Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Romance by the Book - Excerpt

You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!
—Song of Solomon 4:9-10 (NIV)

From Romance by the Book:

“The thing is, I’m a little out of practice in this whole. . .relationship thing.”
Out of practice? How about completely out of touch? His last real date was probably the night he took second-chair flutist Marie Zipp to their high school band banquet. Just because most of his clients were female didn’t give him any advantages in the romance department. And face it, no woman he’d met thus far had even come close to capturing his heart.
Until Sailor.
“So. . .you came to the library in search of a book on relationships.” Kathy drummed her fingers on the counter. “May I assume you mean something a little deeper than friendship?”
Parker swallowed. “You may assume.”
A grin spread across her wide mouth, a grin that looked more Machiavellian than friendly. “I have exactly the book you need.”
Motioning for one of the other librarians to cover the front desk, Kathy reached for something on a lower shelf. She tucked a slim, shiny paperback under her arm, stepped through a swinging gate, and hurried Parker to one of the study carrels behind the reference section.
“Have a seat, Parker, and prepare to be enlightened.” She took a chair across the narrow table from him and laid the book between them. “The library got in a shipment of advance review copies a few days ago, and when I came across this one, I squirreled it away before anyone else could grab it. I’m betting it’ll give you exactly the ammunition you’ll need to woo Sailor away from her fantasy man.”
He studied the silhouetted couple on the cover, their lips meeting for a kiss in the center of a stylized red heart. “Romance by the Book, eh? So simple even a dork like me can learn?”
“Haven’t you heard the rumors?” Kathy gave a low chuckle. “Word on the street is, you’re the most eligible bachelor in Birkenstock.”

Food for thought:
What sort of instructional book have you read? Was the endeavor successful?


  1. I've read books on time management and getting organized, which were "somewhat helpful". *sigh* ~ More recently I've read (and am reading) books on writing, which are VERY helpful *smile*! Blessings, Patti Jo

  2. Oh, my goodness, if you could see my jam-packed bookshelves of writing instruction books!!! I guess after 25+ years they are finally earning their keep???

    Oh, yeah, Patti Jo, I have also read plenty of time management books. I usually try a system for a while and then get bored and move on to another one.