Day 6 Susan Mallery – True Believer: Love Exists

Celebrating Romance

I write 4-5 books per year and cumulatively have written more than 100 romances… and yet, I love it as much today as I did when I started.

I still hold my breath in the moments before the first kiss. I still go squishy inside when the hero realizes that he’s in love and accepts, finally, that his life will be incomplete unless he can spend it with this woman.Susan Mallery Book Cover

When I’m not writing romance, I’m reading it. Nothing is more fundamentally satisfying to me than the happily ever after. It speaks to me on a soul level. I am, and always will be, a true believer. A romance evangelist.

Why? Because I have met many, many happily married people. I am a happily married person. And every one of those relationships started somewhere. In each, there was a first meeting, a first kiss, growing feelings, and a declaration of love. There are fantasy elements to the books we read and write, but at the core is a profound truth—love exists, and it can last forever.

Love is not a fantasy. Every love story is unique, because each couple is unique. How could I possibly grow tired of telling these marvelous stories?! Love makes the world a better place, and writing about love is the most fulfilling, life-affirming thing I could imagine. To celebrate Read-A-Romance Month, every day in August I will post real-life romance moments on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/susanmallery.

These stories are courtesy of generous readers who shared their hearts with me. Here are a couple of “aww!” moments to whet your appetite:

Linda C:  My husband Bobby and I first caught sight of each other in 1965 when my Mom & I pulled into a Texaco service station where he was the attendant. In the “old” days attendants came out to the car, washed the windshield, checked the oil & filled the car with gasoline. Bobby was washing the windshield on my side of the car & we just made eye contact & clicked! Six months later we were married in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas and the rest is history, 48 years of it this past February 19th! Sus Mal

Angie B: I have been married for 25 years and my husband has done countless romantic things over the years, but as anyone who has been married a long time knows, sometimes you take the love for granted. That being said, I have to say, as far as I’m concerned at least, one of the most romantic things my husband has done lately is a few weeks ago he had the flu, and I was gonna go to town and get his medicine and stuff, Gatorade and soups etc. We live 30 miles from town, and my husband offered to go with me, because we had bad storms with tornado chances coming our way. The only way he would let me go by myself was if I promised to go right down there and right back with no messing around. It just reminded me of how much he cares, even if it wasn’t with flowers or candles or candies.

Emily C: My husband and I met almost 18 years ago on the very first day of school in 9th grade Biology. He can tell you exactly where I was sitting, what I was wearing, and says I was laughing at something and my smile stopped him in his tracks. We were friends all through high school. Became best friends during college, but lost track of each other after college. I knew he had joined the Navy, but that was it. Fast forward to our 10 year high school reunion, no one knew where he was. Thanks to Google…I searched and discovered where he was an NROTC instructor. I emailed the general email asking for my information to be passed along to him. What I didn’t know was he was in charge of the account. Says he sat there rereading my email many times over before he replied. We were both still single…admitted we had always had a crush on each other. We went to our reunion as each other dates. One year later, we got married. This year we will celebrate our five year anniversary!!! We have two beautiful boys…and I married a true officer and a gentleman!

Recommendations: I’ll recommend three romance authors I love – Alexis Morgan, Christine Rimmer, and RaeAnne Thayne. I can count on each of them for a well written story that grabs me by the heart. Every time.

You can read Alexis Morgan’s RARM content on her site. And RaeAnne Thayne’s RARM content on hers.


Questions for the Author

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

Turning down a paying job in accounting to follow my dream to be a writer. I’m talking about a job with a regular paycheck and benefits and (gasp) vacation time. This is post college, when money was so tight the only one eating meat in my house was the cat! But I’d finally figured out what I was supposed to do with my life. I’d found my passion. That was worth the risk.

2 – Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.

When I was growing up, it never occurred to me that being a writer was a valid career option. I thought that writers had to be sophisticated, wear black turtlenecks, smoke long cigarettes, and live in France. I didn’t think a regular girl who grew up in L.A. could be a writer. Plus I’d never smoked and I sure wasn’t going to start! Then, when I was in college studying Accounting (a “real job”), I saw a flyer advertising a night class titled “How to Write a Romance Novel.” I was too busy with “real” classes to take it, despite how much I really, really wanted to. I’d been reading romance since I was in middle school, and the idea of writing one filled me with a breathless sort of hopefulness. After a couple of semesters, seeing that flyer periodically on the board, I thought to myself, “She’s not going to teach that class forever. If you want to take it, you’d better do it.” So I did. I carried my full workload of accounting classes, and I took a just-for-fun writing class in the evenings. By the time the class was over, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life.

