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Bethanne Strasser: So, there were moves involved…
After chatting with my sister about that one trip she took with the youth group in which she first became acquainted with her now-husband, she laughed saying, “we really hung out in different groups that trip! He didn’t start making his move until the pilgrimage to the last Mass.”
And that’s when I knew I had a topic for a blog! 😀
No matter what your background or where you hail from, in the dating ritual, there’s always a move involved. In Letters From Home, Zack made a move that was an immediate failure. The fact that this woman he had feelings for was about to be deployed and go overseas for entire year hit him—hard, right in the heart. But his efforts to see her before she left were thwarted by fate.
And she was gone.
So, he made another move. He began writing letters to her.
Let’s make a list! You add to it in the comments. Do you remember your significant other’s first move? Did you make the first move? What was it?
1) Ask for a smoke—okay, yes. I used this, even though now, I don’t recommend it—unless you’re a smoker. [okay, and if you’re a smoker, please quit! It’s too expensive!] In college, there was this way handsome guy who worked at the Student Union, and I so wanted to hang out with him. You can imagine the horrible disappointment when I found out about his engagement. But guess what? The following semester found him single again. I jumped on that wagon—with no regrets. 😉 Still got him, too.
2) Offer a helping hand—nothing more attractive than a guy who is helping a friend. Heck, he doesn’t even need to offer to help the love interest! He could come in on the sly and offer to help the best friend or the buddy.
3) Use a cheesy line—we’ve all heard them, in movies, in books, in jokes. How about the one, “Are you tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day.” Seriously, if the girl [or guy] sticks after a line like that, don’t ever let go!!
4) Sing—Lord help me, we’ve all seen Top Gun [okay, if you haven’t seen Top Gun, you need to watch Top Gun]. Maverick’s move in that movie is classic!! There hasn’t been a move like that since…well, ever.
5) Read—Let’s face it, Ladies. Sometimes a move is no move at all. Just a glimpse of a handsome fellow in the back corner of the library—in one of those comfy chairs—reading a book. And he makes you want to know…everything. What is he reading? Where is he from? You might think you need to make the first move, but he’s already done it…and then he lifts his eyes from the page, finds you staring, and smiles.
YOUR TURN!! Give me a move for a chance to win in the drawing.
Letters From Home | excerpt
Zack finally caught Lena’s gaze from across the table, and he lifted a brow as if to ask her, what is this?
Not that he didn’t enjoy spending time with the family. As a matter of fact, until the holidays had come around, there’d only been a few dinners since summer ended. School, work, and life had taken precedence.
Lena shrugged and a slight flush rose on her cheeks.
“Lena, you and me, at the pool table for a game.” When it looked like she might refuse, Zack stood and went around the table.
“I play winner.” Juan called out.
“Oh, no. I can’t. I stink at pool, Zack. You know very well how badly I play pool.”
“Come on. Smart girl like you should have no problem setting up a table and sinking a few balls. Practice, that’s all.” Zack tugged on Lena’s chair. He took her hand and was surprised to feel a slight tremble in it. He tightened his grip. “Relax, I’m not going to bite. It’s just a friendly game of billiards.”
She laughed, almost nervously. He let her hand go when they reached the little cove with a table in it. They were just hidden from view, enough to be able to talk privately, or make out. But that was just his imagination running away with him.
They both took a cue, and Zack set the table. Her silence put him on edge. Usually he knew what she was thinking, now he felt out-of-sorts. He’d asked her out on a date—hadn’t he?
She’d come with an entourage.
He looked up and found her waiting for him. He made the opening break and nodded to her. “Your turn.”
She stared at him with a blush rising on her cheeks. “Where do I start?”
He relaxed, smiled at her then studied the table, looking for her first move. “Over here,” he started and took her arm to guide her around to where the cue ball sat. “Go for the solids. You can hit the four in, no problem. Easy peasy.”
She stood behind her cue and leaned over the table.
“No. Not like that.” Zack moved in behind her.
The idea hadn’t started out as a ploy, but now that he was here, breathing in the delicious scent of her perfume, he enjoyed the heat of her against his skin where his arms met hers. They were hip to hip. He cupped her hand in his and rested the cue stick on top of it. She fit perfectly under his arm and against his body.
He cleared his throat as lust shot straight through his bones. “Ready?”
She turned her head and eyed him suspiciously. Her gaze fell to his lips for a fraction of a second, but she turned back to the table and took her shot. The light bracelets at her wrists chimed, and the purple ball rolled into the corner pocket. “Okay.” She grinned, turning into his space. His hands went to her shoulders where they met skin, supple and smooth.
“That wasn’t too hard at all,” she whispered. Her breath seemed caught in her throat, as if maybe, maybe she felt something too.
Letters From Home
- Bethanne Strasser
- Entangled Flirt
- ISBN: 9781622663835
An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning to meet the man who has turned her life upside down.
When Zack Benson watched his best friend’s sister Lena leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell her he loved her. So he sent her anonymous love letters. Now that she’s home, he realizes he’s made a tactical error. Lena has fallen for the man in those letters but still thinks of him as a brother. He has to convince her otherwise because if he succeeds, he’ll get the best Christmas present ever. But if he fails, he could lose her for good.
I strive to live my dreams.
A couple of years ago, my husband took that step and joined the Army. An accountant by trade and finally fed up with a life that aggravated and frustrated…always reaching for the almighty dollar, he came to me and said, what if I join the Army?
Sure! Please, join the Army. I want my happy husband back. 😀 I took my cue from him. Though writing has been a part of my life for a long time, my drive had settled in to an easy-going 55 mph. Not too fast, not too slow, with an occasional burst of speed to thrill me.
I write romance–suspense, contemporary, and an occasional paranormal. My stories are full of life, family, and love. I write a lot. I have a lot to share. I love stories that encompass the world. You can find me reading just about any genre of romance, but my favorites are fast-paced suspense, where life is on the line and love is the only saving grace. I want a book that makes my heart pound and my pulse race.
- Website: http://www.bethannestrasser.blogspot.com
- Blog: http://www.throughheartshapedglasses.com
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Bethanne_writes
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- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6094582.Bethanne_Strasser
Letters from Home Giveaway
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