Monday, June 25, 2018

Rag Doll by Sherri Stewart ends July 2nd


Please welcome Sherri Stewart to my blog this week. 
Sherri is giving away a copy of Rag Doll. Read on down on how to enter. 

Scruffy or Handsome?
By Sherri Stewart
In many romance novels or novellas, the lead males are handsome. They have sapphire blue eyes, chocolate brown eyes, or emerald ones that sparkle, probe, and have the ability to see into the soul. Their hair is chestnut or chocolate, but never brown or red. Whenever they touch the female lead, electricity happens. We used to call it static electricity, usually caused by the heat inside during the winter months—the same sensation that causes socks to stick to the back of our skirts and our hair to fly up after being brushed.
In many of my books, the scruffy guy is overlooked for the handsome guy, but Mr. Scruffy usually wins in the end. It takes time to fall for a scruffy-looking guy. His clothes need pressing and his car smells like a locker room. My husband’s Vega came by the smell honestly—the backseat was full of hockey skates. But I noticed things about Bobby—the way he searched for a watering can for a Russian defenseman who was having trouble growing a houseplant. Or the way he always brought me back a candy bar or a keychain from whatever city the team was playing in.
In Rag Doll, Ben Farris is handsome and tall and rich. But he’s also kind. He stands up for the underdog; when he makes a promise, he keeps it; and cares deeply about God. Because of his strong character, his eyes sparkle, his teeth gleam, and his touch could start a car.
Appearance can get in the way of sound judgment. In I Samuel 16:7, God warned Samuel about Saul. “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I’m so glad I wasn’t deceived by the polished, debonair Patricks of my youth. Patrick’s character was as bland as a piece of paper. I’m more than glad that I gave the scruffy guy a second glance.

1. How important is appearance in first impressions with regard to romance?
2. What are the three essentials to look for in a romantic relationship? 
3. For those of you who have been in a relationship for a long time, has your list of essentials changed over the years? 

GIVEAWAY: Sherri is giving away a copy of her book Rag Doll. To enter her giveaway answer one of the above questions. Don't forget to leave your email addy!




About Sherri:
Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Her hobby is traveling to potential settings for future stories. Next stop: Israel. Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her family and lazy dog, Lily. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas and questions.


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15 comments:

  1. 1. I think that an attractive appearance certainly gets our attention but we should never let it be the reason that we want to know the real person. And we should never assume that the gorgeous guy can't also be worthy!
    3. My husband and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this December, Good Lord willing. I thought that he was good looking when we met and I still see that same young guy! It is, however, his loyalty and his Christian attributes that have made our love deepen and our marriage flourish.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Congratulations on fifty years. My fortieth anniversary was in December of last year. Certainly, attractive appearance and Christian attributes can co-exist in the same man. David was a man after God's own heart and Moses was a beautiful baby. I assume Joseph was handsome because Potiphar's wife went after him.

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  2. My husband and I will celebrate our 43rd anniversary this fall. As the years have passed, our love has grown and things we thought were important when we were young have certainly changed. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, you beat me by three years. There is a sweetness, a peace, a maturity to a long life together. It doesn't have to prove anything. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. We just celebrated 42 years of wedded bliss.
    If I had to do it all over again, I would have asked him what is his favorite food to eat.
    I'm so tired of eating chicken, I could lay an egg.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's early as I sit in my hotel room and read this. You made me laugh. My husband would agree with you. He's tired of eating chicken, but that's all I'm good at fixing.

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  4. I agree that physical attractiveness can get a girl's attention, but I'm all in for the idea that you have to be friends with a person for a while before you can be sure of love. I'm very happy that my hubby of 44 years didn't look for physical perfection in a girl because he would have looked right by me! Good question, have our list of essential qualities changed. Answering only for myself, I think I've grown wiser as my kids have searched for their lifetime loves, and I have learned for sure and certain not to judge a book by its' cover or the first few sentences....IF I compared a person to a book. Haha! bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. Connie, 44 years! You could probably write a book. Isn't funny how we see things so clearly now and we don't want our children to make the same mistakes? Hope your kids learned from you.

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  5. Congratulations! My hubby is my best friend so the best qualities are trustworthy, honest, and makes you laugh every day. Yep, I’m blessed.

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    1. I think laughing is so important, and also being able to tease each other. You are blessed.

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  6. Physical attraction is what draws individuals to others, but getting to know someone will show their true character. Some of my best friends are not the most handsome or beautiful but they are willing servants, honest and dependable. Thank you for sharing about Rag Doll and the giaveaway. Sounds like a lovely story to read.

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    1. Oops forgot my email: marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot}com. I'm a follower ofr The Sword and Spirit blog.

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    2. Willing servants is an amazing quality. Do you have a husband that serves? I'm lucky that way. He has a servant's heart. Do you know he even puts ice in the dog's water every morning!

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  7. Appearance is important as far as neatness and cleanliness not in how good looking a person is! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Joan,
    My husband wasn't neat when we first met. He didn't grow up with a mother, so I think he didn't know about things like going to the dentist or washing clothes each weeks. But he learned quickly. Cleanliness is impotant.

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