3 – Tell us about the (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

It’s not one book that changed my life, it’s the act of reading. When I was 9 we moved to a really rural part of LA. For 5 years, it was just me. No other kids within a couple of miles. Which wasn’t a problem during the school year, but during the summer, I was on my own. It could have been a horrible time in my life (this is, sadly, pre internet.) I could have been so bored and lonely, but I wasn’t. Every Saturday my dad took me to the library and I loaded up on as many books as we both could carry. All week I traveled the world and met interesting people and loved everything about each of them. Books were my summer friends, my vacations, my adventures. Books showed me the world.

Susan is generously offering two complete sets of audiobooks of her 2013 trilogy (JUST ONE KISS, TWO OF A KIND, and THREE LITTLE WORDS) on CD. Two winners will each get three audiobooks. (Enter using the form below.) Domestic only, apologies to international readers.


Susan Mallery With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans. Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

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  • Anna

    Aww, what lovely stories! They’re a perfect way to start the day.

    • Susan Mallery

      I have so enjoyed readers’ stories! Every time a happily paired reader
      shares her love story, it reaffirms my belief in the authenticity of
      what I do.

  • Judy C.

    Wonderful blog. Enjoy your books so much!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Judy! That means the world to me.

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Love your books!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Nicole!

  • Stephanie Stevens Chalbeck

    Your “fans” are happy that you took that class and took a risk to do what you love!

    • Susan Mallery

      Reader enthusiasm does a lot to keep me going on the days when the writing’s not easy, Stephanie. 😀

  • Kim

    Awww <3

  • Shirley Cochran

    Fell in love with my guy when we were both working at the bookstore at the University of Akron and 9 years later we were married–almost 32 years now. Love your books so keep on believing in romance please!

    • Susan Mallery

      Congratulations on finding your forever love, Shirley! And at a bookstore no less… that really is a dream come true!

      • Shirley Cochran

        How true! I actually spent more on books than I made I think but I was a college student at the time and did not care!

  • Martha B

    Great column; even better books!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Martha. That’s so nice!

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful real life stories. That is why I read romances.

    • Susan Mallery

      Me too! It always gets me when people (who don’t read romance) say that romance is unrealistic. Our books are a lot more realistic than murder mysteries! Our lives are touched by love every day.

  • Tammy H

    I love your books!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Tammy! You made me smile. 😀

  • Cheryl Baranski

    Love your post! Love your books Susan!
    I wanted to let you know that I met my husband back in 1987 when I was a senior in high school. We dated for three weeks before we got married.
    I married him the day before I graduated at the age of 18. We had our first son a year later. We have four boys ages 9, 13, 24 and 26. We have one daughter in heaven that we never got to know. They say that we wouldn’t make it that our marriage wouldn’t last. It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
    We have been happily married for over 27 years.

    • Susan Mallery

      That’s so romantic, Cheryl! Congratulations!!! Such a happy story.

  • Violet DiDomenico

    Love your books

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Violet!

  • Heather Coulter

    I love Susan’s books.

    • Susan Mallery

      I’m so glad, Heather. Thanks!

  • pamela paterakis

    Susan love your books and really enjoying your real life love stories this month.

    • Susan Mallery

      Aren’t they wonderful? I’m blessed with generous readers who are willing to share their happiness.

  • Marcy Cordova

    I love the real life love stories you’ve been posting. It seems like all you hear about is divorce, so it’s awesome to hear happy stories!

    • Susan Mallery

      I think there are more happy stories out there than we often hear. I want my Facebook page to be a feel-good place!

  • Tonja Gladem Jasinski

    Love your books, currently reading Until we Touch, it is awesome!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Tonja! I adore Jack of UNTIL WE TOUCH. He has a lot of pain to overcome, but beneath it, he’s such a big-hearted guy.

  • Donna Pannell Cochran

    My family says that I am addicted to audiobooks! I would love to win an audiobook from you.

    • Susan Mallery

      I love them, too! I listen to them all the time in my car. Good luck, Donna!

  • Alison Blatman

    Huge fan of Susan Mallery. I love love love love love

    • Susan Mallery

      You just made my day, Alison! <3 I love love love love love your enthusiasm!

      • Alison Blatman

        I’m the one who got the Until We Touch from the Brenda Novak Auction. I was so excited to read it early and Fools Gold is definitely my favorite series.

  • Kelsey Shade Perkins

    I love audiobooks, thanks for the giveaway! (I’m new to your books but I’ve loved the two I’ve read, thanks again!)

    • Susan Mallery

      So glad you discovered me, Kelsey. 😀 Best of luck in the giveaway.

