Marin Thomas – More Romance? Please

Hi friends!

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!

#LoveRomance

One Book At A Time

“There is a wealth of unexpressed love in the world.” ~ Arthur HopkinsHEA Promise 300

As a romance author I like to believe I’m making the world more romantic one book at a time.  I’m betting that if you read romances, you’re a person who isn’t afraid to show your love for others.  It’s always my hope that my stories affirm the importance of love in our daily lives.

If you Google Love, you’ll find hundreds of definitions for the word, but in the end Love is a basic, intrinsic human need. Everyone yearns to be loved, looked after and cared for. Romance books can make falling in love and staying in love appear effortless, but love doesn’t always travel the easy road in real life. Thanks to technology, we’re becoming more comfortable with our own company—even when we’re sitting next to our partner on the couch. In today’s hectic world, couples have to work hard to stay romantically connected.

So how can we turn our lives into a romance novel—without the black moment? Following are some of the ways my husband and I show each other we care…

— We grab each other’s hands and dance when one of our favorite songs comes on the radioA Cowboy Claim

— We buy each other special treats when one of us is under a lot of stress (mostly me with my writing deadlines)

— When we dine out, I often let my husband pick his favorite restaurant even when it’s my turn

— My husband fills the gas tank for me and I make sure his favorite soda is always in the fridge

— My husband writes me limericks for special occasions and I make him coupons for a free night of… whatever

— Sometimes I wear my hair the way he likes it even though it’s not my favorite style

— I stick a post-it note love message in his wallet if I’m flying somewhere without him

— We made a rule to never talk about the kids when we go to bed at night

— We hug each other for no reason

If you’re running out of ideas for romantic dates, go back to the basics…think teenage years….

— Take in a movie at the drive-in theaterzzcowboyredemption copy 2

— Walk around the block after dark, holding hands

— Sit together on the porch and study the stars

I leave you with a quote from Katharine Hepburn in Me : Stories of My Life: “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.”

 

Marin Thomas recommends: 

Debbie Macomber      debbiemacomber.com     (at Amazon)

 (Debbie gave me the cover quote for my Women’s Fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness)

CJ Carmichael      cjcarmichael.com     (at Amazon)

Kristy Woodson Harvey      kristywoodsonharvey.com      (at Amazon)


Questions for the Author:

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

My husband and I had already been married two years by the time we’d saved enough money to take a honeymoon. We went to Hawaii and the first night at our hotel we took a walk along the beach at sunset. The beautiful pink sky, the warm breeze, the ocean waves crashing over our bare feet… holding hands and stealing a kiss or two was a truly romantic experience.

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

My mother was an avid romance reader who got me hooked on the genre. When my kids were younger we’d spend a couple of weeks every summer at her home in Texas. After the kids went to bed, my mother and I would stay up late and talk about the books we were reading and our favorite authors. Mom wasn’t computer savvy so I’d pull up her favorite authors’ websites on the Internet and she enjoyed trying to figure out which of their books she hadn’t read, then we’d make a B&N run before I left town.

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

I associate country music with romance and Ronnie Milsap is one of my favorite singers…I wouldn’t have Missed It For The World, Smokey Mountain Rain, There’s No Getting’ Over Me.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Johnny Cash and June Carter…a love story for the ages.

Tell us about your dream date. RARM Pickup Truck

Dream Date Must haves: Vintage Ford Pick-up, picnic basket, blanket, access to ranch property—preferably with grazing cattle and a windmill, country music, a starry sky and a cowboy of course!

 

 

 

Marin Thomas is generously providing two giveaways to US readers (apologies to international friends).

One winner will receive a signed copy of Marin’s WF fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness, and one winner will receive all three signed books from her Cowboys of the Rio Grande Series:  A Cowboy’s Redemption, The Surgeon’s Christmas Baby and A Cowboy’s Claim.

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 Sep 6, 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.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading


MarinThomasAuthorPhotoHi-ResMarin Thomas is an award-winning author of Western Romances for Harlequin Books where she published her first romance in 2004. Marin also writes Western Romance for Tule Publishing and Women’s Fiction for Berkley Books. She grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and attended college at the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV.

Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marin and her husband currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her free time junk hunting and researching her next ghost tour. 

Learn more:

marinthomas.com      |     Facebook     |     Twitter @MarinThomas

(You can also find Marin at her Marin Thomas Westerns FB page, as well as Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads and Tumblr )

 

Buy Marin’s books:

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*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

  • Kareni

    Thanks for an enjoyable post. I liked hearing how you and your husband show your love for each other. When my husband travels, I like to leave what we call sock notes. I put a note in each pair of his socks, so he’ll have a message from me each morning while he’s away. Happy writing!

    • Marin Thomas

      I love your sock note story, Kareni!

  • Sally Schmidt

    It’s so easy to show you care, and means so much. All those little things. Sometimes it will just strike me that my husband knows me better than anyone and he shows it in so many ways all the time.

    • Marin Thomas

      Sally, I think it’s great when husbands know what we’re thinking sometimes before we do 🙂

  • Ann Mettert

    I liked your lists. 😉

    • Marin Thomas

      Thanks, Ann!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Marin! Thank you for the post! I am particularly interested in your “coupons for a free night of… whatever”! Interesting! 😉 Love your books!

    • Marin Thomas

      LOL, Sharlene! I can get very creative with my coupons 🙂

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love love love your harelquin books…. love johnny and june too… really loved (and own walk the line) but my favorite it Johnny and June By Heidi Newfield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stnrBXwkjnUtrfgggg/“RT%5

    • Marin Thomas

      Diana-thanks for sharing the video-love it!!

  • Marin Thomas

    Thank you, Anna-I’m very lucky to count you as one of my readers!

  • Sue G.

    Your honeymoon sounds wonderful! Some day I hope to get to Hawaii.

    • Marin Thomas

      Sue, Hawaii was great and wonderful and fun…except for the hotel catching on fire (nothing series but we had to evacuate at three in the morning 🙂 and I lost my wedding rings when they fell off in the water…but other than that-it was a trip to remember!

      • Sue G.

        A fire and a lost ring! Yikes! Sounds like a made up story! LOL

        • Marin Thomas

          It’s all true, lol! I’m still wearing the $20 silver band we bought at the mall in Hawaii to replace the rings…and my husband has offered several times to buy me a replacement wedding ring but I’ve turned him down and kept the silver band because it reminds me of our trip 🙂

  • Teresa Fordice

    Great reads by Marin. You will love her books!!

    • Marin Thomas

      Teresa, you are a wonderful cheerleader! 🙂

  • Kristine R

    Love your books Marin. I am a huge fan of yours

    • Marin Thomas

      Hi Kristine-Thanks for stopping by and the kind words–I love what I do and it means a lot that you enjoy my stories!

  • Pamby50

    It is all about the little things. Now we have rocking chairs that we sit out on the patio. New author. Looking forward to reading your books.

    • Marin Thomas

      Pam, I have always wanted a huge front porch and have never had one in all the years I’ve been married. But it’s a dream of mine to sit on the porch with hubby in rocking chairs and watch the sunset…one of these years 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your post Marin. I love the Tule books, I’m not sure how I missed yours. Now I’ll have to go back, find them, and read them. I love the Katherine Hepburn quote you gave along with the ideas for spending time with your love.

    • Marin Thomas

      Eileen, I just signed on with Tule to do one story in the Chocolate Shop Books series and that will be out June 2017. I’m loving Tule so far and hope to write more books for them in the future 🙂

  • Linda Henderson

    I’ve always loved your books. I think the small things between a couple are just as important as the big things. Although today is my youngest daughter’s birthday and her husband came in with flowers and a package from the jewelry store and that’s great too.

    • Marin Thomas

      Linda, kudos to your son-in-law! Flowers and jewelry-yay!

  • Ellen

    There is something special about walking on the beach at sunset. Someday, I hope we get to try it in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing.

    • Marin Thomas

      Thanks for stopping by the blog post, Ellen!