Robin Schone – Questioning The Joy of Romance

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The Joy of Realism in Romance

The theme  for Read-A-Romance Month 2015 is “The Joy of Romance.” When talking to lady's tutorBobbi, our wonderful host, she bubbled about the joy of discovering romance, raised in a household of scholars. It was a joy listening to her talk. (Yes, Bobbi, I am gently having fun with you. Please don’t be upset. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support of authors and romance!)

But honestly, “joy” is such a subjective term. I sometimes wonder if our love of romance—rather than romance, itself—might not be a deterrent to would-be readers. For example, when I think of joy, I think of precious puppies that never pee on the carpet, mischievous-but-never-malicious children laughing, forever-young women spritzing perfume, and chronically fit men tossing back a beer. You know, the images corporations spend billions of dollars creating in the hope we’ll buy their product, so that we, too, may experience “joy.”

But I don’t think romance is about “joy.” I’m not even sure it’s about romance. The the loverdefinition of romance, after all, lies in the throbbing, beating heart of the reader and not between the stale, passionless pages of a dictionary. That truth was forcibly brought home when a woman definitively commented on a popular message board that my novel The Lady’s Tutor was not a romance because the heroine’s son is sexually traumatized. This reader didn’t feel that controversial or disturbing subject matters belong in a “romance.” How could anyone, she wrote, ever be happy after going through sexual trauma, let alone reading about it?

This reader wanted precious puppies that don’t pee. She wanted mischievous-but-never-malicious children. She wanted the fantasy of romance.

And those types of romance novels exist. But should they define the genre?

Because that’s not my version of romance. Truthfully, if that’s how romance was promoted to me and I had never before read the genre, I wouldn’t touch it.

I want reality in my romance. I don’t believe that reality—surviving abuse, turning fifty/sixty/seventy/eighty, enduring hardship—strips us of the ability or the right to experience happiness. If anything, it makes it that much sweeter, because it’s not handed to us on the proverbial silver platter. Even Cinderella suffered before finding her prince.

The essence of romance is very simple: it’s not fantasy, it’s not joy, it’s…love. And that is the conundrum. In life and literature we are taught that romantic love is secondary to family and social responsibility. Look at what happened to poor Anna Karenina, Amber St. Clare (Forever Amber), and even Juliet. They died. And why? Because they chose romantic love that made them laugh with life and burn with happiness and hopefully fueled a few good orgasms along the way, instead of engaging in staid, proper, family-and-societal sanctioned behavior. If scholarly literature had a logo, I’m sure it would read: the only good love is a dead love.

So really, in conclusion, I think romance is negated (aside from the fact that it’s mostly donrobinschone2written by women, but that’s another battle) because it’s conceived by naysayers as being joyfully unrealistic—like billion-dollar commercials—because our characters find lasting love. Yet many, many people…average, run-of-the-mill people like you and me…find enduring love with a companion (Don and I just celebrated our 40th anniversary), so to claim that “happy endings” are unrealistic is, well, unrealistic. And I want that realism, both as a woman, a reader and a writer.

What do you want in romance? And how would you promote romance without sacrificing its wonderful diversity?

Robin recommends:

Connie Suttle – subtledemon.com

Rebecca Ethington – rebeccaethington.com

Patti Larsen – pattilarsen.com


Questions for the Author:

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

Okay, this isn’t one of my better moments, I’m sure, but… Every year my marketing firm held a big dinner at a snazzy restaurant downtown Chicago. One Christmas Eve—a few months after my husband and I bought a home in the ‘burbs—a bunch of us didn’t want to quit partying, so we went bar hopping along the Gold Coast on Michigan Avenue. I got pretty wasted. All I could think about when I got to the Union (train) Station was that Don had already caught an earlier train, and I would have to ride home alone with no one to PARTEE with. I wanted him to be at the train station so badly that I thought I conjured him, because sure enough, there he was standing at a mini-bar buying a drink to take on the train.

