Pleasure Me With Ann Stephens

>I know how much all of you like laddies in kilts, so I’ve got a surprise for you! Today’s guest, Ann Stephens brings more Scottish heroes for you to drool over! Please welcome Ann for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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It’s the Little Things that Count
 

Thank you so much for inviting me to join your launch event, Monica! I’m one of many who look forward to reading PLEASURE ME.

What with Valentine’s just over a week away, I’ve been pondering the little gestures that can mean so much for a couple. One of the most common is an exchange of gifts.  Not large gifts, necessarily – it is hard to resist a man bearing good quality chocolate, for example. Well, okay…jewelry is always nice too.

Great gifts don’t have to fit into small boxes. My hubby assures me my cooking is better than all but the best restaurants. Granted, he might be trying to get out of paying for dinner. If so, he’s pretty darn charming about it, but I enjoy cooking for him.  Dinner for two at home, complete with candles, music and champagne makes us both happy.  And should we decide to try something out of the ordinary for dessert, well, let’s just say we won’t have to worry about other patrons staring at us. (Provided we can ditch the kids.) And my spouse has been known to surprise me with the occasional velvet-covered box.

Her Scottish Groom

After a lifetime under the thumb of her domineering parents, Diantha Quinn can’t belive she’s being shipped across the ocean to be locked away again.  Now, to gain any sort of power in her life, she must resist Kieran’s seductions…yet how can she keep from falling love, when she is wed to the most tempting man in all of Scotland?

There you have it. Chocolate, champagne, and candlelight. Really, what could better convey the essence of romance?

How about a car emergency kit?

Much as I enjoy shiny tokens of my mate’s affection, I will always cherish the memory of his first gift to me, presented shortly after we started dating. At the time, I drove a very used car that gave me problems on a regular basis.  This was before some bright soul thought of selling pre-assembled emergency kits, so he packed mine in a plain, heavy cardboard box.

When I opened it to discover things like heavy duty jumper cables, a leak repair kit for my tires, and safety flares, my heart melted. This guy noticed something I needed, and he was willing to go to some trouble for me. And that showed that he wanted to take care of me. That may have been the first time the word ‘keeper’ crossed my mind regarding him.

In real life or in fiction, my favorite romances have these qualities of recognition and giving. A good hero or heroine will see something in the other person that no one else notices.  The couple in my upcoming release is a case in point. After a lifetime of having her every attempt at independence squelched, Diantha is encouraged by Kieran to exercise her own judgment.  And while this often places them at odds with one another, she learns that behind his sophisticated manner is a man who fears that love is only an illusion.

I write romance for a lot of good reasons, but one of them is my belief that love can heal, or at least soothe, the broken places in our psyches.

I bet I’m not the only one whose knees went weak over an unusual present. What is the most meaningful gift or gesture you’ve ever received from a loved one? What made it so special?

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About the Author
Although Ann Stephens wrote stories and (bad) poetry in her twenties, she did not focus on writing an actual book until she was in her forties.  The first novel she ever attempted was bought by Kensington Publishing after an editor read the first chapter as part of a contest.  Entitled To be Seduced, it arrived in stores in February 2010.  Her second book, Her Scottish Groom, will be released on March 1, 2011.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

95 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Ann Stephens

  1. >Thank you so much for stopping by, Janet! That is a wonderful anecdote about your son and a Valentine's Day that was special for him and for you.

  2. >Julie, your story is proof that gestures don't have to be grand to be meaningful. I do love it when a man shows a hidden sentimental streak. Thank you for stopping to tell us about your boyfriend!

  3. >Carol L, thank you for sharing the story of your brother's thoughtfulness. It's hard enough to raise kids when there's someone else around to help. I can't imagine what it took to raise five on your own. I'm so glad he stepped in to give you a break. Hopefully he's still your guardian angel. My good wishes for you and your children in the future.

  4. >Maureen, I can totally see how a car starter would be a very special gift, especially in winter! Thank you for stopping by, and stay warm.

  5. >Ann, your book sounds awesome. I must purchase it.
    Yes, the little things are the most important, such as last Valentine's Day where I lost my date. Did I cry? No, I rejoiced because you see my youngest autistic son found another to dance with at the Sweetheart Dance for disabled, sponsored by the Ollie Webb Center.

