes them special.

Jennifer Y. said...

Aww...that is sweet Kelley! I haven't had any romantic moments in real life...I'll have to think of a movie or book.

Erin the Innocent said...

I'm choosing a most romantic part from a movie. In The Wedding Date with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney(yum) they're laying down on the top of a bed. Both on their backs and say this ... "Kat Ellis: You know what pisses me off? I've been spilling my guts all weekend and I don't know a thing about you.
Nick Mercer: [pause] I'm allergic to fabric softener. I majored in comparative literature at Brown. I hate anchovies. And I think I'd miss you even if we never met."

OH MY GOD. This would have been an unbelievable line even if it wasn't Dermot Mulroney (YUM)

Kate Davies said...

Wow! I guess I'm not the only night owl out here! :)

(Of course, that's pretty time-zone-centric of me -- some of you might be early risers!)

That proposal sounds wonderful! What a sweetie.

That does it. You've put The Wedding Date on my To Be Rented list. I got chills!

Thanks for sharing!

Nonny said...

I don't exactly have the usual sense of romance ... while chocolates and flowers and things are nice and show me that I'm cared for ... actions (and words backed up by them) are more romantic to me than anything material could ever be.

What I at this point consider my "most romantic" experience might be a bit towards the realm of TMI for some, just to give fair warning.

My fiance and I had been friends online for about two years before we got together; after breaking up with my ex-bf&gf (poly relationship), Morgan mentioned that there was a science fiction convention in Boston, near where he lived/s. Since I knew some of the authors who were going and had several other friends who would be there, I decided to go and we agreed to split a room, as it'd be cheaper that way.

Now, given I knew Morgan had been celibate for a good couple years, I was pretty well expecting to get hit on while I was there. (He's male, after all, and it wasn't like I was uninterested myself.) Nothing of the sort happened. He was the perfect gentleman. I have a chronic pain disorder, so as soon as he realised I was carrying a backpack filled to the brim with clothes, he insisted on carrying it, would get me things, would remind me to take my meds when I started hurting badly ... and nobody had ever treated me like that before. He was shocked cause he thought that was how a guy was supposed to treat a woman, period.

To make a long story short(er), after some flirtatious comments on my part, on the way back to his place after the con, he took to touching and playing with me. I was definitely enjoying it and assumed that, um, it'd get steamy once we got back, but after awhile, he started to withdraw, leaving me confused. Eventually, he wanted to go to bed cause he was tired ... and literally laid down to go to sleep. >_<

Now, I'd had problems in prior relationships with people teasing me and not following through, and I was still a wreck after the breakup (even though, all in all, it wasn't a bad one ... basic incompatibility was the problem there). I broke down, ended up curled up in his arms crying, and a lot of crap came out that I didn't even realise I was feeling -- like being heartbroken because I wanted to be loved and I had nobody.

I didn't expect him to cry because of the way I hurt.

Eventually, I asked him why he'd played with me if he had no intention of following through -- apparently he wasn't sure that I was really interested, cause some women like making out but don't want to go all the way. (Me: *headdesk*) About this point, we started to get things worked out, and he asked me, "Are you sure this is what you want? I don't want to take advantage of you like everyone else has done."

Thing is, he really meant it. Maybe for some it'd seem horribly corny, but after the emotional firestorm I'd been through for the past three years, I was ... incredibly touched.

So I went to the con expecting a no-strings-attached fling and got a fiance instead. Heh.

Nancy in TX said...

I'd have to say the most romantic thing my husband did (while we were dating) was send me a dozen roses at work for no reason at all! Everyone at work assumed it was my birthday, an anniversary of some sort, or we'd gotten into a horrific fight!
They were totally gorgeous, called "fire and ice" a creamy yellow with burgundy edges/tips. (AND they lasted for 2 weeks).
The best part was the card - it was in his own handwriting so I knew he had actually GONE INTO the flower shop! and it read,
"I just wanted the 2nd most beautiful thing I'll see today to meet the first - I love you."
14 years (and 3 kids)later, I still have the card hidden in the bottom of my jewelry box. I told him that night never to send me flowers again because he could never top that gesture! :)
Have a wonderful day, y'all!!

Kate Davies said...

I should probably add a couple romantic moments of my own -- one I did, and one from my hubby.

The most romantic thing I ever did? Came home from Europe early to see my then-boyfriend star in a college production. Without telling him.

After the show, he came out front -- and I swear, his jaw about hit the ground when he saw me. I just smiled and said, "You didn't think I'd miss the show, did you?"

We both eventually married other people, but I still look back on it fondly.

