Kelly Moran – The Endless Joy of Romance

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Love, The Ultimate Joy

Ah, the joy of romance. Love this theme! From the first timeall of me I picked up a romance book I knew it was for me and knew I wanted to write them. There is always a happy ending and there is no greater joy than getting there. I was one of those kids who didn’t want to be just one thing when I grew up, I wanted to be everything! It wasn’t until a teacher pointed out that I was plotting in my head and creating stories that I realized I could be anything I wanted. On paper. Perfect! I could have all those fabulous occupations and still have…romance.

The romance genre has taken on so many new trends and sub-genres through the years, but has remained true to itself and the story–two people overcoming the odds, falling in love, and getting an ever-after. In a world sometimes filled with war, hate, poverty and injustice, romance is the ultimate escape. It can make a demon the hero, take us to nineteenth century England, give vampires a heartbeat, let us feel the sting of a flogger, show the human vulnerabilities of shifters, catch the bad guy wielding a gun, can reunite lost loves, weave magic spells, offer second chances, create worlds, give us a real life prince, and allow us to peek under a Highlander’s kilt. Romance can do anything, be anything. What greater joy is there than that, combined with the heart-pounding, blush inducing aspect of love?

Tropes are a big part of romance. Second-chances, enemies-to-lovereturntomers, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, bad boy/good girl, friends-to-lovers, arranged marriage, on the run, pregnancy oops…The storylines are endless. As for me, I’m not particular on what romance sub-genre or trope I pick up to read, but I lean toward contemporaries or paranormals and adore friends-to-lovers. You’ll notice that in my books, too. Not sure why, but I guess I like the underdog or the pining aspect of friends falling for each other.

Alas, no matter what your preferences, who your favorite author is, or what theme grabs you, love is joy. Love is the ultimate joy. Perhaps that is why romance has been the number one selling fiction genre for too many years to count. Because love cures, it hopes, it comforts, it breaks, it bleeds, it sacrifices, and is the only thing that can be truly given freely.

Kelly recommends:

I happen to have the best critique partners in the world. They help me be the best author I can, but in honesty, I bow down to their superb writing styles.

~Mackenzie Crowne writes mostly contemporary but occasionally writes suspense. I swear, if you don’t fall in love with her quirky humor or her characters, something’s wrong. Her latest book is To Win Her Love.

~AJ Nuest writes fantasy, contemporary, and sometimes suspense. Her humor is seamless and her worlds timeless. I get lost in her books. Her latest release is her Key Legacy series.

~I also have so many go-to authors (Carly Phillips, Sharon Sala, Kristan Higgins, Carla Neggers, & Roxanne St. Claire–to name a few), but I’ve recently discovered some great newbies for me, such as: Alice Clayton, Katy Evans, Kim Karr, and Colleen Hoover who are making great names for themselves and doing it because they have superb, unique voices. Look out for these authors if you haven’t discovered them already!

Questions for the Author:

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

Besides having my three sons, the most memorable “sheer joy” moment that comes to mind is when my agent got “the call.” I started my writing career Indie (before it was popular), worked up to small press, and then got an agent. From there I moved on to Big 6, and the moment we got a mass market contract offer (for my Covington Cove series) I about died. I think I’m still in shock and book one is out! LOL. There’s just no way to legitimately explain the satisfaction and glee I felt after working so hard, getting rejection after rejection, and never thinking I’d get anywhere. Best feeling!

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

I grew up and reside in Wisconsin, but a good portion of my (step) family is scattered throughout the Carolinas. Whenever we visit, a peace settles over me. It’s very freeing. I love spending time with my family and the area is so beautiful. I still remember my first time seeing the ocean and thinking, “I never want to leave.”

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

There’s just something about hearing my kids laugh that gets me right in the belly. Love that sound. I’m big into music (my playlist is huge), and have a soundtrack for every book. I find it helps me stay focused while writing, but also inspires. As for an actual sound? I think the crush of waves on the shore is my ultimate favorite. A cross between white noise and a lull, it’s rhythmic and soothing and never ending.

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?

Ack. These questions are unfair. I think every book I read brings me joy and stays with me. The ones that stand out are Nora Roberts’ Sanctuary and Ciji Ware’s A Cottage by the Sea. Roberts’ book was one of the first romances that made me think, “I’m going to write books for a living,” and I loved the island setting, the little bit of suspense, and that there was more than one love story. Ware’s book took a blend of past and present, adding in a splash of haunting and mystery, to create a timeless, poetic romance.