    Omaha area.
    Janet Syas Nitsick,
    author of the Christianstoryteller.com Best of Year book, Seasons of the Soul – JanetSyasNitsick.com

  6. >I dated one of my first boyfriends at a point in our lives where neither of us had much financially, so there weren't any grand gestures…but I never doubted his affections, because he'd constantly (and very randomly) send me notes, emails, little hidden messages. Just little things to tell me he was thinking of me. He was cute, and I think a bigger sap than I was. 😀

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com
    California

  7. >Ann, Scottish Groom is definitely on my TRL. Love Highland stories.
    The one gift that was so special and will never be forgotten was years ago while raising 5 children by myself and never had an hour to myself had my brother coming over and handing me Airline tickets to Vegas and an envelope with money and an extra ticket for my neighbor and friend. Babysitters were supplied and he drove us to the airport the next day. I was so shocked and said I couldn't do it and he told me I had no choice. I went , had a ball and ended up staying 4 extra days due to an airline strike. lol It was the break I needed desperately. I may not have gotten away for years after that but I will never forget my wonderful brother's gift to me at a time I desperately needed a break. He died away to young but his love and generosity live in my heart always.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  8. >I would say the car starter my husband put in my car so it would be warmed up for me in the winter.
    Pennsylvania
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  9. >Hi Laura H! If you'd like to get the flavor of Her Scottish Groom, Monica graciously posted a link to the Excerpt page at my blog at the top of the post.

    Both getting and giving those 'just because' gifts and cards are terrific. They give boost to the giver and the recipient alike.

  10. >This is a new author for me. But I'm a sucker for Highlander romances so I'll be adding this book to my TBR pile.

    The most meaningful gift I've ever received is a dozen roses from my husband. What made it so special is that it wasn't our anniversary or my birthday, it was "Just because!"–at least that's what the card said!

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom
    Kansas

  11. >That makes perfect sense to me Nikki. My probably-future-son-in-law was born a couple days before St. Patrick's Day — it's a fun time for a birthday.

  12. >We had our son on Feb. 13, 6 years after we were married. I always considered that an unparalleled Valentine's gift. And 3 years later, on March 18, we had our daughter, a fantastic St. Patrick's Day gift. She was born exactly 10 years after our first date. Gifts are like beauty–they are in the eyes of the beholder/receiver. Does that make sense?

  13. >Memories are wonderful, Iamdiva, and I hope you have a chance to make more with someone special, but for now, don't let singleness get you down. I spent several Single Awareness Days myself before I met my sweetie. Meanwhile, thanks for telling us about your high school boyfriend!

  14. >Vonda, your hubby sounds like a keeper as well. That is a lovely memory, thank you for telling us about it!

  15. >Hi Chris M.! Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, I want to keep my honey around for awhile. 🙂 Your current boyfriend sounds outstanding too. Hope you both had a good time!

  16. >Pat, what a wonderful Valentine's Day gift! My father-in-law was a Valentine's Day baby too…I think being born on that day must give people something special.

  17. >Nancy, thank you for stopping by! I am very lucky to have kept my hubby for 25 years. I'm glad you have your shirt to remember your chihuahua — our pets give us their own kind of unconditional love.

  18. >Would you be DARK green with jealousy if I told you I have six?

    Totally dark green, Monica! LOL

  19. >Greetings, Anne! I never had the chance to be a foreign exchange student, so I'm envious. What country did you study in?

  20. >Hey Ann!
    Valentine's Day has always become Single Awareness Day every time it came around. Bad luck with guys all around. Your hubby sounds so sweet!
    Anyways, I did have one great V-Day and that was back in high school. The guy I dated at the time came to school with a bouquet of red roses (my favorite) and a box of chocolates. I carried them around all day with a smile on my face. We had dinner that night and while waiting for our table, we kissed in the rain like a scene right out of The Notebook. Ah, aren't memories wonderful?

  21. >Hi there and thank you for stopping by, April. I'm glad you've got somebody to feed your Santa-and-M&M habit! (Like I said, it's hard to resist a man bearing chocolate.)

  22. >Hello, Louisa! Wow, a still…yup, sounds like your fiance knew what you needed. There's nothing better than having big, fierce brute sround who only wants to love and protect us. But a dog is nice, too.

    Seriously, though, thank you for coming by and us about your fiance and Sasha.

  23. >June M., you sound like my daughter! All she needs for the perfect gift is a book from her TBR pile or a gift card.

    Thank you for taking the time to comment today!

