Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tamera Alexander GuestBlog: The Allure Of The Tongue

Tamera Alexander sent me "Rekindled," the first novel in her Fountain Creek Chronicles series, and I couldn't wait to tell everyone about it. It was wonderful, and inspirational, and, well, really quite sensual. But that's not really the right word to describe how Tamera tells the stories of people who fall in love, and work through emotions, including the ones that make the human body zing when "the right person comes along."

Her new novel is "Revealed," Book Two in the series. Tamera's an awful lot of fun to e-chat with, and she's got marvelous ideas about what today's Inspirational romance is all about. At least the kind she creates. So, Tamera, we Bellas say, "Buongiorno!"

Okay, so I’m a “Lovely Inspy Author” (as Michelle said yesterday, thereby establishing that I’m not a lusty wench, LOL!), which means I’m supposed to be sweet and kind and good and all that (insert choking sound here). But what Inspy Authors are probably most known for, in the romance genre anyway, is for keeping the love scenes chaste, right? Which makes me giggle because one of my first reader mails from a woman who read Rekindled (my first novel) said, “Your approach to love scenes is far, far more erotic than graphic details.....and very stirring...”

Which again proved to me that sex starts loooong before we enter a bedroom. It begins in the nuances of our conversations, in the ways a man and woman relate to each another and through what they say. Simply put—romance begins…with words.

Words have power. They have the awesome ability to build up, and they possess the formidable strength to tear down. All in one fell swoop. And it’s so easily done, really. We open our mouths and words just pour forth!

Spoken words are a powerful component to our relationships. They’re the crux upon which our relationships are founded. They’re how we communicate (obviously), and how we identify with and relate to each other. If you’re like me, you have certain conversations from your past that you treasure. You pull them out on occasion, dust them off, and “live” them again. Because words don’t die. They linger in who we are and in who we will become.

With words, we compliment. With words, we injure. We declare love, desire, affection. And then can express thoughts so hateful that after the words leave our tongues we wonder where on earth they came from, and why we ever gave them life. Words leave us breathless with laughter and give us a glimpse into how wonderful life can be.

Words whispered in the dark hush of night between two lovers are part of the thread with which their love is woven. And yet from these same two lovers can come words that wound to the heart of who they are. Sometimes we speak the words outright, but more often we wheedle sharp little slivers of truth into our conversations with such deftness and sincerity of tone that if someone didn’t know better, bless their hearts, they might think we were complimenting the other person—instead of plunging the dagger.

Some words, once penned, stand the test of time. We pour over the writer’s prose, appreciating the way they wrap themselves around our emotions. And we find comfort in how they express our deepest desires, our fears and longings—regardless of whether they were written hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Those words dried on paper have stood the test of time because they shed light—sometimes painfully, sometimes with a spark of lightness—on our common human plight. And many of these words penned, if you look closely, have to do with…love.

My newest release, Revealed, historical romance from Bethany House Publishers and Book Two in Fountain Creek Chronicles series, explores how spoken words can mend a broken life, or cripple it. And how words left unspoken can sometimes inflict a far deeper and more lasting wound than something said.

Words are powerful to change relationships. Words resonate within us. There are phrases I’ve read and heard that were instantly written inside me because they connected with my journey here.

Here are some of those phrases from books:

From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, on the subject of Love:

When love beckons to you, follow him. Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him. Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him. Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.

From The Singer by Calvin Miller:

To God obscenity is not uncovered flesh. It is exposed intention. Nakedness is just a state of heart. Was Adam any more unclothed when he discovered shame? Yes.

And here are some scenes/phrases from favorite movies:

From a scene in Casablanca:

Ilsa: With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.
Rick: Yeah, it's pretty bad timing. Where were you, say, ten years ago?

“Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me.”Runaway Bride

"I will love you my whole life. You and no other."Braveheart

Also from Braveheart: “Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take...our freedom!”

And there’s the scene from the 2005 release of Pride & Prejudice (swooning alert):

Mr. Darcy (culminating scene at the end of the movie and, as he delivered the words, you don’t get much sexier than this, gals):

You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

So my blogging question today, you lovely wordsome Bellas, is:

What are your favorite “romantic phrases” from books or “romantic scenes” from movies that still resonate inside you? That curled your toes when you first read or saw them, and that still warm your heart now? Do share!

