Day 19 – Kindle Gal – Connections and Happy Endings

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Hi friends ~ It’s Blogger Day at Read-A-Romance Month!

I’ve invited some friends of Read-A-Romance Month to do their own posts on why we should Celebrate Romance. Hope you love the posts on Day 19 of the calendar and here, where you can find more friendly bloggers I’ve met through the RARM Facebook page sharing their thoughts.

Happy Blogger Day – Celebrate Romance!

Celebrating Connectedness

Hooray for Blogger Day! :o)

I am so honored and excited to be a part of this year’s Read-A-Romance Month. I am also humbled to be included among keep calm RARthis gathering of strong, wicked-smart, amazing women. Seriously, have you looked at that calendar? It includes so many authors whom I admire and adore. Being here, sharing a slice of cyberspace with them this month is pretty much the highlight of my young blogging career.

So, let’s talk romance, shall we?

This might come as a shock to some of you, but I am a fairly new romance reader. About three years ago, I was getting ready to leave for a holiday weekend at the lake and needed a beach read. I was in the mood to try a new author, so I perused Amazon and came upon a title that sounded like it would fit the bill. Perfect. {1-click.}

Fast-forward one day later. I’d inhaled the book I downloaded and 1-clicked the author’s entire backlist. Which I finished reading before the end of the following week.

Who is this author? I wondered. And WHY are none of my friends reading her?? 

Well, her name is Julie James and, as I learned through some stalking research, she is a contemporary romance author.

{insert screeching record scratch sound effect here}

Wait. I don’t read romance.

(Yep. I used to be one of “those” readers.)

Needless to say, I’ve grown much wiser since that holiday weekend three years ago. Not only did I decide to read more romance, I ended up creating a blog so I had someone (anyone!) to talk to about these amazing books and authors I was discovering. And, lo and behold, there you all were: the romance community. My people.

To be honest, I have no idea why it took me so long to discover romance. (Hello? I love happy endings!) But now that I have, it is my preferred genre to read. Why? Because at the end of the day, after I’ve corralled my three sons and all their busyness (and loudness) and have a moment to think and do something for myself, I just want to relax. I want to smile, laugh, swoon. I want to feel uplifted and know that no matter what, everything will all work out in the end. It helps me to feel optimistic about the world, even though I know I’m reading fiction. (Well, mostly. I’m still angling to visit Lucky Harbor someday…)

I think romance should be celebrated every day—in fiction and in real life. After all, love is what makes the world go ’round, doesn’t it? We are social beings, meant to be in relationships. To be connected.

So for me, today is a celebration of the connectedness between blogging and the romance community. Having a blog that is not exclusive to romance, I can say with absolute certainty that there is no other relationship quite like it. There is a unique and powerful connection my blog has with romance authors, publishers and, especially, readers. We all feed off of each other, support each other, lift each other up. It’s something that I never anticipated when I started blogging, but I completely love.

Which is why I’m so grateful for that day three years ago when I inadvertently read a romance. Because it led me here … to all of you. ♥

Recommendations:

The two authors I will drop everything for and make my family fend for themselves while I devour their new release are Julie James (yes, still!) and Jill Shalvis.

Lauren Layne is a new-ish author—her debut with Loveswept dropped last August—who I’d recommend contemporary readers try. (She also writes New Adult.) I love her voice, which is laced with sass and snark. Layne’s latest release, Only with You, is a great place to start, since it’s the first book in a new series. I loved it!


Questions for the Author:

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

I am not a daring person by any stretch of the imagination, which made my decision to leave the security of my day job—a director-level position with a publishing company I’d been with for 12+ years—pretty shocking to most people who knew me. But that’s exactly what I did a year and a half ago. Now I am a full-time freelance editor. I work harder than ever, make less money, but I am the happiest in my career I’ve ever been.

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 started blogging two years ago on a whim. All I wanted to do was talk about the books I was reading with anyone who would listen. I asked a few of my book-loving girlfriends if they wanted to join me, and that’s how Kindles & Wine began—just six girlfriends, chatting about the books we were reading (and drinks we were drinking ).

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

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James. It was my gateway to romance and I haven’t turned back since.

Kindle Gal is generously giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, a Kindles & Wine mug, and a Kindles & Wine canvas tote bag to one U.S. winner. Entry form below, apologies to international friends.


 

KG avatarKristi is best known around the web as Kindle Gal, because her Kindle Paperwhite is her BFF—she has it on her person 24/7. She started her Kindles & Wine book blog because she wanted a place to talk about books with anyone who would listen. The blog has won numerous awards and is known for its highly selective and eclectic taste, reviewing across all genres and always providing a beverage pairing to go with each read.

When Kindle Gal is not blogging or drinking red wine, she works as a freelance editor. She is also a wife and mom to three amazingly loud (but adorable) boys.

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