Sherry Thomas – Delicious Romance

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Falling In Love Again

Perhaps what I am about to talk about isn’t, strictly speaking, the joy of romance, but OneInMyHeartmore the pleasure of romance. But hey, if it gives me joy to write, that’s on topic enough.

I just love how delicious a good romance is. Falling in love is one of the most wondrous, most enjoyable experiences there is. Since we can’t fall in love every day of our lives—who has the time for it these days—or even once a week, the next best thing is a good story that captures all the sweetness, excitement, and sweeping drama of falling in love.

Remember that palpable attraction? Remember when a glance had you hyperventilate and a touch sent a sizzle of electricity through your skin? Remember when you lay awake at night, replaying everything you said to each other and dreaming about the next time you’d meet?

A good romance can give you a near perfect approximation of that. Heck, sometimes a great romance can give you an enhanced version of it. Like how NASA first touches up those deep space photographs before they are released, to better wow and amaze the public.

And no, you don’t even have to read the spicier romances to get that experience. theimmortalheightsRemember that moment in Pride and Prejudice, when Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy come across each other accidentally on the grounds of Pemberley? Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush.

Talk about sexual awareness beneath all that decorum and all those layers of very proper historical garments.

(Of course, in the A&E adaption, Mr. Darcy was put in damp clothes, to up the ante. But really, the reunion was scrumptious enough even without Colin Firth in a revealing wet shirt.)

So yes, give yourself over to the pleasures of romance. But then again, if you’re here, chances are, you already know exactly what I’m talking about. ☺

Sherry recommends:

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (see Sonali’s RARM post)

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han


Questions for the Author:

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

I cried the day my younger son “graduated” from special ed. He’d been receiving extra attention for speech impediments and other learning difficulties and I can’t even tell you how thrilled I was to be told he’d improved enough to not need it anymore. And the good folks at his school were right. He’s been thriving at school in the three years since.

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

Central Park and its surroundings. The very first time I saw New York City I felt an incredible sense of belonging. It has never wavered in all the years since.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The dings of tasks completed in any electronic game.

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?

Gaudy Nights by Dorothy Sayers. The first time I read the book, I couldn’t get into it at all. I had no idea why there was such word-of-mouth on it. I also had never read any Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. And then, a bunch of years later, I did. And really got into the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane romance.

When I found out that Gaudy Nights was book 3 in their four-book story arc, I hesitated for a good long while. But then I finally dove in and boy, was I well rewarded for it.

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)

1964 Christopher Plummer all the way. When I was 11, I saw The Sound of Music for the first time, dubbed in Chinese. I was transfixed, except I thought, my God, that Captain von Trapp fellow is so old and boring. Not long after I came to the states, I caught the movie on TV, and had the exact same reaction.

Fast forward fifteen years or so. Can’t remember why I watched The Sound of Music again. But oh my, I fanned myself whenever Captain von Trapp was on screen. And Maria, bless her heart, is too young and vanilla for him. Captain von Trapp is the sex!

That was when I knew I was no longer a girl. I’d become a woman. ☺

Sherry is generously giving away two copies of THE ONE IN MY HEART for the drawing, one domestic, one international. Enter the domestic drawing  through the Sherry Thomas rafflecopter drawing below.

Enter the international drawing through the international rafflecopter form below. Please note that all international offerings will go into one drawing and will be drawn individually. Good luck! xo


sherry thomasUSA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today—and one of the first to be reviewed by the New York Times Book Review.  Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists.  She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award. 

English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger’s Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

Sherry also writes young adult fantasy. The Immortal Heights, volume three of the Elemental Trilogy, releases fall 2015. And her first contemporary romance, The One in My Heart, is now on sale. Find Sherry online at sherrythomas.com.

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  • Shawna

    I completely agree on the P&P moment. I get the little heart skip every time!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love Central Park. Every time we visit New York, my husband knows he has to set time aside for me to explore the park.

  • Kristan Higgins

    No one captures those feelings better than you, Miss Thomas! As for your NYC joy, I totally relate.

    • Sherry Thomas

      You’re the best, Higgins. You just are.

