Day 1 – Susan Mallery

three-little-words-webRomance Power

I am a feminist.

I read and write romance.

Those two statements do not contradict each other. In fact, I contend that romance novels empower women, which is why I’m so honored to kick off National Read-a-Romance Month. Romance novels have empowered me personally to build a career as a storyteller and a self-employed businesswoman, but I feel that they empower readers in two major ways.

1. Romance novels teach women that we can do and be anything.

The women in romance novels have some pretty fabulous careers. In my latest book, THREE LITTLE WORDS, a Fool’s Gold romance, there’s a female self-defense instructor who used to be an assassin, a female mayor, police chief, firefighter… The heroine of Alexis Morgan’s charming romance, A TIME FOR HOME, which will be out next month, unexpectedly inherits a Victorian home and decides to go into business for herself as a bed and breakfast owner.

There is no limit to what a romance heroine can do. Even in historical romances, you’ll find stories of exceptional women who exemplify the empowered spirit. Author Maureen Child has been e-publishing many of her earlier romances, with strong women who tamed the Wild West… and the men who rode there.

entertainment2. Romance novels teach women how we deserve to be treated by the men in our lives.

Romance novels teach us that we should hold out for a man who encourages us to be who we are. In fact, he delights in who we are, and he wouldn’t have us any other way. Sure, a hero may behave badly at times, but then he has to learn something, to grow. He has to earn his happy ending by proving to the heroine – and to the reader – that he is worthy of her love. He has to demonstrate that he will cherish her, respect her, be faithful to her. Anything less, and the ending isn’t happy, and that won’t do.

There’s a fantasy element to romance novels, but it’s mostly about looks – he’s usually tall, handsome, and has the sculpted muscles of an Olympian. Those are superficial attributes that should come with a “for entertainment purposes only” warning label. But look past his gorgeousness (if you can), and you’ll find a decent man with a generous heart and a desire to protect and nurture those he loves.

Those are qualities we should all seek in a mate, aren’t they? Romance readers do. And they find them. Eavesdrop on a conversation between romance readers, and you’ll often hear them talking about the nice things their husbands or boyfriends do for them. Romance novels teach women that we should expect to be treated with kindness and respect.

And yes, that means that we should expect a man who considers our orgasm to be just as important as his own.

See? Empowering, right?

 


Questions to the Author

What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?

I live in a condo, so space is a major issue. When we moved into the city, I didn’t hold onto anything I considered ugly, so I’ll go with the “craziest.” I love (love, love, love, love to the point of fetishness) purses. Despite our lack of space, I can’t bring myself to get rid of my crazy purse collection. Sometimes I go into the closet just to look at them and to run my finger lovingly across the leather.

If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

The movie would be titled, “You Can’t Put that in A Book!” and I would be played by Leelee Sobieski, because the wordsmith in me loves her name.

What is the best non-monetary gift you’ve ever been given?

My parents taught me to value reading, and I can’t think of a better gift than that. Reading has touched my life in countless ways.

If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)

Ford and Isabel in THREE LITTLE WORDS are pretty spectacular. While I love all my heroes, Ford is one that I think I could marry in real life. He’s a retired Navy SEAL, so he’s intense when he needs to be, but his personality naturally gravitates toward easy-goingness and a great sense of humor. I have a lot of admiration for Isabel, too, who deals with unexpected disappointments in her life with a can-do attitude. No obstacle is insurmountable for Isabel – she pouts for a minute and then figures out how to move on. They’re going to have a very happy life together!

 Susan has generously donated five copies of ALL SUMMER LONG to give away (U.S. only). To enter, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both.  (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.)  Comment entries must be posted by midnight EST Aug 1 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.


Susan MalleryWith more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the people next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans. Join Susan’s mailing list at www.SusanMallery.com.

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  • Blessedmimi

    I love Susan’s books.. She writes real life stories and puts the hot steamy stuff in there too… So many people couldn’t wait to read Fords story and Susan did a great job in creating a wonderful love story that spanned many years… The folded and worn letters touched my heart.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thanks so much, Mimi. I’m so glad to hear that you loved THREE LITTLE WORDS. That makes me happy!

  • lisa

    Susan thank you for contributing to this event and Bobbi thanks for organizing it. What a great idea. Susan I love your books. I am working through your current three and can’t wait for Ford’s (and Kent’s) story. For anyone who hasn’t read the Blackberry Island books check those out as well, they’re great!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Lisa! That’s very nice to hear.

  • TrishJ

    I have been waiting for Ford’s story since forever. I love this series, have read them all! I read romance books because they are comfort books, like a warm blanket on a cold day. They just make you feel good.

    • Susan Mallery

      They do, Trish! Someone asked me recently whether I would ever write a book with a sad ending, and I couldn’t say “No” fast enough. Happy endings rule!!!!!

  • Tina Sorensen

    I totally agree with your article! Thank you so much for validating the romance world.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Tina. I think the harshest judges of romance novels are people who have never read one… and we don’t need their approval. ;)

  • helena rizzuto

    I am rather fond of all romance novels… but.. I’ve got to say that Susans are more my thing. Her books don’t depict out of the norm romance scenarios. They are more of an “this can happen to me” type of story. I honestly finish her books with a sense of may I’m that person

    • Susan Mallery

      It’s so nice to hear that you relate to my characters, Helena. It all comes back to that emotional connection. If their feelings and reactions ring true, then the story can carry you away.