And as a side note, are there unspoken words you need to speak to someone in your life? If yes, say them today!



amy kennedy said...

Oh Tamera, what a lovely, lovely blog. And then you asked the question and my brain said, "D'oh."

I'll have to come back with the words--I know I have them tucked away somewhere. I used to write them on my folder in high school--any phrase or line from a song that struck me.

Ooh, thought of one:
Katherine: I not only love Heathcliff, I am Heathcliff.

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Tamera!!
I read "Rekindled" and LOVED it. It was so beautifully written, it brought tears to my eyes. I am anxiously waiting for my copy of "Revealed" to come in the mail. :o)

When I read your question, the first movie line that came to my head was:

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

My favorite line from a book is from JR Ward "Lover Awakened", where Z tells Bella that he wasn't alive until she came to awaken him. Michelle, can you help me out with the words? You used them in a quote on RBTBook.

ev said...

good morning Bellas!! It's november and warm and the sun is shining- in upstate NY. What a great way to start the day!!

The first thing that came to mind is the line from a song that has become my mantra. I use it to sign off my emails and it pops up on my phnoe when I turn it on.

"Choose to Chance the Rapids and Dare to Dance the Tide." Corny, probably. But it has stuck with me for years.

Along with "Frankly, my Dear, I don't give a damn."

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Ev!! I have to say, though, I'm not feeling the love in you're last line... :P
"The River" is my fav Garth Brooks song. I don't think there is anything corny in it. I find it inspirational. :o)

Kati said...

Tamera - What an incredibly thoughtful and moving blog! I love it. I've never read anything by you, but Michelle is forever turning me on to new authors, which is one of the many reasons I adore her.

There are so many great scenes that stand out to me from romance. I quite simply adore the 2005 P&P, and the scene that begins with Mr. Darcy striding across the field with his great coat billowing behind him in the mist, well it ranks up there among my favorite scenes of all time.

My favorite romance scene of all time comes from A KINGDOM OF DREAMS by Judith McNaught. At the end of the book, the ero, who believes the heroine doesn't trust of love him (probably because she's spurned him in the strongest words possible), attempts to prove his love by allowing her family to try to murder him during some contests on the lists. She runs out to the lists and kneels in front of him offering him her love and allegiance. SIGH. It's just a lovely, touching scene. It brings tears to my eyes. I can't remember the dialogue, but I can picture it so clearly in my mind.

Monica Burns said...

What WONDERFUL blog Tamera. LOVED it

Favorite movie line that I fine romantic.

"I WILL find you" Last of the Mohicans

Favorite romantic line from a book

"Because," he said, "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you--especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you,--you'd forget me."


amy kennedy said...

Yikes--Monica, what book is that dialogue from? It's gorgeous.

I feel so much better that Marykate could not remember verbatim--and Julie, I love that scene with Z and Bella, I was sobbing.

Ev--LOL from me too, of course we know Rhett really did give a damn, right? Right?

Monica Burns said...

Hi's from Jane Eyre. Rochester just makes me swoon. LOL The idea of someone being that connected to me is toe curling. And since the DH has been out of town for three days now, I'm once again learning the appreciation factor. LOL


Angelina said...

Oh my God, Monica, I was going to quote Jane Eyre, too. The scene when she's leaving him after discovering that his insane wife is alive in the house:
"I am going, sir"
"You are leaving me?"
"You will not come? You will not be my comforter, my rescuer? My deep love, my wild woe, my frantic prayer are all nothing to you?"
What unutterable pathos was in his voice! How hard it was to reiterate firmly, "I am going." ...
He turned away; he threw himself on his face on the sofa. "Oh Jane! My hope--my love--my life!" broke in snguish from his lips. Then came a deep strong sob.

Tamara, I love, love, love this topic. I feel like my entire media collection is based on the procurement of the sensational romantic scene or line.

