Judith Ashley is the author of The Sacred Women's Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual traditions that nurture the soul.
One would think that if someone wrote romance novels, this months suggested topic “My Most Romantic …?” would be a slam dunk to write.
Scroll down to read Robin Weaver’s “The Most Romantic Potato." I smiled and even chuckled. What about your response? Did it lighten your day as much as it did mine?
However, I digress, while I may not have a plethora of romantic tales to choose from I’ve published the original seven The Sacred Women’s Circle series. Within each is an integral love story. Certainly there I waxed eloquently about at least one romantic evening.
Or maybe not.
I remember one of my critique partners when reading Lily told me that I needed a romantic evening. Dinner out at a fancy, exclusive restaurant, dancing, flowers, chocolate.
I never could write that scene.
I’ll use my own parents as an example: They celebrated their anniversary together. When their children (me included) put together a 25th and then a 50th Anniversary celebration, they bore it with grace but they were not as thrilled by it as we were. For my parents spending a quiet night at home with Dad grilling steaks and Mom baking a couple of potatoes and making a tossed green salad with homemade dressing, a glass of wine/champagne and then a dessert (usually something like strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream) was what they wanted. It was a time for them to be together, talk about their marriage, what they’d done, what they wanted to do—worries and concerns but even more important, hopes and dreams.
Early in their marriage steak would have been a luxury as would a bottle of wine much less champagne. And what’s interesting is my parents were celebrating over forty years of marriage before my mom even told me that an evening together with dad grilling steaks, etc. was their dream anniversary celebration.
What you’ll find as you follow the Genre-istas this month is that “most romantic” or even just “romantic” is relative. For some a night out on the town would be romantic. For others, a night spent at home. For others a trip to the beach. Still others would prefer a trip to the mountains.
When you read the books written by the Genre-istas, you’ll see romance and romantic scenes take place in a wide variety of settings and situations.
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