Day 4: Gena Showalter

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.)

Authors I recommend — Roxanne St. Claire (*Roxanne is posting on Aug 29) and Lily Everett write gripping, heart-wrenching romances that will make you laugh, cry and sigh dreamily.


 

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.

 

 

Buy Gena’s books on Amazon.

  • Allison Siegel

    I love how the characters are what draws you into a good romance. If the characters are authentic to me and have feelings and a past, it makes it that much more interesting. Besides, it’s fun to picture them being in the real world and falling madly and passionately in love with me for a change. I’m sure their book heroine will miss them, but they’ll manage somehow.

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

      ;o) Thanks, Allison. We all deserve an HEA! xoxo

  • Nancy Huddleston

    I love your stories. They make me happy, sad, terrified and hopeful that everything works out. You are amazing. Thanks.

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

      Isn’t she? :o)

  • Raynelle Nazario

    You stated the exact reasons I love romance novels! “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!” Oh my! I just realized, I started re-reading your Lords of the Underworld series this morning! I have to get caught back up with the storyline before I read The Darkest Craving :)

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

      Thank you, Raynelle. Gena writes a great story, doesn’t she? :o)

  • Kim Cornwell

    Always looking for new authors! Thanks for stopping by!

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

      You too, Kim!

  • Ora

    I have just recently started reading your books. I have been doing reading challenges this year and one of them is read a rainbow (bookcovers) in a specific genre. When I started looking, I found a few my favorite authors with their own rainbow, then started looking for authors I have been wanting to read and found a rainbow with your Lord of the Underworld series.

    • Raynelle Nazario

      what is a rainbow? I don’t understand. the challenge sounds cool though

      • Ora

        For this challenge I needed to find the basic colors of a rainbow for book covers. The majority of the cover needs to be one of those colors.
        Violet, indigo/black, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

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

          Neat idea, Ora!

          • Ora

            Goodreads. Romance Readers Reading Challeneges.

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

            Oh cool! xoxo

  • Melanie Backus

    I love you statement’ “Love is the heart and soul of the human condition.” Thanks!

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

      Me too, Melanie. :o)

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    Totally obsessed with the LOTU. Can never get enough of them :-)

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

      Thanks for stopping by, Carol. Hope you visit more authors this month. xoxo

  • Zany RiN

    Love Gena and her books! Awesome interview! Can’t wait to read this book!

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

      Thanks, Zany. ;o)

  • Angie Baggett

    Loved the darkest craving.. Finished it last night .. Is Torin next???

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

      Gena? Got an answer? ;o)

  • Corissa Palfrey

    Only recently found Gena and her Lords of the Underworld and the more I read from her and about her the more I like her!

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

      Right?! Thanks, Corissa. xoxo

  • Tina B

    I agree with Gena on the reasons why I love romance! ;)
    Great interview! I am very excited to read another LOTU story. This is one of my favorite series. :)

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

      Thanks for stopping by, Tina. :o)

  • Tory

    I completely agree with all the reasons you listed. And your family picture sounds crazy Awesome! :)

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

      Right?! Such a great idea that really shows Gena’s awesome sense of humor. xoxo

  • jodi

    i can’t wait for the next u always leave us wanting more!! thats romance!! u can’t live without romance! well u can but not happily!!

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

      Thanks, Jodi! If you love romance, you’ve come to the right place. xoxo

  • Melissa R.

    I agree with everything you said! Romanxe offers the perfect opportunity to live an awesome love story even if it’s only for a few hours.

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

      Agreed. I love romance! <3

  • Shelley Samec

    Love all Gena’s books always looking forward to her next one and would love to win a copy.

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

      Thanks, Shelley. Good luck with the contest! Lots of great drawings to be had this month. :o)

  • Toni Cameron

    This is great. There are so many reasons to enjoy a good romance. I especially like the fact that it takes me out of my head and always has a happy ending.

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

      Thanks Toni! Gotta love the HEA!

  • Noreen Bruce

    Gena Showalter! One of my all time favorites!!!!!

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

      Isn’t she great? Thanks Noreen. :o)

  • Johnnie Howard

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! Romance novels are great!!

