Day 11 Darynda Jones – Romance Lifts Our Spirits


I’m the kind of reader (and writer) who likes the dark and sultry heroes, the ones who make your insides clench every time they saunter onto the page. Let me put it to you this way: I’m a Zsadist girl. But I also adore sweet romances, the ones with a southern charm or a slower-to-burn love story that ends up in a raging inferno of desire and devotion. The ones that melt your knees and lure you into the characters’ lives with wit and sexy writing.

That can also be why I love historical romances so much. They are often lighter on the surface, but deep down they’re made of pure molten lava. Those. Darynda Jones2I love the message in these sweeter romances. Well, I love the message in just about any romance, ‘love conquers all’ being one of them.

But what is it about sweet romances that move us so? For the most part, they emphasize emotional intimacy, the willingness to let go of our doubts and be willing to love and be loved in return.

They are about overcoming our pasts and learning to move forward. To trust. They are about the strength of love, the power of devotion, and they rarely have the hero and heroine dodging bullets or diving out of the debris path of an exploding bomb.

Normally, that is exactly what I like to read, but again, every once in a while the bug to read a lighter, less life-threatening romance hits and then I go on binges. I’ll read 5-10 in a row and be a better person for it.

Because if romance does anything, it lifts our spirits. It edifies us as women in our robes of many colors, each color representing a different role in life. We are natural multitaskers and sometimes taking a break from our hectic worlds and delving into the sweet world of romance is just the refreshment we need.

Recommendations I would love to recommend Robyn Peterman & Dakota Cassidy. And along the lines of my post, Kim Law, Liz Tally, and Hope Ramsay write some fantastic stuff!!! You can read RARM content from Robyn Peterman hereKim Law here, Liz Tally here and Hope Ramsay here.

 Questions for the Author:

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

I put my work out for public consumption. I think that’s the most daring thing I’ve ever done.

2 – 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 can’t remember a time I wasn’t putting pen to paper. When I was five, I would pick up a pencil and notepad, scribble utter chaos onto the page and ask my mom to read my masterpiece aloud. Later I wrote plays for the neighborhood kids, wrote poetry and song lyrics, and pretended to be a journalist on a writing assignment. I also spent a lot of time in the principal’s office for daydreaming in class, but I managed to make it to high school where I almost finished my first manuscript while sitting with my BFF in a corner booth at the local Tastee Freeze after school. Life got in the way for a while, but bit by bit, the desire to write needled its way back to the surface. Unable to squelch it any longer, I started writing seriously again in 2002 with one goal in mind: A publishing contract. Unfortunately, I sucked. Thank goodness I was a good student and three complete manuscripts later, I won a Golden Heart, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal.

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

There is a book that changed my life, actually. It was the first romance I’d ever read: A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Before that, I struggled with reading and comprehension. Oddly enough, I didn’t have a moment’s trouble comprehending Ms. Woodiwiss’s books. I became an avid reader after that and deiced that was what I wanted to write: Romance.

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Darynda JonesNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. And she’s never apologized for it. Not once. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


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