Tuesday, January 26, 2016

7 WAYS TO KEEP THE ROMANCE ALIVE


I’m a romance author, so people kind of assume I know how to keep the magic alive, but if I had to wave around credentials I think I’d go with this: My husband and I can’t keep our hands off each other. Oh, and we have six kids. (I realize the two things are slightly related, but stay with me here. Besides, the kids were all planned, except maybe that last one who surprised us after I was surgically sterilized.) ANYWAY, if you want to keep the fire burning – especially if you’ve been staring at the same person for a few years – here are some ways to make it happen.

1.     Socks. Nothing fancy…just clean. And in the drawer where they can be found at the ass-crack of why-must-I-be-up-this-early, because that’s nicer than making your loved one hunt behind the sofa or wherever your clean laundry ends up. (If this isn’t a familiar problem, then my kids are clearly more creative than yours)

2.     Switch things up the next time s/he walks through the door. Don’t mention the kids or the laundry or ask what that thing on the floor is. Don’t even talk. Just kick a path to the bedroom, remove just enough clothing to get to the good parts, and hope the wall will hold. Need you now is HOT.

3.     Remember the sock drawer? Drop a couple of his or her favorite candy bars in there. I mean, is there anything better than digging for a sock and coming up with chocolate? I didn’t think so.

4.     Clean dishes. Seriously, this cannot be said enough.

5.     Step away from the devices. You’ll survive it. I promise. If you don’t have a beach handy, climb a mountain together. Walk around the block. Get a couple bug bites. While naked. Forget telling the world about it…make it YOURS.

6.     Talk dirty. Send filthy texts when you can’t be together (not to be confused with putting down the devices when you are) and make good on all those wicked promises the first chance you get.

7.       Stare. Take a good hard look at that person who rocks your world and appreciate that they’re yours. And then love them with everything you have, because they put up with your awesome self, and they deserve it. (That, and the chocolate are both very much deserved.)
Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. To learn more, visit http://sarahballance.com.

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Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister's wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got "serial dater" written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He's got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.

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