Most recently, in April I experienced another surge of pure joy when La Femme de Gabriel (Gabriel’s Woman) appeared on an Amazon.com bestseller list side by side with a reissue of Catherine by Juliette Benzoni. You see, the original novel was translated into English when I was 15 and much loved by me. Never, ever in a billion years did I imagine when reading Ms. Benzoni way back then that I would someday write a book that would be translated into French and appear right beside her world-blazing bestseller, Catherine.

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

Bad Hamburg, Germany. There was a brick courtyard outside the hotel where Don and I stayed that featured a huge water fountain. We would escape there whenever we could for breakfast, lunch or just a cup of coffee while the peaceful sound of splashing filled our hearts and the cool spray of water refreshed our spirits.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Wind chimes. Love them. Once I hung one outside our bedroom window. Huge mistake, because it’s windy where we live, and they became…while melodic…very noisy. However, I will never forget one night when the wind suddenly died yet I could hear the vibration of the windsong for hours afterward. It was as if a window in space and time had opened up outside our bedroom, where the wind still blew and the chimes still sang.

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?

Hmm… I’m not sure what you mean by a book bringing joy. I’ve read books that brought life-changing revelations (OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY by Stanley Milgram), and books that will always be a part of me because of deep emotions they evoke or because of the history they paint or the timeless characters they introduce. BLOOD GAMES by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro captivated me with all those qualities. It’s an amazing piece of writing with the added bonus of having a “happily ever after” ending.

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)

Holy bovine! I had to google every Chris except for Christopher Plummer. Chris Hemsworth was certainly worth looking for. Very nice!

Robin is generously giving away 3 print copies of The Lady’s Tutor for U.S. readers. For international readers, she is giving away 3 e-books of A Lady’s Pleasure. Entry forms below – international friends, use the international giveaway form. Good luck!


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USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Schone is published in 13 countries and has been honored with the Romantic Times Career Lifetime Achievement Award for Most Innovative Historical Romances. Scandalous Lovers, her first novel in The Men And Women’s Club series, was chosen by RUSA (Reference & User Services of the American Library Association) as one of five books to represent the “wide range of historical fiction in romance. Robin Schone writes sensual, explicit stories…about characters who are frequently older and less beautiful than most romance protagonists. Her history is impeccable; the storytelling is straightforward but emotionally driven.” Robin loves her readers. Their kind letters kept her going after she had a heart attack and subsequent heart transplant. She also loves music, books, coffee and chocolate. And Don, her husband of 40 years.

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  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    Thanks for the information and the chance to win!

    • Robin Schone

      You’re welcome, Diana. Thank you for entering my contest.

  • Marissa Yip-Young

    Romance makes me feel mushy 🙂

    • Robin Schone

      I’m glad you enjoy romance, Marissa. I read my first romance at age 12 and am now an unabashed addict.

  • Julie Ford

    I want to escape reality sometimes but most of the time I want love to overcome adversity.

    • Robin Schone

      I always want love to overcome, Julie. I’ve been known to throw books across the room when the hero or heroine was killed simply to add art or what-world-do-you-live-in reality.

  • catslady

    A new author for me but this sounds like a great read – thanks.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, catslady. Love your name, btw. I love kitty kats.

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Really interesting post. I’m on the fence. I really like reality in my romance but sometimes I need the joy-filled, happy romance that makes me cry from laughter.

    • Robin Schone

      I do, too, Melisa. Marion Chesney – while including spot-on characterization with amazing historical detail (as well as fun reality situations) – wrote an Edwardian romance that literally had me crying from laughter. I can’t remember the name now, but will look it up if you’re interested.

      • Always interested, thank you Robin! Marion Chesney is an adorable writer. xo

        • Robin Schone

          Marion Chesney is AMAZING, Bobbi. I read my first Georgette Heyer when I was 12 and quickly became a devoted fan, but once I read Marion Chesney, I found I preferred her shorter, terser style, as well as her rather cynical sense of humor. The novel that to this day makes me chuckle simply by thinking about it is: Ginny. It was originally written under her pen name Jennie Tremaine. Have you read it? If not, I highly recommend it. 🙂

          • Melisa Safchinsky

            I’ve never read Marion Chesney but now I’m intrigued. Sometimes you just need a book that you know will make you laugh.

