Romance Awareness Month

Did you know that August is Romance Awareness Month? It’s true! A whole month dedicated to the observance and celebration of romance, and how important it is to our relationships with our significant others.

So take every one of August’s thirty-one days to let your loved one know how important he or she is to your life, and maybe it will become a life-long practice.

As a romance writer, one of the things I enjoy most about creating a romantic story is thinking of things my characters can do to show their love and affection for one another. You don’t have to jet off to some romantic vacation spot, or break the bank with an expensive candlelight dinner. It’s the little things that count. Just showing appreciation for the things your significant other does to make your life sweeter, richer, and more fulfilling, can mean so much.

Here are some ideas to make the little things count:

  • Does your honey love chocolate? Place a piece of chocolate on his or her pillow at night before bed.
  • Stash a love note in your sweetie’s briefcase or lunch bag.
  • Send a romantic text message just because.
  • Bring home her favorite take-out so she doesn’t have to cook.
  • Surprise him with a homemade breakfast one weekday morning.
  • Participate in an activity your significant other loves. Ladies, treat him to a baseball game. Men, take her to the theatre. Or vice versa.
  • Does she hate going grocery shopping? Offer to go for her.
  • Did he have a tough day at work? Treat him like a character on Mad Men by greeting him with his favorite adult beverage and a quiet dinner.
  • Did she have an important presentation today? Take her out later for a little celebration.
  • Prepare a bubble bath, light some candles, uncork her favorite bottle of wine, and give her some quiet time while you watch the kids.

What little things do you do to let your significant other know how much you love and appreciate him or her? One lucky commenter will win a free copy of Gregory Godek’s 1001 Ways to be Romantic.

The month of August I’ll be tweeting (@rebeccaheflin) and posting to Facebook romantic gift ideas, quotes and poetry, and more tips to make your loved one feel special.


About Rebecca Heflin

I've dreamed of writing romantic fiction since I was fifteen and my older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to me and told me to read it. Now I write women's fiction and contemporary romance under the name Rebecca Heflin. In case you're wondering, Rebecca Heflin is an abbreviated version of my great-great grandmother's name: Sarah Anne Rebecca Heflin Apple Smith. Whew! And you wondered why I shortened it. When not passionately pursuing my dream, I am busy with my day-job at a large state university or running the non-profit cancer organization my husband and I founded. I'm a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, Savvy Authors, and Florida Writers Association. My mountain-climbing husband and I live at sea level in sunny Florida.
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6 Responses to Romance Awareness Month

  1. The hubby gets called to work at all hours and he loves his coffee. So I alway have a fresh pot ready to brew when he gets up in the middle of the night or day to head off to work.

  2. I’ll send hubby a text out of the blue. Or surprise him with a full course cooked meal.

  3. jannashay says:

    Hi Rebecca. I make sure I tell him every morning and every night that I love and appreciate him. When he’s exceptionally tired or feeling a little lethargic, I make his favorite dinner and serve it to him on a tray so he can eat and watch his favorite television program.

    My husband is very romantic…bringing me flowers for no reason, taking me out to dinner because I’m tired, bringing me take out from my favorite restaurant because he knows I’m busy writing, etc.
    The list goes on, so I’m looking forward to your tweets and postings for new ideas to show him my appreciation and love.

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