GIVEAWAY: Win your own personalized romance novel from (ended)

January 28, 2018 | By | 51 Replies More

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Congratulations to contest winner, Jackie Smith!

For those who didn’t win—but “fell in love” with the idea of—the publishers are offering MTTT readers a 10% discount on their next order with code MTTT10 through June 30, 2018.

Ever imagine being the main character in a personalized romance novel, one set in an exotic travel locale—perhaps someplace you’ve been or would like to visit with a heartthrob? Two of my colleagues have made that dream come true for countless romantics.

I met fellow travel writers J.S. Fletcher and Kathy Newbern at an SATW travel writer’s conference on a Holland America cruise ship and found out they have a unique sideline that dovetails perfectly with travel writing.

Twenty-five years ago, the couple (then romantic partners) had what they now call their “light-bulb moment.” That brainstorm was the genesis for, a company that produces custom romance novels. You might call their work a labor of love.

Award-winning freelance journalists, Fletcher and Newbern have traveled to more than 70 countries that inspire their novels.

Their company is aptly called Customers provide the details to make the books their own: such as their names, hometowns, workplaces, eye and hair color, best friends, favorite music, and affectionate nicknames. They can also choose to have their photo(s) grace the cover of the novel that is produced with one-of-a-kind personal details scattered throughout. These “customized capers come in both huggy-kissy ‘mild’ or sexy-steamy ‘wild’ versions,” and are available in paperback, hardback and as e-books.

The Giveaway

My colleagues have agreed to create a personalized romance novel for one randomly selected reader of MoreTimeToTravel.

  • To be eligible to win the giveaway, simply leave a comment below—before midnight on Valentine’s Day (February 14th, 2018—naming the travel destination you would choose for the locale of your own romance story.
  • The winner will be randomly selected and announced here.

Need some inspiration? Some of the novels have taken place in New Orleans, Key West, on safari in Africa, on cruise ships, and at beaches, dude ranches and ski lodges.

Want to purchase one for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for your honey? Visit: on YouTube:


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  1. What a wonderful initiative. I’d heard of personalised children’s books, but never travel and romance for adults! I wonder if they are saucier! Great idea – I’m sure they must do well. Love the book covers too! If I had a personalized romance novel, I’d like it set in Bali.

  2. Michele Peterson says:

    What a very cool idea for Valentine’s Day! My husband and I happen to be the least photogenic couple in the world lol so I’d likely opt for a book WITHOUT us on the cover, but it would be interesting to have a romance novel set in Guatemala.

  3. Lauren M says:

    This is a lovely idea. A number of years ago, here in Canada, a magazine called Chatelaine gave the opportunity to have your photograph appear on the cover of the magazine.

  4. Michelle Hill says:

    Great gift idea! I would choose a local pub here in Ohio where my romance began. The guy has been in my life for 16 years now.

  5. Kay Lynn says:

    What an interesting business idea. I would set my novel in Hawaii. It’s my husband’s favorite vacation destination.

  6. I also met J.S. Fletcher and Kathy Newbern recently and would LOVE to win one of their personalized novels! I think I’ll make mine sweet and in Tahiti, or Africa, or India, or maybe London, or . . .

  7. Lorena Grande says:

    I would choose Turks and Cacois as it’s the place that would make a dreamy romance!

  8. Jackie Smith says:

    Okay, that is just way too clever. They must have some of the best laughs when putting these together. . .since The Scout and The Scribe describe ourselves much like Mr. and Mrs. Excitement do in the blogosphere, I couldn’t envision quite the hot and steamy version but it made me laugh to think about it. I think I would have mine set in Aswan, Egypt or the Wadi Rum in Jordan! I am smiling at the thought. . .giggling as a matter of fact!

  9. Stephanie Shipley says:

    What a neat and fun idea! I would love to be part of my own romance novel! I would love for it to take place in Hawaii! I want to travel there so bad!

  10. Debra Borchert says:

    Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant. Do they have an app for that?
    What a wonderful Giveaway!

  11. ken ohl says:

    I would plan a trip to Hawaii would love to go there with my wife

  12. Dana says:

    I’d probably choose Italy because it was gorgeous when I vacationed there.

  13. Heather Swanson says:

    I have always wanted to see the pink sand of Bermuda.

    • Lauren M says:

      They say that the Bermuda sands are pink because of all of the crushed pink seashells in the mix and the quality of light.

  14. theresa evans says:

    I would choose a book store . Because book stores are great I spend hours there .

  15. Faye H says:

    What a fun idea! I will be checking out their website. Italy is one of the most “romantic” places we have ever visited – that would be my choice!

