Day 15 Mary Burton – Romance Delivers

You'reNotSafe Mary BurtonA Few Things About Romance

Bet you can remember the first romance you read. Bet you can even remember the characters’ names. I sure can. (Heather and Brandon, BTW.)

Nothing transports me out of my everyday world better than a good romance. Give me a few well-drawn characters with high stakes, toss them into a plot (maybe with a bit of danger) and dinner for my family is sure to be late and/or I will be staying up way past my bedtime reading.

What do I love about romance? In the interest of time, I won’t give you the full list (we could be here for days), so I will only touch on the biggest reasons I love the genre. Romances always end with the HEA, the happy ever after. No matter what the obstacles or how difficult the journey, romances end with a clear view of the light at the end of the tunnel. In my mind that light is hope and hope is so very powerful.

Romance characters, especially the heroines, learn to accept their strengths and flaws and make the best of both. Heroines may begin a romance novel journey with a flawed self-image, but by the end of the book, they have often learned self-acceptance.

These heroines also don’t run from the call to action. No thinking and worrying allowed in a romance. The heroine charges into the fray regardless of how scared or intimidated. Sure, a heroine might be afraid, but she finds it in herself to act. They speak their minds, dare to take the leap of faith and don’t shy away from risk. That’s very empowering.

Whether you are looking for hope, self-acceptance or empowerment (not to mention laughs, heart-twisting emotions and sizzling sexual tension), a romance is sure to deliver. Celebrate this month and treat yourself to good romance!

Questions for the Author:

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

I’d have to say it was flying solo in a Cessna 150. I had 40 plus hours with a flight instructor when one of the final hurdles I had to tackle was a three hundred mile solo plane trip. I spent the better part of that day navigating, dodging thunderstorms and landing and taking off at four different airports. Exhausting, frightening and so exciting!

Tells us about your journey to becoming a writer.

I wasn’t one of those folks that always knew I’d write. I liked to read and I liked to make up stories in my head but I never considered writing until I was in my late twenties. I remember walking in a B. Dalton bookstore down the romance aisle and looking at the different covers. I had the strongest sense that this was something I could do. Although it took over a decade to get from that moment to the first sale, I never lost sight of the fact that if I stuck with it, I would publish.

The book that changed my life?

The Secret Garden. I was only about 11 or 12 when I read it but I was struck by how I’d been totally transported by the story. What a great thing to be able to make up a story that would totally envelop another person. I never thought at the time that I’d write, but the sense that story carries such great power and influence never left me.

Mary is generously giving away one copy of each of the three books in her Texas Ranger series: THE SEVENTH VICTIM, NO ESCAPE and YOU’RE NOT SAFE to one winner. U.S. readers only, apologies to international friends.

Mary Burton head shotMARY BURTON’s latest romantic suspense novels include YOU’RE NOT SAFE (April 2014), A Ranger for Christmas in OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS anthology (October 2014) and COVER YOUR EYES (November 2014). Her latest Mary Ellen Taylor book is SWEET EXPECTATIONS (November 2013). Mary is a member of Romance Writers of America, past president of Sisters in Crime/Central Virginia, and Mystery Writers of America.



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