Jaci Burton – Falling In Love With Romance

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

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Sharing Happy-Ever-Afters

My mother was always a reader. On the side of her living room chair there was a basket Dont Let Gothat was always filled with romance novels. I always remember those old style romantic covers with their tattered edges and I always wondered what was in them. Of course as a child I was too young to read them, but I was so intrigued. We didn’t have extra money to buy books when I little, but the one thing we did have was a nearby library—thankfully—and I fed my reading addiction by walking to the library and checking out books every week.

Later, as a teenager, my older sister, who was married by then, had books at her house. I remember grabbing a romance novel out of her stash of books. It was The Flame and The Flower and thus my love for romance was born. I had been transported. My eyes had been opened. Brandon and Heather’s romance took me to a place I had never been before, and I couldn’t get enough of their adventures, the sweeping romance, and that amazing happily ever after.

You can bet that as soon as I finished that book I was rifling through my mom’s books to see what other wonders of romance there were to be read. Oh, and there was plenty. To be able to share those worlds with both my mother and my sister was like being part of a special club, to have a whole new world opened up to me.  We would talk about the hero, the heroine, what had happened to them during the course of the story and how we all felt about it. It was a bonding moment for us that I still recall with fondness.Quarterback Draw

After I got married and moved out of state, I sent romances I had read to my mother and sister, because the one thing I know about love and romance is that when you read something wonderful, you want to share it with the people you love. There’s nothing more rewarding than sharing a happily ever after with someone.

This is why I do giveaways so often. I love to share my books and I always hope to find new readers who will fall in love with my books this way. Finding new authors to read is always a thrill for me. There’s nothing better than falling in love with a new romance, then grabbing everything that author has ever written.

Isn’t that just the best? Romance rocks, y’all. 🙂

Jaci Burton recommends: 

Shannon Stacey      ShannonStacey.com       (at Amazon)

Author Shannon Stacey has been my best friend for over fourteen years. We met on the Harlequin boards when we were both fledgling writers, and have stuck by each other on our road to publication and beyond. Shannon is an amazing author and I love every word she puts to paper. I highly recommend her Kowalski series, a funny, romantic, family-centric series. You won’t be able to stop at just one—kind of like potato chips!

Rhenna Morgan      rhennamorgan.com     (at Amazon)

Rhenna Morgan is part of my local writer’s group. She’s the organized one who keeps us all of our toes and makes sure we know where to be and when. She also writes beautiful stories about love and adventure. Be sure to check out her Eden series!

Questions for the Author:

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

When our daughter got married, the ambience of the outdoors, the sweet scent of the flowers and the feeling of overwhelming love was so powerful it surrounded me with the romance of the day. And honestly, every wedding I attend takes me back to the moment I married my husband. We always look at each other, hold hands and he smiles at me. It’s always at those moments that I remember all the reasons why I fell in love with him.

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

My daughter and I love to spend time together watching romance movies. She’s a romantic soul, like me, and it’s a bonding moment we share. One of our favorites is White Christmas. It’s old and timeless, utterly sweet and romantic, with music, dancing and a happily ever after.

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

My romance memory meter is heavily influenced by music. Certain songs remind me of romantic things that have happened in my life. For example, when I hear the song “My Girl,” it brings to mind the first guy (non-relative) to ever ask me to dance. (It was my 8th Grade dance, and it was the singer in the band—swoon!)Paul_Newman_and_Joanne_Woodward_1958_-_2

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A hot Hollywood couple that worked—for 50 years.

Tell us about your dream date. 

A dream date for me is my guy, a great movie, a giant popcorn, a box of Junior Mints and a large Diet Dr. Pepper. 

Jaci Burton is generously giving away a set of books  —  Hope Flames, The Perfect Play, Love After All and QuarterBack Draw — to one lucky US winner, and a copy of  The Perfect Play to one international winner.

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. 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!

(*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.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading


Burton HeadshotJaci Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Play-by-Play series and the Hope series. She was awarded the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in 2012. Jaci lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs.