  • Suzanne Brockmann

    Hi, Susan! Terrific job kicking off this truly fabulous month-long event!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Thank you, Suzanne!

      • Susan Mallery

        And thank you, Bobbi, for putting all of this together. Spectacular!

        • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

          Thank you! xoxo

    • Susan Mallery

      Thanks, Suzanne! It’s going to be a month of fun, for sure!

  • Heather Coulter

    I am very fond of your books, Susan, mainly due to your amazing heroines (and humorous dialogue). Having recently read Three Little Words I must say that would be a great place to start your Fool’s Gold journey. Word of caution you will want it’s predecessors immediately following reading it, so grab a few.

    Also I agree with Lisa the Blackberry Island books are also incredible. Heather

    • Susan Mallery

      Thanks, Heather! I try to make sure every Fool’s Gold book works as a standalone, so readers can jump in at any time without feeling lost. I appreciate you letting me know that you think I did a good job with that with THREE LITTLE WORDS.

  • Rhonda Henry

    I am such a huge fan of your books! I am also a proud feminist and always find your characters so authentic. Your first series I read was the Bakery Sisters and I have been hooked since! Great article :)

    • Susan Mallery

      I love the word “authentic” in describing my characters, Rhonda. Thank you. That’s the goal!

  • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

    Thank you SUSAN! I love this essay. Romance novels are wonderful and the authors are great ambassadors for the genre. I really appreciate you kicking this off and writing such a great piece. xoxo

    (Now off to fix a few quirks in the system. The first day is always the most fun, isn’t it?) Thank you again, and many thanks to your wonderful assistant Jenel whose help was priceless.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much for organizing all of this, Bobbi. The website is really lovely. Pink is my signature color, so I feel right at home here! :) I’m glad Jenel was helpful to you. I’d be lost without her! Those of you who have read THREE LITTLE WORDS will know how I feel about Jenel, since I dedicated the book to her.

  • Tsedenia E.

    I had to say, I wasn’t that much into reading romance books until I read one of Susan’s book. It is amazing that I couldn’t stop reading until I went through it all. Her stories gives me hope that some day a guy like that will come for me too; to the point that I believe the character are real. Every time she says a new book coming up, I revisit the old once because I could not wait. Her books made me believe in love again. Thank you so much for the joy and hope you gave me. And definitely empowers me.

    • Susan Mallery

      Wow, Tsedenia, I’m honored! Do keep the hope alive that you’ll meet your forever love. You have to stay open so that you’ll recognize him when he comes. I hope you’ll find him soon!!

      • Tsedenia E.

        Thank you! I hope so too. :)

  • Martha Lawton

    Hi Susan, Thanks for all the books you write. I have to admit the story of Ford and Isabel is one of my favorites so far! I had it finished the first day I bought it as I COULD NOT stop reading it! I love your books, your characters, and the situations that some of them get into. I appreciate the time and care you put into your books. I look forward to National Read a Romance Month.

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh wow, that’s really nice, Martha! I adore Ford and Isabel. Ford is just plain charming, and once he re-acclimates to Fool’s Gold, he’s going to wonder why he ever left.

  • Carla Michelle Peavler Alcorn

    What a fabulous author to kick off Read a Romance Month! I personally can’t wait to see what happens next in the Fool’s Gold series. One of my dreams is to own a big Gucci purse, so we all know that will cost a pretty penny. Seriously, love your work!! Carla

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Carla! I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying Fool’s Gold. After THREE LITTLE WORDS comes the FOOL’S GOLD COOKBOOK and then CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET. So exciting!

      Good luck in your Gucci Quest!

  • Jennifer Nicholson Agolino

    Love, love love your books! I can’t wait to read Three Little Words. Your female characters are very true to life. I especially like all the friendships between the characters in Fool’s Gold.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! Before you go out and buy THREE LITTLE WORDS, be sure to go to my website to get the coupon for $1.00 off. You can find it on the Books page or on the home page, toward the bottom. It expires August 9, though, so you have to move quick. :)

  • lsscarchuk

    I love your books and I am one of your cheerleaders! Rah Rah…Keep up the good work!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you!!! And thanks for being a Fool’s Gold cheerleader!

  • alisha woods

    Susan Mallery is really great check out Three Little Words……..a Fool’s Gold Cheerleader

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Alisha, and cheerleader high five!

  • Kari M

    Hi Susan! I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your books. Your books were the first romance novels I read. I think Falling for Gracie was was first book of yours I read. From that point on… I was hooked. Now I keep a collection of your books. They are my “go to” when I want something fun to read.

    With that being said, I love the characters you write… you make them so “real like”…. makes me want to be their friend. You are a great writer and I can’t wait to read more of your books!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Kari! What a wonderful thing to say. I’m sitting here nursing a cup of coffee, still kind of sleepy, but your comment perked me right up. Amazing what those endorphins can do! :) Better than caffeine!

