Drawing Strength from HEAs – Luna Quinn

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This month, we’re celebrating diversity & romance with 31 writers who represent a bright rainbow of nationality, culture, religion, color, ethnicity and orientation. Visit every day in January to check in and show your appreciation for a variety of voices who’ll share their thoughts on the 2015 RARM theme, The Joy of Romance. Let’s celebrate love for everyone! xo

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The Joy & Comfort of Hope

(To avoid confusion I’m going to put the first line of Luna Quinn’s bio here: Luna Quinn is the pseudonym for co-writers Yajaira Diaz and Brittany Marczak. Enjoy! ~ Bobbi)

One of the most beautiful things about the romance genre is the hope you find in its Seducing Chaos novels. Hope to get through the bad day you’re having, the bad week you’re having, or just a sucky situation in your life that you can’t escape. There’s no better feeling than snuggling on the couch after a long day with a great romance book full of joy, laughter, love and, yes, even heartbreak. But the wonderful thing is, in romance, you have a guaranteed happily ever after (or at least a happily for now ending). No matter how bad things get in the plot, or how messed up the characters are, you know everything is going to turn out well in the end. Whereas in real life, the future is often one big question mark. The firm and immovable certainty that everything is going to be okay in the end has gotten us through more than one bad day. It might sound silly to some, but we draw strength from romance books.

When the black moment happens, and tears prick at your eyes while your heart burns for the main love interests, there is also a surge of energy–of hope. And then when the characters reunite in either a grand gesture, or a sweet, private moment, we find ourselves smiling along with the characters through tears, and everything feels right in the world again. When the book is done, we get up and go about our life filled with a new sense of purpose. Those characters were able to fight for love, get past incredible obstacles, and to hold on to a sliver of happiness they found in an unpredictable world. I can have that, too.

This is especially powerful when the characters are flawed in the same ways we are, or are going through problems we or someone close to us is going through. It’s those moments when it feels like we’re looking in a mirror, at a slightly different version of ourselves, and the book is like a great big hug, telling us it’s going to be okay. That no matter how sucky things get, no matter how messed up our mind can be, we can make it to our happy ending.

In our opinion, there is little else in the world that provides such a deep, personal comfort like a good romance book. Some things get close, and nothing can replace the comfort of another person, but sometimes we don’t want to be in the company of other people (and that’s okay!). When we’re struggling with a specific problem, a romance book is often exactly what we need. Not only are they like being in the presence of your best friend, but a great romance will stay in your heart forever. It’s also true that, whenever you’re feeling down, all you have to do is remember a scene you loved, or just a pairing, and that rush of love and hope puts a smile on your face.

Luna Quinn recommends:

Alisha Rai  –  alisharai.net – While all of her books are fantastic, if you want a starting place, we recommend A Gentleman in the Street!

Courtney Milanwww.courtneymilan.com – While I’ve yet to read her historicals, I LOVED Trade Me!


Questions for the Author:

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

Britt: Man, talk about a toughie! I tend to think of sheer joy as not really being those HUGE, once-in-a-life type of moments, but rather those small moments that happen from day to day that you might take for granted, or might not even notice. I have a cup of tea every night, and at that first sip, time pauses for just a little bit while I truly relax and enjoy that moment. Oddly enough, in that moment, I kind of find my center again, and I am wholly me again for another day. Whether it’s tea or coffee providing that little slice of heaven, I think that’s sheer joy right there—and sheer sanity! 😉

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

Yajaira: Definitely my Aunt Gloria’s house. It’s the place where our family gathers and everyone has a key and is always welcomed.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Britt: I love, love, love the sound of cats purring. Whether it’s a shy, soft purr or a loud motorboat purr, it brings an instant smile to my face. It calms me and makes me happy, no matter how tough a day I’m having!

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?

Yajaira: This is always a hard question to answer because there have been so many! The first book that came to mind was ‘The Prince’ by Tiffany Reisz. It was such a beautiful book, I cried tears of joy and sorrow pretty much the entire book.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~ Tell us about your favorite celebrity crush. :o) 

Yajaira: That’s a no brainer! Enrique Iglesias has been my one true love since the fifth grade.

Britt: I’m going to cheat a little and name two crushes. For the past couple of years, Jared Padalecki has been my crush, because not only those muscles, but he has a heart of absolute gold. (Check out Always Keep Fighting if you haven’t heard about it! *You can read the Variety article with lots of links here. ~ Bobbi) And my most recent crush was confirmed when I saw The Force Awakens for the second time and just spent half the movie swooning over Oscar Isaac.

Luna Quinn (aka Yajaira Diaz and Brittany Marczak) is generously giving away a copy of her debut, Seducing Chaos, open to US and international readers. To enter, leave a comment below or on the Facebook post here (or both – show the love!) :o) by 11:59 pm PST Jan 9th. Good luck! 

LQ_SmallLuna Quinn is the pseudonym for co-writers Yajaira Diaz and Brittany Marczak. They began writing together by chance in 2012, and clicked instantly. With ideas to last them the rest of their lives, they work night and day to write the dark, sexy stories they want to read.

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