Day 17 Jeanne Adams – Romance? I Say Go For It

What’s in a Name?

Its read-a-romance month and so many fabulous authors are pitching in to tell you why Romance Matters. They’ve all given such wonderful views on the topic, I worried that I wouldn’t have anything to say. I decided I could say that Romance matters to the economy, given that 63% of all the mass-market paperbacks sold are Romances. Just so you know, that number didn’t dip during the recession, it grew. (Those percentages are beyond amazing – and it’s all because of Romance! Huzzah to the recovering economy! Go Romance Readers!)

DeadlyLittleSecretsI could say that Romance matters because stories that empower make us better people, better friends, better spouses, better parents. And Romance, above all genres, empowers. But others have said that and said it better. Going back to those statistics, I could say that Romance matters because it outsells the next four fiction genres combined – but that’s just a number. It’s just one of those pie-charts that shows that books like the ones I write – like those Sylvia Day, Dee Davis, Tracy Garrett and any of my Romance Bandits pals write – well, those books SELL. (Speaking of the Romance Bandits, check us out at www.RomanceBandits.com)

The naysayers to all this will smile with condescending glee and say, “Oh, yes, women buy those books, don’t they?” How many times have you heard the books we love called “Trashy”? That’s when I grit my teeth till I worry they’ll break, and smile, and move on. Anyone who thinks books of any kind are trashy isn’t worth my time, and anyone who’d think women-as-readers are silly, isn’t either.

I did have a battle with my father, however. Him, I won over.

My father once told me he thought my books were well written and it would be so wonderful when I wrote a real book. Totally puzzled, since I thought my books WERE real books, I asked, “What’s unreal about my books?”

“Well, it’s romance,” he replied. “It’s not serious.”

“It’s about love, yes, and has a happy ending, but in the first one, for instance, the hero is escaping from an abusive, criminal ex-con, who wants to kill her and take her child. It involves being clever enough to escape, telling the truth, finding justice and doing whatever it takes to protect the innocent. How is that not serious? That could be the brief synopsis for the Illiad or the Odyssey, if you want to go to points.”

It took him a few minutes and he conceded, educated Librarian that he was, that I had a point. He still had to add, “But you know, it isn’t literature, honey.”

I conceded that Deadly Little Secrets, the last book out before he died, wasn’t meant to be a timeless, uber-meaningful story for the ages (which I find bore me to tears, by the way); it was meant to entertain, to encourage and yes, to empower. However, I had to push the point. “Do you consider Shakespeare to be literature?” I asked, and he agreed that the Bard’s works were the paragon of literary achievement.

Ta-da! I had him! I smiled and said, “You know, Dad, Shakespeare wrote romance.”

So, there you have it. Statistics or the Bard, you choose. Or read some of the wonderful, thoughtful posts by my fellow authors. I laughed out loud, and nearly spewed tea on my keyboard, when I read Christina Dodd’s post on the 8th of August. The bit about the submarine captain? Priceless. And what Linda Francis Lee said on August 5th? She said, “Romance novels taught me that doormats never win.”

THAT is why I read Romance, and that is why the genre matters to me personally. I’ve learned a lot of great history reading romance, and I’ve learned a lot of fascinating things, but more than anything else, I learned that women who stand up for themselves, who go for it, who risk, get the best things in life. So go read a romance, boost yourself AND the economy and go for the best things in life!

 

You are reading this essay at ReadARomanceMonth.com. Be sure to visit the About Read-A-Romance Month to learn more, or the Authors & Contributors page to see a list of all the great romance writers who are participating in celebrating the romance genre during the month of August.  Also visit the Awesome Contests page to see how you can register each week to win “A Month of Romance” (31 books), e-readers, and even the Grand Central Grand Prize, an iPad mini. If you love romance, then this is the place to be!

Jeanne is generously donating prizes to four lucky readers. Prize one includes a Dark and Deadly Gift bag – Starbucks dark roast coffee, Deadly Little Secrets and Deadly Little Lies, and a mug (U.S. only); Prizes two and three include copies of Deadly Little Secrets and Deadly Little Lies and a Starbucks gift card (U.S. only); Prize four is a copy of Deadly Little Secrets and Deadly Little Lies to an International reader (International readers enter here). U.S. readers, 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 11:59pm EST Aug 17 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.

