Day 2 Jeannie Moon – Romance In The Everyday

Romance That Gets Us

Romance is a funny thing. Clichés seem to dominate the popular view of what’s romantic–cards and flowers and dinners out–but what sends me over the moon, is usually much quieter. For me, true romance happens when you least expect it. And if you look at the romance genre as a whole, the heroes and heroines in our books never expect love and romance to find them. It just does. As a fairly new author, I’m still in the first steps of my journey, but I get all the ‘usual’ questions my more experienced second chancecolleagues have learned to handle with great finesse.

Where do I get my ideas? From everywhere.

Do I write real people into my books? Not usually.

Your heroes are so romantic, that can’t be from real life, is it? Actually, yes.

I truly believe I’m one of the lucky ones. My real life romance hero, my husband, does inspire me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not married to a billionaire who needed to stop putting business first, or a macho athlete who needed a good woman to help him settle down. I’m not even with the guy who was a confirmed bachelor.

My guy and I have been together since high school and the romance comes quietly from every day life. It comes from the way he was when our children were little, building them a sandbox to play in or taking them to the beach or park. How he made time to coach soccer. He trained puppies, grocery shopped and fixed a leaky roof.

But the most romantic thing my husband ever did for me was to give me the time and space to follow my dream to write. You see, he gets me. And when you boil it all down…from the most cliché laden Valentine to the grand gesture, true romance that gives us cause to celebrate is a simple thing.

We want someone who gets us. That’s it.

Romance in real life and, in turn, romance novels is really about something very simple. It’s about a look, a touch, a brush of the lips. It’s about passing the tissues during a sappy movie, knowing when hug is needed or when to interrupt and drag me away from work for a break. It’s about saying yes to the third dog, or the cat you didn’t want, or going shopping when there’s a game on.

I celebrate romance in my writing because there are so many ways for us to find it in the everyday. We should celebrate the ones who get us. The one who wants nothing more than to see us happy.

Being asked to do this post was such a gift. I love that Read-a-Romance Month gives authors the chance to tell readers why we do what we do, and to write about the celebration of love and happiness that lives in our hearts and our books.

Recommendations:

There are two authors who I think are something special. Claudia Connor writes hot romantic suspense for Random House’s Loveswept. Her first book, Worth the Fall, comes out in September. Catch up with Claudia on Facebook.

I also suggest you keep an eye on Sugar Jamison who writes the Perfect Fit series—these are fun, flirty, sexy books. Her next book, Gentlemen Prefer Curves, also comes out in September. You can read the RARM content Sugar created here.


Questions for the Author:

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

I wish I had something. I don’t know that I do. Hmmm…adventurous? Oh! I know. I got a tattoo when I turned 40. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but it was a huge deal for me. HUGE! I went with a friend, who was an art teacher and she’d done a pretty design. I have the crescent moon, surrounded by flowers sitting pretty on the back of my shoulder.

Tell is about your journey to becoming a writer?

I write because I love stories, and that I get to share stories I’ve written with happy readers is very rewarding. I’d loved writing when I was young. When I was in high school, 10th grade I think, I wrote romantic short stories that I would keep in a binder and friends would borrow at lunch, read and return to me. Then when my focus turned to journalism, I didn’t write fiction. As the years went on I focused on my family and my career as a teacher. I got the burning desire to write fiction again right before I turned forty. I guess “the age” was a turning point for me and it took me a number of years to land my first contract…like 12…but it’s been a great ride since then.

What’s the name of a book that changed your life?

Nora Roberts’ Irish Thoroughbred. I read it in the late 90’s after one of its reissues and I just fell in love with the genre. I’d always loved romance, but this was different. That book was my spark, and I’ll love it forever for that reason alone. More recently, romance helped me through a difficult time. My dad died in 2012 and in the month following his death, I devoured Harlequin Presents like they were candy, specifically ones by Jane Porter. At least three times a week, I would find a couple of hours and be swept away into a world of Greek tycoons, princes and sheiks. It was magic and the books helped me heal.