  • Linnea Bassin

    I am a huge fan!!!! I love the Fool’s Gold series and can’t wait for more books to come out.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Linnea! That’s so sweet. 🙂 Next up in Fool’s Gold is YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS on October 28, then four new Fool’s Gold romances next year!

  • Anthony-Sandy Horner

    Just starting on the audio aspect of books, and I have to say I’m loving it.

    • Susan Mallery

      They’re a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a story while you’re busy doing something else.

  • Lorrie Bechtel

    love your books very entertaining

    • Susan Mallery

      My job is to take you on an emotional journey. Thank you for letting me know you love my books, Lorrie. 🙂

  • Sue G.

    Haven’t tried audiobooks yet, but always willing to try.

    I have been married for 25 yrs now and every year keeps getting better! So far I’m enjoying my happy ever after. 🙂

    • Susan Mallery

      Sue, that is such a beautiful thing to say! And to feel. See, proof yet again that forever love does exist. Congratulations!

  • Terry Saunders

    Love love your books

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, thanks, Terry! 🙂

  • Jennifer Vescio Clauson

    I prefer reading to audio books except when it comes to road trips! I love being able to watch the scenery while listening to one of my favorite stories! And your books are at the top of my list!

    • Susan Mallery

      That’s so nice, Jennifer! Thank you! 🙂

  • Stephanie M.

    You are an amazing author and I love your books. Thank you for sharing the stories from some of your fans. I’m on the look out for the cable car. 🙂

    • Susan Mallery

      Isn’t the cable car just too cool???? I am so excited to see pictures! (For those who don’t know, I’m taking over a San Francisco cable car for the whole month of August. Both sides, the front, the back, and the inside are covered with ads for my books. I’m offering a giveaway to any reader who sends in a picture or video of the cable car. All the details are in the latest Dear Reader letter on my website, http://www.susanmallery.com.

  • anne

    A talented and creative writer whose books are uplifting and captivating. Your post was thoughtful, nostalgic, beautiful and lovely.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you so much, Anne. Love is beautiful! 😀

  • Renee Davis McIntyre

    I love your stories. They have a welcoming mixture of comedy, family and hot love 😉

    • Susan Mallery

      That’s a great description, Renee! That is the goal. 😉

  • Elizabeth Wright

    Great post! I am a huge fan!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I’m so glad. <3

  • Kristy Petree

    I love the whole post, but this quote got me: “the only one eating meat in my house was the cat”, because I think most of us have been there! I absolutely love audiobooks, and would be grateful and honored to win. Thanks! 🙂

    • Susan Mallery

      I’m glad I’m past those times, Kristy, but I’m so glad I went through them. I relate so well to many of the heroines I write, and I think that’s why.

  • Mary Dieterich

    Love the real-life stories. I think the world is glad you became a writer and not an accountant!

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, thank you! I’m definitely glad! It was Accounting Theory that pushed me over the edge. The theory behind the numbers… what was I thinking?!?!

  • What you said about reading romance is so true and about relationships really lasting. My hubby and I have been together for 22 years and there are ups and downs, but we love each other. There was that moment and we both remember it fondly. But I find I love how romance ages and you become comfortable with each other. That’s the best, but reading romances honestly reminds me that my husband is a keeper, a true romantic and I am lucky to have him!

    • Susan Mallery

      Romance does evolve with the years, becoming perhaps less exciting and yet more fulfilling. It’s a richer experience, the longer you’re together. Congratulations, Crystal, on 22 happy years!

  • Charline Bonham

    Love reading your books. I read mostly romance and suspense or light mysteries. No Horror because life is too full of horror. My husband and I have known each other since very small children but didn’t actually become aware of each other until he was out of high school and I was a Junior in HS. He brought a friend out to see me one evening and he says, “Something clicked and I knew she was the one.” Needless to say, he did not bring his friend back but still came to see me regularly . We’ve been married for 50 years and I would not want to change him. He’s not always romantic but has always been supportive of anything I want.

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, that’s sweet, Charline! He was trying to set you up and then realized he wanted you for himself. Love!!!

  • Patty Vasquez

    My marriage is the second for both my husband and me. He very bravely took on a package deal: I had 2 young sons and my former spouse who followed us when we relocated to another state. We’ve had our share of turbulent years: visitation weekends with an emotionally abusive bio dad, those tough teenage years, and the trials of a blended family. But our love has only grown and mellowed into a kind of petrified wood, beautiful, tough, and solid. I agree with you; love is not a fantasy. It sure does make the world a better place to live!