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

      And thanks for being here. xoxo

  • Melissa Trappett Birckhead

    Soooooooo, I have the ebook on my kindle. But would love to have a real copy!

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

      Good luck, Melissa! A few books every day in August at RARM. ;o)

  • erom13

    “The pretty girl doesn’t always get the guy. Sometimes, the plain girl does.” Exactly.

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

      {love!} xoxo

  • Holly Crissman

    I’m glad that you share your creativity and enjoy it immensely!

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

      Thanks, Holly. :o)

  • jessica mckamey

    Romance reminds us to dream big and also how powerful love is when tested.

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

      Gena definitely tests her characters, doesn’t she?! Thanks, Jessica. :o)

  • Nicole Cartolano

    Finished my kindle Darkest Craving. Excellent! Kane is one of my favorite lords now. I’m also glad to see a reappearance of a certain someone from Darkest Surrender. The Lords rock!

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

      So sexy and intense, aren’t they? Thanks, Nicole! xoxo

  • Jen Ferraro Stepke

    I feel exactly the same way about romance, I love the escape of real life, experiencing new people and new places through the stories, and who doesn’t love some man candy? Thank you for your amazing books and for the giveaway!

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

      Thanks, Jen! xoxo

  • meleofa

    Can’t wait to read The Darkest Craving. I love Gena Showalter. Her books are so good.

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

      Aren’t they?! xoxo

  • Wendy Thomas

    Great giveaway! I love this series!!!

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

      Thanks, Wendy! Be sure to check in every day for great drawings at RARM. :o)

  • Evelyn S

    I love your books!!! Many have ” taken me away” and given me a respite from sadness, stress or a really bad day!!

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

      Thanks Evelyn!

  • Christina Thompson

    One of the best series I have ever read!!

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

      Thank you, Christina! xoxo

  • meghan

    I can’t wait to finally read Kane’s book! He is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to learn more about his story!

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

      Me too! I haven’t read this one yet. xoxo

  • Shirley

    Go Kane, cant wait

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

      :o)

  • mariannewestrich

    Love your books and so glad to see you like Roxanne St. Claire, too. She’s one of my favs!

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

      So glad Gena and Roxanne are participating this month. xoxo

  • Julie W

    I agree! I read romances because I love the HEA endings. No matter how good or bad the beginning, the plot twists, the laughter, and the tears, I only re-read a book with a happily ever after.

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

      Everyone loves a good HEA! :o) Thanks, Julie.

  • Patty Vasquez

    “The pretty girl doesn’t always get the guy. Sometimes, the plain girl does.” One of my favorite tropes is when the handsome hero is totally besotted with the strong, but relatively plain, heroine. However, he sees her as the most beautiful woman in the world and can’t understand why others see her less becoming than the women around her. I like that this gives women faith in their own inner beauty and the idea that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Definitely a good reason to love romance!

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

      So many great reasons to love romance! Thanks, Patty. :o)

  • Shannon Watson

    I love your comment about romance books allowing you to have many boyfriends without cheating. It’s always fun to read about a new guy and hope he has a wonderful story :)

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

      Great comment (just don’t tell my husband, okay?) ;o)

  • Wendy Higgins

    Hi there, just wanted to stop by and say hi. I’m reading this book now, so don’t enter me in this contest. GENA rocks!!! That is all!

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

      Thanks, Wendy! Hope you visit RARM more this month. :o)

  • Eileen Wetterstrom

    HEA endings are my favorite. There is enough angst in this world without being entertained by it. I enjoy historical romances best.

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

      Hi, Eileen – thanks for the comment. Lots of historical authors this month. HEA endings rule!

  • Kate Hartung

    I love to read her books and act them out on my husband! He gets lucky and I get to have my cake and eat it too!

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

      Nice! ;o) Lucky guy.

  • Miranda Knowlton

    I love these books, they are awesome to take with me on road trips! Can’t wait to get my hands on Kane’s book. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever!

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

      Audio, Miranda? I haven’t listened to any of Gena’s books on audio. Will have to look them up! xoxo

      • Miranda Knowlton

        I’ve not listened to them on audio, my husband is usually the one driving so I read!

