Long before the Bachelor, there was The Dating Game! You, dear reader, are the woman seeking a date and will be asking the questions of the Monday Heartwarming Author's Heroes. Judge their answers carefully, post your date, and be in the running for some autographed books!
Bachelorette (you): Gentlemen, what's your idea of a perfect first date?
Bachelor #1 (Mark Taylor, 33, newspaper reporter and editor, courtesy of Cheryl Harper's A Minute on the Lips, Feb 2014): Any date that involves good food and good conversation is pretty perfect
to me. Here in Tall Pines, that means ribs at the Smokehouse. It's
quiet enough that I'll have your life story before they serve the best
cheesecake you ever put in your mouth.
Bachelor #2 (Kyle Mitchell, 32, history professor, courtesy of Cynthia Reese's upcoming HW release): A walking tour of Historic Downtown Savannah in the spring -- if old houses bore her, she's not the girl for me.
Bachelor #3 (Flynn Harris, 28, millionaire/winery owner, courtesy of Melinda Curtis' Summer Kisses, Feb 2014): Tacos and margaritas at my favorite restaurant, followed by a walk to the Harmony River bridge where sunset kisses bode well for a romance.
Bachelor #4 (Jack Banning, 32, surgeon, courtesy of Anna Adams' The Christmas Gift, Nov 2014):
Something neither of us expects. I just watched a parade that welcomed
Santa to Christmas Town, Maine for the season, and we’re headed to The
Tea Pot for a cup of the best hot cocoa ever brewed. We met at an
accident when I stepped off a life flight chopper, but I think tonight
gives us time to strengthen that trauma-induced bond.
Bachelorette (you): What car would best describe your personality?
Bachelor #1 (Mark): Shiny red pickup truck because I'm made for work but I look good doing it.
Bachelor #2 (Kyle): A 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II -- at least I hope I put as much thought into my actions as Rolls Royce did when they built that car. I hope my attention to detail gives people as good an experience as a lucky owner of a Phantom II!
Bachelor #3 (Flynn): I've always been partial to my grandpa's bubble-fendered, black Caddy. Classic with character.
Bachelor #4 (Jack): I drive my Gramps’ rusty, gut-shaking truck that was probably vintage
when he bought it. It needs some work, but don't we all?
Bachelorette (you): If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Bachelor #1 (Mark): Let's see...superpowers. I definitely would not mind superspeed. You'd
think staying on top of the news in a place like Tall Pines would be
easy, but tracking down the sheriff takes some dedication. And I do love
my job, the newspaper, and my new hometown, but sometimes I'd rather be
Bachelor #2 (Kyle): The power to grant wishes wisely ... I'd like to be able to ease people's worries and stresses.
Bachelor #3 (Flynn): I've always thought X-ray vision would come in handy. Superman honed his skills to see beneath clothing - although he always used that power for good (checking for weapons and such).
Bachelor # 4 (Jack): Healing. I hate to see anyone in pain, and I’m a
good trauma surgeon, but there will always be wounds beyond my power to
Bachelorette (you): What's your best piece of advice for dealing with women?
Bachelor #1 (Mark): I'll never forget my dad saying "Smart women are worth the trouble." If
you met my mother, you'd understand, and it's taken a while but I'm
starting to see that he's right. Unless she's mad, I can always count on
the good conversation part of the perfect date with a smart woman. And
if she's mad, well...I'll have to count on good food and some fast
talking to change her mind. That's a challenge I look forward to.
Bachelor #2 (Kyle): Shut up and listen -- a direct quote from my dad when he explained the trick to staying happily married to a happily married woman (my mom).
Bachelor #3 (Flynn): Communication is everything - mute the TV, even if the Superbowl is on and the score is tied!
Bachelor #4 (Jack): Give her time. Assume her concerns are valid. Show
her she can trust you and depend on you, and that you’re willing to
wait, but she can believe you’ll be there to pick her up, defend her,
laugh with her—love her.
After you choose, don't forget to blow a kiss to the audience! Remember, one lucky reader will win an autographed book from each Monday author. It's a Date!