  16. Silvia D says:

    i would choose the rocky Mountains. what a great novel it would be to have it personalized!

  17. Micheline says:

    My Island of Love would be Fiji

  18. Traci Pape says:

    I would choose Harvest Caye, Belize for my romance destination. I briefly visited there while on a cruise.its beautiful!

  19. Sarah says:

    What a cool idea. If I were to choose a romantic destination, it would be Bali

  20. liberty says:

    I might choose Alaska for ours but haven’t decided! 🙂

  21. Charity Banman says:

    I would choose Iceland as the destination for our romantic story.

  22. Julie Waldron says:

    I would choose Mackinac Island because my husband and I love going there.

  23. Allyson Tice says:

    I would have to choose Egypt for my novel! we have always dreamed of traveling there!

  24. Marianna says:

    I would choose Alaska

  25. deanna says:

    I would want my romance story to take place in Europe. Maybe Iceland under the Northern Lights.


    That’s an easy answer! I’d pick the “wild” version of the CRUISE ALASKA book! I just celebrated my 50th birthday on Christmas Day & was shocked to literal ugly crying when my husband’s gift was that he & I are going on our 1st cruise & it’s to my top bucket list place if I were to ever get to go on even 1 cruise in my life which is to Alaska from Vancouver, round trip and that is exactly where we are going and to make it even better he is taking us in May for the 15th anniversary of our 1st date and the 14th anniversary of our engagement. AND we are getting our 1st passport books which I am also extremely excited about! I haven’t been able to travel many places YET.. and although he traveled the world before we met, he was in the military so didn’t need a passport book then. Anyway, this book and location would be literally PERFECT for us and such perfect timing too! Plus I think my husband is so drop dead gorgeous that he belongs on romance novels anyway. teehee. What a fun, unique, special gift and surprise this would be! It’s fun to even have a chance!

  27. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I would choose the Bahamas

  28. Jennifer H. says:

    I would pick Ireland!

  29. John H. says:


  30. Bernie Wallace says:

    I would love to choose Disneyland Paris for the location of my Love Story. My wife would absolutely love this. It would make a great Valentines Day Gift for her.

  31. Judy Hunting says:

    My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in our favourite place JAMAICA.. nowhere better than there

  32. Brandy Jones says:

    That’s a really neat idea to personalize it. I would choose New Orleans as my destination.

  33. Darlene Owen says:

    I love to read books, but one personalized would seem so much more real to life.

  34. Amber Hensley says:

    The bahamas would be amazing!!!!!

  35. meghan says:

    I would go to Italy!

  36. jenny says:

    I’ve never heard of anything like this but I love it! This would be a crazy awesome gift- My husband and I have such a long history and could definitely fill a book!

  37. Rhonda Fuller says:

    I like to snuggle and I love beauty so I would love to have a romantic but cold picnic complete with hot chocolate in Iceland watching the Northern Lights, with my sweetheart <3

  38. Christopher Bynum says:

    I’d love to visit Japan with the Missus

  39. Debbie West says:

    New Zealand! I would love a book. Kathy and Fletcher are the best and their romance novels are out of this world

  40. Robyn L says:

    What a unique and one of a kind idea!! I would have to choose the Blue Ridge Mountains, the same place where I fell in love with the man of my life!!

  41. Krystal Dunlap says:

    What a cute idea! I would pick Bora Bora or Hawaii as my destination. My husband and I have been together 15 years and have always dreamed of traveling to one of these beautiful places. I think he would love this prize!

  42. Misty says:

    My parents 50th Wedding Anniversary is coming up in September. They have decided to celebrate in Venice, Louisiana. So I think it would be fun for their story to be set there. Thanks for the chance to win such a fun and amazing gift!

  43. TallulahJane Huskey says:

    I would choose Hawaii as my destination.

  44. Christina London says:

    This is such a cute idea. It would have to be on the beach.

  45. TallulahJane Huskey says:

    Arkansas state fair

  46. Heather Smith says:

    Arkansas state fair

  47. Rick says:

    My wife and I will be enjoying our 50th Wedding Anniversary soon! I think it would be absolutely amazing to have a personalized romance novel! Our story was born and continues to live on in Fort Collins, CO. However we will be celebrating our Golden Anniversary in Venice, Louisiana. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!

  48. kelly woods says:

    This is too cool. Thank you- Hawaii how cool!

  49. Nancy says:

    What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fun prize! If I had to pick a travel destination, I would pick Venice, Louisiana because I will be heading their to celebrate the romance of my lifetime! In September, my husband and I will have spent five wonderful decades together and be starting our sixth.

  50. nicole bowers says:

    As a single working Mama, I’d love to treat my Mom to a Trip to LONDON and Paris!

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