Sugar Jamison – Romance, My Go-To Genre

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Romance, The Meaningful Pick-Me-Up

There was a time in my life that I would have never publicly admitted to loving romance novels, much less admit that I wrote them. But the romance genre and me have a long curvy girl cadethistory that began was I was sixteen and bored at work. There were a shelf of paperback novels in the back of the gift shop I worked in. I’m pretty sure the newest James Patterson and Sue Grafton novels were displayed, but I by passed those big named bestselling authors, my hand instead reaching for a romance novel with a pretty blue and white cover. It was written by an author I had never heard of. That book was The Summer House, by Jude Deveraux. And after that I was all in. She was the first author who I binge read, happily shelling out the eight bucks a paperback. I was hooked on romance and I haven’t looked back since.

At this point in my life. I won’t even venture to guess how many I have read. But I do know that when I moved to a different state last year, I gave over two hundred books away. It was hard for me to do, almost painful because as I looked at each book I was momentarily transported back to when I had read it. Blue Skies, by Catherine Andersen, when I was in my early twenties and on a weekend getaway with my mother. This Heart of Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, my senior year of high school as I recovered from a cold. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt on a sandy beach in Maine in my twenties. It’s odd to remember where you were when you read a book. But it’s like when you hear an old song on the radio and it takes you back to a certain summer, or brings back a memory that was long forgotten. That’s how strong bad boy ceomy relationship with those books were.

I’m not really sure why romance is my go to genre when I’m looking for a something to read. I can easily get lost in an epic fantasy or be deeply affected by beautiful literary fiction, but every time I go into a bookstore I make a beeline for the romance section. It could be all the beautifully done covers, or the fact that on those shelves are books predominately written by women for women, but I think I return to romance again and again because it brings me joy. It truly is an escape.

I’m a pretty tough cookie. I grew up with four brothers who didn’t have time for my sensitivity. I am realist. I’m outspoken. I’m unromantic. People who know me would never describe me as a head-in-the-clouds daydreamer. But the truth is, I’m the type of girl who needs a happy ending. There are so many painful things that go on in the world, so many news stories that make my stomach sick and my heart sore, that I need romance to counteract that. I need to be transported to a place where men are heroic and valiant and women will do anything for the ones they love. I need to read about love and meaningful human relationships. It’s my instant mood lifter, my pick me up. For me romance novels equals good memories and warm feelings and I will be a huge supporter of them for as long as I live.

Sugar recommends:

Regina Kyle ( reginakyle.com ) writes sexy category romance with heart.

Jamie Beck ( jamiebeck.com ) writes beautiful, thoughtful romance that borders on women’s fiction. Check them both out. (Read Jamie’s RARM post here.)


Questions for the Author:

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

It might sound silly, but every day little things bring me sheer joy. I once got a pair of jeans on sale for $0.97. A coworker went out and bought me a doughnut when he knew I was having a bad day. One day I got to work without hitting a single red light. All those things brought me joy.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.206217_699473831899_7234774_n

I love Maine. My two best friends from college and I go up every year. I love the way the air smells. I love how the water is frigid even in late summer. I love stopping in the huge liquor store on the highway as we drive up there (Yes, there is a liquor store on the highway in New Hampshire). Everyone should go! (To Maine. Not to the liquor store.)

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I love it when my niece giggles. Big belly baby laughs are the best.

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?

Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie, will always bring me joy, because it’s the first book I read when the heroine wasn’t a perfect looking size two with gorgeous hair. I learned that real women could have awesome romances too. 

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’m loving Chris Pratt. He seems sweet and down to earth. The six pack doesn’t hurt either.

Sugar is generously giving away five e-copies of her latest release, A Curvy Girl for the Cadet. 

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Sugar Jamison is a southern belle trapped in a New Yorker’s body. With a love of big hair and high heeled shoes, she spends her day at her very normal day job and night dreaming up sweet but sassy romances. Sugar also writes steamier romances under the name Ginger Jamison.

