Day 4: Shana Galen

How Romance Novels Saved Me

When I’m asked why I write romance I always say it’s because I want to give readers an escape from the banalities of everyday life. Every time I begin a new novel, my goal is to give my reader a few minutes pleasure, wherein she forgets the dirty dishes, the laundry needing to be folded, the kids in a tug-of-war over some trinket, and that timeless conundrum—what’s for dinner?  True Spies

Don’t get me wrong. I want to write a good book too. Plot, characterization, symbolism, theme, and point of view are important to me. But the literary elements never overshadow the real reason I write: entertainment.

I sometimes think entertainment has become a dirty word in our society. Entertainment has come to mean teens spending whole days playing video games or couch potatoes endlessly flipping TV channels. But entertainment is necessary in our lives. Every culture from the beginning of time has produced some sort of entertainment. Cavemen drew on the walls of caves. The ancient Greeks and Romans told epic tales. Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Mozart composed operas and symphonies. There must be a need in our lives for entertainment.

I know when I have faced difficult times in my life, romance novels were always a safe place for me to turn and escape the pain. I might even argue romance novels saved me several times in my life from falling into a deep depression. The first time was at the end of a nine-year relationship and a broken engagement. I’d only recently begun reading romance and hadn’t started writing it yet when my fiancé called off our wedding. Sometimes I think that broken engagement was the best thing that ever happened to me. Suddenly single and grief-stricken, all I wanted was to sit at home and wallow. What did I do while wallowing? I read books by Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux (*posting Aug 27 ~ B), Marsha Canham and Elizabeth Elliott. I couldn’t stay sad after reading those books. They gave me hope. They gave me a sense of purpose. They made me want to write my own romance novel.

The second time romance novels saved me was after a miscarriage. I remember lying on the couch in my house with my husband nearby, looking pretty helpless as far as how to help me recover. His presence and his strength helped me more than I can ever express, but the romance novels I read during that dark period helped me too. I wanted to sink into despair and mourn indefinitely the child I’d lost. Romance novels, this time those by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, and Robyn DeHart, allowed me to forget the real world for a few hours. They allowed me to stop crying, to stop mourning, to heal.

Romance novels at their core are pure escapism. They’re pure entertainment, and I’d argue entertainment is more necessary than ever in a world filled with pain and sadness.

(Thanks so much, Shana. I think we’ve all been there. We’d all prefer to not have to crave comfort, but romance novels are wonderful when we do. And thank you for all the many recommendations, with even more in the questions section. I can’t wait to read True Spies – it looks great! So happy to have you here. ~ Bobbi)


Questions for the Author:

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

It’s a painting that belonged to my husband’s grandfather, who has now passed away. The painting is ugly—an oil of a cowboy riding a horse and the horse is falling over and probably broken its leg. I hate it, but it means a lot to my husband.

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

Sleepless in Houston. Between family and life and writing, I never get enough sleep. I always like Reese Witherspoon. She could play me!

What is the best non-monetary gift you’ve ever been given?

My daughter. Every single day, she never fails to make me laugh, frustrate me with her stubbornness, and simply amaze me with her wonder and innocence.

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?)

I’d say the scene in the garden in Lord and Lady Spy. It was one of my favorite scenes to write, and the book is a reader favorite. If you’ve never read a romance and want to start with an historical, I’d recommend any book by Julia Quinn (*posting Aug 25 ~ B). Another historical author I’d recommend that many readers might not have read is Robyn DeHart. Like me, she writes adventurous historicals, and her books always contain so much emotional complexity. Alternately, if you want to start with a contemporary, you can’t go wrong with This Heart of Mine or Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (*posting Aug 7 ~ B).

Shalen is generously donating three copies of  Lord and Lady Spy 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.

 


Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: connect with her at shanagalen.com.

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  • Nancy Huddleston

    Thank you for introducing me to someone new. This is fun. Learning about everyone.

    • Shana Galen

      Nice to meet you, Nancy!

    • I’m so glad, Nancy. Thank you. :o)

  • Kim Cornwell

    Love your books and thanks for stopping by!