          • Robin Schone

            Oh, you HAVE to read Marion Chesney, Melisa. If you can, read Ginny first. It is Marion Chesney at her finest. Although I have lots of other MC favs, too. 🙂

  • Kathy Nye

    I am a long time fan. Thank you especially for your mature/older heroines.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank YOU, Kathy, for being a long time fan. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. It’s been a long time since I wrote a book, but I’m hoping that will change in the near future.

  • Jennifer C

    I loved reading your interview – it made me laugh and smile. I love that your characters are older/not as beautiful, etc. It makes it all more “real.” 🙂

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Jennifer. I was honored that Bobbi invited me to celebrate romance with her and her readers. The whole idea of joy got me thinking. It was fun writing my little essay.

  • Aleen D

    There is always something magical about wind chimes 🙂

    • Robin Schone

      I think so, too, Aleen. Some years ago when Don and I visited a local food taste and art fair event, the sound of a hauntingly beautiful wind chime had us weaving throughout every stall, looking for it. We found the wind chime in question and instantly purchased it. It was that wind chime that I hung outside our bedroom…for a short while, anyway. lol

  • Molly

    I would love to read one of your books.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Molly! Who are your favorite authors?

      • Molly

        I really enjoy Lorraine Heath, Mary balogh, Anne obedience Shana Galen. I have a butch of authors I really like.

        • Robin Schone

          I own every Signet Regency series Mary Balogh ever wrote, Molly. I also love, love, love her novellas. She and Linda Howard are the only authors I would buy an anthology simply because their names were on it. 🙂

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    I like wind chimes too. They are beautiful.

    • Robin Schone

      Aren’t they, Amy? There is just something so haunting about a good wind chime. It’s like the sound pierces time and space itself.

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win!

    • Robin Schone

      You’re welcome, Karen. Good luck!

  • Kareni

    I enjoyed reading your post, Ms. Schone. Happy anniversary!

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Kareni! Don is the one who keeps up with the numbers. When he told me this year was our 40th anniversary, I asked, “For real? We’ve been married for 40 years?!” 🙂

      • congratulations! xo

        • Robin Schone

          Thanks, Bobbi. I still can’t get over the fact that we’ve been married that long. It sure doesn’t feel like it. 🙂

  • Beth K. Vogt

    I loved how honest your post was — and I believe one of the strengths of true romance is choosing to find joy even after reality has smacked us down.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Beth. You hit it right on the head. I want a heroine who fights for her happy-ever-after even when the odds are stacked against her. I also want that kind of woman in real life as a friend, a mentor and an icon. 🙂

  • Debbie Fuller

    Haven’t read your books……yet, but loved your post. Loved your posted picture for Aug. 1st. Women our age can very much appreciate the male form and not be ashamed for said appreciation. Enough said!

    • Robin Schone

      lol Hear, hear, Debbie! When my editor sought input for the back copy of The Lover, I wrote: “Thirty-six year old Anne Aimes is a spinster whose only attraction is her wealth…” She loved the back copy, but fretted all the way to press about including Anne’s age up front, so to speak, on the back cover. She liked that Anne was 36, but she thought “regular” romance readers would be turned off by an “older” heroine. I’m glad she was proven wrong. One of my favorite heroines is Frances Hart in Scandalous Lovers. She’s 49 and post-menopausal. I loved writing about her in a Victorian setting that was even more female youth-oriented than our own. 🙂

  • Robin Schone

    The Lady’s Tutor is a NPR top 100 “Swoon-Worthy Romance.” I discovered this too late to include in my bio, but wanted to share the utter honor and thrill. Don, who is a HUGE NPR fan, is almost as thrilled as I. If you haven’t yet checked out the NPR list of top romances, please take a moment and check it out. I’ve read 23 of the books. How many have you read?
    http://www.npr.org/2015/07/29/426731847/happy-ever-after-100-swoon-worthy-romances

  • Christyna

    I loved reading your post. It made a good point of how some folks expert romance novels to have “perfect” characters, the ones who don’t live through trauma and have dogs that never pee on the carpet. But I actually like the romances that have “real” characters. The journey of the romance novel is just as important as the HEA.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Christyna. I gobbled up Gothic romances when I was a young teen. Victoria Holt. Mary Stewart. Phyllis Whitney. I loved the mystery and the angst and the…well…darkness that led to the light of a HEA. Nothing was ever perfect. Issues such as adultery and a woman’s independence were commonplace. I always thought, dammmm, if they can survive that, I can certainly survive whatever issue I was currently going through. But yes, the journey and the growth of the characters is everything to me. 🙂

  • mariannewestrich

    Found you when I read Gabriel’s Woman. LOVE your books!

