Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My first crush...

My husband (aka Himself) knows how to woo me.  For years I've said my favorite present from him was a pair of a steel-toed boots. (He'd seen me splitting wood and flipping a piece that landed on my toes which made them sweet.)  But yesterday's gift might win.  An entire collection of leather-bound, acid-free paper Robert Heinlein's book.  Oh, be still my heart.

My first real crush was on Heinlein's character, Lazarus Long.  So that's where I went first. I opened Methuselah's Children.  Oh, wow.  Reading a beautifully bound version is a different experience than reading my beat up paperback.  It was lovely!  Adding to the experience was seeing Himself occasionally glance over at me happily reading and smile indulgently.  

It might seem strange to non-book people to have a first crush be a fictional character, but readers get it.  I have a crush on all the heroes I write.  And I want to be best friends with all the heroines.  If I didn't like them that much, then writing the book wouldn't work.  I've been writing Romance+ stories...books that are more than a romance, they're a story of a woman's journey that includes a romance, but romantic love isn't the reason for her journey, nor is it the only destination.  My Words of the Heart series is first person in the heroine's point-of-view.  So I get to know those heroes through the heroine's eyes.  But at the end of Carry Her Heart, Ned gets a small word in edge wise...and every time I read it, even though I wrote it, I tear up.  He comes back in Hold Her Heart and opens the book...and again, he gets me every time.  As I sat reading Lazarus last night, I looked at my husband and understood why Ned's small POV's get's because he gets his heroine, Pip.  He understands her and loves her in spite of her quirks.

Himself gets me like that and proof is in a pair of steel-toed boots and a set of Heinlein books.


PS The first two books in Words of the Heart are on sale.  Come meet Ned for yourself.

Carry Her Heart
Hold Her Heart
These Three Words


HollyJacobs said...


Liz Flaherty said...

A lovely post, and how great for you and Himself that you get each other. I remember long years ago, during SASE and hard copy days, when I picked up a ream of paper in Staples and Duane put it back and bought me a 10-ream box of it instead. He got me, too. :-)

HollyJacobs said...

Oh, Liz, he's definitely a keeper! LOL I truly think Himself influences every hero I write. He tells people they're all modeled on him...and he's right!

dstoutholcomb said...

wonderful when your hubby gets you


HollyJacobs said...

It is, Denise! He's such a great guy!