    • Susan Mallery

      Patty, that is just beautiful. I believe that divorce is sometimes necessary and sometimes frees us to find The One. I’m glad you did. <3

  • Quinn Fforde

    Very inspiring! I love the stories you are posting.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Quinn! I love them, too, and I feel so thankful to readers for sharing them. Love is great!

  • Love, love, love your books!!! I mostly do audio books and I cannot seem to quit listening. I even talked my awesome loving hubby into using one of credits in Audible to get me Book 2 of the Lone Star Sisters Series. Love this series so far but I have to say the series that got me hooked is Fool’s Gold. LOVE IT!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, thanks, Shannan. Tell your hubby I said thanks to him, too! 🙂 A smart man indulges his wife’s reading needs.

  • Pam Sparks

    Love your books. They are the light at the end of my work day. I always read before bed. And you give me a chance to venture into other worlds.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Pam. That is so nice to hear! I really do feel that my role is to make busy readers’ lives better by entertaining them whenever they can catch a few minutes to read. It’s so heartening to hear that’s what I do for you. 🙂

  • Mary Tapia

    I love your books!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Mary!

  • Kathleen O

    This is a great series.. Can’t wait for the next books..

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Kathleen! 🙂

  • Jen C

    Yeah for love stories!

    • Susan Mallery

      Yeah for romance readers!

  • Becky Rabalais

    I could relate to her comment that she didn’t even realize that writing romances was a career. Thanks for a great interview!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you for stopping by, Becky! 😀

  • Kathy Setter

    My husband and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary. Can’t believe it’s been that long, and we are enjoying each other more than ever. I love your books; I have half the Fool’s Gold series in audio as I have a long commute and do a lot of reading by listening. Thanks so much for the great stories!

    • Susan Mallery

      Happy anniversary, Kathy! I love your profile picture here. You and your hubby look very happy together. I believe in romance! 😀

  • Brenda Rumsey

    I’m a believer too. We will soon be celebrating our 41st anniversary and still so very much in love. Together we are so much stronger. Your stories always leave me smiling. Congrats on sharing so many “happy ever after” stories with us.

    • Susan Mallery

      Hi, Brenda! Happy almost anniversary. 41 years and still in love… you have what my characters all want. And what I believe they will have, in their fictional worlds. 🙂

  • Erica H

    I am loving your daily real romance series. It makes my heart do a happy sigh!

    • Susan Mallery

      Mine, too, Erica! There are so many happily in love couples out there, but we don’t often take the time to share our stories. Love exists!

  • TrishJ

    I believe in love too. Married for 40 years!! Hubby isn’t romantic, but it is the little things he does (that I take for granted so many times) that shows he loves me. One 4th of July we went to the dock for the local fireworks display. It Had been raining earlier and the bleachers were wet. Hubby got out his hanky and wiped off my seat and then his. I smiled at him and sat down. A lady 2 rows back jabbed her significant other and said “why don’t you do things like that for me?” See, I took it for granted cuz he is always doing stuff like that. A wink across the room, a half smile when he sees me, still makes me catch my breath. Romance is still here ladies.

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, Trish, that is such a gentlemanly gesture! You found a keeper for sure. 40 years so far, and I wish you many more together. <3

  • Lori Hill

    So enjoy your books!! I listen to them on audio at work…and home!! Wish I wasn’t about through them all…don’t want to be done with them!!! Thanks for the great love stories…especially the Fool’s Gold Series!! Can’t wait for more!!

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Lori! Next up in Fool’s Gold, Kenny and Bailey will fall in love in YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS on October 28. Then I’ll release four new Fool’s Gold books next year. (Plus, in March, I’ll start a brand new series, Mischief Bay.)

  • Amy Wright

    I love reading your books. Still in the process of collecting them all. 🙂

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL, Amy! It’s a big undertaking! 😉 Did you know that you can get my printable backlist on my website? It has check boxes so you can mark off which ones you’ve read. Go to http://www.susanmallery.com, hover over Books, and then click on Printable Backlist. Happy hunting!

  • Nanette Thornton

    Love reading Susan’s books, then listening to them afterwards while doing housework, helps me forget I am doing housework that I hate!

    • Susan Mallery

      LOL!!!! Sometimes while I’m doing housework, I’m brainstorming future books. And then when I come up with a really great idea, I have to drop the housework and start taking notes! Not the most efficient way to get my house cleaned, but I’ve come up with some wonderful stories that way.

  • Betty

    I definitely believe in love! Married 25+ years to my best friend!

    • Susan Mallery

      So sweet!!!! Love that, Betty. Congratulations!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I have a collection of your books & many complete series! So glad you became a writer and not an accountant!