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Kim. Thanks for posting.

    • Thank you, Kim. xoxo

  • Vikki

    Thanks, Shana for sharing your love of romance novels. You are so right. They have also helped me through several sad times in my life.

    • Shana Galen

      I’m so glad, Vikki. We need fun books for the tough times.

      • Agreed, Shana. Thanks again for the lovely post. :o)

    • Thank you, Vikki! Me too. xoxo

  • Ora

    I LOVE your books. It’s finally here! Blue’s story. It seems like it has been forever since you said you were writing his story and now Tuesday’s release day. WOOHOO!
    Anyone who hasn’t read Lord and Lady Spy really should. You’ll fall in love with Adrian and Sophia, plus you won’t have to wait that long to read their next adventure.

    • Shana Galen

      Oh, my gosh! Thank you so much, Ora. I am really excited for everyone to read the novella. I think you’ll love it (I do).

    • Thank you, Ora! I hope you have the chance to check out all of the wonderful RARM authors too! :o)

  • PJ Ausdenmore

    Thanks for sharing how romance novels have helped you in the dark moments of life. I don’t know when (or why) entertainment turned into a dirty word in our world. Those books have been my salvation during the sad and painful moments that happen in all of our lives. I could never thank the authors of those wonderful romances enough for being there for me when I needed the hope and happiness in the pages of their books.

    • Romance rocks. Thanks PJ! (btw, check your email!) xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      I agree, PJ, and having readers like you is thanks enough for most of us, I think.

  • Bette Hansen

    really enjoyed learning about you and I will check out your books

    • Thanks Bette. Hope you enjoy them. xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Bette. Enjoy!

  • Melanie Backus

    We just need getaways sometimes in our hectic lives and what a better way than to pick up a good book. Thank you !

    • And thank you too, Melanie! :o)

    • Shana Galen

      It’s a lot cheaper than a trip to Hawaii, and you can even go to other times.

  • Ann

    Escape-ism at its’ best! Plus I’m a sucker for a happy ending!

    • Me too! Thanks Ann. xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      I am too–in real life and fiction.

  • vickied

    i started reading romance novels when I was 13 – I have favorite books & characters that seem like old friends – while other books have been long forgotten. I’ve often wondered if different books or stories didn’t grab me – was it the author or me that really couldn’t place me in a book – kind of like a movie you see once and didn’t like – but years later watch again and you can’t figure out why you didn’t like it.

    • I sometimes wonder that, too, Vickie. I have some of my favorites in my basement, just I have too many books in my TBR pile to find out if I still love the old ones! Thanks for the comment. :o)

    • Shana Galen

      I guess sometimes it’s where we are in life. Different books or characters speak to us. I’m like you, though. Some books remain favorites no matter what age I am.

  • Tory

    My favorite book of yours is Making a Gentleman. I just may need to go re-read it again 🙂

    • Thanks, Tory. Haven’t read that one yet! xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Tory. Armand is a favorite.

  • Donna Logan Brown

    Have always enjoyed your books, which makes me glad you’re writing full time. So glad you’re part of RARM, a wonderful concept allowing me to “meet” new authors and visit those I’ve read before. Have suffered through some ugly paintings in the past as well, so I can sympathize with you. None quite so attractive as a horse with a broken leg however. I so agree with you that romance is an escape. Have spent many hours hidden in the safety of a books pages.

    • Love your comments, Donna, and thank you for being here! xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      Donna, I love how you say “hidden in the safety of a books pages.” That’s a perfect description, isn’t it?

  • christinejensen

    Romance novels definitely provide a much needed escape from the everyday. I too read for entertainment.

    • And those heroes! ;o) xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      If i’m given a choicee between watching TV or reading, I choose reading every time.

  • Kristy Birch

    Shana I completely agree that we do need entertainment beyond reality TV and smart phones. What I find so wonderful about romance novels as entertainment is that they are so smart; there’s always new words or historical events or parts of the world to learn about.