  • Sarahgrace Wheeler

    When i buy your books i have to finish them fast so i can give them to my sister then when she finishes them she gives them to one of her friends then when i get the book back i have to read all over again just because i love them all

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

      What a lovely compliment for Gena! Thanks, Sarahgrace. xoxo

  • Star A

    I love reading
    your books. I started reading your books accidentally and it has been adventure.
    I can’t wait for the next one.

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

      What a happy accident! :o) Thanks, Star.

  • Merisha Abbott

    OMG!!! I love love me Gena’s books!!! I would love this book! The cover makes me want to stroke it! This author sure knows how to write her yummy books!!!

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

      Doesn’t she? xoxo

  • Crystal Taylor Parker

    I love all of your books…. so far I have read everything that I can find with your name on it :-) if you have another writing name I would love to know it…. I can’t wait to read about Kane…..

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

      Goodness! Do you think it’s possible for Gena to write even more books?! xoxo

  • Michelle Huang

    I’m already in love with this series…so many eye candy even though I have visualize in my mind!! Can’t wait to read the latest book even though I still got ways to go, reading Sabin’s book right now.

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

      Happy reading, Michelle. :o) Thanks for the comment!

  • Ann Mettert

    I love escaping into books. Sometimes it saves your sanity.

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

      Agreed, Ann. :o)

  • Stephanie Nett

    I am very excited to have a chance to read more of Gena’s book! She is a fantastic author and I love having the chance to visualize the eye candy.

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

      Agreed, Stephanie! xoxo

  • Linda Townsend

    I love this series… so this is a must-read for me :-)))

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

      Happy reading, Linda! :o)

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I absolutely love your books–Lords of the Underworld are definitely some of my favorite book boyfriends, Maddox and Paris for sure at the top. Alice in Zombieland was terrific too and I’m looking forward to continuing that series. Relationships fascinate me as well, and I love experience the range of emotions alongside the characters as I read. Thank you so much for your delicious characters–you’ve give me many fun-filled escapist moments over the years! And I’m totally running with the pick your own costume/outfit family portrait idea, love it!!!!

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

      My son wants to read Alice in Zombieland now. Thanks a lot, Courtney! ;o)

  • Jennifer Beck

    I love your books and any book that takes me away. thanks for writing great books jennifer

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

      Thanks, Jennifer! I think you’ll be happy here at RARM. :o)

  • Kim Greene

    Ever since a friend of mine got me reading Gena’s novels I havent been the same to think a man could be so fierce, loving and loyal to a woman is wonderful. The man I have now is like that in so many ways and I couldn’t imagin life without him. He is my Reyes, Paris and a few others rolled in one. So I thank you gena for letting me know there is guys like that in the world …and besides your novels rock!! They’re juicy,sexy, heart stopping romantic. As you can tell The Lords of the Underworld are my favorite I love them all
    Thank you Aithnie

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

      Thanks for the comment, Kim, and congratulations. He sounds like a keeper! xoxo

  • coco

    i would love to win a copy of this book. thank you for opportunity

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

      You’re welcome, and good luck!

  • Mina Eel

    Absolutely love your books. They’re so addicting n I can’t get enough! Thanks for all that u do!

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

      Isn’t she great?! xoxo

  • Nichole

    Lovve Love Love your books!!!!! Can’t wait to read darkest craving!!!!!!!!!

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

      :o)

  • MooMoo Cake

    I’ve loved your books, especially the Lords of the Underworld books, and would love the chance to win a copy of The Darkest Craving. Thanks for writing books I can escape into and for creating such awesome characters.

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

      Thanks, MooMoo! :o)

  • gamistress66

    fab reasons all :) particularly like the multiple book boyfriends, man candy & hea :)

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

      Romance rocks. :o)

  • Donna Logan Brown

    Agree completely with your essay. Love it when the plain girl gets the guy, or vice versa, especially a scarred hero. Laughed at the portrait you described with all the crazy ideas. So nice that you keep it on display. Glad you joined RARM and shared with us. Loving this blog!