 

You can see what she’s up to at sugarjamison.com   |   Facebook   |   Twitter

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  • Aye Lopez

    Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  • JoDeen Anderson

    Such a cool post yay giveaway!!

  • alisha woods

    love Sugar’s books.

  • Kathleen Bylsma

    Your interview defines why we love your books!

  • Linda Henderson

    You are a new author to me but I’m definitely putting your books on my wish list. I love your covers.

  • Rochelle

    I loved your post. I agree that when all is rough with the world, you can escape into the joy of a romance!

  • Karen Menas

    Love your books Sugar! Just bought The Bad Boy CEO! Romance rules!

  • Katy Lee

    You nailed it. 🙂

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      Hi Katy! *Waves*

  • Meghan Lyndsey Ann Edwards

    Ooo, a new author to try out!

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      Try me! 🙂

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I love Bet Me as well.

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      Great book. 🙂

  • Carol Opalinski

    I have heard great things about your books and I have some on my TBR!!

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      🙂

  • T. Rosado

    Miss Sugar Jamison, romantic comedy is my favorite genre within a genre. I love to laugh like you like your nieces giggles. I own two of your books and I NEED to read more! Also, Bet Me is my absolute favorite Jennifer Crusie Book.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I love Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. That is my go-to book when I want to laugh out loud and feel a little better about the world. I haven’t read you, yet, but I’ve got you on my TBR.

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      Such a great book!

  • Pamby50

    Hi Sugar. When I read you have 4 brothers, I thought I understand her. I have 2 older brothers and 2 younger brothers. No sister. When we moved I had 20 bins of books. I just couldn’t depart with them.

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      My family was very annoyed with me when I moved around 500 books one time. I knew I couldn’t do that to them again. Thanks for stopping by!

  • “For me romance novels equals good memories and warm feelings”: and so are your books for us! Thank you so much!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love that not every heroine in romance books is a size 2 and perfect! The genre has really advanced in making EVERYONE relatable! Thanks so much!

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jennifer C

    I love what you said about Bet Me – that real women can have romances, too.

  • I love your books and you are awesome. I’m so glad that you like romance, even of you did not want to admit it at first.

    • Sugar/Ginger Jamison

      Thank you!

  • Jamie Beck

    I love getting all green-lights, too! And while I’ve never heard your niece giggle, I enjoy seeing her pictures on FB. 😉 Great post!

  • marypreston

    I couldn’t begin to guess how many romance books I have read either.

  • Mj

    Read one of your books a little while ago and loved it! Can’t wait to read more

  • Emmel

    Ah, Maine! Vacationed here for many a year. Yes, that liquor store in NH is memorable, since you can’t miss seeing it on the highway!

  • Angela H

    I have read Bet Me as well and it was a good book

  • Sue G.

    I love Maine. We went there a few years ago on a family vacation. We were surprised at how cold it was at the end of July but it was a beautiful place. We did go up to the top of Cadillac Mountain but it was so cloudy we couldn’t see anything.

  • Texas Book Lover

    With the exception of the fridged water Maine sounds wonderfully.

  • kirsten west

    Sometimes, more often than not, a person needs the joy found in romance novels. Loved the interview!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Hi Sugar!! I loved your post!! I’ve never been to northeast but hope to some day. Jennifer Crusie is my go to author when I just need a fun read!! Bet Me was perfect!! I have some of your books on my kindle but haven’t read them yet. I do look forward to when I can find the time to read them.

  • Michele H.

    Great post- Romance is my go to when I need a pick me up. I recently donated 4 boxes of romance to my local library (which were residing in the attic, as my bookshelves are full!) There was a moment where I had second thoughts about giving them away, as I could still remember reading many of them and seriously considered rereading all of them!

  • Kai W.

    I am glad that romance are reflecting real women. It is not like we can be a size 2 (let alone a size 0) forever.

  • Mary McCoy

    Yay for the curvy girls!

  • Glenda

    I wonder how many people read romance in secret? I found out recently that my father has started reading romances that he picks up from the senior center (he’s pushing 80) and my sister borrows the books from him – yet she claims not to like reading romance.