Julie Anne Long – Quietly Romantic

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The Quiet Power of Romance

I’ve always thought the best romances— the ones that sweep you in and linger long after you close the book—Hot in hellcat  that have particularly enthralling emotional dynamics: sparkling passages and gathering tension and thundering crescendos linked by quiet moments, rather like like, oh, Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade or Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” And those quiet spaces between the notes are as important as the music itself; arguably, the spaces are what make it music at all.

I feel the same way about the quiet moments in a romance: they’re every bit as important as the moment where the hero and heroine finally get down to the business of ravishing each other. I believe that’s often where intimacy is born—those little moments of truth and surrender, sometimes where nothing is said but a good deal, perhaps everything, is realized and understood. I actually think they put the “romance” in romance, because these humble, sometimes homely, moments make our heroes and heroines feel that much more real to us. They can in fact have the impact of a cymbal crash.

For instance, in the Pennyroyal Green series book LIKE NO OTHER LOVER, Miles Redmond and Cynthia Brightly are in love—though of course neither one of them have ever uttered the “L” word out loud—but their stations in life prevent them from being together forever. After an uproarious, prickly, passionate and tender association, Miles has made a painful promise: he’ll help impoverished Cynthia find a rich husband, securing her future. When her engagement is all but a certainty, Miles and Cynthia sit illicitly alone on a bench in the garden. Silently, as they both stare straight ahead, “Miles slowly, purposefully, gently, defiantly, slid his fingers through hers until their hands were woven into a single knot…It was gratitude and apology; it wasLegend_of_Lyon_Redmond,_The_-_Long,_Julie_Anne in acknowledgement of all there was between them that would never be spoken. It was reassurance and farewell. And given the voices coming upon them, it was a grave risk.”

They break apart and Miles slips away when other strollers are nearly upon them. But their linked hands resting between them on the bench had already said everything without saying a word.

Or in Beauty and the Spy, when Viscount Kit Whitelaw comes upon Susannah Makepeace in the woods after she’s just been shockingly propositioned by her former fiancee, whom she subsequently slapped across the face. Until then, Susannah has been been the viscount’s assistant and a bit of a thorn in his side, but when he sits next to her on a log as she weeps into his proffered handkerchief, and waits with her quietly as she recovers her aplomb and humor, he offers wry, awkward wisdom and comfort from his own experience. Kit realizes he actually wants to know the contents of her heart. That he admires her resilience. And in that quiet moment, they begin to see each other fully as people, with beautiful breakable hearts, and where once there was only a sort of thorny but undeniable attraction, now we have the beginnings of real love.

In HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON, J.T. McCord compares watching Britt Langley walk away after a passionate encounter, and watching long after she disappears from view, to waiting out that last, never-ending note of the Beatle’s “A Day in the Life.” Because it only makes sense to savor every last drop of something magnificent.

Among the countless reasons to love romance is the opportunity to vicariously live moments like these, moments of bittersweet farewell and the sweetly terrifying beginnings of new love, with the peaceful certainty that all of the moments will conclude in a happily ever after.

Julie Anne Long recommends: 

Theresa Romain     theresaromain.com     (at Amazon)

Grace Burrowes      graceburrowes.com      (at Amazon)

Leigh  LaValle       leighlavalle.com      (at Amazon)

Eva Leigh  (aka Zoe Archer)        zoearcherbooks.com         (at Amazon)


Questions for the Author:

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

To answer this quite literally: The first time I went to a Romance Writers of America conference. Three hundred sixty degrees of romance!  

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

 My sister and I have traded romances back and forth for eons. This all started when we filched a copy of a Rosemary Rogers’ book out of my mom’s nightstand drawer.  The billowing hair and bulging thighs were like catnip to curious girls.

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

Well, music is always involved in some way. You know that Seinfeld episode where Elaine is dating a guy who’s all, “Shhhhh! Shhhhh!” every time he hears “Desperado” on the radio and then goes into a sort of rapturous catatonia? I still kinda do that with “Nights in White Satin.” Other songs, sexy, dangerous, evocative ones—Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter,” Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” Echo and the Bunnyman’s “Killing Moon,” so many others, set a mood, too. A warm night, driving down the highway with the windows rolled down, the smell of summer wafting in the windows—wildflowers, long grass. The ocean. The moon.

 Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

So hard to narrow it down, for so many reasons! I’m going to answer this off the top of my head: I always go back to Jim and Pam from The Office. Because the friendship is so authentic and lovely, the yearning and angst is so subtle and relatable yet so operatic in its gut-twisting moments, the twists and turns leading to their happily ever after. How they manage to be buddies, while Jim is still so romantic.  It’s all good.

