Non-Traditional Romance – A Guest Post by Candice Gilmer

  Hi all! Cynthia D’Alba here. I’m thrilled to welcome Candice Gilmer to our little home on the web.  She’s one of my fellow Samhain authors! I love her character name and his job! I can’t wait to read this book. Take it away, Candice!

Hi, my name is Candice Gilmer. First off, I would like to thank ENALR for letting me take over guest post today at the blog.

I write romance novels usually to the tune of children’s television programs, because, not only am I a writer, but a stay-at-home mommy. It takes a great deal of focus to write through Bubble Guppies and Dora, let me tell you. I also work evenings and weekends as a hairdresser and sell Avon. I LOVE their body care stuff… it smells sooooo good. Probably part of the reason my lead, Roark, in my latest book, Under His Nose, makes UnderHisNose Gilmerperfumes. I love pretty smelling things.

At least if I don’t have to water them. (Can we say black thumb?)

To say I’m busy is a bit of an understatement. So often, I’m usually doing any number of things–laundry, dishes, cleaning, and making sure my kids don’t blow up the house–as any stay-at-home mommy will attest to.

When it comes to romance, I don’t get a lot of the traditional stuff. Flowers, chocolates, candle-lit massages? Nope, not here.

Romance is done a little different here.

Believe it or not, my husband is rather romantic, but in the small, simple ways, that usually wind up driving straight into my heart, much more than bringing me flowers or chocolate and coffee. (Though I am a writer–chocolate and coffee is almost its own food fuel group.)

The romance that I get, is the little things.

Like my husband telling me “I got the kids. Go lock yourself in the bedroom and write.”

Or him taking the kids to the park, or even out in the yard to play, giving me an hour to just be alone. That is awesome. That is one of those amazing things that he does.

It’s small, and might even seem very unromantic, but for me, always going a mile a minute, to have an hour by myself is an amazing gift.

He also is willing to give the kids their baths, make dinner, even do a little laundry if I’m overwhelmed or not feeling well.

He calls it being a team player.

I look at it as much more than that. It touches me that he’s willing to do those things without prompting. How many men would do that?

To me, when he takes over my responsibilities for me that is the ultimate romantic gift.

What’s your ultimate romantic gift? Leave a comment, and be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.

Here’s a little more about my book which comes out July 9, 2013 

Under His Nose, by Candice Gilmer

All it takes is faith, trust, and fairy dust. A swift kick never hurts, either.

Guys and Godmothers, Book 1

 Christy is due for retirement from her fairy godmother gig, but she agrees to take one last case. Helping Roark Turner find his perfect girl shouldn’t be much of a challenge—after all, she is a veteran fairy godmother.

What makes this case interesting? She must use as little magic as possible to bring Roark his much-desired Happily Ever After.

Roark’s perfect match is his best friend Stephanie Bowers. It should be simple to bring two people together who have been best friends since kindergarten, and let their free will take its course. It probably would have been, too, if Cupid hadn’t started shooting arrows into Roark, forcing the mortal to fall in love.

Now Christy must use every skill at her command—just not her magic—to thwart Cupid’s meddling and get Roark and Stephanie together without changing their free will or ruining her perfect record. Or she’ll never get her own Happily Ever After.

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