Anne Gracie – How I #LoveRomance

Hi friends!

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!


How Do I #LoveRomance?cover-summer-bride

(With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)


How do I #LoveRomance?

Let me count the ways.

I love it for the depth — of characterization

and the breadth — of variety

and the height — of my TBR pile.


My hand can reach, when a book is out of sight

For my e-reader for which I need no light.


I #LoveRomance

For the endings happy and full of grace.The Autumn Bride

For offering fulfillment at the close of a weary day.

My quiet need, my escape, in sun or candle-light.

I  love the worlds where heroines strive for right.


I #LoveRomance wholly, though the wider world disdains its praise.


I #LoveRomance. It is passion put to use,

To soothe old griefs, and rekindle childhood’s faith

In love.


I #LoveRomance with a joy I never lose.

Sinner and saints, heroes and rakes.


I #LoveRomance. It’s the breath,

Smiles, tears, of life;


And if you’re good, I shall leave thee my books

After death.


Anne recommends:

First up is Lucy Parker      (at Amazon)

I recently read her debut book, ACT LIKE IT, a fun romantic comedy set in the London theatre scene. Some chuckles, some good romance and a few lump-in-throat moments.


Madeline Ash       (at Amazon)

smart contemporary romance. She was a RITA finalist this year — her first time, but it won’t be her last. Try YOU FOR CHRISTMAS.


Susan Sey      (at Amazon)

Sassy fun contemporary romance. Try the first book in her “Trouble” series, TASTE FOR TROUBLE.


Nancy Warren      (at Amazon)

She’s not a new writer, but I recently discovered Nancy’s Toni Diamond series. Funny, clever, cosy Southern mysteries starring a diamond-studded make-up saleswoman. Try the first one in the series, FROSTED SHADOW.

Questions for the Author:

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

I grew up in a romantic household, where my father and mother could often be caught kissing quietly in the kitchen (which embarrassed my school friends no end.) Sometimes they’d spontaneously dance to the radio — my father would grab Mum’s hand and swing her into his arms. She’d be laughing, and when they danced together, they moved as one.

My folks died a few years ago, but one of the last memories I have is of them dancing together. My dad had hardly moved for months — he had Parkinsons. My sister and I had hired a guy with a keyboard to entertain the folks in the nursing home. He started playing a golden oldie song, and suddenly my dad rose from his chair, said “Come on Bet,” grabbed Mum’s hand and swung her into a dance. Mum was laughing. And when they danced together, they moved as beautifully as always.

My sister and I sat there, bawling.

A lifetime of romance. 

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

I have a group of romance writer friends that are very special to me. We don’t live close to each other — we’re from all over the country — and once a year we get together for a week by the beach. There we eat, drink, write and talk romance novels. We bring books to swap and discuss, we share our love of the genre, and it refills the romance writing well like you wouldn’t believe.

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

For me, it’s the beach at twilight, walking barefoot, hand in hand as the waves ebb and flow and froth around our ankles. The sky slowly darkens to deep indigo velvet. And then the moon rises, huge and golden.

 Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

My mum and dad (see above).

Tell us about your dream date. 

Recipe for a dream date.

Take one Richard Armitage/David Tennant/Jensen Ackles (just one, don’t be greedy)

Marinate well.

Warm gently by an open fire.

Peel slowly.

Serve on a bed of dark red rose petals.


Anne is generously giving away one book for a US draw and one for an international draw (winners’ choice of Anne’s available titles).  *****International friends, please be sure to leave your country in your comment so that we know you’re international. xo

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 Sept 7, 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.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading


gracieMugshotSmallAnne Gracie spent her childhood and youth on the move because of her father’s job. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

Anne started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world, writing by hand in notebooks. Since then, her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and include Japanese manga editions, which she thinks is very cool.

A five-time RITA finalist (but never a bride) she’s a former president and lifetime honorary member of Romance Writers of Australia, promotes adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, enjoys her tangled garden and keeps bees. Find her online at

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  • Kathy Nye

    Love your recipe for a dream date.

    • Anne Gracie

      LOL– thanks Kathy. It’s a very easy recipe — getting the ingredients is the tricky part. 😉

  • Amaya

    Your parents’ story is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing ♡ – Malaysia

    • Anne Gracie

      Thank you, Amaya. My parents lived for some years in Malaysia and loved it. So did I.

      • Amaya

        Thank you for telling me! I’m glad you all did 😀

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Anne! Thank you for sharing your parent’s story. Very sweet. Sort of reminds me of The Notebook.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks Sharlene, I’ve never been able to bring myself to read or watch The Notebook — too close to the bone.

      • Sharlene Wegner

        I don’t blame you. The book & movie have different endings, but both sad. I would never do a reread or a re-watch.

        • Anne Gracie

          Thanks, Sharlene — I don’t mind a good cry in a story, but I do want a happy ending.


    Thank you for the lovely story of your parents. They are proof positive that romance has always been alive and well in Australia. I wanted to say, your Bride series is one of the best series I have ever read. Thanks so much for those 4 lovely women and their “Aunt”.

    • Anne Gracie

      Oh, Annette — thank you for that lovely comment. Much appreciated. 🙂

  • Ann Mettert

    That story about your mom and dad is wonderful.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Ann — they were a pretty special couple.

  • Kareni

    What a truly lovely story about your parents, Ms. Gracie; it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks you for the pleasure your books have given me. I was unfamiliar with some of your author recommendations, but I did enjoy Act Like It. Lucy Parker also wrote an enjoyable book under the name Elle Pierson.

    FYI: The Amazon link above goes to a different author’s page.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thank you, Kareni. I had a little weep, too when I was writing it. Lovely memories. Thanks for your lovely comment—and for the heads up about the Elle Pierson book–and for the heads-up about the wrong link. I’ll chase it up — thanks.