  24. >Ann,

    What an appropriate question for the nearing holiday.

    During "our first Christmas" season, my husband's friend came to visit and brought his wife with him. The wife had made a beautiful hand-stitched quilt. I ooh'd and aah'd over that quilt like I'd never seen a quilt before in my life. (I loved it!) My husband surprised me with a gift of that quilt. Every time I look at it, I remember the love my husband revealed to me by recognizing my heart's desire and going out of his way to get it for me.
    -Vonda

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  25. >Another March anniversary! Mary, thank you so much for telling us about your wedding day. It's better than anything you'll read in a romance because it really happened to you. May you and your beloved share many more happy years together.

  26. >Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary, Alice. May it be the first of many happy years!

    That's quite a list — I think my favorite is going to clown school together. How different and fun!

  27. >Danielle, what a lovely gesture on your BF's part. It sounds like he knew the flowers would mean a lot to you and that's what counts, right?

  28. >Cindy L, my sincere sympathy for the loss of your sister. Your brother-in-law must have known how much you miss her. Thank you for sharing your story here.

  29. >Sheree, it sounds like you really loved (or maybe still do) your old car. Now I'm curious about what kind of car you drove. (I've always wanted a 60's Mustang myself.)

  30. >Stephanie, the claddagh ring from your grandmother may not be romantic, but it will always remind you of her and of your special trip together. Thank you for stopping by!

  31. >Hi there, Chris S. Thank you for telling us about your dad. I smiled too when I read your comment, since I am actually old enough to remember CBs! (Yikes!!)

  32. >Hi Ann!

    Your hubby does sound like a keeper! My current boyfriend knew that my previous boyfriend was supposed to take me to the Indie 500, but he ended up breaking up with me before we could go. To make up for me not getting to go with the previous boyfriend my current boyfriend took me because he knew how bad I wanted to go. I thought that was the sweetest thing in the world and it made me super happy!

    Chris Mead in Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  33. >June, I'm sorry to hear that you've suffered from blood clots in the past. I hope you're up and around now. How sweet that your family rallied around you. I could spend hours with good books, but the enforced bed rest doesn't sound pleasant at all.

  34. >BRNTerri, the things that make a gift meaningful are as individual as our DNA and life experiences. You go right ahead and enjoy your books and DVDs. I'm glad you stopped by to tell us about them!

  35. >Robin K, that is a really beautiful gesture. I hope you and your hubby are able to enjoy a happy and healthy family when the time is right.

  36. >Hello there, Jordan! If you've received a lot of meaningful gifts, I bet you're one of those special people who appreciates all the kindness of others. Clearly somebody cares enough to feed your book habit, since he or she gave you an ereader. That's pretty cool.

  37. >Thank you, Andrea. I'm excited about the release of Her Scottish Groom myself.

    Three stores AND he bought from a competitor — that is awesome. Good for him!

  38. >Hi, Ann and Monica,

    Our first Valentine's Day after we married brought a very special gift for both of us. Our first child was
    born at 3:22 AM on February 14, 1962.
    Every year our celebrations have
    centered on his birthday more than
    anything else!

    Pat Cochran

  39. >Anne,
    Your hubby sure does sound like a keeper! Having never dated and never had a "significant other" in my life, my most meaningful gift was from my mother who had a t-shirt custom air painted for me with a picture of our first little longcoat chihuahua. He was my heart and soul. I treasure that shirt, though Muffin is long gone.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  40. >Ann so glad you could make it in spite of the flu!! Being sick sucks!

    P.S. Monica, I am totally, hideously pea-green jealous because you have a sword.

    Would you be DARK green with jealousy if I told you I have six? I collect them. The DH knows not to bother with jewelry. Just buy me a sword and I'm happy. LOL

  41. >My parents gave me a set of luggage one year. My class mates laughed thinking it was a hint to get out. It was actually because I was chosen to be a foreign exchange student and needed it for the trip.

    acm05atjuno.com
    Illinois

  42. >Good evening everyone.I love the cover.This book sounds great..Hey love those Scotts. I think the most memorable gifts are Santas.I collect them.What a suprise when he gave me one,he always swears he will NEVER give me any.I also love M&M's,he always gets me at least one at Christmas.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com
    North Carolina

  43. >Karen H, gifts from our kids represent another invaluable form of love! Your crystal collection sounds beautiful. Cheers for your son and his wife for thinking of it.

