Aug 31 Read-A-Romance Month Comes To A Close!

The End of the Beginning

Wow! This month went so quickly!

And so, here we are, on Aug 31, 2013 – the last day of the first-ever Read-A-Romance Month! I think it went pretty well, and I hope you do too.Β  I couldn’t have asked for better content; for more wonderful authors; for a better start to this amazing even that I hope will only grow bigger and more widely known.

I would like to thank all of the wonderful writers who wrote essays for R-A-R M, provided prizes and acted as the best spokespersons for the romance genre that anyone could ask for.Β  And to you fans, whether you commented on one postΒ  or all 93, or none but read one or a few – thank you for being here.

Thanks to the terrific publishers who have offered such great prizes!

A few of you have sent me emails and fb messages or asked questions via the comments, so let me answer these here:

Contests! – The way I set up the drawings – and the generosity of the authors – made getting names out there more complicated than I expected. This is the one aspect of R-A-R M I did not keep up with well, but it also does not have a deadline (like posts, and coordinating with authors). The names have not been posted anywhere, and only the first week of winners have been contacted. I will send out emails to winners between now and Sept 14. I apologize for the delay, but I suppose if that’s the worst thing to happen in this amazing month, I won’t complain, and I hope you’ll be patient and sympathetic.

Please remember that you have until 11:59 EST tonight (Sat, Aug 31st) to register the win Suzanne Brockmann’s ARC of Do or Die (send an email to, the proposal critique from Patience Bloom (send an email to a Kindle Paperwhite, or the Grand Central Grand Prize of an iPad mini. (More details at the Awesome Contests page.) Also, the international drawing will be open until the same time.

“Bobbi, what will you do?” – Well, the running joke is that I will be sleeping for a week, or a month, and then figuring it out. I just bought a domain name and will be considering what I want to do with it. If you’re a fan of R-A-R M and would like to keep in touch and be able to follow me when I launch the next adventure, I hope you’ll follow R-A-R M at

“Will there be a R-A-R M next year?” Absolutely! (The other running joke – or mantra, depending on the day – is, “An intern for 2014.”)

“Will the essays stay up?” Yes. At this point there are no plans to take any of the content down. (Please spread the word. Never hurts to have more people find this site as we prepare for next year.)

“I simply loved R-A-R M. How can I support you?” Thank you so much. Please, if you think of it, continue using the links on the site for Amazon and B&N. You can use any link to get into those sites, and once you’re there, even if you wander around, if you buy something I will get a small percentage. I would be so grateful. xoxo

And check out the Cafe Press site. I’ll be putting a page on this site – maybe later today – so you can see Victoria Colotta’s wonderful designs a little bit better. (I’m including some below.)

Thank you again, everyone! What a wonderful month. No drawings from this page, but let me know if you have any other questions. Happy reading, friends – and may your lives be filled with romance! Keep in touch, and if nothing else, I hope to see you again for Read-A-Romance Month 2014! xoxo


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  • Nancy Huddleston

    I have really enjoyed this month. I have meet new authors I plan on reading and saw old favorites that I love. Ms. Bobbi you did a wonderful job. Thank you for romance. You rock!

  • Donna Logan Brown

    Bobbi, you have done an amazing job putting this all together and it is sad to see it coming to an end. Will follow you on FB to keep up with upcoming activities. This was an amazing concept and took Herculean efforts to accomplish.

    • Thanks so much. It was a labor of love, and was a wonderful opportunity to get to know more readers and writers. xoxo

  • Laurie W G

    Great idea! Thank you for all your hard work getting this month’s author’s views on romance all together!

    • Thank you, for this and all the great comments through the month. xoxo

  • it has been a great event yes so thank you for all your work and time you put into this

  • Valerie

    Thank you so much for all of your time and energy. It has been an amazing month!

  • Michelle Harlan

    Thanks so much for everything you put in to the RARM. It was so much fun to celebrate such wonderful books and authors. Looking forward to next year!

    • Thank you, Michelle. I couldn’t have asked for more, especially the first year! xoxo

  • mariannewestrich

    This has been a fantastic month. Thank you so much for all the fun!!! And if you’re serious about an intern, just tell me where to apply! 😎

    • Lol! I live in Madison, so I may go for a UW student. But I may keep these comments in mind. Thank you. xoxo

  • Allison Siegel

    Thank out for bringing this wonderful celebration of romance and the authors that write it to us! I am looking forward to read a romance month 2014! Can’t wait!

