Romancing the Hop Blog Hop: My Favorite Romantic Gestures and Giveaway!

From August 31st to September 3rd, I’m happy to have readers hopping to my website to find out my favorite romantic gestures as well as to win one of my ebooks in a giveaway.

Justin Richardson and Shelbi Arrington from Cooking Up Love.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. I love watching classic love stories such as Casablanca, Stormy Weather, and My Fair Lady as well as newer movies such as Love and Basketball, The Notebook and You’ve Got Mail.  Romantic gestures from the heart have always made me smile. I’ve had quite a few over the years that have always stood out.  Picnics in the park, a song written for me, watching the stars fall in the night sky on the beach, a gift for no reason or an airplane ride (he was flying the plane). The most recent is when my husband gave me four rose bushes for Valentine’s Day and planted them for me. They bloom beautifully every year. In my latest novel, The Game of Seduction, the hero Rasheed Vincent is a playboy who has fallen hard for the heroine, Dr. Bria Arrington. He shows his romantic side by taking her ice-skating, even though he doesn’t know how and cooks dinner for her on a rainy night instead of going out to eat. He does something else, but you’ll have to read the book to find out. In my first novel, Cooking Up Love, the hero, Justin Richardson, flies to Las Vegas to surprise the heroine, Shelbi Arrington, who is there for a conference.

My giveaway information: This is an international ebook giveaway

1. In the comment section, tell me your favorite romantic gesture that someone did for you. Your comment is the entry for the giveaway. Entries must be submitted before 11:59 pm on September 3rd.

2. At the end of the hop, I’ll put everyone’s name into to select the winner.

3. On September 4th, I’ll announce the winner on my website and will send an email as well. The winner will have the choice of one of my ebooks. You can read the blurb for both books below. Good luck readers.


When Shelbi Arrington accepts a position as a food critic in the hopes of burying her medical career and foregoing her residency, the last thing she’s searching for is love. However, that’s just what the doctor ordered especially when she lays eyes on the handsome chef, Justin Richardson. While sorting out her secret conflict of continuing her medical career, she falls for his mouthwatering charm, leaving her hungry for anything he has to offer.

Justin is leery of doctors because a doctor’s negligence caused his mother’s death when he was twelve. He has put his focus and energy into his restaurant, which had been a dream he and his mother shared. Justin is immediately smitten by the cute, sassy food critic that has him cooking up different ways to please her appetite. But when things start to heat up, Shelbi learns of a shocking revelation that could extinguish the flame of their relationship. Will Justin be able to forget his pain and commit to the woman who has stolen his heart?

Cooking Up Love is the first book in the Arrington Family Series.

Chapter 1  Buy Links: Amazon  Amazon UK  Barnes and Noble  All Romance eBooks  Smashwords  Print Edition           Diesel eBook Store   Sony ereader Bookstore

Dr. Bria Arrington has had her heart broken by one bad boy playboy and doesn’t want to travel down that road again. However, she finds herself attracted to her best friend, self-proclaimed bachelor, Rasheed Vincent. After a passionate kiss leaves them desiring more, seducing each other is the only cure.

A retired basketball player, Rasheed is a player on and off the court. When a woman gets too close, he bounces to the next one. But the condition he’s in makes him want a permanent dose of Bria’s love, and he’s ready for the shot. She knows falling in love with Rasheed is a prescription for trouble, yet she is willing to risk it. But can she trust him with her heart?

The Game of Seduction is the second book in the Arrington Family Series.

Chapter 1 Buy Links:  Amazon  Amazon UK   Barnes and Noble    Smashwords     All Romance eBooks


The Romancing the Hop Blog Hop has THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times.

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (pic is below)

Here’s the link for the full list of participating blogs:

Happy Hopping!

60 thoughts on “Romancing the Hop Blog Hop: My Favorite Romantic Gestures and Giveaway!

