Sarah Morgan – The Light of Romance

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Switching on the Light of Romance

Reading and writing romance makes me happy. Maybe it’s because I’m an optimist and 9780373785049_prdromance is an optimistic genre.  For that reason alone romance is frequently denigrated, but I’ve never understood why a book that leaves you feeling happy and uplifted is something to be dismissed. Why is it bad to do something that brings you joy? Romance is sustaining and comforting. Like most romance authors, I receive many emails from readers telling me that my books have helped them through hard times. In today’s demanding world people are constantly seeking ways to relieve the stress of daily living and find happiness. Some seek therapy and some use medication. My stress reliever is to read and write romance.

For me, the joy of romance isn’t just the writing or reading, it lies in the community of people, both readers and authors. Romance has connected me with people across the globe. It has expanded my horizons and enriched my life. I’ve had amazing experiences, discovered new places, made new friends and had plenty of laughs. Like most romance lovers I read widely, often choosing books by well-known authors, but I also love discovering a new-to-me author and one of my favorites at the moment is Sophie Moss ( sophiemossauthor.com ). I’m enjoying her contemporary romance series set on the Chesapeake Bay playing_by_greeks_rules(and I follow her in Instagram so I see the accompanying photos!).

In a world that is often dark and depressing, romance gives us hope.  Reading it is like switching on a light in a dark room.  And maybe some people would rather stay in that dark room, but personally I prefer to turn the light on.


Questions for the Author:

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

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was eight years old and I’ll never forget the moment I heard my book was going to be published and I had a new career. I had a toddler and a new baby and I picked them both up and danced round the kitchen.

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

IMG_0946Every year we take a vacation with family on the Atlantic coast of North Cornwall in the South West of England. It’s wild and rugged and completely beautiful. Breathing in the sea air and watching the waves break over the rocks is the perfect way to clear out stress. Being there makes me happy.


Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The sound of heavy rain on the roof! I have an office at the bottom of the garden, surrounded by apple trees and leafy plants. It’s perfect in the summer when I can work with the windows open but I also love it when it’s raining. The sound is so relaxing!

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?

Any book that totally absorbs me brings me joy. The last book I read and loved was Sarah Addison Allen’s First Frost. Everything she writes is perfect. (I love SAA too! My faves so far are The Peach Keeper and Lost Lake! ~ Bobbi)

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)

I’ll have all of them. If I have to pick one, Chris Pine.

Sarah is generously giving away two copies of First Time In Forever, one to an international reader and one to a US friend. To enter leave a comment on this post, on the RARM Facebook post or both (you can find that here) before  Sept. 6 11:59 pm CST. International readers, include your country in the comment.


_MG_2212-1 (1)USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in row for the prestigious RITA ® Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice.

Sarah lives near London with her family. When she isn’t writing she loves spending time outdoors.

Find out more about Sarah:

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  • mariannewestrich

    The romance community is one of the friendliest groups of people I’ve ever met. You’re right, I now have friends all over the country and the globe who share my love of the genre!

    • Sarah Morgan

      I’m glad you feel the same way Marianne xx

  • Marissa Yip-Young

    Romance keeps life interesting~

    • Sarah Morgan

      I agree Marissa 🙂 Have a great weekend xx

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I love Sarah Addison Allen! My favorite is The Peachkeeper and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Yes I ADORE The Peach Keeper. It’s one of my all time favorite books Melissa. xx

  • Jennifer C

    Sarah, I love your books! I also love Sarah Addison Allen – love that element of magic she always slips in there. One day I hope to get to Cornwall!

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you so much Jennifer! So glad you enjoy my books and also Sarah Addison Allen’s. I agree, the way she weaves magical elements into her stories is wonderful. I hope you make it to Cornwall too, If you do, you must visit Bedruthan Steps. The most beautiful beach (you can see pictures on my Instagram page) xxx

  • jcp smith

    I really like your writing.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you SO MUCH. I’m so happy to hear that xx

  • Molly

    I love your writing.

    • Sarah Morgan

      oh Molly THANK YOU. You’ve made my day xx

  • LSUReader

    “In a world that is often dark and depressing, romance gives us hope. Reading it is like switching on a light in a dark room.”

