Megan Crane – Romances Deliver

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

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#LoveRomance

I’m A Hope Junkie

It happened again just the other day.  I was talking about books with a new acquaintance and romances came Edge of Controlup, as they often do in my presence.

“I’ve never read one of those,” she said.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a story about random people making snide or derogatory comments regarding romance novels.  Who has time for that?  (Certainly not me.)  No, this woman had genuinely made it through three or four decades of her life without ever picking one up.

Not one.  Not ever.  Not even Jane Austen in high school.

And no, I told her when she asked.  Romeo and Juliet does not count.

The truth is, I never know what to say to these people.  Mostly, I want to tell them how sorry I am that they’ve missed out on so much goodness for all these years.  Then I want to give them an off-the-top-of-my-head reading list of my favorite twenty romances of all time.  Or of the past month.  Whichever works—and whichever I think they migbht be likely to read.

Here’s what I know about romance novels: it’s impossible to read one you like and not want more.

If I’m being completely honest, I wouldn’t know how to live without romance novels.  (Thank goodness I don’t Expecting a Royal Scandalhave to try!)  I’m a hope junkie through and through, and that’s all because of the things romances have taught me over the years.  Where else can you learn—again and again and again—that openness and vulnerability are strength?  That there is nothing inside of you so dark or distorting that it renders you unlovable?  That no matter how broken your heart and desperate your circumstances, you can trust in love and it will light the way toward something better?

A friend of mine once told me that after her father died, her grief counselor actually prescribed romances to help her through the loss.  Because no matter how bleak and terrible things feel, no matter what we’ve lost—even if it’s ourselves—romances promise us that it will get better.  That we will get better.  That no matter what, we can be better.

And best of all, romances deliver.  Happily ever after.  Who wouldn’t want that?

“You’re missing out,” I told my new friend.  And then I proceeded to tell her—in a whole lot of detail and with many asides that included websites and book links and follow-up emails with entire lists of favorites—exactly how and why.

Megan Crane recommends: 

I’ve become a huge fan of Nicole Helm  nicolehelm.wordpress.com   (at Amazon)  over the past couple of years.  I happened upon Flight Risk at a signing and was hooked on her brand of complicated family dynamics, astonishingly compelling characters, and writing so smooth you never quite see the emotional gut-punch coming.  I’m also completely obsessed with her Big Sky Cowboys series —it just keeps getting better and better!

I recently picked up I, Porn Star by    Zara Cox      zaracoxwriter.com    (at Amazon)   and thought I’d give it a read on a plane trip.  I’m surprised I didn’t incinerate the entire plane!  I loved this book.  I couldn’t put it down—and in fact, only did because I was forced to disembark at my destination. This book is a smoking hot romp, brilliantly written and conceived, and I’m pretty much a fan girl forever!

I also love my Harlequin Presents, and not only because I write them as Caitlin Crews.  This year the Harlequin Presents line is celebrating the 100th book of two of our authors.  Can you imagine?

Lynne Graham     lynnegraham.com     (at Amazon) and

Sharon Kendrick     sharonkendrick.com   (at Amazon)  write some of the best books around.  I recommend any one of the two hundred Harlequin Presents they’ve written whole-heartedly and the best part?  If you like them?  You literally have hundreds to glom.  


Questions for the Author:

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

Oddly enough, it was after my grandmother died.  My grandparents were married for 67 years, separated only Megan Crane Grandparents Question 1by WWII and his death.  And seven years after he died, she followed him, surrounded by family in her own bed.  I like to think of them up there dancing, young and beautiful and in love forever

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

I’m lucky enough to have a whole lot of people in my life who not only read romances and watch romantic movies, but love to have long, impassioned conversations about them.  What’s better than that?

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

There’s something about getting to the top of a hard hill with someone you love.  It makes the view from the mountaintop that much sweeter.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

I have a weakness for pretty much any Kristen Ashley  (at Amazon) couple, but I think my favorite is Tate and Lauren from Sweet Dreams  I read it first in ebook.  Then bought the print book so I could reread it in either format, at will, which I do.  Often.

But I could also say the same about EVERY SINGLE BOOK in her Dream Man series…

Tell us about your dream date. 

I’m torn between wanting to be flown to one of great cities of Europe to be wined and dined like some kind of princess… and going on a long camping/hiking trip like walking the Milford Track in New Zealand or hiking the whole of the Appalachian Trail.  It must be the Gemini in me.  I like extremes.

 

Megan Crane is generously giving away 5 print books to US friends and 5 ebooks to international readers (winner’s choice from Megan’s available titles).

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 27, 2016.  Good luck! ***International friends, be sure to include your country in your comment so we know to include you in the international drawing.  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

 


MeganCraneRITA15USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than sixty books since her debut in 2004.  She has been published all over the place, including at each of New York’s Big Five, and was one of the four founding authors of boutique powerhouse Tule Publishing.  She’s won fans with her women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents she writes as Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance, from small town to international glamor, cowboys to bikers, futuristic Vikings, and beyond. She sometimes teaches creative writing classes in places like mediabistro.com and UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the glorious Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

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  • Amaya

    I was recommended romances by a few friends and it was at one of the lowest point of my life that I really went into full gear reading romances. Definitely checking out your books and recommendations.