    • Susan Mallery

      You and me both, Sharlene! The life I didn’t live… 😀

      • Sharlene Wegner

        I spent 21 years in insurance claims! 🙁 You did the right thing!

  • Gaele Hi

    There is always something interesting about what brings people to reading and writing – for me – that’s always the interesting piece to discover.

    • Susan Mallery

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Gaele! 🙂

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I love this post!!! I’ve read quite a few of your books but I’ll definitely have to check out the printable list on your website 🙂 I’ve been reading romance since middle school and I’ve always been a sucker for happy endings. I think we do sometimes take our loved ones for granted but every now and then, my husband will do something so thoughtful and I have warm fuzzies for days! I think it all boils down to the fact that I am in love with love…whether it’s real life or fiction. Thanks for all you do and especially for contributing to RARM.

    • Susan Mallery

      I’m in love with love, too! I think that’s one trait all romance readers share. <3

  • Julie

    I love your books. Thank you.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thank you, Julie!

  • alisha woods

    former fool’s gold cheerleader so you know I love your books. I have a book I bought on how to write a romance

    • Susan Mallery

      Hi, Alisha!!! Love my cheerleaders. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I enjoyed your post, especially the part of going to the library & loading up. That was me as a kid & still, now as an adult. My four kids were raised with weekly trips to the library just like my mom did for me. I enjoy your books & am glad you passed on that accounting job.

    • Susan Mallery

      Eileen, libraries do so much for us as a society. I love hearing from readers who have kept it part of their regular routine.

  • Mj

    I love Susan Mallery books, especially Fool’s Gold. The city is awesome and one that I truly wish was real because I would definitely want to live there. How she has been able to take this place and turn it into an incredible town where dreams and wishes come true, people find true love and they truly appreciate each other.

    • Susan Mallery

      Thanks, Mj! That is such a sweet comment! 🙂

  • Brenda E

    Loved your post. I am also a happily married person – 36 years. I love that through these stories, we get to hop along for the ride, and fall in love all over again. I’ve only just discovered your novels for about the last six months and am totally hooked, working my way through as many as I can find. 🙂

    • Susan Mallery

      You know, I think there is an element in reading romance that lets us relive those early days of our own romance. That vicarious thrill we get from experiencing the fall into love with the characters. Congratulations on 36 years, Brenda!

  • Judy Goodnight

    Susan, thank goodness you took that class! I’ve read all your Fool’s Gold books and have reading your backlist as one of my reading goals for this year. Each Fool’s Gold book I read I have the same reaction – “This is the best one yet!” and then the next one comes out to become The Best One Yet.

    • Susan Mallery

      That is SO nice to hear, Judy! I strive to make every book better than the last. That is always the goal.

  • Geraldine Pierson

    On 08/08/14 we will be married 44 years. My husband is not romantic, but I guess it is the small things he does that shows he cares. A year and a half ago he had prostate cancer surgery and he is cancer free now but he has not popped back to being himself. I feel so helpless and just be there for him. More than two years ago I got him interested in reading but he only read Real Ghost Stories, Train Books or Bathroom Readers until he picked one of my books by Kat Martin because it had the word Ghost in the title. It was a romance story with a Ghostly twist to it and he now reads nothing but my books. He did not feel romance stories were for him but he said he could not believe how well written they were. I am wondering what kind of books he thought I was reading. We had to go out and buy another Kindle Fire so we could both have one.

    • Susan Mallery

      That is amazing, Geraldine! I’m so glad he’s cancer free now. I hope that books help enrich his life and bring him back to being himself again. Happy almost anniversary!

  • Gina Burgos

    I love your books! I started with the Marcelli Family Series and then I was hooked from there on 🙂

    • Susan Mallery

      Ooooh, fun! Love the Marcellis. That was a fun series to write.

  • Samantha McKinnon

    I haven’t read any of your books yet but I do plan on reading some of them or all of them soon. I’m a big romance book lover. Nothing really to tell about my marriage except for I met my now husband in 2011 and I fell in love with him pretty hard. He’s got a way of writing his feelings out on paper and how he described to me how much he truly loves me and everything and I’ve honestly never felt this way before. We have been married now for 3 years and still going strong. Yeah we have our rough and hard moments but at the end of the day we still love each other unconditionally.

    • Susan Mallery

      Congratulations, newlywed! 😉 I wish you many more happy years together.

      • Samantha McKinnon

        Thank you Susan. That means a lot to me.

  • Gretchen Miller

    Yes very much believe in love. Its most awesome thing in this world.

    • Susan Mallery

      Definitely the most powerful, and the one thing that makes life meaningful.