  • Ella Catella

    We all have crazy days, kids, work, grocery shopping, laundry well everything that goes with taking care of a family and raising kids, jobs we are Bolger happy in but we need the income so we keep doing it. Some days are tougher then others, but we have no choice we still must get up and put on a front, pretend all is well for our kids, get them through the day. When the kids are in bed and the house is quiet its our turn. Your favorite romance writer is there waiting to take you away. There is nothing better then a good romance to take away your worries, to make you smile or laugh out loud, to make you cry with the heroine, to fall in love with the hero. Loosing yourself in a romance won’t make the bills go away, or the everyday life problems go away, but it sure makes you feel great for a few hours a day. You can become that character, fall in love all over again, and again….. You just plain feel good when you immerse yourself in a romance. Keep up the great job susan, you are better then any therapist out there.

    • Susan Mallery

      What a beautiful way to put it, Ella. You’ve perfectly described the reader I have in mind as I write. Women invest their precious free time in my books, and I work hard to be worthy of that time, to entertain them with a story that makes them forget about the stress in their lives.

  • Cynthia Taylor Lee

    Thank you for giving some insight into why ‘romance’ novels are not only a great read, but give us a chance to live our dreams by not settling!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Cynthia. I’m glad my words resonate with you.

  • Ruth

    Great points, and I totally agree! Sometimes I’m afraid I’m afraid I am too immersed in romantic fiction that my expectations have become unrealistic. My expectations are what I deserve. And not because I’m selfish. It’s because I, and all my other sisters out there are worthy. I’m an historical gal myself, but Three Little Words tempts me. A Scottish highlander? A Navy SEAL? A rose by any other name!

    • Susan Mallery

      We do love our warriors, no matter the time period. :) And no, it is not unrealistic to expect a man to treat us well, to love us more than anyone in the world. We do all deserve that!

  • Angie Frawley

    That is one of the best things about reading to me,the women can be anything great!!! (And I get to ride along on the adventure!)Keep the great stories coming!..Romance novels put the rounding edges on my daily life!

    • Susan Mallery

      I love that, Angie! What a great way to describe the relaxation we experience when we read romance.

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Lovely! xoxo

  • Shannon Baker-Ferguson

    Love all your books Susan, fools gold being my favorite series. Everytime I think I found my favorite book in the series, you top it with the next one. Three little words is my fave as of now, and thats saying a lot considering gideon is my “hubby” and this isnt his story lol. Also a fools gold cheerleader

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL!!!!! I love that Gideon is your hubby. His deep, deep voice lulls me to sleep some nights. Cheerleader high five!

  • Vivian

    Girl power!!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Yay, us!!!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      :o)

  • Britney Adams

    Susan Mallery is the perfect start to Read A Romance Month! Thank you so much!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, thank you, Britney! This is so much fun already!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Right?! xoxo

  • Judy Sanders

    Great essay, and so true!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Judy!

  • Kay Shirey

    Hi Susan, and thanks so much for all you do! I love reading your books, and my goal is to read them all. Hopefully I can read faster than you can write! Keep up the amazing work!

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL Well, get to it, then. ;) THREE LITTLE WORDS is out this week, and then the FOOL’S GOLD COOKBOOK comes out on August 27 with a romantic novella in it, and then CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET on September 24. Then you’ll have a few months to catch up. (I’ll have books out in some of those months, but they’re reissues.)

  • thuy phan

    Great interview. Totally agree with you that romance novels do show us what we should expect from the men in our lives. I want my daughter to learn that when she starts dating. Never settle. Hold out for more because you deserve it :) and I love how strong your female characters are.

    • Susan Mallery

      A man shows his true character by how he treats the women in his life. I know many good, strong, decent men in real life. Men who aren’t good enough need to step up. We should never settle. (The reverse is also true. Men should not settle for a woman of poor character.)

  • Niki Rittenhouse

    I am excited that I found this website. I love romance novels. Thanks for the great post.

    • Susan Mallery

      I’m excited you found it, too! Today’s the first day of the first-ever National Read a Romance Month, so you’re in right at the beginning! Be sure to enter the contests!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Thank you! :o)

  • Linnea Bassin

    I have just started reading three little words!! I am super excited I am hoping to be done by tomorrow!!! I love the Fool’s Gold Series!! I think it is because of all the strong, quirk and independent woman.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Linnea!!! It’s so great to hear that you’re enjoying Fool’s Gold. When you finish THREE LITTLE WORDS, I’d love for you to post a review on your favorite book website.

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    I love August and reading great books!!

    • Susan Mallery

      I love August, too. It’s one of the few months when we see the sun here in Seattle. LOL

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Thank you! xoxo

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Love your message! I have a fantastic husband and I’ve been a lifelong reader of romance….coincidence, I think not :) Adding all of your books I haven’t read yet to my to-be-read list immediately. Great start to Read A Romance Month!

    • Susan Mallery

      I agree – not at all a coincidence! You picked well because you knew that good guys were out there. :)

  • Kasey Snyder

    Very well written essay with excellent points made. We should all hold out for our own romance hero. I know I did! I can’t wait to start Three Little Words! Fool’s Gold books are some of my absolute favorites. If only it were a real place. I’d move there in a heart beat!

    • Susan Mallery

      Congratulations on finding your own hero, Kasey. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Fool’s Gold romances. Have you discovered all the between-the-books updates at http://www.foolsgoldca.com?

      • Kasey Snyder

        Yes I have. I can’t wait for Christmas on 4th Street. I wish the Christmas Attic was real. Sounds like my kind of store!