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  • Sally Schmidt

    I never thought of White Christmas as a romance movie, just a movie I love and watch over and over and over, all year long. But it is all about romance. Whether it’s books or movies it just feels so good, and I love the idea of happily ever after. My husband loves movies, all movies, but he is always on the lookout for one he thinks I might enjoy – and it’s usually romance.

  • Kareni

    Thanks for an enjoyable post and for introducing me to a new author (Rhenna Morgan). I’ve read and enjoyed dozens of your books, so thanks for that, too. Happy writing!

  • andrea mcparland

    I’m currently reading Love After All and would love to win The Perfect Play in the international giveaway! (from Canada)

  • Ruby J

    I absolutely adore Jaci Burton and I’m so happy to get book recommendations from her, because I’m sure they’re awesome. Thank you for the giveaway and for the amazing interview! (International, Italy)

    • Ada H

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

  • Ann Mettert

    I found your post interesting.

  • Jenn Ficklefangirl Hudson

    I’m a long-time fan of Jaci’s Play By Play books. Absolutely love her writing! Great post and interview. I will be checking out her recommendations.

  • Debbie Fuller

    Looking forward to finding and reading your books. Thank you for the post.

  • Patty Vasquez

    Being able to share books really is a rewarding feeling. A co-worker told me she’d discovered the magic of romance novels over our summer break (we’re both teachers). She wanted to know if I’d read Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series or any Lisa Kleypas. I just smiled at her and said, “Every single one. Welcome to the world of happily-ever-afters.” I also told her when she ran out of Quinn and Kleypas books, I could give her a few- hundred!- suggestions of other books to read.

  • Linda Henderson

    First off, I love your books. The Flame and The Flower must have started a lot of readers of romance because it was my first big romance book too. I was at the library every day and I can still visualize how it looked, even though that building is long gone. My mother didn’t read any books that I ever saw, but my older sister and I share a great love of books and romance books in particular. We exchange books all the time. I also share some books with my grown daughters although my oldest prefers to read on her e-reader. I also love Shannon Stacey’s books too.

  • Sandy Xiong

    It’s sad because I just finish reading The Flame and The Flower a few months ago only. I got introduce to The Bride by Julie Garwood by “borrowing” it and the it was all the historical romance from the 2000s on. I need to go back and research on some of these classic romance that I’ve never heard of before.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you so much for your post. Your books are wonderful. I remember when the Flame & the Flower first came out. I loved it then and still love it now. I wish I had readers like your mother and sister in my family. I was the only reader of romances growing up. Although, my mom started reading romance books about 20 years ago and often asks for recommendations from me.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I have read a few of your books and also some of Shannon’s & loved them all! I have not read The Flame and the Flower yet! Thanks for the post!

  • Sue G.

    It is fun to have people to share your love of romance with. My mom and I are like that! I love being able to discuss a book that we both loved or argue about a book that one loved and one didn’t.

  • catslady

    The Fame and Flower was the book that got me hooked on romance!!!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love your books and Shannon Stacey is one of my faves, too!

  • Pamby50

    The Flame & The Flower was the 2nd book I read. I loved Shanna and had to read more by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I so agree with you about Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

  • Kim

    It’s nice that you get to share your love of reading with family.

  • Ellen

    White Christmas is one of my favorite movies, too.

  • Connie Saunders

    Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and White Christmas. We share similar loves!!

  • Diane Sallans

    My Mom and her sisters got me started on reading romances – they all loved those Harlequin books!

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    my grandmother passed down her romance books back in 1980 because she had noone else interested… I was 11… been reading romance ever since

  • Kristine R

    Jaci Burton is one of my favorite authors. I have been reading her books since I was in my early teens with her Wild Riders series. I love her Play by Play series and Hope series books.

  • veRONIca

    I love Jaci’s work!

    In Canada and would love to read more!

  • Nicole Potter

    My two best friends and I all read romance together, and when we get to sit down and talk about books together it’s magical! It’s even better that we don’t always read the same genre, because I get to experience their favorite stories through their own eyes. 🙂