Some of my favorites:
1. In Sex in the City, when Carrie is trying to convince Aidan to be with her again and he bellows, at the top of his stairs, with his head thrown back, "You broke my heart!"
2. In Walk the Line, when a heavy-eyed Jaoquin Phoenix watches Reese Weatherspoon with want and anguish as she sings onstage. Then he just ... smiles, leans over into the microphone and asks, "Will you marry me?"
"Why don't we just sing the song, John."
"No, darlin'" ... "You got me all rev'd up. Now I've asked you 40 different ways and It's time you come up with a fresh answer."
3. In Laura Kinsale's "The Shadow and the Star," at the end of the book, when the gentile Leda is finally getting angry about Samuel's stoic reticence.
"... And I must say, it is certainly beneath feminine delicacy to have to continue to insist upon one's affection in such brazen terms!
"Is it? What if I want to hear it?"
She tucked her chin and blinked at his sudden intensity.
"What if I need to hear it?" he asked fiercely. "What if I need to wake up every goddamned morning of my life and hear you say you love me?" His voice began to grow louder. "What if that's all that means any f---ing thing to me?"
She drew in a scandalized breath. "That is a bad word, isn't it? This is the most indecent language!"
"So what?" he shouted. "What if I f---ing want it, Leda? Every morning! You love me. What if I want to hear it?
She stared at him. He was breathing hard, as if he'd been fighting. ... She pulled pins from her hair and coiled and tucked it into a semblance of order. "Well, then, sir." She sent a prim look back at him beneath her lashes. "To be sure, you shall hear it!"

Kati said...

Don't ya just love the scene with Z and Bella? Gosh. He's absolutely THUD worthy! Ames, I can't remember half of the dialogue I read, but I almost always remember the emotion with it. I'm half-way thinking that there is a scene from ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT between Anne and Jack that I want to talk about (not the chair scene, although I'd gladly talk about THAT all day!), but I'm in Chicago without my books, so I'm not able to pull it out of my head. I think that means I'm supposed to reread ATTN again! GRIN.

Mon - Would you believe I just saw Jane Eyre for the first time a few weeks ago? It was the one with William Hurt in it. I've never read it. I need to go get a copy! After all my preaching about Jane Austen, how could I have missed this?

Angelina said...

Tamera, please forgive me for misspelling your name. It's a serious no-no made worse by the fact that I'm an ex-newspaper reporter who spell checks and edits everything. Please envision my contrition.

Kati said...

Angelina - I'm going out this minute to find a copy of THE SHADOW AND THE STAR! I've never read it. I've only read one Kinsale that I ever enjoyed (she's one of the authors that's too intellectual for me, being the simpleton that I am). I really enjoyed FLOWERS FROM THE STORM, but I had to read it twice to really appreciate it. The one that was written in old english made my head ache! But I know there are lots of readers that adore it.

Monica Burns said...

Angelina, that's a terrific scene from JE that you quoted as well. LOVE that text!!

You and MK HAVE GOT to rent, buy, beg, borrow or steal a copy of the JE starring Samantha..hmm, forgot her name. No matter, Ciran Hinds is the reason to watch the movie. He's not all that good-looking, but by the end of the movie you are so deeply in love with the man because he IS Rochester and he plays the role with such passionate vigor. Johnny Depp's the only other actor I've seen capable of playing that role with such deep-seated passion and depth. I was so hooked on the man, I went and glommed all movies I could find of Hinds. I specifically bought the ROME DVDs from HBO because of him.

MK - You are GONNA love JE!! It's got a lot of narrative, but it's wonderful, gritty and REAL!


Tamera Alexander said...

Hey gals,

Loving your comments on your fav reads and movies and have made note of a couple of books I haven't read yet! Can't wait!

Amy, loved what you wrote about Heathcliff. So true and I love both the book and the movie. So many poignant scenes. Julie, I LOL at your quote from Dirty Dancing, remembering it well. And don't tell anyone, but I so enjoy that movie. I've always loved dancing, perhaps it's because I can't dance myself. ;) That was quite a scandalous movie when it released years ago. My daughter (19) was watching it the other day and I had to sit down and watch some of it again with her. The music is super! And Patrick is nice to watch too. Although I always think of the SNL spoof routine that he and Chris Farley did about the Chippendale dancers. Did you see that? Oh my word, so hysterical!

