Shana Galen – Romancing Ourselves

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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

Everyday Romance

Like most of you, I’m married, have a family and a job, and lead a busy life. I love to read romance novels too. Lord and Lady Spy - SelectedIt’s fun to recapture that first feeling of falling in love and to watch a hero and heroine fight the pull they feel and ultimately embrace their emotions.

My life doesn’t revolve around my husband saving me from harrowing situations, making grand romantic gestures, or whisking me away on whirlwind trips. But does that mean my life isn’t full of romance? No. If you aren’t married or don’t have a significant other, does that mean your life isn’t full of romance? Absolutely not!

For me, romance is about more than two people falling in love. Look up the word romance in the dictionary, and you’ll see the definition also encompasses fancy, daydreams, indulgence, and invention. In that case, why can’t every day be full of some romance?

I’ve been struck this year by the need to take a few minutes a day to unplug from the world. It might be five minutes of quiet or a half hour walk or twenty minutes to stare out the window. These breaks often seem like a waste of time to me when I have a long to-do list, but I’ve convinced myself of the importance of taking time out to daydream and indulge in frivolous thoughts. A walk can be a time to feel the breeze ruffle your hair or smell the blooming jasmine or enjoy the vibrant colors of a garden of flowers. That’s romance.

And of course, there’s invention. I’m blessed to have a career where I write romance stories. Inventing these IKAR Final Covercharacters and plots is such a huge blessing in my life. But even if I didn’t write for a living, I would enjoy inventing—whether it be new culinary creations, art, music, or crafts. Romance is so much more than just the love of two people. It can be a part of our every day lives.

I #LoveRomance because it’s free and accessible to anyone. We can all fancy, daydream, indulge, and invent. Take some time out of your day every day to experience romance in your life.

Shana Galen recommends: 

My favorite new author is Lily Blackwood     lilyblackwood.com    (at Amazon)

I was able to read an ARC of her debut, The Beast of Clan Kincaid, and it was just amazing. Really emotional and passionate. You may have read her before under her other penname, Lily Dalton, but her Scottish historicals are a bit different and really exciting departure.

The other new author I read recently was Lark Brennan    larkbrennan.com    (at Amazon)

Her contemporary romantic suspense, Dangerously Yours, hooked me with its light paranormal elements. And she sets her books partly in Paris, which I love. These are really smart, sexy books.


Questions for the Author:

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

A few years ago my husband and I took our daughter to DisneyWorld for the first time. She was only four, and the whole trip was so magical to her. One evening we let her stay up late and watch the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle. I held her in my arms so she could see better, and she rested her head on my shoulder, oohing and aahing at each burst of color. Over her head, I caught my husband’s eye, and we smiled at each other. For me, there isn’t anything more romantic than happiness, love, and the magic of family. 

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

My running buddies and I love to dissect romantic movies and books. On a long run, there’s plenty of time to discuss what makes a hero sexy or makes a couple’s chemistry work. Chatting with these ladies often gives me ideas for how to strengthen the romance in my books, and I know their husbands have come to rely on our friendship to make sure the guys get the romance right in their relationships. I often get calls and texts from my friend’s hubbies asking about anniversary and birthday gift ideas. I love that their husbands make the extra effort to make certain each gift is thoughtful.

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

Oh, Paris is definitely the most romantic place in the world. I’ve only been once, but everything about it—from the winding streets to the artists on the bank of the Seine to the couples sharing coffee at the outdoor cafes—was terribly romantic and charming.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

My favorite romantic couple was Carson and Mrs. Hughes from Downton Abbey. I loved how their romance developed and matured. It’s so refreshing to see an older couple at the center of a love story. And I love how their adjustments into married life were both humorous and heartwarming.

Tell us about your dream date.  

My dream date probably sounds boring if you’re not a busy working mom, but I like dates where I get to stay home. I’m all for a date where my daughter goes to grandma’s for the night and my husband and I can order take out and watch a movie in our own living room. Sometimes it’s nice to have the house to yourself and not have to run around getting ready to go out.

Shana Galen is generously giving away a full set of the Lord and Lady Spy series (Lord and Lady Spy, True Spies, Love and Let Spy) to one US winner (apologies to international friends).

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 18, 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


Color Shana Galen L-R-2118Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.”

She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

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  • catslady

    I love your stories! And I enjoyed your post on the meaning of romance. It’s there – you just have to recognize it sometimes. To me the little things have more meaning than grand gestures!

    • Shana Galen

      I agree, catslady. Sometimes I struggle to take a break and enjoy the moment, but I’m working on it.

  • Lynsay F.

    Love your books. I loved Carson and Mrs. Hughes.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Lynsay! I hope we see more of all the characters on Downton Abbey.

  • Betty Johnson

    You write awesome books!

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Betty!

  • Nova Manske Conover

    i love your books. i can read one and be swept away with the romance! i do think everyday gestures are more “romantic” than “grand gestures”; at least in my life anyway…

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you!