    • Thanks so much, Allison. I really appreciate that. xoxo

  • Polly

    Wonderful month! I am so glad the essays will stay up, and as I explore new authors I promise to click from here to the amazon site, and give you that little bit of support. Every little bit helps. Thanks for imagining this and making it a reality.

    • Thanks so much, Polly! I am still a little breathless that I was able to make it happen. xoxo

  • TrishJ

    Bobbi, I have thoroughly enjoyed this month. Great prizes, awesome posts by my favorite authors and I found many new authors that I am trying. I loved learning how the authors feel about romance books, both why they write and why they read romance. Comments by other readers were funny, sad, heart wrenching. We truly do make up a great bunch of romance readers. Cannot wait until next year!!! Thanks for all the hard work this year!!!

    • Thank you Trish. I so appreciate this. I have loved the interaction with the readers, and I hope the sense of community will continue. xoxo

  • Deb Hinshaw

    Bobbi, THANK YOU!!! I had a blast popping in each day! Looking forward to any new venture you will have because the ride will be fantastic….just like RARM! I loved reading the posts and blogs….the prizes don’t matter to me because I felt that I had a kinship with authors and readers here and the commonality we all have….loving romance stories and the good things that can happen while reading or writing them. Thanks again, and God Bless.

    • Oh thank you so much, Deb. It has been a wonderful month. And blessings to you, too. Keep in touch! xoxo

  • Brenda E

    Bobbi, thank you for doing this event. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the authors post, some of my very favorites. I’m also glad you are leaving the posts up since I want to be reminded of the new ones I want to try, along with the books they recommended. So great that not only have the authors got their “community” but you’ve given we readers one as well. Thanks, again.

    • Thank you so much, Brenda. I am so glad you and many others feel this way. xoxo

  • Elizabeth Gray

    I have enjoyed the month of authors. I have added several new authors to read. Can’t wait to see who you have next year.

    • Thank you, Elizabeth! Me, too. ;o) Keep in touch! xoxo

  • Kathleen O

    It was a great month of great blogs and authors… I tried to get to as many as I could… Well done and cheers to all who worked hard to make this happen.

    • Thank you, Kathleen – and they’ll still be there, so feel free to visit the rest of them. It was mostly my son Alec who preposted as slave labor (okay, he worked for ice cream,) and the amazing Super Tech Guru — who was the behind-the-scenes tech mastermind who made it all look so smooth, and the wonderful Victoria Colotta who made everything look gorgeous. And me. What a wonderful experience, but I do look forward to a little sleep. ;o)

  • M Kuxhaus

    I’m sorry it is over, but I’m so glad it happened. Thanks, Bobbi!

  • I have really enjoyed this month of romance! I’m so sad it’s over. I have learned a lot about authors I knew, and learned about a lot of authors I didn’t know! I’m going to miss this part of my daily routine. πŸ™‚ Definitely looking forward to keeping up with you, Bobbi and very excited to see what you have in store. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I’ve still got fingers crossed that I win an awesome prize πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your wonderful participation through the month, Brooke. And I always keep my fingers crossed that the people who participated the most win the best prizes. ;o) xoxo

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I have absolutely enjoyed this month. Thank you so much for doing this and to all the authors who participated.

    • Thank you Melissa – but it was also the terrific participation of the readers who made it such a success. I appreciate you all. xoxo

  • Eileen Wetterstrom

    This has been most amazing to me and to think that you have been coordinating all yourself. What an awesome task and so very worthwhile. I know that romance books do make a difference and I hope to find that more people come out of the ‘closet’ and do a thumbs up for our romance authors. A most appreciative thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Eileen – for this and all of your wonderful participation through the month. Keep in touch! xoxo

  • Cat C

    Thank you so, so much for doing this! I’ve learned about so many great authors, and seen what a great community this is. My wish list has over 80 books on it, so my wallet’s not very happy with me…but I’m having a blast. Read on!