Ev, Gone with the Wind is a fav that I haven't watched in some time. And having been in Madison, GA last week (visiting my agent, Deidre Knight), I strolled back through history as we visited some of the gorgeous antebellum homes from that era. So lovely!!

MaryKate, I got so tickled when you mentioned the billowing coat in P&P. Oh I loved that!! The whole ambiance of that scene was superb! The mist, the music, knowing what was coming. And Kingdom of Dreams...on my TBR list now.

Monica, I almost listed that same line from Mohicans. Great movie, great emotion, breathtaking vistas! I watched that movie again a couple of weeks ago late one night when I was tucked away in a cabin in Grand Lake, CO, finishing Remembered (Book 3). Oh what a treat! I take 'romantic' movies with me when I get away to write like that. Such great inspiration and a nice way to unwind after a long day of intense writing.

Angelina, as soon as Walk the Line came out I bought it. I grew up in the South and my dad was a huge Cash fan so I loved it. Wasn't the love story so well done, too? The way Phoenix looked at Witherspoon, his eyes, the emotion he captured in a single glance...again, marvelous! And no biggie on the name. ;) I'll answer to most anything. But apparently not 'lusty wench'. ROFLOL!

Oh, and Jane Eyre. I loved the movie version with William Hurt and have added that to my netflix account just now. Need to see that again.

I'm loving this exchange, and it truly is amazing to me that when I read just the line or two from a movie or book that you gals have quoted, the entire feeling/mood sweeps back over me. Words are so powerful to create emotion, to bring to mind the heart of a meeting or situation.

I'm off to a lunch appt but will check back in later. Michelle, thanks again for this opportunity!

You Bellas are wonderful!

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Tamera-- I remember that SNL. Between you and me, I think that Farley won that hands down. Swayze's got the nice bod but it's all about the moves. What Farley lacked in technique he made up for in enthusiasm. :o)

I can't believe nobody has mentioned the most famous line uttered this millenium:

"You had me from hello."

I can't speak for anybody else but that line is the only reason I've seen Jerry Maguire as many times as I have. Well, that and "SHOW ME THE MONEY".

Angelina said...

Monica, I'll see your Ciran Hinds version of Jane Eyre and raise you a BBC version of a young pre-pre-pre-Bond Timothy Dalton playing Rochester. SO INCREDIBLE! She's running up the stairs away from him and he's screaming, "You will be mine! You will! You WILL!" Men in anguish slay me.

Mary Kate, simpletons generally don't use the word simpleton. Laura Kinsale ties with LaVyrle Spencer for my all-time favorite writer and the olde English gave ME a headache. To each her own. Try out "Uncertain Magic" and "The Hidden Heart."

Tamera, I spelled Joaquin and Witherspoon wrong also. "I fell into a burning ring of fire."

Kati said...

Oh! I just thought of the perfect scene! One of the most romantic ever! It's all the Joaquin talk (I can't believe he was the kid in Parenthood.) Let me see if I can find it, but it's from THE VILLAGE (movie from M. Night Shyamylan) where Lucius Hunt tells Ivy Walker of his feelings. Here it is:

Ivy Walker: When we are married, will you dance with me? I find dancing very agreeable.

Lucius is silent, staring aghast at Ivy.

Ivy: Why can you not say what is in your head?

Lucius Hunt: Why can you not stop saying what is in yours? Why must you lead, when I want to lead? If I want to dance I will ask you to dance. If I want to speak I will open my mouth and speak. Everyone is forever plaguing me to speak further. Why? What good is it to tell you you are in my every thought from the time I wake? What good can come from my saying that I sometimes cannot think clearly or do my work properly? What gain can rise of my telling you the only time I feel fear as others do is when I think of you in harm? That is why I am on this porch, Ivy Walker. I fear for your safety before all others. And yes, I will dance with you on our wedding night.

THUD. I literally was sobbing when I watched this scene the first time.

Tamera - I audibly heaved a sigh when I caught sight of Mr. Darcy striding acress the field. Then I got laughed at.

Julie in Ohio said...

