Thursday Thirteen - Nice Things To Do

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I was preparing a guest blog recently for a Thursday Thirteen spot on a fellow writer's website. I realized belatedly that she was looking for thirteen lines from my New Release, A Debt Paid In Passion. (Read the post at RomanceBeckons on Jan 30th.)

DebtPaidPassionNot one to waste good writing (I heard that snort), I decided to resurrect my own Thursday Thirteen posts--which I've been meaning to do anyway.

You can blame my husband for the topic. I said, “I need a Thursday Thirteen topic for a blog post.” Once I explained what that meant—we’re talking about someone who has a Facebook account but hasn’t even accepted my Friend request—he suggested, “Thirteen things a husband can do around the house so his wife can write.”

I think he wants to make me aware of his contribution. Apparently we're skipping the part where I did all that stuff, but with kids underfoot. I’m not saying I’m not grateful. I hate getting groceries so I’m thrilled that he's taken that over, but now that he knows that bathrooms don’t clean themselves, does he seriously think I did it for that many years because I liked it?

But I digress. He gave me the seeds of an idea for a blog post that is timely(ish) as Valentine's Day approacheth. These aren’t limited to things you can do for your romantic partner, but anyone who is special to you. And yes, he did provide some of the suggestions on this list. I’ll let you guess which ones:

  1. Make cookies
  2. Take them out for dinner and a movie
  3. Vacuum
  4. Pick some flowers
  5. Go for a walk together
  6. Write a heartfelt note, card or letter
  7. Wash the car (extra points for detailing the inside)
  8. Rub their feet
  9. Write a blog post for them
  10. Fill their gas tank when you use their car (kids walked in the room at this point)
  11. Put your spare change in the car ashtray (for the record, I never spend this change, but I get a lot of flack for not having any in there)
  12. Compliment them (MrC is a wonderful man with a fabulous sense of humor)
  13. Watch their kids

By the way, is it suggestively weird that I included the cover of my book, entitled A DEBT PAID IN PASSION, in a post about how much I owe my husband for all these nice things he's doing for me? How could I balance this out? Hmmm...

Back to business. I just realized I've been horribly remiss is advertising the stops of my blog tour for A Debt Paid In Passion. The giveaways have closed on some of these, but please click over to read more about the story if you enjoy behind the scenes info. You can also join my newsletter for a chance to win a signed copy and please check back for details on a  giveaway I'm hosting with fellow Canadian and fellow Presents Author, Jennifer Hayward. Provided Canada Post comes through for me, I'll have a limited edition, 2in1 of both our February books, signed by BOTH authors.

Meanwhile, here's where I've promoting A Debt Paid In Passion:

  1. Dec 23, 2013 - As The Pages Turn (Hero vs Hero)
  2. Dec 26, 2013 - RomCon Contemporary (I want to go to this conference!)
  3. Dec 30, 2013 - iHeartPresents (Also appearing here on Feb 7th)
  4. Jan 4, 2014 - Contemporary Romance Cafe (Topic: Struggle and Grovelling)
  5. Jan 7, 2014 - Ramblings From This Chick (exclusive excerpt)
  6. Jan 28, 2014 - Tote Bags N Blogs (Topic: Kicking It Old School)
  7. Jan 30, 2014 - Romance Beckons (Thursday Thirteen Lines - Sexy ones!)
  8. Feb 7, 2014 - iHeartPresents (Topic To Be Decided, but look for 2in1 Giveaway)
  9. Feb 18, 2014 - HarlequinJunkie (Q & A)
  10. Feb 18, 2014 - Canned Laughter and Coffee (Radio, 8:30 pm EST)
  11. Feb 19, 2014 - Vancouver Public Library (Free, but preregister. Details here)

Okay, wait. Once I guest post on Jen Hayward's site, I only need one more to make this a Thursday Thirteen. I really need to start thinking these things through.

Watch, by the way, for me to start using thirteen lines from my books. I'm shamelessly lazy.

Have a great day. I'll be back with my final #SampleSunday for this book on the weekend.