    • Yay Kristy! xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      Kristy, I’ve learned so much about history from reading fiction. It’s a fun way to learn, too.

  • Shannon Watson

    I totally agree that it’s a great way to escape…I have always thought that. Additionally, it’s a great way to get entertainment without commercials. 🙂

    • Good point, Shannon! :o)

    • Shana Galen

      Exactly! You can start and stop whenever you like.

  • Patty Vasquez

    As a fellow teacher (bless you for teaching in the inner city), I understand the need for escapist reading! I had a thought while reading your essay and its accompanying comments. I love names, always have. (I bought a baby name book when I was 13. I’m sure I raised some eyebrows at the checkout counter!) How much fun- or difficulty- do you have choosing first names for your characters?

    • Great question, Patty! Sounds like you found your tribe. xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      Hi Patty, since I write historical romance, I try to stick with names that are period-appropriate. If I have a heroine who is an aristocrat, I might give her a name like Sophia or Charlotte. If I have a heroine who is a courtesan, I have more liberty since the lower classes were more liberal in their naming practices. I’ll often look at websites listing kings and queens for the last few hundred years to see which names were popular.

      • Patty Vasquez

        Thank you, Shana. Every so often, while reading an historical, I’ll come across a name, usually a nickname, that seems too modern and it feels jarring to read it. At any rate, I love that many of the older, romantic names are popular again. I think in large part due to romance novels. I’ve heard the names Frances (girl), Georgia, Cora, Eleanor, Leo, Walter, Louis, and Graham among my students. My sons were named Ethan and Alistair(nickname Alec) in the late 80s before they became popular again.

        • Shana Galen

          Look at the new Prince of Cambridge! I have a feeling George will be popular again this year.

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I read romance novels constantly and get so engrossed that I usually manage to completely block out my surroundings. I can’t tell you how many times my husband has had a complete conversation with me while I’m reading only to find out I didn’t hear a word he said. There’s something to be said for stories that can completely draw you in and temporarily give you respite from real life. I’ll look forward to reading your books and being sucked in by your characters!

    • My younger son read that. His comment? “I can relate.” Thanks, Courtney. ;o)

    • Shana Galen

      Courtney, in the house where I grew up, all four of us would spend a pleasant evening reading. The house would be quiet, we’d all be sitting together, and we’d be happily engrossed in our own worlds.

  • Ann Mettert

    I love your books. 🙂

    • Thanks, Ann. :o)

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Ann! 🙂

  • Sandi in OH

    Reading romances has gotten me through many difficult times…my youngest son’s hospitalizations, family illnesses, deaths of family members and friends.

    • Hi again, Sandi – thanks for the comments. So glad you found us here! :o)

    • Shana Galen

      Sandi, I do receive quite a few letters from people reading while at the bedside of a loved one at the hospital. I know it must be nice to have a moment’s escape, even if only in a book.

  • suepeace

    So true what you’ve written about entertainment! Anyone who says anything to me, I tell them there is enough bad stuff and unhappiness in real life, romance is the great escape!

    • Thanks again, Sue! :o)

    • Shana Galen

      And why should great writing have to be dark or sad? So many of my favorite authors are just as talented as literary writers, they just end the story happily.

  • rebecca moe

    Love your post! Romance definitely helps through the difficult times. I’m always telling my students that life is depressing all on its own, so I’m only interested in reading guaranteed happy endings!

    PS–Scarecrow and Mrs. King was my first love, so I really want to read your spy novels!

    • omg! I LOVED Scarecrow and Mrs. King! Bruce Boxleitner {sigh}…

      Thanks so much!

    • Shana Galen

      So true, and I used to be a teacher. Romance novels saved me after many a long day. I also loved Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

  • Jen C

    Forget Calgon, I prefer a good romance to take me away!

    • ;o) Right?! xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      Or you can read in the bath!

  • brhill2010

    Hi Shana this is the first time i have ever heard of any of your books, looks like i am going to have to get one. I have enever read historical romance, but would like to know what is the difference between contemporary and historical romance??