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)

Pine. All the way, baby. Pine. Those eyes? That humor? He’s mine. MINE!

Kelly is generously giving away an e-copy of all 3 Phantoms books (Ghost of a Promise, Give Up the Ghost, and Ghost of You) to one international reader, and a paperback of both Covington Cove books (Return to Me, All of Me) to one U.S. reader.

Kelly Moran headshotKelly Moran is a romance author of enchanting ever-afters. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, and a Finalist in RWA’s 2014 Award of Excellence. She earned one of the 10 Best Reads by USA TODAY’s HEA. Kelly’s interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her black lab. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well. Visit her…  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest  |  Youtube  |  Street Team

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  • Carol Opalinski

    Great post, Kelly!! I love your Phantom series and looking forward to book 3 along with more Covington Cove.

  • Shelly Small

    Awesome post… Great author.

  • dragonyka

    All so insightful and true! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about why romance is loved so much. Even the authors who don’t write romance as their main theme can’t seem to help slipping at least an element of it into their books. Really looking forward to more Kelly Moran books.

    • Ah, gotta love the ever-afters, right?

    • Yes! You’re right. And thank you. Hope you enjoy the reads!

  • Angel-Ramona Reynolds-Hatfield

    Great author. I’m enjoying her books so much! I can’t wait for the next Phantoms book.

  • Jessica Cecconi

    I love Kelly Moran. Looking forward to All of Me and the next phantoms book

  • Linda Romer

    Hello kelly, love your post’s and your Chris picks! Chris Hemsworth has my vote! Thank you!

  • Molly

    I haven’t read one of your books yet. Do you have a recommendation for me?

    • Hi Molly! Any of my Phantoms books, Covington Cove books, or The Dysfunctional Test would be a great start. Depends on your fave sub-genre. Thanks for coming by!

  • Thanks so much for having me! Nice to meet all of you! XO

  • ajnuest

    Awesome post! Oh my goodness, I love this! Thank you so much for the mention, sweetie! It is my honor and privilege to read anything that comes off the tips of your talented fingers!!! <3

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  • Kristan Higgins

    I will fight you for Chris Pine, Kelly. And I will win! Love watching your success grow… I can say I knew you when! xox

    • Aw. Hi, Kristan! You rock! *wipes eyes*
      And Pine is mine! Let’s throw down… XO

  • Jennifer Talbear

    I love your books, Kelly!

    Pick a Chris – I’ll go with Chris Pine 🙂

  • Really glad you liked it. Thanks!

  • mariannewestrich

    Outstanding! Your last paragraph about love says it all!

  • Susan Craig

    Thanks for the post. I checked your books our on Amazon & put them on my to-read list. (Why isn’t it Saturday already!)

    • Why, thank you! Are you going to be at Carolina Book Fest on Saturday? I can’t wait! I’ll be signing! xo

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win!

  • Clare Roden

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! and great to get to know you a little better.

  • Michellee Vedder

    Love Kelly’s Books!!! Their amazing!!! Thanks for this awesome chance!!!

  • Cassandra Jones

    This is a great post. Kelly is awesome!

  • Mindy Knadler

    I loved all the books I’ve read by Kelly so far. Can’t wait to read more!!

  • Cynthia Morgan

    Kelly is an awesome author. Always look forward to her new releases.

  • Nancy Wolfe

    Kelly, I love you and your books. I highly recommend them to anyone who loves a great read. I look forward to the next one.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    You are a new to me author and I can’t wait to read one of your books.

    • Lovely to meet a new reader! Hope you enjoy! xo

  • Rhonda Ziglar

    Kelly Moran is an amazing author…I love her books.

  • Christyna

    Ah, thank goodness for the opportunity writing–and reading–gives us to be many a thing or person! Isn’t that so cool?!

  • jcp smith

    I’ll be looking for your books…

  • Brandy Shawne Mesa

    Very cool site! Loved the interview too!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you for posting and all the author recommendations.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I’m also big into music. I swear I have a soundtrack playing in my head on a constant loop.

  • Jennifer C

    I loved reading about you, Kelly! So grateful to find a new to me author!

    • Thanks so much! Love new readers! Hope you enjoy!

  • Ren

    Thanks for the interview. I’ll be checking out your books. Love finding new authors.

  • May

    Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

  • Pamby50

    Thanks for sharing your joy with us. I look forward to reading your books.

  • Sharon Forbes

    Thank you for that wonderful post, and for the chance to win your contest. Looking forward to reading your books.

  • kirsten west

    I enjoy all the different genres of romance, but paranormal is probably my favorite. Anything to do with the ocean is heavenly!

