Mia Sosa – No Hiding My #LoveRomance

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

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#LoveRomance

I’m a Romance Reader—and Proud of It!

I love to read romances, and I’m proud of that fact. But this wasn’t always the case. For more than a decade, I One Night With the CEOdevoured romances as though they were a guilty pleasure, a treat to be enjoyed behind closed doors but never discussed in public for fear of ridicule. Back then, reading romances was a source of embarrassment. Now I live with a different shame: the knowledge that for too long I failed to treat my beloved genre with the respect it deserves.

So what led to my epiphany? I’ll explain.

When I rode the D.C. Metro to work years ago, I was never without a romance to get me through the arduous commute. If the Green Line experienced a delay (read: often), I’d whip out a book and get lost in the wonderful worlds of my favorite characters. Here’s the rub, though: I hid the covers of those wonderful stories from passengers’ eyes by placing the books within the pages of a legal binder. Occasionally, I’d find someone who shared my love of romance, and a flurry of excited conversations (and lots of whispering) would follow. More often than not, however, reading romance was a solitary—and hidden—activity.

When I began to travel for work, I spent more days than I care to remember living out of hotel rooms. At the time, business trips took me away from my husband and two young children. I missed them, and not seeing them for several days—and in one instance, weeks—was almost unbearable. Then I discovered Kristan Higgins. And her backlist. Suddenly, the extra nights I had to stay in Minnesota because a snow storm shut down all airline flights to the East Coast weren’t the worst thing in the world. Yes, I still missed my babies, but I had Chastity and Trevor to keep me company until I could return home. Kristan Higgins’s stories lifted my Unbuttoning The CEOspirits and made me laugh. Her books gave me exactly what I needed when I needed it: a way to forget that my family wasn’t within arm’s reach. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

But wait, there’s more: I met Kristan Higgins at this year’s Romance Writers of America Annual Conference. I might have lost it. I might have begged her for a photograph. And I might have dashed into the restroom to dispose of a lollipop while she waited patiently in the hall for my return. She was gracious and appreciative of my blubbering, and that experience makes me doubly mad at myself for not realizing sooner how much romance reading has impacted my life.

Today I can’t imagine hiding my love of romance—ever. Romance writers and readers are some of the smartest, kindest, and funniest people I know. I’m proud to be among them, and I’m proud to hold a romance in my hands. Because nobody puts Kristan Higgins in a corner—or behind a legal binder, as it were.

Mia recommends:

I have several long-standing favorites: Kristan Higgins, Brenda Jackson, and Lisa Kleypas, to name a few.Pic with Kristan Higgins

In the up-and-coming (and fabulous) authors category, I’d recommend:

Olivia Dade   –  www.oliviadade.com ( at Amazon )   –  yes, she’s my critique partner, but she’s a fantastic writer, and she’s hilarious, trust me),

Ruby Lang   –  www.rubylangwrites.com  ( at Amazon )  –   she writes smart books with snappy dialogue), and

Tracey Livesay   –  www.traceylivesay.com  ( at Amazon)  –   if swoony heroes and no-nonsense heroines are your jam, grab one of Tracey’s books).


Questions for the Author:

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

The first moment that comes to mind is my wedding day. The day couldn’t have been more special, and nothing could have brought me down from my high. Not even a wardrobe malfunction. When I arrived at our reception and exited the limo, the bustle on my gown ripped. The wedding coordinator cringed (probably because she was expecting Bridezilla to emerge), but I laughed it off and danced the evening away.

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

One of my law school friends, Cynji, loves reading romance novels as much as I do. We quickly discovered our mutual love of romance reading when I spied a set of historical romances on a bookshelf in her apartment. I gasped in excitement, knowing I’d found another person who understood that reading romances was more interesting than studying contract law (or property law) (or trusts and estates).

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

My husband wooed me with the able assistance of jazz greats Miles Davis and John Coltrane, so whenever I hear jazz, I immediately think of romance.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?Barack_and_Michelle_Obama_at_the_Home_States_Ball

Michelle and Barack Obama. No explanation needed, really.

Tell us about your dream date. 

For my dream date, my hubby and I would eat at one of my favorite restaurants in New York, Aureole, and then attend a musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. Not sure if such a Broadway show is out there :o), but if it is, I’d love to see it. *crosses fingers that hubby is taking notes*

 

Mia is generously giving away two prizes to US readers (apologies to international friends):

A trade paperback or Kindle copy of Unbuttoning the CEO (winner’s choice) and a $5 Amazon e-gift card to one US winner and a trade paperback or Kindle copy of One Night with the CEO (winner’s choice) and a $5 Amazon e-gift card to another.

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 28, 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

 


Mia SosaMia Sosa is an award-winning writer and 2015 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Finalist. She writes contemporary romances that are funny, flirty, and a little dirty. Ahem. Her first novel, Unbuttoning the CEO, was published by Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint in December 2015, and her latest book, One Night with the CEO, released in May of this year. A former First Amendment and media lawyer, Mia now spends most of her days writing love stories about smart women and the complicated men who love them. Okay, let’s be real here: Mia wears PJs all day and watches more reality television than a network television censor—all in the name of research, of course. She’s represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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  • JoDeen Anderson

    Lovely Post !!! yay giveaway thanks for the chance !!!