    • ;o) I’d apologize, but that’s the beauty of learning about new authors – more books we want to read! Thanks, Cat. xoxo

  • MooMoo Cake

    Thank you so much for putting this all together. I enjoyed the wonderful posts and appreciated the chances to win such amazing prizes. I look forward to next year’s R-A-R-M!

    • Thanks so much, MooMoo Cake – for this and all of your wonderful participation. xoxo

  • Suzanne Brockmann

    Thank you so much, Bobbi! I appreciate all your hard work so very much! Love, Suz

    • Aww – thanks for everything, Suz! {hugs back}

  • Kareni

    Many thanks for a wonderful month, Ms. Dumas! I’ve enjoyed all of the author essays.

    • Thank you for being here, and for your wonderful particpation. xoxo

  • Patty Vasquez

    Bobbi, even though you’re exhausted, your passion for the romance genre and this month long celebration has made a difference for all of us. We as readers have discovered new authors, found new reasons to hold our heads up high, and put our books out where others can see them. Authors have shared their ideas and gained new audiences. Everyone involved with the book world has heard our voices thanks to you. It might be a small step toward respectability in the big picture, but it’s a step forward nonetheless. Thank you for time, energy, and most of all for making the decision to DO something. I think what you’ve done is amazing!

    • Oh, Patty – thank you! Definitely feeling teary. xoxo I could not have asked for a better first year, or a more passionate core of readers. It can only grow, I think. Thank you so much, again.

      • Patty Vasquez

        (((Bobbi))) A virtual hug for you!

  • Ann

    Thank you for creating this AWESOME endeavor! So much fun!

    • Thank you so very much, Ann, and for all of your great participation. xoxo

  • Roxanne St. Claire

    I had a blast! Thank you for the invitation to be part of such a spectacular event and for an opportunity to share our love of romance with readers and the world. What an amazing job you did! xo

    • Oh, I’m feeling a little teary! Thanks so much, Roxanne! Good luck with that pet dragonfly. xoxo

  • Stephanie Fredrick

    It’s been a fun month and I think you did a fantastic job, especially considering the magnitude of the giveaway. Thank you for everything ouve done and the great giveaways. Can’t wait for next years and many more to come.

    • Awww – thanks so much Stephanie! I really appreciate it! xoxo

  • kat martin

    Bobbi– this has been great! Such a nice chance to communicate with readers. thanks so much for including me! warmest, kat

    • Thank you so much, Kat – it was delightful to have you. xoxo

  • Sue G.

    Thanks for all what you did. This was a fun way to find out about some new authors and connect with some favorite authors. Great job and I can wait for next year!

    • Thank you so much Sue! You were a wonderful participant! xoxo

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  • sin

    Thank you Bobbi for all of your hard work. Hope you get some rest after this is all over. Had fun and found some new authors πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much sin, for this and all your comments this month. xoxo

  • catherine scott

    Awesome! I love romance novels-especially Jill Shalvis!

  • Janie

    Thanks so much for the fun and for putting this together, Bobbi.

    • Thank you Janie – I’m so glad you enjoyed it. xoxo

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Thank you so much for coordinating this amazing site! I have looked forward to reading the new posts every day and I really feel like I’ve found a great group of like minded people. It has been absolutely phenomenal to interact with some of my favorite authors and to find so many new authors to read. I don’t think my to be read list has ever been so long!!! Thank you again so much for all of your hard work that has led to this event…can’t wait till next year πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Courtney. I really appreciate your participation and enthusiasm! xoxo

  • Kristy Birch

    Thank you so much for all your hard work in bringing us readers closer to our favorite authors and introducing us to new ones, who are sure to become favorites. I had so much fun waking up everyday and reading these stories with my breakfast, I can’t wait to repeat the new August ritual next year!

    • Oh, thanks so much Kristy – your comments were so enthusiastic; I really appreciate it. xoxo

  • Lee Ann Daugherty

    Thanks! I’ve only read a few of the essays, but I shared the ones I read to get them out there. As a bookseller, I tried to build awareness by making announcements at the B&N at which I work and by writing my own recommendations on my timeline. Romance and romance writers rock!

    • Thank you so much, Lee Ann! I will definitely try to get B&N involved next time. I didn’t have the lead time this year. xoxo

  • Laurin Wittig

    WTG, Bobbi! You’ve done an amazing thing putting all this together. I hope to participate again next year! Sleep well!