    I wish I could take credit for the cover, but I didn't even see it till it was finished. Kensington did a wonderful job though and I absolutely love it.

  44. >Awww, catslady, your big softie of a hubby sounds pretty neat. It sounds a bit like my dad, who had a series of much-loved hunting dogs for years and swore he barely tolerated our cats. Ha! He's too old to hunt now, and only has cats, lol.

  45. >Hello Monica and Ann !!
    What lovely stories here!

    My most romantic gift was given to me on Halloween, believe it or not! My first year out of undergrad school I took a job in the small town where I attended college and where my fiance lived. I rented a house in the middle of NOWHERE on a dirt road with some rather dubious looking neighbors. (I eventually discovered a still in the woods behind this house if that gives you an idea!) On Halloween my fiance brought one of those large plastic pumpkins that kids use to collect their candy to me but inside was a puppy!! She was half German shepherd and half doberman and she was the cutest thing ever! He wanted me to have some company and some security out there in the sticks. Sasha grew to be a 100 pound sweetheart with a protective streak a mile wide. One of the best gifts I've ever received! I had her for seventeen years before she passed away.

    louisa@louisacornell.com

    Alabama

  46. >Thank you, Maria. Nice that the flute sounds like you have some good memories of your ex-boyfriend. How kind of you to tell us about it!

  47. >Love men in kilts!!

    My favorite gifts to receive are books or gift certificates for book stores/sellers. Everyone in my family is always joking about how much I read (always reading, hardly ever watch t.v.).

    June M. in KY
    hmanning@bellsouth.net

  48. >Hello, Monica! I'm not watching the game, I promise. We've been a little under the weather at our house this week and today was my turn. Cause I guess the universe loves me that much. :p

    I'd just like to say that I am having a blast reading all the comments! A big thank you to everyone who took the time to tell us about those small gestures that make our hearts beat faster.

    I'll be checking in and answering comments the rest of the afternoon and evening!

  49. >Artemis, thank you for sharing that lovely story about your wedding ring. My hubby & I didn't have our honeymoon till a few years after we married, either. Cancun sounds delightful today too. (It's snowing here again. Cancun sounds REALLY GOOD today, lol.)

    Congratulations on finding your very own Happy Ever After with a terrific guy!

  50. >Some of my best gifts came for my wedding,25 years come March. My second cousin, Frances, offered her church, saying Reverend McMurtry would be happy to marry a Catholic and Baptist in his Methodist Church. Then, my aunt gave me a hanky to tuck in a fold of her dress, the same given to her on her wedding day, from our Great-Grandmother. My father walked me down the isle of that little church and I wasn't mad he'd threatened my beloved with death if he ever hurt me. Our reception bill was paid by my grandparents, and a farmer cousin wrapped my new husband in a rope and kidnapped him for a couple hours of driving around town until he paid for some drinks. All these were gifts from people that can never be repaid. These are moments we never forget.

    You bring out the best in your readers, Ann, here and in your books. I'll need three.
    Mary wufslam at cox.net

  51. >Mary, I so glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for sharing your story in return! The necklace from your daughter sounds truly precious. And your hubby is just so darn cool for knowing so well what you like, too. Happy Birthday in advance!

  52. >LOL, Barbara! It's funny how romantic things like car parts and appliances can be when you really want or need them. That he did so to make your life better and safer is the important part. 🙂

  53. >Kudos to your hubby and you, Julie! Being a spouse is described as the toughest job in the military. Sounds like you've done an incredible job making a home everywhere you've been, but it's good he cares enough to give you both time with your extended family.

  54. >Tracey, I hope 2011 is better for you and your family! The trip your sweetheart planned sounds WONDERFUL indeed. Especially the housekeeper part, lol. Thank you for stopping by…even hearing about St. Martins is cheering when you're surrounded by snow.

  55. >Anonymous, thanks for taking the time to tell us about your hubby's thoughtfulness over Thanksgiving. I hope you and your hubby can have some holidays together this year!

  56. >GeishasMom73, how cool that your hubby picked up on something you mentioned in passing. And you even squeed, so he must have pushed a very good button. Thank you for taking time to tell us this story!

  57. >My hubby knows me oh-so-very well. Through the years we've been together (dated for three years, will be married a year March 13) gifts he's gotten me have included:

    a puppy
    going to clown school with me
    tickets to see Michael Buble
    engagement ring
    books
    yarn
    new laptop

    His favorite thing to do randomly is to come home from work and say "Hey! Do you want to go to BN? Let's get you a book!"