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Moon headshotJeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat and lives in her hometown on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy. Visit Jeannie’s website at www.jeanniemoon.com. Jeannie’s next book, THE SECOND CHANCE HERO, will be coming out on October 21st, 2014.

 

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  • TrishJ

    Yay, a new author to try. I agree that if is the little things that mean the most. My hubby doesn’t have a romantic bone in his body, but he does know when to pass me a tissue in the movies, and give me a hug when I need one. It isn’t always the grand over the top gesture, just the wink when he catches my eye. And the authors that write stories like that are my favorites.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Awww. I hope you like my books. Thank you for commenting, and always enjoy those winks and unexpected hugs. They will make any day better.

  • Delene Yochum

    Love Jeannie Moon! Her books will tug at your heart! Leave you with a smile 🙂

    • Jeannie Moon

      xoxo <3

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I love RARM so much because I find so many new authors and fill up my to be read list until I’m scare my kindle will explode 🙂 I love your post and could not agree more about quiet, every day romance. I’m reading these essays this morning while still snuggled up next to my husband as he (softly) snores next to me. I love the grand gestures in romance books but in life I love the small simple things that my husband does to make me feel cherished–letting me sleep in while he feeds our pack of rowdy little dogs, shopping with me for hours on end, setting up the hammock for me to read in after a long day of work, etc. All of these are simple things but make me love him more and more. Can’t wait to get started on your books, Jeannie!

    • Jeannie Moon

      Awwww. I love your comment. You know what…my husband let me sleep this morning. it was such a little thing, but I appreciated it.

  • Kristan Higgins

    You’re going to love Jeannie’s books if you don’t already. They give me that wonderful ache in the chest.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you. 🙂

  • Patty Blount

    Wait until y’all read Jeannie’s SECOND CHANCE HERO! OMG, that book is amazing… My husband’s not romantic in a hearts and flowers way. The last time I got flowers from him, I was still wearing leg warmers and Capezios. But the truth is, anybody can buy a card or a bouquet — it takes 5 minutes. What really resonates with me is the things I didn’t know I needed until he provided them… like the time I got volunteered to run this huge multi-family garage sale for charity. He spent hours painting bright signs and papering the neighborhood with them because he was concerned the ad in the paper wouldn’t be enough. He was right.

    • Jeannie Moon

      You rock, Miss Patty. Thank you.

    • Love this. And “leg warmers and Cepezios.” lol. ;o)

  • Sue G.

    I agree about your idea of romance. I find the things my hubby does,that he normally doesn’t do is what gets to me. He’s not a guy to show affection in public but when he grabs for my hand or gives me a little kiss, that means more than flowers or candy!

    • Jeannie Moon

      That make it all the more special. Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Loved your essay and your idea of romance. I will have to read your books you are a new to me author.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Yay! I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for reading.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I think being with someone who gets you is so romantic. My husband knows me so well that we don’t need words at times.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Isn’t that the best?

  • Kathleen O

    You are a new to me author.. Always fun to try out new reading material.. Nora Roberts Irish Thoughbred’s is one of my favs and I have read it a few times…

    • Jeannie Moon

      I love that we share our love of Early Nora! I hope you enjoy my books! Thank you!

  • Wonderful tribute to romance!! Enjoyed your blog very much. 🙂

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you, Cathy! Eeep! It’s such a thrill for me to see the names of authors I admire. Thank you!

  • Mj

    I love your books, you have this incredible way to make them so believable

    • Jeannie Moon

      Oh! Thank you so much! I’m so excited to share the next one with you!

  • mariannewestrich

    When I lost my dad in 2010 the only escape from the grief was reading. It helped me find respite in a stormy time.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Oh, my goodness. I’m not kidding about how much it helped me cope. The escape was so needed.