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love Christopher Plummer in the Sound of Music but still like Pratt and,Evans more….

  • Bette Hansen

    Great article and interview! Looking forward to checking out your book.

  • Marissa Yip-Young

    Chris Hemsworth

  • Erin F

    oooh… that’s a perfect way to describe the attraction to reading romance. Getting to relive that spark over again! I love Ms. Thomas’ historical romances and I can’t wait to see how her writing translates to modern times 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Sherry Thomas

      Thank you! I hope you’ll get a chance to read The One in My Heart.

  • catslady

    Can I say I like them all lol. Love finding new-to-me authors!

  • Molly

    I love them all and I can’t wait

  • Jennifer C

    You make me want to watch the Sound of Music again to see if I feel differently about Christopher Plummer! lol I loved reading your story, and I loved reading about your son and your moment of sheer joy.

  • Sherry Thomas

    Thank you, everybody!! Romance rocks and really serves every purpose under the sun. And if you listen to it on audio, you’ll even get more housework done. 🙂

  • Christyna

    I can’t argue with ya a bit about Captain von Trapp. I may admit a bit to fanning myself, too, especially when he is singing to Maria in the garden at night. 😉 As someone who was in special ed when I was younger and then was mainstreamed after two years, I can attest that one can progress well after leaving special ed. So good luck to you and your son! And keep those writing fires burning!

    • Sherry Thomas

      I love hearing your story of success!

  • Emily Seelye

    I love Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. Though I love everything about the movie.

  • Aleen D

    I love Captain Von Trapp too! True, when we get older, we understand the sexiness that he portrays…and the voice!

  • jcp smith

    I loved the movie as well.

  • LSUReader

    Don’t enter me in the contest–already have Sherry’s book. Just wanted to say thanks to Sherry for all the great stories she’s given us.

    • Sherry Thomas

      Thank you! And thank you for always recommending the Heart of Blade duology to readers.

  • Beth K. Vogt

    Sherry: I was just in NYC — and I love the nonstop action of Times Square. My favorite time to be there? Midnight.

    • Sorry I missed you (but I missed most people…). ;o)

  • Karen Mikusak

    Great giveaway. Would love to win!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Wonderful post

  • Cindy A

    I’m going to have to go back to Dorothy Sayers, it has been a looooong time.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    I’ve never read Dorothy Sayers but I will look into those books.

    • Oh what a treat to discover her for the first time! Peter Wimsey is one of my favorite book boyfriends! xo

  • carolaw41

    Love the shore and the sound of the waves. My favorite book is FOR THE ROSES by Julie Garwood. My favorite Chris is Chris Hemsworth.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Thanks for the post, Sherry! I love the scene you described in P&P. I thought the acting in that movie really brought the book to life!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I love the idea that reading romance allows us to experience the thrill, the emotions, and the roller-coaster ride of falling in love over and over again. It is a very accurate analogy.

  • Sara Underhill

    Thanks for the recommendations and the nice post! I’ve read a few of your books, but it has been a long time.

  • K Davis

    Thanks for the chance to win THE ONE IN MY HEART. I haven’t read it yet, and would love to win.

  • Kathryn Trask

    I too loved A Bollywood Affair. I have The One in My Heart on my want to read list. While I enjoy the occasionally historical – contemps are my favourite.

  • Michele Hayes

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

  • Kim

    Colin Firth’s role in Pride and Prejudice seems to be a particular favorite in the romance community. I never saw it until a few years ago and he was good.

  • Chelsea B.

    Oh wow. I read the excerpt for The One in My Heart and I am SO excited to read it!! *adds to TBR*

    • Sherry Thomas

      I hope you’ll enjoy.

  • Kai W.

    I love your paranormal books. They have great book covers.

    • Sherry Thomas

      The folks at HarperChildren did a phenomenal job with those covers.

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Can’t wait to read The One in My Heart

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love Christopher Plummer. He’s old school but still sexy.