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Mariannewestrich! I am so thankful that so many readers embraced Gabriel. When I received my copy edit, the “shower” scene had been butchered to make it more “acceptable” (read politically correct). I fought tooth and nails…and ended up being charged for it!…to keep that scene intact.

  • Shawna

    I am a fan of romance of any kind. As a law enforcement/crime scene detective, I am always looking for happy endings in any form.

    • Robin Schone

      I can only imagine, Shawna. I am glad that you find solace in romance.

    • Thank you for your service, Shawna. xo

      • Shawna

        Thank you. It is a great job most days!

  • Angela H

    Your books look very good to me I am going to have to add them to my tbr list

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Angela. Please do let me know what you think, if you should ever get around to reading them. 🙂

  • Marcy Shuler

    I cracked up at your “Holy Bovine!” 😀 I’m not as up-to-date on my Chris’ either. LOL

    • Robin Schone

      lol I’m glad I brightened your day with laughter, Marcy. The question was a wake up call, as it did rather forcibly remind me that maybe I need to keep more up to date. 🙂

  • Sheryl N

    Love romance. New author for me, great post

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Sheryl! I’m glad you like my essay. I was afraid it would antagonize readers, which wasn’t my intention at all. After I sent it to Bobbi, I asked her to please tell me if she thought it was offensive. I’m glad that so far it hasn’t offended anyone. 🙂

  • Crystal

    I agree with you up to a point .I think tortured,flawed,and imperfect characters make for much better reading . I however did have one DNF historical romance series because I was 3 books in and it was just so depressing. I couldn’t handle all the heartache that she was going through and it seemed never to end. I still don’t know if she ever got her happy ending 🙁

    • Robin Schone

      I wonder if that’s the same historical romance series I gave up on, Crystal? lol If it was, it was very, very depressing, which was a pity, because I really liked the first one. Proof, I guess, that there can be too much of a good thing. 🙂

      • Crystal

        It might be ,it has been a little while. I was talking to my daughter about it and could not remember the author or titles . I think my mind totally wanted to forget all about it lol.

        • Robin Schone

          lol I’ve read a few books I wish I could erase from my memory, too, Crystal. And not just “romance” novels. 🙂

  • BookLady

    Congratulations on your 40th anniversary! It is refreshing to find some romance novels with “older” heroines. I have added Scandalous Lovers and The Lover to my tbr list. Thanks for sharing.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, BookLady! And thank you for adding SL and TL to your tbr list. My youngest heroine retires to a cottage to quietly celebrate her 30th birthday in A Lady’s Pleasure. I like writing more mature heroines. They have a different perspective. 🙂

  • kirsten west

    I love wind chimes, but my husband isn’t a big fan. Have to place them strategically so they don’t chime too much!

    • Robin Schone

      lol While I LOVE hearing them in the day, Kirsten…or any other time when I’m awake…I found they can be quite noisy at night if they’re placed in a prominent position to catch the wind. And since it tends to be rather windy where I live, I learned not to place them outside the bedroom. 🙂

      • kirsten west

        LOL! They’re on the opposite side of the house from our bedroom!

        • Robin Schone

          Good place, Kirsten. 🙂

  • Michele Hayes

    I like finding authors that are new to me. Thanks for the
    giveaway.

