Lisa Kleypas – Awestruck & Grateful

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#LoveRomance

Why I #LoveRomance

I have loved romance, specifically romance novels, since the age of twelve. I  purloined a copy of The marrying-winterborneFlame and the Flower, with its deliciously purple cover, from the forbidden tall shelf in our family’s little reading nook,  and started the first page, and that was it.  Kathleen Woodiwiss had created a dream world, so incredibly different from all the other novels I’d read. It was written with a mixture of emotion, intimacy and longing that was completely out there, blatant, as if Ms. Woodiwiss had somehow seen into my adolescent heart and written down all my emotions. I felt understood. Reassured. Hopeful.

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Many thousands of romance novels later, I love them just as much.  I love finding one that’s so good it puts me in a reading trance, and I emerge with the deep, wistful satisfaction that’s like nothing else. Even though I would like the hero to fall in love with me, and I’d like all the adventures and amazing sex to happen to me, having it all happen to the heroine is almost as good. I love it that the act of turning pages covered with various combinations of alphabet letters can inspire such intense emotions. Even now, I can feel my heart beating faster when I’m reading something truly great. I blush. I laugh out loud. And the thing is, if it’s done well, it seems so easy and natural, as if it just poured out of the author’s fingertips, and you never have to think about all the painstaking effort required to CHRmake it so smooth. When I meet a romance author who’s given me hours of lucid dreaming, I turn into that twelve year-old girl again, awestruck and grateful . . . and standing on my tiptoes to see if there’s another potential keeper on that tall shelf.

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Lisa Kleypas recommends: 

Julie Anne Long  –  julieannelong.com – (at Amazon)

and Sarah Morgan   –   sarahmorgan.com   –   (at Amazon)

. . . they both have magic. They both write with charm, passion and tenderness, and you’ll be so glad you tried their wonderful work!


Questions for the Author:

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

Over the years, my definition of romance has become a lot more elastic, so I’ve become aware of it surrounding me on a daily basis. It lives in the small, private details of our everyday routines. Romance is the kiss at the back of the neck while I’m doing dishes at the kitchen sink. It’s when I make banana pudding because it’s his favorite, or the way he draws a tiny map on a post-it note so I won’t get lost when driving somewhere new.  It’s watching Ancient Aliens together even though that’s really not my kind of show, and a Sunday morning hike on the trail, and when he brings a bouquet home for no reason, and being goofy with each other. I buy him books, many of which are used as coasters on his nightstand. He buys me gadgets that solve nonexistent problems. Like the special avocado slicer. Or the battery-powered soap dispenser, or the wire scalp massager that looks like a giant spider.

People do these things that signify connection and intimacy all the time, and don’t necessarily see them as romantic. But they are. Small gestures are the fuel of love.

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

This sounds sort of facile, but it’s absolutely heartfelt—I share romance with my readers. They’ve guided and influenced me over the years and they continue to give me a better understanding of romance (both on the page and off). They let me know when something works, and when it doesn’t, and best of all is when they explain why. Writing romance is a intensely personal experience, and so is reading it. When someone reads one of my books, she (or he) brings her own expectations and insights to the process, and something unique is created out of our joint effort. I love it that you can give the same book to a group of people, and they’ll each have a different experience with it. 

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

The place?—anywhere my husband Greg is. The sound—I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything more romantic than Kiri Te Kanawa’s yearning, opulent version of “O Mio Babbino Caro”—I must have listened to it a thousand times.  (listen to it here on youtube.) I first heard it in the Merchant-Ivory production of “A Room With A View,” and I was thunderstruck. I’ve heard other singers perform it beautifully, but Te Kanawa owns it. There’s something about her voice—this rich, effortless power just pours out in a vibrato you can feel in your bones.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

I don’t even have to think about this one—Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Intensely devoted to Paul_Newman_and_Joanne_Woodward_1958_-_2each other. Faithful. Truly in love. People made the mistake of thinking he was the prize, because he was the most beautiful human on the planet, biggest movie star, yadda, yadda. But he knew he was the lucky one, and he said it often, and he was right. Only a woman as patient, smart, quirky, confident and talented as Joanne Woodward could possess a man like that so exclusively and thoroughly.

Tell us about your dream date. 

Brief backstory: Greg and I went to France for a week on our honeymoon, and we loved every moment of it. We were on a tight budget, because we were young and didn’t have much money. One of the places we stayed was a bed and breakfast in the Loire Valley, and they had a special excursion available for purchase: They would arrange for a Silver Phantom Rolls Royce to drive you through the countryside, and stop at some scenic place while you had a fancy picnic. Oh, we wanted to do that so badly! But there was no way we could afford it. Twenty-one years later, I still wonder what it would have been like, and I wish we could go back there and do it.  

