Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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I love romance. Romance novels have been my go-to reading material from teenager to adult. There’s a special heartbeat to these books. The pulse can be sweet and gentle or sexy and fast. There’s a man and woman (or, more and more these days, a same sex couple), not always initially looking for love, but somehow love finds them. Despite the obstacles and emotional challenges of being thrown together then torn apart.
When love escapes us in real life, we at least want our fictional characters to experience it. Contemporary, historical, paranormal or erotic romance draws us out of our own everyday drama and into the lives of heroes and heroines facing their own mistakes and frustrations. They are seldom perfect. They have their own quirks and flaws. Weaknesses. We can identify with their joy, disappointment, and pain. We get lost in the pages of their newfound strength and realizations, as they find themselves and then each other. Afterward we sigh when destiny gives them a shake and their stars align. Love-after-all is both comforting and satisfying. We feel their happiness.
Deep in our hearts we are relational beings. We value love. It’s a powerful emotion, and as much a part of our lives as breathing. We seek someone we can trust, share our secrets, scariest moments, adventures, and fantasies. Someone who won’t betray us. Someone who smiles when he thinks about us. And makes that unexpected phone call just to hear our voice. A man who will look past your messy hair and no make-up, baggy sweats and worn (but comfortable) bathrobe, and sees your soul. Your inner sparkle. And loves you, for you.
I fall in love, over and over again, with each romance novel I read. There is nothing more heart-warming than a great love story. I believe that there’s someone out there for everyone. Just turn your page…
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Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
A moment when I felt love surrounding me, dates back to college. A hockey player (I’ll call him Jon) had persistently asked me out. I’d continually declined. I didn’t follow hockey. The hockey jocks were known to play as hard on the ice as they did on campus. Late into the season, Jon gave me tickets to one of his games. I attended with several girlfriends.
We entered the rink, as the players were warming up for their game against a rival university. I was walking to my seat when ‘wham-wham’, a succession of pucks slammed against the protective Plexiglas/acrylic safety barriers right behind me.
I nearly jumped out of my skin. I looked out onto the rink. Just as Jon slowly skated by, a ‘got-your-attention’ grin on his face. It was his eyes that got to me. Light blue. Soft. Hopeful. Somewhat pleading. In that instant, his guard was down, and I saw how much he liked me. Something deep inside of me, liked him back.
People were staring, some cheered and applauded. After his crazy performance, I did go out with the man. Figuring one date, what the heck? I dated Jon for two great years.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
I have two special people in my life with whom I share romance. Romance, as in romance novels. My elderly neighbors Emma (88 years old) and Stella (84). I’ve known the ladies for many years. The first time I walked into Stella’s home for a cup of coffee, I glanced at her coffee table, stacked with assorted Harlequin novels. Emma also enjoys a love story with a happy ending. She has ‘keeper shelves’ in her bookcase. Wonderful romances that date from early Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, to Kathleen Woodiwiss.
Emma and Stella are both widowed. But have known great love. Emma was married for 65 years. Stella for 60. They often share their memories. Warms my own heart.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
Romantic place and sounds. I live in a cedar stilt house. Very rural. Surrounded by woods. You can’t see my home from the road. I find my front porch enchantingly romantic. Late afternoon, and I sit on my cushioned glider, and wait for my significant other to get home from work. I can hear the sound of his work van when he turns into the driveway. A sound that makes me smile. Tires crunching gravel. The flash of headlights as the van makes the turn into the circular drive. The opening and closing of the van door. The way he whistles for the dogs, they happily bark back. Him calling to me that ‘he’s home’.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
My all-time favorite romance couple is Kathleen Turner (Joan Wilder) and Michael Douglas (Jack T. Colton) from the movie Romancing the Stone, an action-adventure romantic comedy. I loved the fact she was a lonely romance novelist. Joan and Jack had intense chemistry from the onset. Lots of snappy, sexy dialogue. Steaming jungle chase. Who can ever forget the mudslide where Douglas faceplants between her legs? Super-hot! A great screen couple.
Tell us about your dream date.
A dream date for me would be sharing a Spa Day with my significant other. Massages, sauna, to mani-pedis. Six hours of relaxation. Together!
Kate Angell is generously giving away a $25.00 Amazon digital gift card to one US reader, and a Barefoot William series set of 5 books to one international reader. 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 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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Kate Angell lives in Beautiful Naples, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. She’s an avid reader, animal lover, and sports enthusiast (Go Cubs!). A contemporary romance novelist, she combines Richmond Rogues baseball with her Barefoot William, beach, boardwalk, romance, series.
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