Day 26 Lori Foster – Romance, Making Life Better

 So Much To Celebrate

It’s so easy for me to say what I love about the romance genre. It’s harder for me to keep it concise. There’s just so much to admire.NO LIMITS - final See, I believe in love. Not just fleeing infatuation, or redhot lust, or lasting friendship – but all of that combined into one great big mass of awesomeness. The whole shebang. The till-death-do-us-part kind that puts a couple together for the long haul, working through difficult times, celebrating various joys, butting heads and supporting each other on days both cloudy and sunny. I believe two people are better when they find each other. No one should rush it,  and no one should settle.  If you’re going to share your life, it has to be with the right person. It’s a fact that no two couples are the same – and that certainly keeps things interesting for them, and for those around them. All of that is true in a romance novel, too! Each author brings her voice to the story making it more suspenseful, or funnier, or heartbreaking or hot, hot, hot. And it always ends well. As in real life, the characters face adversity – both in the relationship and in the plot. But they work it out, they find their way and conquer the ugliness with love. I’ve read (and written) about modest characters, bold characters, wealthy and poor, with gifted backgrounds and with a past so dark it can break your heart. Both in reading and in writing, I laugh and cry with the characters. I snort at the absurd and snicker at the funny. But always, always in romance, I end with a sigh of satisfaction. I know this is true for other readers because they write me and tell me so. Every week I hear from someone who says his or her life was made a little easier because a romance novel entertained, distracted, or in some way brought comfort at a time when it was desperately needed. I love my work. I love this industry. And I really, really love all the people in it. Happy reading! Recommendations: I’m a dedicated Katie McGarry fan. She writes very romantic, heartfelt, warm and sexy YA novels that have completely won me over! Love, love, love her work!


 

Questions for the Author:

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

I’m not daring or adventurous, so I’ll have to go with inspiring. I have the annual “Reader and Authors Get Together” each year where we get 500 Hard Knocksbook lovers together, have amazing raffles, photos, meals, parties, book signings, editor and agent appointments and more, and we make INCREDIBLE donations to very worthwhile causes. The event happens in June. More details are here: Lori’s Reader/Author Get-together.

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?)

Once when I was too sick to get out of bed, my sister brought me a bag full of romances to read. I instantly got hooked and I no sooner became a reader than I wanted to write so I could make the books go *exactly* as I wanted them to. I wrote more than 10 books over approximately 5 years (it’s all a blur now) before I finally got my first sale back in ’96. I wrote the first two books long hand, then used a typewriter, and finished up the last few with a borrowed word processor. I didn’t buy an actual computer until I’d sold that first book and gotten my advance!

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)
I no longer remember the title or author of the first romance novel I read, but that was the game changer. I picked up that borrowed book, skipped around until I found a love scene, then got so caught up in the story I had to go back to the beginning to see how the two of them had gotten to that point. In one book I went from a non-reader to a voracious reader… and shortly thereafter to a writer. All I remember about that first book is that it was historical and the hero found the heroine on the side of the road having a miscarriage. He cared for her himself, and the intimacy of it fascinated me!

 

Lori is generously offering 5 books for the giveaway, 4 to U.S. readers (entry below) and 1 to an international reader (enter here). The title is winner’s choice of books the author has on hand.

Lori - Fri book signing CRoppedLori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers. Lori has been the recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance. She’s had top selling titles with Amazon, BN and the BGI Group. For more info on Lori, go to www.LoriFoster.com

 

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  • Lori Foster is awesome! Love the Q & A

  • Erica H

    A post that will make people smile- thanks!

  • Kim Giardina

    Lori Foster – keep up the great work!!

  • Anna

    I wonder what that first historical was… It sounds interesting!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love everything you write! So glad you picked up that borrowed romance! 8 -)

  • Fern Martin

    This has been an amazing month learning about each author. I have enjoyed everyone’s idea on what romance is. For me it’s the journey. Every couple takes one and they are all so different than anyone else’s. Some last on,y a short time while other’s last forever.

  • cheryl c.

    I also enjoy that “sigh of satisfaction” at the end of reading a really good romance.

  • Wendi Rogers

    a satisfying ending is the best ending

  • LisaVH

    I have been busy working through your backlist! So many great stories to catch up on. Also, thank you so much for introducing me to Katie McGarry. I am a new fan of hers thanks to your recommendation.

  • Ren

    I love Lori Foster’s books!

  • Karen G.

    Thanks for the post, I agree about not rushing a relationship. I love when an author takes the time to show how a couple grows together and includes all the little things. 🙂

  • Debbie Fuller

    Haven’t read you….yet, but I love what you posted and will be looking for your books to add to my growing stack to TBR books.

  • Sue G.

    I agree with you. Life if what gives you romance! As I get older I see the romance in my kids and it makes me think back to when I was 17, first meeting my hubby and going through all those firsts. Now we are going through first but in a much different way…first kid going to college, first kid moving out. It’s fun going through all of these with my hubby. At times I miss the little kids but I know grandkids are not that far off into the future!

  • Martha B

    Total aside. I love, love, LOVE all the pictures you post on Facebook. Seriously hot guys on there. What’s not to like? Now, back to today’s post. I appreciate how supportive romance authors are of other romance authors. You’re readily give shout-outs to others and talk about their new releases. Your annual Reader/Author get-together in June is a perfect example. Working together can accomplish so much more than being alone. Romance readers (and authors) are a warm, giving and caring community.