MK, wasn't The Village a thriller type movie?
Who'd a thunk a scene like that could come from a scary movie. WOW!
I think I need to set up a Netflix account. I've been meaning to but haven't yet. Now after reading all of these great movie scenes, I feel like it's a must.

Kati said...

Jules - Well, The Village certainly had some tense moments, but it's nothing like his other movies. It is primarily a love story, and a terrific one at that! And Joaquin is swoonworthy in it!

Julie in Ohio said...

I better check it out then. Thanks, MK. :o)

amy kennedy said...

Angelina--I LOVED The Shadow and The Star--thank you for reminding me of that beautiful scene.

Mon, of course it was Jane Eyre--sheesh.

Tamera--that sketch with PS and CF will just pop in my brain for no good reason--but then my day is that much brighter.

Julie, I was gonna say that line--and I do love it, but I have such a problem with TC that it bleed into the movies he's done.

Angelina--isn't Timothy Dalton too pretty to be Rochester?

Monica Burns said...

Angelina, I've not seen the Dalton one, but, I've always enjoyed Dalton (except in the Bond movies, they just do nothing for me.) I remember TD from the Flash movie (ok so I'm dating myself here!) with all that great Queen music. He was so hot in those green tights, and I loved the gal who played his love interest. Daughter of Ming I think. Campy movie, but fun watching the studs. LOL


Julie in Ohio said...

I can't believe I nearly missed the ultimate romantic moment in a movie.

There wasn't any dialogue but there was a song playing in the background. The hero and heroine look into each others eyes while
sharing a plate of spaghetti. They glance away for a moment and watch Tony play the accordian while seranading them. Not realizing it they pick the same strand of sketti and end up kissing. She turns away embarrassed and he then gives her the last meatball.

*dreamy sigh* Be still my child-like heart.

Kati said...

Awww, Jules, I LOVE that movie! I was in Disney last week, and really, really enjoyed the LITTLE MERMAID show at MGM. As soon as I hear the music I start singing, "Shalalala kiss de giiirl."

Angelina said...

Monica, I have had a deep and emotional connection to the Flash movie for a long, long time, primarily based on my sincere lust for the wickedly-mustached man in green tights. And lo and behold, that man is Rochester. That is the beauty of film -- they can stay young and lust-worthy forever. Can we all give a "Hello!" to Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?

And Amy, yes, he's waaaaay too pretty. Completely interfered in my enjoyment of the movie (no it didn't).

Mary Kate, I loved that scene in the Village, especially when M. Night Shyamalan started pulling the camera off of them and onto the dark night when all you wanted -- ALL you wanted -- was to see the intensity of Joaquin's face when he said those incredible words. I watched that scene five times just to get a glimpse of the fire in his eyes. Good call!

Julie in Ohio said...

MK-- Don't you think Disney movies have the best soundtracks? :o)

IMHO, romance is romance. Whether you walk on two legs or four or have fins. It's all about the little animated hearts the float up when you spy your love. Don't tell me that hasn't happened to you guys?

Tamera Alexander said...

Julie, LOL at Farley's moves. Yes, he won hands down, just as his pants were doing the same. Oh my how funny that was. And that too-small shirt on him.

And yes to the line from JM from Cruise to Zellweger. Wonderful! Another romantic movie I love with Bonnie Hunt (who was in JM) is Return to Me. Have you seen that? Very well done. Has humor, angst, and tugs on those heartstrings.

Angelina, I'm thinking I misspelled them too. I'm so glad I've got gude editers. ;) And I'm going to check out the BBC version of Timothy Dalton. LOL at the burning ring of fire.

And MaryKate, I TOTALLY spaced that line from The Village. Wonderful! My Netflix queue is filling up fast! ;)

Julie, your comment about "Bella Notte" made me think of another Disney movie -- my fav, Beauty and the Beast. I love the following quote (talk about a hero in anguish, and then top that with the narrator's deep voice resonating at the beginning... you know the guy, the MASH doctor, Charles Winchester III)....
"The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?"

Who could ever learn to love a beast? A man in anguish, lost and lonely, filled with anger and yet yearning to be loved. But it took a heroine who could see beyond what he looked like on the outside, to the man within, then he was transformed because of her love.

