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