    What a great sentiment! That really says it all. I enjoyed your post. Thanks for visiting.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post (and feel the same way!) xx

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Good luck Karen! Thanks for commenting x

    • Sarah Morgan

      Good luck Karen xx

  • Debbie Fuller

    I’m one of those readers that has turned on the light and decided to keeping reading romance with the HEA in order to stay in the light. Thank you for your post and insight.

    • Sarah Morgan

      So happy romance brightens your life too Debbie xxx

  • LaurieL

    A fan of both Sarahs. 🙂 Love Puffin Island!

    • Sarah Morgan

      So happy you’re enjoying Puffin Island Lauriell 🙂 xxx

  • Carol Luciano

    I enjoyed your post and agree with your thoughts on reading romance. I need light in my life. Thank you for the giveaway. Look forward to resding your books.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you Carol! Have a great day xx

  • Kareni

    I’ve read and enjoyed your

    O’Neil Brothers books. Thanks for adding some light to my life. Wishing you much joy with your writing.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you so much Kareni! So glad you enjoyed my O’Neil Brothers series and thank you for your kind words. xx

  • May

    Love your books! 🙂 Canada

    • Sarah Morgan

      ooh thank you May 🙂 You’ve made my day xx

  • “My stress reliever is to read and write romance”: so true (the part of reading, for me!).
    “I’ve had amazing experiences, discovered new places, made new friends and had plenty of laughs”: it’s really an amazing world, that one of romance and romance writers! Marinella from Italy

    • Sarah Morgan

      Glad you enjoyed the post Marinella xxx

  • marypreston

    If more people read the world would be a better place.

    • Sarah Morgan

      I agree Mary! xxx

  • Ellen

    Thanks for all the wonderful stories. They have brightened many a day for me and other readers.

    • Sarah Morgan

      What a lovely thing to say Ellen, thank you. I’m so lucky to have such wonderful readers xx

  • Emmel

    I love the fact that your babies were part of your initial publication celebration!

    • Sarah Morgan

      Yes, it was a VERY special moment for me. I remember it well although it was over 15 years ago. Thanks Emmel xxx

  • Kathryn Trask

    Love SAA too, loved First Frost although I haven’t read The Peach Keeper yet. Keep writing the Puffin Island series!
    (New Zealand)

    • Sarah Morgan

      The Peach Keeper is a truly wonderful book Kathryn. I recommend it most highly So glad you’re enjoying Puffin Island xx

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Sarah! It was great meeting you in NY last month! I agree that life is too short to read sad books! I read for the HEA!

    • Sarah Morgan

      It was wonderful to meet you too Sharlene! Such a treat for me xxx

  • Marcy Shuler

    Thanks for your wonderful post, Sarah. I like to turn the light on, too.

    • Sarah Morgan

      So glad you enjoyed the post Marcy. Thanks for joining in xxx

  • Sue G.

    Fun write up. I love my happy endings. I just love that feeling you feel.

    • Sarah Morgan

      I love those happy endings too Sue 🙂 And we deserve them! xxx

  • Aye Lopez

    “In a world that is often dark and depressing, romance gives us hope. Reading it is like switching on a light in a dark room.”

    I totally agree with you!!
    You are a new author to me, thanks for the chance. 🙂

    • Sarah Morgan

      So glad you enjoyed the post Aye, and feel the same way. Thank you for commenting xxx

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Romance is not just an escape for me, but allows me to find joy in my life and around me. I love following you on facebook and reading your books!!

    • Sarah Morgan

      I’m so happy romance gives you joy Eileen and really pleased to be able to connect with you on Facebook. I have a truly wonderful group of readers on Facebook and I feel very lucky xxxx

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    sheer joy for me was my brother living through Christmas in 1987 when Dr.s said he’d be dead by the end of the year… he told me don’t worry i’m not dying yet and ruining anyones christmas… he lived through to Jan. 12th….I was 18 and he was 21… Still me my big brother but I wouldn’t have changed him and his disease

    • Sarah Morgan

      I’m so sorry you lost your wonderful brother Diana. You obviously treasure the time you had together. Hugs from me and thank you for posting xxxx

  • Gretchen Miller

    Always love to find new romance books of many kinds

    • Sarah Morgan

      So glad you feel that way Gretchen x

  • Ada H

    Thanks for sharing you lovely post, Sarah! I love what you said about romance giving hope in a dark world. That’s one of the reasons I love reading romances, is knowing that no matter what happens in the story, there’s a HEA waiting at the end. I’m a fan from Canada!