    • Hi B – You’re in for such a treat! I think historical romance is some of the most groundbreaking storytelling on the market today. Usually ‘historical’ simply means based in a time period more than a hundred years or so from today. Thanks so much!

    • Shana Galen

      That’s a great question! Contemporary romance takes place in the present, or the near present. Historical romance takes place any time in the past, usually prior to 1950. My books are set during the Regency period in England, which was from 1811-1820. That’s a very popular time period for authors and readers. It’s the time when Jane Austen lived and wrote.

  • MaryC

    Enjoyed the post and Q&A. Thank you for writing books that have provided so much enjoyment.

    • Thank you Mary!

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks for stopping by, Mary!

  • Joan Varner

    Thank you Shana for your commentary. I have often found myself going straight to a romance novel when I get home from a hectic day at work. Enough drama for one day, now it’s time for some escapism. Romance in all it’s forms provide me with enjoyment, stress relief and hope that tomorrow will be better.

    • Thanks so much, Joan! So glad you found us here. xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      I so agree, Joan. We don’t always get a happy ever after in life, but we can have one in books. And I know if I feel bad I can always look back at some of the bad days my heroines have had and feel better! At least I’m not being chased by pirates, right?

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Shana! It was wonderful to see you again at RWA/Atlanta a few weeks ago!

    I wrote to you on FB just after I read my first of your novels: “Lord and Lady Spy.” It really resonated with me because I had a history of repeated pregnancy losses prior to the birth of my son. I remember thinking, “This writer really does get it!” I’m sorry to hear that you did so understand because of your own loss. However, that book led me to the rest of your books and I can honestly say that you still do get it even if it is not from a personal tragedy. It’s coming from your heart all the same! Your empathy, intellect and humor shine through all of your writing.

    Best of luck on the release of “True Spies” and “The Spy Wore Blue,” I am so looking forward to reading them.
    Flora

    • Hi Flora – Thank you so much for the comment. I’m looking forward to the next books too! xoxo

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Flora! It was great to see you and your lovely family at RWA. I do remember that letter you wrote me. It meant a lot to me to hear from readers that the book resonated with them. Thanks!

  • ki pha

    Oh I love your books Shana! Lord and Lady Spy will never leave my bookshelf, Ever~ And I know what you mean about romance novels saving our lives. I don’t know where I would be today if not for all those romance novels I’ve read throughout the years, and through high school. And I know how much Lord and Lady Spy is close to your heart and am very glad that you have shared it with us romancers. Thank you.

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks for stopping by, Ki, and for making LLS part of your keeper shelf. That means so much to me!

  • Kim

    I agree with your commentary. When things are hectic or stressful, it helps to read an uplifting romance novel. Besides Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie James also writes some funny contemporaries. I enjoy some intrigue, so I’ll have to check out Lord and Lady Spy.

    • Shana Galen

      Kim, I like Julie James too. I always try and read contemps when I’m writing a new book.

  • Melissa Sullivan

    I agree romance (or any book in general) are great escapes. I have a few on my shelf that are my “go to pile when sad”. I’ve read them many times, but they somehow always picks them up. At the end the only thing that depresses me is that i can’t pluck the hero out of the book and make him mine.

    • Shana Galen

      Oh, that depresses us all, Melissa!

  • Ruth

    I really love my students. Mostly. 😉 It’s the adults that really make me crazy. When I am having a wretched day because we’ve all just had a little too much of one another or because administration in it’s infinite wisdom has reiterated that higher test scores are THE most important thing (Ha!), I know I can go to 1812 England, or even better 1412 Scotland (where braw highlanders do not hesitate to draw their broadswords) and leave the daily nonsense behind. I know you were in good hands with Julie Garwood. That Broderick Buchanan is something, huh? And This Heart of Mine is my favorite of the Chicago Stars series. One of the things that I am liking best about this month is discovering all these kindred spirits. I am adding you to my author’s list. So many great escapes, so little time! Fantasy job: being paid to read romance! And isn’t your sweet daughter proof (in more ways than one!) that romance matters? 🙂

    • rebecca moe

      I teach junior high, and I totally agree–love the kids, the grown ups make me crazy! Must read some romance after a tough day at work–and all summer long 😉

      • Shana Galen

        Rebecca, for me, it alternated. Some days the kids drove me nuts and some days it was their parents. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

        • Ruth

          No truer words, my friend 😉 And this year, you will be helping me survive xoxoxo

      • Ruth

        Yes, ma’am! I’m totally with you, sister!

