Who can resist a magazine quiz, particularly when it promises insight into your personality? Of course, as adults, we’ve learned not to put too much credence in such silliness. We understand they’re just for fun. But I still remember one that I took at age thirteen, back when I was looking for answers into who I was and what my life would hold. This quiz had a question that equated your favorite season with your personality—whether you were a romantic or an adventurer, fun-loving or practical.
The options went something like this:
What is your perfect day?
My answer was certain, what could be better than the first day of spring? But according to this quiz, that made me an adventurer. That had to be wrong! Even at thirteen, I knew I was a romantic. I wasn’t an adventurer. I wasn’t bold—and yet—the first day of spring beckoned to me. It does still.
When we turned our clocks an hour ahead at the beginning of March, and my coworkers and family bemoaned losing an hour, I awoke from my winter doldrums. As blossoms break out on trees, the world turning incrementally toward the spring equinox, I come alive. Possibilities and opportunities beckon. Longer, warmer days where flowers bloom make me truly happy after months of slogging through drippy, drab days. Skipping outside to garden, to plant the seeds that will grow into food and flowers, to feel that sun on my skin, offers me hope.
And right now, we need hope—hope that warmer days will make for a better, safer place in times of trouble. Even amidst uncertainty, I believe that we’ll come through our difficult times. A happy ending is out there, waiting for us to reach it. Romance and adventure await.
Here’s to the promise of spring.
Steal My Heart
When a fantasy turns into a cold reality
Lexanne Harris had a plan down to the last sexy detail. Never did she think her attempt to spice up her love life with her boyfriend would involve her in a burglary with a sexier than sin thief whose emerald eyes and serious between the sheets skills are impossible to forget. As a police detective she is expected to stand on the side of the law and fight for justice. But what happens when the lines of justice blur and what’s wrong becomes way too tempting?
The situation might be challenging but Lexanne is determined to get assigned to the case, recover the jewels and catch the culprit.
The question is: What will she do with her sexy cat burglar when she catches him?
More About Aimee
Having lived in both California and Texas, Aimee O’Brian now resides in the beautiful wine country. With her three children grown and experiencing their own adventures, she and her husband are free to explore the world. When she’s not reading, writing, or planting even more perennials in her garden, she can be found stomping through ancient ruins and getting lost in museums.