My sister once asked me how I knew my husband was ‘the one’.  We’d been married for probably five or six years at that time and things were good, but I still found myself answering her, “I didn’t.  I still don’t know if I even believe in ‘the one’.  I will tell you the moment I knew we were going to be okay, though.”

It was a moment that took place about a week before our wedding.  I know, one would hope you know everything is going to be okay the moment you say yes, but it doesn’t always work out that way.  Anyway, a week before our wedding, my soon-to-be husband was in the middle of an argument when I heard him say, “Do you want to know how much she means to me?  She means everything.  I’d walk away from everything else if that’s what it took to marry her.”  Now that, my friends, is a leap of faith.  He believed so strongly in our relationship that he’d walk away from everything, everyone, if that’s what it took.  And so I knew.

To me, it’s those profound leaps of faith that really define a romance and make it memorable.  Whether it’s real or fictional, I want the hero and heroine to be so in love they’re willing to sacrifice everything else just to be together.  I want the relationship to be so strong that when the time comes, the couple has no doubts where they stand.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think you should turn you back on everything else just because you’re in a relationship.  But when push comes to shove, I want my heroes to be a man and have their lady’s back.  It’s something that’s so important to me, I found myself writing it into my newest release, Dragonborne.  It’s even the focus of the tag line to the story.

Now, twelve and a half years into the marriage, I still smile when I think back to that day.  And it wasn’t the last time my husband took my breath away with his faith in us.  Do I believe he’s ‘the one’?  I’m still not sold on the concept, but I can say—without any reservations—that he is the love of my life and I’d be lost without him.

In celebration of my recent release I’m giving away a pdf copy of Dragonborne.  All you have to do to enter is tell me what makes a romance memorable to you.  Is it the heroine, the hero, the back story and obstacles to overcome, maybe a test of love?  Just leave your answer in the comments section.

If you’d like to read the blurb or an excerpt for Dragonborne, they can be found on my website:

Leah here:  Chandra has asked me to draw the winner of her contest — to give everyone a chance to catch up on their blog reading, I’ll be closing comments on Monday at 12:01 a.m. and announcing the winner later that morning.   Oh, and if you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to follow Chandra here.

Chandra Ryan’s Taking a Leap of Faith
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16 thoughts on “Chandra Ryan’s Taking a Leap of Faith

  • May 12, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I would have to say the back story makes a great romance. My favorites are the old loves reunited after years seperated. I am also a sucker for a good childhood sweetheart book too.

  • May 12, 2010 at 8:16 am

    It's how it all comes together–I want a good, likeable characters, and I want them to have an interesting journey to their HEA, and I want they going off into the sunset in a believable way. Um… is that too much to ask? 😉

    Congrats on Dragonborne AND on your own HEA, Chandra!

  • May 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

    What makes a romance memorable to me? I think it's what they go through to be together and what they are willing to do to prove themselves worthy of defending one another's honor. I'm hoping that that makes sense because I don't know how to explain it ant other way. It's that moment when you know you would walk through fire or on broken glass just to save them or be with them.

    Robin S

  • May 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Andrea. I love old loves being reunited as well! So touching to have things work out the second time…or third time, around 🙂

    Thank you flchen 🙂 And since I've found my HEA, I'm with you. I think everyone deserves a believable ride into the sunset all of their own.

    Robin, I think you make perfect sense. You want that other person to do anything, be willing to go to any lengths to be with you because you're that important to them. Sounds about right to me.

  • May 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Strong, well written characters with a believable story on their way to a HEA.

  • May 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Actually the reunited stories make me sad: all that time lost. Your story is so romantic. It is so heroic when a man stands up for his woman. I have to admit I'm intrigued by that "argument" it's my personal opinion weddings bring out the worst in some people. In every wedding experience I've been involved with it has been, including my own.

  • May 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Estella. Yes, strong, well written characters are crucial! I won't even finish a book if the characters are inconsistent or just plain weak. I want someone I can root for and celebrate with when I've reached the end.

    It's sad but true, Crystal. I'm not sure what it is about weddings that makes people crazy. And we had our share of crazy by the time the wedding was done 🙂 He did a great job keeping me sane thought it all though.

  • May 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    That was supposed to be 'through it all though'. Sorry. My fingers were on auto-pilot.

  • May 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    The back story makes the romance memorable to me because it helps you to get to know the characters. If there is some sci-fi or vampires thrown in, I'm good.

  • May 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    What a beautiful, wonderful thing to overhear.

    May you two have many more years together.

  • May 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I think it takes all of it to make a good story come together. If one of them is lacking it can make for a weak story.

  • May 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I think back story is great too, Dana. It adds so much depth to the story. It also tells the reader what the hero/heroine need from a partner.

    Thank you Milinda 🙂 It was a beautiful thing to hear at that moment. Whenever I think back to it, it always makes me smile.

    I agree Sherry, when it has it all you have a masterpiece. There's nothing quite like finding a wonderful story to get lost in 🙂

  • May 13, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I would say for me the chemistry and interaction between them. This book your giving away sounds great.

  • May 14, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Thanks Pam 🙂 Great chemistry is fantastic! I've always loved the chemistry on the show Bones. I think the writers do a great job making it subtle but with real depth.

  • May 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    It takes all of those things you mentioned to make a good romance story. Throw in a little bit of humor too.
    But to be memorable the writing must be good. Even if all the elements are there, if the author did a poor job of putting them together, the book will be less than memorable.

  • May 16, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Hi Beth!
    Humor is one the things I find the most difficult to write. I really admire those authors that can pull off a great comedy 🙂

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