Hey...I like that theme. LOL!

Valeen said...

ohhhh ... these are some great lines!

My favourite scene is from a Jude Deveraux novel - The Duchess, the hero is Trevelyan and of course, he's talking about his heroine, Claire.

"This desire you feel for this woman, how does it compare to what you've felt for other women?"
"Were all the women I have had and all the women I have wanted rolled into one, they would not equal my desire for her."


"I want her misery, too" he said softly.
"I want her bloody misery too," he shouted. "I want all of her. She -" He calmed.
"She what?"
"She takes away the loneliness. When I'm with her I'm not lonely."

"Yes, I love her. I love her mind, her body. I love her sense of humor. I love her thoughts. I love the way she thinks and what she says. ... I love her to the smell of her breath. ... I love her as I've never loved anyone or anything. Were she to love me in return, I'd give her whatever she wanted."

And that is my favourite scene. Its all one on page too. :) Bonus. Everytime I read that book, I read that page over and over again.

Tamera Alexander said...

Another very touching scene for me is one between Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility. The one at the end where he says: My heart is, and always will be, yours. that! and then how Emma Thompson just breaks down. LOL! Great movie!

And the following exchange is also wonderful (from S&S), showing how important it is to mingle the comedic with the touching with the romantic and the more sensual as the hero/heroine grow in their attraction and love for each other. Each of these emotions serve to deepen the others, thereby enriching the relationship, giving it texture and the final "ah....swoon" factor:

Elinor Dashwood: Margaret has always wanted to travel.

Edward Ferrars: I know. She's heading an expedition to China shortly. I'm to go as her servant. But only on the understanding that I am to be very badly treated.

Elinor Dashwood: What will your duties be?

Edward Ferrars: Sword fighting, obviously, administering rum and swabbing.

Elinor Dashwood: And which of these will take precedence?

Edward Ferrars: Swabbing, I imagine.

Love the exchanges between them. And the subtexting that oftentimes occurs in these movies we're discussing!

I LOVE subtexting and did a lot of that in Revealed, through sarcasm, saying one thing when you really mean another. That can be a very effective tool in character development too. And adds such a playful nuance to a relationship.


Tamera Alexander said...

Oh Valeen, I haven't read that book but love that quote!! Beautiful! And what woman wouldn't desire to be loved like that? Totally. Completely. Without measure. And unconditionally.


Playground Monitor said...

My favorite romantic moment is when my son proposed to his girlfriend. They'd met at dusk at the Earth Day Festival at college and three years later #1 son wanted to propose to her -- at dusk at the Earth Day Festival. Only problem was they weren't planning to have the Festival that year because no one wanted to run it. So #1 son joins the club that sponsored it, volunteered to head up the Festival committee and put the darned thing on.

His girlfriend had already graduated the semester before so he invited her to visit for the festival. When she got to his trailer, she saw a ring box on the coffee table and kept asking vague questions about what it was. He finally told her "If you absolutely have to look, then go ahead."

When she opened it, it was his class ring, which was our graduation present to him and had just arrived. They went on to the festival and at dusk they were listening to the band and he turned to her and said "I'm sorry I gave you such a hard time about that ring box. Maybe this will make it up to you."

With that he pulled out the engagement ring (and that's a story in itself -- the main stone was from her mother's first engagement ring that his future MIL gave #1 son when he asked for her daughter's hand in marriage) and proposed.

I never had a CLUE my son had a romantic bone in his body. But boy did he ever! The wedding was gorgeous and held in a restored art deco movie theater. The honeymoon was in Jamaica and they brought us back the cutest present -- she's 5 months old now and is cutting her first tooth and I'm going to get to spoil her again at Thanksgiving!


P.S. Thanks to all who visited our birthday bash yesterday. We had a great time and I had no idea a cyber party could be so tiring. I've been a lazy mess all day.

Tamera Alexander said...

Marilyn, what a fabulous story!! Your son sounds like a doll, and so thoughtful! Do you other "unattached" sons, by chance? I've got a daughter, ya know... ;)


Playground Monitor said...

