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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  • Shawna

    The last romance I recommended was Four Nights With The Duke by Eloisa James. Told my sister, who loves reading as much as I do. I loved this statement “A book transports us for those precious few hours to another world, perhaps even another time or planet.” You described it perfectly!

    • Oh, that’s so lovely, to have a sister who reads the same books you do! I’m an only child, and my parents were only children, so I don’t have sisters or even cousins. I live out my fantasy of being from a large family in the books I write. 😉

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    I just recommended Julia Quinn’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever! Love that book!

  • Sheryl N

    I think the last one was Outlander to a coworker. I had just started watching the tv show and she was interested in the storyline

  • Marissa Yip-Young

    Tough…hmm To Kiss A Rake by Barbara Monajem

    • I haven’t read that one… adding it to my list… 😉

  • Debbie_K

    LOVE Susan’s Books. Humor, emotion, passion . what more could you want

  • Patty Vasquez

    I’d been saving Susanna Kearney’s books, The Winter Sea and The Firebird to read while on vacation inn July. I loved them both! As soon as I got back home, I recommended the books to a friend who is a fellow historical fiction reader. It turns out, she was way ahead of me and had already read all of Ms.Kearney’s books.

    • It’s so fun to find out that a friend loves the same books you do. Suddenly, you have a whole new conversation topic!

  • Katelyn Gauthier

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance!

  • Carrie Van Derveer

    Love your books!

    • Thank you, Carrie. That’s so nice of you to say!

  • Linda Scarchuk

    Love all of Susan’s books and am reading Thrill Me as we speak!

    • Yay! I’m thrilled that you’re reading Thrill Me. 😉 Have you gotten to the part where… nope, no spoilers!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love the Fools Gold Series! Thanks so much for sharing these stories with us!

    • Thank you, Marianne. I adore Fool’s Gold, and it means the world to me that readers do, too.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    Libraries brought me joy back in the day and they still do.

    • Oh, for sure. Libraries are the place to me, no matter what your reading preference.

  • Karen Mikusak

    Love your books! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Cathy Zaramba

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Fool’s Gold series. I listen to them on my walks and as I’m cooking and cleaning. Wonderful stories.

    • That’s so nice to hear, Cathy! About two years after my books come out, I listen to them in audio. It’s a great way to learn and improve. I have to hum loudly during the sex scenes, though. They make me wildly uncomfortable. 😉

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love Susan’s Fools Gold Series!!!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you for posting and being apart of Read A Romance Month. I’ve just recently discovered you and have been reading everything I can find. Almost caught up to your current book, still looking for 4 or 5 titles. Thank you for sharing Fool’s Gold……a town we can all inspire to duplicate.

    • Thank you so much, Debbie. I’m glad you discovered me. All of the Fool’s Gold books are still in print, so if you can’t find them, your local bookstore can order them for you, or you can purchase them online. 🙂 Don’t miss all the free bonus content at!

  • Cindy A

    I love this month esp. all the new books/authors that are recommended.

    • Isn’t it fun?! Bobbi put a lot of work into this. What a benefit to the romance community.

  • Christyna

    I know exactly what you mean when you finish a good book, hold it to your chest, and just sigh with joy for having been on such a joyous journey. And as a library worker, love your library story! 🙂

    • Librarians provide an amazing service to the community, Christyna. Thank you for everything you do.

  • Carrie

    I agree that there is no place like home and being with your loved one!

    • I’m just home from an amazing weekend with almost 150 readers. I had a fantastic time. Laughed more than I have all year. Fabulous! And yet, it was still wonderful to get home.

  • A Lynne Wall

    It’s was a joy to meet you at Fool’s Gold -Chicago this weekend.

    • Thank you so much for coming, Lynne! <3 What a fun weekend that was!!! I so enjoyed the Fool's Gold Getaway!

  • Beth K. Vogt

    I was that girl exiting the library with a too-tall stack of books to read — and now I’m the woman with the too-many-to-read stacks of books to be read all around my house. Some things never change. And I’m good with that.

    • If reading is an addiction, I don’t want to be cured! 😀

  • Joan Varner

    The last romance that I recommended to a friend was RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz. I do enjoy reading your Fools Gold series.

    • Thank you, Joan. I’ve read and loved many of Jayne’s books, but I don’t think I’ve read RIVER ROAD yet. Adding it to my list! 😀

  • Molly

    I love your books. The last book I recommended to a friend was heartless by Mary balogh.

    • You can’t go wrong with Mary Balogh! 😀 Thanks for your kind words about my books, too, Molly.

  • BookLady

    I became addicted to books as a child and still love reading all types of books. The last romance I recommended was When You Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen.

    • What a great title! It’s been interesting watching all the fun “Duke” titles that historical authors are coming up with. Always a new twist. I enjoy those titles!

  • Diane Blaser

    The last book I recommended to a friend was THAT THING YOU DO by Maria Geraci! I gave it 5 stars on Amazon!

    • Oooooh, love a five-star review! 🙂 Reviews are one of the best thingsi you can do to support the authors you love, Diane. We really appreciate it!

  • Lisa Hutson

    I recently recommended the first two books from the Stardust series by Lori Wilde. Lovely romance, adopted family, small town…..fabulous.

