Adrienne Giordano – Storytelling That Matters

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I’ve loved the romance genre from the time I was a teenager and my sister passed along a Nora Roberts book. That was thirty years ago. Back then I didn’t realize the gifts romance novels would bring me.

I’ve always understood the enjoyment romance novels bring, but it would take a personal tragedy for me to truly grasp their healing power. Three years ago, my husband’s oldest daughter was involved in a fatal car accident and the life we knew fell apart. From the moment she left us we were thrown into shock and disbelief and as I sit here, typing away, I feel the punch of losing her. It’s a sobering moment when something so powerful happens. It’s as if you instinctively realize you will never fully recover.

But we had to find a way to keep moving and get back to the business of life. A week before the accident, I’d agreed to read a new romantic suspense (High-Heeled Wonder by Avery Flynn) and provide a quote for the cover.  When Avery heard about my situation she contacted me to let me know she didn’t expect me to read the book.Dog Collar Crime - Updated Ebook

What she didn’t know was for a few minutes each night her book was my therapy. That might sound crazy to some, but grief is a relentless beast. It’s exhausting work and when my mind was overrun with sorrow and rage and sleep wouldn’t come, I turned to Avery’s book. I had plenty of grief books, but I wasn’t emotionally ready for them. At that point, they only reinforced the fact that our girl was gone. What I needed then was a few minutes of peace and a way to occupy my mind with something other than loss.

So, I turned to Avery’s book.

That’s when I truly understood the healing power of romance. Did it fix my life? No. I didn’t expect it to. What it gave me was short snippets of time to get lost in a story that, no matter what, guaranteed a happy ending. At the time, I needed that happy ending and it’s something I will always be grateful for

Adrienne Giordano recommends: 

Kaylea Cross      kayleacross.com     (at Amazon)

I recently discovered romantic suspense author Kaylea Cross. How I missed her, I’m not sure, but I’m busy downloading her books now.

 

Maureen A. Miller    maureenamiller.blogspot.com    (at Amazon)

I met Maureen back when we were both debut authors and instantly adored her. I also love her writing!

 


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.Version 2

I’m happy to say my husband is a bit of a romantic so I’ve experienced a lot of romantic gestures from him. However, for this question I’m going to mention my Aunt Rose and Uncle Joe. They were married for 65 years (65 years!) and as they got older Uncle Joe took over the cooking and household chores that Aunt Rose used to handle. My uncle was an amazing man though and never seemed to mind. He adored her so much that it still makes me a little weepy thinking about how attentive he was too her. I can only hope my husband loves me that much!

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

My mom. Definitely. She is my sounding board for anything marriage and motherhood related. We’re also always chatting about books and new authors we’ve found. We binged watched Outlander together last summer and it was great fun!

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

 The beach. I grew up on the beach and it’s still a place that brings me incredible peace. I love to take walks by the ocean with my hubby. 🙂

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Aunt Rose and Uncle Joe!

Tell us about your dream date. 

I think this question really depends on where you are in your life. Right now, my husband and I are both traveling a lot. We’re busy and never seem to be able to stop moving. So, my dream date would be to sit on our deck with my hubby, grill up great food and just have some quiet time together.  Lame, I know, but sometimes the best date is the one that lets me stay home. 

Adrienne Giordano is generously giving away a Swag bag to one US reader (apologies to international friends) that includes signed copies of the first titles in my three series. The books will be Dog Collar Crime, Stealing Justice and The Prosecutor. 

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Sep 2, 2016.   Good luck!

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.)

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Adrienne Giordano Headshot 2USA Today best-selling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports-obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a cofounder of the Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

Learn more:

adriennegiordano.com   |     Facebook     |     Twitter @AdriennGiordano

You can find information on Adrienne’s street team, Dangerous Darlings, here.

 

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  • Sue G.

    I was a huge reader as a kid then college came…marriage and kids and I never had time to read. I lost my father and brother to cancer within 4 years and finally picked up a book again. It took me away for awhile and gave me that happy ending I was hoping for. Now, I read all the time and I love my happy endings.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Hi, Sue. Yay, for you on picking up a book again. Sometimes we get so busy that we stop doing the things we love.

      The thing about romance is, no matter what, you have that happy-ending guarantee. Sometimes we just need it.

  • catslady

    I have always said that reading has kept me sane and from an early age!

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Amen!