    Thank you for the wonderful post! <3 – Malaysia

    • Megan Crane

      Thanks for reading, Amaya!

    • Ada H

      Hi Amaya, you have been chosen as one of Megan Crane’s winners. Please send a message with your email address to me at ada@readaromancemonth.com and we’ll put Megan in touch with you. Thanks and Congrats!

  • Patty Vasquez

    The first thing I feel compelled to tell people who ask me about what I like to read, right after I tell them I read romance, is that the authors of romance books are incredible writers with extraordinary backgrounds. They’re brilliant women (and men) who write brilliantly. Unfortunately, I immediately go on the defensive waiting for the derisive comment about bare torsos and Fabio hair. I’m glad your friend didn’t go that direction in your conversation! Romance is about hope and love and well-crafted stories.

    • Megan Crane

      Sadly, too many people think they know a lot about romances without actually having read any. Good thing all the readers I know are such great ambassadors!

  • cheryl c.

    How very sweet that your grandparents were married for 67 years!

    • Megan Crane

      They were pretty terrific!

  • Debra McDonald

    Reading romance novels make me smile and when life gets in the way to make me sad they cheer me up no end. I live in Scotland, U.K. and have three young sons and a gardener hubby so as you can imagine life is hectic so any cheer s good.

    • Megan Crane

      I believe in cheer!

    • Ada H

      Hi Debra, this is Ada and I’m helping with the RARM drawings. You have been chosen as one of Megan Crane’s winner. Please send a message with your email address to me at ada@readaromancemonth.com and we’ll put Megan in touch with you. Thanks and Congrats!

  • ANNETTE

    Thanks for the lovely story of your Grandparents.

    • Megan Crane

      🙂

  • Nicole Marie

    I love romance novels too, and how special that your grandparents were together so long! Amazing!

    • Megan Crane

      They were pretty fantastic!

  • Ann Mettert

    I enjoyed your post.

    • Megan Crane

      Thanks, Ann!

  • Quinn Fforde

    I can’t imagine living without romance novels either! They are how I destress.

    • Megan Crane

      Me too!

  • Linda Henderson

    I’m with you, I could not imagine life without my romance books. I’ve never tried to push romance books on any reader but I have been known to loan books to people I know to get them interested, it always works. I do love your books, under both your persona’s. I’ve been a big Harlequin fan and have read the Presents line for years, as well as most of their other series.

    • Megan Crane

      Aw, that’s great to hear, Linda! Thanks so much for reading!

  • Sue G.

    How sweet your Grandparents were! 67 years is awesome! That’s love!

    • Megan Crane

      It absolutely was!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Hi Megan!! What a sweet post. I too could not imagine life without my romance books. Actually, any book. I feel naked if I don’t have a book or my kindle, or lately my iPad, with me wherever I go. I love that your grandparents were married 67 years. That is awesome. My dad died almost a year to the day of my parent’s 50th anniversary and my mom lived 16 more years before she joined him. Interesting dream dates!! But knowing you, they are perfect!!

    • Megan Crane

      They would definitely be perfect for me!

  • Pamby50

    Wonderful story about your grandparents! Also loved the part where a grief counselor told her patient to read romance books. The power of love is amazing!

    • Megan Crane

      It really is!

  • Lady Vampire

    Loved the interview. And I have to say wow about that lady who had never read a romance. I also felt sorry for her. Your right she’s been missing out. I definitely couldn’t go on without books. Thank goodness for authors and books! And congratulations on this new release!

    • Megan Crane

      Thanks so much!

  • Coleen R

    Thank you for putting into words, Megan, the feelings I have when reading a romance novel. Now I know why I need to keep reading them! Hope.

    • Megan Crane

      Yes! Hope is so important!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Great post and good reasons why we should recommend and not be ashamed to read romance. My therapist didn’t recommend me reading romance but I truly believe that my discovery of romance books is what helped to pull me out of a depression spiral. I literally couldn’t get enough of the HEA. Thank you for your post.

    • Megan Crane

      I can relate!

  • Kareni

    I hope your new acquaintance becomes a fellow romance reader; we’re a lively bunch! Thanks for an enjoyable post.

    • Megan Crane

      I’m certainly doing my best! 🙂

  • mariannewestrich

    So glad to find another Kristen Ashley fan! 😎

    • Megan Crane

      Kristen Ashley fangirls unite!!

  • Mary McCoy

    Thank you for your post,the world needs all the HEA it can get!

    • Megan Crane

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • Connie Saunders

    I loved reading about the therapist and her recommendation to read romance novels!

    • Megan Crane

      It’s a true story!

  • Ellen

    Thanks for sharing your grandparents’ story. (My parents have been married 65 years and they are my favorite romantic couple.)

    • Megan Crane

      I love long-married grandparents!

  • rebecca moe

    I’ve always wanted to walk the Appalachian Trail too! Maybe someday, with plenty of audiobook romance novels queued up on my iPod…

    Thanks for posting and for the suggestions!

    • Megan Crane

      It didn’t even occur to me to listen to books on a long hike like that–but that would be amazing! Great suggestion!