        • Susan Mallery

          The Christmas Attic is real in our hearts…

  • Judy Appling

    Every month is Read a Romance month for me… I am reading “Three Little Words”, so hard to put down…. Another awesome Fool’s Gold episode…

    I did have trouble with the coupon at Walmart tho, they finally honored it. Just wanted you to know.

    • Susan Mallery

      I must admit, Judy, I had the same thought. I cannot imagine a month without reading romance. I started when I was 13, and I’d still rather read romance than anything else.

      I’m glad Wal-Mart honored your coupon. I’m sorry you were having a tough time with it at first. Harlequin did tell me that the printing quality has to be high so barcode scanners can read it.

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Agreed Judy and Susan, every month is Romance Month – but this is the one where we rise up and roar! ;o)

  • Kim Cornwell

    “It’s hard to miss a guy like him in black leather and driving a motorcycle in Fool’s Gold.”

    • Susan Mallery

      That’d be Angel, who’s first up next year. OMG, his story is HOT!!!

  • amy o’neal

    hi susan! wonderful contest your having i’ll be sharing this so others can see this wonderful giveaway :)

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Amy, and good luck! There are going to be contests here every day, so check back often.

      • amy o’neal

        AWESOME! I’LL LET EVERYONE KNOW

        • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

          Thank you, Amy!

  • Romance by MegMeg

    I am currently reading Three of a Kind and it’s fabulous.
    Also, love this romance month. So much fun!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Thank you!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, MegMeg! I’m so glad you’re enjoying THREE LITTLE WORDS. This is fun, isn’t it? I’m honored to be kicking things off!

  • suepeace

    Great start to the romance reading month! Susan, I love your books!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      oh – there it is, :o)

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Sue! I love being loved. ;)

  • suepeace

    I commented but it’s gone! Great start to summer reading month! Susan, I love your books and I love romance novels!! :)

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Sorry for whatever happened there! Thanks for commenting again. I love romance novels, too! :o)

  • Amy McKechney Lang

    I look forward to reading more of your books! Discovered you when Only Us was available for free for my Kindle.

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh, that’s fun! I love hearing how readers discover me, Amy. Only Us has an interesting story about it. The hero, Cameron McKenzie, was created by my fans on Facebook. I invited them to help create a character, and they decided gender, name, hair color, eye color, and gave him such an intriguing back story that I decided to write a book for him!

  • Laura Cook

    Love your books… Have two beside the bed right now to dive into!

    • Susan Mallery

      Then get to bed, young lady!!!

  • Bethany Howard

    I love your books Susan and I’m glad to see you kicking this off!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Bethany. It’s my honor to be here on Day 1.

  • Michelle Heath

    I can’t wait to read Three Little Words!!!! I love Ford already =)

    • Susan Mallery

      He is charming, Michelle. Just a great guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously… but who is very serious about satisfying Isabel. ;)

  • marianne denning

    Great way to kick off a delightful month long celebration! Keep it coming!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Thank you! I am so grateful to all of the authors!

      • Susan Mallery

        And we’re grateful to you!

  • Nancy Huddleston

    Love your books. Waiting for a new release is always hard but worth it.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Nancy. Oh, the pain of delayed gratification!

  • Rose McKeon

    Hi Susan. I love your books, and so does my husband! We especially have enjoyed the Fool’s Gold books. I love watching new people showing up in the books and getting to know a bit about them before they have their story told. Thank you for your wonderful romances, great start to the contest!

    • Susan Mallery

      It’s interesting, Rose. I’ve been hearing from more and more couples who read my books together. It’s so nice to hear!

  • Heidi Ulrich

    I have been reading your books since the Harlequin category days and still love the oldies but goodies! Great kick off for the month!!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Heidi, for being a long-time fan. (((HUGS))) to you!

  • Amy

    Thank you for speaking out in favor of feminism. And for saying that feminists can also read and enjoy romance novels. Yours are the best!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Amy! I appreciate it!

  • Beth Cornelison

    Susan- Thanks for kicking off Read A Romance month! I love purses too, which is funny to me because I’m not much of a clothes horse. But I tend to buy new purses easily enough!
    I love to read contemporary romance and romantic suspense and I’m thrilled that August is recognizing the genre!

    • Susan Mallery

      I like the idea of clothes, but I feel so overwhelmed at the thought of trying to find something that’s right for a particular occasion and that’s right for me… I’m the woman who’s asking the salespeople, “Do these go together?” I’m so grateful to the sales clerks who take pity on me and put together an entire outfit for me.

      But purses… I can shop for those without help.

  • Ora

    I started doing a lot of reading challenges this year, and became aware of your books when looking for titles that begin with Q that appealed to me. I am so glad that you wrote Quinn’s Woman.

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh, I love that book! D.J. is like a Rolo – hard on the outside, soft on the inside. ;) (She would *hate* that description!)

      • Susan Mallery

        (Am I allowed to say I love my own book? LOL)

        • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

          Yes. Yes you are.

  • Gina Burgos

    Thank you Susan for the great romance books you write! Continue your great work :-) I enjoy reading your books.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Gina!

  • Helen Mary LeClair

    I also believe that romance novels empower women and allow us to think that yes, we can do anything we want.