The other romantic moment happened with my now-husband while we were dating. I'd been at a conference over Easter weekend, and planned to meet my family for Easter services at a church about an hour from our town. When I arrived, my non-church-going sweetie was there with my parents and brother -- because he knew how important it was to me. I knew then I could marry this man. Two weeks later, he proposed, and we made it official. :)

Kate Davies said...

And while I was writing my post, two other wonderful posts arrived!

He sounds like an absolute sweetheart, and a gentleman to boot. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy in TX,
Roses for no reason? Wow! And such a wowza card, too!

bluecitybabe said...

When it was my 29th birthday my DH went online and planned a short trip to New York(we live in England).He'd arranged with my Mum to come and stay with our son.It was all done in secret and a complete surprise.I loved it because it wasn't a "big" birthday or anything special, he just wanted to take me away.

Michelle B said...

I really can't wait for this book, well the whole series really! I'm so glad August 1 is next week:D

As for most romantic thing, hmmmm. I'm going to have to think on that...

Brandy said...

The book sounds wonderful!
Hmmmm, the most romantic thing my now husband ever did for me....we'd been dating only 2 weeks when Valentine's Day rolled around, I'd never had a boyfriend before and wasn't really expecting much. He picked me up from HS(we were HS sweethearts) and on the front seat of the car was #1 a White Teddy Bear, #2 with a gold chain and pendant around it's neck that said "I love You", #3 a gold bracelet that said the same thing, and when he took me home there were a dozen red roses at my home from him. AND he took me out to dinner that night. I was already in love with him at that pont, but seeing all that I fell even deeper. Flash Forward 4 years later, we'd been married for 2 years when we discovered I was pregnant (finding out was a good thing, but done a horrific way) I was in my 1st trimester when you can't stay awake, and he sent me out for the afternoon with a friend, when I got home he had made dinner, (not pizza either, but Teryaki Cornish Hens) and had sparkling cider in the champagne flutes from our reception, there were pink roses this time and he said he just wanted to do something special for me because I was feeling so tired. (This is also the man that forgot to get me something when we were first married!) Sorry so Long a Post!

Brandy said...

I meant to say he forgot my birthday the first year we were married.

myrtleme said...

being an 'old granny', feelin pretty old this a.m.--lol, i'm sure i had some REAL romantic moments--sometime...just don't remember 'em!!!!-but the best ones i DO remember are the ones i find inside the covers of my favorite books

bluecitybabe said...

Ah Brandy, I'm always a sucker for the high school sweethearts story.

Judy F said...

I will have to think on this one. too early for my tired brain to function

Teoh said...

Wow!!! Nothing to match you gals in experience.

But what I think is most romantic in a movie so far is in Just Like Heaven where landscape architect David, the hero, plants an entire garden for Elizabeth Masterson, the heroine. Now that, if real, will take plenty of heart, time and sweat. Can you imagine a guy doing all that for you?

Minna said...

My favorite romantic moment is from an old Finnish movie, "Katariina and the Count of Munkkiniemi", where Katariina and the count finally see each other again after so many years.

Silvia Violet said...

My favorite romantic moment is when my dh proposed. He made a picnic to take to a park which was one of our favorite things to do and then after we ate, he sat back against the tree and asked me to lay down across his lap so we could just talk and relx. I did but there was something hard (and square - not THAT something hard :)) I asked what it was and he joked like he had no idea what I was talking about then he finally pulled out the ring box and made me stand up so he could propose on one knee.


cyngreen said...

A gift basket given to me by a secret admirer with the fragrance True Love.

Alessandra said...

my all-time fave romantic moment was when this guy i met from webdate*dot*com surprised me on my birthday by flying me to florence italy. i've always wanted to go there like lucy from while you were sleeping and yes, that's also where my webdate guy all smiles just thinking about it. :-)

Michele said...

The most romantic thing? Geesh, that comes in degrees.

My friends and I worked together. We'd be in the middle of conversation when My future DH would walk into the arcade (fun job that) and I'd just stop talking and start to walk towards him, conversation forgotten. I've gotten razzed for years for my ability to zero in on him, the world fading away as I "floated" to him in a daze.

They always claimed it was so sweetly gooey, it made them sick to watch,LOL

He proposed to me in his favorite Chinese Restuaraunt. He knew the owner and arranged that during the middle of the meal, a waiter with a tray would present glasses, a vase with a rose on it and a small faceted Swavorski Crystal treasure chest lined with maroon velvet - inside was snuggled the ring. He proposed in front of everyone, basically telling the whole world that he loved me.

Throughout the 20 yrs, he's suprised me numerous times with flowers for no reason.

That alone makes me a lucky ducky

Heather Harper said...


I'm distracted by the title.

I have an addiction to cake.

I blog about it all the time. ;)

Barb V. in NY said...