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

      Thank you so much, Donna! (Again.) xoxo

  • Stacy Chen

    You basically touched on many of the reasons as to why romantic novels will always be in my heart. :) It’s the thought that everyone well experience something so special like love, and nothing is greater than finally finding that one person that make your other half.

    Thank you Mrs. Showalter! :D

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

      Hi, Stacy! Glad you found RARM. And Gena rocks! :o)

  • rebecca moe

    Wonderful post. I’ve been meaning to pick up some of your books–thanks for the recommendation!

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

      Definitely recommend. xoxo

  • Phyl Walker

    The Darkest Craving was a great book to read, You will really enjoy it.

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

      Thanks, Phyl! xoxo

  • Joan Varner

    I love romance and your books are both dark and powerful but always with an HEA. Thank you.

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

      Up with HEAs! :o)

  • suepeace

    LOL, your family portrait sounds so fun!! Love your post! Even if everyone gets a happy ending, the journey to get there is always different and enthralling!

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

      Thanks, Sue! xoxo

  • Jen C

    I like your non-monetary gift. A sincere compliment can really turn your day. :)

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

      Agreed, Jen. Thank you! :o)

  • Barbara E.

    Great post, and I agree with all Gena’s reasons to read romance. It’s a wonderful escape from the real world and I’m definitely addicted. :D

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

      Yay, Barbara! I think you found your tribe. :o)

  • Melody Shamtoob

    Love the family portrait idea. Hilarious! Love the LOTU series, really want to know what happens next!

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

      Hi, Melody! Thank you, and I wonder if my teenage boys would go for a portrait like that! ;o)

  • Selena Mc

    I’ve read the entire LOTU series & recommend them to everyone! I fell in love with this book too and would love to have my own copy to re-read over & over! Thank you for the chance :)

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

      You’re welcome, and good luck, Selena! Thank you for the comment. :o)

  • brhill2010

    Love the crazy portrait because that sems to be fun!! I wonder why have never heard of you as a author?? Guess I am going to have to expand my TBR list.

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

      Oh, B – Gena’s books are a treat! xoxo

  • Dana Rose

    loved the LOTU series, and the Alien Huntress, even loved the teen Alien Huntress series, love the Angels series so far, :)

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

      Dana – I’m guessing you’re a Gena Showalter fan! ;o) Thanks for the comment. xoxo

  • Season Meyers

    Love this series!

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

      :o)

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Gena, Thanks for participating in this wonderful month-long Romance Fest! I am a new reader of your work, and that is why I love sites like this: it helps introduce readers to authors they might not yet know about. Just from your post I feel that I would enjoy your books. I have also heard so many good things about your books, that I have to add them to my growing TBR list!

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

      Thank you, Flora. So glad you’re here. :o) Gena rocks!

  • ki pha

    Oh yes, all the book boyfriends we can have without needing to leave one behind for another. Although we might love one more than the other, they will always still be apart of our reading. Even if it’s only a small remembrance of them in a new book.

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

      Book boyfriends! {sigh…}

  • Hannah Weitzman

    I love that two people choose Marilyn. That’s amazing!

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

      Right, Hannah?! Too funny! xoxo

  • Christina McCormack

    I love love love the LOTU Series! Thank you for sharing these hot books with us. I think you’re a great author! <3 <3

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

      Thanks for the comment, Christina. So glad Gena is participating. :o)

  • Rayray

    You’re so right about the “it’s not considered cheating” part. I keep reminding myself of that fact… they’re all just so AMAZING! :D

    There’s a facebook page called “eye candy” (look it up) and everytime I log into FB I see sexy men. This is the only reason why I log in so often.

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

      Sweet, Rayray! I’ll get right on that. ;o)

  • MaryC

    Love Gena’s reasons to read romance – i totally agree!

