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!
Romance to the Rescue
When the world is full of hate and negativity, I read a romance novel. Craziness at home with the family? I read a romance. Worried about my aging parents all alone in India? I read a romance. In bed with the worst cramps ever experienced in the history of women issues? I read a romance. Laundry piled high?
Getting the picture? 🙂
Romance novels are labeled as “escapist reading” or “pure frou-frou entertainment” or “books mostly removed from reality.” Romance novels are all of that, yes. I certainly read romances for their escapist and entertaining qualities, and I definitely need to be removed from mundane reality on a regular basis. I love the fantastic and maybe part fantasy journey they take me on. I love them because they always bring a smile to my heart, no matter the kind of day I’ve had. I read them because in their pages my emotions are safe and thus explorable, even justified. I can fall in love within the 300-odd pages without hedging my bets because my HEA is guaranteed. Like a ray of hope on a dark and tempestuous shore, I wish more people would chase their daily dose of current affairs and news with a romance novel.
And then there are the lessons I’ve learned about life while reading a romance—of the truth about relationships and the work that goes into maintaining them; of character types and diverse personalities, none of whom are only good or only bad; of life’s lessons that I’ve learned through the characters’ trials and tribulations. All of which proves that romances aren’t just escapist entertainment or silly reading, but “smart” reading in the right hands. Most of all, I’ve learned that through all the changes that I’ve experienced in life, there is that one constant I can depend on—a romance novel on my nightstand, waiting to be picked up and read so that it can bring a smile to my heart.
In the course of my writing career, I’ve come across many excellent authors, some new and some old, who’ve become my dear friends and whose work continues to impress me. I recommend them with pleasure:
Fiona’s novel, The Dollhouse, hits stores in August.
Then there are my favorite desi writers:
Nisha Sharma nisha-sharma.com *My So-Called Bollywood Life coming in 2017
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
Last summer, my husband and I took a trip to Scotland. We were alone, no kids, no dog, no pressing responsibilities except to have a great time. I’d read about Scotland and been in love with it and its highlanders through the dozens of romance novels that feature it, and yet I wasn’t prepared for the effect it had on me. It was love at first sight of the glens and lochs and ancient rolling hills that seemed to speak to me personally, telling me to stay and explore and relax and dream. And it wasn’t me being “Outlandish” as my husband felt it too.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My BFF from high school doesn’t read much but she reads my books (at sword-point) and we both share a common obsession with romantic Bollywood movies. Especially, the ones starring our current favorite Bollywood crush. We also share a slightly stalker-ish obsession with real-life Bollywood romances, as in which actors are dating IRL? Whose getting married? Who should be getting married to whom? We are unapologetically star struck and spend hours discussing Bollywood trivia over the phone.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
Scotland. My husband and I are very seriously considering investing in a bed-and-breakfast in the Isle of Skye when he retires…open to all writers and honeymooners.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Jamie and Claire Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Although, I’d prefer that Claire disappear through the stones somewhere untraceable and leave Jamie to me. Hubby doesn’t mind. Jamie’s my “freebie.”
Tell us about your dream date.
My dream date, rather dream fortnight, was my Scotland trip with hubby last year. Rich in history and sights to see, castles galore and magical places with names like Fairy Pools. The trip was an homage to my Jamie Fraser obsession that my husband very graciously indulged, and thus it will go down in history as The Best Dream Date Ever.
Falguni Kothari is generously giving away 3 print books,one each for 3 US readers and 2 Kindle books, one each for 2 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 August 24, 2016. ***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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Falguni Kothari is an internationally bestselling hybrid novelist and an award-winning dancer in Indian Classical, Latin and Ballroom dance. She writes in a variety of genres vividly painted by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with her readers. My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.
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