Julia London – The Color and Depth of Romance

August is Read-A-Romance Month.


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.

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Do you love Romance? Let’s celebrate. xo

Rooting For Love & The HEA

A lot of people believe that the romance genre is about weddings and white picket fences The Scoundrel and the Debutanteand silly, unrealistic love stories.  Not so.  The romance genre is such a rich one—there are so many colors and depths and layers to the stories being told today that it’s impossible to make such sweeping generalizations. 

Personally, I like to read and write romances that are realistic and mirror what many of us have discovered, or hope to discover, in our own lives.  My characters have come to my pages with scars.  They’ve all gone through major upheavals and they’ve been made stronger by them.  Sometimes, the upheavals are funny.  Sometimes, they are poignant.  But whatever those upheavals are, they’ve left their mark on my characters, and like all of us, my characters carry those marks into their love life.  That’s life—without the bad times, there are no good times.  Without hurt, there is no joy.  And a well-crafted romance novel gives you both of those things.

For me, every book I write becomes an exercise in creating characters I hope you want to Devil Takes a Brideknow.  My people aren’t perfect by a long shot.  Every story is an exercise in creating the experience of falling in love that any reader can relate to.  Because really, is there anything more satisfying than falling in love all over again between the pages of a book?  It’s one of life’s simplest and greatest joys.

The challenge for me as a writer is to deliver that experience, on a scale that is larger than life, but in a way that feels real to all of you.  I want to write a story that will stick with a reader long after the book has ended.  I want to make readers smile and root for love and happy-ever-afters.  I want to create characters with whom readers can laugh, or cry, or even sometimes shake their heads, because my characters, like me, make mistakes.  I hope the outcome of all of that is a reading experience they won’t soon forget, one that will deliver the reader away from the ups and downs of their own lives for a short time.

I find pure pleasure in the act of reading, and when I relate to characters, I feel a sense of joy in that personal connection.  I would love to extend the joy of reading and of compelling love stories to every reader who picks up my books.  And if the reader can’t find it in what I’ve written, I hope he or she will find the author who does deliver that experience.  Life is meant to be felt and enjoyed.  Go get yourself some good feels with a romance novel.

Julia recommends:

Liz Talley – I had the occasion to read The Sweetest September and really admired how she made two strangers so believable and lovable. (See Liz’s RARM content.)

Kristan Higgins – everyone had read her but me, I guess.  But when I read The Best Man, I felt all gooey inside, and I remembered why I loved romance so much. (KH is posting on Aug 26.)

Questions for the Author:

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

Biking in Ireland.
My sister and I went on a bike tour through southern Ireland.  The scenery was JLondonUKbreathtaking, the people so nice, and the beer so good!  One day, I had a flat, and I limped toward the support van on my poor bike.  My sister stayed with me because we were out in the middle of nowhere.  After they changed my tire, we discovered everyone else on tour had passed us—we were bringing up the rear that day, a good half hour behind the rest.  We rode across the moors without seeing a single soul.  There was not a car, not a sound of civilization.  It was just the two of us riding fast across the moors in world as God made it.  It was exhilarating and joyous and I will never forget that feeling of being alone in nature. 

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

My family has a place in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico.  We’ve had some great JLondonTaostimes there.  I love it because when I’m there, I am generally away from work and get to do all the sporty things I like. 

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I sound like an old woman in my rocking chair, but I do love the sound of children laughing.  Seems like all is right with the world when children are having a good time (and not whining).

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?

Favorite Book:  Harry of Monmouth by A. M. Maugham.  The book is no longer in print, unfortunately.  It was my mother’s, and it’s about Henry V, a noble king in a tumultuous time.  I loved this book so much because I could feel his struggle to be brave and good.  It has stuck with me for many years.

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 Rock!  I love a man who can make me laugh.

Julia is generously giving away one set of The Cabot Sisters Series to one lucky U.S. reader (apologies to international friends). The series consists of The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride and The Scoundrel and the Debutante.

