Day 8 Molly O’Keefe – Connections and Reminders

Celebrating Romance

NEVER BEEN KISSED_cover_hires (3)Yes! Let’s celebrate romance! I have two reasons I think romance should be celebrated!

I love reading romance because it helps me celebrate my own real-life romance. I’ve been with my husband for close to twenty years and anyone in a long-term, committed relationship knows, it’s not always easy to keep the romance alive.

And I’m not just talking about sex. I’m talking romance. About glances across a room that convey “I still choose you” as opposed to “can you stop our daughter from trying to punch our son into the ground, in front of all these people?” And hand holding without my daughter in between trying to get us to swing her. And affection more involved than exhausted hand squeezes at the end of the day. And mystery!

After twenty years and endless underwear folding – there is so little mystery.

And I don’t love romance novels because in real life I substitute those 30 year old bikers or dukes or billionaires for my husband – I love romance and celebrate nearly every day because when I read a good one, I’m reminded of falling in lust and love over and over again.

And these reminders are not vague. Not at all. Most of the romances I love with all my heart remind me of what it felt like specifically to fall in love with my husband. To have sex with him. To want him to want me in his life as much as I did him. The anguish of uncertainty. The pain of those moments when we failed each other, acted selfishly, or negligently. The relief of getting back together and trying harder.

This is no small thing. It’s nothing that should be diminished or marginalized. It should be celebrated.Between The Sheets

My career started writing for Harlequin and when I told women what I did for a living and who I wrote for, many of them would tell me about their mom, or their grandma, or their best friend’s mother, or their own sister – who used to LOVE Harlequins. And how they had boxes of them under their bed, or stacks of them beside their favorite chair or beside the tub. And how they would curate books for their friends and relatives, handing over well-worn favorites to create new fans of the genre.

This kind of connection between women is really special thing and also, very much worth celebrating.

It’s nice to take a break from defending this genre we love so well from the people who would denigrate us for loving it – and instead to look at all the ways these books enrich our lives. Once again, Bobbi, thanks for giving us a reason to celebrate!


Recently I have been indulging in  the newest trend  like everyone else, New Adult, especially Robin York’s Caroline and West Series – Deeper and Harder. I highly recommend it!

Questions For the Author

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

Oh, taking a two year old and a five year old to New Zealand in a camper for 8 weeks is pretty high on that list. So is gettingmollyo fam married and moving to Canada from the States. But I think the most adventurous thing I’ve done – with tons of crucial support from my parents and my husband – is follow my dream of writing.

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 think between my fifth re-read of the Little House on The Prairie Books and being introduced to the Emily of New Moon books, I knew I wanted to be a writer. As I got older I studied journalism and speech writing, but I have always loved romance. After college I decided to try writing one, it took me a few tries, but eventually I sold to Harlequin and have been working steadily ever since.

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

The Emily of New Moon books by L.M. Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables is more popular, but Emily’s quiet intensity won me over. She also wanted to be a writer when I was just sort of realizing that myself.

Molly is generously giving away one set of the BOYS OF BISHOP SERIES (Wild Child, Never Been Kissed and Between The Sheets) to one U.S. reader (entry form below) and one international (enter here).

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Molly O’Keefe is the two time RITA award winning author of over 15 books including the Boys of Bishop series from Bantam. Her latest release BETWEEN THE SHEETS is out now. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two children and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America. You can find her online at or on Facebook.


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