Day 25 Nina Lane – Love, Romance and Marriage

Happily ever after….after the “I do.”

That’s how I celebrate romance in my Spiral of Bliss trilogy, a sexy, contemporary romance about a married couple who actually get married long before the first book even begins. It’s Boy Meets Girl and they fall in love, but backwards and somewhat sideways too.spiral-of-bliss

From the first page, Liv and Dean West are blessed with a loving, passionate marriage that seems ideal in every respect. But despite their devotion, they are suddenly faced with a crisis that forces them to question everything they ever believed about each other. Doubts lead to bad choices, hidden secrets, fear, and heartbreak. And yet, through all of Liv and Dean’s trials and tribulations, there is a deep and undying thread of love that binds them together irrevocably.

I wanted to tackle the story of a deeply loving couple facing a crisis in their marriage because we so often do not get to find out what happens after the final proposal. Many romance novels end with a proposal or a wedding, leaving the reader to surmise (rightfully) that the couple will live happily ever after. We see them ride off into the sunset, but we don’t see them the next morning when the sun rises and they face the day together in all its beauty and mundaneness.

And what if the couple still has to fight for their “happily ever after”? What if they are in love and passionate, but then have to break-the-sky-by-nina-lanestruggle through unexpected problems that threaten the foundation of their relationship? No matter how devoted a couple is to each other, marriage brings up a host of issues that they have to learn to navigate together.

And in Liv and Dean’s case, the difficulties bring to the surface a dynamic of their marriage that proves to be the root of their problems. In some ways, this underscores the darker side of a fairy tale ending, but to me that is what makes a good romance so powerful—when a couple falls into darkness, but manages to find the light together.

I love to celebrate romance by looking at it from all angles, by recognizing that beyond the hearts and flowers (not to mention great sex) of a passionate relationship, a much deeper bond holds a couple together. In writing Liv and Dean’s story, I wanted to explore all those aspects of a marriage and to write about a “be all, end all” kind of love that can survive anything.

They not only fight for each other and their marriage, but for the future they first envisioned when they both said “I do.” And never once do they give up, which to me is the essence of a romance. Liv and Dean’s “happily ever after” isn’t the end of the story. It’s only the beginning.


Melissa Rolka and Michelle Lynn are two authors whom I met at a recent signing in Chicago – aside from being lovely ladies, they both write excellent contemporary and new adult novels with characters who warm your hearts and make you root for their happy ending.

Melissa Rolka’s Perfect Series is about Kate, a young woman attempting to spread her wings during her first year in college, until she finds herself torn between her new love and the ex-boyfriend determined to win her back. I guarantee you will LOVE the very sexy Reed!

Michelle Lynn’s Invisible series centers around the members of a local band in a college town—the hopes, dreams, and chances they’re willing to take for love. Many swoon-worthy moments and beautiful, intimate scenes.SpiralofBiss-trilogy

Questions for the Author:

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

One of the most life-changing things I’ve done was spent a few months in India right after college. I visited my father’s family and toured as much of the country as I could. As a professor once told me, you certainly find out which way is up when you’re in India.

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 been a writer since I could hold a stubby pencil and scribble on those large sheets of brown paper they gave us in kindergarten. The first story I remember writing was about an electric horse. Writing has always been as much a part of me as breathing.

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

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will always be close to my heart. The prose, the descriptions, and the character of Francie Nolan are like a road map for both living and writing.

Nina is generously donating one signed paperback set of the SPIRAL OF BLISS trilogy to a US reader and one signed paperback copy of BREAK THE SKY to a US reader (entry form below), and  she is offering 3 e-book copies of BREAK THE SKY to international readers (enter here).

NinaRowan-photoUSA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.


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    I love her! She’s amazing. This series is just pure love & romance.

    • Nina Lane Author

      ♥♥♥ Paula — keychain is en route this week. 🙂

  • Michelle Harlan

    I love this post! It’s rare to read a romance novel that deals with the relationship “after the I do”, but I’ve found that I really enjoy them! It’s reaffirming, and for someone that’s been married a long time, it’s a reminder to always keep working and communicating in the relationship.
    I’d never heard of these books before. To be honest, the picture of the covers is what caught my attention. Having read this post, I can say without a doubt that I’ll be reading the series!

