Shiloh Walker – The Thrill Anew

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

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#LoveRomance

Experiencing Romance Again & Again

I fell in love with romance when I was probably in third or fourth grade.  I think the first romance sort of RightKindof Troublebook I ever read was Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume.  It was also the first…gasp…almost grown-up book I’d read. Before that, it was all Bunnicula and Little House.

Don’t get me wrong.  There’s nothing wrong with a vampiric bunny—and if anybody says otherwise, stake them with a celery stalk. At midnight.

But the romantic in me was swooning over that story…the teenaged girl, the sexy guy…her day dreams. It’s been years since I read it and I can’t remember much of the plot. There are bits and pieces… like the title came from the nickname the heroine had—given to her by the love interest.  There was a daydream she had about what it would be like if it was just the two of them, alone in their little valley.

That’s about it, though. And yet I remember the rush I got reading it.  The pang of first love, before I even got what first love was.

And that’s why I #loveromance.  When you’re reading a romance, you can get caught up in the lives of the characters and feel that pang again, each time you read one. Well, assuming it’s a good one. 😉

Some people think that the women who read romance are the ones who don’t have it in their lives, but I blade songknow so many women, like myself, who are happily married and I think that’s part of why we #loveromance…we read a book and we get to feel that kick, that thrill anew.

I’m looking at twenty years of marriage with my guy now…July 2016.  Twenty wonderful years and while no romance could ever come quite close to touching on what I have with him, the laughter we’ve shared, the memories, the family we’ve built, there’s a great deal to be said for just sitting down and falling into the pages of a story…and experiencing it all over again.

So…what are some of the reasons you #loveromance…?

Shiloh recommends:

Well, Nalini Singh and Nora Roberts are always at the top of my list.

Nalini Singh  –  nalinisingh.com  –  (at Amazon)

Nora Roberts  –  noraroberts.com  –  (at Amazon)

Then SL Viehl’s  –  pbackwriter.blogspot.com  –  (at Amazon) –  Stardoc series—an older series and science fiction, but the romance between the two main characters is…wow.  Just wow.


Questions for the Author:

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

Romance, in reality, can be a crazy beast.  What strikes one woman as romantic isn’t going to be romantic to another.  For me, all the little things my guy does are the definition of romance, though.  Last week, I had to leave to go do something…I can’t remember what.  The next day was my birthday and I was going to be out of town with the kids.  He couldn’t come with us—stupid work schedule.  And because he knows how I love presents, when I got back, although he had already gone to bed…(again…stupid work schedule)…he left my present sitting on the counter and told the kids to tell me to open it.  He gets me. He so gets me…

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

I share romance with 13,000 of my closest friends.  My twitter friends…naturally.  Most of my friends in real life aren’t as much on romance as I am, although my kids’ nana does love a JD Robb book…as any person should!  I talk romance books and recs, etc more with people online than I do anywhere else.  And that’s awesome, because the recommendations are never-ending. 

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

 Any place where you can be with the person you’re happy with… 😉  Yes. It’s cheesy, but it’s true.  I was stuck on an unexpected layover with my husband when we were taking our anniversary trip and just because we were together and able to chat—no kid interruptions!!!—it was…well, not bad.  I won’t say the airport was romantic, but it was fun, just being with him.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Sigh… Eve and Roarke.  The In Death books, by JD Robb.  Also…Cherijo and Duncan, from the Stardoc books by SL Viehl.  Those aren’t romance, but the love between those two?  Sigh…my heart

 Tell us about your dream date. 

Eesh… this is hard because my tastes and likes vary all the time.  But I’d love to tour bourbon country with my husband.  We’re close and we’ve visited a lot of wineries.  I’d love to spend the day, though, visiting the distilleries in the area, having lunch…just talking and hanging out.

Shiloh is generously giving away a signed copy of The Right Kind of Trouble to US readers and an Amazon gift card to international readers. 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 Aug 8, 2016.***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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#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

 


ShilohShiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really!  She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer.  She published her first book in 2003. Look for her newest book, The Right Kind of Trouble, due out today (Aug 2) from St. Martins.