 


 Questions for Jeanne:

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

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The craziest object in my house is a gourd. It’s big, bigger than a basketball, and is totally cool. It does nothing. It just is, for it’s own sake. My parents had it, and now I have it. The other crazy thing is a three-legged cast iron pot.

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

The Testosterone Zone (I have sons and a husband and three dogs. So mayhem, madness, sports, Legos and general chaos is my life, but it’s fun!) and I think I’d like Piper Perabo to play me. Poor woman.

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

On the personal-psyche portion of things, the best gift I received is confidence, the kind that comes from knowing your family totally loves you for who you are. On a gift-gift scale, my first Dalmatian was one of the best gifts to ever come into my life.

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?

Oh! I love the scene in Deadly Little Secrets when Ana and Gates sneak off into a security room and have a romantic interlude. It is among my favorites. As for romance novels in general…the scene in Anna Campbell’s Untouched, where Matthew and Grace come together, willingly, knowingly for the first time? OMGosh!!


Jeanne AdamsJeanne Adams writes thrilling romantic suspense for Kensington’s Zebra line, as well as independently. Her newest book, Deadly Charms will be out in Fall 2013, and you can look forward to a new line of paranormal romantic suspense from her in 2014. She helped create the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College this August; served on the Board of Directors for Romance Writers of America for two terms; was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Red Hot Reads; and has won numerous awards for her work. Jeanne lives in DC with her sports-mad husband and sons, as well as a number of large boisterous dogs – sometimes three, sometimes more if she’s taken on another rescue dog.  Find Jeanne online at www.jeanneadams.com

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  • Deb Hinshaw

    Great post today, Jeanne. I just laugh it off when my husband says I’m reading one of my smut books. First of all, I don’t read THAT kind of romance. Secondly, the stories I read may be action-packed or about another time and place or even a fairy tale of sorts, but they are romances about love and HEAs.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      There you go, Deb. And hey, whatever he may call it, you’re READING, and therefore learning and expanding your mind. Go YOU!!! And readers live longer and are happier. I’m betting Romance Readers live even LONGER and are even Happier than the statistics!! Ha! Enjoy!

  • Melanie Backus

    Jeanne,
    I would love to be a winner with you! Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Melanie! Thanks for popping in and commenting!

  • Nancy Huddleston

    Well you did it again. I have a new author I’ll be trying. Thanks.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Bwahahaha! Nancy, it’s our goal in life to turn your TBR pile into a TBR Mountain!! (If it isn’t already) Grins.

  • Evelyn S

    Great essay! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Evelyn S! Thanks for popping in!

  • Meredith Richardson

    Thanks so much for sharing that with us. I’m shocked by that statistic but at the same time it doesn’t surprise me. A lot of people don’t like to admit that they read and love romance stories but so many people read them. I think it’s one of those things that will sell in any economy because when you feel good you want to read more about others who are happy and when you’re in a bad place romance books are a great way to feel good and find hope!

    I just had to comment that your giveaway is amazing! The only thing that comes close to my romance book obsession is my love for Starbucks lol

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Meredith! I’m right there with you on the Starbucks obsession. Snork! (And books too, obviously!) To me, the best things in life are books and a cuppa joe. So I figured I’d combine them. Best of all worlds. Ha! And you’re so right too about hope. Here’s to Romance! *lifts coffee mug in salute*

  • Thank you, very funny and interesting post! You make me laugh with the scene with your dad. Great move Shakespeare! I went to defend the genre too with a lot of people, and I have a lot of Lego around too. 🙂 But I can’t win the mug!! :__(

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Aww, rats, that means you’re international! Well, you could still win books!

      • Yes, I’m from Italy. ^.^ Thanks so much for the international part!! I have signed your name in my to-be-reads!

  • MK

    What a great essay!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey MK! Thanks for reading!

  • Dmacmeans

    Great post, Jeanne! And so absolutely wonderful that you helped your dad see the light and celebrate with you before he passed. Here’s to many more empowering romances!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Amen, sistah! Grins. Hey Donna! Thanks for popping in!