  • Joan Varner

    Love is a blessing and with romance I get to feel that blessing every day..

    • Susan Mallery

      Beautifully said, Joan. Love that.

  • Deborah Gordon

    Love stories give me hope . I am a romantic who hasn’t found my night in shining armor yet. I won’t give up. I do want to thank you for offering your books on audio. I had a brain tumor removed in Dec, 2013 and My left side of my face is paralyzed. It left me blind and deaf on the left side also. I used to read a book a day but cannot see well enough to read anymore. I devour audio books. I listen while I do therapy, watch my birds, garden and even shop. Again, For all of us who cannot read for many reasons, Thank you for sharing your stories in a format we can enjoy.

    • Susan Mallery

      Deborah, oh wow, I’m so sorry for what you’ve had to go through. Whether you win this contest or not, I’d like to send you a couple audiobooks. Please send your mailing address to my assistant at jenel (at) susanmallery (dot) com. She’s on vacation right now, but when she gets back home, she’ll send you a couple books.

  • Vero Stro

    I really don’t know what to write in a blog unless that I love your books and I enjoy very much listening to audiobooks while I’m doing other stuff =)

    • Susan Mallery

      That works for me! 🙂 I never get tired of hearing from readers who love my books.

  • Rosemarie N.

    Love reading your books. I know love is real I’ve seen in it many couples in my life. Plus my husband shows me his love for me and our son everyday. We may not be rich or have fancy things like others but we have each other love and that is priceless. 🙂

  • Penney Wilfort

    Wonderful blog today thanks for being here!

  • Karin Anderson

    When I was younger, being an author was my biggest dream. However…I’m not very good at getting words on paper. I am much better at looking what is on the paper and fixing it. 😉

  • Meredith Richardson

    I’m a huge fan of your books!! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  • Cindy Friedman

    I love to read romance and I’ve been doing it for 50 of my 58 years. it never gets old. Nor do I!

  • PEGGY ALLEN

    Well, first off, I am a fan. Second, glad you were in college to take that writing class. thanks for sharing.

  • Pamby50

    Just catching up on Read-A-Romance Month. My husband had eye surgery yesterday. Stress. We are such a visual society, especially him. Go back to see the eye doctor tomorrow. He is the one who still makes my world go round even after 33 yrs. Thank you Susan for writing such wonderful books.

  • rebecca moe

    What wonderful stories! Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephanie Green

    I love to Romance as I am. a Romanttc at HEARt. T they make mee feel good, nice SETTINGS. & great store plots. I have been married to Myy Rromaantic Husband over 45 years.

  • Ann Mettert

    I wasn’t as isolated as you, but books showed me the world too. And they still do. 🙂

  • There’s nothing like the first kiss or the first kiss of the day or that I love you kiss after 20+ years of marriage. It’s like in that moment nothing exists but you two and you’re sharing a smidget of each other.

  • Rochelle

    Thanks for the post. I really love your books. The real life stories made me cry!

  • Tiffany Boatwright

    I am a romantic, too. Reading these stories of love is inspirational.

  • mariannewestrich

    I’m currently in an accounting department and dreaming of writing. You have inspired me to follow my dream!

  • Karen G.

    Thanks for sharing real stories. I love to read romance novels of all kinds. I also am happily married but I still love romance of all kinds because I love it when a book, song, and/or movie touches all my emotions. 🙂

  • Jennifer Nicholson Agolino

    I love Susan Mallery’s books. I still believe in true love.

  • Anne

    Thank you for sharing. I have always been a fan and have worked my way through all of your series. I always have a Fool’s Gold book on my “I have to read” wishlist.

  • Angela H

    Writing 4-5 books a year you would have to be very organized and disciplined I would think. That is a lot of work

    • Susan Mallery

      It is a lot of work, but it’s also the greatest pleasure you can imagine!

  • Erlinda Mejia

    I love your stories! I believe in love and romance. My Mom used to say “your life is your testimony.” All the words in the world wouldn’t show love without those small gestures and acts of love or kindness. Thank you for many many hours of enjoyment, laughter, tears and hope.

  • Kim

    Great essay!! I remember similar trips to the library with my parents where I would grab at least 4-5 books to loan at a time.