She also writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels  –  jcdanielsblog.com  –  (at Amazon).

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  • Sue G.

    My first romance was Judy Blume too but it was Forever! I’ve been married for 27 yrs and last year all three kids were away at college and it was the first time we could really be just us. It was so nice.

    • We became empty nesters last year too Sue! :o) Have to say we enjoyed it. xo

      • Sue G.

        Yep….REALLY enjoyed it too! 😉

  • Judy Goodnight

    I’ve turned to online friends as well for talk about romance reads. It can be frustrating to read a great romance and not have anyone to share the elation with!

  • j. leigh bailey

    I love how many people I see with Roarke and Eve as favorite couples. They’re definitely at the top of my list, too. 🙂

  • Debbie Fuller

    Enjoyed your post and your right about happily married women reading romance to relive those sigh worthy moments.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I am lucky enough to belong to a book club, all romance novels & local authors! It’s so great to be able to talk about the books we love!

  • Heather Roach

    I #loveromance because a good story can make your feel ALL the emotions.

  • Pamby50

    Sept will be 35 yrs and we are still going strong. He still makes me laugh and smile. Those are gifts in and of itself. He doesn’t even try to buy me romance books. He has no clue what I have read so he just sends me Amazon gift cards to replenish my kindle.

  • K Davis

    You’ve just given me all kinds of ideas. 🙂 I never thought about touring bourbon country, I’ve never read The Death books, or the Stardoc books. And, most of all, I’ve never read your books.

  • Shiloh Walker

    🙂 it’s awesome to see all the #iloveromance chatter…

  • Pam

    Another Eve & Roarke fan! That’s awesome.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for sharing your post. I’ve been with my guy for 36 years, married 34, and I love all the little things he does for me. You are not a new author to me, as I’ve read at least one of your books.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Great post, Shiloh, thank you. You are so on the mark about happily married women loving Romance! I’ve been married 38 years and net my husband 5 years before that! Reading Romance does indeed help you remember that spark. And may I add that it also keeps that spark going!

  • mariannewestrich

    We did a tour of the distilleries in Charleston. Had a ball with my honey!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I remember the feeling I had when I was 11 or 12 years old and read The High King by LLoyd Alexander. It was the concluding book in his Prydain Chronicles book. Taran the Wanderer was a wanderer no more and he had his best friend, heroine, and queen by his side in the end. Sigh. I was hooked on the feeling, as the song goes! I like a good science fiction story. I’ll try to carve out some time for SL Viehl.

  • Meghan Stith

    I’m not crazy about The “In Death” series but I have read the first one. It’s OK. I prefer Jamie and Claire from “Outlander.” That’s a big sigh!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • May

    Yup… Eve and Roarke… the standard to compare to… 🙂

    (Canada)

    • Ada H

      Hi this is Ada and I’m helping with the RARM drawings. You have been chosen as Shiloh Walker’s winner. Please send a message with your email address to me at ada@readaromancemonth.com and we’ll put Shiloh in touch with you. Please send a response by next Sunday, August 28/16. Thanks and Congrats!

  • Linda Henderson

    Eve and Roarke, I love them as a couple. I have two failed marriages behind me and yes I probably do get to experience real romance through the books I read but honestly I love reading romance and traveling through reading.

  • “When you’re reading a romance, you can get caught up in the lives of the characters and feel that pang again, each time you read one.” So true and wonderful! Thank you for your words!
    (Marinella from Italy)

  • Mary McCoy

    One of my favorite couples are Aeryn and John from Farscape.

  • Glenda

    I SO understand about how sometimes all it takes for a bit of romance is some time alone. When the kids were little alone time was very rare

  • rebecca moe

    I #loveromance because of the HEA. No matter what gets thrown at the MCs (and hopefully, there’s a lot, and it’s pretty darn bad!) they’re going to come through it and find a happy ending. Sadly, no such guarantee in life.

    Thanks for posting!

  • Amanda Frank

    First I had forgotten all about Bunnicula and Little House. I #loveromance because there is always a happy ending (plus I am one of those single women.) I don’t know when I really started to lean towards reading it more than anything but I know Pride & Prejudice was one of my first.