  • Cortney Allen

    I love reading romance novels because, over the years, they have come to mean a lot to me, Ms. Gena Showalter’s books in particular. I have ocular dysfunction and when I was a kid, reading was something that I hated being forced to do; reading was just a really difficult chore for me and I didn’t much see the use in reading for pleasure. It wasn’t until I was older that I actually started to find enjoyment in reading. I was at the supermarket one day and I was walking past the Books/Magazines section and “Darkest Whisper” caught my eye. I don’t know if it was seeing a big guy with a butterfly on his stomach or what, but I picked it up to look at it. I read the back of it and it sounded so interesting that I bought it on an impulse. I took it home and it sat on my dresser for about two weeks. Not only did I not have the time to sit and read, but I just didn’t want to have to go through what I thought would be a really arduous task. Finally, one night when I couldn’t sleep, I picked it up thinking that I would read a few pages of it, skim through it, and fall asleep; I was just so curious to see what it was really about. So I opened it up and once I read that first line about ‘Sabin standing in the catacombs surrounded by carnage’ I knew it would be interesting. I finished “Whisper” that night (or early early morning). I went and got “The Darkest Lie” and “Darkest Secret” the following day and read those over the weekend. A while later I was able to get “Pleasure”, “Kiss” and “Night”. It was so amazing reading, more so than I thought simply reading a book could be. It was like I was entering another world that was partly the mind of Gena Showalter and partly my own imagination. She told the story, but my mind was able to make of the story whatever it wanted. Sabin and Amun and Gideon became like well-known friends of mine. They were people I could share time with and they could share their stories with me. It was an amazing experience reading, more amazing than I ever thought reading a book could be. I never understood how people could come to care for books so much. I’ve always respected books for the wealth of information they held, but I never understood the magic that is contained within the confines of every book (or every well-written book). Ever since acquiring Ms. Showalter’s book I’ve become somewhat of a book hoarder. Each book, each series, is like its own unique and individual world that, for a time, I can look into and be a part of. Every time I look at the books on my bookshelves I can remember exactly which characters are inside that book, I know immediately which world I am looking into and it is an exciting thing that has been opened up to me.
    Even if I don’t win “Darkest Craving” I’m happy just to let Ms. Showalter know what her books mean to me and the impact they’ve had on me. Because of “Whispers”, because of Sabin, I have something that can never be lost or taken away from me and I appreciate that very much. Thank you for your books, I hope you keep writing.

  • Michelle Harlan

    “It’s like experiencing an entire lifetime of emotion in just a few hours.”

    I completely agree! There is nothing better than curling up with a feel-good book when you’ve had a rough day. Reminds me of all the possibilities for happiness in life!

  • Gail Hupke

    Love Gina’s books! Lords of the Underworld is one of the first PNR I ever read!

  • crystal zapata

    Pick me!!! Omg I love contest book give aways!! :)

  • Robyn

    Mmm. Gena writes good imagination man candy ;)

  • Julie Bonoma

    I have read all of Gena’s books. I am a huge fan! Can’t wait to read The Darkest Craving. If you have not read Alice in Zombieland yet you need to!!!

  • Karin Anderson

    I absolutely love all of Gena’s books. I started with the Atlantis series and they are still my favorites. :-D

  • Britney Adams

    Great reasons for reading romance novels!

  • leah g

    This has to be the best site ever for people just getting into romances. I cannot wait to start your LOTU series.

  • Mo

    Wow, I love and wholeheartedly agree with all you reasons to read romances.

  • Eirene Oh

    That family photo idea is genius! I might copy it in the near future, hope you don’t mind :P

  • Carla Michelle Peavler Alcorn

    I love your books!! Just bought my copy of The Darkest Craving and can’t wait to dive in and read it :o)

  • Ketta Peters

    Gena, you definitely know hot heroes — the Atlantis bundle and the LOTU bundle were among the first to grace my Kindle. And you don’t have to give them back, they manage to replicate just fine, tho my hero is a smidge shorter than yours, who knew?!

  • Celestial Reviews

    OMG, I love your series and I love your post! Romance Rocks! Thanks for the opportunity :)
    gothiclove95@hotmail.com

  • Kim

    Great post! Who doesn’t like man-candy?? I love your books!!

  • Andi Babcock

    I totally agree with your thoughts about romance and books! Thanks for sharing and LOVE the LOTU series – keep them coming!

  • donnas

    Awesome series. Cant wait to read more.

