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!
A Hopeless Romantic On Romance
The theme this month is #LoveRomance, and boy, do I love romance! I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. For as long as I can remember, it’s always been the romance element of a plot that drew me into a book, movie, or television show. In fact, one of my favorite series of all time I only got into after two supporting character got together. You can say romance rules what I fall into.
There’s just something about love, about two people coming together against the odds. It’s my ultimate happy place, where the negativity that surrounds us fades away inside this little romantic cocoon.
As a high school student, I already dreamed of what my future with my partner would be like. About those first kisses, first feelings of falling in love, everything. Then, weeks before my sixteenth birthday, I met him. I may be older and wiser now, but I know teenagers can love. Even while still growing into an adult, and having a lot to learn about oneself and the world, sometimes you meet that person and it’s just right.
Nearly twenty years later, I’m still riding high on that love. I love writing and reliving those early romantic moments with my characters, love playing with different angles and different personalities coming together. It’s not about being complete, or needing someone to take care of you. It’s about being part of a team, in finding that one person that just gets you.
Is it any wonder I write romance?
Laura Brown recommends:
After stumbling across the first book in her Lucky Harbor series, I was hooked! She has a great blend of humor in her romance, and is not afraid to get dark when necessary. Whenever I need to lose myself in a novel, I reach for her!
I’ve had the amazing fortune of working with Elizabeth as a member of her team in a writing contest. Her Chasing the Dream series is fabulous. She writes great romances with real characters. One of her couples keep popping back into my head, refusing to leave!
I stumbled across Tracey’s novels as one often does: by picking up one that sparked my interest. And I haven’t regretted it! I’m big on diverse novels and I like reading books from authors different from me, who put those differences on the page. And having a swoon worthy novel only makes it better!
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
I’m going to choose an obvious but goody here: a moment where I’ve felt romance surrounding me would be my wedding. I had been with my husband for ten years at that point, having grown up with him. The pre-wedding stress had been out of this world, and I remember wanting to cry when I saw my flowers and they failed to match my vision. Yet none of that mattered when I got to stand with my loved one and promise our future together. It’s hard to imagine that after ten years another level of closeness would be achieved. And to celebrate this with close friends and family made it even better.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
I get my hopeless romantic gene straight from my mother. She was always reading as I grew up, and most of those books were romances. In fact, my first few adult romances were borrowed from her, and we share a love for Jennifer Crusie (her discovery) and Jill Shalvis (my discovery). We often skip discussing certain parts typical of romances, but we will chat about the plot, and the love, and swoon over the hero together!
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
Not really a place or a sound, but what comes to mind are blankets. Odd, I know, but remember, I started dating my husband in high school. I remember many dates where we would curl up on a couch and watch a movie together, a tradition that continues to this day. Cold winter days, curled up next to a loved one, when you both can relax and enjoy a moment together, that’s me. I know, most people are long walks on the beach, but I’ve always danced to the beat of a different drum.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
I’m going to date myself here, but the first one that comes to mind is Niles and Daphne from Frasier. I originally started paying attention to the show because of the Niles and Daphne subplot, and once their romance hooked me, I was in! There’s something about the unrequited love, and then watching that love become reciprocated, that still gets me to this day.
Tell us about your dream date.
I’m a home body and my husband and I have a thing for watching movies together (as I mentioned above). Between work and our son, finding time together can be a challenge! There’s nothing I like more than a few kid free hours, a sit down restaurant meal, and a movie with lots of popcorn. Maybe not the highest spot on the romance-ometer, but there’s nothing like snuggling up with a loved one and being able to relax.
Laura Brown is generously giving away one copy of Signs of Attraction to a US reader (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 August 29, 2016. 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.)
Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.
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