    • Shana Galen

      Yes, Ruth, that’s a great point about my daughter–and all children. I definitely go to my Julie Garwod novels when I need a lift. She always makes me smile.

  • Karin Anderson

    I truly enjoy reading romance novels! They are an escape from our own problems and can give us that hope you were speaking of. 😀

    • Shana Galen

      I agree, Karin. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Sandy Xiong

    Romance novels are a good way to escape from our own problems even if for just a little bit. I always read them for fun when I’m bored but I always have certain books that help me escape my problems when I have them. They help me laugh when I’m done and put me back in the mood to a great day.

    • Shana Galen

      Sandy, humorous romances are my favorites. I can usually use a good laugh.

  • Britney Adams

    Loving RARM! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Shana Galen

      I’m so excited I was asked to be here.

  • leah g

    I’ll admit I haven’t really gotten into historicals yet, but the reviews of Lord and Lady Spy sound interesting. I might have to give them a try.

    • Shana Galen

      Leah, we all have different tastes. I’m glad you’re willing to give it a try.

  • Dana Shoulders

    I loved your deep felt comments and realized that while you like a lot of the same authors I like, I don’t think I’ve ever tried one of your books. I just corrected that by snapping up Lord and Lady Spy on Amazon…and as a bonus today for Kindle it was only 99 cents! 🙂

    • Shana Galen

      That’s right, Dana! It is on sale for 99 cents. Amazon also has WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND for $1.99. So many great sales. Thanks for giving me a try!

  • Sue G.

    Such a nice honest interview. I had lost a dad (2000) and brother (2004) to cancer. I needed something to escape and reading helped me to find a happy ending. I still don’t like to read books that don’t have a happy ending. Thanks for the chance.

    • Shana Galen

      Those are tough losses, Sue. I wonder what people who don’t read do to get through the tough times. I’m so glad I found books.

      • Sue G.

        I have seen some people just get into deep depressions and not want to do anything. I’m not like that. I always try to see the good in everything.

        • Shana Galen

          I that’s a fabulous quality to have.

  • Ketta Peters

    I know it’s easy to escape the mundane when I’m reading a good romance — and now I’ll have a new author to check out. Thank you!

    • Shana Galen

      So true. I can always find some excitement in a book.

  • Sarah R.

    I loved your post, Shana, and I love your books as well.
    For me historical romance is a daily escape from a busy life taking care of my boys. It is something just for me, which normally my life is all about my four boys.

    • Shana Galen

      It’s great that you can find something for yourself, Sarah. We all need that. Thank you for the compliment.

  • Carla Michelle Peavler Alcorn

    Your post is the best so far. Thank you for sharing such intimate parts of your life. I love your books.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Carla. I debated a bit about posting such intimate information, but I felt like I wasn’t the only one with those stories.

  • Cindy Holub

    Love your post and love historicals!

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you so much, Cindy!

  • Marcy Shuler

    Romance books are an escape that I’ll never apologize for. I’ve had people call them “smut books” but I know they’ve never read one themselves.

    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Shana Galen

      Marcy, some people are just ridiculous. I always feel like I don’t judge their reading, why judge mine?

  • Jen Ferraro Stepke

    Thank you for bringing all of us readers an escape from the everyday, and Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks for stopping by, Jen.

  • Ooh a spy romance! How intriguing!

    • Shana Galen

      I love spies, Brooke. (pirates and rogues too!)

  • Kim

    Reading romance is a great way for me to relax. I loved This Heart of Mine and Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips!

    • Shana Galen

      SEP is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read every one of her books.