    • Very nice! I do love a small town romance! (Obviously. 😉 )

  • K Davis

    I’ve been listening to the Fool’s Gold series on audible. I’m just about to finish When We Met. I’m not sure what I’ll do with myself when I finish! So great! I love all the characters, especially Charlie. 🙂

    • Charlie is one of my favorites. That book was my fun, gender-bending twist on Beauty and the Beast. 🙂

  • Sharon Forbes

    I really enjoyed reading your post. It’s so true, we DO love sharing when we read a great book, no matter if it’s a romance or not. I love sharing favorite books with my Mum and sisters, we all have similar tastes in what we enjoy reading. The last great book I recommended was the Lowcountry trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe. This series has made me feel like I was there with these sisters, almost as if I could feel those lovely ocean breezes, or sitting around the table with them. I love books like that!

    • I do, too. Books with a real sense of place. I admire that. I have to work hard at setting the scene. My natural inclination is to write 100% dialogue.

  • I discovered all different genes of romance groups last year on Facebook, and chatting with readers and authors has been awesome! I totally agree with your post. Sharing with romance lovers like myself is fun, and informative. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Angela! That is my favorite thing about being a part of the romance community – and the reading community – is that we’re all so generous with our recommendations. We *want* to help each other find great books. Sharing is what it’s all about.

  • Linda Henderson

    I always recommend Laura Kaye’s books. One of my favorites of her’s is East Of Ecstasy. Although her Hard Ink series is great too.

    • East of Ecstasy… that is a very intriguing title. I’m going to have to look it up.

  • Michelle Koebel

    I recently recommended Tracy Solhiem’s book both the Baltimore Blaze series and Second Chances. They are great uplifting romances.

    • “Uplifting” is what I’m looking for in a book. I don’t want a book that’s going to depress me. I want to feel good about the world!

  • kirsten west

    Completely agree that the noises our pets make bring joy. My dogs and horse are vocal when they see me!

    • That must make you feel so loved, Kirsten, that they greet you with obvious pleasure when you’ve been apart. I love it.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I recommended Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series to a friend looking for something funny, clever and romantic.

    • Jill is funny! I always have a good time when we’re together.

  • Aleen D

    I recommended Lauren Wilig’s Pink Carnation series. It’s full of romance, spies, and suspense. The best combinations in my opinion.

    • I love a good spy story! I don’t write them, but I do love them. 😉

  • Michele Hayes

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

    • Thank you, Michele. That’s sweet of you to say. Good luck!

  • Melody Gonser

    Jill Shalvis “The Sweetest Thing” is one of my favorites. I would recommend it for anyone. I love Ford and Tara. The story made me feel good.

  • Charlotte Litton

    I love Sheryl Woods, I would recommend her to everyone. Thanks for the giveaway ❤

  • Karen

    Folks have recommended a lot of good romances and authors below. For a change I’m going to recommend a memoir… The Measure of A Man by Sidney Poitier. This is a book highly worth reading IMHO.

    • Interesting! Thanks for sharing, Karen. I’ll check it out.

  • Last friday I have recommended Faking it by Jennifer Crusie and the Immortals after dark series by Kresley Cole. Inventive and funny romances!

  • Texas Book Lover

    I’m always recommending books. Or should I say trying to. I think at this point my family just nods and smiles at me when I start talking books. But my book friends love it!

  • Stephanie Stevens Chalbeck

    My recommendation is anything by Kristan Higgins. I really liked The Best Man. Her stories make me laugh.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    CONGRATULATIONS on making the New York Times Bestseller list with “Thrill Me. ” Brava, Susan.

  • Sheila M

    I totally remember Day Into Night!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    There are so many authors that I enjoy that it’s hard to recommend just one author. That being said, I do love recommending Kristan Higgins’ books. I’ve enjoyed your Fool’s Gold series.

  • Kai W.

    Susan, I am regular reader of your books.

  • Mary McCoy

    Your pets look like great companions to come home to. Your books never fail to Thrill Me. which was my last book recommended to others.

  • Sue G.

    The most recent book I’d recommend is Sabrina Jeffries’ The Art of Sinning. Well written story with great characters. Another book I just adored from a fairly new author is Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper. It was a laugh out loud, funny, sexy book!

  • Nicole Potter

    For someone that’s new to the genre, I really liked “Protected by Stone” by Cynthia Brint! It’s a cute, funny read that’s not too mainstream and not too well known! I loved it!!

  • Pamby50

    When I know you are having sets come out, I wait till the 2nd book comes out before I start reading. I just finished reading Kiss Me and looking forward to reading Thrill Me.

  • Martha Lawton

    I have loved your series about Fool’s Gold. I think you are a remarkable writer! I also have enjoyed your other series as well. I really loved the Girls of Mischief Bay.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I am looking forward to reading this years Fool’s Gold books while I am on vacation in a couple of weeks!

  • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

    There is so many books that I have read but right now I cannot think of one that has brought me joy. One book I have reread more than any other is The Wolf & The Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I love that book and reread it all the time. I do enjoy your books. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

  • Waving hello to one of my go-to authors! xo

  • rebecca moe

    Equal opportunity Chris lover; I like it!

    The last book I recommended to others was Sandra Brown’s Mean Streak. I loved all the plot twists and how much I wanted them together, even when I wasn’t sure the hero was 100% innocent!