Saturday, February 26, 2011

50 Followers! You Know What That Means...

Yes! Another book giveaway! I've got my author copies of A Ranger's Tale and one lucky duck will win a signed one, mailed straight to your doorstep. Of course, nothing in life is ever truly free.

So in honor of that thing they call romance, I want you to describe your perfect date right here in the comments section of this post. It could be a real-life or fictitious one, but describe exactly what encompasses a great night with your sweetie. Dinner and a movie? A walk on the beach? Counting stars while lying on a blanket in a field? Details, people! PG, of course.

This isn't a contest, just a random drawing, so don't worry about making the perfect "perfect date" post. I'll keep the drawing open until next Thursday, and then the magic hat will choose the victim winner!

And, please...don't describe your perfect date like this:



  1. Awww! She took mine!

  2. I forgot about that date. LOL

    My character doesn't really have a date with the hero, but during the spring festival dance she performs her flute with a new composition that touches the heart and souls of all who are there. Later she must dance with all kinds of noblemen who are trying to charm her. Envisions one of them, who has a huge nose, trying to kiss someone, ugh. Then in desperation, she goes for a walk to cool off and along comes the prince, charismatic and fabulous and they kiss beneath the stars. Not much better than that, since he's so wonderful.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

  3. OMG! I'll have to give that perfect date thing some thought, but whatever it is, I'll be sure to include a certain brain cell count requirement.

    Congrats on the 50 followers. I briefly hit that heady high a few days ago, then 2 old followers dropped off within a few hours of each other. Must have been doing some housekeeping of blogs they never bother visiting (I do that from time to time), but it really spooked me at the time, especially as I started the day so excited! *Sigh*

  4. P.S. Where do you want us to write about the perfect date? Direct in the comments here? Post on our own blog with a link in the comment here? On the back of a $20 bill? Details, please! :D

  5. Post right here in comments please :)

  6. Not to cop out, but I think A date would be perfect at this stage of life. It's tough with three kids!

  7. @ Benning: Thanks for hopping over!

    @J: No sweat--you've already won a signed copy and now that I have them in hand...I just need your address. :)

    @ Nancy: What a sweet, sweet scene! Thanks for entering!

    @ Botanist: If you build it, they will come. If you make cookies, they'll keep coming :)

  8. Mysti, I just keep doing what I do. If folks find anything of interest, they are most welcome to linger. If not, c'est la vie. Not a big cookie-baker, but I do do a mean curry :D

    Now, on to the date...

    This is real life, with my wife, years ago when we had time for such things. A stroll from our house to a lively pub up the road. Small, crowded, noisy, serves wonderful food. A few beers to set the mood. A table, one of only half a dozen or so next to the corner where a live band was due to play. Mouth-watering steak, bottle (or two) of Barolo, ringside seat when the band came on to thrash out 70's music. Stagger home.

    It's a toss-up between that and lying back on a summer evening, glass of wine in hand, counting satellites.

  9. Aww, this is all so sweet so I simply have to jump in an ruin it. BTW, Mysti, I love that movie!

    Now, the perfect date I will present is fictional and I haven't even written it yet. It's not even a date-date.
    My characters had been together for four years, but during the last few months had real problems which almost led to them breaking up. They both realized they wouldn't be able to live without each other, so they save their relationship just in time (during a death defying adventure).
    Once everything has cooled off and the group is somewhat healthy, they all go to a wooden tavern on the beach for drinks and fun.
    My two characters sneak out and walk together on the deserted beach, beneath the stars, holding hands. Then he proposes, ring and all. Of course she says yes and things might get spicy from then on ;)
    Excuse my twisted mind.

    And congrats on the followers Mysti! You go, girl!

  10. Botanist--What a fun date! And that second one is just Ahhhh...

    Steph--What a beautiful proposal! Is this from your series?

  11. Hmmm... the perfect date I am totally a boring date. I am happy with dinner and a movie and it doesn't have to be out and about it can be at home, minus the kids for the night "if possible", but its not a neccessity :)


  12. Ain't that the truth Brandy? Just a night alone is great!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Heather (MuseHeather)February 27, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I'm going to use a "date" that Nyree had with her "human" Caydan. In Nyree's home, a cave by the sea, Nyree heals Caydan from a grievous wound inflicted on his leg by the tree faerie Avon. One night, as he is healing, Nyree helps him to the shore, and they watch the waves and the stars. Not a word is said, but it is one of the most romantic, and wonderful, nights of both of their lives.

  14. Awww, Heather, how sweet is that? I love writing romantic scenes. It's challenging to get those emotions just right for that awwwww feeling. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Heather (MuseHeather)February 27, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Anything to have a chance to read more of your writing, Mysti <(^.^)>

  16. The perfect date? Emm...I'm tempted to say any where with Professor Brian Cox but the LSO might be a bit miffed! Seriously, a meal out with the LSO and then the cinema.

  17. Our oldest daughter was 9 months and old and we had never left her with anyone. A dear friend came over to babysit and my husband took me to our favorite Italian restaurant to celebrate our 4th anniversary.

    My darling husband who had longed for this night during all of our sleepless, walking-the-floor, new parent nights could NOT relax. He called home every 10 minutes. He worried himself to death over our little girl who was sleeping when we left and still sleeping when we returned. That he loved and worried about our baby that much made this "the perfect date night."

  18. Ellie, I'll have to look into this intriguing professor :)

    Yvonne--total romantic sweetness. Sounds like a great short story to me!


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