    • You just might love my books then. My Phantoms series is a ghostly paranormal and my Covington Cove series take place in Wilmington, NC. Thanks for coming by!

  • Marcy Shuler

    “Because love cures, it hopes, it comforts, it breaks, it bleeds, it sacrifices, and is the only thing that can be truly given freely.”
    Well said!
    And after reading through some of the comments: Where and when is the Chris Pine throw down with Kristan Higgins? I want a front row seat and I’ll even bring popcorn. LOL

    • LOL! I’ll check with Kristan. We can sell tickets. And thanks so much for coming by! XO

  • Erin F

    Great post!!! thanks for sharing and congrats on the new release 🙂

  • Rhi

    Great interview. I think there is something comforting about tropes; there is something predictable about them, which is something I crave at times, and then there are the times the author twists the trope and makes the book even more intriguing for me.

    • Totally agree! A good trope is like an old friend. When an author can put a fresh spin on them, even better!

  • Michele Hayes

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

    • And I love new readers! Nice to meet you! xo

  • Patty Vasquez

    RARM is a great opportunity to meet new authors and you are new to me! Your Covington Cove books look really interesting and the topics are timely and relevant. Return to Me is going onto my “need to read right away” list!

    • Such a great event, isn’t it? And I love new readers! I hope you enjoy Return to Me! Thanks! xo

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on romance. I’m so glad that you discovered that writing would allow you to be anything. I”ll be looking for your books.

    • Thanks so much! That’s one of the best parts of writing…going anywhere and being whoever I want. On paper. 😉

  • Thank you for your words about romance and joy. They made me smile with happiness! Thank you for the international prize too, I’m very curious about your books!

    • Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy! Where are you from? 🙂

  • Message for Bobbi: we international reader have to use the same form for the giveaway that usually is for domestic readers? I haven’t find our form in the posts today…Maybe I haven’t understood correctly? Sorry for the question…

  • Thanks Kelly for a fab post, can not wait for your new books to be released

  • Joan Varner

    Thank you, Kelly, for your post. I so agree on so many levels. I am waiting for the 3rd book in your Phantoms series because you have combined the best of both contemporary and paranormal romance.

    • Aw. Thanks so much! It releases 9/21!!! 🙂

  • Angela Guilherme (Landslide)

    Great post Kelly!

  • Texas Book Lover

    I will read pretty much anything as long as there is romance in it but my favorites are contemporary and paranormal. I don’t really have a favorite trope though. I am constantly mixing it up so I feel like I am always reading something different.

    • Never anything wrong with that! Good for you! Shows you’re open to anything. Happy reading and thanks for popping by! xo

  • I love these covers. I just added your book to my Goodreads list 🙂

  • Diane Blaser

    I enjoy contemporary and historical romances. Nice to meet you!

  • marypreston

    I love the marriage of convenience trope among others.

    • Those are making a big comeback! Thanks for posting!

  • Linda Henderson

    I do enjoy the friends falling for each other storyline, it’s one of my favorites.

  • Kim

    I enjoy reading both contemporary and historical romances. Most tropes work in both genres.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Congratulations on your success! Your books look really good. I am a fan of friends to lovers, too!

    • Such a great trope, right? And thanks so much!

  • flchen1

    Lovely, Kelly! Congrats on such moments of joy, and thanks for sharing a lovely post! I love the sound of waves on the beach too!

  • Kai W.

    What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

  • rebecca moe

    Great post! Thanks for writing 🙂

  • K Davis

    I’ve been reading more contemporary romance lately. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Mary McCoy

    Congrats from one of your Moxies and fellow Wisconsinite

  • Rebecca James

    I’m a contemporary and paranormal romance fan too. I would also add romance mystery to my list. I don’t have a particular trope either, it depends on the author/storyline or the mood I’m in. I’m excited to see there is a third Phantom book on the way soon! 🙂

    • Thank you! Yep, Phantoms 3, Ghost of You, releases 9/21/15!!! xo

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I love all subgenres of Romance, but I’m currently on a contemporary kick with some YA and/or paranormal thrown in. I also am a big fan of friend to lovers romances and it sounds like your books will be right up my alley. I’m excited to discover yet another new author via Read a Romance month 🙂 Great post and I look forward to checking out your books!

    • Thank you so much! Finding new reads is fab. I hope you enjoy!

  • Sue G.

    Love Carly and Roxanne’s books too. Never heard of Mackenzie or AJ but I’ll have to check them out!

    • You really should! Such great authors! Thanks for coming by! xo