    • Robin Schone

      You’re welcome, Michele. Good luck in the drawing! 🙂

  • K Davis

    You are a new author for me, and I’m glad that I found you. I’m looking on your website now, so I can decide which book to try first. 🙂

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, K Davis! Do please let me know which book you decide to try first. If you have any questions about content, etc., please don’t hesitate asking. 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I loved reading your post and seeing a different view point on joy and romance. You make some good points. Some days I do need those “perfect” yet human-like characters to help me escape from the demands of life. Truthfully, I don’t care for those perfect characters, I need to see that they make mistakes, just like everyone else.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Eileen. I know exactly what you mean. I need to be able to trust a character in a book, and if they’ve lived a perfect life and never made mistakes, how can I trust their ability to stand up when things get tough? Sounds strange, I know, but I do identify with characters, and trust is a major issue. 🙂

  • Texas Book Lover

    We live as far out in the country as you can get and still work in the city and I have several wind chimes. It is so peaceful to hear them on a lazy weekend morning!

    • Robin Schone

      I love the sound of chimes drifting through the air, Texas Book Lover. It wonderfully enhances a lazy weekend. 🙂

  • Cindy A

    Enjoyed your commentary! We are all looking and finding love.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Cindy. I so totally agree. We all want and we all need passion and love. 🙂

  • Sharon Forbes

    I just love romance novels, seriously, even though I read many different kinds of books, magazines, etc., I always come back to a good romance novel, I guess because, really, a romance novel almost always has a little bit of everything in it, so what more can we ask for?!

    • Robin Schone

      Very true, Sharon. I, too, always find my way back to books that carry a romantic theme with a HEA. 🙂

  • Linda Henderson

    I think everyone’s idea of romance is different but I enjoy reading all kinds of romance genres.

    • Robin Schone

      I enjoy reading all kinds of romance, too, Linda. My first romance was These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. I was twelve at the time. My second romance – although it’s not marketed as a romance – was Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, read a week after Georgette Heyer. Those two books inspired a life-long love of history and sci-fi. 🙂

  • Dawn Anderson

    I read all types of romance and while I want to read the happy ending, it seems to resonate more if there are hardships and pain in the hero’s/heroine’s past.

    • Robin Schone

      Yes, I think so, too, Dawn. I think one of my all-time fav tortured heroes is Joffrey de Peyrac from the Angelique series originally published under the name Searganne Golon, but now known as Anne Golan. Who is your fav tortured hero? 🙂

      • Dawn Anderson

        My favorite is probably Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights followed closely by Edmond Dantes from Count of Monte Cristo.

        • Robin Schone

          Dawn, I wouldn’t mind holding Heathcliff’s head to my bosom. Purely for his comfort, of course. 🙂

  • LaurieL

    I read romance to escape my day to day job in technology. You are a new to me author and I enjoyed your essay.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, LaurieL! I’m curious… Since your day job is in technology, do you prefer to read books in paper format, or in electronic format? 🙂

      • LaurieL

        I bought a Kindle over a year ago and now read more electronic books than paper. There are a few authors I buy in paper and I’ll still hit the used book store for older books.

        • Robin Schone

          I never thought I would go electronic, LaureL – there’s just something about going to a bookstore and seeing all those amazing books. However, I bought a Kindle and now I will never go back! lol Except for research books. I still like the paper, then. 🙂

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Love, Love, LOVE your books, Robin. I have to read The Lover and Gabriel’s Woman at least once a year. I cannot count the number of times I have reccommended your books to friends. Just last week I was having lunch with Sherry Thomas at RWA/NYC and we had such fun talking about your work.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Flora! Oh, my. Sherry Thomas is aware of my work? You made my day! Especially knowing that you love mes deux anges so much that you visit them annually, and recommend them to your friends. Merci beaucoup! 🙂

      • Flora Segura-Buchler

        Avec plaisir!

  • Karen

    I largely agree with your views stated above Robin. Life is certainly not perfect. I prefer my books to have characters who themselves and the lives they lead to be far from perfect. If this is what I wanted I’d be reading children’s books. Thankfully, there are many great writers in our amazing world. Enough to allow us all to find our own happy place. Wherever and however it may read.

    • Robin Schone

      Indeed there are many, many wonderful writers in the romance genre, Karen. I’m just not sure how the genre should be defined. Do you have any ideas? 🙂

  • flchen1

    Robin, thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance and some of your moments of joy! I do agree that there can be, should be reality in romance, but I’ve got to have a happy ending. For me, THAT defines romance and distinguishes it from women’s fiction and other fiction–knowing that while there may be painful moments along the way, hope springs eternal and that promise will be fulfilled.