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

    Yay man candy. ;) I’ve really been wanting to read Gena Showalter. My boyfriend’s last name is Showalter, too! ;)

  • Elizabeth Gray

    I also love this series. Can’t wait to read about Kane. And looking forward to many more in the series.

  • Genna Lee

    I have read them 2x already but it’s been 6mo. so about to read LOTU again. just love the books and not only the story lines but the way they are written can’t be matched.

  • Deborah Kelly

    Please, keep rocking those Lords!!! Luv me some LOTU!

  • http://www.bookswithbenefits.com/ JW Ashley

    Just poking in to say… I love the rhythm of your prose here.

  • patt cano

    I love all of gena’s books she has a magical way to make her books and character come to life, I think you’re a great author Luv me some LOTU, series. thanks for the giveaway.

  • Nina Diab

    Great interview! Love the photo idea you guys did! I definitely want to do that with family and friends in the future!

    Would love a chance to win your book! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Renee Craycraft

    Love the LOTU SERIES!!!!! Enjoyed the picture above the mantle. Will have to try that.

  • Laura Gott

    loved, loved, loved Alice in Zombieland!

  • Nicole

    Your books always make my day better. No matter how horrible or bad it’s been, sinking into one of your books makes things okay

  • Ruth

    You crack me up! Thanks for all the fun reasons why romance novels are awesome. I do have a nice list of “boyfriends” and not only is it not cheating, I’m not a tramp, either! LOL!! I like the wooing and I the fierce protection that comes from the hero falling, and falling hard. Whoo hoo!! And I think your family portrait idea is the best ever!!

  • Margaret Hughes

    What a wonderful interview – so many great reasons to love romance novels! Looking forward to that Zombie version of Romeo & Juliet!

  • Cassandra Hicks

    I can’t wait to read Kane’s book! Gena’s books are amazing. I’m actually rereading the Alien Huntress series just to get my Gena fix lol

  • LeAnn Freeman Adkins

    I love your books and love the lords ;)

  • Morgan

    All of your reasons are great! And who doesn’t love a happy ending?

  • QuenKne M

    I agree that romance novels are great for so many reasons – I especially love that they teach readers that you can be ANYBODY and still find love.

  • Mildred Santiago

    LOVE your books!!!! Your one of my favorite authors.

  • Kyunhae Cho

    Just finished this book! I loved it so much, Josephina was definitely my favorite heroine in the series so far!

  • Danielle West

    I have wanted to read his story since he was first introduced and I haven’t had the chance yet!! *angry muttering*

  • Lori Haskins

    I have a kindle fire, which is very convenient at times, but for my favorite authors, like Gena,I also have to have the book to touch and feel in my hands, knowing when I’m finished with it, it will go on her personal shelf in what I call my library to be read again one day. I have read many of my books several times and look forward to each new one!

  • roxanne rogers

    love darkest craving ~ ‘lord kane’ is awesome!

  • Erika Lunsford

    Love the LOTU series. It’s my escape–my home away from home.

  • Susie

    I love Gena’s Lords of the Underworld series.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lori Adkins

    I became addicted to books in first grade. By the time I was 13, I was reading 30 books or more a week, it was my drug of choice back then. I’m still addicted and your books hooked me even more. So, I’m looking for my next fix….so to speak. LOL

  • moonlightfan78

    I love your books, The Lords of the Underworld series is one of my favorites. I love hearing your insight into Romance. thanks for sharing

  • Sherri Williamson

    I can’t wait to get my hands on The Darkest Craving. I’ve re-read the entire series twice while waiting! LOL Love them Lords! ;)

  • Maria Ramey

    Love this series and I can’t wait to read this one! Gena’s books are one of my favs!

  • cattnrnd

    Love the series. Totally in love with the Demons!

  • SBerns

    I absolutely love all of your books. I wait on baited breathe for the next release. Keep them coming and thank you for all the juicy entertainment and escapism they afford me in my hum drum life.

  • Nancy Riggle

    My first romance of any kind was The Darkest Night, I saw the cover and had to know more about the story. I read it in one night! I’ve been hooked on you ever since, gobbling up everything with your name on it. You introduced me into a new genre of reading that has inspired me to finally put down some of my own stories. Thank you so much for showing us your magnificent talents. Don’t ever stop writing! <3

  • Danielle James

    I want this!!! I own most of the LOTU books and this would make a fine edition to my bookshelf! I love Gena and read all her books I can get my hands on!