    • lol, Laurin! Already fell asleep once today reading a book! Thanks so much, and I am so glad we could reconnect over this. (I’m not even thinking about next year anytime soon, but I will always keep you in mind.) xoxo

  • christinejensen

    THank you for a fantastic month!

    • Thanks so much, Christine – it was nice to have you participate! xoxo

  • Glenda

    Thanks so much for doing all the work for Read a Romance Month Bobbi!! I’discovered some great new auhors thanks to you. Thanks also to all the authors for their essays (and of course the prizes)!

    • So glad you were here, Glenda! Thank you. xoxo

  • Larena Hubble

    I have really enjoyed reading what each other has posted and I have found some new to me authors that I plan on checking out because of this. thank you.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    This has been an awesome month getting to know my favorite authors better & meet some new ones. Looking forward to next year!! πŸ™‚

  • Katrina

    I always enjoy finding new authors. This was alot of fun.

  • Carrie

    Thank you so much all your hard work in creating read a romance month. I really enjoyed reading the essays from beloved authors and discovering new ones.

    • Thanks so much, Carrie – I really appreciate it. xoxo

  • Mary McCoy

    Thank you for all your efforts and an amazing smorgasbord of essays!

  • Kortney Jenks

    Thank you for this awesome month of reading!!

  • Courtney Lewis

    This was really a worthwhile endeavor. Thank you SO MUCH for coordinating it!

    • Thanks, Courtney! So happy you enjoyed it! xoxo

  • Pamby50

    Thank you for a month of romance. I caught up on authors I’ve read and met many new ones. I now know what to tell my kids I want for our anniversary. Gift card from Amazon to put books on my kindle.

    • :o) (And I hope you might use the links, maybe?) So glad you were here! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. xoxo

  • Julia B.

    Thanks for this wonderful month! R-A-R Month was a lot of fun and so great to see so many good authors together. I also discovered some new authors. πŸ˜€

  • Jen C

    Great month! I can’t wait until next year! πŸ™‚

  • Tawnya Bentley

    Thank you for all the chances at winning and for introducing me to author’s I haven’t tried yet.

  • Ada H

    Thank you for putting this all together, Bobbi! I’ve enjoyed coming here every day and seeing the thoughts of my favorite authors and some new-to-me authors! The giveaways (for internationals) were bonus for me! I’m going to enjoy coming back next year πŸ™‚

  • Ann Mettert

    This was great. I enjoyed all the essays. πŸ™‚

    • Ann – thank you (again) for all your comments and participation. xoxo

  • Kim

    Thank you Bobbi! I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the posts. I’ve found a lot of new authors and my TBR list has grown! I’m looking forward to RARM 2014!

  • Tai

    I love that you did this! Thank you for sharing romance in this way! I am glad you are leaving the essays up! If there is any way you are thanking all of these lovely authors for writing them, I join you in saying, Thank You from my heart. I am inspired, encouraged, enlightened, empowered. I hope many others are as well. Thank you Again!

    • Aww – thank you, Tai! What a lovely comment. xoxo

  • Blessedmimi

    Thank you so much for putting this wonderful month together. I enjoyed “meeting” new authors and reconnecting with some of my favorites.

    • You’re so welcome! So glad you enjoyed it! xoxo

  • rebecca moe

    Thanks so much for this, Bobbi. It was wonderful!

    • Thanks so much, Rebecca! xoxo So glad you enjoyed it. :o)

  • Kim Cornwell

    I’ve had a blast! I’ve met so many new authors and some of my favorites! Can’t wait till next year! Thanks do much for all you’ve done Bobbi!

  • michelle fitzsimons

    Thank you so much for this opportunity to be introduced to so many wonderful authors. Wishing it was Read a Romance Year (with 40 interns;-)! You did an amazing job & should be very proud of your accomplishments–cant wait til next year:-)

    • Thanks so much Michelle! I really appreciate it.

  • Bernadette Long

    Oh, I am going to miss my daily readings! I have enjoyed Read a Romance Month so much. Thank you!!

  • I loved loved loved loved loved this content. I am so relieved the essays aren’t going anywhere! I haven’t had a chance to read them all yet! Thanks, Bobbi, for all the work you put into this. It was a master feat . . . all this coordinating and formatting! Wow! So enjoyable and such a service to the genre. Brava!

