Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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Romance Saved Me
I think it can easily be said I #LoveRomance. I found my home within the worlds of a page and found a new reason to smile, live, and breathe with each new word. Before I picked up a romance world, I was a happy graduate student, studying hard to be a chemist and eventually a professor. That was what I had been working hard toward since I was thirteen.
I was content.
And then I found romance.
I found characters who were afraid of social situations like me but could circumvent them if needed. I found heroines who I could be and those who had nothing to do with me but I still rooted for. I found heroes who made me swoon and others that made me want to smack them upside the head. The best ones were the ones that made me do both.
I found hundreds of ways to reach a happy ever after and never grew bored. I could be a wallflower in the sight of a duke, a shifter who must fight for her pack so she can save those she loves, a shopkeeper who falls for the bad boy next door, and so much more. Every journey had its own flavor, its own way of life.
And yet I could always count on one thing: The HEA.
Life is hard enough with the idea of a Happy Ever After within the pages of a book. I thrive in knowing that each time I pick up a romance I’ll go on a journey that takes me thousands of miles away, but in the end, I might cry, I might cheer, I might smile, but I’ll always get that HEA.
Because I’m not alone in this love and need, I found readers and writers alike who hold that part of my heart. We have a touchstone because of our love for romance. Even if we’ve never met before, come from different backgrounds and have nothing else in common, we can still talk romance books.
And that, my friends, is why I #LoveRomance. And why, honestly, romance saved my life. It gave me a new reason to find happiness and a new reason to believe. Because without the world of romance, I wouldn’t be the same person I am today. And frankly, I’m pretty happy with who I am…romance books and all.
Carrie Ann Ryan recommends:
To think of who I would recommend doesn’t come easily. With each new day, new books come to me and I find myself being able to recommend even more authors and books! But because I needed to focus since everyone needs to start somewhere, I figured I’d start with five authors I’ve read this year and have loved. I might have read them before of course, but each new book is a new peek into their worlds!
Nalini Singh – nalinisingh.com (at Amazon) – is my favorite author. There. I said it! I adore her worlds, the beauty of her words, and the way she can make me see, taste, and scent what her characters do as they make their way through their journeys. I will say her complex future plotting has to be some of the best I’ve ever read. I continually reread her books for hidden clues for later books that I might have missed the first four times I read it. What makes her wonderful with her series is that even though I missed something subtle the first time, it didn’t change the way I enjoyed the book as I read. It merely enhances it with each reread. Her Psy-Changlings and Guild Hunter books are some of the most unique worlds I’ve read and they are still my favorites.
Lauren Dane – laurendane.com (at Amazon) – is another favorite author of mine. I love that she can get me emotionally with both contemporary and paranormal. Her hero, Brody Brown from her Brown Family Saga is still in my Top 3 heroes of all time. Give me that Beta with an Alpha streak!
Laura Moore – lauramoorebooks.com (at Amazon) – is a hidden gem to me. Not many of my friends have read her and yet after I mention her, they pick her right up! She writes beautiful stories that tug at the heart.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
The first time my husband figured out that this whole romance writing thing was my passion he bought me beautiful spring flowers for my release day. Before this, he knew I was enjoying writing and loved reading romance, but when he gave me those flowers, I knew we would be partners in this journey forever.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
Hmm…honestly someone I speak to daily is Kennedy Layne. We wake up every morning and Skype call with our coffee and just…talk. I love that I’m not alone in the romance writing world and no matter what, I know she’ll be there. Pure friendship in my mind fits.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
The first place that came to mind is Paris. Of course. But on further reflection any place where it can be just the two of you so you’re together and in love works!
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Anna and Charles from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega were my first romance couple I ever truly rooted for and wanted to be! I love the evolution of their romance.
Tell us about your dream date.
I’m truly boring! LOL I love dates with my husband where we order in, get comfy, and play video games. I just want to be with him, no matter what.
Carrie Ann Ryan is generously giving away an Exclusive Swag Pack Filled with Goodies You’ll Only Get in Person! (US only, apologies to international friends). 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 Aug 13, 2016 . Good luck!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over forty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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