Sara Daniel Romance Author: Summer Kick Off Blog Hop

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Kick Off Blog Hop

To kick off summer with a fun twist, I decided to invite marriage therapist Dr. Caleb Paden onto my blog to tell you about The Forever Marriage that he created.  At the end of the post, I'm hosting a giveaway of Mr. Forever, starring Caleb as himself and Olivia Wells as...well, I'll let her tell you where she comes in.

Caleb:  I'm so glad to be here.  Spreading the word about Forever is my life's ambition.  Forever is a proven method for keeping marriages together and creating a stable home for children to grow up in.  The seven principles in Forever correspond to each letter in the word forever:
F -- Friendship before all physical encounters.
O -- Open communications.
R -- Really listen.
E -- Explore each other's world.
V -- Validate each other's dreams.
E -- Each person must use good manners
R -- Respect.

Wait a minute.  We're talking about marriage.  Shouldn't love be a part of it?

Caleb:  No.  Absolutely not.  Love and passion are the enemy.  Forever has no rollercoaster of emotions.  No one fights or shouts or slams the door, leaving their kids to wonder when or if they'll return.

Gee, it sounds like you have some childhood trauma you need to work through.

Caleb:  I don't--

Olivia:  He sure does.  I'm Olivia Wells.  I'm going to loosen up this stuffed shirt while he's staying in my inn.  First of all, we're going to add a few things to his misguided theories:  Sex, tenderness, intimacy, needs, kissing, and sentimentality.  Now we can call it Forever Stinks.

Caleb:  This is my interview, Olivia.  You're not supposed to be here.

Olivia:  Why Caleb, I believe you're yelling at me and showing emotion.  We're making progress already.

Let's get this interview back on track.  The title of the book is Mr. Forever.  Does this mean, Caleb, that you're Olivia's Mr. Forever?

Caleb:  No.  I would never involve myself with a woman who doesn't respect my theories.

Olivia:  Oh, he's involved with me, all right.  But he's absolutely not my Mr. Forever.  He'd have to believe in love first, and that will never happen.

Hmm.  I guess we'll have to read  Mr. Forever to find out what does happen…


The discovery of a secret baby threatens Caleb's professional reputation. Falling for the woman who loves this baby would ruin him.

Marriage therapist Caleb Paden has just found out he has a son from a one-night stand, making a mockery of his core belief of stable relationships--"friendship above all physical encounters." On his way to take the child for a paternity test, a snowstorm leaves him stranded with single mom Olivia Wells, who blames his advice for breaking up her marriage. Caleb finds himself fighting the urge for the most basic of physical encounters. Olivia would like nothing more than to destroy the career he spent a lifetime building, but her maternal instincts draw her to help Caleb bond with his child. Soon, she finds herself falling for both of them. Nowhere in any of his advice does Caleb have an answer for how to make a relationship work if he loses his heart to love.

To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me the most memorable marriage advice you've ever heard (good or bad). Then like my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and follow my blog here. I'll pick one random winner to receive a copy of Mr. Forever. Make sure to include your email address and your preferred file type (Kindle, Nook or pdf) in your comments. Contest is open internationally.


  1. I am not married but my Mom and dad have been for almost 41 years and she tells me that you will love and fight but you have to work on it and always remember to be happy together. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I love Olivia already! The Forever Stinks line is great. *chuckle* The best advice I got was always kiss him in the morning. You never know where it will lead. Can't complain yet!

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com
    Kindle format

  3. I am so happy to have you taking part in our relaunching Summer Kick Off Blog Hop!

    Candy Bezner

  4. The best marriage advice I got wasn't told to me it was learned by both of my parents 3 failed marriages a piece. Message...don't get married!!! and my boyfriends 15 year anniversary is June 21!!! I don't need a ring and a piece of paper to say we are committed! Oh and I don't have to pay a lawyer to get rid of him!!! Lol.

    Fb Andie Wardlow
    Follow by email and everyway possible
    Sorry I don't have twitter hope I can still enter...if not no worries!
    Prefer a pdf

  5. The only advise I can remember hearing is don't go to bed angry.

    GFC Anne38
    Twitter acm05
    FB Anne M.

  6. Best advice is compromise is not a dirty word, and never to go to bed angry.

    gfc follower as cathy m
    fb as cathy macdonald
    twitter as caitymack56

    prefered format is Kindle
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  7. Great interview, Sara! Olivia sounds like she is a little sassy heroine. :)
    Most people told me not to get married. Lol. I waited until I was a little older and truly knew who I was before I got married. I am happy though. ;)
    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    trb0917 at
    FB ~ Tina Becker
    Twitter ~ @trb0917

  8. Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting. I'm loving the familiar faces and new faces. Andieleah, your advice made me laugh out loud!! Too funny. Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! Crystaley73, congratulations to your parents too.

    And now, the winner of Mr. Forever is ... Anne! Congratulations Anne. I will be emailing you shortly.