  • Britney Adams

    Thank you for sharing this great essay! Can’t wait to meet Ana and Gates!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Britney! Another Adams! Grins. Hope you’ll enjoy Ana and Gates as much as I do. :>

  • Kim Cornwell

    When the economy goes down, we can still read our books and dream! I would rather shop for my books than clothes or food! I love covers and if it catches my eye I will probably buy it! Romance has been a part if my life and will always be! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Kim! I came late to Romance – my mother was a reader, but preferred mysteries – and so I cherish it even more when I find a great romance. So lovely to hear that you’ve been a lifelong fan! And aren’t eh covers the best? My pal Suz Ferrell just posted a series of new covers that I just love (you can see them on my FB feed or at http://www.SuzanneFerrell.com) And OMGosh, does Tawny Weber have fab covers! Do YOU have a recent favorite in the cover dept?

      • Kim Cornwell

        I Love Carolyn browns cowboy covers and Lori fosters book covers. I’m a big fan of cowboys!

        • Author Jeanne Adams

          Oh so lovely! Have you tried Lori Austin or, if you like ’em hot, try the above-mentioned Suz Ferrell’s The Surrender of Lacy Morgan. Smokin’ hot cowboys! Grins. Also, Trish Milburn’s cowboys are yummmmmmy!!

          • Kim Cornwell

            Thanks for all the info. I will definitely be looking out for them! Thanks alot

      • Suzanne Ferrell

        Thanks for the good comments for those new covers, Jeanne. We’re in the process of moving my website around and changing covers on all the sites. (geesh, and I want to remodel my bathrooms! Ack!)

  • Patty Vasquez

    When I’m teaching my students about genre, our discussions invariably come around to talking about our favorite genre in which to read. The kids always ask me about mine. When I tell them it’s Romance, I have to define romance a little bit, because it’s not one of the genres we teach 4th graders. I tell them romance is about a couple who fall in love and will live- we hope as readers- happily ever after, but along the way they have a big problem to solve and probably some little problems to overcome, as well. The kids are great because my choice of genre is never met with derision. About half the kids will say those are the books their moms and grandmas read. And then I get at least one book recommendation from a mom the next day!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Oh, Patty, that’s FABULOUS!! :> I love your description too. My sons are both young and I get to go do Career Day at both their schools. I’m SO using that description next year! :> I usually get emails from Moms too and a couple of dads, about either my books or with a fav title, so that’s a fun thing, isn’t it? I always start by showing the kids my book and saying “This is my book, you can’t read it b/c it’s for adults, but….” then go on to talk about books they know and how they got published. It’s SO much fun! the kids have no preconceived issues about the books, as you said. They just “are” Grins. Thanks for teaching! One of the hardest, best, scariest jobs around. :>

      • Patty Vasquez

        I was in staff development Thursday and Friday and it was all about literacy and genre, so I’ve been thinking about it! The positive thing to me is, 1) the kids are seeing reading being modeled at home and, 2) the romance books are out in the open, not hidden as a guilty pleasure, but on the table as a “real” book. In some cases, they’re even topics of conversation. Last year one student’s mom was reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and as a result, she (the student) knew quite a bit about Scotland.

        • Author Jeanne Adams

          Totally cool!

  • Glenda

    Great article. I do love the comparisons of the Bard and romance authors. Both write for the entertainment of the people. Maybe one day romance authors wil gain respect especially when you look at the economic aspect. 🙂

    Love the tripod cast iron pot. They are great for camping!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Glenda! Evidently, my Mama and her family used the tripod-pot on the hearth when she was little, and they lived in a house with no electricity on the side of the mountain. They’d make the main meal in the pot, then cook biscuits on the lid. :> And huzzah to the Bard and to entertaining the people! :>

      • Glenda

        Wow! Using the pot for day to day cooking is way more important than just for camping!! I’d definitely hold on to that cool piece of family history if I were you!!!
        Thanks for sharing Jeanne!

        • Author Jeanne Adams

          I know! But had to LOL as Mama never understood camping. Once she GOT electricity, she never wanted to go back to cooking on a fire. No nostalgia for her in that respect. Grins. But yeah, that piece of history, like the huge gourd, will stay.

  • Tawnya Bentley

    I love what you wrote!! I hate when people make what I read sound like trash, recently I asked, “Well what do you read?” After a period of silence, they responded “Nothing, there’s too many good Television shows on.” I let them know that I thought most of those were trash, so we were even. Now I have one less person I didn’t like talking to, not talking to me. Oh will my heart ever mend??????
    Ironically some of her shows were soap opera’s, to each their own. Just don’t judge mine.