Lisa Kleypas is generously giving away autographed copies of Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterbourne, Smooth Talking Stranger & a non-autographed Avon Coloring Book to one lucky U.S. reader. For international friends, Lisa will buy one lucky winner their choice of one of Lisa’s books in e-book format. 

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 10, 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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LisaK15Lisa Kleypas is a New York Times bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romance. Her thirty-nine novels and four novellas have been published in twenty-four languages and are bestsellers around the world. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa sold her first book and made a full-time career of writing the kinds of romances she has always loved to read.  Lisa is living her own happily-ever-after in Washington State with her husband Greg and their two children.

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  • Patty Vasquez

    I have an avocado slicer, too, and we’ve never used it! But we also have a jar opener, a treasure picked up at Goodwill, which is used almost daily. It’s truly the everyday romantic gestures that are the best! (My aunt was a Wellesley grad many years ago; she graduated in the same class as Ali MacGraw.)

    • LisaKleypas

      I loved going to Wellesley! I’ll confess, I thought I was pretty smart in high school, but then when I started at Wellesley, I thought “I have a lot to learn and I’m going to have to force my brain into a higher gear! LOL about the avocado slicer 🙂

      • Patty Vasquez

        My aunt also loved Wellesley. She still meets with friends. This summer she attended her 55th class reunion. At any rate, I’m glad your brain worked in that higher gear and you decided to write. I have an entire shelf of your books. LOL

  • Sue G.

    I love your pick for favorite couple! Great choice!

    • LisaKleypas

      Weren’t they amazing? I browsed through some old pictures of them on the net, and it made me smile.

  • Judy Goodnight

    I am so thankful for the many writers, including you, who manage to sweep me away with their stories. I am anxiously awaiting “Devil in Spring”!

    • LisaKleypas

      I’m thankful and honored that you share your time with me by reading my books–thank you, Judy!

  • “Small gestures are the fuel of love.” I love that so much!

    Thank you for returning to historical romance, Lisa. Marrying Winterborne made my heart sing and I already bought a 2017 calendar just so I could circle the date of Devil in Spring!

    p.s. I think that picnic in France would be a perfect 25th Anniversary gift for you and Greg!

    • LisaKleypas

      Thank you my sweet friend!!! I’ve been in deep writing mode lately on Devil In Spring, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far! I think you’re right about the picnic in France . . . although really, a picnic anywhere is wonderful! XOXO

  • Brenda McCaw

    I am trying to catch up on your older books and love them all! Looking forward to Devil in Spring. Thanks for including your International fans in the draw. I need a summer read up here in CANADA!

    • LisaKleypas

      🙂

  • Amaya

    I have to confess that The Devil in Winter blew me away in my early start of romances (bless my friend who recommended it to me!). Evie and St.Vincent will always have a special place in my heart and when I heard of Devil in Spring, I went positively ballistic! Most of your series are quite familiar (the Wallflowers and the Hathaways!!) to me but I still love to re-read from time to time.

    Thank you for the amazing post and for the international giveaway >W< ♡
    Sending you love all the way from Malaysia ⋆

    • LisaKleypas

      Sending love back to you, my friend–I’m so delighted that you enjoyed Devil In Winter!

  • Toni

    Devil in Winter is one of my absolute favorite romances. I’m so looking forward to Devil in Spring.

    • LisaKleypas

      🙂

  • Kim

    I’m enjoying your new series and I’m looking forward to seeing Evie & Sebastian again in Devil in Spring.

    • LisaKleypas

      🙂 Thank you, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

  • Mary Dieterich

    I loved your description of romance in everyday life. We need more of that!

    • LisaKleypas

      We do, Mary! I think the potential is always there, but sometimes we’re all so tired or busy that we don’t think about it 🙂

  • Debbie_K

    I adore your books. Rhys in Marrying Winterborne is my all time favorite hero of yours. (Cam came in a close 2nd)

    • LisaKleypas

      Debbie, I love hearing that, thank you!!! I tried very hard to give him a suitable personality for a Welshman, and I loved him as character!

  • ANNETTE

    I enjoyed your description of what constitutes romance. You are blessed and he is blessed and I am glad that it is obvious both of you know it. Thanks for sharing your comments. It’s funny how women writers can draw a reader into romance, even at the kitchen sink.