  • Lisagk

    Please don’t enter me, I already have my copy, but I did enjoy the post and I for one thank you for the entertainment.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Lisa!

  • Reading your defense of entertainment–Brava, by the way–I was reminded of how Twain felt about Austen. I am particularly fascinated by this famous comment: “I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Now, of course, scholars study, respect, and love both authors. What do you think scholars might say about your books one hundred or even two hundred years from now? (After all, it’s our job to contend that books are always MORE than entertainment. We are after what each book is trying to teach it’s readers.)

    • Shana Galen

      I like the comment, “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice.” It was so bad he kept reading it over and over! Oh, I’m sure scholars will not be reading my books in 200 years. But if someone did stumble across a copy, I how they would think it was a fun read and taught them that love, marriage, family, and fidelity are values we strive for and value. So often the values tied up with emotions are not given as high a priority because they’re considered more feminine. I think that’s why romance is so often looked down upon. Women, for the most part, write it and it reflects our values more than those the male-dominated culture says we should have.

      • I love your answer! And, you know, I never before noticed Twain’s insistence on how he felt reading it every time. Maybe I’ll email one of my old profs–a Twain scholar–and ask if there was an Austen Mafia who walked around with guns hidden in taffeta underskirts, forcing men to read P&P.

        • Shana Galen

          LOL! Now you know the secret–Twain was persecuted by the Austen Mafia!

  • Becky Rabalais

    I don’t think I’ve read a spy romance. Will check for your books at the library!

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Becky! I hope you find one 🙂

  • Rhiannon Rowland

    I love the escapism of romance novels, which have kept me upbeat hear of late as I have been through 8 surgeries in the last few months. More to go..and more books to read. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Lord and Lady Spy yet, so would love to win a copy.

    • Shana Galen

      Good luck, Rhiannon. I’m so sorry about the surgeries. You definitely need some good books to get through all of that.

  • QuenKne M

    Thank you for sharing such heartfelt personal stories.they are very much appreciated and relatable. I’m always intrigued to check out authors recommended by other authors to see what interests them. I will certainly be checking out your list.

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, QuenKne. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the authors I mentioned.

  • Morgan

    Thanks for the great suggestions! And that is the saddest horse painting I have ever heard of! I hope you have it out of sight.

    • Shana Galen

      Morgan, it’s under the bed. You can’t ever get rid of those family heirlooms. I kind of wish someone else in the family wanted it!

  • librarypat

    What a nice interview. Unfortunately, I didn’t really discover romance books until I was about 50. They would have come in handy for distracting me when things got rough. Now they just keep me from getting my house and garden work done.

    • Shana Galen

      LOL! Yes, that is another side effect of reading–you forget to do the chores. 🙂

  • Niki Rittenhouse

    I wish I could send all of my day reading romance novels. Too bad I have to have a job. haha

    • Shana Galen

      Me, too, Niki!

  • Azucena Rodriguez

    I love reading romance novels. It’s the only kind I read unless my brother forces me to read some of his thriller novels, in which case I force him to read a romance in exchange lol. I wish I could get paid just read. That’s it. Read 🙂 Maybe once I win the lottery…

    • Shana Galen

      Oh, it’s fun to read books and then discuss too, right? I’m glad your brother is willing to trade.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I agree that reading romance is great entertainment, can take you away from real life problems & generally elevate your mood. Sorry you had to go through the bad break up & miscarriage ( been there twice,unfortunately), but I am glad you were able to have your beautiful daughter. I would have to agree with Julia Quinn & SEP as super romantic writers. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Sharlene. I’m sorry about your losses as well.

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    Romance books are wonderful, they take me away from everyday life. Who doesn’t secretly eish to be swept of their feet.

    • Shana Galen

      I know I do! I’d like to be swept away for a weekend with no dishes or laundry.

  • Diane Giarrusso

    My daughter is my greatest gift too!

    • Shana Galen

      That’s so sweet, Diane.

  • Pamby50

    I look forward to reading anything by you. You’ve read some of my favorites to get you through your tough times.