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Read a Romance Month!

Very proud to be a featured author for this wonderful event.Graphic: Read a Romance Month logo

Here’s my post on the Power of Romance:

The prospect of writing about the power of romance is so wonderfully open-ended that — while delighted to be given the opportunity — I actually began to feel rather daunted. So I decided to ask for help. I went to my Facebook community.

Could you tell me why you read romance? I asked the folks on my page. What is it that pulls you to this genre? What is your experience reading it?

The answers, promptly and generously contributed, made me smile, nod, and get a little teary-eyed. Because everything they said is something I feel, too.

“When reading a romance you become entwined in the characters and the story; it can become an emotional roller coaster. However, the HEA at the end makes it worth it. Real life can be a struggle and having an escape to a place where you know it’s all going to be ok, no matter what, is a wonderful escape.”

“It’s good for my mind and spirit.”

“I like seeing how authors can take characters on many different journeys, and even though you know it will all end happily, the best romances leave you questioning how that could possibly happen. . . . I love reading about different times and places from different characters’ perspectives. What better way to feel like you’re there than to follow characters on very real emotional journeys like that? . . . Romance provides me with stories that I feel could be real. . . . Real people could have lived that story.”

“Reading romance is like watching a romantic movie, except you get to picture what the hero and heroine look like in your mind.”

“I want to go someplace I’ve never been, walk through the castle, stand on the side of the dance floor at a ball, feel the spray of the sea on the deck of a pirate ship, sit in a meadow of heather wrapped in a tartan. Take me far away to forget about the troubles of today whether it’s trouble in the world or anniversaries of loved ones no longer there.”

“I love romance because there’s a hopeful aspect to it. When there’s two characters you love, who fall in love, you know that, despite everything that gets thrown their way, they’ll make it through . . . together.”

This is the power of romance.

Nurturing the mind and spirit. Cherishing hope. Leaving our troubles behind for a little while. Magically conquering time and geography. Falling in love with characters we’ve come to know, and rooting for them every step of the way.

Moreover, that I could turn for help from this amazing, lively community, where we talk about books in general and romance novels in particular, share a laugh, sigh over a gorgeous photo, find inspiration, and, day by day, get to know each other — well, that’s the power of romance, too.

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“It’s my aromatherapy”

Something every book lover understands. :)Pickles comic strip: "It's my aromatherapy"

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Happy weekend!

Here’s a nice way to spend it. :)

Illustration by Stephanie Lambourne

Illustration by Stephanie Lambourne; via Helen Warlow on Twitter

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Do you have a favorite romance novel?

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! Last week we talked about movies . . . and here’s today’s fun question. Graphic: Do you have an all-time favorite romance novel? Via Lisa Berne, www.LisaBerne.com

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Are you on Goodreads?

If you haven’t already, would you like to connect with me there? If so, please click here.Goodreads logo.

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Things to use as a bookmark

Yep. All true. :)

Illustration: "Things to use as a bookmark"

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“I have to sneeze . . .”

A little cat humor for our Friday. :)Cartoon: "I have to sneeze," via Off the Mark

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What are you reading?

It’s Thursday, which means it’s official Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! Here’s today’s question, which I need to regularly ask as I always love hearing what people are reading . . . and it’s a great way to add on to my TBR pile. :)

Graphic: What are you reading? Via Lisa Berne, www.LisaBerne.com

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My idea of heaven . . .

What a glorious reading nook!

Photo: a beautiful reading nook

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“Quiet night at home”

I wonder what she’s reading . . .

Illustration: a woman reading in the tub: "Quiet Night at Home" by Ellen Weinstein

“Quiet Night at Home” by Ellen Weinstein

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