    • LisaKleypas

      Thanks Annette! I guess we have to take romance where we can find it 😉

  • Stephanie Stevens Chalbeck

    I enjoy reading all of your stories and look forward to new releases. I particularly enjoyed Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne.

  • cheryl c.

    You have such a romantic soul, and it really comes through in your books. Quite a few of your books are on my keeper shelf!

  • Stephanie

    One of my all-time favorite series is The Hathaways. Love in the Afternoon came out while I was hospitalized. I made my dad go to the bookstore and buy it for me because I was so anxious to read it.

  • Heather Roach

    Such a lovely post!

  • HopeT.

    It is lovely to see into the ideas of a writer we love. Thank you. (love Te Kanawa’s singing– thank for reminding me).

  • Meghan Stith

    Oh my. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite romance writers! You can thank Allaboutromance.com for getting me hooked! They have a top 100 most romantic books every two years and I started reading one of them and Lisa Kleypas books absolutely dominate the countdown and for good reason!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Christine Colburn

    I love Lisa Kleypas’ historical novels, and this is a fantastic prize! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Adriana N.

    I Love your work so much! I entered to this World of romance book through the wallflowers series and they have a special place in my heart.
    You gave me high expectations of life and Love and I’m truly grateful for that.

  • Lo

    The beauty of the small things in life, that’s what love is for me. And one of the little things I love most is reading a romance novel. Of course, if I can share those moments with my love, it’s simply wonderful.
    I love all your books, Lisa, but I must confess Rhys Winterbone has stolen my heart. I can’t wait to read it again in Spanish! (I’m from Spain and it’s going to be published this Fall!)

  • Kathy Nye

    You are the best! Thank you so much for years of reading enjoyment.

  • Juliana Lin

    You are one of my favourite authors. I have been rereading MW like msny times. I am so glad you back to Historical romance. I am totaly agree that small gesture is a fuel of love. Even a small attention like hugging is the human basic needs everyday.

    Indonesia

  • Martha Lawton

    Happy to be reading you under historical romance! Although I just love reading your books!!!!

  • Ami Savitri

    I have loved reading romance since my friend introduced me back in high school. Prior to that I was a mystery-reading girl only … Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle … but then I discovered the joy of HAPPY ENDING, and all the feels, and gah, I haven’t looked back since then

    From Indonesia…

    • Ada H

      Hi, this is Ada and I’m helping with the RARM drawings. You have been chosen as Lisa Kleypas’ winner. Please send a message with your email address to me at ada@readaromancemonth.com and we’ll put Lisa in touch with you. Please send a response by next Sunday, August 28/16. Thanks and Congrats!

  • K Davis

    Most of my books are in Kindle form now, but I also keep a collection of your books on my shelf too. I keep three authors books in print, and I treasure your books.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Lisa, your books are among my favorites! I get emotionally involved in each one I read, historical or contemporary. Thanks for doing what you do!

  • Piper Huguley

    I could watch The Long Hot Summer all the time and nothing else. It’s like a peek into their world. Great choice of couple!

  • Carol Opalinski

    I loved this post!!! “Small gestures are the fuel of love.” So, so true!! I loved all of your books but my favorite heroes are Harry Rutledge and Alex Nolan. And of course can’t forget Sebastian. I hope you get your picnic in France some day.

  • May

    Love your books! 🙂 And I agree… Paul and Joanne are my favorite couple…

  • Krysten Mich

    Absolutely love your books! And great recommendations 😉

  • Sarah Morgan

    Everything you write is perfect Lisa (including this post!), and I’m so honoured to be recommended by you. Thank you xxxxx

  • Sandy Xiong

    I am still a newbie in reading some of the historical romance that were popular back back in the days. The Flame and the Flower is a perfect example; I didn’t know about the book until a few months ago when an author posted about it and I got super curious about it. Now I’m trying to find books similar to it and so far, I’m doing a horrible job at it.

  • Chris Leopold

    It was while reading my first Lisa Kleypas novel, Suddenly You, that I realized what drives me to read romances. What I feel when I’m reading them (especially the good ones) is real. The emotions can be every bit as intense as if you yourself were falling in love or being spurned. I remember the burning sensation in the back of my throat that just wouldn’t go away as Jack Devlin pursued Amanda Briars in Suddenly You. I don’t think I’ve read another author who has done as much justice to the emotion of yearning. I was blown away by Lisa’s writing talent in the span of the couple of days it took me to devour that book, and I’ve been an ardent fan of her work ever since.

    Thanks for the give away, Lisa!

    P.S. I’m looking forward to Pandora and Gabriel’s story so very much!!!