    • Susan Mallery

      I knew I wasn’t alone!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Amen, sister!

  • christinejensen

    I love the strong female characters in romance books! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Susan Mallery

      Women-driven fiction!!!

  • Martha Eddy

    I am reading Two of a Kind and have Three Little Words ready on my Kindle Fire.

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh, that’s great. Hope you love them both! Thank you, Martha.

  • Pennie Morgan

    Susan, you really describe Ford as I imagine him. Intense but with a wicked sense of humor and very sensitive. I LOVED this book. You just keep getting better!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      I really have to read Ford & Isabel – thinking it will be after August, though…

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Pennie. Release week is always nerve-wracking, so that is especially nice to hear today.

  • Bette Hansen

    Hi Susan…thanks for being part of this wonderful month long celebration of romance reads. I’ve read most of your books and you are truly one of the best in this genre

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Bette. I’m honored you’d say so. :)

  • brhill2010

    Hi Susan!! I love how you kicked off the read a romance month!! I can’t wait to read Isabel and Ford’s story. I also can’t wait to see them go through the obstacles and conquer them together!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you! I hope you’ll love THREE LITTLE WORDS. Before you buy it, be sure to visit my website to get the coupon for $1.00 off. http://www.susanmallery.com If you scroll down, you’ll see it on the home page.

  • Krysten Michelsen

    Great interview! And speaking of reading a romance, Three Little Words just came in at the library, so I’m on my way to read it now! Can’t wait to have it in my hands

    • Susan Mallery

      Yayyyy!!!!! I love libraries. Tell your librarian I said thank you for ordering THREE LITTLE WORDS!

  • Lesley Lindsey

    I loved Three Little Words and thanks for your insight about romances Susan. Your FG trilogy this year has been the best!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Lesley! Cheerleader high five.

      • Lesley Lindsey

        High five back Susan! :-)

  • Lisa Scolese Chan

    I just bought my first book by you, the first Fools Gold, and I cant put it down! Im supposed to be packing because we are moving out of state in four days and im sneaking in reading it every chance I get! Im completely hooked lol thank you, your book is keeping my stress levels down lol

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL! The packing can wait. ;) I hope you have a safe and uneventful move, Lisa, and that you love your new home.

      • Lisa Scolese Chan

        Thank you, and I know I’ll love it because I never have to shovel snow again :)

        • Susan Mallery

          Oooh. Ish.

  • Kathy Scouten

    Hi! Love your books. Almost thru 3 Little Words and think it is my favorite book. Love the characters. Thanks!

    • Susan Mallery

      I’ve heard that a lot, Kathy. It’s always interesting to me to hear which books are readers’ favorites. Every book is someone’s favorite, it seems, which is really nice, but THREE LITTLE WORDS seems to bring up that word a lot. :)

  • Donna Logan Brown

    Now there’s this picture in my mind of you going into your closet to visit your crazy purse collection. Love it! Have enjoyed your books for years. Also think this is a fantastic concept for a blog that gives everyone exposure to a variety of authors we might otherwise never get to “meet.”

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Donna. And yes, I agree – this was a great idea, with fabulous execution.

      • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

        Thank you! I should have asked for a picture of your purse collection…

        • Susan Mallery

          The problem is, the rest of my closet is a mess! :)

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Thank you! xoxo

  • Monica

    Love your books. I just started Three Sisters yesterday.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Monica. I hope you love it. I just saw a cover concept for the next Blackberry Island novel. EVENING STARS will be out in March, and the cover is breathtaking.

  • Tawnya Bentley

    Hi Susan, and thank you for the wonderful giveaway!! I was recently asked by my daughters best friend (both of whom are avid readers just as I am) “If you could meet one of your favorite author’s who would it be?” Well I picked you. And then went on to explain everything you put perfectly in this blog, which I’ll be sharing with her, since she was actually doing it as an interview for a local bookstore.

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh wow, Tawnya, I’m truly honored. I’d love to meet you some day. I hope we can. If by chance you’re going to the RT convention next year, then we will be able to meet. :)

  • ATMac4398

    I love, love, LOVE this series!! And every book I pick up in this series, I swear it’s my new favorite. So, of course, Three Little Words is my favorite right now. Can’t wait to read the next one!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Is that Angi? You look so mysterious in this picture, but I’m pretty sure I recognize your “handle.” :) Fool’s Gold Cheerleader high five! Glad you loved THREE LITTLE WORDS!

      • ATMac4398

        Yes, it’s me! I am very mysterious. Except when it comes to loving your books. And then I can’t wait to share my love of Fool’s Gold!!

        • Susan Mallery

          Aw! Big hugs, Angela!

  • Morgan

    A perfect start to RARM! So excited about finding new books :D

  • Sue Larson

    I just started reading Susan’s books this summer and that is the only author I’ve read this last month. I’m so glad I found her books. I just started the Buchanans series. Wow, I’m loving them.

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh, Sue, you just made my day! I’m glad you discovered me.

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Love your books! I always buy them as soon as they come out!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Nicole! That is by far the best thing you can do to show support for the authors you love. Those first-week sales are like my report card with the publisher. I appreciate you!