#2 son is unattached but I think he has his eye on a young lady he went to college with. She is spending the semester in Copenhagen and he visited her there last month.


Tamera Alexander said...

Okay, Marilyn, break a mother's heart, whydoncha. I'll keep looking. ;)


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey Tamera and bella Bellas! Youz guys are KILLIN me!

These lines are awesome, and I have no idea how you can remember them and where to find them. I'm like MK, I remember emotional sequences, but not the words.

And, alas, alac, JulieO, I can't get to the Z and Bella line because I loaned out my copy of Lover Awakened and gave away my ARC in a contest. grrr.

Tamera, my husband and I always talk about the Patrick Swayze/Chris Farley Chippendales' dance-off. Classic!

Because you're always so supportivee, you've given me the strength to admit here and now: I never really got Jerry Maguire; I groaned at "you complete me." Does that mean I'm totally not romantic?

I do, however,, think Eleanor and Edward are marvelously romantic, and think her sobbing after he says that line is fabulous.

I love the fact that the lines everyone is mentioning run the gamut from simple and sweet, through moody and possessive, all the way to that great passage with all that f*ing and alpha displaced anger.

Marvelous how many different ways romance writers create to tug the old heartstrings, and how many of those appeal to us...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Tamera, talk more about the subtexting in "Revealed." Did your choice in that have anything to do with the fact that your heroine is the prostitute we met in "Rekindled," and the lines between them had to be drawn very clearly?

I'm so into knowing why authors make choices that, I think blend the author's psyche with the characters'.

Marilyn, what a story! Great souvenir, btw. :)

valeen, it's good to have you back around.

OK, I lose about the Jerry Mag thing, but I do adore Joaquin. Does that make me a better person in all of your eyes?

MsFlexie said...

OMG - can I just share two of my favorite movie phrases that are the ANTI-romantic/heartwarming type, but I love them anyway?

First is from MASTER AND COMMANDER... Captain Aubrey (I LOOOOOVE Russell Crow!) offers a toast during dinner: To our wives and mistresses ..... may they never meet! LOL

Then there's the hurrah speech by Shane Falco (played by Keanu Reeves): Pain Heals! Chicks dig Scars! Glory lives on forever!

Julie in Ohio said...

I found it! I found it!

"I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened."

Miss Michelle, what do you mean you gave your ARC away? I don't remember getting anything in the mail. I'll let this one pass as long as you remember me when Lover Revealed comes. :P

Julie in Ohio said...

I finally got my Amazon package. Yay, me!! I get to start reading Revealed tonight. I've been anxious for Annabelle and Matthew's story since finishing Rekindled. :o)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

msflexie? my gosh! So glad you're back, and WHAT a line! I remember it too. ARe you and I anti-romantic romantics?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Good work, JulieO! It's such a great quote. Yeah, I gave the ARC as part of the contest when JR Ward was here. I'm sure we'll run another for LR when she's here in March, the 7th I think.

Mon! I'm so glad you're hangin today. When do you find the time to watch TV?

angelina, Bella, you're ON today. Thanks for the great input. I've got to read that Kinsale now.

You know, it's pretty generous of Tamera to invite us to talk about authors other than herself today.

ev, some of the most romantic lines I've ever heard have come from country music. My husband and I danced to "Very first lasting love I've found" at our wedding.

ames, I'll bet there are some great romantic lines in those JD Robbs, no?

Monica Burns said...


No need to feel alone with Jerry M deal. I never have like TC and I always wonder about anyone who has a perpetual squint! *grin* The line "You had me..." would probably work for me if it were different actors and NOT in sports movie. Although Cuba G,Jr is a sweetheart!

As for TV...ummm, ummmm, well there's TIVO, and ummm, when I'm...when I'm supposed to be ...ummm writing

Mon <--dashing off the blog to avoid hearing appalled gasps (actually she's heading over to the couch to watch the season premiere of Medium) *evil grin*

Julie in Ohio said...