  • Anna

    I may or may not have shrieked very very loudly when you released the teaser for Devil in Spring. I am so excited that you’re writing historicals again! 🙂

  • Pamby50

    I loved the Flame and The Flower. Kathleen Woodiwiss was my introduction into romance reading but Shanna was my first. You had me smiling with the little things that you and your husband do. It reminds me of my husband. I so agree with you regarding Paul & Joanne. I always say they are my favorite couple. They fell in love working on the movie The Long Hot Summer. Sigh. Love your books!!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I was older than twelve when I first read Ms. Woodiwiss & The Flame & The Flower, but know how you felt. I loved reading historical romances, those were pretty much all that was available back then. My daughters found my collection of romance novels & read them & shared them with their friends when they were in middle school. When I read, I get lost in my romance books. It’s as if I am in the story, watching everything unfold. Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to the romance world. <3

  • Deborah Kehoe

    I just finished Marrying Winterbourne and loved Rhys! I can’t recall ever reading about a Welsh hero and hearing about the prejudices at that time was fascinating!

  • Marie

    Lisa,
    Thank you so very much. I’ve read your wallflowers, Hathaway, and the bow street runners series countless times. I still enjoy them, and feel swept away. I’m a nurse and sometimes these books are just the thing to unwind during my lunch break or when my boys (I have 3) are tucked in for bed. Thank you again, and I can’t wait for Devil in the Spring. I have great expectations for Evie and Sebastian’s son. The devil in the winter was my first romance book. I was hooked.
    Thanks again,
    Marie

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you so much for putting into words the exact reasons why I love romance. Thank you for taking the time to post here.

  • Martha B

    The first two romance novels I read were The Flame and the Flower & The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It introduced me to a whole new genre of books. It was fun to read in your post that you read her too (back in the day).

  • Susan

    Thank you for writing historicals. You manage to infuse humour into your characters as well as romance.

  • Linda Henderson

    I love Julie Long and Sarah Morgan too. I think a picnic in the French countryside would be wonderful. I loved your Friday Harbor series, it’s one of my favorites and they are on my keeper shelves. Are you going to do any more of that series?

  • Brianne Sherwood Wolman

    I, too. love finding that author who can put you into that reading trance

  • catslady

    Wonderful prize – would love to win your books. Historicals have always been my favorite!

  • “I can feel my heart beating faster when I’m reading something truly great. (…) It seems so easy and natural, as if it just poured out of the author’s fingertips…” This is the feeling in reading your books.
    I have discovered your works only this year. I love them. Thank you so, so much for creating so many wonderful characters and stories!
    (Marinella from Italy)

  • Pamela Aares

    Hi Lisa! *waving*! When I’m writing my contemporary Tavonesi series and take a break after a long day, slipping into any of your amazing stories is my greatest delight! Thank you for your awesome love stories!

  • shivalika swar

    To Lisa,
    Firstly, thank you so much for writing such heartwarming stories and secondly I know exactly how you must have felt while reading The Flame and the Flower because you inspire the same reaction in me. It feels like I’m right there with Evie and Sebastian or Liberty and Gage going through with whatever they are feeling. Let’s just say I’m more than enamored of your work and eagerly await all the beautiful book you are going to write in future.
    Loads of love from India! <3

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    I’m so excited to read Devil in Spring! Devil in Winter is one of my absolute favorite romance novels!

  • rebecca moe

    Great post, Lisa! My mom would agree with you 100% on your favorite romantic couple choice. Getting woken up early in the morning while camping at Watkins Glen, knowing that he was on the track was one of her life highlights. (I’m pretty sure it’s just a coincidence that we were camping while he was there…we’re not at all race fans. So, pretty sure…but not 100%)

    Thanks for posting!

  • Ellen

    Thank you for being such a versatile author. I have enjoyed your historical and contemporary romances. (Just reread the Friday Harbor books last month.) You do well in sharing romance with the rest of us.

  • Juliana

    Paul and Joanne! Such a true love story!

  • Tory Ferrera

    Your books have given me so much pleasure, Lisa Kleypas! I buy them as they’re released and read them each many times. Thank you, and I cannot wait to read Devil in Summer!

  • Mary McCoy

    Can’t wait for The Devil in Spring!

  • Molly

    I love the small gestures that show you care.

  • Chanpreet

    Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself. The Flame and the Flower was one of the first romance novels I read too. I wonder if you ever got the chance to meet Kathleen in person and tell her how much you enjoyed her book?

  • May

    Love Paul Newman and all his movies. 🙂