My hubby and I have been married 26 and a half years, and he has never been one for grand, romantic gestures. But I know he loves me, and he is a rock when things get tough. There have been a lot of family issues on my side the past few years -- the illness and death of my dad and an aunt, and ongoing dementia with my mom. My dh is always there for support and to just take over when it gets to be too much.

Laurie said...

My favorite romantic scene is in "Pretty Woman" when Vivienne is waiting in the bar after getting transformed into a beautiful "LADY" and Richard arrives late and searches the bar for her...she turns on the barstool then walks towards him... Vivaldi playing in the background their eyes meet WOW What chemistry!!

Darla said...

My husband draws little trees and writes romantic poems to go with it! Got a love him! BG!

Pat said...

Hi, what a differnt premise for a story. I LOOOVE it!.

A most memorable moment in a book was the ending in Linda Howard's Sarah's Child. Really gut wrenching. Not really typical romantic - but the moment when father realizes his love for his child.

Meljprincess said...

I think the scene in Dracula where Dracula *Gary Oldman* wraps his arms around Mina *Winona Ryder* when he appears like smoke in the bedroom where she's sleeping is extremely romantic. Also, when they show that slow motion scene of the young Native American wrapping his arms around the girl underneath the waterfall in Last of the Mohicans. Touching!

Stacy Dawn said...

One of my favorite romantic moments from Movies is the proposal scene in While You Were Sleeping and the following overplay monologue.

My husband used to give me a bouquet of spring flowers EVERY week while we were dating.

CrystalG said...

For valentine's day last year, my husband totally surprised me with roses, diamonds and a teddy bear. He always likes to catch me by surprise and go all out to surprise me.

Anonymous said...

A romantic moment in a movie is Circle of Friends. Benny and Jack are talking about a movie and Benny is explaining the movie and the romantic part for her was when the hero put his hand in the glove and if it was to happen to her, her glove would have been to big. Jack then takes her hand and says they are about the same and it wouldn't be to bad.


TJBrown said...

My dh took me to a b&b for our tenth anniversary. Was wonderful. Then at the perfect moment of cat bonelss relaxation he gave me a pearl bracelet that he'd had designed for me. It completed the set... He gave me the earrings on our first birthday together, the necklace on our fifth Valentines Day and then the bracelet. I think I will start on a set of diamonds now:)

Catherine Spangler said...

Y'all, I'm gettin all teary-eyed over these wonderful examples of romantic moments. Great fodder for a romance author :-) Having been married almost 29 years, I'm kind of like Barb in that it's more of the way my husband has always treated me, been there for me. The times he knew I was tired and said "Honey, I'll take care of the kids tonight." (And he's a terrific father).

And how he supported my writing all those years before I sold. When I finaled in the Golden Heart (for the first time), I was screaming with excitement. He smiled and said, "Honey, I've got some money put aside." (Note-he buys and sells antiques and probably had his eye on a nice piece). Then he continued "I want you to have the money and buy yourself a wonderful dress for the awards ceremony."

Not romantic in the conventional sense, but romantic in 29 years where his every actions says "I love you." (Sniff, sniff)

~ Catherine

Rita R. said...

The book sounds great..I am getting it!

When my husband and I got together we had very little money. We did not "celebrate" anniveraries, Valentine's day like most people do. We spent quality time together, held each other and it kept us going through some intersting times. Now we have a little bit of money and it is a special time when my husband comes home with flowers or a crystal rose for me just to tell me he loves me.

Julie in Ohio said...

I really like this premise. I can't wait to check out the book. :o)

The most romantic thing that has happened to me was just this past January. It was our 10th anniversay and my dh surprised me at work to take me to lunch. While we waited for our waitress, he kept going on an on about how "wow" we made it 10 years, "wow" it's hard to believe, "wow" 10 years is a long time...etc. He then produced a box. I opened it and all I could say was "wow". It was a bracelet with my birthstones all around it. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. And now whenever we refer to it, we call it my "wow". :o)

Cherie Japp said...

My husband does some really romantic things like buy me roses on Valentine's Day and will surprise me other times just because he wanted to say he loved me. When our son was born he brought home roses, a blue teddy bear that said "Thank Heavens for Little Boys" and a bib that said "I Love My Mommy". One time when we were dating he surprised me while he was driving me somewhere with a tape of Stevie Wonder's music. I had told him that I was name after the Stevie Wonder song "My Cherie Amor" so he went to the trouble of looking for it and buying it on the internet. The night before he was going to see me he made sure the tape was on that specific song. Then when I was in the car with him the next day he serenaded me along with Stevie Wonder. I was so touched. My hubby is so wonderful.

Kathleen said...

