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Romantic Guestures: Size Doesn’t Matter By Guest Blogger Samatha Harris

By Guest Blogger Samatha Harris

In the world of romance we love a good romantic gesture. We swoon and sigh when the hero/ heroine makes a that amazing declaration of love, but what makes a gesture romantic? What is it about doing something for your significant other, no matter how small, that makes them and us as readers fall to pieces?

My rule for these acts of love is simple, MAKE IT MEAN SOMETHING! 

Some people think of romantic gestures have to be big and extravagant, but they don’t have to be. What makes the act romantic is the meaning behind it

For example: I frequently tell people that the most romantic thing my husband has ever done for me is get a vasectomy. Now I know what you’re thinking it sounds like a joke, but I assure you it’s not. My husband and I both come from single parent households. As those of you who are single parents can understand money was usually tight and our parents time was often spread thin between work and taking care of us and our siblings, this left little time for extracurricular activities. I always wanted to learn to play an instrument or take dance classes. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t afford it and while we appreciated everything our parents did for us it was something I always wanted to do

So as my husband and I were planning for our future we both decided that if we had a kid we wanted to only have one, so that we could ensure they would be able to do have the childhood we couldn’t afford. (So far it’s been Karate, Drum lessons, Cheerleading, Dance, Swimming, and the list just keeps on growing.)

After the birth of our daughter, he put our plan into action and went through with the procedure despite his own fears and reservations. To me this simple act of love ensured that our little family would stay little as we planned and it showed me the faith he has in us and our marriage. Now this example is one that is specific to me, but it goes to show you that there is no secret formula for the romantic gesture. 

It is doing something that shows your love for another person. 

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Another example, in my novel SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN, Drew Collins is in a tight spot. He’s head over heels in love with his best friend Alex, but terrified to lose her. He can’t tell her how he feels, so he has to show her, and he does so in small gestures throughout the book. Dancing her around their spot in the square to her favorite song, showing up to her office with her favorite flower even though her office was already full of flowers from someone else, and ignoring his own feelings to be the one thing she needed most in the world, a friend. Small acts with big meaning. 

When writing a romantic gesture, think about your characters relationship. Is there something that symbolizes their love? Do they have an inside joke? A song? Something personal to them, something that makes them unique as a couple. Big or small size doesn’t matter. (tee hee)

I can give you a million examples of romantic gestures big and small but the best advice I can give you is whether you are writing a gesture for your characters or planning one for someone you love, if you want to melt their heart make it personal and meaningful, no matter the size. 


Samatha Harris

About The Author:

Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Samathaharrisauthor

Twitter: @samathaharris08

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN (Madison Square #1) 



Alexandra McCabe is disconnected from the world, grieving the loss of her parents…

Content with studying and keeping to herself, Alex has no interest in the campus playboy, Drew Collins, trying to get close to her. But even dousing him with beer doesn’t deter the easy-going charmer, and against her better judgment, the pair falls into a reluctant friendship.

Drew is bored with college life, and Alex’s romantic rejection intrigues him…

Their friendship is good for both of them, but Drew is used to getting what he wants, and he’s tired of shallow sorority girls. He’s much more interested in the feisty redhead, but despite his growing feelings, Alex keeps him firmly in the friend zone.

Old heartaches and new tragedies deepen a complicated relationship…

Whatever life throws their way, Alex and Drew remain best friends with their own traditions. Drew is Alex’s family, her rock, and Alex keeps Drew grounded, always challenging him to better himself.

When years of buried feelings rush to the surface, they threaten to change everything…

Drew promised his mother he’d tell Alex how he feels, when the time is right—but how will he know when that is? Alex is terrified to reveal those ‘three little words,’ certain Drew doesn’t feel the same, and she’ll lose the only family she has.

Getting what you want might be as easy as being brave enough to ask for it. Should Alex and Drew open their hearts, and risk being crushed? Should they be satisfied with a deep, lifelong friendship?

Or does the only chance for happiness lie…

Somewhere In Between?

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