Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar here. You can also find links to the last three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook. Enjoy August!
Writing For The Swoons
My first book I wrote to see if I could do it. I had a story idea I loved (note—it included swoons) so I wrote it down (then revised A LOT). The second book I wrote to see if I could do it again (more swoons). But with this third book, I no longer needed to prove to myself I could write a book from start to finish. I knew I could. As of writing this post, people are buying and reading them. I even have a contract to write two more books with my publisher (huzzah)!
As I outlined Number Three, I asked myself why I wanted to keep doing it. Writing a novel takes months of time I could use for other things. I’m always way behind on my reading and favorite shows, not to mention racing to keep up with my children’s activities. Life would be so much easier if I had those hours back. I could volunteer more at school, help my mom now that she’s moved closer to me, or actually weed the gardens (okay, that one probably wouldn’t happen). I’d proven I could do it—why continue?
I write for the swoons.
I write for that moment when the breath quickens and the stomach twists, when the love interest does something so sweet you give your significant other a little glare for not doing the same thing. That moment when a kiss on the wrist or a light touch to the small of a back makes your heart beat a smidgen faster. Those first twitches of the love to come. I could read for the swoons, but knowing it’s my imagination that crafted the moment—that’s a satisfaction like no other.
So, dear reader, I write for the swoons.
Two of the following are authors that will make their debuts soon—they are women to watch! The other is flying under the radar, but you’ll want to read her books as soon as possible.
Summer Heacock — fizzygrrl.com — I’ve read her upcoming debut and it is magnificent! firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Goodman — rachelgoodmanbooks.com (at Amazon) — Food, wine, and love. Do you really need more? Her two books, FROM SCRATCH and SOUR GRAPES are absolutely delightful! email@example.com
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
All too often, I’m in groups of writers where romance, while not directly poo-pooed (the technical term), it’s not given the respect it deserves. But at the RT Convention, I was surrounded by readers and writers who didn’t just love it, but loved it proudly and vocally and shouted about all it’s many merits. While this isn’t a traditional romance, I definitely felt all the love.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My glorious editor, Kate Dresser! There’s a reason we work so well together. Her recommendations are always spot on for books and movies. She pointed me in the direction of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and I’ve never looked back.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
My husband and I spent our fifteenth wedding anniversary in Antigua at a tiny resort where we slept with the doors wide open and awoke to the bluest water I’ve ever seen. The bed was surrounded with white netting that rippled in the breeze and everything smelled like tropical flowers and salt water. We read, slept, ate, swam, and enjoyed each other’s company for five glorious days. So forever, Antigua will always equal romance.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Most recently, I’m obsessed with Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdene from FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, the movie (full disclosure, I haven’t read the Thomas Hardy book). The film does a magnificent job of building a slow and fierce love between the two. Though there is a scene with a flock of sheep early on that I’m still not recovered from (don’t worry, there’s no gore).
Tell us about your dream date.
All important events in my life involve great food and a dream date is not exception. It would be a long meal, with many small plates, scrumptious wine, and my handsome hubby. Then maybe a show or stroll through a city for window shopping. And then *fade to black*. 😉
Amy E. Reichert is generously giving away 2 copies of LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE and 2 copies of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. (US only, apologies to international friends.) One winner will win copies of both books, and two separate winners will win one title each.
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 August 31, 2016. Good luck!
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Amy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her local library’s board of directors.
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