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.

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  • Molly

    I love all of your books.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Molly!

  • Sue Gorman

    So true! My corgis greet me every evening when I come home from work. They are so happy to see me and it makes returning home special!
    We have marked our daughter’s height ( and a corgi or two) on the kitchen doorframe. It’s a special piece of our home!

    Shana– thank you for bringing joy to your readers through your books! I love traveling to London, to Scotland and on the high seas with your characters!

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Sue! That’s cute how you measured the dogs too.

  • Kelly

    I love having my dog greet me when I get home each day. Not entirely sure I feel quite the same when coming home from vacation. I always want just one more day!

    • Shana Galen

      That’s how my husband is. I want less time and he wants more.

  • Sue G.

    I love your description of home. It’s true, in the beginning the vacation is great and fun but then you just want your own bed, your own things.

    • Shana Galen

      Exactly. Pretty much right away I want to be back home again.

  • mariannewestrich

    Love the fact that you recommended a zombie apocalypse book!

    • Shana Galen

      Threw you for a loop there, didn’t I? 🙂

  • Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Schroedle

    I work from home, so my little dog has gotten comfortable with Mommy being home all day. Last week, I had to go into the office to get my work laptop repaired. I was gone all day. When I opened the back door, Dexter was so happy to see me. His tail was wagging and he looked like he was smiling. He wanted a hug and a kiss. His reception just made me smile and laugh. And then I let him outside and he peed on my new garden hose. I couldn’t stop laughing.

    • Shana Galen

      They do get in a routine. It’s nice to have quiet companions while I work.

  • cheryl c.

    We visited Michigan for the first time over the summer. The beauty of the towns around Lake Michigan brought me joy, too.

    • Shana Galen

      They’re so quaint and friendly. I love going back.

  • Christyna

    Simple joys are the best. So glad you get to find them in the pages of your manuscript, too.

    • Shana Galen

      It’s the biggest benefit of being able to do what you love.

  • Rose K

    Friends meets zombies? Count me in. I always love a new series suggestion!

    • Shana Galen

      I’ve also heard it described as Kristan Higgins with zombies…not sure Kristan likes that description!

  • Awesome interview! Definitely need to check out that zombie book!

    • Shana Galen

      Yes! I promise you will love it.

  • catslady

    I love traveling but when that’s not possible, reading is the next best thing. Love your stories and historicals are my favorite.

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, catslady.

  • Quinn Fforde

    A very inspiring post!

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Quinn!

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a fun post! I’ve read a number of your books, and The Making of a Gentleman is sitting on my keeper shelf. Happy reading and writing.

    • Shana Galen

      Aww! Thank you, Kareni. Armand was certainly a different hero for me.

  • Carol Luciano

    I ‘ve always enjoyed reading your books Shana. Thanks for sharing with us. Is there anything more joyful then a baby’s belly laugh.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Carol. His laugh is so infectious. He kept us all entertained.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    The saying is that Home is where your heart is. I believe that to be true.

    • Shana Galen

      It certainly is for me, Melissa.

  • Kim

    There’s something wonderful I the unconditional love of a pet.

    • Shana Galen

      And dogs are so good at unconditional love, Kim.

  • LSUReader

    Earls Just Want to Have Fun was one of my favorite books of
    the year–definitely a top 10. I’m looking forward to The Rogue You Know. Love the puppy story. Thanks for visiting, Shana.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you. That’s one of my favorite books I’ve written, LSUReader.

  • Karen Mikusak

    Love your books!

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Karen!

  • Carrie

    Thank you for the book recommendation! Until the End of the World is actually free on Amazon right now.

    • Shana Galen

      Cool! So you can start it for nothing.

  • Aye Lopez

    You are a new author to me, looking forward to read your books 🙂

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Aye! If you don’t win, you might start with Lord and Lady Spy or If You Give a Duke a Diamond.

  • Lisa Hutson

    Everyone that has read any of your posts or blogs knows how much you love your little girl. Children bring the most joy just being themselves.

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Lisa. I agree too!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you for sharing and posting here. I’m going to the bookstore to look for your books and the series by Sarah Lyons Fleming.