  • Raynelle Nazario

    I LOVE your books, Susan! I’m sure there are only a handful left I haven’t read :) I’ve been reading your books since I was in high school. I started with Hometown Heartbreakers, I think. That’s over 15 years of escaping into your wonderful stories! Fool’s Gold has captured me, I do believe they are your best stories yet! Although the Desert Rogues were yummy!:) I’m starting Three Little Words tonight! I can’t wait!! :)

    • Susan Mallery

      Raynelle, I appreciate that so much. Thank you for reading and loving my books. I have the best readers in the world, and I so appreciate you sticking with me all these years. Enjoy THREE LITTLE WORDS!

      • Raynelle Nazario

        I finished it! LOVED IT!! As always :) Anticipating Angel’s Novel now!!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I am loving your Fools Gold series! I like that the town is basically run by women, who are in a lot of untraditional roles.

    • Susan Mallery

      I’m glad you’re enjoying Fool’s Gold, Sharlene. I love this little town!

  • Pamby50

    Hi Susan, I just wanted to let you know that the Fool’s Gold series is my favorite. It is about strong women who can accomplish anything. I read the first book while going through rehab for a muscle disease. I thank my friends for bringing this to me. I made them get me the rest. Thanks!!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, thanks so much, Pamby. I hope your rehab is going well. Thank your friends for me, too, please. I love hearing when readers discovered me because someone else told them to read my book. Word of mouth is powerful!

  • Kelly Harms

    Love me some Fool’s Gold. Great post, Susan!

    • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

      Thanks for stopping in, Kelly!

      • Kelly Harms

        Bobbi, wild horses can’t keep me away. I’ve loved all three posts today. Not to mention I bought two new romances. EEK… dangerous stuff!

        • Susan Mallery

          LOL! I think there will be a lot of that going on here this month. This is going to be fun!

        • http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ Bobbi Dumas

          awww… xoxo

  • tonda hargett

    I love the title you chose for your movie, “You Can’t Put That in a Book”! Wonderful! lol

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL Glad I made you laugh!

  • Donna Engelhardt

    Fool’s Gold is my very favorite series! I have read all of them except the e-books (I don’t have access to an e-reader :( ) Now, I have my mom reading them as well…she is on Summer Days right now! She loves them too! Thanks sooo much for such awesome, empowering romances!!! :)

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Donna! Just so you know, you don’t actually have to own an ereader in order to read ebooks, as long as you have a computer. You can read them online. Here’s a video where I explain how: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9ifAQEYP-A

  • Allison Siegel

    I’ve never read anything by Susan Mallery, but after reading her essay and seeing all of the positive comments, I’m going to have to pick something up. Thanks for creating a month to celebrate romance novels, so I can find authors I would have never read otherwise.

  • Julia Hacker

    I really enjoy your books. I read all the time and when I need a good book to lift me up your books always do it. Thank you for being here and doing what you do.
    Julia

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Julia! You can count on me for a happy ending! It’s so nice to hear that my books give you a lift. :)

  • JW Ashley

    LOVE! I am so happy to hear a writer speak so eloquently about what this genre teaches readers. In the humanities, we are often taught that literary books teach, but romance so often does not get the praise it deserves. Brava! Over at my blog, we’re doing a project on this topic. Can’t wait to quote this essay!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much! Quote away! :)

  • Kim

    Great job kicking off this event! I just picked up Three Little Words and I can’t wait to start reading!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you and enjoy!

  • Susan Mallery

    I didn’t know the video would actually show up here. In that case…

    http://youtu.be/-pU0hObv0Wo

  • Fran

    Such a great post! I’m involved with my school’s feminist club and I often feel the need to defend my love of the romance genre. Being a feminist and romance fan are not mutually exclusive, and I wish more people could understand that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Susan Mallery

      You’re so welcome, Fran. Isn’t it nice to know that we’re not alone?

      • Fran

        It totally is :) I’m so happy the internet lets us all connect.

  • Judy Appling

    It was a scan issue to begin with .. Then they told me had expired, when that didn’t work they told me I had to buy 3 books entitled “Little Words”…

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL! Oh, that’s funny. It says right in the find print that it’s valid from July 30 through August 9, and the book title is pictured right there. I’m glad they figured it out!

      • Judy Appling

        As I so patiently pointed out……

      • Judy Appling

        For my latest “Three Little Words” adventure… I was very much engrossed in a particular chapter and the power went out… No way was I going to wait.. A trusty flashlight finished the chapter.. As a matter of fact we finished the whole book.. Fantastic Read..

  • Brenda Rumsey

    I always enjoy reading Susan’s Fool’s Gold series, and THREE LITTLE WORDS is so much fun. Susan has a way of writing characters that make “strong” look “sexy” and leaves you feeling empowered. Looking forward to checking in each day.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Brenda! Cheerleader high five.

  • Heather Pettinger

    My stack of books-to-read is getting bigger and bigger. I need more time to read all these fabulous books that have come out this summer (and in the near future)!

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh, the joy of a large TBR pile!!! Thanks for stopping by, Heather.

  • Sarah Morgan

    Such an inspiring post Susan, and I love your Fool’s Gold series – especially Ford!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Sarah! I’ve got DOUKAKIS’S APPRENTICE on my nightstand! Looking forward to it. Harlequin Presents is my first love!

