Day 14 Cindy Gerard – Reasons to Believe

You Think Romance Doesn’t Matter?

The way home by Cindy GerardI once heard a ‘romance’ cynic say that romance novels were silly little books written for silly little women. Clearly, that person had never read one – like this former marine who DID read one of my books and wrote to me about it. He was in Iraq at the time. He’d done 2 previous tours of duty (also in Iraq) with the Marines and came home pretty messed up. He had drug and alcohol problems. Lost his marriage. Had pretty much given up on life. He signed up with a private contractor and returned to Iraq where, in his words, “he planned to die.”

Then he found one of my books – To The Edge – while he was there and read it. The hero of that book was a former US Army Airborne Ranger and his character was also struggling with alcohol issues and with fitting back into ‘normal’ society. This young man told me that he saw so many similarities between himself and Nolan’s character. Those similarities hit very close to home with him and he told me that reading my book gave him a reason to believe he could get his life back together and gave him hope for a future. You want to talk about a humbling experience? I’m still humbled – and happy to tell you that young man is back in the States and doing fine.

His letter is always with me and in my heart – and reminds me why romance matters.


Glenna McReynolds aka Tara Janzen. Glenna is a gifted story teller, an evocative writer and has the most unique voice you will ever encounter.

Questions for Cindy:

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

An Elvis whiskey bottle still in the box. I keep it because my dad bought one for me and one for my sister the day they came out. So it’s sentimental – and who knows, it might be worth big bucks some day LOL

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

Romancing The Tome – because it seems I’ve been writing romance forever. Let’s shoot for the moon: Meryl Streep

What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?

In addition to my grandchildren, I’ve been gifted with many wonderful friends, some writers some not, but all of whom make my life so much richer.

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?)

Why don’t you make this difficult? :o) I adore Gabe ‘the archangel’ Jones and Jenna McMillan from Show No Mercy. I’d also pick that book.


Cindy is generously donating  five e-book copies of When Somebody Loves You.  Three copies to U.S. readers and two copies to International readers (International readers enter here). To enter the domestic contest, 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 11:59pm EST Aug 12 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.


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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Cindy Gerard has over forty plus titles in print. In addition to 6 RITA nominations and 2 Rita wins, Cindy has won the Best Romantic Suspense Reviewer’s Choice award and the Pioneer Award from Romantic Times. All of her single title romantic suspense series, Black Ops Inc, has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Cindy writes sexy, heart-pounding romantic suspense and has had her work twice featured in COSMOPOLITAN Magazine as Red Hot Reads. Her first hard-cover – The Way Home – comes out the end of October 2013.

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  • Nancy Huddleston

    I grew up in Memphis and this is Elvis week. It will be worth a lot but I know its worth more because your dad got it for y’all. Love your books. Have a great day.

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    What an inspiring post. That’s what I like best about doing something for others without knowing you did it. I LOVE your stories, I’ve been reading your books since 2007. You are a must read author for me, love the action and romance you write.

  • Laurie W G

    I’m so glad you were able to reach that young man!
    I myself have learned a lot of new things from romance books about visiting different countries and their people and their cultures, visiting cities in the USA, learning about new occupations: ranching, running a huge corporation, a bakery or a restaurant, learning a new hobby:knitting, stained glass making, wine making, learning about new recipes with foods I don’t normally eat, dealing with relationships and life in general: living with illness, alcoholism, anorexia, infertility and death of a loved one.

  • Jen C

    As romance authors often do, you made me cry. But that’s okay, because it’s a good cry. I haven’t read your stories, so I’ll be sure to put your name on my list of authors to check out soon. Thanks for sharing your take on romance! 🙂

  • Sue G.

    How awesome that your story affected someone so much that they turned their life around. Kudos to you!

  • Melanie Backus

    Romance always matters. Thank you for sharing and am keeping my fingers crossed for the win.

  • Kim Cornwell

    Love meeting new authors on here! Love your book covers. Thanks for sharing.

  • Meredith Richardson

    Oh wow! Thanks for sharing that with us Cindy, It’s great to see that your writing and all romance books can touch of the heats of men as well (most don’t like to admit it). I’m so glad your book was able to make him see how important his life is!!

  • cynthia owens

    That is a wonderful story. It had to make you feel good to hear that your story had reached out to someone serving in our military and was able to help them.

