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!
My name is Kelly, and I’m a Romanceaholic.
It’s been six weeks since my last romance.
In that time I’ve been in all kinds of public spaces. I’ve gone on social media. I’ve even been on a couple dates. And I haven’t written an imaginary love story in my head about a stranger that entire time.
That guy at the dog park with the stinking adorable adopted dog named Harlem? I did not envision the two of us whisking away to New York and letting our dogs run wild in the Harlem Meer dog run in Central Park while we laughed at their antics and planned our night of raclette and cocktails at Barawine.
That cute gent at yoga who understood the fundamentals of men’s yoga attire (the shorts must be long. There is no room for error) and nodded toward my hard-fought chaturanga and didn’t laugh too hard at my attempt at crow pose? Never for a second did I consider how we might find ourselves meeting eyes on the patio of the coffee shop next door and then end up talking for hours with flat whites untouched in our hands, not even noticing when the rain started…
The good-looking fellow who noticed when my preschooler lost part of his super-intricate and altogether ridiculous underwater fish doctor costume at the playground? And chased after us to hand it back to him and then took one look at him and said, “You must be an underwater fish doctor; could you help me with my sick Great White?”
I’m told the first step is admitting you have a problem.
The second step? Reading good books. And with that, here are a couple recommendations for you, just in case you’re suffering from the same delightful addiction…
This writing team made big news with the Beautiful series, but it’s the books that start with a wild night in Vegas that I’ve been gobbling up this summer, while gearing up for my own release (also rather plot dependent on a wild night in Vegas). There’s a reason this is a thing: Vegas is a place of insanity. Next time I go there, I am definitely getting married, in the chance that it turns out even a tenth as fun as this series.
(You can see Christina Lauren’s 8/1 RARM post here.)
For the longest time I have had a Jon Bon Jovi thing and this is how I get those ya-yas out. Bonus: this California girl writes some of my favorite women: nuanced, smart, indefatigable. Simply put, these are the best mix of real emotion and fantasy setting that you’re going to find anywhere.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
When I was in high school, my foolhardy parents let me go on a multi-country European tour with an honors choir. When you are a teenager and therefore both deeply misunderstood and highly unoriginal, the Eiffel Tower is the single loneliest and most romantic place at the same time. I loved it.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My oldest friend in the whole world is ten times more romantic than me which is truly alarming. How romantic is she? I think she STILL watches Grey’s. I love sharing my books with her because no matter how nervous I am about their qualities, I can count on her to make swoony sounds about the heroes. Part of me writes with her in mind.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
The entire island of Manhattan. Except for the East thirties.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
My parents were married for 47 years, and were dedicated to ballroom dance. Top that, fiction.
Tell us about your dream date.
I dream big, but I will know it when I see it!
Kelly Harms is generously giving away a hardcover copy of Minnow Bay (US only,apologies to 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 Aug 12, 2016. Good luck!
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KELLY HARMS is a former editor and literary agent who has worked with a wide array of bestselling and award-winning authors of commercial fiction. She traded New York City for the writing life in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her son Griffin and puppy Scout. She is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay, coming August 9th from St. Martin’s Press.
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