Kelly that is a great story! I wish I had a romantic story but I don't :(

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Last Christmas was very romantic for me. My husband Ron one evening said, "let go for a drive and look at Christmas lights". So we went and then stopped at a viewpoint near the water.

He looked at me and pulled out an exquisite diamond wedding ring, an estate piece. Then he said, "after 35 years of marriage I believe I love you more today than when we first met."

Everyday, I hold that close to my heart. He was and is the love of my life.

bluecitybabe said...

Marilyn, what a lovely story.

Jenn said...

At this moment my mind is completely blank. The only thing I can think of is that I love it when my husband brings me home Tulips (which are my favorite flower) just because he wanted to. That to me is very romantic.

Joyce said...

I double dated for my H.S. prom and my future dh was the other girl's date! When I was home for the summer from my first year at college my future dh called me up and asked me out. I knew that they had broken up (she broke up with him) but I never expected him to call me.

Cryna said...

The book sounds like a great read....

I am sure that I have romantic moments over the years. But the one that comes to mind so early in the morning is when I had only been going with my late husband for about a month for Valentines he arrived to take me out for supper with a gift of beautiful watch. We then went out for a romantic supper and had a very enjoyable evening. All through our marriage he would send flowers for different occasions as a surprise.

Ali said...

One of the most romantic things my boyfriend does for me, may not seem romantic at all; he shows up at all my morning runners races. He is willing to wake up, before the sun even peeks up, to come out to my races and show support.
When I first decided to run the Houston Marathon, he thought I was crazy, and that I'd lose interest before it was time. Well, I didn't lose interest, and instead I started training. He was there for every race leading up to the marathon :-)
On the day of the marathon, I think we had to wake up before five to start driving downtown and find parking. Not only was Nate there to show support, but he traveled to the different mile markers to cheer me on and take video of me.
Months afterwards, Nate gave me a charm, to add to the charm bracelet he had started for me, it was a tennis shoe :-)
How could I not love what he does for me :-) Only a couple people I know would ever wake up before dawn for me.

bamabelle said...

I think the most romantic thing my husband has done was in the hospital after the birth of our second child. He brought me three dozen red roses. In front of all our visitors he said to me, "The first dozen is for the son that you just gave me, the second dozen is for giving me our daughter, and the last dozen is for giving me your heart. Now I have all that I'll ever need."

To me, that meant more than any vacation or any gift he had ever given me. My husband is not much for words, so for him to say that to me in front of our friends and family was a big deal.

I love reading all of your stories!

Rachael said...

I think my favorite romantic moment, is when I first fell for my now fiance. We had been hanging out with mutual friends and my friend used his phone to call me originally. So he had my number stored in his phone, but I didnt know this. Anyway, we all went out in one car and he dropped me off first. I was dissapointed because I wanted to be dropped off last so I could talk to him alone. My friend and me had been going through his things and I found a ring in his wallet. I tried it on and it fit me perfect, which is odd since rings never fit me. I held it up in his read view mirror but didn't say anything. Our eyes locked and it was an intense moment. When I left, I didn't give him the ring back. He asked for it, and I said no jokingly. Well I went upstairs and was talking to a friend of mine online. I was telling her how I REALLY want this guy to call me, but he doesnt have my number. I said if he calls me, it will be a sign. The phone rang! IT was him. He said, I'm downstairs, come give me my ring back and he started laughing. We went to the park, talked forever, had our first kiss, and I have never given him his ring back. He replaced the ring with an engagement ring a while later. :)

Ali said...

Kate, I can't wait for your release in August! I read about it during SamhainCafe's loop party and I'm can't wait to start reading it. Congratulations, Kate!

Niny said...

I can't wait for this book!! Sounds so yummy, I think I have another favourite author to add to my keeper shelf!
Now, the most romantic gesture my hubby has done. The first St. Valentine we spend together he gave me a box and inside there was a key, with a ribbon that say "Key to my heart" He is so sweet! Needless to say I have it framed in a shallow box hanging in our bedroom. Then every now and then he gives me flowers or balloons.

ShelMel said...

Wow! All of these stories are GREAT!

Hmm - my hubby is wonderfully romantic at unexpected times and I've got quite a few I coud share, but this one is my personal favorite.

For our first married Christmas together he bought me a beautiful fountain pen. I'd always wanted one and the one he bought me was perfect.

And on the card inside he wrote: "For all the future memories you will write about us together."


For a writer - that to me - was perfect!! My hubby is the BEST! :)

Susan said...

I love the tease!

The last scene in 'An Officer And A Gentleman' always gets to me.

Kelley said...

Thanks everyone! My hubby is the best.

Lisa T said...

