Welcome Guest Blogger Callie Hutton: Love (or Hate) at First Sight?

How compatible were you and your significant other when you first met? So many of my friends and relatives, as well as myself, clashed in the beginning of the relationship.

My mother thought my father was an idiot when they first met. They were married 50+ years when she died. My husband and I had our third date before I stopped thinking of him as a jerk. You wonder why I would have three dates with such a person? Because we worked together, had so much fun, and would go out at the end of our shift for a drink. Loved his company, thought he was so funny. But the dates were disasters.

The theme of most romance stories is conflict in the beginning between the hero and heroine. A good story keeps the conflict going for a while, the tension up, the sexual tension strong.

Why do so many lovers clash in the beginning? Is it the strength of the attraction that’s frightening? Or is it truly that opposites attract?  Or maybe there really are that many jerks out there.

In my book, A Wife By Christmas, Max Colbert is the new principal of the high school in 1906 Guthrie, Oklahoma. He is stiff-necked, rigid and definitely a life planner. His nemesis, Ellie Henderson, is a teacher under his supervision who is scatter-brained, a rebel for her time, and a (gulp) Suffragette.

She has her life plan, and he has his. Neither one is prepared for the attraction that has them questioning their decisions.

How about you and your significant other? Clashes at the beginning? Or love at first sight? I’d love to know. One commenter will receive a free download of A Wife By Christmas. I’d love to hear from you.


A Wife by Christmas

From Soul Mate Publishing. Available now. www.soulmatepublishing.com

Author:  Callie Hutton.  www.calliehutton.com



Guthrie, OK

November, 1906

        Max Colbert glared at the woman perched on the edge of the chair across from him.  History teacher Ellie Henderson had been a thorn in his side the size of the Oklahoma sky ever since he’d been appointed principal of Logan County High School three months ago.

She sat there, humming. Humming! His gut twisted and he clenched his jaw.  Drat the woman for being so unconcerned while he fumed.  It was important to get his emotions under control, needed his years of experience to kick in.  He took a deep breath and leaned forward.  “Miss Henderson, your unapproved activities have gone too far. I am going to have to fire you.”

        Ellie’s right eyebrow rose, meeting him glare for glare. “No. You can’t.”

        “Yes I can, and I am.” Blood rushed to his face.

        She stood and placed both palms on his desk, and leaned in. “I will tell my Uncle Jesse.”

        Max pushed his chair back and got to his feet. He moved close enough to see the light dusting of freckles across her nose. “It won’t make any difference.”

        “It will if you plan to be Territorial Superintendent of Schools.” They were now almost nose-to-nose.

        Beads of sweat broke out on his forehead. “I will get that job on my own merit.”

        “Not without Senator Jesse Cochran’s endorsement.”  Her hazel eyes narrowed.

        His jaw tightened, his mouth working as if to say something. Then like a rag doll, he collapsed into his seat and leaned back, eyes closed. “Miss Henderson, you are a pebble in my shoe.”

        “And you, Mr. Colbert, are a horse’s behind.”

        He opened one eye. She again sat primly on the edge of her seat, adjusting her skirts.  The two red dots on her cheeks the only indication of her anger.

        “You may leave now,” he said through gritted teeth.

        Ellie bowed her head slightly. “As you wish.” She stood, smoothed back the hair always loose from her bun.  With head held high, she sailed from the room, closing the door softly. Her skirt stuck in the door. She re-opened it, yanked the skirt and banged the door shut.

        Max winced at the sound, his left eye twitched. 

17 Responses to “Welcome Guest Blogger Callie Hutton: Love (or Hate) at First Sight?”

  1. 1 deenaremiel 12/02/2011 at 5:50 AM

    For me, I love it when the main characters start out of the gate at odds with each other. The rocky relationship lends itself to great, snappy dialogue and an even more anticiapted coming together.