  • Deb Hinshaw

    What an awesome, and, yes, humbling story. I am so glad your Marine friend found your book and was able to grasp onto living a full life again. Words, spoken or written, and actions often go unnoticed by us, but it can make a difference to someone else. THANK YOU so much for sharing this story. I only live about 15 miles from you and met you once at Basically Books in Cedar Rapids. It’s a thrill to know that an outstanding author lives so near! 🙂

  • Toni Linenberger

    What a wonderful story.

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    I’m thrilled with the site, just for the opportunity to find so many more writers that I didn’t know existed. Glad to know that good writing helps people see themselves and the opportunities that are out there for them.

  • A Reader

    Thanks for sharing such an emotional story. I used to feel the same
    about romance when I was younger. I didn’t read my first romance until
    two years ago. Now I love he genre. It’s funny how critics look down on
    romance novels, but movies that are romances or romantic comedies are
    viewed differently. And they’re usually big hits.

  • Joanne Ozment

    Great story,

  • Karen Johnston

    What a touching story! I’m sure that’s got be the best “review” you’ve ever gotten! 🙂

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    What a great story!

  • Rosemarie N.

    Wow, wonderful story to share. I love reading your Black ops inc books. Can’t wait for the next One eye jack book. Btw I’m reading Tara Janzen Steele street now. Really good books.

  • suepeace

    Wow, that is such a great story, thanks for sharing it!! 🙂

  • Karin Anderson

    Those letters are always the most amazing stories. Also, I adore Gabe. 😉

  • tonda hargett

    I love your essay, very inspiring. Thank you.

  • Kristy Birch

    My father is retired Army and I asked him a question about one of the guns you mentioned in Show No Mercy – the first of your books that I read – and he asked me what I was reading. He then read the whole chapter and said, “yep, she knows what she’s talking about. And not just the tactical stuff but what goes through your mind too.” He was part of Desert Storm but never talks about, because of Gabe and Jenna my sister and I feel like we have a bit more understanding of what some of his time was like. My sister and I love your books and can’t wait for the next one. We both have a hughe crush on Johnny Duane Reed!

  • Britney Adams

    What a beautiful story! So thankful your book made such a difference in that man’s life! We never know how our words and actions will impact the life of another!!

  • Ann Mettert

    What a marvelous story! A letter like that could make a whole career worthwhile. 🙂

  • Kareni

    I’ve enjoyed many of your books. Thanks for them and for this lovely post.

  • BookLady

    What a wonderful letter! It must be so gratifying to know that your writing has made a difference in someone’s life. Thanks for sharing.

  • christinejensen

    What a rewarding letter to have received:)

  • rebecca moe

    That is a fantastic letter–thanks for sharing!

  • Margaret Hughes

    Love all your books! What a wonderful letter you received from that marine!

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Your books are on my shopping list along with Tara Janzen’s.

  • Erlinda Mejia

    Once while looking over the books in the romance section of my local bookstore a woman and her male companion commented loudly about what a waste of space romance novels were. So, I very politely and with a sweet smile directed them to the reference section for books on manners and eticate. I LOVE ROMANCE NOVELS. They keep me sane. Lol

  • MaryC

    Thank you for sharing the story. Reading romance books have helped me get through some difficult times, Thank you for all the enjoyment your books provide me.

  • Kelley Dumas Granzow

    Cindy knows the impact she has had on me, but wow did I connect with Gabe, I was reading Cindy before his story but that one made me actually email her, before I even finished the book I had to let her know how much it touched me and I had to thank her for doing such wonderful justice to him….lets just say for me the woman walks on water and doesn’t hurt that she can write!!!!

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    What an inspiring story, Cindy. Thank you for sharing it with us and showing another way that Romance Matters.

  • TrishJ

    Romantic suspense are my favorite! I love the excitement on the way to the HEA. I remember a gazillion years ago when I first began reading romance, my friends would make fun of me. But I have converted all but 2. Now we compare books and authors. Romance books have helped me thru some really rough times. I love that no matter how dark the book is, it always ends with hope, happiness and a sense of completion.

  • Robin Ray

    I think your story about the Marine has to be one of the best reasons ever to read Romance regardless of Gender. Its awesome to hear that something you wrote may have saved someone’s life.

  • Nicole Fortuna

    The letter from the Marine was really fantastic. How great to receive that kind of thank you!

