Day 21 Anne Mallory – The ABCs of Romance

Loving Romance – As Easy As ABC

In Total SurrenderRomance novels are full of passion and intrigue, with bigger than life stories and intimate ones close to the heart. To celebrate Romance Awareness Month, here are a few fun ABC’s of why I love to read and write romance.

Alpha heroes and antagonists!
Beginnings. The promise at the start of each delicious new story when two people meet again or come together for the first time.
Charismatic and courageous characters.
Determination. Even when the protagonists aren’t sure they desire romance, they always seek love in the end.
Ever after endings. The happily ever after (HEA) never fails.
Fantastic fantasies and forever vows.
Girl-next-door meets boy-next-door…and nothing is ever quite the same.
Happy Endings! Giving a happy sigh at the end of the book.
Internal Conflict. The angst! The drama! The gripping tension that tears the characters apart, then patches them back together again.
Jetsetting characters and juicy love stories.
Kisses that last all night.
Love. Sometimes complicated, sometimes simple, but always beautiful in the end.
Murder, mayhem, marriages, mistakes, and masquerades!
Nice or naughty — no matter how sweet or spicy you like your characters and romance, there’s something for everyone!
Once Upon A Time…
Pushing and pulling — the tension of the characters, the reader, the story…
Starlit promises made in secret gardens.
United purposes.
Warriors, witches, wizardry, and wenches!
Xenophile delights–sheikhs, dukes, pirates, Italian millionaires!
Yarns filled with love, passion, and adventure.
Zealous readers with a zest for story!

What is your favorite letter for romance?


Meredith Duran for her lush, intelligent, and delicious books!

 Questions for Anne:

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

My ratty bunny slippers. I love them.

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

Bunny Slippers of Doom. Starring Will Ferrell, in a wig.

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

Hugs from loved ones–especially if I haven’t seen them in a while. There is nothing better.


You are reading this essay at 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!

Anne is generously donating two copies of the winners’ choice of Anne’s books to give away – one U.S. only, and one for international readers  (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 21 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.


anne2Anne Mallory is a lifelong romance reader who loves all things with a happily ever after. A native Michigander, Anne currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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  • Allison Siegel

    I love your ABCs of why romance matters to you. I’ll definitely have to try one of your books after reading them.

  • Nancy Huddleston

    I will take one of each letter please. This is a great way to explore romance and we learn the ABC. What more can you ask for!

  • Laurie W G

    “Yarns filled with love, passion, and adventure.” This encompasses what romance is to me with a HEA!

  • gamistress66

    fabulous ABC’s 😀 I’m extra impressed you came up w/ an “X” — of course I’m going to have to pull out the dictionary now 😉

  • Kim Cornwell

    My letter is L for love, no one can live without love! Thanks for stopping by! Love meeting new authors!

  • May

    Definitely L for love. 🙂 Love your books btw! Still waiting for your next book!

  • Sue G.

    Happy endings is what does it for me! I always need a happy ending!

  • M Kuxhaus

    The ABCs of romance! Awesome!

  • mariannewestrich

    “N” – sometimes I want to read naughty and sometimes I want to read nice! Both can provide the romantic escape I’m looking for!

  • Melanie Backus

    Go girl, with the ABC’s! That is great! I love H for happy! Happy is just a good feeling! I would be HAPPY to win one of your books! That would make me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!!!

  • Karin Anderson

    L for love. 😀 That’s what it’s all about.

  • Anne

    I have to pick one? Thank you for the essay!

  • Kareni

    Many thanks for your fun books! (I have to admit to wondering what you’d choose for the letter X.)

  • Delightful letters!! I pick letter C! Thanks so much for the funny alphabet and for the international part of the contest! Now I’m going to surf the net for the titles of your books, so if I win I’ll know what to demand! Thanks so much!!

  • Evelyn S

    H – I love happy endings!!!

  • Tonda Galloway Hargett

    No favorites, I love them all! I love your essay, you pretty much captured a lot of it right there! 🙂

  • Britney Adams

    I love happy endings and I love your ABCs of romance!!

  • Erlinda Mejia

    L – definitely Love. Emotional, physical, spiritual, familial, passionate LOVE. Makes the world go ’round!

  • Cheryl Hastings

    G..girl/boy next door is my favorite :). I love how people who have known each other for years suddenly discover each other in a totally different way!

  • MK

    I for internal conflict is my favorite to read

  • jcp

    I love your post!!

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    I love A-Z! Especially: A, H, M, P, Q, V and W!

  • rebecca moe

    H, definitely!

  • Stephanie M.

    I love your ABCs. My favorites are Determination and Love.

  • Kristy Birch

    Z is me all the way! Love your ABCs!

  • Ketta Peters

    Kudos on “Xenophile” — I have to pick X as my fave, with M close behind.

  • Mary McCoy

    I’ll take your whole alphabet, bunny slippers and all.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I adore your alphabet, but I especially like B (Beginnings), H (HEA), L (Love) and R (Rakes). 🙂

  • Janie

    I love Anne’s historical romances. I’m hoping we’ll see Faye and St. John get their book.

  • Kathy Nye

    K for sure. Kisses that last all night.

  • Vonda M. Reid

    Z – because I am a Zealous reader with a zest for story! Especially romance!

    Thank you for writing such wonderful books. I’ve read many, and have a few more in my TBR stack.

  • Nova Conover

    I pick the letter N; naughty or nice!!! cover art on this book really catches your interest!

  • MooMoo Cake

    I love your ABCs! They’re all so awesome, but I think I like X, because I xenophile is such a great word and works so well for your list

  • Peni Anne

    The whole alphabet is needed and always desired. Because of this I must say “Y” the yarn is what hold it all together and makes sense out of jibrish. A good yarn, story, says it all.

  • Ann Mettert

    All of it with maybe an extra dose of M. 🙂

  • Pamby50

    I love your ABC’s but my favorite is K for kisses that last all night.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I like the “H” for happy endings!

  • Valerie

    I love the “ABC”s. That’s really a fun idea… love it!

  • Kristen Pfister

    Love Love Love the ABC’s.
    S is my favorite!!!!!

  • Meredith Richardson

    You are so creative, love your ABC’s and you books!!!

  • Larena Hubble

    I love your list. And my favorites are HEA’s and the fact that no matter my mood I can find a romance to fit everytime.

  • MaryC

    Love the alphabet – if I have to choose one, H wins.

  • Melissa Sullivan

    Great list. I have to say i love “I, R, and my version of T: Tortured heroes” ^w^

  • Deb Hinshaw

    I love this ABC list! I love the Girl-next-door-meets-boy-next door and R for Rakes.

  • Ann

    What a terrific list!!! Love it!

  • Tory

    Love the Happy Endings”

  • leah g

    I think A is definitely my favorite!

  • Glenda

    Love the creative ABCs of romance!! Thanks!

  • A-Z I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing, Anne. (Anne is my middle name 🙂 )

  • BookLady

    Loved your romance alphabet! Thanks for very creatively sharing your thoughts on romance.

  • Barbara E.

    I love them all, but my favorite letter is H for Happy endings. 😀

  • Brenda E

    S for sizzling

  • Janie McGaugh

    Mine is “H” for Happily Ever After, though I’m pretty fond of “T” for Tortured Hero, too.

  • Kim

    Great post!! My favorites are “P” for Pushing and Pulling and “S” Starlit promises made in secret gardens.

  • Carrie

    I loved your list! I read romance for the happily ever afters.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    An Acrostic love of Romance! A lovely and unique way to tell us how Romance Matters; Thank You!

  • Bernadette Long

    I love your ABC list for romance! Romance includes ALL of the alphabet.