Claudia Connor – Not For the Faint of Heart

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Real RomanceWorth It All

They say some people have a romantic heart. It tends to go hand in hand with a day dreaming mind and wandering soul. Some people might say the romance genre is frivolous, not the real world. I disagree.

Romance isn’t about the fears and hopes of the mind, but of the heart. Not will she lose her life, but will she lose the one person that makes life worth living. Not will he find the wordly treasure or catch the bad guy, but will he find the love his heart needs to survive.

Of all the genres of fiction, I find romance to be the most real. Of all the emotions life evokes, the deepest is love. Looking for it, finding it, losing it. That’s not light or frivolous or fluff. It takes a strong person to delve into these matters.

Romance is not for the faint of heart.

 

Claudia recommends: Worth The Fall

Paullina Simmons  –  paullinasimons.com     (at Amazon)  The Bronze Horseman

JD Robb   –   jdrobb.com     (at Amazon)    Naked In Death

Kristan Higgins   –   kristanhiggins.com   (at Amazon)     ANYTHING and everything

Sharon Sala    sharonsala.net   (at Amazon)     Sweet Baby

Maggie McGinnis    maggiemcginnis.com  (at Amazon) A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise


Questions for the Author:

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

This may sound weird, and I love my husband dearly, but the times I really feel surrounded are when I’m reading. One moment that comes immediately to mind was in The Bronze Horseman when Alexander waited for Tatiana outside the factory where she worked. The way he looked at her when she came out, when he told her he’d been waiting for three hours, and you know he would have waited three days…it’s just…I felt it. *sigh*

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

 None of my close friends read, and if they do they don’t read romance. For me, it’s my readers. When they tell me how they laughed or cried or bit their nails worrying over the characters in my head, that’s the most special connection. It’s like we’re feeling the same things, they understand something I created, a part of myself. It’s worth more than gold and diamonds.

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

The sound of wind in the trees always stirs my heart. Maybe it’s being touched by something you can’t see. A lot like love.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Hands down, Eve and Roarke from the In Death series. There is something about their looks, their touches…I never tire of them. Ever. JD Robb Naked In Death -book 1

Tell us about your dream date. 

Hmm…this is a tough one. I’m happy doing most anything as long as I’m not too hot or too cold. My husband jokes I only have about a 5 degree window of comfort. I’d say it’s more like 10. 😉 I love dinner at a nice restaurant, white cloth and candles, an outdoor table with a light breeze and either the ocean or city life playing in the background. Smiles and sharing food off each others plates and holding hands. A couple of drinks then a short walk back to a hotel with satiny sheets and black out curtains for a morning sleep in. That sounds dreamy.

Claudia Connor is generously giving away 2 ebooks of WORTH THE FALL—1 to a US reader and 1 to an international friend.

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 1, 2016, 2016.  Good luck! ***International friends, be sure to include your country in your comment so we know to include you in the international drawing.  Good luck!

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Claudia ConnorClaudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Claudia writes, warm, heartfelt contemporary romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family, and always a happily ever after. She consumes massive amounts of Diet Coke, Funyuns, and chocolate, and has been accused of loving her cat more than anyone else in the house.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, with a heavy dose of daydreaming during all three. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three teenage daughters.

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  • Sally Schmidt

    None of my close friends read, either, so I really enjoy connecting with other readers and with authors through social media like this. I guess my family was used to me reading primarily mysteries, thrillers, and horror from Stephen King, and was surprised when they would see me with a romance book. Until I pointed out that I still cry when Cary Grant rings the doorbell in An Affair to Remember, a thousand years after I first saw it when I was 15.

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a lovely post! (Don’t enter me in the drawing as I already own Worth the Fall.)

  • Ann Mettert

    I enjoyed your post.

  • “It takes a strong person to delve into these matters. Romance is not for the faint of heart.” Oh! How many eyes have you opened?! Thank you so much!
    Marinella from Italy

  • Debbie Fuller

    Great post, short, sweet and to the point. Thank you for contributing.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I agree with you 100%. The romance genre is the most real. We all seek to love and be loved. And that search for love involves a story.

  • Lisa Hutson

    Romance is not for the faint of heart. Indeed. 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your post. You are a new author to me. I love everything Kristan Higgins has written and have read everything she has written.

  • Linda Henderson

    I love J D Robb’s In Death series and Eve and Roarke are my favorite couple too. I also love Kristan Higgins. You are a new author to me but I will be looking for your books.

  • Sue G.

    I love your dream date. My hubby and I just got to do a week vacation without kids for the first time in 23 years and it was wonderful. It was like being first married all over again!

  • mariannewestrich

    Eve and Roarke … love them! I found the In Death series one Thanksgiving and by the first of the year had read over 20 of the books. So good!

  • Ellen

    Reading Kristan Higgins always puts me in a better mood… I enjoyed your dream date, too.

  • veRONIca

    None of my friends read romances either…..that’s why I love book blogs and interacting with other readers
    -from Canada

    • Ada H

      Hi veRONIca, this is Ada and I’m helping with the RARM drawings. You have been chosen as Claudia Connor’s winner. Please send a message with your email address to me at ada@readaromancemonth.com and we’ll put Claudia in touch with you. Thanks and Congrats!