Day 2 Lauren Dane – All In For Romance

Discovering the Magic of Romance

I didn’t really start reading romance until I was in my thirties, though I’ve been a book lover for as long as I can remember so it wasn’t that surprising I’d fall in love with a genre all about love.

And while I can point to Judy Blume’s Forever as a really memorable romance from my teen years, it’s really all Diana Best Kind of TroubleGabaldon’s fault that I’m a romance fan today.

I remember having people recommend Outlander to me. And then I’d go to the bookstore, look at the blurb and put it back. This happened to me several times until a friend sent me the first three books in the series and I gave in and read it.

By the end of chapter three I was totally invested. I read those first three books that week, and then ran out to buy the fourth, which had only recently released.

Outlander made me into not just a fan, it turned me into a romance novel hand seller. Because of the way I still feel when I think about the scene in Voyager in the print shop when Jamie looks up and sees Claire for the first time after thinking her impossibly away from him forever.

It’s always unlikely books for me. What can I say? I’m odd. So when a book I resist makes me love it, I’m in.

It’s romance authors who dominate my list of unlikely-love-verging-on-worship books. Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Sugar Beth, the former popular girl I was sure I did not care about and ended up loving. Ain’t She Sweet led me to Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome To Temptation, a book I still point to as one of the best contemporary romances of all time.

And it’s sort of right around this point that I realized the right story could take all sorts of unlikeable things and bend them and show me a different side of and make magic.

I knew this from literary fiction and other genres, but I think for me, romance absolutely shines as a way to see things we take for granted—for good and ill—and elevates them to something better.

Love is the closest thing to magic we know exists. It marks us and changes us, it makes us better and stronger and sometimes it breaks our hearts. What better way to understand ourselves than through the way others see us? Or how the characters in the hero and heroine’s lives view them?

That this ardent lover of romance is fortunate enough to be able to write romance too is really just the coolest thing ever. For me, every day is reason to celebrate romance and I’m just glad Diana Gabaldon got me hooked.

Recommendations: 

Speaking of authors who take flawed characters and make me love them – If you love paranormal romance full of quirky characters, original world building and a whole lot of laughs and sexy chemistry I can’t recommend Shelly Laurenston to enough people! Her Pride series is a do not miss!

And if you like romantic suspense you know it can be hard sometimes to find and you hoard your favorites and re-read – but if you haven’t checked out HelenKay Dimon (RARM 8/27) you’re missing out.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I met a guy with long hair, a muscle car and no job a few months after I graduated from high school. Within three months we’d moved in together and we’ve been together ever since. That first meeting was twenty eight years ago and we’re still united against our wild children when they attempt uprisings.

2 – 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’ve always loved writing but I never believed I could actually make a career out of it. So I pursed a law degree (making my parents very, happy I might add) and out of the blue an unexpected pregnancy meant I also had unexpected complications so I spent a lot of time on enforced rest.

My husband came home with a secondhand laptop and I wrote the first two books I ever contracted on it before it finally died.

Once I started doing it I loved it and I work really hard to keep on doing it. It’s a fantastic blessing and I’m thrilled I get to write books as my actual job.

3 – Tell us about the (or a) book that changed your life. (Why?)

Since I talked about Ain’t She Sweet, Welcome to Temptation and Outlander in my essay I’ll talk about Terry Tempest Williams’ memoir, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Williams’ beautiful and heartwrenching story of her mother dying slowly as the Great Salt Lake is also dying, and of the subsequent healing after her mother is gone came at a time in my life when I’d suffered a significant loss as well. It was just exactly what I needed to hear exactly when I need to hear it.

Lauren is generously offering one copy of Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie to one U.S. reader and one copy of Ain’t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips to another. Enter using the entry at the bottom of this post. She is also offering a title from her available backlist to one lucky international reader. (International readers enter here.)


Lauren DaneLauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over sixty novels and novellas across several genres including romance and urban fantasy. She has three wild children, a patient husband and a terrible addiction to the internet.

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