Susan Donovan – Joyful & Entertaining

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Joyfully Entertaining

Real life can throw us some nasty curve balls. (Sing it, Beyoncé — “… I went to bed on topmoondance beach of the world. Today the world’s on top of me.”) That’s one of the reasons I find reading romance novels to be a joyful experience. No matter how hairy things get in the plot, somewhere in the back of my mind is the knowledge that everything’s going to be all right. No matter how gut wrenching the conflict is between the hero and heroine, I carry the little nugget of comfort with me that they’ll find a way to get through it, together.

The result is a joyfully entertaining experience. When the emotional rollercoaster ride we take with the characters ends with a deeply satisfying and positive outcome, we share in their joy. And we want to start the journey all over again.

The modern romance novel is about family and personal evolution as much as finding the right guy, so I believe happy endings can be affirming for the reader. When I finish a romance novel, I feel stronger and more hopeful as I go off to face my own challenges.

Susan recommends:

Shelly Alexander, author of “It’s In His Kiss.”

Beth Ciotta, author of the Cupcake Lovers books and many other novels. (Read Beth’s “Joy of Romance” post.) 

Crystal Hubbard, author of everything from delightful children’s fiction to hot and sexy contemporary romance.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy.  Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

Putting these two together:  About six months ago when, after two weeks of living in my new house, I realized I wasn’t on vacation! It hit me that this beautiful, tranquil, positive place was now my home.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

For me, the most joyful sound in the world is the laughter of the people I love. It’s powerful music.

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?

Many books bring me joy in that the story allows me to feel connected to something greater than myself. “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd is one of the most joyful, affirming novels I’ve ever read. For me, it was a reminder that a vast mystical world exists just below the surface of our everyday lives.

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)

Oh, boy! (No pun intended.) I’ll answer this like the dirty-old-woman I’ve clearly become and say Chris Pine. That hunka-hunka could pilot my starship anytime, anywhere.

Susan is generously giving away signed copies of the entire “Bayberry Island” series to one lucky US reader (apologies to international friends). The include:

SEA OF LOVE  |  THE SWEETEST SUMMER  |  MOONDANCE BEACH And the novella “A Seaside Christmas,” in the CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET anthology.

To enter leave a comment on this post, on the RARM Facebook post or both (you can find the FB post here) before Thursday Sept. 3 11:59 pm CST.


publicity glassesSusan Donovan’s novels have won accolades for being witty, sexy, and entertaining. A former newspaper reporter with journalism degrees from Northwestern University, Susan is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller whose novels have been translated into dozens of languages. Susan is a two-time RITA Award finalist, and her novel TAKE A CHANCE ON ME was named Best Contemporary Romance of 2003 by RT Book Reviews Magazine. She lives in New Mexico with her family and assorted dogs.

Find Susan at susandonovan.com or on Facebook.

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