    Thank you for the giveaway, and for sharing your brilliant article.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      *blush* Thanks Tawnya! And I’m snorking with laughter over that “period of silence” Ha! Seriously, how can you NOT read? :> And while I don’t watch soap operas myself, I do have a high degree of respect not only for the genre but for the tough topics they too tackle. Met a woman who write for Days of Thier Lives. She’s super!

  • glittergirl54

    Awesome post! I’m with you “literature” bores me to DEATH. Romance as written today has something for everyone — even my husband. He likes seeing the couple find their HEA but it’s the adventurous journey along the way he enjoys, from suspense, adventure, urban fantasy and paranormal. Why do I have to read “real literature” when I can get it in romance AND have my HEA?

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      There you go! Rock on to you and your husband!!

  • Karin Anderson

    Sometimes straight numbers speak to people more than passionate arguments. Numbers don’t lie.

    P.S. I love Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Karin! Thanks for that! Grins. Yeah, if they’d looked at the actual numbers years ago, the “powers that be” in publishing would have given us a whoooooole lot more respect years ago. Hahah! And I love Piper in Covert Affairs as well. And Auggie…..yummmy.

  • Cheryl C.

    One of my favorite things in reading romance is the amazing stuff I learn because something may be mentioned, just in passing or as part of a sub plot, that caught my interest. So I look it up. And read history, or mechanics, or science, or any number of things I never would have known if I hadn’t read a romance novel.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Cheryl, this is one of the many things I love about romance, and romance authors. Most of them dig in and do their research, which then leads me, the reader, to want to know MORE about that trivia they mentioned….and then I’m off down the “rabbit hole” of research myself! hahah! Love it that it does that for you too!

  • Kareni

    I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading one of your books, Ms. Adams. I read romances early and often and my parents called my reading choices ‘literary junk’! I’m still a big romance fan.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey, you’re reading and that’s more than most people do! Go YOU! And we LOVE Romance readers here, so welcome!

  • Suzanne Ferrell

    Hey Jeanne! Love the post. Will have to go read the others soon. I love how you used facts to argue Romance vs literary fiction with your librarian dad!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Suz! He was not so ready to believe me, but I won him over with logic. Grins. And using the Bard didn’t hurt either.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed reading your post. It is good to know that Romance readers are boosting the economy. I like my romance books!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Melissa! Yep, we’re making it grow, actually! go us!!

  • MaryC

    I feel sorry for anyone who is not willing to read a romance novel.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Me too, Mary C!

  • Vonda M. Reid

    Jeanne,

    What a wonderful memory to have of your father!

    Having read romance novels since I was a teen, I couldn’t help but love your statement: [you can insert any romance book name here] “wasn’t meant to be a timeless, uber-meaningful story for the ages (which I find bore me to tears, by the way); it was meant to entertain, to encourage and yes, to empower.” What a beautiful, succinct way to explain why we all read romance books?

    It was so difficult to wade through the books we are forced to read in school. And could history books be more dry! But in historical romance books the writers give you historical data all the time — and it’s memorable, exciting, and read-able. (I once answered a question while playing Trivia because I had just finished reading a historical romance that was set in that time era.)

    What a joy it is to pick up what the uninformed call a ‘trashy romance’ and read about a strong, empowered hero and heroine who overcome almost insurmountable obstacles and find their happily-ever-after; particularly, after a day filled with mundane, irritating, often small stumbling stones that we romance readers must traverse.

    Thank you for sharing and for offering us your books.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      *blush* Thanks for you rkind words Vonda!! And oh, the torture of what we had to read in school! UGH!!! No wonder so many kids and adults are put off reading! LOL about the ability to get the trivia question. Rock on! :> I’ve won at Trivial Pursuit because of things I’ve learned from reading, so yep, right there with you! :>

  • Carrie

    I finished up grad school in December and I have been reading quite voraciously since then. I wasn’t able to read as much as I wanted to while in school and am making up for lost time. The bookstores and Amazon have to be loving me as much I have been buying books. I purchased Anna Campbell’s Untouched but need to move it up higher on the to-be-read list. I added Deadly Little Secrets to for my next Amazon order. I am doing my part to boost the economy 🙂

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Yeah Carrie! Congrats on finishing and WOOHOO! on the reading binge. You’ll love Untouched, but just remember, I have dibs on Matthew! Grins.

