Caitlin Crews/Megan Crane – Loving Romance

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Romance as Medicine

I love romance novels.

I found my first romance novel in the local five and dime when I was twelve and they’ve desert sheikbeen saving my life ever since.

In my hopeless years, romances offered me examples of light and grace, and helped me believe not only that love is real, but that I could love myself when I thought that was impossible.

In my darkest times, romances commiserated with my grief and then, step by step, story by story, showed me the way out.

Romances have made me laugh, made me cry. Vampires have taught me about loyalty and sheikhs have taught me about strength. Billionaires have taught me about honor and cowboys have taught me how to laugh. Heroines have inspired me to be braver than my insecurities, smarter than my weaknesses, and to walk into my fears and vulnerabilities so I might make it out the other side, whole. If I am fierce, if I am strong, if I trust myself, it’s because romance heroines took me by the hand and taught me how.

I think romances are medicine.  The happy ending helps, but it’s all the many paths to getting there, too.  They don’t just pat us on the head and tell us it’s going to be okay, these stories, they show us how.

A few years ago I went through a very tough time as I struggled with miscarriages and makeyouburninfertility.  When I managed to climb out of the dark pit I was in, I started something I called Project Joy, which was about recognizing the dark places we find ourselves in sometimes and climbing our way out of them, step by difficult step.  (Find more information about Project Joy here.) I talked about the way I made it back into the light, and how often I thought I wouldn’t make it at all.  But one of the things I did a lot of in those days was read romances.  So many romances.  So many stories that helped me hope again, when I’d forgotten how. 

Life can be so hard. Romances are joy. 

Page after page after page.

Megan recommends:

A book I loved beyond reason this year was Kulti by Mariana Zapata  (marianazapata.com).  It’s a slow burn between a former German soccer star who is now the celebrity coach of an American women’s soccer team, and I loved it so much I think I’ve raved about it to every person I’ve come into contact with since I read it a few months ago. 

I also loved the latest Nalini Singh ( nalinisingh.com ), Shards of Hope. I’m talking bought it hardcover, took it on a plane trip, and sobbed when it was finished kind of love. 

And another book that grabbed me by the heart and squeezed me tight was Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates ( maiseyyates.com )  It’s the third in her new Copper Ridge series (and I highly recommend the first two as well) but WOW, did I love this book!


Questions for the Author:

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

Last year I decided to do a triathlon. I wanted to make my body bend to my will, which Trathlon Picsmight have been a smarter choice if I was any kind of athlete.  (I am not.) I trained for months. I ran more than I ever have in my life, and it was always hard. I trained and trained. On the day of the race, I discovered that I’d underestimated the swim course and that I probably should have spent more time riding my bike on some hills. (Ouch.) But then I got to the run, the final leg of the race, and everything… shifted. I knew that barring an asteroid taking me out, I would finish, even if I had to crawl. So I enjoyed myself. I was running alongside a beautiful lake in the Napa Valley on a gorgeous spring day. The sky and the water were competing to out-blue each other. I was singing songs in my head with the sun on my face and though I was aware of things that hurt and the intensity of what I’d done already that day, it didn’t affect me. It was 6.2 miles of sheer joy.

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

This is a beach in Cape Cod, where I spent every summer of my life growing up.  When asked to close my eyes and think of my happy place, I think of this.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

It’s always the sea.  It makes me feel like I can breathe.  Pure joy.  Though wind chimes help.

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?

I read a book called Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center recently.  It was magic.  An absolute joy from start to finish.  It kept me up late and left me grinning ear to ear and I still feel a little giddy thinking about it.

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)

Pure joy would be not having to choose!  I like the same Chrises everybody does, of course.  I also have a weakness for early Law & Order Chris Noth.  And I definitely have a thing for Christopher Meloni from Law & Order: SVU.

Megan is generously giving away 5 backlist books, kindle or print, winner’s choice! Open to international readers. To enter, leave a comment here, or on the Facebook post (find that here) or both. International friends, include your country in the comment so we know you’re international. :o) Comments must be left by 11:59 pm CST on Sept 6.


Megan CraneUSA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than fifty books since her debut in 2004.  She has been published by a variety of publishers, including each of New York’s Big Five.  She’s won fans with her women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents she writes as Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance from small town to international glamor, cowboys to bikers, and beyond. She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro.com and at UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

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