    <3

    Like I said, he knows me so well.

  58. >Attack of the Book, I know what you mean. My hubby was more romantic before we got married too. But then so was I. :p I think that's why I like dinners for two…it's a lot easier to remember why you feel in love when you don't have to referee or eat and run to that night's activity.

    Thank you so much for stopping by today! I love your handle by the way!

  59. >Hi ev! There may be worse things than a nephew in the jewelry business, but I get what you're saying.

    And yes, they do listen, they just don't always show it right away, lol.

  60. >lindalou, I've had dogs, cats, or dogs and cats most of my life. Not to mention a couple of gerbils, but rodents don't usually bring us gifts. Your comment reminded me of a quote from 'Garfield': "When a cat brings you a smelly dead thing, it's a sign of love!" Enjoy your furbabies and thank you for stopping by!

  61. >It might not seem unusual to most but one time my boyfriend had a dozen roses and a teddy bear sent to my moms house for me while I was there. Let me just say he hates buying flowers. He is totally against it so when they showed up I was totally surprised and so happy.

    iqb99@yahoo.com
    Florida

  62. >Virginia C, thank you for sharing your memories. I'm touched that you joined in the conversation here, but I'm so glad you did. Your sweetheart sounds like a wonderful man, and I'm sorry to hear that you lost him too soon. It's a good reminder to hold the ones you love close every day. Hugs.

  63. >Good afternoon, kris b! I don't have grandkids yet (and God willing I won't for a bit — my kids are still a bit young to have babies themselves) but you're grandson sounds delightful. And I think you can take some credit for your daughter being a good mom. 🙂 Who did she learn from, after all?

  64. >My brother in-law got me a Pandora Breast Cancer Bracelet in memory of my sister. It was so unexpected, because we don't exchange gifts…we usually just buy for the kids.

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

    New York

  65. >Practimom, that is a great story. I have some treasures like that from my kids as well. Is your pic framed or did you tuck into a special drawer or something?

  66. >For years when my family asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I'd ask for parts for my old car.

    ironss[at]gmail.com
    CA

  67. >My gift isn't romantic, but when I went to Ireland with my grandma to see my other family, she bought me a claddagh ring. I love it and what it symbolizes.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

    Florida

  68. >Hi Monica and Ann. Ann's story reminds me of 25 yrs ago when my sister and I first started to drive. My dad gave us each cans of fix a flat and portable mini CB radios to keep in the car in case we got stuck. It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

  69. >Hi everyone! Just popping in to see how things are going. I'm sure Ann will be here as soon as she can. I've emailed her again in case she didn't get my initial email. It seems computer woes have hit a number of the authors blogging with me for the event. Two of them had major computer crashes. Fortunately their work was backed up!

    There are some GREAT gifts here in the comments!! Keep the comments coming!

  70. >One year I was on bed rest due to blood clots in my leg. I was going crazy being bored to death. My entire family made sure that I always had plenty of new books on hand, since this has always been my favorite hobby. I would make up lists and they would supply the books for me. I think the books were the only thing that kept me from going insane!

    forgot my e-mail
    June in KY
    hmanning@bellsouth.net

  71. >One year I was on bed rest due to blood clots in my leg. I was going crazy being bored to death. My entire family made sure that I always had plenty of new books on hand, since this has always been my favorite hobby. I would make up lists and they would supply the books for me. I think the books were the only thing that kept me from going insane!

  72. >I must say that the only gifts I've received that make me go weak in the knees are books and a television series box sets of all the season of the show.Books are my main interest.

    brnterri at gmail dot com, Virginia resident

  73. >I wanted to start a family and my husband was not ready, so he bought me a figurine for a nursery that played baby melodies. I loved the thought and the promise behind it.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN USA

  74. >I've received a lot of meaningful gifts but I can't really pick out one as being the most special. I most enjoy my ereader, though, because I can take a ton of books everywhere.

    jbrink83 at hotmail dot com
    Arizona

  75. >Hi, Ann! Congrats on your upcoming release! It sounds delicious.