  2. 2 Callie Hutton 12/02/2011 at 7:03 AM

    I agree, Deena. And in A Wife By Christmas, there is some funny heated exchanges between Max and Ellie. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


  3. 3 Neecy 12/02/2011 at 7:54 AM

    My h/h start out butting heads, but the chemistry between them is there! I love reading books on that level.

  4. 5 Cheryl Yeko 12/02/2011 at 8:07 AM

    It was pretty much love at first sight.

    I met my husband at a business gathering and even though we lived 100 miles apart we began a long distance romance that lasted 3 years. We saw each other every weekend and talked on the phone on a daily basis.

    That was over 25 years ago and we are just as happy today as the day we were married.

    Actually, I think we are even more happy. With the stresses of raising a family behind us we now have time to concentrate solely on each other and our relationship is deeper and more fulfilling. And the sex…well let’s just say that things do get better with age!

    I know this mans heart as well, or better, than he does, and he knows my deepest darkest secrets.

    I just wish I had another lifetime to spend with him.

    • 6 Callie Hutton 12/02/2011 at 2:32 PM

      Wow, Cheryl that’s such a great testimonial to your marriage! I love it. No wonder you write such great romance. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. 7 Ceri Hebert 12/02/2011 at 9:06 AM

    It was actually lust at first sight for my husband and I actually. He was a friend’s roommate. I was just ending the divorce process so I wasn’t really looking. And he was much younger than me. I didn’t think it would be a good idea to get involved with someone who was barely old enough to drink legally. After a year of friendship we finally decided to give a relationship a shot. We’ll be married 16 years next week.

    Great interview!! Congrats on the release, Callie!!

  6. 9 Ally Broadfield 12/02/2011 at 9:18 AM

    I also like stories where the main characters dislike each other at first. It’s so fun to follow along as they each grow and change have to admit (at least to themselves) that they were wrong about the other person.

    • 10 Callie Hutton 12/02/2011 at 2:33 PM

      I do, too, but I like it when the h/h get together at least by the middle of the book, and then fight an external conflict together. But they tell me that’s not the genuine romance guideline. But it’s what I prefer, lol.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. 11 Susan Macatee 12/02/2011 at 1:05 PM

    Great excerpt! Love the cover too!!

    My husband and I, married now for 30 years, clicked right from the start. My girlfriend and his best friend set us up on a blind date. He picked me up, we talked in his car on the way to meet them, then he kissed me. I felt a familiarity with him right away, almost as if I knew him.

    Not to say we didn’t have rocky times over the years, but never bad enough to split us up. And over time, our love just grows stronger. Don’t know what I’d do without him.

    • 12 Callie Hutton 12/02/2011 at 2:34 PM

      Another great love story! Wow, you gals really have it all figured out. Thanks for stopping by again, Susan.

  8. 13 kristualla 12/02/2011 at 2:43 PM

    I have to jump in – I had my eye on my hubby’s roommate at first, but Paul swept me off my feet in just 72 hours! Been 34+ years, and I’m still swept. 🙂

    • 14 Callie Hutton 12/02/2011 at 3:28 PM

      I can’t believe all the wonderful love stories. And everyone’s relationships lasting so long. Maybe that’s one of the requirements for writing love stories?

  9. 15 ellaquinnauthor 12/02/2011 at 5:19 PM

    Long story short, I was in the process of divorcing and hadn’t dated at all for a year. My son was 18 months old and we were still nursing and I’d gone back to college. Friends got us together. I told him I wasn’t looking for a relationship. He spent the weekend. That was 30 years ago.

    • 16 Callie Hutton 12/03/2011 at 8:30 AM

      Thanks for stopping by, Ella. I love your story. So many of us have long term marriages. It’s heartening. I still think that might be why we write love stories. We love the happy endings we live.

  10. 17 Callie Hutton 12/03/2011 at 8:30 AM

    I want to thank Kris for having me as a guest. She’ll be picking the winner of a download of A Wife By Christmas. Watch for the announcement.

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