  • Ann

    BOOKS are a girl’s best friend!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Any kind of books are a girl’s best friend. Grins. :>

  • Kim

    If yours isn’t a real book, then challenge someone to write one instead. 🙂

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hahah! So true, Kim!

  • M Kuxhaus

    Piper Perabo is a great choice to play you! I love her in Covert Affairs. 😀

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Thanks, M Kuxhaus! Love her in CA too! :>

  • Jen C

    Oh, I’m so happy with all of today’s blog posts! They’re so powerful!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Jen C! I totally agree! Love Meljean’s! :>

  • Erica

    Thanks so much for sharing – I love hearing why romance matters to authors in particular 🙂

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Erica! Thanks!!

  • Janie

    Hi Jeanne,
    *waving madly* I know some of my friends and acquaintance don’t take romance seriously, but I do love your point about Shakespeare.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Janie! *Waves madly back* Thanks! And they don’t know what they’re missing, do they!?!

  • Author Jeanne Adams

    From my dear friend Anna Campbell who’s having trouble signing in:
    Ooh, aren’t you lovely? I was reading your post and nodding and cheering and
    wiping away an emotional tear that we’re buddies, and then I get to the end and
    see you’ve mentioned my UNTOUCHED! Thank you so much! I still get a lot of mail about that book, saying it doesn’t leave readers ‘untouched’ (haha) which kinda underlines your point about romance mattering, doesn’t it? Seriously, Jeanne, that was a fabulous essay and you should put it up on your website for people to read forever. How’s that for literary immortality? By the way, people, enter the draw – Jeanne’s books are fabulous. Unless you want some sleep. Once you pick one up, you don’t put it down, as I’ve learned to my cost.

    Bobbi, this was a fabulous idea! Bravo you for for putting it all together.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I loved the section when you were defending romance to your dad. 😀

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Marcy! Thanks! He did agree, albeit reluctantly. Grins.

  • rebecca moe

    Yes! I am doing my part to help the economy DAILY.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Yay, Rebecca! Thank you, so much, from a writer’s perspective! Grins. You rock!!

  • Kim

    I love how you convinced your dad that romance is literature! I know that I will always buy books, regardless of the economy!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Me too, Kim! Yay us! We are the rebuilders of America, regardless of party, race creed color size or gender, we readers will be the rebuilders! grins.

  • Wonderful! I enjoyed reading this…I love how you were able to talk your father into romance. 😉

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Me too Brooke! And btw, you and I are probably “cousins” being as how one of my family names is Bumgarner!! :>

  • Pamby50

    I loved reading that your dad finally came around. I love reading all kinds of romance. My kids bought me a kindle and then gave me a gift card to load whatever books I wanted for my birthday. Of course I went through that so quickly. That gift is on my list for any ocassion. Looking forward to adding you to my list of authors to read with a cup of tea.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Oh, Thank you Pamby! I appreciate that! And don’t you just love the ease of a Kindle? I’m with you on the “any occasion present” of an Amazon card, or a B&N card. Grins.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Jeanne, I just finished posting on Lauren’s blogpost that I have learned more about history from Historicals than I ever did I school. Oh the irony to read it here just a few moments later!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hahah! Well, just proves Flora, that it’s true across the board!

  • Tonda Galloway Hargett

    It’s amazing to me how many people don’t realize that probably most of the “timeless classics” could be called romance, and you’re right, especially Shakespeare! Thank you for fighting, and winning, our battles!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Aww, thanks, Tonda! It was so important to me that he and respect my work. It would have been hard if he hadn’t. I’d’ve managed because I respect my work….but that made it sweeter. :> And a TON of the “classics” are really love stories. Not necesarily what we’d modern-day call Romance b/c they didn’t always have an HEA – Happily Ever After – but still…allllll about the relationship!

  • Becky Rabalais

    Bravo! Great defense of romance books and writers. Many thanks!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Becky! Thanks! And thanks for popping in!

  • MooMoo Cake

    Shakespeare wrote romance. I did enjoy his works more than a lot of the other examples of “literature” I’ve read. I’ll read books from various genres but I always like those with at least a dash of romance. Thanks for sharing and participating.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey MooMoo Cake! I too enjoyed Shakespeare more than most of the stuff we were forced to read in school. :> Glad to be here and thanks for stopping in!