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you so much Ada! So happy that you enjoy my writing. I’ve never been to Canada but it’s on my wish list xx

  • Cheryl Hastings

    I agree…keep that light turned on! That’s why I read romance….to combat all the bad news in the world. And in doing so, I’ve met some wonderful readers as well as authors through social media. Thanks for sharing your stories with us, Sarah! I look forward to reading your newest 🙂

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you so much Cheryl! Hope you enjoy 🙂 I think social media is a wonderful way of staying connected xx

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I discovered your books last year and I think I’ve read almost all of them by now 🙂 I love your post and this quote pretty much sums up what is so amazing about Romance…”Reading it is like switching on a light in a dark room.” Thank you for all that you do and for bringing more joy into the world! I love that I can interact with authors, bloggers, reviewers and fellow readers out in the vast social media world. I’ve never had a longer TBR list, however, due to all of the amazing recommendations I am constantly receiving!

    • Sarah Morgan

      I’m so happy you’re enjoying my books Courtney! You’ve made my day. Do join me on my Facebook page for ongoing chat – I have a wonderful bunch of readers there 🙂 And I sympathise with your TBR. Mine is terrifying too xxx

  • Dawn Anderson

    Thank you for your essay. I love the cover for First Time in Forever.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you so much Dawn! I’ve been lucky with my covers 🙂 x

  • Zoya

    Thanks for the recommendations that are now in my TBR pile.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hope you enjoy them Zoya. I frequently re-read The Peach Keeper x

  • Texas Book Lover

    That is why I read romance…they make me feel light and happy!

    • Sarah Morgan

      So glad you agree 🙂 Romance readers understand one another xxx

  • Susan Craig

    I have friends that dismiss romance novels. Why is a book “literature” just because the ending is depressing? Don’t they consider Jane AUsten novels art? I will take my happy endings any day.

    • Sarah Morgan

      I agree Susan. It’s most baffling. And why do people denigrate love, when most people long for that in their lives? It’s cool to read crime but not love. Mm. xxxx

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    There is a joy of romance and it is thanks to authors like Sarah Morgan.

    • Sarah Morgan

      What a lovely thing to say Dorothy. Thank you xx

  • Christyna

    Yep, keep that light on! Helps keep the dark at bay.

    • Sarah Morgan

      I agree Christyna 🙂 xx

  • Kim

    I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Puffin series. I understand the US publication date has been pushed back.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi Kim, so glad you’re looking forward to Some Kind of Wonderful. Yes, US publication for the second two books has been moved. It will now be out Dec 29 along with a reissue book by Susan Mallery called The Ladies Man. And book three will be April 2016. I also have a whole new series out next year so 2016 will be a busy year! xxxxx

  • May

    Yup… love the light! (Canada)

    • Sarah Morgan

      Thank you for joining in and commenting May xxxx

  • Pamby50

    I’ve read so many of your Harlequin Romance books over the years. Love the picture of the waves crashing on the rocks.

    • Sarah Morgan

      oh I’m so thrilled you’ve read my books! Thank you (and I LOVE taking photographs. It’s an addiction of mine, after writing. If you’re on Instagram you’ll see more wave photos 🙂 x

  • Rose K

    Nothing calms me more than the sound of rain on the rooftop. Give me a book, some tea and chocolate, and a rainy day and I’m a happy girl.

    • Sarah Morgan

      We obviously have a LOT in common Rose xx

  • flchen1

    Amen. The more light, the better, Sarah! Thanks for being a light source for so many of the rest of us!

  • Carin Shaughnessy

    I love Cornwall! Of course that has everything to do with Daphne du Maurier and Rosamunde Pilcher. We live in Texas, but get to England as often as we can. The dream vacation is renting a house for a month in Cornwall. We have stayed in Foy, St. Gives, and Newquay and I want more.

  • Karin

    Thanks for all those HP stories, they make a great escape!

  • Bernadette Long

    I love your new Puffin Island series!

  • Anita H.

    I’m definitely in the room reading with the lights on, that is a very powerful thought. Thanks for sharing! (Canada)

  • Debbie_K

    Loving all the RARM giveaways

  • kirsten west

    Glad to see Harlequin represented! Enjoyed A Night of No Return.

  • holdenj

    Can’t wait to read more about Puffin Island!