  • M Kuxhaus

    I’m still waiting for the one who “gets” me. While I wait, I read. 😉

    • Jeannie Moon

      And we will keep writing while you wait! Don’t settle. He’s out there. 🙂

  • Jennifer Gennari

    Great article Jeannie. Your take on romance is spot-on! Your husband sounds like a gem!

    • Jeannie Moon

      He is a gem. Thanks, Jen!

  • Tonda Galloway Hargett

    You and I are very lucky, my husband is also one of those guys that gets me. Who could ask for more?

    • Jeannie Moon

      I am lucky. It seems we both are. Thanks for commenting, Tonda.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I’m not very adventurous. Several summers ago I tried to jump off a cliff into a lake, but I’m afraid of heights and I couldn’t make myself jump no matter how hard I tried. No adventure to tell of that summer. But last year at the age of 55, I got a tattoo on my calf that can be seen when I wear capris (it gave me street cred with my 4th graders!) Thank you for letting me count that as an adventure! On a romantic note, my husband asks me about every romance novel I’m reading. He says he’s wants to know about the stories, because he knows I enjoy them. If they’re something important to me he says, then it’s something he wants to share with me. It really is the everyday things that count.

    • I love this, thanks Patty. :o)

    • Jeannie Moon

      Hahaha! Glad I could help. You rock that tat! I think that your husband asking about what you read is the sweetest thing. Definitely a keeper.

  • Michelle Harlan

    I love this article. Jeannie is so right about romance being a culmination of the “little things”. My husband isn’t a romance hero, either. He is, however, the person that gets me! There are no grand gestures, or big declarations. Instead, I get surprises like a new sink, or a kitchen gadget I may have mentioned in passing. These “little” things let me know that he listens to me, that he really knows me. Every little thing he does makes me fall in love all over.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Isn’t that the best…to know they listen? I dunno, Michele, he sounds like a hero to me.

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for giving some insight into your writing.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lovely post, Jeannie. Thanks so much! xo

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thanks, Bobbi! I’m so thrilled to participate!

      • :o) quick turnaround and technical issues make you a very good egg. hugs.

  • Jen C

    Sweet! Great post!

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you!

  • Gina Burgos

    Great having you here 🙂

    • Jeannie Moon

      It’s great to be here, Gina. Such an honor.

  • Lynne Oberdieck Ernst

    What a beautiful love story you are living. 🙂

    • Jeannie Moon

      He’s why I write them!

  • Pamby50

    I loved Nora Robert’s Irish Thoroughbred. We just watch the Derby but she made it come alive. Jane Porter, just read a couple of books by her. Look forward to reading a book by you.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you, Pamby!

  • Quinn Fforde

    Everyday romance is how you stay married!

    • Jeannie Moon

      Exactly. My oldest daughter just got engaged and I told her fiance the same thing.

  • Martha B

    WOW, how nice you’ve been with your guy since High School. How convenient! T

    • Jeannie Moon

      I guess that’s one way to look at it! I’m a lucky girl.

  • donnas

    You are definitely one of the lucky ones, congrats!

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you. 🙂

  • Stephanie M.

    You are correct, we want someone who gets us. My hubby and I were joking about this today. I turn the big 4-0 this year and was thinking about something to do to make it huge. Not sure if I could get a tat, but I’ll think of something. Thanks for the books to add to my TBR list.

    • Jeannie Moon

      I hope you enjoy the books! As far as the big 4-0, it’s not so bad, but definitely do something fun!!!

  • LisaVH

    I love the statement that there are so many places to find romance. My husband is my hero even if he doesn’t look like a cover model or carry an arsenal in his socks to fend off evil-doers 😉 He gives everything he has to make life the best it can be for our family and I do the same for him. That is about the most romantic thing I can imagine.

    • Jeannie Moon

      When you’re the priority, that’s all the romance you need. Thanks for commenting. (I giggled at the “aresenal in his socks” line. Perfect.)