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love this month!~

  • Linda Henderson

    I’m a big Chris Hemsworth fan but I like all the others too. I love the cover to The Immortal Heights, I’m putting it on my wish list.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I too have a son who had severe speech difficulties. He was determined to no longer need the “special ed/speech” services at school and accomplished it. Same with his private language therapy. He went on to struggle in middle and high school with processing but beat that too with the help of some wonderful counselors. He graduated high school with an IB diploma and made the Dean’s list each semester of his college years. I have to say I’m very proud of him.

    You are a new to me author but I will be looking out for your books. I loved Dorothy Sayers Peter Wimsey series. I can see how reading it out of order could be difficult. I’m impressed you read Rosemary Roger’s Sweet Savage Love using a language dictionary. I loved that book and still own my 1970’s copy. YOu are impressive!!

    • Sherry Thomas

      Eileen, I love hearing your son’s story. And my goodness, IB is tough. Well done him and well done you. You really have every reason to be very, very proud.

      • Eileen Aberman-Wells

        Thanks Sherry!

  • BookLady

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance. Christopher Plummer definitely was a sexy Von Trapp.

  • kirsten west

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Chanpreet

    I love that Sherry loves playing electronic games. That’s really cool! I like to do the same although I’m not proficient at any of them!

    • Sherry Thomas

      Well, that’s the good thing about casual games. They don’t require a ton of hours like video games, and can be done in small chunks. You don’t have to be good. Just have to find something you’ll enjoy.

      • Chanpreet

        I have a few. I just didn’t know it was something you liked doing too. 🙂

  • Sharon Forbes

    Thanks for the chance to win your books!

  • Texas Book Lover

    All these recommendations for it I may have to give The Sound of Music a try again. It’s been 20+ years since I’ve watched it!

  • cheryl c.

    I have experienced the joy of romance when reading your books. You write with such depth of emotion that leads a reader to a deeply satisfying ending.

    • Sherry Thomas

      Thank you so much, Cheryl!

  • Ann Mettert

    Nice post.

  • Glenda

    You’re right you can’t fall in love every day of your life but romances can help you relive that fweling. 🙂

  • Deborah Favorito

    I loved reading your blog. I agree about the thrill of reading Romance novels.

  • Sheryl N

    Great post. New author for me

  • flchen1

    How fabulous, Sherry! Thanks for the recommendation of Gaudy Nights, and LOL! Captain Von Trapp IS quite the man!

  • Dawn Anderson

    I had the same reaction to Christopher Plummer when I was about 17. Wowza!

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Fancy meeting you here, Sherry! George and I had such a lovely time with you at lunch at RWA/NYC last week. Sorry we could not make it closer to Central Park. Your essay on falling in love is amazing. I also want to thank you for sharing the story about your son. We also have a son with a learning disability and there is no feeling as scary and yet wonderful as hearing that he no longer needed help. He is 27 now and just received his Law Degree from UC Berkeley. He will be getting married next month. Miracles do happen and that is why I love reading Romance and looking forward to the HEA!

    • Sherry Thomas

      Always lovely to see you, Flora.

  • A big hug to you and to your child!

    • Sherry Thomas

      Thank you!

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Mary McCoy

    Gaudy Night is a perfect example of the passion simmering between people, both love and hate.

    • Sherry Thomas

      Word.

  • Seanna Yeager

    Chris Plummer does have a special place in my heart too.

  • Sue G.

    I got to go to NYC for my 40th birthday. It was really wild with the hustle and bustle of the streets but then you go into Central Park and it’s like you are not in that busy city anymore!

    • Sherry Thomas

      That’s what I love so much about it. The contrast of all that nature and serenity against those skyscrapers ringing it.

  • Pamby50

    I started reading you after last year’s post on RARM. I so understand how you feel about Christopher Plummer.

    • Sherry Thomas

      Yay, RARM works! And thank you for reading me.

  • Carol Luciano

    I love your books Sherry. Enjoyed your post. Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Sherry Thomas

      <3

  • rebecca moe

    I saw Christopher Plummer on stage a few years ago–he’s not the Captain Von Trapp era guy anymore, but he still is amazing!

    Thanks for the post, Sherry! I’m looking forward to reading your newest book–I love your historicals 🙂

    • Sherry Thomas

      🙂