    • Shana Galen

      I don’t think Sarah’s is at the bookstore, but she’s free in ebook on Amazon and she’s in print on Amazon.

  • Texas Book Lover

    Let’s address great aren’t they!!!

  • Range Girl

    I’ve read several of your books and loved each one. I enjoy your Facebook posts as well. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

    -Miranda

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks for checking in with me, Miranda.

  • Donna Finlay

    Very nice post Shana! Love when you post pics of PG and Sparky. Looking forward to seeing you at Buns & Roses.

    • Shana Galen

      Yes! I am glad I’ll get to meet you in person.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    I’m loving the Covent Garden Cubs.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Dorothy!

  • Dawn Anderson

    Wonderful post. I guess I have to add Sarah Lyons Fleming to my TBR. A mix of Friends and zombies sounds great.

    • Shana Galen

      Add her. She’s awesome.

  • Simple joys are the best! Thanks for the interesting post!

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Marinella.

  • Kathryn Trask

    I totally get loving to return home after travels, to the people and place that is home. Yep. I guess travelling just helps us to appreciate it even more.

    • Shana Galen

      Exactly. I miss even the stuff I don’t like.

  • Pamby50

    Great post. Love that your rescue dog remembered who you were even though you went away. They felt your love.

    • Shana Galen

      I was so happy about that. She’s laying right next to me.

  • Julie Ford

    Shana, I love your books. I am currently waiting on one that I won,

    • Shana Galen

      Wait. What did you win? When was this? Shouldn’t you have received it? Email me at shana@shanagalen.com and let’s get it sorted out. Sorry!

      • Julie Ford

        I just emailed you. Thank you for your help

  • Anna

    I love baby laughs. They are one of the most joyful sounds I know!!

    • Shana Galen

      I agree. They’re just contagious!

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love your books, Shana.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Marcy!

  • Erin F

    Thanks for such a fun post! I’ve really enjoyed Ms. Galen’s books 😉 I love traveling too and i think that’s also why I love reading. It’s a way to get away when I physically can’t. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Erin!

  • gladysmp

    My maternal grandmother had the misfortune of losing two husbands while still young and being left with three daughters and one son to care for. She had it rough, but did a great job of raising those children. When her children grew up and wed, my grandmother moved in with my dad and mother and care for my sister and I while my mother and dad both worked. Grandmother was always at home when I returned from school or wherever. She could not have been any sweeter and it was such a joy to never come home to an empty house…my grandmother was always there to greet me. She made our home such a refuge.

    • Shana Galen

      What a great tribute to her, Gladys.

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love your books and covers!… and about babies laughing…I agree but I’m a baby hog!

    • Shana Galen

      I am fine with baby hogs. I held my baby so much when she was little that I never minded sharing.

  • Emmel

    Yes, traveling a lot makes the return home a wonderful thing!

    • Shana Galen

      It makes you appreciate home again!

  • Gaby Ruiz

    Love your books. You’re great! 🙂

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Gaby! Thank you for stopping in.

  • infinitieh

    I’m always sad when a niece or nephew turn 6; that’s when they start to laugh a whole lot less. Darn school!

    • Shana Galen

      And the eye rolling and sassiness begin…

  • Gretchen Miller

    Yes so true

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks for stopping in, Gretchen.

      • Gretchen Miller

        Very welcome

  • marypreston

    Travel is great, but it’s always so lovely to get back home too.

    • Shana Galen

      I agree. I love being home.

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Love from dogs is unconditional, and great! They are like kids with fur!

    • Shana Galen

      And just as naughty some days too!

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Really interesting recommendation! I’m excited to check it out!

    • Shana Galen

      I threw you for a loop, huh? The first book is free on Amazon right now.

  • Betül

    Your nephew is so cute!! <3

    • Shana Galen

      He really is. Such a sweet and happy boy.

  • Shana Galen

    I also grew up in a cat family and have 2, but helping dogs can be addictive… Thanks for trying Sarah Lyons Fleming, Courtney. Hope you like her books.

  • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

    I have found that almost all of the books I have read give me joy because they take me away for awhile on an adventure of one kind or another. My Six grandchildren also give me joy. Your nephew is a cutie. My four youngest are 8, 7, 5, 3 and when the two sets come together to visit I love to hear them laughing. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

    • Shana Galen

      I bet that’s fun when you have all the kids together, Jerry.

      • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

        Yes it is a lot of fun. For a week in August our son, daughter-in-law, Grandson Jonathan 7, Granddaughter Abby 5 and they picked up granddaughter Grace 8 and came to visit us at our summer home on the Tippecanoe River in Star City, Indiana. Grandson Thomas 3 will not leave his mother yet so he was left behind with other Grandma. We had a blast as the kids would say. We took them to the park, Library, a friend’s farm where they got a ride on a big tractor. We had an adventure every day. My 2 oldest are Step-Grandson Jake 22 3rd yr college and Grandson David 19 1st yr college.

        • Shana Galen

          That’s how our summer was–an adventure every day. My dad took my daughter all over.

  • Ellen

    There’s no place like home…Your nephew is a real cutie.

    • Shana Galen

      He really, really is. Love him!

  • T. Rosado

    I love that your book recs contrast with your genre in writing. I am a lover of multiple genre’s and it would be hard for anyone to pin me down. I enjoy looking into what authors recommend for reading pleasure. Thank you.

    • Shana Galen

      Oh, I love to read everything. Since I write historicals, sometimes reading them is like work. It’s nice for me to escape too…even if it is with zombies.

  • Carin Shaughnessy

    I, too, have enjoyed the recommendations of other authors and am very intrigued by a Regency author recommending zombie apocalypse series. I will have to check those out, just after I check your books out! Love getting to know lots of new authors.

    • Shana Galen

      Try us both. Hope you find something you like, Carin.

  • May

    Love your books. They always make me laugh!

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, May!

    • That’s the best compliment, May!

  • Diana Giote

    Your nephew is adorable. LOVE Winnie the Pooh!!!!

    Artemis Giote

    • Me too! I nevertheless appreciated Pooh until I was an adult.

  • I’m a home-body, too. Love, love, love being home and doing all my traveling via a book. Great post!

  • sj1384

    Another homebody who loves her pugshund (and writes Regency!). I’m going to have to buy your books! Glad for the introduction!

    • So that’s what the pug/dachshund mix is called! Nice to meet you, she!

  • Love your books! Thanks for making the giveaway international <3

  • kirsten west

    I agree 100% about coming home! I can be gone 10 minutes or 8 hours and my dogs are excited to see me.

  • Carlene Reeves

    I love zombie apocalypse stories! How have a never heard of the Until the End of the World series?

  • Carlene, you need to rectify that STAT because this is one of the best!

  • Jennifer C

    Your nephew is so cute, and so is your dog! Happy to have found your books!

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Bube

    Aw,your nephew is so cute,sweet little 🙂
    Thank you for the wonderful post,I enjoyed reading 🙂

  • Diane Sallans

    what a cute nephew! I’ve been with my little great-nephews this last week – fun but exhausting

  • Jennifer Nicholson Agolino

    I’ve never read one of your books, but I’d like to.

    • Alyn Yang

      You should!

  • Joanna Moreno

    Isn’t the laugh of a child marvelous?! I love it! It makes me feel good about the world and all there is in it =D
    And thanks for the recommendation about The Until the End of the World series. Not much of a zombie books myself but if you liked it then I’m willing to give it a go LOL

  • Janie McGaugh

    I’ve not been a fan of zombies, but I’ll try Until the End of the World. I’ve picked up the free Kindle book on Amazon!

  • Alyn Yang

    I looked into the book you recommended and added it to my TBR pile too.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for a wonderful post!! I grew up in Chicago so I understand why being near water is so important. When my kids were little and I was feeling overwhelmed I would load them in the car and drive to a place where I could be near the water here in MN. It is soothing and calming. In addition to knowing your books I’ve enjoyed your posts on Jaunty Quills.

  • Glenda

    Great post, Shana! You’re right there is just something about coming home after any trip. And having a dog at home who is thrilled you came back makes it even better. 🙂

  • Michele Hayes

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