    • Mia Sosa

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Patty Vasquez

    You worried about the Minnesota snowstorms that shut down the airports preventing your return home (but thank goodness for Kristan Higgins.) I pray and cheer for Minnesota snowstorms to shut down the schools so I have more time to read!

    • Mia Sosa

      That’s right, Patty! Now a delay of any kind means I get to read more books. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mia’s hubby

    Taking notes…great post!

    • Mia Sosa

      Bahahaha!

  • Nicole Marie

    Great post! My favorite part of romance novels is getting lost in the book and loving the happy ending.

    • Mia Sosa

      Yes! Couldn’t agree with you more, Nicole. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Quinn Fforde

    Nobody puts Kristan Higgins in a corner — absolutely perfect! Loved this post

    • Mia Sosa

      Thank you, Quinn!

  • Love this post, Mia! And you are so right about the President and First Lady being the best romantic couple ever! 🙂

    • Mia Sosa

      Thanks, Asa! The President and First Lady appear to be a popular choice this year.

  • Linda Henderson

    I love Kristan Higgins too, she writes some great books. I’d probably flip out if I got to meet her too. The only people I can ever remember hiding my romance books from was my ex’s very religious grandmother and one of my old bosses. I’ve been reading romance since my early teens, and that’s a long time ago, and I’m very proud of it.

    • Mia Sosa

      Yay, Linda! I’m glad to be a member of the proud-to-be-a-romance-reader club with you. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sue G.

    OMG! I just love your humor! I have many people often make snide comments about my romance reads….I just tell them, “My husband doesn’t seem to mind the benefits from it! ;)” That usually shuts them up pretty quickly! 🙂

    • Mia Sosa

      Ha! I like your style, Sue G. Thanks for stopping by!

  • One of the best parts about writing romance: having a fantastic, talented critique partner like you. Love you, Mia! ♥♥♥

    • Mia Sosa

      Love you too, lady! <3<3<3

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    What a wonderful post. Thank you so much. Oh my goodness. Kristan Higgins is definitely one of the best romance writers!! She is one of my favorites and yes, I have read all of her books!! She makes me laugh and cry within pages of each other. You are a new to me author but I will definitely be checking out your books. Oh, BTW, I’ve lived in Minnesota, near the airport, for the last 34 years.

    • Mia Sosa

      Eileen, I could have been hanging out with you during that snowstorm! And I know exactly what you mean about Kristan Higgins’s books. I laugh, cry and swoon in one sitting. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • Pamby50

    Great post! I love that I get to the comments section and Mia’s hubby post is right there saying “Taking notes”. Love it. Beautiful picture of you with Kristan Higgins!

    • Mia Sosa

      He’s a jokester, and I love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Molly

    I love Mia’s hubby post lol

    • Mia Sosa

      You have my sense of humor, Molly!

  • Debbie Fuller

    I so know what you mean about discovering Kristan Higgins. When I discovered her books I think I wrote her to be my best friend. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us.

    • Mia Sosa

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by, Debbie!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I still tend to read the romances with the naked man chests in the privacy of my home, not the gym or work. LOL. Other than that, I don’t care who sees what I am reading! I am a huge Kristan Higgins fan, as well. Thanks for the post!

    • Mia Sosa

      I hear you, Sharlene! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kareni

    Thanks for an enjoyable post. And congratulations on publishing your first books.

    • Mia Sosa

      Thanks so much, Kareni!

  • mariannewestrich

    Kristan Higgins is one of my favorites, too!

    • Mia Sosa

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by, Marianne!

  • Mary McCoy

    Love your CEO books! Love that your hubby read this and is taking notes! 🙂

    • Mia Sosa

      Thanks, Mary! Yes, he’s a funny guy, and this is what I get for asking him to read my post! 🙂

  • Connie Saunders

    I also like Kristen Higgans, Lisa Kleypas and Brenda Jackson!

    • Mia Sosa

      That’s great. Connie! Thanks for stopping by!

  • JenM

    I also used to hide my love of romance but I don’t do that any more. If more people read romance, they’d be a lot happier.

    • Mia Sosa

      Totally agree, Jen! Thanks for commenting!

  • Ellen

    Very nice photo of you and Kristan. Congratulations on getting to meet one of your favorite authors. (Always fun to meet someone we fangirl over.)

    • Mia Sosa

      Yes, Ellen, that’s exactly right ! It was such a fangirl moment. Thanks for reading my post!

  • rebecca moe

    Nobody does put Kristan Higgins in the corner–you’re right about that 🙂

    Fantastic picture–so jealous! Thanks so much for sharing; I really enjoyed your post. (And I hope that really is your husband down there, taking notes. Enjoy!)

    • Mia Sosa

      You’re welcome, Rebecca! And yes, that was my hubby. I asked him to read the post, and he left that comment. Funny guy. 🙂

      • rebecca moe

        Excellent! He’s a keeper 🙂 (though you don’t need me to tell you that, I’m sure!)