Day 14 Suzanne Palmieri – Romance is Everywhere

A Different Kind Of Romance

9781250015532_custom-e6eb8549b9b3a03137510b62c1c3dcbec9357dcc-s6-c30Last year, while hauling garbage out of the can in the kitchen, I started my almost daily mantra of “Don’t break, please God bag… don’t break…” while I carefully (yet quickly) made my way to the garbage can outside. I have three kids and a husband who love to see JUST HOW MUCH we can stuff into the garbage before someone (usually me) takes the dare and brings it out.

It didn’t break, that time… but as I stood there breathing with relief, a thought occurred to me… “I could get a box of those fancy trash bags that smell good and are made not to break….”Of course I could. And I did… and in many practical ways, my life took a turn for the less stressful.

Now, what on earth does this memory have to do with Read A Romance Month?


You see, I’d become so conditioned to buying one particular garbage bag, FOR SO MANY YEARS, that I failed to realize that the world held a whole new set of products I had yet to try.

Pavlov, eat your heart out.

My novels are not considered traditional romance. As a matter of fact, there are readers who sometimes believe they are getting a romance from the wistful covers of my books, and then leave reviews about the Romance Flopping…. (Please note, bad reviews never bother me. EVER. I even have a friend in Colorado who is only my friend because she didn’t like one of my books… I’m serious. I grow from them.)

My current releases, The Witch of Belladonna Bay (as Suzanne Palmieri), and Empire Girls (as Suzanne Hayes) are not as different as one would think. Empire Girls is Historical Fiction, and there IS romance there… but it’s very light. And The Witch of Belladonna Bay is a southern gothic murder mystery (family saga magical realism etc etc…) see the problem? Sometimes there is simply NO genre.

I like to tell good stories. And I like to read good stories! And I like a healthy dose of romance in the setting and in the interpersonal relationships. I like to escape when I read, and I intend to create a wonderful escape for anyone who reads the novels I write.

One of my favorite books growing up was A Knight In Shining Armor. Jude Deveraux. Like Outlander? Yeah, like that. Anyway… I grew up on what I now know would be considered Gothic Romance: Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights. Rebecca. And even The Secret Garden… (Would we consider this a middle grade gothic romance?) I would. I always wanted Mary to grow up and marry Dickon. Who didn’t?

Anyway, here’s my whole point. That day when I realized I could buy new fangled garbage bags… I began to realize I could open myself up (again) to all sorts of things I’d limited.

And I began to read, and write across genre. Taking the elements of what I hoped were great storytelling and letting the characters and setting sing to me. Do I write straight up, traditional romance? No. Will I ever? Maybe! Because the story tells me where to go, and that’s where I go.

And I read more novels now than ever before, meeting and learning from incredible storytellers who run the gamut as well: from Kristan Higgins to Sue Monk Kidd.

I’m romancing the story.

Come explore all the different adventures we can go on together! And never forget, romance is alive and well in every single thing we do, and see, and read. In the sheets soaking in sunshine on the line. In the laughter of children. In the sweet way our lovers say our name.

Romance is in a moonless sky, in an afternoon drive, and even in a dreary, rainy summer.

Romance is the beginning of all good stories. And for me, a romantic ending is all I want from this life.

>> >> Thank you to the romance readers, for reading my books and finding out exactly what I mean! I’m so honored to be asked to join this Read a Romance adventure. Because, life would be so boring without a twist, wouldn’t it?

Suzanne generously giving away one copy of The Witch of Belladonna Bay and one copy of Empire Girls to two U.S. readers, with apologies to international friends. Entry form below.

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Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Belladonna Bay (May 13th 2014), and The Witch of Little Italy and co-author of Empire Girls (as Suzanne Hayes May 27th 2014), and I’ll Be Seeing You . Find her at

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