Wow what great moments everyone has had. Mine isn't something very grand but it's the thought. We were sitting on the couch watching TV one night and as usual it was one of his car shows. Well being a man he starts scrolling thru the channels. He sees that one of my fav movies is playing and actually switches the channel to that movie. I turned to look at him and he said that as long as he's known me I've never asked him to change the channel and just once he'd thought that maybe he should.

AmberPackard said...

I was dating this guy and the whole month of February he sent me valentines cards and a gift and for my birthday he did the whole dinner and he gave me a amethyst necklace and matching bracelet. I really haven't had many more romantic moments in my life, I think most guys have forgotten the meaning of the word.

Amy S. said...

Most romantic moment from a movie. Jerry Maguire.

Jerry Maguire: I love you. You... complete me.
Dorothy: Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at "hello."

AmberPackard said...

Your hubby sounds awesome Kelley.

Nonny seems to me like you have a good caring man there.

Nancy in TX I don't think there is much that can top that statement

AmberPackard said...

I don't really have a favorite romantic scene in a movie, I think the whole movie The Saint starring Val Kilmer is Romantic.

Lucy Monroe said...

Wow...I'm loving these stories! Thanks to everyone for sharing. They really made my morning. :)

As for me...well, it's like some said, a state of mind. Most recent romantic thing? I was tearing my hair out in stress over deadlines, family stuff, etc. and dh offered to proofread my galleys. He has no more spare time than I do, but the man just cares so much.

AmberPackard said...

Catherine Spangler sent chills up my arms......

Jennifer L hart said...

You are all going to think I'm crazy, but my favorite romantic line from any movie is from the original Terminator. "I traveled through time for you Sarah Connor." Sigh. I know I need help, but at least I'm entertaining.

Becky said...

A guy I was going out with took me on his yacht for 1 day and did a whole body massage for me.

The most romantic part in a movie-definitely when Romeo kissed Juliet. lol It's a classic. :)

Amy said...

This book sound's great.

The most romantic thing my hubby did was send my roses, a teddy bear and balloons to my work on our anniversary

robynl said...

The most romantic time was when dh gave me a 'just because' gift. He and my brother were out shopping and he comes back with this snow globe/carousel horse inside; it's beautiful-cream and gold color.

Adrianna Dane (Tess Maynard) said...

Kate, this book sounds so good. And that cover is scrumptious.

Favorite romantic moment, hmmm. It's hard to pick just one. I've had many of them with my husband. My son has inherited that, so my DIL tells me. My son even proposed on Valentine's Day. Sent her several small bouquets of her favorite flowers (daisies) throughout the day and then came home and on bended knee proposed. She cried and said yes. They were married in March. They make such a lovely couple.


Kate Davies said...

Oh my gosh!

When I hit the sack last night, there were ten comments; then I woke up this morning to find out that my computer no longer recognized the internet. :(

I'm back on, finally, but it'll take me a while to catch up on comments!

To start:

A trip to New York? And he planned it himself? *Very* romantic!

Michelle B,
Thank you so much! I'm thrilled you're looking forward to it.

Thanks! And your hubby -- sounds like he made up for the missed birthday. LOL!

You made me laugh with your "don't remember" comment! Thanks for the morning smile!

The garden does sound romantic! I think that movie has to go on my list, too!

More in a bit,

Cherie said...

OK mine is when my hubby proposed
On Christmas Eve. He had a small stocking hiding on the tree with my ring in it but the thing I loved the most is the picture he drew for me.
He drew two huge white tigers in charcoal had it framed and there was a poem on the back he wrote. The poem is very personal and still brings tears to my eyes.

Then I come to find out it took him three months to do the picture because he would work on it a few hours a night after dropping my off at home. And he worked the next day so he was getting 3-4 hours of sleep every night the poor guy.

Another romantic thing was first of all, I must tell you that I have a special place in my heart for my little ponies from when I was little.
Well when I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis at the age of 20, I was devastated, this is chronic and there is no cure so I'm stuck with symptoms similar to last stage bladder cancer for the rest of my life. my husband did not know what to do for me and we had heard they started to sell my little ponies again he made an excuse to go to the store so I called my Mom and was crying when he walked back into the room and plopped a big my little pony play set in front of me.
sure I was 20 but it made me so happy that he even would think about my little ponies lol and yes I did open it and play with it.

He is a very wonderful man.

Five years of marriage and we don't even fight people may say that is unhealthy but we just don't view anything bad enough to fight about. Sure when can get annoyed and upset but we both just go quite, and one of us is quick to cheer up the other.

~Cherie K~

Sarah Catherine said...

What great stories! I'm tearing up! :) Once I stop to think about it, my dh does all kinds of romantic, day-to-day things.

