Amy Reichert – Romance and The Happy

August is Read-A-Romance Month.

Welcome!

I hope you’ll visit ReadARomanceMonth.com 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 – AmyImpellizzeri.com – 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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  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Great recommendations!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thanks, Melisa!

  • Now I’m hungry for coconut cake for breakfast!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It has eggs in it. I see no problem with that plan.

  • Christyna

    That last paragraph sums it up well! You know the ending and so can enjoy the emotional ride. TGIRomance!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It cracks me up when people say they knew how a romance would end – well, duh, it’s a romance — that’s the point. It’s the how that’s the fun part.

  • Molly

    I would love to read it your book.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thanks, Molly!

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    You had me at coconut cake.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      You obviously have excellent taste.

  • Diane Blaser

    I’m looking forward to reading your book! I could just sit and stare at the cover for an entire afternoon!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      I’ve spent more afternoons than I should admit doing just that. 🙂

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I’m looking forward to reading your book. I read romance for the happy, happy too.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      I love the happy, happy!

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Thank you for the chance. Your book sounds delightful! I love coconut!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      *high five for coconut lovers*

  • jcp smith

    You had me at cake.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      You’re my kind of person!

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the giveaway. It sounds like a great book.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thank you, Karen.

  • Jennifer Huelsebusch

    Would love to read this one!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      If you don’t win, check your local library! Then tell your friends. 😉

  • Kareni

    And now I’m hungry for coconut cake! Congratulations on your new book, and happy writing!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thank you, Kareni!

  • Melissa Robin

    Sounds like an interesting book, can’t wait to hear more from you

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thanks, Melissa!

  • Sharon Forbes

    Your book sounds really good, will have to put it on my never-ending TBR list!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thanks, Sharon. and I know what you mean about the TBR list!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Loved the post

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thanks, Debbie!

  • Beth K. Vogt

    I love that you’re a late bloomer when it comes to reading romance. And how fun that you got to see your novel being printed!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It was amazing to see it printed!

  • Alyn Yang

    I like George R.R. Martin’s books! I love my HEA books too.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      *high five*

  • Patty Vasquez

    I remember reading Ann Fairbairn’s Five Smooth Stones when I was in my teens way back in the day. It’s an amazing book, but I was devastated by the ending. Forty years later, I still suffer from a form of post traumatic reading disorder! My books have to have an HEA. In fact, if a friend recommends a book to me, I ask specifically if the book ends well for everyone. I have enough reality in my life and on the news; I like having the comfort of knowing there will be an HEA.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Ugh, that’s the worst when you get a traumatic ending and don’t expect! Hurray for HEA!

  • I wanted the happy too, in various moments of my life. Thank you for writing good and happy romances!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thanks, Marinella!

      • And I’m waiting for…The magnificence of the Black Forest Cake; The awesomeness of the Macaron and Profiterol encounter… 😉 Love story + cakes = luscious experience!!

  • Debbie_K

    would love to try your books

    • Amy E. Reichert

      I highly recommend it! 🙂

  • Kathryn Trask

    Have seen your book recommended by many of book bloggers I follow so it is on my hit list to read.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      wonderful!

  • Ellen

    Amy, I loved your book. I’ve already given it as a birthday gift for a friend. 🙂

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thank you! I love to hear that!

  • Aleen D

    I love Sophie Kinsella’s books too! My first one was Confessions of A Shopaholic of course 🙂

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Try the Undomestic Goddess if you haven’t read it already! Great scene in a raspberry patch!

  • BookLady

    Congratulations on the publication of your debut book! It must have been so exciting to see it printed.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It was an amazing experience!

  • Cindy A

    I need the HEA! I’m going to get the HEA!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Yes!

  • Chanpreet

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book! Plus I’m a sucker for coconut and Chris’s.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Coconut and Chrises are the best!

      • Chanpreet

        That they are. (Thank you for correcting me on the correct plural of Chris). 🙂

  • Marcy Shuler

    I’ve read several great reviews for this book and the cover always makes me hungry for coconut cake! LOL

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It’s one of the side effects.

  • I love the cover of this book! Now I want cake! We had so many Disney movies on VHS tapes, it wasn’t funny. I didn’t mind that my children (now grown) played them over and over. Congratulations on your book.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thank you!!

  • mariannewestrich

    Congratulations on your debut!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thank you!

  • Sheila M

    Don’t be embarrassed to be a Disney fan. There are a lot of us out there!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      YAY!

  • kirsten west

    Loved your take on romance. I started reading romance in college to get the HEA that you don’t get with the required reading for a degree in English and History!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It’s the best break from reading dead old guys.

  • Seanna Yeager

    I love Disney too! I can’t wait to take my son to WDW.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It’s so much fun!

  • Dawn Anderson

    Julia Quinn was the first historical romance author I read too. I adore her books. Congratulations on you debut!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Thank you!

  • flchen1

    I can well imagine the joy witnessing your own words being printed and bound into book form! Congrats, Amy!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It’s was surreal! Thank you!

  • Mary McCoy

    I love your idea of a HEA romance being need for a palate cleanser!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      🙂

  • Linda Henderson

    I was hooked on romance stories after I read Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame and the Flower. That was a lot of years ago and I’m still hooked.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      OOo, I’ll have to read it!

  • Sue G.

    I love Disney too! We’ve had the joy of watching all three of our daughters march down Main Street with their high school bands. Pretty awesome!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It really is the happiest place!

  • Pamby50

    The picture of the coconut cake brings good memories. When we moved to Memphis we asked the aunts & uncle what they wanted for their birthday dinner and what kind of cake. Uncle Sam wanted coconut cake. I am allergic to coconut so I bought gloves in order to make it. When we went over to their house, he wanted to know why I wasn’t eating cake. I ended up telling him why. He said he would have chosen another cake. I said no way. This is the first picture I’ve seen of a coconut cake since he died. Thank you for reminding of a wonderful memory.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it!

  • Erin F

    I agree that the cover is awesome! and now I desperately want coconut cake 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Amy E. Reichert

      🙂

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I agree with you about that need for a HEA. After long days of teaching high school juniors I needed my romance fix to calm me down. I can’t imagine how you awesome you felt seeing your book being created to reach your readers’ grubby hands so they could devour it. At least that’s how I feel when I have a book in my hands.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      It’s amazing!

  • Michele Hayes

    I love finding authors that are new to me. Thanks for the chance
    to win.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      🙂

  • Rhi

    Julia Quinn was an author whom one of my college friends and I bonded over. Helped introduce me to regency romances.

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Love her!

  • rebecca moe

    Ugh, The Heart of Darkness–the first book I ever DNF-ed, and it was for AP English! Fortunately my teacher discussed it to death, so it didn’t matter that I’d thrown it from me in disgust with only a few chapters to go.

    I’m definitely with you on needing to read romance to counterbalance all the reading you have to do for a degree in English. (Again, except for Jane. Jane is lovely, always.)

    • Amy E. Reichert

      Jane, is always lovely!