Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tour: An Unexpected Bride by Shadonna Richards (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I'd like to give a warm welcome to Shadonna Richards, joining us today on her blog tour for An Unexpected Bride

TOP 5 Romantic Ways to Say “I Love You” Without Saying a Word

Hi, everyone!
I’m Shadonna, author of An Unexpected Bride, a romantic comedy about Emma Wiggins who is about to marry her heart-stopping, gorgeous boss, CEO Evan Fletcher in seven days. Only he doesn’t know about it yet!

Since An Unexpected Bride centers around the theme of love and companionship, I thought I’d compile a list some of the most romantic ways to say I love you without actually saying a word. You know what they say about love being an action word and it’s the little thoughtful things that really make a heart smile .  Check this list out (it’s in no particular order):

  1. A nice warm hug or passionate kiss for your special person for no particular reason except that you appreciate their presence in your life.
  2. Saying a special prayer for him/her  
  3. Leaving a few notes around the house listing something sweet you love about them. (I remember once, my hubby left an “I Love You” note over the sink after surprising me by washing all the dishes—and there was a lot! Later he explained that I do more than my share and always with joy but I do need a break. Oh, I will forever cherish that moment.)  
  4. Let them know that you always remember the good things they’ve done or their good attributes. We tend to lean towards little annoyances and bring them up from the past too often. How about smiling on the good experiences instead. 
  5. Surprise them by playing their favorite music or movie when they arrive home from work.

Hope you enjoyed the list as much as I enjoyed compiling it. I thought I’d also leave you with a synopsis of An Unexpected Bride. Enjoy.

Desperate to fulfill her ailing grandfather’s last wish to see her settle down and get married, Emma Wiggins, a 30-year-old, career-focused executive tells him a little white lie on his deathbed that she is in fact engaged--to her boss, deliciously handsome and emotionally unavailable, Evan Fletcher.
The situation takes an unexpected turn when her grandfather's condition improves slightly and to her shock, he goes ahead and arranges a wedding ceremony at his hospital bedside before he passes on. Now, all Emma has to do is convince unsuspecting, commitment-phobic Evan to tie the knot with her in seven days. Can love blossom in the most unlikely situation?

To find out more about An Unexpected Bride and Shadonna visit her at her Blog or connect with her on Twitter!

Shadonna is giving away one digital copy of her novel An Unexpected Bride to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required. Good Luck! 

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  1. This was a great list, Shadonna! I'm lucky enough to say that my husband tends to do all these things and more and it definitely makes me feel loved and appreciated. An Unexpected Bride sounds like a great read and I'll definitely be adding it to my reading list. :)

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

  2. Thanks, Wendy! I'm glad you enjoyed the list. Your husband sounds like a wonderful guy. Hope you enjoy reading An Unexpected Bride. :-)
    All the best,

  3. Good post! An Unexpected Bride sounds like a fun read!

  4. Enjoyed reading the post.This sounds like a great book.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book.

  6. I firmly believe that actions speak louder than words. I know of a person who just pays lip service by saying "I love you" & thinks that that is enough. It's those things we do for our loved ones that really shows how much we treasure them.
    I do love being hugged tho :)

  7. Sometimes I think people say "I love you" without really knowing what it's really about, much less actually mean it. Doing nice things to show that you were thinking about them (i.e. washing the dishes without being told or asked to do it - that was so cute) can come to mean a lot more. Your book sounds like a fun read. I like the idea of the heroine trying to do something nice for her dying grandfather only to have her "meant well" intentions turn into something ... more.

  8. Shadonna, you are a new to me author (thank you again, RBTW!) and I love books about brides - especially unexpected ones! I married my husband just 6 weeks after our first date, and we're celebrating our 25th anniversary next month, so I have a soft spot for quick romances - well, the appearance of one, anyway, in the book's case, lol!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson

  9. Sounds like a fun read! Thank you for the contest!

  10. Always on the lookout for new authors and this book sounds like a great read!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  11. What a great list! So timely with Valentine's Day around the corner. It's definitely important to say I love you either out loud or with meaningful gestures.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  12. Wow! Thanks so much for your wonderful responses to my special guest post on saying "I love you" in different ways Latanya, Maria, Elaing8, Tore, Linda, MWilson, Gena Robertson, Vamped Chik,and Cherthib.

    @ Gena Robertson - Congratulations on your 25th anniversary next month!! Wow, that's so romantic to be married six weeks after your first date. That's the power of true love!

    Best of luck to everyone participating in the giveaway!

    Hope you all enjoy a nice evening!
    Shadonna :-)

  13. This book sounds really good! Thank you for the chance to win =)


  14. Great list! I would love to read An Unexpected Bride!

  15. Sounds like a good and fun read. Thank you for this giveaway.
    :) Jeanne

  16. The book looks great. Can't wait to read it!

  17. LOVE the list, FUN premise...BEAUTIFUL dress!

  18. I love your list. This sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it.


  19. Sounds like a book I'd really like. Can't wait to read it.

    Heather E

  20. What an amazing premise! It sounds fantastic and I would love to read it! I agree with you, a warm hug and thoughtful notes are a great way to make someone feel loved and cared about :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway! crossing my fingers and toes ;-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. Who wouldn't love a hug or a little note? We all do. I think it's so sweet and sometimes my girls do that for me. The book sounds really good.

    mary_reiss @

  22. lies can get you in trouble. rlrlaney at yahoo com


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