Day 10 Anne Gracie – Never Too Much Love

Celebrating Romance

Why celebrate romance?

1) Because it’s fun. When I was a kid almost all my reading was for fun. These days, so many of my friends think they ought to read only books that are worthy, and so they join book clubs in order to make themselves read. How dreary is that? What is wrong with reading for fun, for pleasure, because you enjoy it?The Winter Bride

2) Because romance is a feel-good genre. How many books have you read that make you feel better at the end? A good romance novel will take you on a journey, and it might explore some of the darker, grittier, more painful aspects of life, but always, always it will deliver you into the light again. A good romance novel will make you feel, make you laugh and cry and worry. It can be a cathartic experience, and at the end, it will leave you feeling happier and more positive about life.

If I weep copious tears into my pillow at night, I’m having a miserable time. If I’m reading a romance and weeping copious tears, I’m having a lovely time.

3) Because romance celebrates the most important human emotion of all — love. And there is never enough love in this world.

4) Because romance novels provide a balance to the bombardment of negative messages about the world that come from the media.

5) Because love stories have power. They can change people’s lives, people’s perceptions of themselves, they can strengthen dreams, give people peace and hope and remind them that love is the most important thing in the world. And that it’s possible.

Many years ago, Georgette Heyer wrote a lighthearted, funny regency romance called Friday’s Child. Lightweight fluff, many would say, of no importance to the world. Not a worthy book. But to a woman imprisoned in dire conditions for twelve years as a political prisoner in Roumania, that story became a candle in the darkness. She retold it from memory to her fellow prisoners, over and over. It gave them hope, took them out of that ghastly place, gave them something to laugh about, to talk about. It helped to keep them sane, remembering that there was another world where goodness and frivolity and love prevailed.

Stories that offer the world a little extra bit of hope and love and happiness? How could you not celebrate that?

Recommendations

I have glommed two new authors in the last year. The first is Bec McMaster, who has a series called London Steampunk – steampunk romance that very cleverly blends history, vampires, steampunk and romance in a series of thrilling adventures. Excellent characterization and storytelling and her world-building is superb. Start with Kiss of Steel (Sourcebooks Casablanca 2012)

The second recommendation is C.S Pacat, The Captive Prince, part one and two. It started as a self-published story published in episodes on a blog, but the audience has grown hugely. It’s currently available on amazon and has been contracted to a major publisher. It might not be for some — it’s a male-male romance and in places it’s violent and ugly and explicit, but the characterization is superb, the developing political plot is brilliant, and the writing wonderful. I’m totally hooked and waiting impatiently for part three to come out.


 Questions for the Author:

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

I backpacked solo around the world for almost a year, through North America, Europe and Asia.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I’ve always had stories in my head, and family legend claims that at the age of four I told stories to my pets. I was always a passionate reader, but I never really thought of becoming a writer, and besides, my job was too busy and stressful to have time to write. But while I was backpacking, and in countries where I didn’t speak the language, stories started nudging at me, and in the evenings I started to write. I came home at the end of the year with notebooks full of handwritten stories and a firm resolve to try and make it as a writer.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

Probably the book that changed my life was the first book I read all by myself. From then on, I read everything I could get my hands on. I read stories that swept me off to strange and magical lands, or took me deep into the past. I read stories about people I’d never met but could recognize, stories that made me laugh and some that made me cry. I experienced cruelty and heroism and kindness and pettiness and nobility—and fabulous adventures. And I learned that imagination was endless. And that one could never have enough books.

Anne Gracie is generously offering two of her books (winner’s choice of available titles) for the drawing, one for a US drawing (entry below), and one for the international drawing (enter here.)


AnneGracieAnne Gracie spent her childhood on the move when her father’s job took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor and love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

A former bee-keeper and teacher, Anne lives in Australia, but writes regency-era historical romances for Berkley books, USA. Her bestselling books have won a number of awards, including the  National Readers Choice Award (USA) — twice–  the Romantic Book of the Year (Australia) also twice, and have been nominated five times for the prestigious RWA RITA. She’s a former president and lifetime honorary member of Romance Writers of Australia.

Find her online at www.annegracie.com

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