  • JoAn Varner

    Reading is always my “go to” for a respite from an often sad and scary world.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Hello JoAn! So nice to see you here. Thanks for stopping by to see me and thanks for always saying hello on Facebook. 🙂

  • Kareni

    I’m glad that reading brought you comfort during a challenging time; I know it does for me. Happy reading and writing!

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Thank you, Kareni!

  • mariannewestrich

    I love your books and it was fantastic to meet you at RAGT16 this year. Romance got me through my father’s battle with pancreatic cancer. We lost him in 3 short months (from diagnosis) and the only respite during that time was my quiet reading and escaping into the romance books I had. Thank you, to all the authors who provide that escape from reality!

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Hi, Marianne! Thank you! Gosh, that RAGT weekend was a blast. You all were so enthusiastic it was nearly impossible not to have fun.

      As an author, I should be thanking you. Without readers I can’t do the thing I love to do!

      Thank you for saying hi. Hopefully, I’ll see you again at RAGT!

  • Linda Henderson

    I started reading as a young child to escape a bad home life. Those stories took me away to families that loved and cared for each other. Reading is about the only thing that got me through those bad times. I can honestly say I’ve never been at a point in my life when reading wasn’t as necessary as breathing. I love reading and I love reading romance. I don’t believe I’ve read any of your books but I will be looking for them now.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      I totally agree, Linda. Sometimes we just need to get lost in a good story. Have a lovely weekend. Thanks for popping in. 🙂

  • Debbie Fuller

    I loved your post and totally relate with reading as getting through the tough times, been there, done that. Thanks for sharing and the author recommendations.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      You are quite welcome, Debbie! Happy reading!

  • Sally Schmidt

    Reading has always been very important to me, and since I enjoy almost all genres there is always one more terrific book to read. The romance, however, is what is comforting, going into that other world and getting to know those people, and waiting for the happy ending.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      I’m the same way, Sally. I read several genres but sometimes I just need a good romance. Thanks for popping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Pamby50

    Another reason to love Avery’s books. Romance has the power to take us away. Whether to help us along in the healing process or grief process. I discovered Kaylea Cross earlier this year. Slowly catching up on her Hostage Rescue series. I wish I knew of Lady Jane’s when I lived in Palatine. I would have made the trip to visit.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      That would have been great. We get a terrific crowd at Lady Jane’s so it’s always fun. They’ve become like family now. 🙂

  • Molly

    I read several different genres but I love romances the best.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Thanks for popping by Molly!

  • Ann Mettert

    Loved the story about your Aunt Rose and Uncle Joe.

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Thank you Ann. They’re an institution in my family!

  • Connie Saunders

    Your aunt and uncle sound so special!!

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Hi, Connie. Yes, they are. When I was little my Uncle Joe used to take long walks after family dinners. Being the patient man he was, he never minded his pesky niece tagging along and we’d stop and get an ice cream cone along the way. It’s funny because I still love to take long walks every day.

  • rebecca moe

    Reading romance can definitely help us to cope, with grief and just with life in general. I rediscovered romance after my husband was killed, and it’s kept me sane(ish) ever since.

    Thanks for posting!

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Hi, Becky Moe. Thanks for stopping in. I had no idea about your husband. I’m so sorry! It’s amazing how books can help keep us sane(ish). 🙂

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    romance gets you through anything… had over 100 strokes 2 years ago… hubby never left my side even through rehab where I had to relearn to walk and talk… the romance never left… neither did he…. hes kept me together and after 24 years I still love him to pieces… bad boy biker and all

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Now, this just made me a little weepy. Such a wonderful love story. I hope you are doing well and recovering, Diana. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Kristine R

    Love your books Adrienne Giordano. This was a wonderful post

    • Adrienne Giordano

      Thank you, Kristine! My readers allow me to do the thing I love so I’m so appreciative that you read my books. Thank you!!!!

  • Nicole Potter

    I completely agree about the healing power of romance. I know when my Grandma passed away, I took it hard. She was my support, always there for me and cheering my on, encouraging me to get my art degree even when everyone else said it wasn’t practical. I adored my grandma, and it was so devastating to loose her. But romance helped. I remember going through her things and finding her stash of books, the ones she always read right before bed to herself when I was a kid, and realized they were romance novels. Something I never picked up on as a child, haha! That we read the same things. And those same book covers were one of the big pushers to me realizing I wanted to be an artist! To draw sweeping covers with beautiful girls and strong men with cliffs or waterfalls in the background…I felt so much closer to her, you know? It’s just funny how it can help in so many different ways!