I’ve said it. You’ve said it.

Well, to mimic popular football commentator, Chris Carter— “Come on girl!” Do we really mean it? When Valentine’s, Christmas, or our birthdays roll around, wouldn’t we prefer to get something that means our guy intentionally inconvenienced himself to search laboriously through many a store— heck, many a city, to find the perfect gift to prove his love?

For all that I would like my DH to go shopping once in a while to show me how much he cares, mainly because he hates it so much, my three favorite gifts were indeed about thoughtfulness.

When we were dating, he was visiting the Grand Canyon and saw a postcard of a huge bolt of lightning hitting the Canyon. He sent me the post card with a note on the back that said, “I thought of you when I saw this because I knew if we’d been together standing on that cliff you’d have been in my arms.”

I can hear you now— awww. Actually, I’d have been flat on the ground trying to become a part of the dirt, unable to be budged until the storm was over. But it was a sweet, and sincere, gesture.

One winter, he came in from hunting, hiding something behind him. It was a Christmas present, a limb of a holly tree with a perfect nest attached, which he pulled from behind him shyly, extending to me, knowing I would love it.

My favorite came when he was working away from home on a drilling rig. After a few weeks, I drove to the location he was on to spend a few days with him. When I arrived he’d written me a two-page poem on notebook paper, very sappy, not especially literary, but totally from the heart. “My truly darlin’ dear…”

In Fire In My Blood, my new release, Cass thinks he has the perfect gift, the one that will win Elektra’s heart. Here’s the blurb:

When Aussie gem hunter Cass McKay appears unexpectedly on Elektra’s design shop doorway, her reasons for sending him away a year ago become…complicated, their passion for each other and her dark secret, intricately entwined. The truth will put their love and lives in danger.

One year ago on the eve of Carnival, Elektra broke their engagement after the “Blood” opal was stolen from them. No one steals from Cass, especially not when it cost him the woman he loves.

Elektra’s reason for breaking their engagement has now come back to bite her. Cass intends to return to Brazil, putting himself in danger to retrieve her opal, in hopes that Elektra will give their relationship another chance.

Staying out of Cass’ bed isn’t an option if she’s going to keep him safe, but coming clean might make things worse. Elektra is walking a tightrope between desire and deceit, and the truth could endanger not only their love, but their lives.

So what was your favorite gift? Who gave it to you and why was it so special?

Two commenters will receive my new release, Fire In My Blood, the first novella in the Gem Hunter series, available in several formats.

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13 thoughts on “Marcella Rose: It’s the thought that counts!

  • February 8, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I had had a very bad week at work, I was working 2nd shift and when I got home at 1am my husband had a romantic dinner waiting for me in front of the fireplace. he looked at me and said, “I love you”.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Awww, my God. What a sweetheart.

  • February 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for having me, today, Leah!

  • February 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

    My favorite gift was one I gave. My daughter was born horse crazy, which is fortunate because I am similarly afflicted. I’d told her she could have a horse when she was nine years old. A week before her ninth birthday we went over to the barn to “visit mom’s horse,” (Yes, mom already had one), and I surprised her with her first horse. Pasha was THE BEST horse anybody has ever, ever had. Giving her her heart’s desire was one of the best moments in my life. Period.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Yes, I’ll bet you can recall that memory vividly. I didn’t know horse loving urges were hereditary. Thanks so much for dropping in, Grace.

  • February 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

    It’s absolutely the thought that counts, which is why when my not-particularly-romantic DH makes even the smallest gestures it melts my heart. My favorite gift from him, however, just so happens to be a rather pricey one. We’d married young and had kids right away, making a honeymoon or couples vacation impossible, but I’d always wanted to go on a cruise. Five years later at Christmas he gave me a box with a silk nightgown and bottle of wine. I was SO touched by the romantic gift (see? it doesn’t take much for me!), but was a little embarrassed because his whole family was watching me with eagle eyes for some reason, so I closed up the box. That’s when he informed me there was something else under the tissue paper. When I found the envelope with the information for a booked Caribbean cruise, I cried. That week-long vacation was perfect in every way and has some of my absolute favorite memories. To this day it remains the only week he and I were ever alone together as husband and wife, as opposed to also being “mom and dad” and I’m so grateful we had it.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your book, Marcella. It sounds fantastic. I’m always looking to add new authors to my “must have” list. 🙂

    • February 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

      That was an awesome moment and makes it even better that the cruise was perfect. Memories for a lifetime. Thanks for sharing that moment with us, Gina.

  • February 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Not lingerie but this morning, DH gave me a card “You Rock My World” “You are absolutely amazing and I’m incredibly lucky to be the one who gets to love you.” 😉 sigh

  • February 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    My favorite gifts from my husband – a nice dinner out – no cooking, no cleanup. 🙂

    I think the most thoughtful gift anyone ever gave me was years ago when my daughter, for my birthday, wrote 100 reasons why she loved me. They were awesome, even if she misnumbered and missed a few. 🙂

    • February 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Oh, that’s so sweet. It all comes down to love, doesn’t it? Love of friends, family, romantic love, even that from strangers. And not just on birthdays and Valentine’s. Thanks for coming by, Norah.

  • February 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Wow after reading all the incredible things here, I think I’m easy. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but every once in a while, I crave a big hunk. (It’s candy people! Candy!) They’re extremely hard to find here so a couple times a year, he runs across them in Smart and Final or Costco and he picks me up a case of them. Then I degenerate into Smegel as the kids gather round.

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      A good dark chocolate can do wonders for the soul, Linda. Really. If a man knows your favorite chocolate he’s special. Thanks for dropping in.

  • February 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Congratulations! The winners are Gina and Julie. Please email me a marcellaroseauthor@gmail.com with the format you’d like to receive.

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