Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Hero for Regan

Valentine’s day has always been one of my favorite holidays, Hallmark or not. Years later I still remember the little valentine cards we’d pass out in my grammar school class and the tiny heart candies with sweet little writings on them. My dream proposal was for one on Valentine’s day. Last year on Valentine’s day, or actually the week before, one of my local TV stations hosted Allison Brennan, Brenda Novak, Karin Tabke and I for a week of romance. It was total fun. We brought copies of our most romantic books and talked with a couple of the hosts about them and out of that came The Thrill is Gone, The Four of Cups, my entry into the eXtasy tarot series, due out March 15, 2010. I knew I’d struck a cord when my editor told me she cried at a certain part of the book. I know I got teary when I wrote that scene. But my very best Valentine’s day ever was in 1992.

I was engaged to a Marine Corps Cobra pilot who was having issues after Desert Storm. It really changed his emotional paradigm and we were going to talk out our relationship on Valentine’s day in 1992. He never showed. I was devastated and then, another Marine showed up. This one flew CH-53’s – the helo that the Marine’s used in commercials, the ones with the knight fighting with his sword morphs into a modern day Marine in dress blues with his sword and says “knights still ride stallions”. He took that knight in shining armor part to heart and HE was the one who showed up at the door. I opened it and all he said was “I couldn’t let you be alone on Valentine’s day.” He was my best friend before that, trying to help my fiancé and I get things together. Although they hadn’t spoken about Valentine’s day, my knight knew my fiancé was not going to show.

A year later, on Valentine’s day my knight told me for the first time he loved me. Seventeen years later he is still my best friend and every once in awhile I turn around and realize I’ve fallen in love with him all over again.
Regan Taylor
(Posted by Celia Yeary)

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Celia Yeary said...

REGAN--thank you for this wonderful, romantic story. I got teary-eyed just reading this! I wish you much success with your books. Celia

Kelley said...

Hi Regan,

That was such a sweet story--very romantic for Valentine's Day. I'm glad things ended well and you found your knight. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Regan - what an amazing story, and what a real-life romance! Wishing you much happiness and success and thank you so much for sharing this.

Heide Katros said...

Hi, Regan,we've never met, but I have come to regard you as my friend, and as a reviewer I regard you as a writer extraordinaire. I wish you continued success,
Best, Heide Katros

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Ah Regan, what a lovely and romantic story. It is perfect for the Valentine season, and even more so because it is real. Thank you for sharing.

Savanna Kougar said...

Wow, he is a knight in shining armor. I keep thinking, true love never dies.
Thank you for sharing your love story. It did my heart good.
And great success with your books.

StephB said...

Regan, I agree - a wonderful romantic story.

My first Valentine was in 1991. My husband and I met in Butzbach, Germany while attending an Army Leadership school. Prior to him, I dated, sure, but I never had a Valentine. After the school ended, we continued to date and on Christmas Eve he asked me to marry him. Of course I said "Yes!" haha. That next Valentines he was my first Valentine. I remember it was rainy that day and he went running all over Bad Hersfeld looking for a German vendor who sold roses. When we went, he was rain soaked but he had a dozen red roses. I melted... Sigh...


Victoria Roder said...

What a great post, Regan. Hooray for the Happily ever after!

Linda LaRoque said...

A beautiful story, Regan. I've been with my Valentine now for 42 years.