Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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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.
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.
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Claudia 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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