Tuesday, May 13, 2014

1 Year Blogiversary Guest Post by DeAnna Felthauser

Hello fellow book lovers. I’m honored the lovely Mayas is including me in her super awesome blog anniversary! I guess I should introduce myself. I’m DeAnna Felthauser, author of the contemporary romance trilogy, The Wishes Series. I love all reads that are swoony, sexy, full of love and HEA’s. Nice to meet ya! If you want more info about me and my books, you can check out my website: www.deannafelthauser.com

Mayas requested for me to share a special one year anniversary, so here we go… J

My most memorable anniversary was my first year of being married to my husband, Marty. The reason it was so special is because of all the rough times we had that first year together. We survived!
You see, we met each other in Kansas City. He was an auto mechanic at a full service gas station; I was a telemarketer and collection agent for the local cable company. Although he was a mechanic, he started coming out and pumping my gas every time I went there on the way to work. (I still tease him about how he won me over with ‘pumping my fuel’ *wink wink*)
Our romance was on the fast track. Within a month we moved in together, head over heels in love. At three months we were engaged. Our jobs were good, we had plenty of money to do the things we wanted, whenever we felt like doing them. Seven months after meeting we were married. Life was blissful.
Two months later we moved to my home state of Oklahoma because my mother told me she had a lump in her breast, and at first, she refused to get checked out. Without a doubt, Marty understood my need to be close to my mom.
After the move, and finally convincing her to go to the doctor, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was aggressive and even more painful for her after her mammogram. Soon after, she had a mastectomy and started chemo and radiation treatments. Depression and alcohol abuse were huge issues we all had to try to support and encourage her to overcome.
All throughout that first year of marriage (and three years afterwards) I took care of her. From doctor appointments, wretched sickness from chemo, shaving her hair off after she found clumps of it on her pillow, to taking her to book stores because reading was one of the only things that made her happy, then cooking and cleaning at her house while being too tired afterwards to take good care of mine.
My focus was on her more than on being a newlywed. But my sweet husband, God love him, supported me and gave me strength throughout that rough time. (And again, the three years after that until she lost her battle with cancer.)
By the time our one year anniversary arrived, we were ridiculously poor, overwhelmingly in love, stupid tired and enjoyed a simple evening of cheap fast food for dinner. The single red rose he brought me home that day was our focal point on the quilt we spread on the floor for our makeshift picnic. We feasted on a box of ½ price leftover Valentine chocolates we shared over laughter at our current financial state. It was exactly what I needed. To let go, laugh even though times were terrible, and appreciate the little things like how special he always makes me feel.

He is the reason I write romance. Through all the highs and lows one thing remains consistant….my Marty. He’s the love of my life and my very best friend. 

The conclusion of the Wishes series is the story of twins, Delilah and Dominic Cane. Will their journey in finding love end in happily ever after’s for them both? 

Delilah and Jake- Delilah is ready for love with her stubborn cowboy, but will Jake’s past continue haunting him and prevent him from moving forward with the woman who holds the key to his hardened heart? 

Dominic and Chelsea- Chelsea’s heart has always ached for Dominic's love, but he’s never been ready to settle down. Can two friends that grew up together move past the friend phase, or will his ex-girlfriend ruin their chances when she comes back to town?

1 LUCKY person who comments will win e-copies of the ENTIRE Wishes Series by DeAnna. Also share and take part in the rafflecopter because she has donated signed copies of the books as well.


  1. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of your one year blog anniversary, Mayas! <3

  2. What a powerful testimony. I am so sorry for your loss. So happy you have a found your true love. I fell in love with my husband (of 31 years now) on our first date and we were engaged one month later.

    1. I'm happy you've found your true love too! <3

  3. Wow!!!! I love hearing these firsts...... I'm so sorry for your loss and so happy this didn't bring your marriage down especially being newly weds.... thank you for sharing!!!

    congrats on the 1yr Blogiversary!!!!

  4. Wow what a sweet and sad story. Glad her was there for you