Shana Galen – The Joyful Adventure of Romance

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The Joy of Coming Home

I’ve traveled a lot the past few years—trips for business and trips for pleasure, trips with Earls Just Want to Have Fun-300my family and trips alone, and trips to get away or trips to get closer to my daughter.

Most of us enjoy traveling. It’s a chance to see new places, spend time with family, or catch up with friends. There’s a certain joy to be found in getting away from our normal lives and trying something new. But for me, the most joy is always found in coming home.

I don’t have an amazing house or fabulous views or live in an exciting locale. My family is probably a lot like yours—kids, pets, spouse. I won’t deny that it’s nice to get out of doing bedtime or cooking dinner for a few days, but usually as soon as I’m away, I want to go home.

There’s comfort in the place we’ve chosen to make ours. It holds our memories, our dreams for the future, our knickknacks. There’s a wall in my daughter’s playroom where I’ve hung an inchworm poster with inches from 0-36 ticked off. When my daughter grew taller than 3 feet, we marked on the wall above the poster in pencil. I love looking at those marks—the months and the inches remind me of all the changes plus all the things that have stayed the same. I can still remember my little one at 20 months, toddling to shana roguethe wall and standing straight while I marked off her height. She was so excited to be a big girl.

These are simple joys, but they’re the kind that can only be found in that place you call your own.

Writing is that joyous place for me as well. When I open to the manuscript page of a novel I’m working on or write the first words of a new book, there’s that same joy of coming home. I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing. This is where I am meant to be—in the world of my creation, with the characters of my imagination.

I guess I don’t really have to ever physically travel anywhere to explore new places and worlds. Maybe that’s why I can be so joyful at home. All I need are my memories, my dreams, and the words I love.

Shana recommends:

The Until the End of the World series (Until the End of the World, So Long, Lollipops, And After, All the Stars in the Sky) by Sarah Lyons Fleming.

Yes, I’m a Regency romance author recommending a zombie apocalypse series. I’m recommending it because it’s absolutely the best series I’ve read in years. Each book in the series is phenomenal. I seriously can’t pick a favorite. I tried and ended up changing my mind about 4 times. The best way to describe this series is just to give you a copy and make you start reading, but in lieu of that, I’ll call it Friends meets zombies, except the focus is way more on the friends and the relationships than the zombies. Make no mistake. These are not cartoonish zombies. They are scary and kept me up a few nights as I read in the dark and shook with fear. Go and read them now. Just don’t blame me when you can’t get any work done because all you want to do is keep reading.


Questions for the Author:

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

I’ve always been a cat lover. I like dogs but never had one as a pet. DogRecently we rescued a

pug/dachshund mix, and she is great, but I had to leave for a conference a few days after we adopted her. I kind of figured she’d forget me. When I returned, she ran to greet me, jumping for joy. I wasn’t a stranger to her at all (no barking or shyness). There was joy in being welcomed home and remembered fondly.

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

Michigan is attached to a memory of joy for me. I grew up mostly in western Michigan, and being near a lake reminds me of my childhood. I remember summer days jumping off docks, swimming in the cold lake water, and sitting at the campfire at night.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.Laughter

My nephew’s laugh beings me joy. He’s not quite a year, and he laughs more than any baby I’ve ever met. He has this loud, bouncy laugh that always makes me smile.

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?

The best book I’ve read recently is the Until the End of the World series by Sarah Lyons Fleming. Strangely enough a series about a zombie apocalypse brought me so much joy I didn’t want to put the books down to write my own!

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 always loved Winnie the Pooh, and now I’ve been reading the stories of Christopher Robin and his beloved bear to my daughter. It’s so much fun to read them again as an adult and to discover them through her eyes.

Shana is generously giving away 2 copies of Earls Just Want to Have Fun (signed print or ebook) to U.S. readers, and 1 copy of Earls Just Want to Have Fun sent via Book Depository to international readers.  To enter leave a comment on this post, on the RARM Facebook post or both (you can find that here) before Tuesday Sept. 1 11:59 pm CST. International readers enter through the form below.


Color Shana Galen L-R-2118Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

Visit Shana at her site – shanagalen.com – or find out what she’s up to daily on Facebook.

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