Susan Mallery – Sharing the Joy

August is Read-A-Romance Month.


I hope you’ll visit every day in August to see what 93+ of your favorite authors have to say about the Joy of Romance. (Check out the calendar.)

Do you love Romance? Let’s celebrate. xo

Shared Joy Means More

Joy in isolation is oddly dissatisfying. When happiness fills us, then bubbles over, we want to tell someone, to share the experience—to spread the joy. And what’s really thrill me mallerymagical is that sharing joy makes it deeper, richer, more profound.

So it is with reading romance. A book transports us for those precious few hours to another world, perhaps even another time or planet. Our emotions rise, plummet, then soar on a current of happiness as two flawed yet perfect-for-each-other individuals find forever love. We hug the book to our chests with a feeling of deep satisfaction . . . and we look for the first opportunity to tell another reader, “You have to read this book. It’s so good!” We post reviews, write a note on the author’s Facebook wall (my favorite thing ever), accost strangers in the bookstore.

We share the joy.

The joy of reading romance is in the connection, the community, both with the characters while we’re reading the books and afterward, with other readers who love the same stories. That’s why I think readers love my Fool’s Gold books so much. While reading, they feel like a part of the community in the quirky California town, and when they finish, they love to talk about the story with other Fool’s Gold fans.

Being part of the conversation—especially when a book is first released and everyone iskiss-me buzzing about it—is just plain fun. If you wait a year to buy a book you want to read, you’ve missed out on that experience. You’ve missed the opportunity to be an influencer. With the books you’re really excited to read, get them right away and notice how your pleasure quotient rises because you’re part of the shared experience with a community of passionate readers.

The buzz that I’m most excited about right now is all about Thrill Me, which came out last week. Thrill Me is a first love story, something we can all relate to. The summer after Maya graduated high school, she fell in love with Del Mitchell, the oldest of five brothers. Their love was so passionate, it scared her. Her rough childhood taught her to rely only on herself. So she ran away, but she did it in the most hurtful, final way she could think of so he wouldn’t try to follow.

Now ten years have passed, and they’re both back in Fool’s Gold. Mayor Marsha asks them to work together on a video to advertise the town as the Destination for Romance. Forced proximity and talk of romance brings all their old feelings to the surface. First love becomes forever love.

I believe our experience of the world is formed by that to which we pay attention. Our attention is energy that feeds its subject. Bad things happen, but if you do your best to focus on the things that bring you joy, you’ll live a happier life.

So go forth. Read romance, then share the joy.

Susan wants to know: What’s the last romance you recommended to another reader? What did you love about it?

Susan recommends:

When I want an escape from modern day, I turn to historical romance, and Julia London ‘s books are filled with everything I love about the genre: an adventure in another time, with characters whose hearts are very much like our own dealing with challenges from another era. Her latest, The Scoundrel and the Debutante, is a passionate romp across the English countryside, filled with humor and heart. (Julia will 10 good reasonsbe doing a RARM post on August 9 ~ Bobbi)

An up-and-coming contemporary romance author I enjoy is Lauren Christopher. I had the honor of reading her first book, The Red Bikini, before its release, and Fin instantly became my new favorite hero. The follow-up, Ten Good Reasons, is in stores now. The Sandy Cove books are intensely romantic stories about a transformative time in a woman’s life.

Questions for the Author:

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

When I was little, every Saturday was a cause for joy because my parents took me to the library and let me check out as many books as I could carry. I couldn’t wait to get home to bury my nose in a book—I’d start reading in the car, even though it always made me a little carsick.

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

I’m always filled with joy when I come home after a long trip. There’s no place I’d rather be than in my own home, and no person I’d rather be with than my husband.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.alex-lucy-nikki

The sounds my pets make fill me with joy. Alex and Lucy, my ragdoll cats, have discovered their purr, and it’s just the happiest, most peaceful sound. Nikki, my toy poodle, does this hilarious little growl when I rub her belly. I laugh every time. She takes herself so seriously as a dog.

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?

A book from the past that I still remember was by Sandra Canfield—an early Super Romance called Day into Night. The heroine had RA, and it was a beautiful, life-changing story.

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 have to say, I adore all the Chris choices. Seriously—any one of them would be totally and completely fine with me.

Susan is generously giving away five copies of Until We Touch on audio CD, US only (apologies to international friends).

Susan MalleryNew York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly). Her latest book, Thrill Me, has been hotly anticipated by readers and dropped in stores last week.

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