    One of the most romantic gestures my husband made for me was the day that Lisa Kleypas's DEVIL IN WINTER came out. I was sick at home with two little ones and my husband went to three places before he found it…late at night…and at his company's competitor. It made me so happy. 🙂

    ~Andrea
    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org
    Georgia

  76. >Well, after 2 ex-husbands, I can't remember any romantic gifts either. Maybe that's why they are both exes! LOL

    But, one of the nicest gifts I received was from my son and his wife. They gave me my first piece of Swarovski Crystal Miniature collectibles. I have 7 pieces now..and counting!

    BTW, Ann, the cover of your new book is beautiful. Haven't read your work, but I'll checking it out closer.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  77. >The most touching thing is when my husband brought home a kitten. We have had dogs who I loved dearly but because of something that happened in childhood, I always hoped to get a cat but he always said he was a dog person. I had seen a box of kittens being given away but I didn't take one although I did talk about them. That next day he went to the rescuse league and brought home a kitten. But it didn't end there. A mama cat came around a few years latter with kittens. They were ferals and we brought one in. Eventually I brought in 5 more over the years and started caring for outside ferals too. He is a total softy when it comes to all the cats (although he pretends he isn't lol).

  78. >Great post Ann!

    An unusual present that I received from a boyfriend was a flute. I had told him the story of how I had learned to play the flute while I was in grade school/junior high and that when I had stopped playing in the band, my parents had sold it because I didn't need it anymore but that I still thought about it and one day wanted to take it up again. He surprised me with a brand new flute. It was very touching and showed that he had really been paying attention to what I had been saying. We're not together anymore but every time that I see my flute – I remember him:)

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com
    US Resident

  79. >Morning everyone! I'm getting in here REALLY late. This book deadline has me scared witless, which is why I've been falling down on the job promoting the hell out of this event.

    I've emailed Ann, and I'm sure she'll be here as soon as she can. I'm not sure what time zone she's in.

    As for romantic gift, I'd have to say that was my Xena sword. I'm a huge Xena fan, and a few years back, I thought I was getting one of the seasons on DVD for Valentine's Day. I was ordered in the office and suddenly I heard the theme to Xena on the stereo and I was like, WOOT! I got the DVDs!

    So the family shouted for me to come out into the family room and I hurried in asking for the DVD box to see what shows were on it. I totally missed that the DH was holding something in front of him.

    The girls were laughing like crazy and I kept demanding to see the box. I was totally oblivious to the fact that he was holding a replica of the Xena broadsword in his hand. It took me at least a full minute before I realized my present was a sword.

    THAT was romantic because he got me a gift that he knew I'd loved. I've never forgotten that moment or some of the other presents he's given me.

  80. >My most meaningful gift would have to be my wedding ring. You see, it wasn't given to me on my wedding day and I didn't pick it out. I didn't get it until my 13th Wedding Anniversary. Due to circumstances I won't go into here, we didn't have a honeymoon.

    We had never been separated from our children and I happened to win a trip to Cancun, for two. So, we celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary, albeit late, there. He surprised me with the ring during a very romantic dinner.

    That is one trip I will never forget! BTW, we will be celebrating 31 years this year!

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  81. >Good morning Ann and Monica,

    I love this blog post, I think the sweetest gift I've ever gotten was a heart necklace from my daughter when she was in the 3rd grade. She went to the student store and asked how much the necklace was and asked her dad for the money and then with the help from her teacher, she wrapped it and gave it to me.

    My hubby Ken gave me a onyx and black hills gold heart shaped ring and a rose he had asked the florist to dye black. I love black onyx and black roses are just so darn cool. My birthday is feb. 17th so it was a combined gift that year, but so sweet.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada, USA

  82. >It will sounds so not romantic but we were living in E. Europe and had the smallest fridge/freezer combo known to man. My hubby went out and bought me a freezer (small compared to US standards but about three times the size of what was attached to my little Euro-fridge!) because he knew I was getting really sick of schlepping to the market every day, especially in the cold, dark winter weather! That freezer made my life sooooo much easier.

    The runner-up to the freezer was the snow tires he bought me (also while living in E. Europe…) They made me feel safer every time I was on the road in the winter which was about 6 months of the year — or so it seemed!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com
    Virginia

  83. >My husband is in the military, so we have lived all over the country while our families stayed put. He was gone a lot and when he was home, he liked to be home, not travel. So over the years the best gifts he gave me were trips together to see our families, or trips for our families to see us.

    Your book sound fantastic! Another to add to my TBR pile!

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com
    Arizona

  84. >After a very physical and emotional trying year (health issues, both personal and family), work issues, etc., my sweettie surprised me with a 2 week trip to St. Martin's..in a villa… with a chef… and a housekeeper!

