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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  • Hannah B

    Hi Mary I enjoyed your post. I cant remember the first romance I ever read except that is was a Mills & Boon romance and I’ve been hooked ever since. Look forward to reading your books, thanks for the giveaway.

    • Mary Burton


  • TrishJ

    I was a reader from 1st grade on. I lived in a small town and our library was very small and the selection was limited. I remember reading Emily Loring books as a teenager because that is what my mother read.

    • Mary Burton

      Trish, thanks!

  • Angela H

    I enjoyed reading about Mary, my husband has fallen in love with flying and wants to build a small plan, kuddos to you for flying solo, I am not that brave. I am recently thinking about writing a book, it has been a dream of mine since I was a kid.

    • Mary Burton

      Angela, I hope you reach for that dream!

  • LisaVH

    I jump around in my reading preferences, but I always always come back to romance. It is by far my favorite type of story to read.

    • Mary Burton

      When given a choice, I always go for a book with romance.

  • cheryl c.

    I was probably about the same age as you when I read The Secret Garden. My mother had recommended it to me.

    • Mary Burton

      Such a good book!

  • Debbie Oxier

    Love your books!

    • Mary Burton

      Thank you!!

  • mariannewestrich

    The heroines flaws make her much more relatable to me. I wouldn’t enjoy a book with perfect people in it … it would definitely be a fantasy then! 😎

    • Mary Burton

      I love a flawed character. So much fun to write!

  • Thanks for your words! This is the thing that I love mostly in romances, accepting and making the best of themself.

    • Mary Burton

      Marniella, thank you!

  • Sue G.

    I cannot even begin to imagine flying my own plane. How awesome is that?

    • Mary Burton

      It was amazing!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I took flying lessons, too. However, after I soloed- 3 successful take-offs and 3 successful landings- I knew the highest off the ground I ever wanted to be by myself was a horse!

    • Mary Burton


  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you for sharing your view of romance and I agree with all you said. Thanks again

    • Mary Burton

      Debbie, thank you!

  • Anna

    I loved the Secret Garden too!

    And wow about the flying! It’s always been a secret dream of mine to learn to fly.

    • Mary Burton

      Flying was great fun! Scary at times but fun!

  • Judy Goodnight

    The Secret Garden is still one of my favorite stories. To be transported into the time & place that the story is happening along with the characters is what I look for every time I open a book. Lots of times it doesn’t happen, but, oh, when it does!

    • Mary Burton

      Judy, you are so right!!

  • Emmel

    My first romance was A Hazard of Hearts by Barbara Cartland, one of her first books, before the “factory” years. When you consider the pink decor and the bouffant hair and the poodles of later years, I always find it rather amazing to realize that Cartland wrote a book where the hero’s mother was an opium addict!

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I’m amazed how many other people were so impacted by The Secret Garden! It was one of my favorites and I have been a die hard romance fan as long as I can remember…definitely addicted to the HEA. I haven’t read any if yours yet but I definitely want to check them out! Thanks for your post, I loved what you had to say about romance and hope, empowerment, and self acceptance!

  • Diane Sallans

    It’s a lot of years, but the the first romance I read was probably by Georgette Heyer or Barbara Cartland, with many more since. I have to agree about the HEA – if I don’t get that I don’t read more of that author.

  • M Kuxhaus

    I can’t remember the name of the first romance I read or the characters involved, but I do remember it was a Johanna Lindsey and I do remember where I was and who gave it to me!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I can’t remember the names in my first romance because it has been such a long time. I’ve been reading romances since college, if not high school. I do know that I love reading romances & the HEAs. That doesn’t mean I don’t read other genres, I do. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • donnas

    What a great post. I cant remember the name of the first one I read, but once I reached that HEA I was hooked for life.

  • Stephanie M.

    I love a strong heroine. It gives the heroes a challenge. 🙂

  • Ann Mettert

    I don’t remember any first books.

  • Martha B

    My first romance, The Wolf and The Dove was by Kathleen Woodiwiss. The variety of books has definitely changed since then! Even if the book is new (to me,) I will finish reading to discover how they navigate the obstacles in their path to the HEA. They create a smile in me..

  • Jen C

    Okay, twist my arm. I’ll read a romance this month.

  • LSUReader

    I love the growth we see in romance characters, along the way to their HEA. Thanks for a good post, Mary.

  • rebecca moe

    LOL! I’m with Jen C. Consider my arm twisted!

  • Sheila M

    My first book was A Pirate’s Love, but I read The Flame and the Flower second.

  • Joan Varner

    I don’t remember the name of the first romance I read because it’s been over 30 years ago. I do remember that it was a Harlequin by Jayne Ann Krentz. I have been hooked on romantic suspense and romance ever since.

  • Glenda

    Wow! I’m so impressed that you are an airplane pilot, Mary! I’ve never flown in a Cessna, but I haven’t been fond of the flights I’ve taken in smaller the smaller planes some airlines fly.

  • Erin F

    I’d never be able to fly a plane, but alone!!! Kudos to you! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Pamby50

    It was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss 37 yrs ago. Wow. Not sure I could do the flying thing but good for you.

  • catslady

    Always very exciting reads!

  • I’m loving You’re Not Safe right now. I read on the treadmill and, since I’m nearing the end, I spent 88 minutes on that thing today! It’s my first book by Mary Burton and I’m looking forward to more!