    • Nina Lane Author

      Michelle, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy Liv and Dean’s story — I wanted to write about how romance also means getting through the tough times and staying in love rather than just falling in love. Thanks so much for your interest!

  • Ashley Lake

    I LOVE this series so much!! One of my all time favorites!!

    • Nina Lane Author

      ♥♥♥ Ashley Lake — still thinking about the pastry chef idea.. 🙂

      • Ashley Lake

        Oh you should do it!! If you have any questions I would be delighted to answer!! I You have a dream about writing it, I have a dream of reading it!! 😉

        • Nina Lane Author

          Ashley, I will! The wheels are turning…

          • Ashley Lake

            Wohoo!!! I’m so excited!!!

  • Ellie

    There are few after-I-do romances and I’m always on the look out for such stories. I’d love to read your books. Thanks for the wonderful post.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you so much, Ellie!

  • Paula

    Wonderful writer!!! I can’t wait to read her next novel <3

    • Nina Lane Author

      ♥♥♥ Paula


        Hi!!!! You recognize me? HAHAHAHHAHAHA! 🙂 🙂 🙂 THE keychain? YEAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! Thank yoooouuuu!!!

  • Janet Jennings Wheatley

    I love this series and had the chance to meet her on Saturday in Atlanta. What A treat. I am planning to read Break the Sky very soon!!

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Janet — so great to meet you too, but wow, it was hot in Atlanta, wasn’t it??

      • Janet Jennings Wheatley

        I live in Augusta, GA and August is always our hottest month. But this past weekend was the hottest we have had this summer.

        • Hi Janet – My son lives in Augusta! :o) And Nina and I live here in Madison where we are currently having the hottest week yet, I think. Thanks for commenting. Hope you’re enjoying Read-A-Romance Month. xo

  • Robin Driscoll

    I haven’t read books that reflect marriage relationships, how refreshing. I would love to read these. Added another author to my must reads.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Robin! I really wanted to do something different with this series in focusing on a marriage and a loving, hot couple too. 🙂

  • Victoria Harjadi

    i hear great things about this series, about how the story is unique and different than average romance novels. more intense and i’d like to read them!

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Victoria! I hope you enjoy Liv and Dean’s journey.

  • Larisa Tackett

    I’m intrigued by this after the I do thing, going to have to give it a try…

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thanks, Larisa! There’s a whole lot that goes on “after the happily ever after”!

  • Mia Francis

    Ooh, I think I’ve found a new read! Added to my wishlist.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Mia!

  • Debbie Oxier

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thanks, Debbie!

  • Kelsey Burns

    Fabulous book 5stars

    • Nina Lane Author

      ♥♥♥ you, Kelsey!

  • CattleKate

    I have often wondered jow the marriage goes when they have such contentious relationship before the wedding. Thanks for writing about afterward. I will add uou to wishlist as I have not had the opportunity to read your books.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Kate, exactly why I wanted to write the books and thanks so much for your interest!

  • Sue G.

    What an interesting idea…life after marriage. Having been married 25 years I totally get this. Thanks…adding this to my TBR pile.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Sue — you know that it takes work too, beyond everything else. But when two people are committed it’s a wonderful journey.

  • Tonya Coleman

    I would love to read! Thanks for the chance!

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thanks for your interest in the books, Tonya!

  • mariannewestrich

    Your books have just moved up my TBR list. Having been divorced and happily remarried for 12 years, I’m looking forward to seeing what comes after the I Do in a romance novel. 😎

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thanks so much, Marianne! The romance takes more work to sustain after I Do, no question. 🙂

  • Emmel

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my all-time faves, and has been since I was 12. At that time, the first part of the book, about the young Francie, spoke to me. Then as I aged, the latter half of this book gained meaning. I look at it every year.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Emmel, it’s an amazing book, isn’t it? All of the characters are so rich, and Francie is just phenomenal — and yes, I agree that it’s a book you can read every year and learn something new each time.