    • Robin Schone

      You’re welcome, flchen1. I so totally agree: I, too, must have a HEA. I think hope is the heart of romance, and HEA the reality of two loving, committed characters. 🙂

  • I love your view of romance!

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Marinella! What are some of your favorite romance books? 🙂

  • Sheila M

    Sometimes I love romance that is uncomplicated and joyful and beautiful and sometimes I love romance that is real and painful and beautiful. But you are right…it is all about love.

    • Robin Schone

      Me, too, Sheila. I sometimes want something beautifully uncomplicated, and sometimes I want something beautifully complicated. But whatever I read, I want that realism of love, which is, of course, a HEA. 🙂

  • Kai W.

    I love reading romantic suspense. Love the romance and the action.

    • Robin Schone

      Oh, me, too, Kai! I also love authors Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner. They include enough love interest to satisfy my need for romance. Who are your favorite romantic suspense authors?

  • Mary McCoy

    Sometimes you look for escape in a perfect romance, sometimes you look for affirmation that despite all the #$%^ you go through, joy/romance firmly grounded in reality is obtainable. Only 29 years married here. 🙂

    • Robin Schone

      29 years and growing, Mary! lol congratulations. Love is certainly the backbone of a lasting relationship, but I think friendship is the glue that bonds the bones together. Don is my best friend, and vice-versa. How about you and your husband? 🙂

      • Mary McCoy

        Definitely!

  • Seanna Yeager

    I genre hop within the world of romance, it all depends on my mood.

    • Robin Schone

      Me, too, Seanna. Lately I’m really into paranormal. 🙂

  • Sue G.

    I love wind chimes too! I love hearing them in the winter when it is cold and snowy. It makes it all happier!

    • Robin Schone

      I don’t recall ever hearing wind chimes in the winter, Sue. Everybody takes them down, as if they were a summer only occasion. I wonder why that is? I bet the haunting clarity of a wind chime is amazing in crystal cold air. 🙂

      • Sue G.

        Mine is so old that usually every spring I find one of the hanging hearts that fell off of the string holding it up in the thawing snow on the deck!

        • Robin Schone

          Don so fell in love with our wind chime that – aside from a brief stint outside our bedroom window – he won’t let me hang it outside, instead he wants it in a corner somewhere where the air gently circulates. 🙂

          • Sue G.

            LOL…my husband could care less!

  • Pamby50

    There are always ups and downs in day to day life. Yes I like to read romance that takes me away but I also like books that show lifes struggles. We are stronger for them. It has been a while since I’ve read one of your books but I have added you to my list.

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Pamby50. Yes, we are stronger for life’s struggles, aren’t we? I like reading the growing strength of characters in my books, too. 🙂

  • rebecca moe

    Great post, Robin–thanks for sharing!

    • Robin Schone

      Thank YOU, Rebecca! I’m glad you enjoyed my essay. 🙂

  • Erin F

    Thank you for such a lovely post! Romance is such a great escape and it makes a bright spot in my day 😉 thanks for sharing!

    • Robin Schone

      Thank you, Erin. Romance as a genre is amazing because there is a book for everyone. 🙂

  • Pamela Zinger

    I hope I am entered to win your book Robin. I couldn’t tell..lol. I love how you write. Brilliant!

    • Robin Schone

      lol I hope so, too, Pamela! Alas, I have no way of checking. Thank you for the wonderful compliment. I will tell my husband you said I…er, my writing…is brilliant. 🙂

  • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

    I love any kind of romance but my favorite is Historical Romance. I enjoy your books. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

    • Robin Schone

      You are very welcome, Jerry. I’m glad you enjoy my books, and that you entered my contest. 🙂

  • Karen Menas

    I think I love romance because it’s hopeful!

    • Robin Schone

      Yes, I love romance because it’s hopeful, too, Karen. And do we ever need hope in this day and age! lol Thanks for posting. 🙂