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!
(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.
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
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
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.
smart contemporary romance. She was a RITA finalist this year — her first time, but it won’t be her last. Try YOU FOR CHRISTMAS.
Sassy fun contemporary romance. Try the first book in her “Trouble” series, TASTE FOR TROUBLE.
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)
Warm gently by an open fire.
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.)
Anne 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 www.annegracie.com
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