Day 25 Jeanne Adams – Walking Through Fire Into Love

Tough, Tried, True – Romance in Real Life

People will tell you that life is tough.  They’ll make sure you know just how many trials and tribulations they-–or someone they know–have gone through.  They’ll tell you the worst horror stories, stuff that will make your hair curl.  Bad bosses, horrific husbands, awful mother-in-laws, ex-wives-from-hell, and they somehow feel the need to tell you every type of trouble a kid canTheTentacleAffaireFINAL get in to break a parent’s heart.  All of it will be daily fodder if you choose to let people tell you “how it really is.”  If you watch TV, you’ll see it in living color.

And in some ways, yes, they’re right.  Bad things do happen.  People can be totally awful.  Kids, friends, parents and spouses can spiral down into their own personal hells and do their best to take you with them.

But…

What you do with that, what happens next, how you climb back up the spiral and LIVE, well, that’s the story, isn’t it?  That’s the reason the human race actually survives, right?  Because someone has the guts, the gumption, the sheer chutzpah to ignore the “way things are” and design a new way, a better way.

Despite everything they “know” or have lived through, they manage to find a positive, loving, fabulous way.

We romance writers put our characters through hell.  Contrary to popular belief, there’s very little fluff or starry-eyed-wonder.  We give them those horrible stories, real life stories.  BUT…we bring them through the fire and into the joy of love, companionship, friendship, caring, and happily ever after.

Is THIS real life?  There are a lot who will scoff and say, “Oh, no, those nasty, sex-filled beach-read romances aren’t real life!”deadlylittlesecrets

But they ARE.

(And I’d bet hard cold cash that the people who say that have never read a modern romance novel!)

Those stories, the happily-ever-after stories, are in the news too.  You sometimes have to look for them, but they’re there.

People fall in love at first sight and stay married for 65 or 70 years and die within minutes of one another.  People come through the worst-–fire, disaster, hate crimes, torture-–and they have the courage to live, and to love and be happy.   Children are lost, only to be found.  Drugs or accident may seemingly ruin a life, only for that life to reemerge, triumphant and brilliant and a shining example for others to follow.

Love not only exists, it rules.  Sometimes, it’s quiet.  It doesn’t make the news.

Sometimes it roars into being, in full color, and everyone knows that love saved the day-–the cop snatching a child from danger, the desperately injured Boston Marathon runner who met the love of his life in rehab, the woman who helps a man from another culture survive an attack by staring down the attackers, the brave soul who stands up and demands that love WILL win.

It’s as real as we are.

Romance readers are the believers.  The cutting edge citizens of a brave new world.

So instead of turning on the news, read a romance.  Believe.  Laugh.  Cry.  Rejoice in the happy ending.  Then go out and look for the happy endings that surround you every day.  They’re there, you just have to open your eyes and look.

So, fabulous Read-A-Romance Month readers, what have YOU seen today that made you think, “Love really does work!” or “Okay, I have hope in the human race after seeing THAT…”?  Tell me the good news!!

Recommendations:

Oh, ya’ll, I have SO many recommendations for you! Any book by a Romance Bandit (www.RomanceBandits.com) will be a great read.  Go to my friend Rae Latte’s blog for books that thrill (www.BooksILoveALatte.wordpress.com), and specifically, Barb Devlin’s AMAZING historicals starting with Enter the Brethren.  OMGosh, delicious!! Anything by Sylvia Day, but especially the fallen angel series, and her Crossfire Series, which is the hottest thing going right now.  I adore Karin Tabke’s books too – smokin’ hot law and order heroines and heroes, as well as fast-paced and fabulous story-lines.

Go! Buy! Enjoy!  Grins.


Questions for the Author:

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

The most adventurous thing I ever did was go to an Anthony Robbins seminar and walk on forty feet of fire.  Doing the firewalk is an experience I’ll never forget because after it, I figured, if I could do THAT, I could do anything.

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?)

Well there was this firewalk…just kidding!  My father was a Director of Libraries.  My mom was an English teacher.  My sibs and I were truly all “born with a book in our hand.” Stories were such a part of our family culture, especially being from the South, that it seemed so natural to want to actually do that – tell stories.  I wrote my first book when I was eight, as a class project.  Illustrated it too.  Ha!  But it wasn’t until after that firewalk that I got the courage to go for the dream of being a writer as an adult.

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

Every book I’ve ever read has changed my life in some way.  I’ve learned something from every book I’ve ever read. My friends get tired of my rocking trivia question games because “I read it in a historical romance, or “I read that in one of Suz Ferrell’s books,” or…you get the picture.  Some that have significantly changed my worldview or my life include Tony Robbins’s Awaken the Giant Within, Dune by Frank Herbert (which Emma Holly recommended on Day 12!), and Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery.

Jeanne is generously offering 4 copies of her forthcoming book, The Tentacle Affaire, A Slip Traveler Novel, due out within the next few weeks.  One winner will also get the book, a Starbucks gift card, a Washington DC Coffee mug, and chocolates. (U.S. readers only, apologies to international friends. Entry below.)


Jeannie AdamsAlthough Jeanne Adams likes calling North Carolina home, she lives in DC, where The Tentacle Affaire is set, and often jogs on the C&O towpath with her dogs.  Her favorite holiday is Halloween.  She starts planning the annual yard decor on November 1.  Alas, in this case however, the “Adams Family” – one husband, two sons and three dogs – is all bark and no bite.

On another spooky note, Jeanne used to work in the funeral and cemetery business, and knows a thing or two about getting rid of the body….bwhahahah!  (She even teaches classes about it to other writers!)

Jeanne has written suspense novels for Kensington/Zebra Publishing since 2007.  THE TENTACLE AFFAIRE is her first urban fantasy/romance.

She loves hearing from readers, so find her at www.JeanneAdams.com or on twitter @JeanneAdams or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor

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