Cynthia Roberts, Romance Author
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Creating Romantic Centerpieces

We all like to create a “wow” factor … you know, that one thing that stands out above all the rest.  Adding a centerpiece to a table that does just that will immediately make a lasting impression.

You don’t have to pay someone top dollar to create something sophisticated, classic, romantic, and beautiful.  You CAN do it yourself.  Floral centerpieces are the usual go-to if you want to dress up your tables, but candles are an easy and elegant centerpiece feature that could save you quite a lot of money, too.

There are countless gorgeous ways to make a candle centerpiece, and we’ve found some of the best. Candles look dreamy and romantic, especially surrounded by a wreath of flowers or hanging from a tall floral centerpiece. From floating candle centerpieces with candles resting in water, to minimalistic centerpieces with a few candles and sprigs of greenery, to easy DIY candle centerpieces, these centerpieces will illuminate your table in the best light. Whether you’re decorating a table for a dinner party, a wedding, a holiday gathering, a romantic dinner for two, or for no special reason at all, you’ll want to include candles after you see these beautiful candle centerpiece ideas.

Just check out my pinterest board Romantic By Candlelight.

Behind The Title

 

           Creating romantic fiction has been a passion of mine, ever since I was old enough to understand the connection between the sexes. I think I was twelve, when I wrote my first love story and like most young minds; I truly thought it was a masterpiece.

            There’s another masterful connection that has been going on now for centuries, and that, is the one between music and literature. There is a full alphabet of songs that have been written retelling a work of literature as far back as the 18thcentury.

            “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry was based on a poem, Lady of Shallot. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift is loosely based on Romeo & Juliet. The artist Sting’s “Moon Over Bourbon Street” was based on an Anne Rice novel, Interview with a Vampire.

            More interesting though, the anatomy of a song has also within its lyrics a pretty fascinating back story as well. For more than five decades, authors have been creating fictional pieces and bringing readers deep inside the lyrics. I grew up listening to my mom’s collection of romantic ballads from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Those lyrics have forever been embossed on my brain; and I still sing along whenever I hear them. Lyrics like those back then told a story, and they were so strong, and emotional, their affect were everlasting.

            I have a library of love songs on iTunes I listen to religiously, while I write, as a source of inspiration and a tool that gets me in the mood and mindset I need to be in. It is from this list, I began to formulate a series of ideas, followed by cryptic notes on paper, and finally the creation of my Love Song Standards Series. I made a list of the songs I connected with personally, whittling it down to thirty-five titles. That number was quite overwhelming, and I thought virtually impossible to create that many scenarios. So, I chipped away at the songs and their lyrics, until I decided on a top ten.

            I had made a commitment to myself to finish one book a month throughout 2016, writing a chapter every day, leaving me ample time to polish and edit each one. I knew from the on-start, what I wanted my covers to look like. They had to resemble each other in a way that would tie them together, but strong enough for them to stand on their own. My designer Covers by Ramona did an exceptional job tying all my ideas together.

            After Book 6, Chances Are, was completed, my brain was fried. I took a short reprieve and switched it up a bit with a romantic suspense, A Pawn for Malice. Happily, the first two books of my series received a 5-Star Readers Favorite Award, which ended my promotion efforts. I was forced to take an extended break due to personal issues that had set me back both physically and emotionally. My focus now, is to both promote my series and finish the final four titles All The WayIt’s ImpossibleSincerely, and Unforgettable.

            If you’re a lover of contemporary romance, please do check out my Love Song Standards Series. Buy links and descriptions are available on my website atRomanceAuthorCynthiaRoberts.com. Book #1, Unchained Melody, is available at all online retailers for 99 cents.

10 Ways To Spice Up Your Sex Life

 

Do you feel like the passion has dimmed in your relationship?  Here are some steps on how to spice up your sex life fast and furiously.

Remember when “date night” was just dinner?  Maybe there was candlelight, flowers and restaurant reservations too.  But if you have little ones tugging at you all the time, pets, a home to maintain and a full-time job that sucks the energy from you, you may need a little direction.  The good news is finding time for a little romance into your daily routine (and remember, the small stuff adds up) is possible.  The key is to be creative and pay attention to the details.

1. Sexting.   It’s the age of change, and yes, men love it when you talk naughty.  Don’t go all X-Rated on your phone, but remind him about a memorable time you had sex – ‘I can’t stop thinking about that time on the beach* in Mexico*’ ought to do the trick. Or, “I love how you …”  “I love how we …”  “Know what I’m craving right now … YOU!”

2. Inviting Bed. For clean /soft sheets use baby powder between the sheets, fluff the pillow, and slightly fold down the covers.

3. Memorable Photos. Have a grouping of some great pictures of you both are awesome visuals to spark memories and want to reenact.  Make sure there ones showing you hugging, kissing, and having a wonderful time together.

4. Candlelight. Soft, golden, flickering candlelight… Awwww Nice.

5. Soft Music. Nothing puts a person in the mood more than bedroom music.  You know what works for the two of you.  Having it playing for when he walks in the door to create the mood and set the stage is like flicking a switch and builds expectation.

6. Diversion. Nothing that can catch his eye more than you. If he’s watching t.v. and you want attention … divert his gaze … you stepping wet from the shower, you undressing, you slipping into a sexy teddy or lingerie, you slowly lathering moisturizer over your skin, you dancing sexy to a song on the radio.

7. Leave Him A Reminder. If your sex life is becoming predictable, try spritzing his pillow with the scent of you he loves most.  Smell is proven to be the biggest evocation of memory of all our senses, a little reminder of what she has to look forward to will keep things fresh.

8.  Me Time.  Pick in a night in your calender and make sure you both keep it free, maybe turn it into an entire date night – book a restaurant or have a car collect you both.

9.  Create a Danger Mode.  Adrenaline is one of the biggest aphrodisiacs there is. Bungy-jumping, rock-climbing, or even just sex in a public place where you might get caught is enough to bid farewell to every couples dry spell.  If that’s a little too dangerous for you … a long, hot sexy kiss before you exit the exit the car or elevator will leave him wanting more just as much.

10.  Quickies Matter.  Don’t underestimate the impact an element of surprise plays on a man’s mind.  50 Shades of Grey was popular for a reason, because it’s an element on every woman and man’s mind.  Let’s be honest.  Grab him the moment he walks through the door after work, or better yet, when he just stepped out of the shower.  Whoo!  He’ll love you even more.

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