Donna Grant – The Joy of Day-to-Day Romance

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A Confession of a Romantic

I’m Donna, and I’m a romantic.1001 Dark Nights_Donna Grant

I think I have been from the moment I had my first boyfriend in first grade (had my first kiss too – on the cheek, of course).  For me it’s not all about the flowers (though, I LOVE getting flowers), gifts, or candlelit dinners. Well, it might be about the candlelit dinners. ☺

The point is, romance encompasses so much more than what the commercials on Valentine’s Day say is romance. Romance is about your SO walking through the airport on the way home and seeing something that reminds them of you. It’s about them presenting you with that – whatever it is, but its something meaningful to the both of you whether it’s a shot glass or a stuffed animal – and letting you know they were thinking of you.

It’s about holding hands, and sharing secret smiles. It’s about a joke only the two of you get. It’s about snuggling on the couch watching a movie, or sitting in bed talking about the future together.

It’s about coming home from The Day From Hell to have your SO holding a glass of wine (or whisky or whatever your choice may be) for you before enveloping you in a hug.Soul Scorched

It’s about those out of the blue phone calls because they had to hear your voice, or showing up unexpectedly because they couldn’t go another minute without seeing you. It’s the texts saying, “Thinking of you” after you just had the most awful run-in with a co-worker. It’s about someone not being afraid to show their true feelings. About them giving everything they have to you – and for you to do the same.

Don’t get me wrong, if a guy wants to take me out at dusk, spread a blanket beneath some trees strung with lights and have a picnic basket full of food, I’d so be there. If  while we were laying there looking at the stars that fireworks began to fill the sky, I definitely think I’d be impressed that he went to such effort.

People may say they don’t need romance in their lives, but the truth is – we all do. From just a little to a lot, romance is important to a relationship.

Donna recommends:

Sharla Lovelace  ( ) writes the most amazing small town contemporaries.

I really enjoy Stacey Kennedy  ( ) paranormals. Wonderful world building and hot heroes!

Questions for the Author:

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

It’s the first time I held my book in my hands. I was shaking and crying at the same time. I had worked so hard and so long, that to finally have my dream come true was exhilarating.

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

When I go back to Louisiana with my Cajun relatives. Hearing the music, the smell of the food, and seeing all my (huge) family gathered together always makes me smile. It reminds of my childhood when we ran through the rice fields and dared each other to jump in the swamps.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

That would be Cajun music. It brings back so many happy memories of my childhood. I miss that simple way of life.

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?

Anything by Karen Marie Moning. That woman is a goddess.

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 Hemsworth hands down! Give me Thor any day. ☺

Donna is generously giving away books 3-5 in the Dark Kings series (BURNING DESIRE, HOT BLOODED, NIGHT’S BLAZE) to U.S. readers, and NIGHT’S BLAZE and SOUL SCORCHED to international readers. 

US readers, to enter, you may comment below on this blog post or at the RARM facebook page post (find it here). Or both. But you must comment somewhere. And you get a bonus entry if you share the FB post. xo

(International friends, enter using the entry form below.)

dg_new_1New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragon shifters, Druids, and Fae who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and three cats in Texas.

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  • Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    Oh those wonderful SO’s with that wine when you walk in the door. Thanks for a great essay.

  • Karen Mikusak

    Great prize! Thanks for the giveaway. I also shared on Facebook.

  • Emmel

    Last night, my husband did the dishes, took out the trash, and weeded. Without a word to me. He just let me read. Yes, sometimes it’s the little gestures that count as large signs of romance!

  • catslady

    Shared on FB. I’ve always said that it’s the little things that matter more than grand gestures which at times are more for show or because they feel obliged..

  • Aye Lopez

    Thanks for the chance!! 🙂

  • Ashley Clark

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I love all your books. 🙂

  • Michelle Harlan

    I love Donna’s books! So happy to see her featured today!

  • Debbie Fuller

    You are new to me, I do have one of your books in my TBR pile and I just moved it to the top, next to be read. I love your post and view of what romance is. Thank you for posting

  • Lynn Wendland

    I love all of your books! It’s taken me a whIle but I own each series you’ve come out with! 🙂

  • Leann Rasch

    Thank you fir the hours of living in another world. My question is , why don’t the covers of the book match the descriptions of the Dragons?

  • Krystal macias

    Amazing series that i make sure i keep caught up with. Never a dull moment!

  • Bernadette Long

    I so agree with you that we all need romance in our lives!

  • Sheryl N

    Great series! Love all of Donna’s books

  • mariannewestrich

    I knew I liked you! We’re both Moniacs! 😎

  • Fun post, girlfriend!

  • Erin F

    Awww… it’s totally about the intimacy 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • LSUReader

    You rock, Cajun queen! (But you make a little bit homesick for all that Cajun goodness in Louisiana.)

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I love KMM too, and now I want to check out your other author suggestions. Great post and I look forward to reading your books since you are a new to me author! My husband got me a bouquet of unicorns for Valentines Day this year…so much more fun than regular flowers and I can keep them forever. I love the fun, thoughtful things that are part of day to day romance ☺

  • Linda Henderson

    Liked and shared on Facebook. I’ve been reading romance books since I was a teenager, that’s a lot of years ago.

  • Christyna

    Romance is important, relevant. No matter what your situation is in life. That’s why romance novels are valid. They give you that needed romance even if you don’t really have it. 🙂

  • Carol Luciano

    Darn, I don’t have twitter. But Donna, I love your books. Always enjoy sitting down and open the book because I know it’ll be wonderful.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Texas Book Lover

    Gay post. Totally agree.

  • Dawn Anderson

    Great post. I’m good with just about any romantic gesture.

  • Range Girl

    Nicely said. I love secret smiles.

  • Thank for the incredible international giveaway! 😉 And I will check your books, seems to me that they are wonderful…

  • Pamby50

    Reading your post just reminded me of today. We were walking up to the grocery store. He always reaches for my hand. If a car is coming from one way and not the other, he moves me to the other side. He has passed this on to our son. He also has told our daughters that a man should treat you the same way.

  • donnas

    Completely agree. Romance is always needed.

  • Gretchen Miller

    Oh yes love romance

  • kirsten west

    For me, it’s the little things that my husband does when I least expect it! Love your books.

  • Jennifer C

    I love the little things, too! I have to make sure I am always looking for them.

  • Diane Sallans

    I’ve never been to Louisiana – has it influenced your stories?

  • Karen Hillis

    My partner is not good with the hugs, unfortunately, but he’s very good with taking care of me (and helping with my aging parents). He teases me about reading romance but he’s driven me to more bookstores and author signings than I can count. And that’s my idea of romance.

  • Janie McGaugh

    It’s certainly the little everyday romantic gestures that matter!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I loved your description of romance. It almost sounds impossible except so many of us live like that daily. The intimacy is what’s important as is the caring and being there. Thank you for sharing your essay.

  • Joanna Moreno

    I don’t need the cheesy romantic gestures. Just like you said we all need romance but it’s more about the intimate moments that matter, the little details that say I love you and care about you that make the difference. Thanks for writing the perfect romance!

  • Joan Varner

    Romance is in the small things for me, like you mentioned in your post. The big romantic gestures are fully enjoyed but the small moments capture my heart.

  • I adore your books!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