A Little New Year’s Eve Romance – Guest Post Abbi Wilder

Abbi Wilder and D'Alba RT 2013 BooksigningI am SO happy to welcome a good friend to our blog today. Abbi Wilder and I go back a ways to the foundation of the now defunct RWA Women’s Fiction Chapter. To the left is a picture of Abbi and me from RT2013. So help me make Abbi feel welcome.


 I’d like to begin by thanking everyone at Everybody Needs a Little Romance for letting me heist a post today. It’s all about adding a little romance to life while learning about yourself.

About a month ago, I decided as part of my 2014 goals I wanted to do something for myself. I decided to go after a kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Romantic? Definitely.

But also a little scary and challenging for me. I’m at the two-year mark from when my husband left (divorce final about 6 months after that) but I haven’t really put myself out there. I’ve been socializing with some friends and neighbors but that’s about it. And I’m still fairly new to the area. I have friends who are helping me get out more.

Crazy Stupid Love

I’ve been blogging about my journey for just over two weeks now and it truly has been a learning experience for me.

What have I learned so far? 1) That I haven’t really been noticing people around me. I talk to people but I hadn’t really been noticing them. The former hockey player who sold me a shiny new pair of ice skates taught me that lesson. 🙂

2) I need to be more open-minded about guys. I used to go strictly by a first impression. Trying to give guys a second shot.

3) No matter how much I deny it, I’m on the verge of dating again. It wasn’t my intention when I started this journey, but I can see it happening. Don’t know if I should squeal or run away and hide over this revelation.

I went on my first outing yesterday – sort of a trial run for New Year’s Eve – and I had loads of fun. A friend and I enjoyed the local Christmas tree decoration celebration then went for some sushi. I’ve missed enjoying holiday festivities. And it was the first time I’d ever had sushi.

So, tell me: What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for yourself? Or maybe someone has done for you? Did you learn from the experience?

I’m giving away a copy of Megan Mulry’s In Love Again to one commenter. Claire, the InLoveAgainMulryheroine of the third book in the Unruly Royals series, is also on the path to finding romance again. I think whoever wins will truly enjoy the story.

Abbi Wilder


Abbi 🙂