  • Maria A. Malaveci

    I loved all the questions and I am looking forward to reading them!

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thanks, Maria — Bobbi’s questions made me think! Fun to answer too.

  • Peni Anne

    Great idea to take the romance after the wedding when so many couples marriage struggle to stay together.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Peni!

  • Debbie Fuller

    You sold me! I always say at the end of a story, “Well, I want to know what happens next.” I’m looking forward to finding and reading your books.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Debbie, thanks so much — Liv and Dean’s story is definitely my idea of what could happen next, but the romance doesn’t end with “I do.”

  • Martha B

    …”when a couple falls into darkness and finds the light again.” That beautifully written phrase summarizes my story and the story of our marriage. We have been married 34 years. However, there was a time I wondered if it would last. Backing up…Seventeen years ago, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Back then, 86 % of ALL married couples broke up following a catastrophic illness, death of a child, or other life changing tragedy. I was one of the lucky ones. My husband stayed.

    One month after neurosurgery (successfully removing the tumor,) he gave me the best gift ever. He said, “The Martha I fell in love with is still inside you. I know she is there….I’m not going anywhere. We’re in this together. We’re in this for the long haul.”

    The “old” Martha was gone. A new person slooooooowly emerged following a lengthy hospitalization and years of rehab learning to walk, talk, dress and think again. Love healed me. I am so grateful for my life.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Martha, what a beautiful and incredible story. That is a real-life love and devotion that nothing in fiction could ever compare to. You and your husband are so blessed to have found each other – thank you so much for sharing your inspiring journey. All my best wishes. ♥♥♥

  • Sheila M

    This series sounds really interesting. I always like books about married couples.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Sheila – me too! 🙂

  • Kristen Kocher

    I loved Break the Sky, and I can’t wait to read the Spiral of Bliss trilogy!!! <3

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thanks so much, Kristen!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Enjoyed your post. Looks like I have some new books to check into.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Eileen!

  • Joan Varner

    Your trilogy sounds fascinating. Will have to go check it out. Thank you for your post.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thanks, Joan – I loved writing it and especially love RARM! <3

  • Glenda

    Thanks for the author recommendations, Nina. This series has been on my wish list for awhile. There aren’t enough stories that show the HEA isn’t always easy but is worth the effort.

    • Nina Lane Author

      Glenda, “worth the effort” — definitely! And love doesn’t end with “I do…”

  • Feifei Le

    I love this author!!! Her Spiral of Bliss series is in my top favorites!

    • Nina Lane Author

      Thank you, Feifei!

  • LisaVH

    Arouse is waiting on my kindle and is my next read. I have heard such great things about the series so I am looking forward to it.

  • Karen G.

    Thanks for the post, I am looking forward to reading your work, I have read many great things about it. 🙂

  • Pamby50

    I am looking forward to reading this series. When you finish reading a book at the wedding you are always left wondering. I was blest in finding the right person but we have had so many ups & downs. Next month will be 34 yrs.

  • M Kuxhaus

    I love the cover of Break the Sky.

  • Tammy H

    Your trilogy sounds good and different.

  • Stephanie M.

    You are a new-to-me author. I can’t wait to read your books. Thank you.

  • Yaritza Santana

    Haven’t read your books, but looking forward to reading them. Loving the book covers.

  • Erin F

    I love that this is the HEA after the HEA 🙂 Real love means work and it’s nice to see that once in a while. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laurie W G

    How exciting that you were able to visit your father’s homeland, India. My in-laws came over from Hungary via Germany. My husband and I would love to visit these countries.

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    I love that you wrote about Liv and Dean after the marriage. What happens after, that is the true romance.

  • Natali Ghourizi

    You have great books and your amazing author

  • Margil Pondicüs

    Never did I regret not studying for midterms after I discovered Nina Lane and her books. <3

  • Marcy Shuler

    I haven’t read your books before, but I love the sound of this series, especially since it’s about a married couple.

  • rebecca moe

    Your series sounds wonderful 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  • Hannah B

    I enjoy your books, thanks very much for the giveaway.