Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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Romance, Shining Light
“Love is a tenacious adventure… Real love is one that triumphs lastingly over the hurdles erected by time, space and the world.” Alain Badiou
The short answer is: A great romance novel, in addition to providing exquisite pleasure and entertainment, also shines a light into our souls. Great romances heal and transport us into the very realms we most need to explore. Powerful love stories provide a break in the day-to-day–an opening–that allows readers to enter a world where the hero and heroine face their greatest challenges and learn to heal their deepest wounds and thrive. We come out of a great romance read renewed, having seen the world in a new way and having lived the challenge with characters we love.
(With the power to entertain while also transporting, encouraging and healing, is it is any wonder that 1 out of 4 books sold in the world is a romance novel?)
And, as in the quote above from philosopher Alain Badiou, I am convinced that romance novels show us that love possesses the power to slice through the most powerful opposition and can bridge our deepest wounds. A great story takes us deep into love’s power and journey. The encounter between the hero and heroine is a life changing, challenging event–an event that sets love in motion and unleashes a process that is basically an experience of getting to know the world in a new way. True romance isn’t simply about two people meeting and their inward-looking relationship: Love is a process, a new life that is being conjured in the cauldron of our hearts and souls.
To quote Badiou again: “Love is a tenacious adventure. The adventurous side is necessary, but equally so is the need for tenacity. To give up at the first hurdle, the first serious disagreement, the first quarrel, is only to distort love. Real love is one that triumphs lastingly over the hurdles erected by time, space and the world.”
Love shines a light on the path of destiny. This is what gives romance and romance novels their power. When the heroine and hero make their declaration of love, they move from the chance involved in the encounter that brought them together to choice.
Scientists are discovering that allurement lives at the heart of the universe and governs everything within it. Romance authors and readers have known this all along! In my Tavonesi Series I explore the power of love to guide, change, challenge and heal. In NO STRANGER TO LOVE, the first book of the Journey to Love Trilogy, Parker and Juliet discover that love won’t be shoehorned into our plans and preconceived notions. Love bares us to the bone and then lifts us like a thousand angels with helping hands when we surrender to its power.
So, what about you? Do you have a favorite a romance novel that has taken you on a deep journey into your heart and soul? A love story that has changed the way you look at or live in the world? That has inspired you to love life? Please share!
Pamela Aares recommends:
And Sarah MacLean – sarahmaclean.net (at Amazon) After a long day of writing, there’s nothing better than diving in to one of Sarah’s historical romances. Never Judge a Lady by her Cover is a favorite.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
So many times I have tried to describe the spirit that rushed into my soul the afternoon that my husband and I were married on our deck overlooking the treetops. The first night we ever spent together was also infused with that same golden light that seemed to rush in and fill every cell in our beings. I can close my eyes and the power of those two life-changing moments pours into me, filling me with a powerful, palpable feeling of peace and promise and love.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My mother is the most romantic person I know. She exudes love and seems to always find the beauty wherever she goes. She is my final reader after four rounds of professional proofreaders and she always finds a typo everyone else missed. But she has to read my manuscripts twice as she vows that the first time through she’s completely lost in the story! Last Christmas we clutched our steaming mugs of cocoa and tucked into her big bed and, amid overstuffed pillows covered in cabbage roses and lace (all made by her hand), watched reruns of Downton Abbey. Sometimes we’ll be walking in the woods, or a museum, or along the beach and out of nowhere she’ll ask a question about one of the characters from the Tavonesi Series. I love that the characters live and breathe in her long after she’s finished reading the books!
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
To me, the songs of birds are the harbingers of love. Birdsong is heroic; birds sing above the noise of our busy lives and remind us that love is in the air.
And a place? OMG, I love the little island in Greece that served as inspiration for NO STRANGER TO LOVE. Tavernas by the sea, local musicians playing impossibly romantic songs, the crystal blue-green water, and the red-gold light kissing the hills as the sun sets over the ocean are exquisitely romantic. The Greeks love romance.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Currently, Will and Lou from Jojo Moyes Me Before You, the movie couple… they are so darn perfect and show us what it means to truly love.
I’m also partial right now to Parker Tavonesi and Juliet Cabot, the hero and heroine of NO STRANGER TO LOVE. Even though the book is released, they are still alive and clamoring in my heart and soul. They may need a second story!
Tell us about your dream date.
Right now my dream date would be a walk in an ancient forest with my husband. No agenda, no time constraints, just forest and sunshine and a blanket, and kisses and…well, the sensual experience of being in love in the woods!
Pamela Aares is generously giving away a signed copy of NO STRANGER TO LOVE (Tavonesi Series, Journey to Love Trilogy, Book #1) to one US reader, while two international readers will each win copies of the ebook boxed set GAME FOR ROMANCE, Books 1-4 of the Tavonesi Series.
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 29, 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!
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Pamela Aares is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her heartwarming and sexy contemporary series, The Tavonesi Series, explores the lives, loves, friendships and sizzling romances of the Tavonesi family and their captivating friends. Pamela’s books entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with compelling characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.
Before she began writing romance, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon, and The Earth’s Imagination. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two very curious cats. Pamela loves to hear from readers!
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