Princess Charming, by Nicole Jordan
I admit it: I’m a sucker for a horse. My hunter mare Riva is the love of my life, second only to my husband. Sailing over a fence astride this magnificent equine creature brings a rush of joy to my heart—and plot ideas to my mind.
As I was writing Princess Charming, Book 1 in my Legendary Lovers Regency historical series, I knew that my hero, Ashton Wilde, Marquis of Beaufort, was determined to win the heart of his unlikely Cinderella. Maura Collyer wasn’t looking for a prince, but she was desperate to reclaim her beloved stallion, which her wicked stepmother had gambled away to an evil viscount. What else was Ash to do but help Maura rescue her magnificent horse?
With Ash’s romantic gesture on my mind and February 14 right around the corner from Princess Charming’s release day (today!) I thought it would be fun to ask my readers to share memories of their favorite Valentine’s Day gift, an actual present or, as in Ash’s case, an action that took their breath away. Every day on my Facebook page through February 13, I’m sharing an entry that has touched me—or made me chuckle.
One reader wrote that her husband surprised her on Valentine’s Day with a card into which he’d tucked a certificate for an AAA membership. He wrote in the card that he wanted to be sure she was safe on the road when she was without him. Don’t you just love that?
Another reader, whose wedding anniversary (like mine) is January 29, and whose birthday is February 3, said Valentine’s Day was usually a non-holiday for her and her husband, because by February 14 they’d done their share of celebrating. One year she told her husband that Valentine’s Day should be in August, when they didn’t have anything else going on. That year her husband gave her a Valentine on August 14 and took her out to dinner. Score big points for this guy!
Then there was the couple who live on a small farm in West Virginia. When this reader went to Ohio to visit their children, she told her husband no buying; they had enough cows and equipment. When she returned home, her husband, who had not bought her a present in all the years they’d been married, announced he had a present waiting for her. He took her across the river to their barn to see it. There stood a little bull, white all over except for his feet, the tip of his tail, and a perfect valentine in the middle of his forehead. This one gets high points for originality, don’t you think?
What about you? Do you have a fun Valentine’s gift story to share? If so, tell me about it here on Romance at Random today, and I’ll enter it into the competition to win a $100 VISA gift card for dinner out with your sweetheart.
But here’s an exclusive contest for all of you here Romance at Random. From the Valentine’s gifts/remembrances you share here today, I’ll draw a name at random (no pun intended!) to win a pair of exquisite earrings selected to add romantic dazzle to any Valentine’s Day outfit.
So ready, set, write!
Winners of the prizes will be chosen randomly & announced by the author in this blog – good luck to all!
Stacie D is our winner — congrats, Nicole will be in contact with you to mail you your lovely earrings!! Happy Romance – SueG