  • Bette Hansen

    Great post Jeannie! I agree with you it’s truly the every day little things that are the true romance of life.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Without the little things the big things don’t matter. Thanks for commenting, Bette!

  • rebecca moe

    Romance can definitely help get you through the hard times. When I had to spend a week at the Cleveland Clinic while my father had open heart surgery, reading romances definitely helped me cope.

    Thanks for your post!

    • Jeannie Moon

      When my dad was ill, and in and out of the hospital for several years before he passed, I was reading constantly. I became hooked on Kristan Higgins books during that time. What a blessing.

    • Guest

      You are not alone. So many of us have these stories. I hope he’s better.

  • Debbie Oxier

    Thanks!

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Cheryl Hastings

    Can’t wait for your next book! Loved your love story <3

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you!

  • Ellen

    Irish Thoroughbred is one of my favorites, too. I enjoyed all three books in that series. I love it when an author likes the same books I do.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Those books kickstarted my love of romance once again! Love them!

  • Anne

    Thank you for your essay! I have one of those heroes also and I appreciate the romance that he is. It is nice to have what I feel expressed so eloquently.

    • Jeannie Moon

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Mary McCoy

    Thank you for your essay, I am lucky enough to have found someone who gets me too! You are braver than I regarding the tattoo, though!

    • Jeannie Moon

      It’s the best feeling!

  • Texas Book Lover

    I too have been with my husband since high school! Were the lucky ones!

    • Jeannie Moon

      You bet! So much history.

  • Meredith Richardson

    Thanks so much for sharing that with us. I think sometimes we imagine what the perfect guy would be like and they don’t really exist. It’s the regular, average joe that’s willing to go the extra mile to make your life better, whether that’s taking out the trash or doing the laundry.

    • Jeannie Moon

      I try to keep that in mind every day. I’m on deadline right now and he’s making dinners this week. Nothing fancy, but he’s keeping things running.

  • Becky in Georgia

    Excellent! I love her comment about her husband, “he gets me.” Thanks!

    • Jeannie Moon

      And he does. He just knows. (He doesn’t always say what he knows, but he does.) 🙂

  • PEGGY ALLEN

    I love stories too. Thanks for sharing so much of your life. Your book looks great. Love the cover.

    • Jeannie Moon

      If I didn’t have this great love story, there wouldn’t be books. Sure the situations are extraordinary, but the love, that comes from the inside.

  • Linnea Bassin

    I love the little things my husband does to support me that most people never get. I do believe that is true love we support one another everyday and that is a great thing.

    • Jeannie Moon

      I love all these comments. You guys are making me smile. I’m glad I checked in.

  • Glenda

    Really enjoyed your post! I am so in love with the daily things that my husband does to show me he loves me! I do thing they are more important than something huge once or twice a year. 😀

    • Jeannie Moon

      Right? I love flowers as much as the next girl, but day to day, it’s nice to feel special. Although he did make one big honkin’ grand gesture a couple of months ago and traded in my Momcar for a Camaro. I don’t have little kids anymore and I’m done doing college runs, so I didn’t need a big car. I test drove one and loved it. But walked away, hemming and hawing. Well, two days later the car is in the driveway. “You never would have done it for yourself,” he said. “So I did. Have some fun.”

      • Glenda

        OK. Sometimes the grand gesture is pretty awesome!! Lucky you!

        • Jeannie Moon

          He really surprised me. What made the car mean so much (other than it’s totally badass and I LOVE it) is that he wanted me to be happy. I never expected such a thing. Never. And really what it came down to was him trying to make me happy. He could have done that with a picnic on the beach. 🙂

  • victoria schultz

    I love your daring story! I want a tattoo also

    • Jeannie Moon

      I just jumped in and did it. Never regretted it either. 🙂

  • Erin F

    thanks for the fun post! You were lucky to find your DH so early in life 🙂

    • Jeannie Moon

      That I was. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  • Ruth

    Thank you for sharing. I really like Sugar Jamison as well