A Thousand Reasons to Love Romance
“Why do you like romance novels?” is one of those questions I can answer with a thousand different replies. Here are just a few:
I can have as many book boyfriends as I want and it’s not cheating. And the men can be anything! From rich and powerful CEOs to carpenters. From vampires to Vikings to computer hackers. But at the end of the day, whatever the male happens to be, when he falls in love, he falls hard. He protects his woman fiercely, sometimes madly, willing to die if necessary. Shiver!
Relationships fascinate me. There’s the initial draw. The ups and downs. The obsession. The addiction. The sizzling tension. The uncertainty. The hope. The commitment. The unwavering devotion. The promises. The passion. The…forever.
Love is the heart and soul of the human condition. Everyone wants it. Craves it. And romance, well, it is the act of wooing. In the books, the heroes woo me just as powerfully as they woo the heroine.
No two people fall in love the same way because no two people have the same pasts, experiences, likes, dislikes, expectations, hope and dreams. And yet, everyone can have the same happy ever after. Yes, please!
The pretty girl doesn’t always get the guy. Sometimes, the plain girl does.
In the confines of four hundred pages, I can laugh, cry, curse, sigh dreamily, cheer, boo, love, hate, and so many other things. It’s like experiencing an entire lifetime of emotion in just a few hours. Such a treat!
I can escape the real world, if only for a little while.
Sometimes the characters are so authentic, it’s like I’m spying on their thoughts and lives. Good news is, no one thinks I’m a creeper!
I enjoy man-candy. Like, a lot.
Anything is possible—even the rising of Romeo and Juliet…as zombies. (Wait. Hold everything. Has this been done? If not…I call dibs!)
Seriously, I could go on and on about all the reasons I love romance novels. But I won’t. Because I’d rather be reading Barefoot in the Sun by the amazing and talented Roxanne St. Claire, pretending I’m at the beach. This delicious romance celebrates family and forgiveness and the healing power of love (three of my favorite things!). Pass the sunscreen! And that sexy, sexy hero! (Just don’t expect me to pass him back. I’m keeping him.)
Questions for the Author:
What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?
Craziest: the portrait above our mantle. Everyone in our family was told to dress however weirdly they wanted but to keep it a secret until photo day. In it, we have a guy in a rabbit costume (my husband), a French maid, a guy in short-shorts holding a pipe, two girls dressed as Marilyn Monroe, a boy in a tux holding a fake cigar, and me with 80’s hair and bad makeup (lipstick on my teeth), wearing a horrible dress I bought at a thrift store. I’m holding a glass of whiskey.
If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)
Going All The Way.
I only have big blue eyes in my dreams, but I would pick Zooey Deschanel to play me. She makes me smile.
What is the best non-monetary gift you’ve ever been given?
(Besides my family, which a gift from God) I’d say an honest compliment. So many times a kind word from someone has taken a crappy day and made it bright.
If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be?
I would say start with Kane and Josephina from The Darkest Craving. He’s an alpha male with a dark past, and his obsession and addiction for her gives me shivers.
Gena is generously donating three copies of The Darkest Craving to give away (U.S. only, apologies to international 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 midnight EST Aug 5 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, and Lords of the Underworld series. She has written over forty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.