But my favorite, when we were first dating, not even dating. He came over to help me wash my car (LOL) and he brought me these beautiful leather gloves...just because.

Recently, I've had trouble sleeping because of the light in our bedroom - out of the blue he bought me a pretty pink sleep mask, something I'd never even thought of.

Just a sweetie.

Kate Davies said...

Oh, I love those moments! Is the movie available in the US?

What a sweet proposal! Thanks for sharing.

Wow! Did you ever find out who your secret admirer was?

First, While You Were Sleeping is way up there in my fave romantic movies, so I know exactly what you're talking about! And a trip to Florence -- wowza! He's a keeper!

You're right -- there are degrees of romance, aren't there! I love that "world falling away" sensation. And what a great proposal!

Cherie said...

Cherie Japp Hello
It's so funny seeing someone else with my own name I'm not used to knowing anyone else with it.
Let alone people who know how to pronounce it. Most people call me sherry.
I always tell people how to pronounce it with that Cherie amore song lol I never knew who exactly sung it though.
I was not named after it or anything though.
Just wanted to say hi to you.

~Cherie K~

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Kate,

This sounds really good :) Great topic thanxs for being here with us Kate. Your book sounds really good. Congrad's :) Happy Writing

Wow good stories everyone:) Rachael I really liked yours. Sounds like you have a winner YaY!!! Congrad's to you:)

Mines would have to be on christmas eve 2002. My man and I have been together since 2001 the first ring he got me was an I love you ring on Christmas day 2001.

When 2002 came Christmas Eve. My bf and I was at my nephews grandma's house with my sister's. We all was just chatting and my sister's was opening their presents. I didn't get a present at that time.

I was looking around cause they all had went in the kitchen and left me alone. I am like what did I do? They all kept laughing so I got a little upset.

As I am sitting on the couch my bf came in on one knee and purposed to me. I couldn't say yes I was not able to speak I was crying *Happy Tears* then I fianlly said YES :)

Till this day we are still engaged we are planning a wedding on June 12th 2007 or 2008 :)

My fiance always does romantic things for me in surprise :) But I loved that one:):)


Kate Davies said...

You'll be happy to know, then, that cake figures prominently in the book! :)

Barb V,
Romantic gestures are great, but when the chips are down it's the support and love that really matters, doesn't it? He sounds wonderful. Congrats.

I love that scene in Pretty Woman! Thanks for reminding me!

How sweet! I bet you have quite a collection of them now!

Thanks! I'm glad you like the premise! And I'll have to check out that book.

I got chills at your description of those movie moments -- thanks for sharing!

Lyric said...

The most touching and romantic thing my husband did happened on our first wedding anniversary. Of course I got flowers, dinner, and a nice piece of jewelry. But what made me cry was that he'd kept the receipt from our very first date. We met on a blind date through mutual friends. He had it laminated and it is still sitting in the drawer of my bedside table.

Kate Davies said...

As I said before, I *love* While You Were Sleeping. I may have to dig it out and watch it again tonight! And the spring flowers sound lovely!

Now *that's* a Valentine's Day!

What a sweet moment! Love the movie!

Your hubby sounds like quite the romantic!

Okay, gotta feed the kids, but I'll be back to (try) to catch up some more! LOL

catslady said...

These are all great stories - I'm also going to think about it and get back :)

BarbaraV said...

My favorite romantic part is from the movue "Gost" with demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.
I love that movie but the ending was phenomenal. When finally she is able to see him and he goes to the sky.

Marcy said...

My dh isn't the most demonstrative guy, but early in our marriage we had to live 300 miles apart for six months while he completed some schooling and I worked full time. I had every other weekend off and we'd both drive half-way to meet at a motel. Yes, the reunions were wonderful, but what was more romantic was the way he just held me so tight as if he never wanted to let me go. *sigh*

Laurie D. said...

I'm thinking about your question. Your book has gone onto my TBB list! Thanks so much for sharing - it sounds great!

Jen in WA said...

I'm gonna relay a story about my parents. They have been married a little over 30 years now. Several years back my father wrote out a bunch of little love notes and left them all around the house for my mother to find. They were on the bathroom mirror, in the refridgerator, in her purse, in the book she was reading at the time, on the computer screen.... My mother loved it! Especially since there was no real reason for the notes, other than the fact that he still loves her.

Kate Davies said...

Okay, more catching up (you guys are prolific!) --

Catherine S,
Isn't it wonderful to have a spouse who really supports your writing? Congrats!

rita r,
Thanks so much for wanting to get my book! I'm just tickled that it's going to be released next week! And your hubby sounds like a definite keeper.

