It's (almost) Valentine's Day, which means that many couples will be taking a significant step forward - becoming engaged, getting married, or even changing their Facebook status to "in a relationship." We asked the Superromance authors: What one piece of advice would you give to these brave hearts as they bind themselves more closely together?
Lenora Worth: Compromise! It has the word "promise" in it!
Cathryn Parry: For this one, I was curious for the male point-of-view, so I asked my husband what his advice would be. His answer: "Like any relationship, don't be selfish. See life through the other person's eyes." (Yes, I married a good guy! <3
Claire McEwen: Look for all the little things to love about your spouse or partner. Find something to appreciate every day, and tell him/her about it. Even if you are having a rough day and you can only find a tiny piece of good, pay attention to it.
Jeannie Watt: My husband told me something when we were first married that I have never forgotten--once something is said, it can't be unsaid. Measure your words. Make certain you're not saying something in anger you will regret later.
Vicki Essex: It never pays to keep your feelings to yourself. Your partner knows when something is wrong; trust him or her with your fears, hopes and dreams and keep communication between you open.
Pamela Hearon: My advice is to laugh together often ... even in bed :-)
Tara Taylor Quinn: Write a letter to yourself stating what matters to you most about your partner. Include how you feel about them. Later, when the newness wears off, go back to your letter. Anytime you’re having troubles, go back to that letter. On anniversaries and birthdays and special occasions, go back to that letter.
Anna Sugden: Hmm tricky one. I think my advice is to remember that no-one is perfect and it takes two to make a relationship work. I wish them much happiness!