    It was WONDERFUL!!

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com
    Maryland

  85. >Hubby is not much of a gift person–either giving or receiving. He shows his love through gestures. The most recent one was over Thanksgiving. My parents were visiting Orlando and hubby couldn't get time off work. So he commuted back and forth from Tampa to be with us.

  86. >My husband has always been good with grand gestures or expensive gifts. In a way those are very easy. The presents that touched me the most were the ones that came from left field. I grew up without alot of luxuries. Since we met he has tried to make up for that. I mentioned once that my cousins always got new things & I always received their hand-me-down clothes & toys. I must have told him about a particular toy I wanted as a kid and didn't get. He tracked one down for me online and gave it to me for my birthday! It meant so much to me that he wanted to erase the sad childhood memory. I will admit that I squeeled like a girl when I opened that present. LOL

    Stacie
    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    Illinois
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  87. >I am on my way to check out the book excerpt now.

    My husband was romantic BEFORE we got married, haha. Nowadays he claims he doesn't remember how. He once got me a three ft stuffed dog that I named Bartholomew. He put him in the passenger seat of the car so I'd find him there. We still have him!

    This past Christmas my kids bought me a purse that was "big enough to hold 3 books and your kindle mom". I love it!

    peep at attackofthebook dot com

  88. >Hubby is very good at the velvet covered box- for him it's easier, his nephew runs a very nice jewelery store. I call it cheating, but that's ok!! Since my b'day is only a couple days later, we try not to combine presents but I don't mind anymore.

    This year I got a backup camera for my Grand Cherokee. There were a couple of really bad blind spots and he knew that it bothered me. So now I can see. And in this winter it's been a blessing already! Once I got a gorgeous electric blanket- not because I was cold at night but because he knew I was dying of heat and put up with it because he was cold. Problem solved.

    Sometimes I don't think he listens then he surprises me.

  89. >I can't remember any romantic gifts that I've received (perhaps that's why I'm not married!) Does it count that my dogs bring me "gifts" all the time? They also show their unconditional love by interacting with me when I ask them to. Seeing the way they respond with wagging tales always makes my heart swell. Regardless, I love reading stories as you've described.
    Linda T.
    lindalou@cfl.rr.com
    Florida, USA

  90. >Hello, Ann! Your special someone sounds very special indeed : ) "Her Scottish Groom"–Lord Kieran Rossburn, the most tempting man in all of Scotland–sounds like a wonderful romance!

    My childhood sweetheart, and lifelong friend, passed away at the age of 37. We were friends for over thirty years, starting in the first grade. He was very funny, outgoing, and talented. I was a shy bookworm with long hair. His nicknames for us were “Salvatore and Cherilyn”, the real first names of “Sonny and Cher”. We always had a secret reference to “S & C” in our conversations, letters and gifts. Some were obvious, and some were harder to find, but there was always something! It might have been a bit from a song, a skit, a movie, even a costume. I miss my friend every day, and I cry every time I hear “I Got You Babe”. When the real Sonny died so tragically, and Cher poured her heart out at his eulogy, I sobbed along with her! I still have a silver ID bracelet that he gave me with my real name engraved on the top and “Cherilyn” engraved on the back. Priceless!

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  91. >good morning ann and monica!
    hmm on the subject of gifts I can't remember too many romantic ones but my favorite thing now days is my grandson;-) my daughter lets me spend alot of time with him and watching him play and grow is an awsome experience! and thanks god she is a capable mom and I get to just play grandma which is the best part! he is so adorable!
    I do have all the things my kids made me in school 🙂 they make me smile still when I see them! and I do love that nook my hubby got me for christmas 🙂 books whereever I go and I do love that!
    and men in kilts yep! love that too I might have time to go look up some books today! worked 12 hrs yesterday when was only supose to work 3 sooo no time! maybe today! before the super bowl but since it doesnt start till 6:30 I might have a chance!

    kris b indiana
    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  92. >Even though this is not romantic, but i would have to say when i went to pick up my oldest son ( few years ago) and he came running up to me with a picture he drew for me of us shopping at Food Lion. His detail was awesome because we had bought some potted flowers and he had both of us holding them in the picture. and of course, he wrote i love you mama on it. it is the most sweetest present ever and i still have it.

    Christy M
    practimom@yahoo.com
    NC