  • Beth Re

    I bet that was humbling but also uplifting to receive a letter from a marine I would keep that in my heart to

  • Marcia Berbeza

    Everybody needs to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel at some point. Obviously the reviewer who called us “silly little women”, didn’t really like women and was looking for a way to minimize us. Such a shame! Thank you for what you do!

  • Marcy Shuler

    It’s amazing how your book touched that Marine. Romances are powerful. Too bad more people don’t understand that.

  • AJ Lindquist

    I cannot wait for this book! I fall for every one of her books..always a great read!

  • M Kuxhaus

    I love happy endings, especially when they happen in real life.

  • Pamby50

    What a letter from that marine. I look forward to reading the book you recommended. I love a good romance book.

  • Sandi in OH

    Cynical reviewers who dismiss romance apparently are very bitter people who wouldn’t recognize romance if it bit them. They are also very lonely people who don’t know how to reach out to others.

  • MooMoo Cake

    I find inspiration and hope in romance novels. So thank you for writing them!

  • Glenda

    ‘Romance cynic’ should take a look at life in general. Romance is everywhere. At least in romance novels there is a happy ending. Who wouldn’t want to read about those happy romances?

  • Ann

    Love the inspiration!

  • brhill2010

    I really thought that only women read romance3 but maybe guys do to. I am glad that the Marines man found his way back home and it is even more enticing that you helped him find it. Thanks for having such a great effect in romance!!

  • QuenKne M

    What a heart-warming, spine chilling story about the solider… People who criticize romance novels has obviously never read one!! I am so tired of hearing about the trash talk, that I just ignore it and I don’t really care if any body likes what I read. I read for my self enjoyment only.
    Thanks for participating in Read A Romance Month – you’re a new author for me to check out.

  • Kim

    Nothing with Elvis could possibly be junk. 🙂 He was one of the great entertainers.

  • Lorie Glowania

    I love Cindy Gerard books. Never miss one

  • Jacquie Biggar

    That was an amazing story, it’s wonderful that your book made such an Impression on that soldier. So glad he picked it up that day 🙂

  • Ruth

    A pox on romance novel cynics (can you tell I’m an historical girl?)!! I’m actually starting to pity them instead of being irritated by them. Romance does matter, and everyday we who read, and you who write prove it.

  • Becky Rabalais

    Thank you for sharing the story of the soldier who read your books!

  • Ketta Peters

    What a fantastic story, and how incredible to have that kind of impact on someone. I do love romantic suspense, and will be adding “Show No Mercy” to my TBR pile soon!

  • Thank you for visiting today, CIndy! I enjoyed reading your essay. I love the cover of The Way Home!

  • leah g

    Wow, I have seen several of the posts contain really great, uplifting stories of letters and the life changing hope that a little romance can inspire! Thank you for sharing both your writing and the story.

  • Raine Dawson

    I’ve been waiting for this one-Cindy’s stories are at the very top of my favorites, I re-read them a lot, and Gabe and Jenna’s story was the 1st book of hers I read, after that I was hooked. Awesome spotlight, thank you & Cindy!!!!

  • Kathleen O

    What a magical thing to happen that the solider found your book and it saved his life… Your books are always a must read for me…

  • glittergirl54

    That soldier paid you the highest compliment ever. That is just awesome! My husband had been reading carefully selected romance series I have given him and enjoyed them. Yours is next 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway and keep up the tremendous writing =D

  • Kathryn Trask

    Awesome anecdote. I often think romance books encourage us to solve our problems and be our best selves. International reader, so not entering giveaway, just having my say!

  • Kim

    Thanks for sharing that story! Sometimes the right book has a way of finding us at just the right time.

  • Katy M

    I wish more people would try a romance before they judge them. I know people who read romantic suspense and love it but don’t know that it’s a romance because they picked it up off a table of bestsellers or a display because they don’t go into the romance section. LOL
    The story of your letter from the marine is truely very humbling and powerful.

  • donnas

    Great story,. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sunny and Susan

    Cindy, you are the Queen of Romantic Suspense. You’re alphas set the standard. I cannot wait to read this book

  • Ericka Spivey

    That’s a great story to share…Books can impact any person’s life at any point in time, usually when they most need it :))

  • Jenny Martin

    Thanks for sharing!