  • Tanisha McGaw

    I can’t wait to read The Darkest Craving. Been anticipating Kane’s book for years. :) Love you series! :)

  • Meredith Richardson

    I completely agree Gena!! I love being introduced to a new couple or even following a cast of characters throughout a series and falling in love with them for the strengths and even their flaws. You get to fall for all different types of guys… some human and some not lol.

    For me one of the best parts is reading about every authors take, at least in fantasy and paranormal books, their take on those fantasy creatures and how they live and survive and how their main characters deal with that new world they’ve discovered or always known about

  • tiffanesha

    Omgosh I want to win sooooo bad!!!! I’m lords of the underworld obsessed!

  • MK

    What a fabulously fun idea for everyone in the family to dress weirdly for a picture. I have emailed this idea to my hubby- I want to do this!!

  • Bianca McCloskey

    First of all, I love your books (especially the Lords of the Underworld series). Next, do you have a favorite music playlist when you write? And finally, your LOU book covers are awesome and this isn’t just coming from me, lol. My brothers are always harpin’ on me about how theres always a half-naked couple on romance novels and that so not how it is in the real world, lol. They think the LOU covers are pretty cool! So, thanks for the awesome book and covers! You have the approval of my brothers which is a great feat LOL! Have a great day! :)

  • Tawnya Bentley

    Thank you so much for sharing your books with us, and your love of story telling!!

  • Vickie Brown

    I keep thinking I know who my favorite warrior is, and it keeps changing as I read these books! Phenomenal stories that build on the “whole” story…and I love a good in-depth storyline. Can’t wait to get to Kane, but am enjoying the long road to him!!

  • Kathy Valentine

    gena, i heard a song from imagine dragons called demons,i think you would like it for the lords!

  • Shawna Stringer

    Gena’s book The Nymph King was the very first romance book I read. My friend gave it to me and I couldn’t put it down. Thank you Gena for starting my love of all romance books.

  • Azucena Rodriguez

    This is another series I would like to start reading :)

  • Rebecca Berus

    You are one of my all time favorite authors. Thank you so much for writing!

  • Nicole D

    Absolutely love your books and hope to be reading them for years to come! Thank you!

  • Zafirah

    I concur with everything you said and more Gena. Romance books are my getaway, my me time, my enjoyment. I love reading more than watching TV.. (Except Supernatural…. I love Jenson and Jared …yumm..Ok I’m digressing, back to my comment.) They prove love isn’t always about how you look, or how much money you have, its about people, and connections and sacrifice. :)
    My only regret is that there is so many books so little time.. (I used to say that about men, then I met my husband, real life romance rocks!)

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    Another great Gena Showalter book. I love them all

  • Ann Lorz

    I love your books. You write about great characters.

  • Peggy Edge

    I love the LOTU. Strider is my favorite & I can’t wait to read more about Torin & William. I even have my “nerd tattoo” as my friends call it, which is the LOTU butterfly on my right shoulder. I got it to help me with my demons during a rough time in my life!

  • Ana Montag

    I love Gena’s books so much! I read all of her series!

  • Diane Giarrusso

    I can’t imagine what my family portrait would look like if we did as you all!

  • Pamby50

    I look forward to reading the book you recommended. This site is bringing new romance authors into my life.

  • Mandy Carr

    I absolutely live live LOVE all your books. I can’t wait to read Kane’s. I’ve missed my Lords of the underworld.

  • shellyturner100@gmail.com

    I love romance novels because they help me escape everyday life and put me some place with a male that I just never thought I’d have. Shelly Turner Lovinia, Michigan Shelly Turner 100 @ gmail.com

  • Shanita Smith-weeks

    i love your books:-) especially the lords of the underworld! This is what romance is about.

  • J.L. Serrano

    I own every single Lords of the Underworld book! I love how the stories bring me into such a dynamic world! And the Lords are hot beyond measure!