    • Thanks so much, JW! You were such a wonderful participant! xoxo

  • c owens

    will miss reading the daily stories by the various authors

    • So glad you could be here, and thank you for the comment. I’ll be doing something new soon, though admittedly not quite as intense as R-A-R M. xoxo

  • Katy M

    So glad you’re not taking down the essays.
    Thank you for putting together this awesome month. Even if I don’t win anything, I got a lot out of it.
    Now get some sleep and see you next year!

    • Keep in touch on facebook, Katy – more to come soon (though not quite as intense…) ;o)

  • Anita H.

    I’m so glad to hear that this will be back next year! Thanks to all the authors for sharing their ideas and stories with us. This was so well done!

    • Thanks Anita! So glad you and Ada found it – I knew you’d love it. xoxo

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    I am officially applying for the Intern 2014 spot, Bobbi. You have created something very special here and I had so much fun participating in it. If I can help in any way next year please let me know.

    • So sweet, Flora, thank you! Keep in touch. xoxo

  • Erlinda Mejia

    Thank you Bobbi for all your hard work and dedication to this project. I so thoroughly enjoyed reading the blogs and comments each day. I loved learning something personal about my favorite authors and getting to know them a little. I like the questions you posed (something ugly, movie, etc.) I really got a kick out of that. I am looking forward to next year! Thanks again.

  • Thank you so much for this beautiful month!! I really appreciate your work so well done and your passion and dedication! I’m already awaiting august 2014, but the time will pass happily with all these suggestions about wonderful books, authors, stories! Hugs from Italy!

    • xoxo Keep in touch, and thanks for your participation through the month!

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    The best month-long Romance event EVER!! I had so much fun reading, participating and meeting with so many wonderful authors, a personal touch of their views on romance. That in itself is prize enough for me β™₯ Rest assured I’ll here next year and following and supporting you throughout the year!

  • Karin Anderson

    I have absolutely loved each and every post this month! I cannot wait for next year. πŸ˜€

  • Karen Johnston

    I have loved this month! Ive got to “meet” a bunch of my favorite authors and have found several new ones that Im sure Ill be following!

  • Cheryl Castings

    It was great! Thanks so much!

    • Thank you, Cheryl, for this and your many wonderful comments through the month! xoxo

  • Kathryn Trask

    You did an amazing job with August Romance month. I loved the variety of authors and will return to the site often to fully read all the great posts. I didn’t comment much as being an international reader I wasn’t entering the contests that way. Thanks for organising the many international contests, and a shout out to each author who helped you with that. Awesome work.

  • Joan Varner

    I, too, want to thank you, Bobbi, for a great month of reading. The authors essay were often thought provoking and fun to read. It was a great opportunity for me to meet many authors that were new to me and many whose books were old friends. I can’t even begin to imagine the hard work that you put into this to make it happen. Congratulations for a great month of reading romance. I look forward to next year.

    • Thank you, Joan. It was a labor of love. Very busy and a lot of work, but also very satisfying. :o)

  • Savannah Miller

    Thank you for doing this! You did an amazing job and I LOVED reading all the posts

    • Thank you so much, Savannah! I am so glad. :o)

  • Toni Linenberger

    thanks, Bobbi for doing this! I’ve loved all the essays. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much for being here, Toni! xoxo

  • SueAnn

    will you continue for Sept.? It gave me great joy to read, and good learning too,

    • Wish I could, SueAnn – but I think I’d die! ;o) However, I may be brewing something else up that is not quite as intense but still celebrates romance, for Sep-July. Keep an eye on the fb page. xoxo

  • Meredith Richardson

    Thanks again Bobbi for putting this together, your time and devotion really made this past month a success and I’m already in withdrawn πŸ™‚

    • Thanks again, Meredith. I’ll be starting something new soon, I hope. Not quite as intense. Working on putting it together with some friends. It should be fun. :o)

  • Kelly Harms

    Bobbi, this was an amazing idea and a terrific execution. Congratulations to you on such a huge success, and thank you for involving me in it!

    • So glad you were, Kelly – and thank you! xoxo

  • I’m anxiously awaiting the winner’s post…have you chosen all winners yet? I’ve still got my fingers crossed that I’ve won something!