  • Sarah Gianocaro

    I love Fool’s Gold and the characters in this series. I can’t wait for more.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Sarah! Have you discovered the bonus content at http://www.foolsgoldca.com?

      • Sarah Gianocaro

        I have and I’m excited to see what comes next. :) I’ve read some of your other books and series too and have enjoyed them all.

  • Ginger Robertson

    Hi Susan,
    I look forward to reading Three Little Words. And, for me, everyday is Read A Romance day.
    Ginger

    • Susan Mallery

      For me, too, Ginger! A day without romance is… well, actually, I have no idea what it is because I haven’t had one since I started reading romance. LOL

  • Sara Maria Brockunier

    You are a new author to me…many of the women who live in my apartment building love your books…And they recommend your books to me

    • Susan Mallery

      Oh wow, that’s so nice to hear. Tell them I said thank you, Sara Maria! And since you’ve never read me before, you might enjoy this free excerpt of THREE LITTLE WORDS so you can get a taste before you commit. http://www.susanmallery.com/excerpt_august2013.php

  • Sandra L Wrye

    Hey Susan
    I have fallen in love with the town of Fool’s Gold and have everyone either the book or on my Kindle. This is a great series. I would love to move to Fool’s Gold it seems like a wonderful place to live. I love the Read a Romance Month idea. I read all types of books but Romance will always be my favorite. It is a great way to relax and forget the problems of the world. I would like to understand why guys always seem to make it a point to say: You know that stuffs not real!” I always laugh and say ” I guess that’s why its called fiction!” Your books are wonderful and help make the world a brighter place.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Sandra! It’s great to hear that you love Fool’s Gold because I hope to continue writing the Fool’s Gold romances for years.

      It’s interesting to me when people talk about romance novels being unrealistic, but they have no problem with thrillers. A *lot* more marriages happen every year than murders!

  • Rebecca Berus

    I am so glad someone is talking about how romance books empower. I definitely feel like they have empowered me. Thanks for this post and thanks for the amazing Fool’s Gold series. I love it!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Rebecca! I believe this with all my heart.

  • May

    Totally agree with you. I am a feminist and I never understand why women are so afraid to use that word.

    • Susan Mallery

      It does seem to have a pejorative connotation for some women, but I see it simply as believing that women are capable and should be respected as such.

  • Brenda Crider

    Love romance because the right guy always makes the strong heroine stronger!!!! He appreciates that about her!

    • Susan Mallery

      And the right woman makes HIM stronger, too! Happy sigh! Thanks for stopping by, Brenda!

  • Dana Shoulders

    I never thought about it, but I do have friends that don’t read romances and all have either not been treated well by their spouse, or they are divorced. I’m the only one that has been married 21 years and I’m a voracious reader of romance. I might not always have the perfect husband, but I’m still willing to work with the raw materials :).

    • Susan Mallery

      Nobody is perfect. I think the key to a happy marriage is to be nice to one another. Perhaps romance readers are generally kinder to their spouses, which inspires more kindness in return? (Not that I’ve done any formal studies on the subject. ;D )

  • Nikki H

    I just bought Three Little Words, but I’m saving it for a plane trip tomorrow!

    • Susan Mallery

      I hope you enjoy it, Nikki, and have a safe flight!

  • Jen Ferraro Stepke

    I LOVE romance novels! I just want to say a great big “THANK YOU” to all of you amazing writers! Keep these fabulous stories coming! :)

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Jen! We couldn’t do it without our wonderful readers!

  • Cheryl Hastings

    I have Three Little Words downloaded onto my Nook for vacation, but I don’t think I’ll be able to wait that long!! Ford and Isabel must be pretty special to be your favorite couple…I would never be able to pick a Fool’s Gold fav :)

    • Susan Mallery

      My favorite changes. :) Wait till you meet Gabriel and Noelle in CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET! (Gabriel is Gideon’s twin. Gideon was the hero of TWO OF A KIND.)

  • Maryellen McAuliffe

    Love Susan’s books! I just bought Three Little Words today, and plan to read it tonight! And again this weekend!

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL! Thank you so much, Maryellen, and happy reading!

  • Teri Lenz

    Having never read the first Fools Gold book, I’ve picked up Two of a Kind and delved right into it! I’m really enjoying it. It will be just like me to go back to Just One Kiss later! I am also reading A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn and my friend (who lives two states away) and I both bought Can’t Stop Believing (Jodi Thomas) to read at the same time! August WILL be the romance month for me! Thanks for a fun blog! ~ Teri

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Teri! If you enjoy TWO OF A KIND, I hope you’ll grab THREE LITTLE WORDS, too. Don’t miss the $1.00 off coupon on my website!

      • Teri Lenz

        Thanks!

  • slgibbs1

    I’ve read every book in the Fool’s Gold Series and quite a few from the other series. Love Susan Mallery!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you! It feels good to be loved.

  • Melanie Backus

    What a great way to kick off the days of August. It is my birthday month, so I hope I win a great read!

    • Susan Mallery

      Happy birthday, Melanie!

      • Melanie Backus

        Thank you for the birthday wish!

  • Becky Rabalais

    Just discovered your Fool’s Gold series! Totally enjoying it. Looking forward to the next one.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Becky! I love being discovered!