  1. i got a very nice surprise several years ago. i was dating someone back in 09 and at that time it was long distance him being in Scotland and i in Canada. now i had taken a vacation to London England and i was surprised by my boy friend who came down to join me for that vacation

  2. I arrived for a long weekend visit – and he had bought yoghurt, cream and graham crackers (none of which he ever eats ) for me so I would have something to snack on. Yep – we ewre married not long after

    thanks for participating in the hop

  3. My husband made sure my mother’s breakfast was ready for her after I gave her her bath every morning…. He’s a sweetheart.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com
    Michelle Bledsoe

  4. Great post! I love when my hubby writes me poems, just out of the blue. My favorite one is from 3 years ago called the 11th mile, talking about how we met, fell in love and have stayed together despite everyone’s doubts. Next month marks wedding anniversary 15. 🙂
    Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win.

  5. One of the most romantic moments of my life…
    I live in the Kansas City area, and at Christmastime, we’re very well known for our Plaza lights. It was snowing, and my boyfriend and I had just had a wonderful dinner. We were walking on the Plaza, and he said, “How about a carriage ride?” Um, in the snow?! How romantic! Absolutely!!! We were enjoying the lights and the snow, when he puts his arms around me and starts reciting to me my absolute favorite poem by memory! Then he tells me how much I mean to him, and how life is a journey to find the person you’re meant to be with. After he gives me a kiss, he opens a box, and inside is a BEAUTIFUL 3 carat diamond journey pendant! Not only was the carriage ride and poetry more than enough, he took it one step further and gave me a gift I’ll always wear near my heart 🙂 *sigh* Such a wonderful memory 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  6. My favorite romantic thing that someone has done for me is when I take a shower, my boyfriend always washes my back for me. 🙂 It’s so small and simple a task, but I love it so much! Thank you for the giveaway!


  7. My husband remembered the house keys the morning we left to go get married. I was a little scattered that day (!) and somehow that one act let me know I wasn’t going to need to do it ALL.

  8. My hubby gave me pearls for a wedding gift after he heard me asking a friend if I could borrow hers. He gave them to me right before pictures and I have a beautiful collage of that moment hanging on my wall. I wear them every year on our anniversary and some day I will give them to our daughter on her wedding day. Thank you for the giveaway.

  9. When we were dating, my now husband once met me at my parent’s house with a dozen roses in mixed colors and an album (yes, the vinyl kind) of the Oak Ridge Boys that I had been wanting. It was for no particular occasion, other than he wanted to, and I came home from college for the weekend. It was so sweet, and I took both back to college with me on Sunday!


  10. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

    My husband while on a cross country trip with his family (we were dating at that time) made them stop in several small towns so he could get me a coffee cup from each of them cause he knew I collected different coffee cups. I still have those cups to this day and we’ve been married for 22 years.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  11. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA’s, the love. I love it all!

  12. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  13. Love to read romance books because I like to know that at least someone is getting an HEA, even if the characters are only fiction! Thanks for joining the hop and the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  14. I came home from a super crappy day at work and the hubby had dinner made and a massage waiting for desert. Great giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

    • Nice site — the books look fun. My favorite romantic gesture was when my husband and I were dating (he passed away in 2001 unfortunately) and he came over to apologize for an argument we had with a record album (this was before iPods and CDs) that was neatly wrapped and had a rose from his mom’s garden attached to it.

  15. The most romantic gesture I have ever received was when my husband had our house professionally cleaned before bringing our 5th son and me home from the hospital after his birth. He was born 1 week before Christmas and our house looked amazing. I got to rest and concentrate on our family and our new edition. I loved it.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  16. The most romantic thing my current partner has done for me was giving me my first kiss from a woman. It was a wonderful experience and made me realise I love her very much.

  17. Thank you for the great giveaway great post I love romance in books my favorite! What a fun blog hop!

  18. When my husband and I had only been dating a few weeks, I had to travel across the Pacific, and when I came home, I expected to take the subway home and sleep off my jet lag. Instead, he met me at the airport with flowers and kisses and took me home because he missed me so much.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  19. When my fiance shows interest in the romance books I am reading and takes time out to read after I am done and then we discuss about the book…


  20. one of my favorite romantic gestures that someone did for me is to get me surprise gifts and give me my first kiss on valentine’s day. I’ll never forget it. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

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