  • cheryl c.

    Love your recipe for a dream date! 😉

    • Anne Gracie

      We can only dream, eh, Cheryl? 😉

  • catslady

    Love it! I’m looking forward to reading your stories and love the covers too!

    • Anne Gracie

      Thank you catslady. I’ve been blessed with my covers lately. Thank you Berkley Cover magicians.

  • Melissa Williams Herrin

    Loved your post. Thank you for the giveaway. Love your books

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Melissa — best of luck in the giveaway.

  • May

    Your parents are so sweet. 🙂 Lovely stories about them. 🙂

    • Anne Gracie

      Thank you May. They were a very romantic couple.

  • Mary McCoy

    Spontaneous dancing, a sure sign of romance!

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Mary.

  • Debbie Fuller

    Oh how I wish I had such talent with words. Thank you for such a fun post.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks so much Debbie, glad you enjoyed it.

  • Pamby50

    Loved your post! Love that your parents would just break out and dance or share quiet kisses. That’s the job of a parent. Embarrass your child.

    • Anne Gracie

      Pamby, it didn’t embarrass me or my siblings — we were used to it — but a lot of my friends found it weird. And a few thought it was romantic — particularly the dancing in the kitchen part.

  • alisha woods

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your books

    • Anne Gracie

      Thank you Alisha — lovely of you to say so.

  • Quinn Fforde

    I love the story about your parents, and I definitely want to try that recipe!

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Quinn. The recipe is easy — it’s getting the ingredients that’s the tricky part.;)

  • Ellen

    Thanks for telling your parents’ story. What a lovely memory to have.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks so much, Ellen.

  • K Davis

    We all dream of a lifelong romance, and what a great story. 🙂 I love your books, and to me, you are the queen of romance. 🙂

    • Anne Gracie

      LOL — I’m not queen of anything, but thank you kindly for the lovely words. 🙂

  • Linda Henderson

    Oh my, what a wonderful moment with your mom and dad. I had an aunt and uncle that were that way. They were the most loving couple I have ever seen. They were a joy to be around. We didn’t get to see them as often as we would have liked, they lived in New Jersey and I live in SW Missouri. They died within a few months of each other. As sad as it was, they were finally together again. Everyone should have a love like that. And if they don’t, they can read about them in romance books. I love my romance books and hopefully I’ll never have to give them up.

    • Anne Gracie

      Linda, I think that’s why we all love reading romance — to remind us never to forget what’s possible. Thanks for your lovely comment.

  • Patty Vasquez

    Thank you for sharing your parent’s story. It’s beautiful. I’ll be sure to check out your recommendations. They’ve been spot on in previous years.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Patty — glad you’ve enjoyed my recommendations. I never recommend anything I’m not already pushing onto my friends 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I love your story about your mum and dad dancing at the home. I too would cry at that sight. Walking along the beach is truly romantic!! I also love your recipe for a dream date. Thank you for your post.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Eileen, glad you enjoyed the, Thanks for dropping by.

  • Kristine R

    Your parents story is so sweet. Definitely a romantic couple to aspire to.

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Kristine

  • Sue G.

    Your parents sound adorable! I hope my hubby and I are like that in our later years!

    • Anne Gracie

      I hope so, too Sue. It’s a lovely way to be.

  • The dance between your parents is a truly moving moment. I’m so glad that you have had a precious gift as this, to see their true heart shining even in their elder days. Thanks for your post!

    • Marinella from Italy

      • Anne Gracie

        Thank you so much, Marinella. There were many such moments to recall. They were blessed and so were my siblings and me.

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love annies books and have for a long time now…. the only time ive seen my parents dance was at my wedding, too many kids in my family for them to really have chances to dance…. one dance a wedding is enough.. lol… i am one of 13 so they did their dancing in bed… lmao

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks so much for those kind words, Diana. I think people do all kinds of different dancing — what matters is the love that shines between them. 🙂

  • Bube

    #ILoveRomance post is super awesome! 🙂
    Truly wonderful couple,your parents,wonderful story 🙂

    • Anne Gracie

      Thank you, Bube. Love that you’re in Macedonia. My oldest best friend is Macedonian (well, born of Macedonian parents in Australia) and she’s in a Macedonian women’s choir that produced a CD once, and many of my scenes are written to the sound of that lovely choir. I lived her parent’s village for 3 months when we were young women. Beautiful. 🙂

      • Bube

        Wonderful 🙂

  • Linda Buzard-Moffitt

    Love your Giveaway Thanks for the chance to win

    • Anne Gracie

      Thanks, Linda — good luck in the draw.

  • Nicole Potter

    Goodness, your parent’s love sounds beautiful!! I hope my husband and I continue to have a love like that when we’re older! To suddenly get pulled into a dance by a song on the radio, to laugh in the kitchen <3

    • Anne Gracie

      Nicole, I hope you do too. It’s important, I think to live every moment the best and happiest you can. It’s the small moments that nourish a life, I think — not the big gestures.

  • My parents are also model for me but i fear i will never find a soulmate like they did…their first love was teh right oen and they found it late but never gave up 35y of happiness and love only death could and did separe them


    • Anne Gracie

      Miki, it’s wonderful to witness that kind of love. I say, never give up on finding it. 🙂

  • Diane Sallans

    that is so sweet about your parents – I always liked it when mine would dance together.

  • Madeleine Constance

    It honestly makes me so happy that there’s an entire month dedicated to celebrating the romance genre. So many times have I seen people try to rip it apart, call it trashy fiction for middle age suburban house wives, it’s so upsetting. This post it beautiful.