  • QuenKne M

    I’m not sure if my previous post, posted so i’ve commented again.
    Your words above are empowerment to women everywhere. Maybe you should put together a short book to give to young girls so they can start to learn these lessons early on.

  • Janie

    Congrats to Susan on the new release. I am a fan of this series.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Janie!

  • erom13

    I look forward to trying out “Three Little Words,” though I have read some of your other books.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Erom!

  • QuenKne M

    YES!! YES!! YES!! (oops that sounded a little orgasmic) I could not agree more with everything you said, Susan.

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL! Nothing wrong with book-orgasms… or the other kind. ;)

  • Susan Mallery

    Thank you so much for a wonderful day, Bobbi and everyone who stopped by! I really enjoyed it. Time for a nice glass and hey, a romance novel! :)

  • Jen C

    You said it, Susan! What a great way to kick off this month!

  • Alyssa

    I’ve never read your books, but after reading this I’m going to go pick one up as soon as I finish exams. Not only do I love the sound of them, but thank you for finally giving me a good answer for when people roll their eyes at my romance collection.

  • Amy Herskovic

    Hi Susan!!!!! I just wanted to let you know that I am loving Nevada’s story!!!! I am getting excited to read your next series. I love your books!!!! Fool’s Gold is definitely a town I would love to visit!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!

  • Patricia Treybal

    This post is so great Susan and so true. I wish I could say what I mean half as well as you. I adore Three Little Words. The actual romances just slip in so sweetly.

  • MaryC

    Just finished reading THREE LITTLE WORDS – can’t wait to read he next FG book!

  • Rose

    I agree with your comment on reading. I am so glad my parents encouraged me to read. Reading Rainbow helped grow my love of books.

  • Julie

    Hi Susan, Fool’s Gold is currently on my wish list to purchase. I have had to stop purchasing books for a while because my husband is a gov’t employee who is currently experiencing furlough days. Therefore, money is tight. Hopefully I will be able to purchase more soon. Thank you for your talent.

  • Lori Cooper Lewis

    You are on the money in your statements, especially about how men should treat us as women. I held out for the one, and couldn’t be happier. It was rough for a couple of years, but then I started reading romance novels again and everything changed.
    My personal favorite – Charlie and Clay.

  • Chris Brandstatter

    half way thru “3 Little Words” and loving in!!! I am really enjoying Ford most of all. Great post too on romance!

  • Fanlass

    Finished Three Little Words in one day! It was perfect! It was the best of the three novels. Thank you Susan Mallery so much for a wonderful book!

  • dragonyka

    I haven’t read any of your books yet. But you can be sure, they’re going on my TBR list.

  • Robert Sutton

    Susan, your one of my favorite authors. I own almost all your books and I’m loving the Fools Gold world. Just bought Three Little Words and will start reading it soon. Thanks for such great books and worlds. Your the best!

  • Eirene Oh

    I am a day late but what a wonderful way to start off Read A Romance month! I wish more people saw romance novels as something that is very empowering! And now I’m going to go look for Fool’s Gold because you totally sold me on Ford lol.

  • Bernadette Long

    I really loved Felicia in “Two of a Kind”!!

  • Shari

    Love Fool’s Gold, Three Little Words is no exception. The story of Isabel and Ford is wonderful, along with the added romance of Conseulo and Kent, you have hot romance read for the summer.

  • leah g

    I have a crazy purse collection too. I try to switch every week so they all get love.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Susan, I loved your comment: “My parents taught me to value reading, and I can’t think of a better gift than that. Reading has touched my life in countless ways.”
    I could not have said it better and I was lucky to receive the same gift from my parents and am proud to have passed it on to my son as well.

  • Karin Anderson

    I completely agree with both of your statements! Romance books are empowering. :-D

  • donnas

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.brookeblogs.com/ Brooke Bumgardner

    Gorgeous cover! Your books sound wonderful, Susan. I really enjoyed your post.

  • Meredith Richardson

    Love your books!

  • Rosanne Amoroso Bolton

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for all the reading pleasure you have given me and many others. I have been a fan since the Harlequinn sheik books. I love the Fools Gold books, they are great reading and sounds like a place I would like to move to. I am waiting patiently for “Three Little Words” which I ordered from Harlequinn. It should be here in 2 days and I can’t wait. I also can’t wait for Angel’s story and any other new characters coming up. Please keep this town and its people going for a long time. Again thank you.
    P.S. I am happy you were the first author on August 1st, which is my 75th birthday

  • Jaymy M

    My crazy would be my books. They are everywhere. I love to the feel of a book in hand, the smell of the ink from a new publication, flipping the pages, which open just where you left off or your favorite parts each time. Bookshelves overflowing. Mostly paperbacks.

    Have some ebooks too. But find myself reaching for the real physical book with paper pages to turn and shiny hard covers. The kindles tends to just sit on my app, unread a lot of times. I used computers and electronics for work all day. I prefer to take my paperback to the tub with me. Always have a couple in the bathroom, just in case. And one the headboard…. and often the living room….etc…

    i love books. Most are romances.

  • mariannewestrich

    I want to live in Fools Gold!

  • Jenny Martin

    THANK YOU! Love reading your books!

  • Rosemarie N.

    Just discovered your Fool Gold series. Now I’m reading your Lone Stars Sisters. I can’t get enough of your books. Thank you.