8 Ways To Keep The Romance Alive

Romance The Icing On The CakeMy husband and I have been married for… well, let’s just say we’ve been together a LONG time. Our relationship is strong; we can count on each other when the chips are down, we’re loyal, thrifty, and trustworthy. Although those traits are vital to a successful partnership, they can sound awfully boring! Couples who have been together for many years know that keeping the romance alive in a relationship is really important. Here’s a list of 8 ways to keep the romance alive:

  1. Light candles, put on some Michael Bublé, and enjoy a quiet dinner together.
  2. Let Michael continue to croon and do a little dancing.
  3. Pop some popcorn and watch a football, soccer, or hockey game together. (No, I’m not a sports fan, but sometimes it’s good to leap out of your comfort zone… especially if it’s for something he enjoys.)
  4. Visit Italy! Rent Roman Holiday, make (or buy) some bruschetta served on toasted baguette slices, sip wine, snuggle.
  5. Play a board game. A little competition can make the evening fun!
  6. Settle on the sofa and take turns asking questions. Even a couple who has been married forever can find out new things about each other. If you need help, try a game that stirs interesting conversation.
  7. Light a fire and roast marshmallows.
  8. Massage! From a simple head rub or foot rub to an all-out full body massage, this kind of attention is a great way to show your mate how much you care. If you give one, maybe he/she will reciprocate. And who knows where that might lead? *wink*

Okay, now it’s your turn. Help me add to this list! What are your ideas for a romantic evening with the one you love? How do you spark intimacy between you and your partner?

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About the author: Donna Fasano is a USA Today Bestselling Author who has written over 30 romance and women’s fiction titles. Her books have won awards, have been translated into nearly two dozen languages, and have sold four million copies worldwide. To learn more about Donna, visit her blog, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Are you an avid romance reader? Join Donna’s Street Team: The Prima Donnas.

Following His Heart Teaser

Creating A Series

 

I now have three books in my Death By Chocolate series up on Amazon. A Ghostly Affair, A Christmas Wedding To Die For and my first book in the series, Chocolate Worth Dying For.

Oh, I know a lot of hard work went into it but, to me, it still seems magical. I’ve blogged on creating a series previously but at that point I was in the process of planning it out. For the first time in my life I sat down and seriously (and sometimes not so seriously) thought out what I wanted in the series. With the help of Power Point, Pinterest and Lisa Wells’ class on building a series I was well on my way.

Chocolate Worth Dying For, a cozy mystery series would be set in Victoria, BC and revolve a chocolate shop owner and caterer, Maxine Peters. Smart, sassy and too nosy to keep her nose out of other people’s business she’d have to find out who was behind any crime committed around her. In real life I don’t advise that. There’s a certain truth to the saying, ‘curiosity killed the cat.’

Then I came up with a side kick, Heath. Part of it was practically. Catering requires a lot of heavy lifting so her side-kick Heath is 6’2′ and a recent graduate of cooking school. He’s young, enthusiastic, works for cheap and he can do the heavy lifting, as well as giving her moral support. I gave her an on again off again love interest who was a policeman. There’s more but that’s the backbone of it.

I’ve stuck with the backbone and all those ideas and pictures of what the characters wore, car they drove etc really paid off. Plot points changed. Characters were added or deleted and I’m sure that to many looking at the starting ‘bible’ and the end result, it would seem as if I should have just started from scratch. They’d be wrong.

Since then I’ve been to ThrillerFest and heard some exceptional writers such as Michael Palmer, Catherine Coulter and Michael Connelly talk about their writing and how they do it. Most didn’t give such formalized directions on creating books or series. But most did spend a fair amount of time thinking about their characters and ideas for their books before they actually started writing them. In their own way, whether they’ve admitted it to themselves or not they’ve all come up with their own ‘bibles’.

Michael Connelly KNOWS his main characters, such as Harry Bosch, better than many of you know your friends. Characters get major thought and research before they make it to the page in Catherine Coulter’s books.

Given that I also work full time, with no assistants in sight to help organize my work or life, creating a ‘bible’ is a smart way of keeping track of the details so that I can create another story in my Chocolate Worth Dying For Series.

Right now I’m working on the fourth in my series, Soul Mates. One of Maxine’s best friends has just opened a matchmaking service. After all who doesn’t want love, romance and happily ever after? The question is how far will someone go to get it? And what happens when someone decides to take advantage? One of Maxine’s best friends, Tanya has decided to open a dating service, Soul Mates and Maxine wants nothing but the best for her. But…

You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. If you want to start at the beginning Chocolate Worth Dying For is free on Amazon.com every day this week except the 28th.

Chocolate Worth Dying For  FREE  on April 27, 29, 30 and May 1st.

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