Cherie J,
How sweet! It seems that roses at the birth of a child is a recurrent theme -- my hubby bought a dozen roses for me with each birth -- and isn't it wonderful to be with men who see having children as an event to celebrate?

I got chills! I can just picture it. Thanks for sharing!

You're right, tulips "just because" is very romantic!

Jennifer L. said...

Some of these are so romantic, I'll have to make note of the goodies for personal use in the future

Jodi said...

This is a book that I want to read! I'll have to write it down on my TBB list.
Most romantic thing for me: Last year for our 5th anniversary, my husband bought me diamond hoop earrings. A real surprise because 1) he can never remember the correct date and 2) he doesn't think jewelry is a big deal. Then, yesterday, we went to the jewelry store to pick up his free birthday gift (a candle with a genuine ruby buried in it) and he also got a discount. He asked me if there was anything that I wanted. So, I said, well you know, our anniversary is coming up. So, he bought me some diamond stud earrings to go with the hoops!

Jodi said...

Oops, forgot to mention that I'm enjoying reading about everyones romantic moments.

Debbie E said...

Just last year for my DH's birthday I secretly ordered 4 tickets to see his favorite Country Music Singer - Terri Clark. She is the ultimate for him. So I took it one step further and signed him up as a fan club member and then I emailed the crew for Terri and signed him up for a "Meet and Greet". I ended up joining as well to supervise. hehe! After 26 years of marriage I don't look like Terri.

He was flabbergasted to say the least. He got his picture taken with her and came home and had a friend crop and blow up the picture and we now have an almost poster size picture of him with Terri.

The next concert we went to that she was a part of he went back to the Meet & Greet and had her sign this poster. Can you imagine a grown man carrying this big picture between 2 pieces of thick cardboard so it doesn't get damaged. I had to laugh because he was showing our 2 daughters the signature at the second concert and the ladies behind up smirked so I said "and this is going up on our ceiling and believe me I will be receiving all the perks that go along with it." chuckle!

He caught on fast. He just bought 2 tickets to see the Dixie Chicks in Toronto. Woohoo!!!!

Kate Davies said...

Still trying to catch up! :)

LOL! Sounds like things worked out just the way they're supposed to!

Thanks so much! Glad it appeals to you. And your romantic moments were wonderful. Made me sigh. ;)

Waking up before dawn? A *definite* keeper! :) And thanks for the nice comments about the book! Glad you're looking forward to it!

Wow! Three dozen roses? And that public explanation, too! *Very* romantic!

Ooh! I got chills on that one! Thanks for sharing!

How sweet of you to say that! I'd be honored if I end up on your keeper shelf! And I love the "key to my heart" story. What a sweetie!

Kate Davies said...

How thoughtful! It's great when the romantic gesture is so utterly connected to who we are as individuals. Bravo to your hubby!

Glad you liked it! And that scene from Officer and a Gentleman is great, isn't it?

Lisa T,
Your moment made me smile. How sweet of him!

Wow, a whole month! I think that goes beyond just a gesture, don't you? :) And I'll have to check out the Saint -- don't think I've seen that one.

Amy S.,
Yep, that line from Jerry Maguire really is something special, isn't it?

Isn't it fun? I'm really enjoying all the stories. And you know how awesome I think your hubby is. :)

Jennifer H,
LOL! Sometimes, the most romantic moments are the unexpected -- even in The Terminator! :)

Kate Davies said...

A yacht and a body massage? Yowza!

Glad you liked the blurb! And as a former junior high English teacher, I've seen probably every incarnation of R & J on film -- and loved every one!

I can just picture it! Gotta love those "just because" gifts, don't ya?

Thanks! Scott Carpenter, the cover artist, is amazing, isn't he? :)
And how cool that being romantic runs in your family!

Your story made me sniffle a little! What amazing effort he puts into treating you well -- definitely special.

Sarah C.,
Aww, how sweet! He sounds like a keeper.

Thanks! I can't believe it comes out next week. And a Christmas proposal is definitely romantic!

Wow! Now *that's* romantic!

Melissa said...

I love the end of When Harry Met Sally when Harry proposes. Also in total agreement with the proposal scene from While You Were Sleeping. Love how the whole family was along. I'd forgot how much I love that movie! Will have to go back and rewatch.

Pam P. said...

Wonderful memories everyone.

One of my favorite romantic scenes is from Breakfast at Tiffany's - Holly Golightly and Fred/Paul kiss in the rain.

Lori said...

This book sounds great!! I think that the most romantic thing that has happened to me was when my husband sent me flowers right after my daughter was born. Yes, I know it sounds lame, but it was very nice and unexpected.

Chantal said...

