Amy Reichert – Romance and The Happy

August is Read-A-Romance Month.


I hope you’ll visit every day in August to see what 93+ of your favorite authors have to say about the Joy of Romance. (Check out the calendar.)

Do you love Romance? Let’s celebrate. xo

The Comfort of a Romance

I was a late bloomer when it came to romance. I didn’t start reading it until after grad Coconut Cakeschool. I was so burnt out from reading ancient books written by dead old guys (except my Jane Austen course, that was glorious). I needed something swoony with a happy ending. I wanted the anti-thesis to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Instead of “The horror. The horror.” I wanted “The happy. The happy.”

I found it at a garage sale for 25 cents — a gently-used copy of Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I. It was love at first sight and exactly what I needed. I quickly devoured all of her books and searched for a new author.

Fast forward *mumble, mumble* years, and my bookshelves are full of Meg Cabot, Sophie Kinsella, Stephanie Laurens, and Eloisa James (and so many more). I’ve become an avid romance reader of all flavors. I still read non-romance, but every few books, I need that zap of love as a palate cleanser.

There’s comfort in the HEA. I know it will end well, so I can enjoy the storytelling rollercoaster rather than worry about it flying off the rails and killing everyone (I’m looking at you George RR Martin). Just looking at my candy-colored collection, neatly lined up on my bookshelves makes me happy. When life gets especially rough, I know those beloved characters and knee-weakening kisses are waiting for me, whenever I need them.

Amy recommends:

Amy, Cathy and Anita are all part of a great group of authors known as The Tall Poppies! A few of them did Read-A-Romance Month content, too.

Amy Impellizzeri – – Amy’s RARM post (thanks, Amy!)

Marin ThomasMarinThomas.comMarin’s RARM post (thanks, Marin!)

Sonjay YoergSonjaYoerg.comSonya’s RARM post (thanks, Sonja!)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

 I recently visited the printing plant to see THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE Cake on the pressprinted and bound into books. With the machines whirring around me, I saw words printed on paper, cut into 32 page chunks, then stacked in order, glued, bound, and trimmed into perfect books zooming down a conveyor belt. I don’t cry often, but tears of joy were inevitable. It was four years of hard work in a beautiful package.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

I’m a huge Disney nerd. At one point, I had every Disney animated movie on VHS (shut up, I’m old). It wasn’t until I was an adult that I made it to a Disney park. As I entered Main Street in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney, I sat on the curb and let the entire scene soak into my memory; the bustling crowds moving in and out of the Main Street shops, the smell of popcorn, the laughter of little children, and the pristine sky behind the graceful spires of Cinderella’s castle. Disney World really is the happiest place on earth.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Other than my kids’ laughter (I know, cliché), I’d have to say the crackle of a fire. Whenever there are flames, I want to pour a hot beverage, cuddle under a blanket, and read for hours.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

The Harry Potter series, hands down. They changed my life in the best way. It was the first time I found a fan community online — through that I discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and that was my gateway into writing. Each time I see these books (and they have a place of honor on my bookshelves), I’m reminded of the amazing story within and their impact on my life.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Chris Evans, all day, every day, twice on Sunday — in every incarnation (Captain America to the womanizer from What’s Your Number to the gritty character in Snowpiercer).

Amy is generously giving away two trade paperback copies of her recent debut, The Coincidence of the Coconut Cake. US only, apologies to international friends.

IllustrationsReichert0212-13AMY E. REICHERT is a life-long Wisconsin resident with an M.A. in English Literature, a husband, and two kids. When time allows, she loves to read and collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use.

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