"My dearest Lillian. If I had the gift of poetry, I would shower you with sonnets. But words have always been difficult for me when my feelings are strongest. And there is one word in particular that I can't bring myself to say to you...'goodbye.' I couldn't bear the sight of you walking away from me. If you won't marry me for the sake of your own honor, then do it for the sake of everyone who would have to tolerate me otherwise. Marry me because I need someone who will help me to laugh at myself. Because someone has to teach me how to whistle. Marry me, Lillian...because I have the most irresistible fascination for your ears."

Tamera Alexander said...

LOL on the JM thread, Michelle. I'll admit, the first time I watched JM, I thought it was just okay. I don't know what happened but I caught again one night and watched it and really loved the love story. Go figure...

So did you at least like the "You had me at hello." ;) ???

Julie...I'll look forward to hearing from you once you've finished Revealed! :) Thanks for looking forward to M&A's story. And LOL at that "irresitible fasctination for your ears."

msflexie and Michelle, I giggled at the anti-romantic romantic comment. I'm so glad there are differences among us, and so many books and movies to meet those individual needs! :)

About subtexting, Michelle...
I didn't plan to subtext or have a sarcastic thread between Matthew and Annabelle. It just developed due to their personalities, and contrasting views. But was quite different from Rekindled so was a nice switch in the writing.

One thing that was funny...after reading the galleys of Revealed, my husband (who has read both books) said that so often he could "hear" my voice in the sarcastic retorts. Which I took great offense at because I'm Southern and we're supposed to be sweet gals, right? ;)


MsFlexie said...

LOL MIchelle,

We must be! I never remember romantic lines, just overall movies, but I can think of a million lines from sports/guy movies... like Top Gun, The Godfather, Slapshot... I can practically speak entire scenes from those movies *LOL*

Yes, and I didn't care for Jerry Maguire either. Try as I might, I find no sex appeal in Tom Cruise, so he doesn't do it for me as a leading man in a movie, and the only line I remember from that movie... of course... is CGJ's Show Me The Money! LOL

I was trying to think of why I'm such an un-romantic romantic, and I realized that my favorite kind of men are MAN'S MAN, MANLY MAN, confident-bordering on bad boy arrogance ... the kind who'd never utter mushy words, but would express all of their love and loyalty with their actions (in and out of the bed) and unspoken emotions/posessiveness! Uber-sensitive, poetic souls never made my knees weak... but that's just me LOL!

amy kennedy said...

Michelle--there has to be some great lines in JD Robb's In Death series--but I can't think of any--only what MK calls the emotional sense. Hmmm.

However in High Five (Janet Evanovich) The Hero says, "Nice dress. Take it off."

That's pretty romantic.

ev said...

Michelle- Our song is "the Dance" by Garth Brooks. I think it says it all for us. We just went to a friends wedding and I asked the DJ to play it for us- it was also our 9th anniversary. He did alright, and made a big production of it. My hubby hates the spotlight.

Julie- I love Lady and the Tramp. I think it is one of my favorites, next to Cinderella.

Amy- I do believe that was Ranger. He just makes my heart pound. And there have to be lines in the JD Robb books. Roarke is just so romantic.

robynl said...

“Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me.” –Runaway Bride

This does it for me; need I say more. romantic.

Kati said...

Ames - One of my alltime favorite In Death scenes is from Witness in Death, Eve goes to a lot of trouble to prepare dinner for Roarke as a surprise, and it just shocks him. It's a lovely scene, and for me a nice payoff because like a lot of readers, I think he's much better to her than she is to him.

The end result of the scene was some extremely hot sex, which you know, was nice. ;0P

ev said...

marykate- Is there sex in one of those books that ISN'T hot?? ;)

Tamera Alexander said...

Just popping back in to say thanks for all the comments yesterday. My Netflix queue is loaded and my TBR stack heightened. Was great to be with you lovely bellas! And thanks, Michelle, for the opportunity to share. I appreciate you!


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness - 51 comments. But I just had to add that this was an awesome post. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I know I'm late! I just had to add that my favorite is the one from "The Last of the Mohicans" also. "Stay alive no matter what occurs, I will find you"...sigh...

Tamera Alexander said...

Kathy, thanks so much! And Vicki, I so agree! Under the waterfall, so compelling! ;)

Hugs all,