I was watching the replay of the US Figure Skating Championships at San Jose, and I looked up to see my characters Ben and Allegra ice dancing! Well, okay, Ben and Allie don’t skate because, ahem, my books are set in the Philippines in 1905, when ice is hard enough to find for your calamansi juice, let alone dance around on. But still . . . these two are adorable. If I had not already written my characters Ben Potter and Allegra Alazas to fall in love, this real-life couple would have inspired it.
Sugar Moon lands in 2018. Until then let these two cuties tide you over in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Evan Bates was even elected as the U.S. Figure Skating Team Captain! Allow Evan and Madison to explain ice dancing to you with Legos. Video courtesy of Channel 5 NBC in Chicago.
If you believe Mr. Hallock, the Japanese celebrate Christmas like Valentine’s Day. You still have to go to work, but you get to eat chocolate—and celebrate young love! As a romance author, I felt right at home.
A few years ago, it was reported that record numbers of Japanese are forgoing marriage for career and lifestyle. They may have chosen “happy for now” over “happily ever after,” but they are still living and loving.