  • Love your stories, they keep me page turning x

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    I love Fools Gold! I’ve been lucky and am married to a very romantic man for 30 years. You wouldn’t think he is romantic by looking at him, but he’s amazing

  • Phyllis Wenzel

    Romance is something we all need in our lives. I have been married to my husband for 16 yrs. Its been lots of ups and downs, but I have always had him to count on, and him me, he is my best friend as well as my husband, and that means the world to me. He isn’t romantic at all, not in the “true” meaning, but to me, those “little” things he has done through all of our years, is romantic enough. When I read a romance novel, and Susan you are my go to girl, it is my take me away from all the nastiness in the real world, I want to live in that book and I have lived in many of yours. I can’t thank you for that. I have also found some other great authors through you, which I also thank you for. But yes, a great romance is something to take us away but yet, it brings us home…

    • Susan Mallery

      That’s so great to hear, Phyllis. I love being a go to girl!

      • Guest

        I’m glad you don’t mind being a go to girl Susan, but boy did I mess up my post. I said i was married to my husband for 16 years…too funny…we have been married for 26 years..he would kill me…lol…

  • Peni Anne

    I am addicted to your stories. That being true it is always good to hear more about you and what you are doing. Thank you for sharing your storytelling gift with me and everyone else.

  • Erin F

    awwww. what sweet stories 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    I just wish we could clone you for more books.

  • librarypat

    I don’t know how you manage to write so many books each year, but am glad you do. It is nice to know you get the same feelings writing your books that we do reading them.
    Patricia on rafflecopter.

  • Terri C

    So glad you took that class on writing romances!

  • Sarai Phillips

    I love romance novels that aren’t blind to the human flaws but allows us to see the best in each other

  • Bridget Hastings-Taylor

    Love the Q&A and her books.

  • Blessedmimi

    I adore Susan Mallery! I have read 90% of her books and I have yet to be utterly disappointed.

  • Kelly

    I love all the Fool’s Gold stories! I grew up in a small town, but it was nothing like Fool’s Gold. Wish I could really move there!!

  • Judy Bummer Gielow Sescil

    Love the give away 🙂

  • Debbie Turner

    I love books that have life and love in them. Life is hard sometimes but when a book is good enough, you can sink into the book and it helps me deal with the rough times in life and also in love.

  • Terri Cooley

    wow what great stories!!!!!

  • Maricela Vasquez

    I absolutely love your books. They can always be relied on to make me laugh and forget about the stress of everyday life. I also lived in a rural neighborhood and spent lots of time reading books. I hope to pass on my love for reading to my kids.

  • Lynn Grier

    What a imagination you have to write 4 to 5 books a year. Very talented. I love reading authors Bio. Give us readers a chance to know you. Keep up the good work and thanks for these awesome giveaways. Blessings to you and your work!

  • MELANIE HUTCHINSON

    I believe in love because I have married my soul mate. We have been married for 15 years and all have been as a military family. Most of you know that this is pretty trying at times, but I have no idea how some people can leave the ones they say they love and care for while they are away on a deployment or training mission. True love always waits!! My husband is my knight in shinning armor and I will stand by him no matter what. I love to read good love stories though. Reading is my passion and my husband always supports it and allows me to get lost in my books!! Thanks for continuing to write for us!!

  • Dawna Coniglio

    Reading a romance novel is one thing (though a very great thing), but hearing the real life romance stories make me even more of a believer. It helps that I’m living my own 🙂

  • Cheryl Stanifer

    Love a good heart felt romance with laughter threw in. Books have always been my get-a-way, my nerve pill, lol, my R and R and I am a romantic. Read in the tub, bed, traveling, heck my Mom said I was the only person she knew that could eat drive and read a book at the same time. Well, that was when I was twenty and now at sixty, lets just i don’t drive and eat at the same time.

    • Susan Mallery

      That’s what makes audiobooks so great… you can listen to them in the car and keep your eyes on the road!

  • I would really love to read her books. I follow her on fb and really enjoy her posts. I’m starting a book blog and really want to begin doing book reviews. I would love to get some of Susan’s books to read & review.

  • Cheryl Hastings

    I have loved reading all the wonderful and unique love stories from your readers on your FB page 🙂 Thank you for sharing them with us!

  • Cyndy Ryann

    A friend who’s not a friend anymore got me started on the fools gold books, so I definitely need to get the first few still!

  • Zina Lynch

    I didn’t realize she had written over 100 books, I have read allot of her Harlequin and just recently started Fool’s Gold. Absolutely love her writing.

  • Debbie Fuller

    I’ve just recently discovered you and am enjoying your books. I truly believe love grows and I feel sorry for all those who give up on love and/or relationship because of hard times. Thank you for posting/writing love and hope for all to read.

    • Susan Mallery

      I love being discovered!!! 😀

  • Beverly White

    Thank you for sharing the stories, When I am having a bad day all I have to do it read one of these stories and I instantly feel better!

    • Susan Mallery

      They’ve been a wonderful pick-me-up for me, too. I so appreciate readers sharing their real-life romances.