  • Ann Gonzalez

    My favorite date is when my 15 year old son and I have a date day. We go shopping, out to eat, or watch a movie together at home. He is the most important man in my life and I live that he is still willing to spend time with his mom.
    Shane you are an awesome writer. I love your Princess Galen stories!

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks. I love that you and your teenager have date days!

  • Kathy Nye

    I love your answer to “romance around you” above. I can see it perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shana Galen

      Christmas is another one of those times when kids really make i special again.

  • ANNETTE

    I enjoyed your idea that romance is about many things and ideas. I agree with you that sharing family love can give a heart a huge boost of love and romance. I like your books….I like the fact that your characters are people I would like to know. Thanks for writing as you do.

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Annette. What a huge compliment!

  • Sumer Owens

    I love to know that authors are regular people!! I used to want to be an author, until I learned that I was horrible at trying to develop characters, plots, scenery, etc…. So I’ll just stick to being an avid reader, and I am completely okay with that!!!!

    • Shana Galen

      Oh, I am very much a regular person. I have to go take the clothes out of the dryer now.

  • Linda Henderson

    I’ve been married and divorced twice and to me, it’s the small things that are the most romantic. Not a dozen long stem roses (although that’s wonderful) but a special cupcake, candle, something small that shows they have paid attention to what you like.

    • Shana Galen

      And doing chores so you can have a break. I always appreciate that.

  • Molly

    It is the small things even though I haven’t been married.

    • Shana Galen

      Spouses, friends, family…it’s all the small things.

  • Sue G.

    This past school year all three of our girls were away at college….that meant we had the house, to ourselves, for 9 months! It was wonderful, quiet and enjoyable getting to be “us” again.

    • Shana Galen

      You kind of get to know your spouse again. We had a week without my daughter this summer, and it was so nice not to hurry through dinner and have uninterrupted conversations.

      • Sue G.

        Or go to bed when you want….eat what you want…the house stays clean…

  • Meghan Stith

    I am so behind on “Downton Abbey” you just spoiled some of it for me! But that’s ok. It’s my own fault for being so far behind. Haha!

    • Shana Galen

      Oh, no! I’m so sorry. Maybe it’s something to look forward to?

  • Debbie Fuller

    Wonderful post thank you for taking the time to post here. I really enjoyed your post and am looking forward to reading your author recommendations.

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Debbie!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your wonderful post. I too love those stay at home dinners romantic dinners. I have a couple of your books and have loved your posts in The Jaunty Quills. I look forward to reading more of your books.

    • Shana Galen

      Thanks, Eileen. Nice to see you here.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Shana! Loved your post today!

    • Shana Galen

      Thank you, Flora.

  • Claire Gilless

    Great post – I’ve only read one of your books so far – am looking forward to reading more of your books. Thanks.

    • Shana Galen

      See, that makes me wonder which book!

      • Claire Gilless

        It was Blackthorne’s Bride … I have several others of yours but they’re all part of a series and I tend to want the whole series before beginning; like to read in order so I don’t miss collections. I’m working on the last 3 series as I have some of each …

        • Shana Galen

          Blackthorne’s Bride. That’s one of my best! Glad you started there.

  • Pamby50

    When you wrote about taking your daughter to Disney World and let her stay up to watch the fireworks, I knew the feeling. It wasn’t Disney World but local fireworks and he had our daughter and I had our son. Just listening to them ooh and aah was amazing. Love your books!

    • Shana Galen

      It just makes you see it again for the first time.

  • Sue Gorman

    I agree there is romance in family moments. My daughter was 5 when she went to Disney and it was a very magical time for a our family. Her face lit up when she met Cinderella and my husband and I smiled at each other. The same thing happened in May when she graduated from college– both of us had tears in our eyes when she received her diploma.
    Romance can be found in our daily lives…we need to look for it !

    • Shana Galen

      That’s such a sweet memory. What a special trip.

  • rebecca moe

    Your running buddies might almost tempt me to start running again. Almost 😉

    Thanks so much for posting!

    • Shana Galen

      LOL! They keep me accountable.

  • Lisa Hutson

    Oh Shana, I so agree. My husband and I are happy to stay in, watching a movie. We have a huge screen and projector in the man cave. 😉 And its a fabulous way to spend the evening together.
    Good job learning at your age about taking those short times for yourself. I was much older before I got that smart.

    • Shana Galen

      Shh! If my husband hears about that huge screen projector, he will want one.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Shana! I love staying home & watching a movie with my husband, too. I love to have a glass of wine, but we have a teenager that still needs rides, so that is not always possible. Thanks for the info on Lily’s new books.

    • Shana Galen

      I know how that goes. Mine goes to bed pretty early, but most of the time so do I!

  • Shana Galen

    It’s never too late!

  • Ann Mettert

    I loved Carson and Mrs. Hughes too. 😉

  • Mary McCoy

    Dates with spouses are important!

  • Cindy A

    Now that Netflix is available, we can have lots of movie nights! And the food is cheaper!