Great question. My husband is not at all romantic, so I have nothing to add to this list of wonder romantic surprises.
I always tell Dh that the reason I read so many romances is because it's the only place I can find romance.
Don't get me wrong, our love life is wonderful, except I only get flowers if I remind him a million times that my birthday is near.

Tee said...

Love your cover and the books sounds like a good one too. As for something done that was romantic for me. Yikes that one is not easy for my DH tries to surprise me all the time. I remember reading a book where a small jar was left with a love note in it. I mention it to him and about two months later I woke up to one sitting on the kitchen table for me. I should add that at the time we worked different shifts and passed in the middle of our day.

Pamk said...

my hubby drove me to the book fair at RT in St Louis. And waited around for me and my friend for 5 to 6 hours with bascially nothing to do and he didn't even grip. And he says I spend way too much time reading but he my enabler sometimes and I love him for it.

Mark St. Claire said...

I never actually had a romantic thing happen to more or did happen to me. I'm sure it will happen eventually though, when the time is right.

catslady said...

I lost my diamond ring raking leaves and was devasated. we had been married 25 yrs. I thought possibly for my birthday he would get me a band (we got engaged on my birthday) but no so I gave up on that. Well he had one made special for me and gave it to me that christmas - what a surprise - and it was gorgeous. We're on our 37th and I had told him maybe I should get a new one every 25 years of marriage lol.

Lucy Monroe said...

Man...I am STILL loving these stories! But one thing that is coming through loud and clear is that romantic gestures from the heart, backed up by loving behavior mean the most. And consistently loving behavior is more important than any single gesture.

catslady said...

Oh, I meant to add this too - the day before our anniversary I lost a ring he had given me 25 yrs. ago (gee I have a thing with losing rings and the no. 25 lol). once again I was devasted. He surprised me again when we went out to dinner. He had spent the afternoon looking for a replacement which was also beautiful. And for the first time in my life I actually found the lost ring! (I tend to lose things but that's the first time I found one again.)

mammakim said...

I was engaged at 16 so when we picked out the ring, I selected a small diamond. I squished my ring in a heavy door at the bank one day ( ooh another embarrasing moment) so on my graduation day, my fiance presented me with a heart shaped diamond. I loved heart shaped diamonds but they always had the pointing tops and I didn't like the look. He ended up buying a diamond and having someone cut it into a perfect heart for me

Theresa Scott said...

Hi Kate!

Love your blurb about your upcoming book... it sounds absolutely delightful! Can't wait to read it!

Keep writing... we need the entertainment!


readingissomuchfun said...

Yes it was Kate. I still remember that day like it was tomorrow *Smiles*

Congradulations again on your upcoming release YaY!!!
Thanxs for being here with us :)


Kate Davies said...

Hey all!

I'm back to take another stab at catching up. :)

Loved that movie! Great moment, too.

I'm sighing, too, at 'never letting go'. Thanks for sharing!

Laurie D,
Wow! Thanks for adding me to your TBB list!

Jen in WA,
Your folks sound so sweet! Thanks for reminding us that romantic gestures aren't just for the first blush of love.

Jennifer L,
I'm taking notes, too! It's a real inspiration for a romance author, let me tell you! :)

I'm so glad you want to read it! Thanks! And how cool about your anniversary gift (and matching studs). What a sweetie!

Debbie E,
What a thoughtful gift to give your hubby -- and it's great that the musical romantic gestures go both ways, too! Enjoy the concert!

Kate Davies said...

When Harry Met Sally is great, isn't it? It's nice to have these reminders of wonderful film moments.

Pam P,
And speaking of great film reminders, thanks for mentioning Breakfast at Tiffanys! Kisses in the rain always get to me. :)

Thank you! And there's nothing lame about flowers after giving birth. It's a very romantic gesture!

I think that's one of the reasons I read romance, too -- to enjoy those big romantic gestures that don't often happen in real life. This compilation is doing the trick, too!

Thanks! I love the cover, too. :) And that's pretty impressive, that your DH would remember it after so much time had passed. It's great to know that he's really listening, isn't it?

Any hubby who supports bookbuying is a keeper in my estimation! LOL

Kate Davies said...

It'll probably happen when you least expect it -- especially since you've got a positive attitude about it! :)

I can just imagine that sinking feeling -- and how wonderful that he had a new one made for you! A definite keeper. (I like the every-25-years rule, too! LOL)

You're absolutely right. It's the loving behavior backing up those gestures that truly make them meaningful.

Wow! A truly unique ring, from a very thoughtful man.

Thanks! And believe me, I'm writing like crazy!

Okay, I think I'm caught up now. Thanks, everyone, for your wonderful stories. I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them.

bamabelle said...

Oh, you all are going to make me cry. I'm loving these stories! I just love this post!