  • Lori Allman

    Loved the blog and love your novels. Thank you for all the hours your novels take me away, give me happiness and share joy, love and happiness!

  • Debbie Kitzke

    I love a live story. I love it when they are ‘real’ people who are funny and can laugh at themselves. … and i especially like a strong man who can be gentle too

  • Alma Rosa Garcia-Bolte

    I’ve been reading a book romance about every 4 days. I post a review in my Rosie’ dream cruise Facebook page. I’ve had romance in my life, I still like to read romance and dream that there is still hope for young women who are still searching. I like to think that there are hunks out there that are gentlemen, loving, caring and sensitive. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in your books Ms. Mallory.

  • Patti Griner

    I am a book fan from way back,and while I do read many genres, romance is always my #1, and always will be. I can, and on most days do, read at least 1 and as many as 5 books a day. I am disabled, and they are my way to see the world. I have never been able to travel, but my books have taken me around the world so many times I lost count. I am never without a book close by, and they are always with me if I have to go someplace I know I will have to wait. They are my eyes to the world.

  • @K_Cleapor

    I cant seem to put books down here lately. I stay up late at night laying in my bed while my two small kids sleep. Thats pretty much the only quiet time I seem to get to be able to enjoy a good book. Lol!!!

  • Janet McCausland

    What have romance novels done for me? Allowed me to recognize a romantic hero when I met him. Of course, I married him and 31 years later, love him more today than yesterday! Thanks to all my favorite romance writers, but especially Susan, because she doesn’t bother with evil villains or bitchy female competition. She deals with real life, strong characters (even those who don’t realize just how strong they really are), humor, and just enough quirkiness to appeal to me!

    • Susan Mallery

      Aw, thank you, Janet! I’m so happy to hear you found a man worthy of your forever love. Heroes do exist in real life!

  • Lori Cooper Lewis

    Thanks for all of your great stories Susan! I agree, true love does exist and despite the divorce rate today, it can last forever. I’ve been catching up on my reading and just finished the most recent Fool’s Gold trilogy. Lark and Reggie were a hoot!
    A la Fools Gold – this past weekend in our new hometown of Pullman, WA, was the National Lentil Festival. We’ve been here just over a year, but this was the first festival Robert and I were able to attend together. Friday evening we stopped under one of the vendor tents to get out of the rain, we entered the drawing for a basket they were giving away, then they asked each of us about our dreams for their dream board. I had to think about my dream, but my husband Robert didn’t hesitate, but said “I’m living my dream! I have a beautiful wife and family, a good job and live in a place that I love. What more could a man want?” And that’s one of the many reasons that I love Robert so very much.

    • Susan Mallery

      That is precious, Lori! <3

  • Cheryl Sanders

    Susan Mallery is a true romantic! Her books are amazing 🙂 Over a hundred books and still the romance in each one is as fresh as the first.

    • Susan Mallery

      That is *so* good to hear, Cheryl!

  • Sandie

    I have been reading for as long as I can remember. A romance is always a good close, i2 live the HEA.

  • Natasha Salzer

    This is so nice to have you giving away to others!!!

  • Mandy Blackwell

    I absolutely love this author and her books! Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Sandra Riker Love

    Would love to win so I can share your stories with my Mom & friends.
    Good Luck ALL!

  • Ann

    So much more affordable to “escape” with a book…..

  • Doris Marie

    I know what she meant about books being her friend when she was a child. I had few friends but never felt alone as long as I was reading a book. They were with me everywhere and they still are. I did marry my best friend in 1980 and we will celebrate our 35th anniversary next June. He is the best. I think I will keep him.

  • Theresa Cashen Walker

    I agree with you! I love romance for the “happy ever after”. I read a book once that the characters did not end up together at the end. I was so upset and disappointed, I threw the book across the room. I haven’t read all your books, but I so look forward to when they come out and the ones I have read I just love. I can count on them for some good laughs and even some good tears. Thank you!

  • Ashley

    I love all Susan Mallery books! The Fools Gold books are my favorite! 🙂

  • I love Susan Mallery’s books. Her stories are romantic and realistic. It is nice to have the fantasy of meeting a billionaire. But in reality the greatest love stories are of normal every day people. I also love the small town settings and sense of community in her stories. Thank you for this giveaway!

  • susanleewiener

    I haven’t read her books yet, but I will soon as my arm mends and I can hold it in my hands. ty

  • Ruth

    I like the fact you took a chance to do what you wanted. Thanks for the post.

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    You have a generous heart sending out books to a special fan. It also seems that you have figured out the romantic type of man! Keep sharing your stories with us. 🙂