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!
One Book At A Time
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 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….
— 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 gave me the cover quote for my Women’s Fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness)
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?
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.
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.)
Marin 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.
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