JLondon HeadshotJulia is the NYT, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including the acclaimed Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.  She lives in Austin, Texas.

You can find Julia online:

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  • Mel K.

    Hi Julia,
    It’s Mel. We met in Austin. I’m in FL now but not for long. Hubby’s finally retiring from the military this year. We are torn between Austin or the north. We want cold weather. I hope you’re doing well. I enjoyed your interview. It’s really nice to chat with you during romance reader month! Btw, Taos is a very mystical place. When I lived in Lubbock we traveled there and had some very interesting experiences. And one more thing…..I like realistic romances. 🙂 HUGS!

    • Julia London

      Wow! A lot going on for you, Mel. I won’t tell you how hot it is here in Austin these days if you want to move somewhere with cold. LOL Best of luck to you wherever you decide to settle. 🙂

      • Mel K.

        Yes, Julia. Don’t tell me. With the terrible feral cat problem in Austin I worry myself to death. I did when I was there taking care of tons of them.Thanks for wishing me luck. I’m going to need it.

  • all stories are about the emotions they can evoke. romance is there to evoke happy feels! or, at least, that’s why i love them. 😀

    • Julia London

      Nothing better than the happy feels, Carrie. 🙂

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I enjoy your funny FB posts, Julia! Thank you for the insightful essay. And now I want to go to Ireland!

    • Julia London

      Thanks Sharlene. I hope you get the chance to go one day.

  • Sheryl N

    Great post! Enjoy reading your books Julia

    • Julia London

      Thank you!

  • Jennifer C

    I want to go biking in Ireland! I love history in my books. I’ve read a little about Henry V and also feel sympathetic towards him. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Julia London

      It really is breathtaking, Jennifer. Thanks and good luck!

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    Oh my…. I just love her books!

    • Julia London

      Thanks! Good luck 🙂

  • Hi Julia! Wow, that biking tour sounds both mystical and magical. Ireland is on my bucket list. Need to get working on that. 🙂

    • Julia London

      You really do PJ. You’ll absolutely love it!

  • jcp smith

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Julia London

      Good luck!

  • Karen Mikusak

    I love your books! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Julia London

      Thanks, Karen!

  • Lisa Hutson

    I do find that your stories are real enough I can imagine them happening. Its why I cant read syfy or paranormal, beasties, ghosts, etc. I just cant wrap my head around them. I cant imagine them being real.

    • Julia London

      Thanks! Isn’t it fun when you pick up a book you’ve set down and it’s just like you’ve had a movie on pause and everything comes back into view in your mind’s eye? Good luck, Lisa!

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love love love your writing!

    • Julia London

      Thanks so so so much, Diana! Best of Luck 🙂

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Thanks for the chance!

    • Julia London

      Good Luck!

  • Ren

    Your bike ride across Ireland sounds amazing. Love your writing.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    I always feel the connection with your characters. Thanks!

  • Kerrelyn Sparks

    Hi Julia! I enjoyed getting to know you at the Tucson Book Festival!

    • Julia London

      Right back at you, Kerrelyn!

  • Kristan Higgins

    Hi, Miss Blue Eyes! I LOVED Liz Talley’s book, too! There’s a lot of joy in that, isn’t there? Finding an author you love and devouring everything they wrote. Hope to see you again soon!

    • Julia London

      Yes, totally agree Kristan, it’s the best kind of binge, no calories or hangovers. And speaking of, can’t wait to hit up another cocktail hour with you 🙂

  • Molly

    I love your books.

    • Julia London

      Thanks, Molly! 🙂

  • LSUReader

    “For me, every book I write becomes an exercise in creating characters I hope you want to know.”

    What a lovely sentiment. As a reader, I appreciate the care you put into those characters. Thanks.

    • Julia London

      Thank you right back for the lovely comment, LSUReader. Good Luck!

  • Melody Gonser

    I could feel your experience of the bike ride. What a wonderful gift. I also am interested in Harry of Monmouth. Sounds like an interesting perspective. Thank you for your giveaway. Melody

    • Julia London

      He really was such a fascinating person. Good Luck, Melody!

  • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

    I would love to go to Ireland. I enjoy your books. Thank you for the chance to win.

    • Julia London

      Thanks, Jerry and I hope you get there one day. Good Luck!

  • Patty Vasquez

    It’s hard to explain to people that reading, just the act of reading itself, can give one pleasure. Then multiply that by exponentially when you’re reading within your favorite genre and bam! There is the joy and utter happiness of a great love story.

  • Aleen D

    I love realistic heroes and heroines! It makes for a more enjoyable read.

  • Debbie Fuller

    You are a new author to me and I will be adding you to my TBR pile. After reading your post I am looking forward to reading your books. Thank you and I also love Kristan Higgins.

  • Julie Ford

    Julia, I love your books. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  • Carol Luciano

    Julia’s books are always on my keeper shelf. Thank you for the great giveaway chance.,
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol. (dot) com

  • Dawn Anderson

    I have always enjoyed your books. Thank you for writing them.

  • Cindy A

    That sounds like a great ride!!! We are going to Ireland soon. Driving, though.

  • Sue G.

    I love a story that makes me laugh, cry and swoon….just like real life! Great covers too!

  • Sheila M

    I can’t wait to try one of your books!

  • Kathryn Trask

    Oh yes indeed the joy of reading, and romance brings so much pleasure – I love to fall in love with the many characters in them. I only started reading Kristan Higgins in the last couple of years but now totally love her books.

  • Erin F

    I totally and completely agree with this post!!! I love characters with more depth and facets. makes them more real and relateable. Congrats to Julia on all her success and thanks for sharing!

  • Michele Hayes

    I love your books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Emmel

    Cereal is a major food group. 🙂

  • Glenda

    My favorite books are the ones with protagonists I can relate to. I love the sound of your bike tour of Ireland. What a wonderful way to see the country!

  • Pamby50

    I love Chris Rock. Laughter is the best medicine. My cousins are getting ready to go to Ireland next month. I can see the 3 sisters exploring. They are looking into the family ancestry.

  • Glenda Hefty

    I love the Cabot Sister’s series…I know I’ve the first two but not sure about the last two. Thanks for the chance to win them. I enjoyed the interview…liked the cereal meme!

  • mariannewestrich

    I love finding another Kristan Higgins fan! Instant new friend!

  • Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Schroedle

    I loved your “The Desperate Debutantes” series. My favorite was the first in the series, “The Hazards of Hunting a Duke”. I have re-read that book many times.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for sharing your post. Biking across Ireland like that must have been amazing. Wow!! I love your books.

  • Marcy Shuler

    Thanks for your post. I love characters that feel real to me.

  • catslady

    Looking forward to this series as I have enjoyed your books!

  • Linda Henderson

    I like books too that make me laugh and cry and cheer for the characters. I have always read to escape into the pages of books and experience the things in life that I couldn’t experience for myself. Even after all these years I still do that.

  • Texas Book Lover

    Love Kristan Higgins too! She never fails to leave me feeling all warm and gooey.

  • Diane Sallans

    I’d love to bike thru Ireland (as long as it wasn’t up hill!).

  • kirsten west

    That moment in Ireland sounds so magical. Enjoyed your interview.

  • Rhi

    My parents adored New Mexico when they visited it. I’ve only been to AZ.

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Romance novels are so much more than just the happily ever after!

  • Joan Varner

    I have been to Taos several times and I can relate to your joy of being there away from work and every day life.

  • Seanna Yeager

    A rocking chair and a romance, sigh the good life.

  • Janie McGaugh

    I find joy in being alone with nature, too.

  • flchen1

    Amen to children NOT WHINING! LOL! Good times, Julia!

  • Martha B

    I enjoy BOTH your historicals and contemporary novles. Thank you!

  • Kai W.

    I love reading your historicals. I don’t think I have read any of your contemporary yet.

  • rebecca moe

    I just read The Perfect Bargain–such a fun read! Thanks for posting 🙂