Tell us about your dream date. 

 Hmmm. I guess I don’t really have a dream date. It’s really all about the guy, rather than the staging. Brilliant food, followed by something elegantly transporting (like a brilliant ballet) followed by something gritty (a loud band in a small club), a soft, warm night filled with stars, a breathtaking view of of a body of water, lake or ocean or sparkling city lights or both, fabulous conversation, lots of laughter.

Julie Anne Long is generously giving away a signed copy of THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND and a signed copy of HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON (one title each to two US readers, apologies to international friends). 

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San Francisco Bay Area native Julie Anne Long set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. She began her academic career as a Journalism major, then realized Creative Writing was a better fit for her freewheeling imagination and overdeveloped sense of whimsy. She worked a corporate day in finance, software development, web & graphic designs…until the fateful day when playing guitar in dank, sticky clubs by night lost its “charm” and she realized she could incorporate all the best things about being in a band—namely drama, passion and men with unruly hair—into novels.

Since then, her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America Rita, Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice, the Bookseller’s Best and the Quills, and reviewers have been known to use words such as “dazzling,” “brilliant” and “impossible to put down” to describe them. IT STARTED WITH A SCANDAL won a 2015 Romance Writers of America Rita Award for Best Short Historical, and HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON was named the Best Romance of 2016 so far.  

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  • Sue G.

    Great analogy between romance and music! Never thought of it that way, but you are truly right!

    • Julie Anne Long

      I always listen to music when I write, so maybe that’s where the notion came from…;)

  • Linda Henderson

    I listen to music a lot when I’m reading romance. Lately my music passion has been Sia, I love her music. I think the small things in a romance are just as important. Picking you a single flower, holding your hair if you are sick, holding the door, bringing you a cupcake, little things like that to me are just as romantic and the big gestures.

    • Julie Anne Long

      I love, Sia, too—her music is so passionate and expressive. And I agree the small gestures can make you feel loved more than the grand gestures, sometimes—something about being known so intimately and cherished. 🙂

  • Noelle Greene

    enjoyed your post–Nights in White Satin does it for me too!

    • Julie Anne Long

      There’s just something about that song…;)

  • Kim

    I enjoyed Hot in Hellcat Canyon & look forward to the rest of the series.

    • Julie Anne Long

      Wonderful to hear, Kim!! Can’t wait for you to read WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK—I hope you enjoy that just as much! It’ll be out in December. 🙂

  • Ann Mettert

    Enjoyed your post.

  • Kathy Nye

    Love your recommendations.

    • Julie Anne Long

      So glad, Kathy! 🙂

  • donnas

    The “opportunity to vicariously live moments like those” is so very true. Thanks for sharing a few with us.

    • Julie Anne Long

      Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you for such a great post.

    • Julie Anne Long

      Glad you enjoyed it, Debbie! 🙂

  • ANNETTE

    I enjoyed your post. I agree – a beautiful relationship can be exactly like a beautiful piece of music.

    • Julie Anne Long

      So glad you enjoyed it, Annette—thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Karen Hacker Lewis

    My dream date is a quiet evening at home snuggling in front of the fireplace.

  • catslady

    Grace is my favorite historical author and I enjoy Theresa’s too. I will read most genres but historicals are my favorite!!

  • Debbie Rice

    Yes a beautiful romance can be like beautiful music it just goes straight to your heart!!

  • Pamby50

    I enjoyed your post. The music takes me back to my teen years. Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and The Moody Blues Knights in White Satin. When you meet the guy and just sigh listening to these songs.

  • Carol Majewski

    Julie Anne Long is all about the romance. Two characters connecting in shared moments. And sometimes it’s the disconnection that moves the story forward. She writes real-life romance. More, please!

  • Sumer Owens

    I love seeing an authors view of what is romantic to them!!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your lovely post. I think I read that Rosemary Rogers book when it first came out & it is sitting in my bookcase. Music and love belong together.

  • Cynthia St.Germain

    Thank you for the wonderfulpost.

  • Melissa Williams Herrin

    Thank you for your books 🙂

  • Claire Gilless

    very much enjoyed your post – am looking forward to reading some of your works but haven’t had the chance yet. thanks

  • Diane Sallans

    I love to compare an author’s historical and contemporary styles.

  • Kareni

    I’ve enjoyed all of your Pennyroyal Green books. I read Hot in Hellcat Canyon recently and really enjoyed the wit; I love a good laugh. Happy writing!

  • Janie McGaugh

    The scene from Like No Other Lover breaks my heart.

  • Mary McCoy

    Those covers are very romantic.