  • Romances has made a little easier my life too. As you said, “they brought comfort at a time when it was desperately needed”. It’s a great gift: thank you!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Your enthusiasm and joy are obvious in your essay & your FB posts! Thanks for sharing!

  • Natasha Salzer

    SO nice to give it away

  • Quinn Fforde

    That you believe in love is strongly evident in your work. I also think you have some of the most memorable men ever written!

  • Rochelle

    I love romance novels and they do make life easier and happier. Just got No Limits today. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Ellen

    Thanks for sharing with us. Very cool that the Reader and Author get-together is fun and also helps charities at the same time.
    Some day, I may get to one. I’ve enjoyed many of Lori’s books.

  • alisha woods

    haven’t read No limits yet, but have read many of your others

  • Rita Wray

    I enjoyed reading the questions and answers.

  • Terri C

    I’m very happy to say that I didn’t settle! We’ve been married for 33 years and have made it through the challenges of Fibromyalgia (me) and PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (him). Love is grand!

  • Pamby50

    I’ve read all of your books & looking forward to reading No Limit. You are one of my go to authors.

  • Debbie Oxier

    Love your books. My favorite couples are Dare and Molly, Tony and Olivia, and Cannon and Yvette.

  • Tammy H

    Thanks for sharing your story on getting published!

  • Gretchen Miller

    so true

  • Patty Vasquez

    I love how tight knit the romance community is. The writers look out for each other, they write for their readers,and they work for the community and the greater good. It is a genre worthy of emulation on every level! Thank you for the work you do with the “Reader and Authors Get Together” event.

  • Krysten Mich

    I absolutely love all your books! So excited for No Limits! (I’m also a big fan of Katie McGarry)

  • M Kuxhaus

    Awesome essay! So inspiring and enthusiastic! Loved it.

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I liked your post, Lori, but I wish you remembered the name of that first historical romance you read. LOL It sounds like something I’d love to read, too. 🙂

  • Stephanie M.

    Lori, I love your books and your generous heart. Thank you for always getting back to you readers no matter how simple the request or comment. I was very excited to have my copy of No Limits when I got home today. I think a book hangover is in my immediate future. I haven’t read Katie McGarry’s book, yet. I will add her to my TBR list.

  • Mj

    I love your books, they are awesome!

  • donnas

    Great post and many of the reasons I love romance.

  • Joan Varner

    Reading romance and romantic suspense has always been my #1 hobby and thanks to your books and authors like you, it has been my pleasure to experience many book hangovers.

  • Brenda E

    Great post. Love your books, Lori!

  • Marcy Cordova

    I love how your books combine action and romance. It makes for an exciting read!

  • Toni Linenberger

    Very thoughtful. thank you.

  • Glenda

    I think you summed it up very concisely with ” The whole shebang. ” 🙂

    I love that you do the big Reader/Author get together! That is wonderful. Maybe one day I can make it….

  • Wish you could remember what that historical book was. Sounds like it might have been very good. I have never heard of a book with a hero coming across a woman in such a state. Could be a terrific story.
    I feel the same as you about romance. Its all good. There is so much that is good. And wonderful. And a happy ending. The best of everything.

  • Mel

    You are so right. With everything else, I need a happy ending.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Romance is special whether it’s real or in a book. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend & soul mate. That was 32 years ago. He doesn’t mind that I read romance books, sometimes he even encourages me. I read many of your earlier books and loved them!!!

  • Yaritza Santana

    I really hope I get to meet you in person one day. I have been wanting to attend your “Reader and Authors Get Together” but it far from NY. Hopefully I could attend soon.

  • Peni Anne

    Lori, you are one of my favorite authors. When a story comes out, I don’t even have to read the blurb as I know it is going to be great. There are so many. Times I want to just crawl right into the story and live there. I get so connected. It is truely a blessing you are so gifted, you use that gift and you write so quickly. My all time author love is Julie Garwood, unfortunately she only has appx. A book a year come out. Although at least she us still spinning her stories.

    Thank you for being there.

  • Stephanie Stevens Chalbeck

    This summer I discovered your Love Undercover series and enjoyed the romance and action!

  • Erin F

    Thank you for such a great post! Nice to “meet” you!

  • Laurie W G

    I like reading how author’s got hooked on romance novels.
    I’m not familiar with Katie McGarry.
    Loved Sawyer!

  • Kristy Petree

    I enjoyed the post. I believe in the total package, too, not just lust or infatuation. What a shame Lori can’t track down that first inspirational book; I bet she’d love to read it now! I love to follow her on facebook, and would love to win a book of hers. Thanks!

  • Kortney

    I loved Lori’s post. I believe in love too. I really truly believe there is someone out there for everyone. Sometimes people just meet theirs sooner than others!

  • Ruth

    Too Much Temptation is one my all time favorite books! I have read many of your books. Thank you for sharing your post.

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    I believe in the whole thing as well. You shouldn’t settle, there is a “right person” for everyone. There will still be roadblocks to work through, but they are easier if you are with your “soulmate”. My daughter loves to read romance novels, too!

  • Debbie Kitzke

    Love all these giveaways

  • rebecca moe

    Katie McGarry IS awesome! Can’t wait to read her latest–thanks for posting, Lori!

  • Dawn Anderson

    Your ‘The Winston Brothers’ was one of the first romance novels I read. From that point on I have been a fan, of both you and romance novels. Can’t wait for the new MMA series!

  • flchen1

    Lori, you were one of my first romance authors I picked up when I started reading category romances, and I glommed your backlist as fast as I could! So happy to continue glomming 😉

  • Judy Goodnight

    I’m a believer in the whole shebang as well. Great blog post.