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Grand Romantic Gestures – Every Girl’s First Hero Is Her Daddy

by Red Sage Publishing

February is Grand Romantic Gesture month! To celebrate Valentines Day, our authors are going to share their insights about what makes for a big moment in a romance. Today, Calista Fox reminds us all why Dads make great heroes, too.


I have to admit, my absolute favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day. I love it more than any other holiday, including Christmas and my birthday. (No kidding!) I have never had a bad Valentine’s Day. I know, I consider myself lucky. That is not to say that every single year, I’ve had the love of my life sweep me off my feet and romance me with candy and flowers and Tiffany jewelry. LOL. In fact, I can remember one particular Valentine’s Day that really should have been the absolute worst for me.

I was 20… young and optimistic and a hopeless romantic. (Hmm, that still describes me, except for the young part…) My boyfriend of, oh, two years or so had just recently graduated college and moved away. He decided it’d be better if we didn’t consider ourselves dating–but we could be friends. (Yeah, whatever.) Of course, my heart was broken. I mean torn to shreds and scattered to the wind bro-ken. With Valentine’s Day looming on the horizon, I could barely keep from crying in class or when I was out with my friends. I did get asked out for dinner, but I turned the guy down. As romantic as it might be to tell my future children, “Your dad and I had our first date on Valentine’s Day,” my heart just wasn’t in it and I decided to stay home.

Around six-thirty, as I was sitting on the sofa in my apartment, my roommate having already left for his romantic evening (which I knew I’d be hearing later through the thin walls… ugh), there was a knock on my door. When I opened it, there stood my dad. With a heart-shaped box of candy and an invitation to dinner and a movie.

I don’t have to tell you the waterworks that ensued. I mean, how sweet is that?? Of course, I couldn’t turn him down, no matter how miserable I was. Mom was waiting in the car and the three of us had a wonderful dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in town and then it was off to the movies. A real tear-jerker–Always, starring Richard Dreyfus and Holly Hunter. I sobbed (as quietly as possible) through the entire movie, but it was one of those good kind of cries. And the next day, I felt… cleansed. Optimistic and hopelessly romantic all over again.

Dad’s never had to rescue me on Valentine’s Day since then, thank God, but he’s still my hero!

Hope you all had a wonderful, beautiful Valentine’s Day filled with love–from everyone in your life!

All my best,


So sweet! I don’t know about you, but I want to give my dad a big hug now!

While we’re talking about Calista, have you seen the cover for her upcoming March e-book, High Voltage? Check it out! Talk about a sizzling cover for a sizzling story! Don’t you just love those green eyes?

And don’t forget the reason for our Grand Romantic Gesture theme this month — the kilt scene! Oh, my, the kilt scene! Check it out in Catherine Berlin’s novelette, The Doctor Next Door!


Natasha Moore February 19, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Aw, Calista. What a great Valentine's Day memory that is. Thanks for sharing!

Cynthia Eden February 19, 2008 at 5:14 pm

What a beautiful story! And what an absolutely gorgeous cover!!

Rachelle Chase February 20, 2008 at 3:51 am

What a wonderful story, Calista! Since my dad is my hero, too, I found it doubly poignant. And I agree – that's a great book cover for HIGH VOLTAGE. Very intriguing…

Calista Fox, Author February 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Thanks, ladies! I consider myself extremely lucky to have such a wonderful dad!! Happy Romance Month to you all!!


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