  • brhill2010

    I enjoyed your post. I guess that fighting for the genre is hard. People don’t understand that the love of the hero and heroine are kind of based off real life. People who are married know that real life, love is hard to keep if you don’t work on it and let it slid by. So thanks for being a warrior for our generation!!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Awww, Thanks, BRHill! Most of the time, I’m talking with readers and writers who LOVE Romance and the genre and books. Fortunately I don’t have to defend it too often – those who matter already know and love the work! :> But, thanks. :>

  • Author Jeanne Adams

    Hey Readers! If you’re loving this Read A Romance Month, you should come to Barbara Vey’s Readers Appreciation Luncheon in April in Milwaukee! Sit at MY table! (I have great swag!) and have some fun. :> http://www.BarbaraVeyReaders.com

  • Courtney Cogswell

    So I think it completely makes sense that romance genre would hold steady and even increase during the recession. Reading is a fantastic hobby that can be accomplished easily and cheaply–all you need is a library card! And what better way to escape the hardships of day to day life than digging into another world where you can have moment after moment of warm fuzzies 🙂 I choose romance every time because I love to lose myself in a great story with characters that feel like real people. Thanks for your great post! I’ll be looking forward to reading your books…

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hi Courtney! You’re so right! Give a gal a library card and the sky’s the limit! :> And thanks for your kind words!

  • BookLady

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance. I especially enjoyed hearing how you convinced your father that romance is literature too.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hi Booklady! Thanks for popping in! :> It was a fun discussion…

  • Larena Hubble

    I love your arguments for romance. Though I have to say that if women are the only ones that read romance someone forgot to mention that to some of the men I have seen reading them.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Oh they’re not the only ones, Lauren! I get lovely fan mail from both women and men! Its just that those nasties THINK that only women read romance and that somehow that makes us “less” – I want to start a campaign with sober, professional women coming on the screen saying, “I’m a doctorate in microbiology and won the Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine. I read Romance.” And “I teach history in an inner city high school. I read Romance.” and “I run a 8,000 acre cattle ranch. I read Romance.” :> Somehow, I think it might help!

      • Part of what this is for, Jeanne – let’s brainstorm for that for next year, what do you say?

        • Author Jeanne Adams

          Sounds like a great plan, Bobbi!! :>

  • leah g

    With books and movies I usually find that the ones I am supposed to love as the timeless classics are the ones I cannot get through. Yet the ones that I remember and read over and over are the ones that speak to my heart, not so much my brain.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Well said, Leah! And I find tht the more people say “Oh, you HAVE to read this!” the less incilned I am to do so. Ha! :>

      • You rebel you. ;o)

        • Author Jeanne Adams

          So true! Hahahah!

  • Mary McCoy

    I love your 3 legged pot! I agree with you, life is to short not to GO FOR IT!
    I still remember arguing with professors that in their day, both Jane Austen, the Brontes and Charles Dickens were considered “Popular” writers and not serious literature.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Don’t know how much more serious you can get than Oliver Twist in terms of how a child has been marginalized. I think, because the characters had hope, they’re considered “lighter” and somehow that seems to equate with genre/popular not “serious”

  • Marcia Berbeza

    OMG, I love your three legged pot. They made spoon bread in pots like that! In my dining room, I have my grandmother’s butter churn, the butter press and a milking stool. I love old culinary items! And of course, I love romance!

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Hey Marcia! Isn’t that thing cool!? I meant to say that to Mary McCoy below as well. I adore it. :> In fact I do remember mama mentioning spoon bread! Go you! And I’d love to have a butter churn and all. that’s cool!

      • Marcia Berbeza

        🙂

  • Heidi Howard

    Great post! I’ve left romance books in Intensive Care waiting rooms and universally, the endless wait was wearing people out, but the hope in a romance revived every one.

    • Author Jeanne Adams

      Aww, Heidi, THANKS for doing that! A number of us here in the DC area get books together and take them to waiting rooms and to chemo clinics and so on for just that reason. You go, girlfriend!! :> Hope’s the thing, isn’t it?

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    I always wanted to be a romance writer, but so far I am just a reader. I know it’s never too late, but I don’t know if I ever will. I will enjoy all the wonderful books I have and want.